Tools for Special Purposes
many woodworking operations may be possible with hand tools
or portable electrics, they’re usually faster, easier and
far more precise when you can use stationary, Special Purpose
Tools, designed specifically for the job.
the term Special Purpose Tools, more often than not, is somewhat
of a misnomer, since many of these tools are quite versatile
and capable of performing a number of different, important
are their primary purposes. We'll tell you more about their
additional applications later.
Jointer -- is a "must-have" tool if you're planning
to build cabinets or furniture. Its purpose is to plane the
edges of boards so smoothly that you can join them together
into wide panels without unsightly glue lines.
The Bandsaw -- will cut tight or sweeping curves with
matchless speed and precision. And, since it offers a more
generous depth-of-cut than a table saw or circular saw, it's
also often the best choice for cutting stock up to 6"
The Scroll Saw -- will amaze you with its extremely
intricate, internal or external cuts (straight or curved)
in stock up to 2" thick. This is a prime evolutionary
example of what we used to call "jigsaws" - just
far, far superior!
Thickness Planer -- will significantly improve the fit
of your project components (and therefore, the quality of
your projects)...by seeing to it that every piece of stock
you use is of a consistent thickness.
Belt Sander -- is an amazing work-saver that will provide
precisely-adjustable back-up support while it quickly sands
down or smooths stock up to 6" wide. It makes easy work
of woodworking's most tedious task.
The Strip Sander -- is an often overlooked machine
that's great for all types of intricate sanding and grinding
tasks...as well as sharpening.
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