Best Respirator for Woodworking – A Guide and Comparison
Sep17

Best Respirator for Woodworking – A Guide and Comparison

Why do you need dust mask for saw dust? Whether you are a woodworking enthusiast or a professional woodworker, you have to be sure to wear the best respirator for woodworking to avoid the possibility of developing respiratory diseases. For those working with wood projects, the wood dust, chemicals and fumes pose risk to the respiratory system. These effects on your health may not be apparent at first, but they can take toll over time. Just imagine the amount of inhaled dust that can clog up your lung tissues. Initially, some develop sensitivity to dust and other certain materials. However, prolonged exposure, especially to certain chemicals commonly used in woodworking, can result in serious respiratory diseases and even cancer. But while all respirators filter out the air you breathe, no two masks offer the same level of protection. Each respirator provides different level of protection, so be sure to pick the right one based on your needs. For instance, cheap, disposable masks provide very little protection and thus are only preferred for use with general home cleaning tasks. If you are working with very find wood dusts – common in woodworking projects – you would need a mask that can provide maximum protection. Many of the regular masks available in your local shops are intended for use in general cleaning, as specified on its label. Others provide more protection such as protection against hazardous dust (asbestos, silica, lead, pesticides, fumes, and other gases). There are also dust masks specifically intended for woodworking or construction. And since not all of these masks are ever the same, you have to carefully read the labels to know which one will provide you maximum protection for a specific woodworking project. Features to look for in a wood mask When looking for a dust mask for woodworking, make sure to pick one that is certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The rating granted by the NIOSH denotes a respirators ability to filter very fine particles. For instance, an N95 marking means the wood mask can filter up to 95 percent. The NIOSH marking is one of the first things you should look for when picking the best respirator for woodworking. Aside from the NIOSH rating, you should also check the comfort features of the wood mask. Respirators come in different forms. Those that use soft nose foam, multiple headbands and a foam face seal usually cost more – but these are more comfortable. There are also respirators that are equipped with exhalation valves. This extra feature ensures easy breathing while using the mask. But the “half masks” made of...

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Best Wet-Dry Vacuum 2017
Mar09

Best Wet-Dry Vacuum 2017

Unfortunately for most people, messes that have to be cleaned up come in every form – both dry and wet – and they aren’t always the easiest (or most convenient) to clean. But the good news is that there are a variety of the best wet dry vacuum sweepers, which handle these messes equally well. Desirable Features Since there are many manufacturers of these wet/dry vacuums, there must be some features that rise above the rest and are the most desirable when looking for the most appropriate model to fit the cleaning needs. The most desirable features include: Suction Let’s face it, if the suction power of even the highest quality wet dry vacuum isn’t up to its potential, it fails to get the job done. The suction power of the vacuum is determined by how powerful the motor is, along with the filtering system, and the amount of pressure difference it is able to create between the interior of the machine and the exterior. This means that the higher the suction, the more power the vacuum has, and the more efficient the cleaning power. Best recommendation – Select a model which has adjustable suction levels to prevent damage to different surfaces. Filtering It doesn’t matter how clean the environment is, those sneaky little dust particles will find a way to get in; therefore, a good filtering system is the second most critical feature. There are many types of filters, and some wet/dry vacuums come with multiple types of filters – the re-usable ones which are washable are quite popular. For folks with allergies, a HEPA filter is the best choice. Best recommendation – Select a model that has a highly rated filtration system. Capacity One of the most annoying features of small capacity wet/dry vacuums is the number of times the container has to be emptied – the larger the container, the fewer times it has to be emptied. On the negative side, the higher the capacity, the more weight to the device, the lower the capacity, the lighter the device. Best recommendation – Select a model that has sufficient capacity to handle the most common job without having to be emptied frequently. Weight There are many sizes and shapes of wet/dry vacuums, and the best one to select is the one that is the right size for the job. If it needs to be moved around frequently, then it needs to be one of the smaller and lighter models; however, for heavy duty jobs a larger container is needed, which adds to the weight. Best recommendation – Understand how portable the wet/dry vacuum needs to be before...

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Best Track Saw 2017 – A Buying Guide
Feb09

Best Track Saw 2017 – A Buying Guide

A track saw is a kind of power tool that cuts wood. Quite similar in function to a circular saw, its round blade rotates to make cuts in wood at a very high speed. At the bottom of this device is an aluminium track on which the saw runs. The track itself is placed on a chunk of wood to be cut. The track makes certain that the device works beautifully and remains aligned with the wood. Else, the wood might just splinter when it is cut. Here are 6 Best track saw reviews for you make an informed decision before you buy one of these: Which is the best track saw? SHOP FOX W1835 Track Saw If you’re looking for a good device to cut wood sheets without using a panel or table saw, go in for the track saw. This one’s a great device because it’s easy to carry around. The track saw and guide rail combo here is perfect for trimming the bottoms of doors, making plunge incisions in the central panels and cutting plywood sheets. Features: Its 120 volts, 9 amp (1.1 kW) motor meets the expectations of all your cutting needs nicely. It moves at a good speed of 5500 RPM capability. Its blade rim speed of 9070 feet/minute is also good for all wood cutting jobs. If you need to make bevel cuts at a 45 degree angle, you’re in luck here as this device has a bevel gauge with a lock. This track saw has a plunge cutting movement and a riving knife that affords complete safety over traditional circular saws. It is extremely accurate, even if not used with the guide rail. It also provides enhanced safety, more than traditional circular saws do. It also has an inbuilt dust port to collect all the sawdust. It is portable and affords accurate cuts. Pros: More affordable than most other track saws It has a powerful and reliable motor It has a bevel cut capability of a maximum of 45 degrees Built-in dust port Cons The saw is not accompanied by the track and vacuum For maximum benefit, you will have to buy the guide rail and accessory pack Its overall level of functioning and finish quality do not match up to others in this category like Festool. DEWALT DWS520K This track saw is aimed at providing table saw precision, hand saw portability and panel saw capacity. Users can get assured splinter-free incisions due to its zero-clearance track system and double anti-splinter edges. Woodworkers can get a beautifully finished edge due to the precise laser-cut woodworking blade that reduces deflection. Cuts made at...

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Wood Moisture Meter Reviews
Jan09

Wood Moisture Meter Reviews

Introduction Anyone who frequently works with wood, particularly recently cut logs, know that there can be up to 80% (or more) moisture in the wood depending on the type of wood. Therefore, it’s important for the woodworker to know how much moisture is retained in the wood before beginning to use the wood for any project. The moisture meter for wood is used by woodworkers because they want whatever project they are working on to come out exactly as they want it, they don’t want to use wood that may shrink, split, twist, or distort as their project progresses. There are a variety of moisture meters on the market, and as the benefits of using the meter are discussed below, so are the wood moisture meter reviews from customers who have actually used each type of meter. Here’s a comparison of the top wood moisture meters followed by their reviews: ProductStyleRatingPrice Wagner MMC220 Extended Range Wood Moisture MeterPinless Type4.5/5$$$$ Dr.Meter® MD918 Inductive Pinless Tools Intelligent Moisture Meter Digital Moisture Meter For Wood (Upgraded Version)Pinless Type4.3/5$$ Stihl Wood Digital Moisture MeterPin Style4/5$ Lignomat Moisture Meter Mini-LignoE/DPin Style4.5/5$$$ Wood Moisture Meter, RISEPRO Digital Moisture Meter, Non-invasive Inductive Wood Moisture Tester Water ContentPinless Type4.1/5$ Best Wood Moisture Meters on the Market There are numerous wood moisture meters available on the market today and the following five are some of the highly recommended moisture meters for wood: Wagner MMC220 Extended Range Wood Moisture Meter   This is a pinless type of meter which measures down to three-quarters of an inch below the surface of the wood. It can be calibrated for all wood species. We have included this in our wood moisture meter reviews segment due to the following features: Lightweight – weighing only 5.9 ounces Uses 9-volt batteries Comes with a carrying case Comes with a seven year warranty Easy to read digital display for accurate measurements Highly flexible Measures from 5% to 30% moisture content Eliminates referring to correction tables after measure because it is set to specific type of wood setting Unaffected by temperature or surface moisture Customers using this type of wood moisture meter stated that this was the best one they had used because of the accuracy of readings and the ease of use with different types of wood. The negative comments concerned the membrane switches that are somewhat cheap, and would have preferred real button switches instead.   2. Dr.Meter® MD918 Inductive Pinless Tools Intelligent Moisture Meter Digital Moisture Meter For Wood (Upgraded Version)   This inductive pinless type of meter measures in the 2% to 80% range with an accuracy of 0.5%,   it utilizes high frequency electromagnetic waves...

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Best Bench Vise For The Money
Jan02

Best Bench Vise For The Money

A bench vice is a device that holds an object that a woodworker works with. It comprises two flat jaws, of which one is fixed while the other is portable. Both can be united with a screw mechanism. Choosing the best bench vise for the money basically depends on the kind of work you have at hand. Homeowners can buy a small bench vise that will do for their weekend jobs, but workshop owners will have to choose it wisely. Here’s a quick comparison of the best bench vise for those who are in a hurry. Product NameJaw WidthThroat DepthSwivel BaseWeightClamping ForceCheck Price Yost Vises 445 4.5" Utility Combination Pipe and Bench Vise4.5"2.625"360 Degrees18 lbs3080 lbsCheck Price Wilton 11104 Bench Vise4"2-1/4 Inches180 Degrees Swivel16 lbs-Check Price IRWIN Heavy-Duty Workshop Vise, 6", 226306ZR6" 3.38"360 Degrees30.6 lbs3000 lbsCheck Price Yost 750-E Rotating Bench Vise5"2.5"360 Degrees37 lbs4000 lbsCheck Price Yost Vises FSV-4 4" Heavy-Duty Forged Steel Bench Vise4"2.9"360 Degrees22 lbs5000 lbsCheck Price Bench vise reviews The best bench vise will vary from person to person, still if you’re looking for the best bench vise for the money, take a look at these vises under review:   #1. Yost Vises 445 4.5″ Utility Combination Pipe and Bench Vise   Here’s a Yost vise review of a wonderfully useful product. This device is accompanied by a 180-degree swivel base and can be mounted on to a workbench for perfect clamping for small projects. This swivel base also adjusts the direction of the jaws to ensure perfect placement. By tightening the lock knob manually, the vise position is secured. The vise’s cast iron body along with a steel U-channel bar spell high durability. One part of it is flat and behaves as an anvil and an extra worktop. When the tough steel top jaws are worn out, they can easily be replaced, while the in-built cast iron pipe jaws are set in firmly for better grip. The jaws can be brought closer together or pulled farther apart when the handle of the vise is turned clockwise or anticlockwise. Pros: This is a really good vise for a basement or garage workbench. It is best for light to moderate jobs and has a slew of features that add to its versatility. Its 360-degree swivel is a great asset. The grooves below the jaws hold the pipes to be cut very firmly. Cons: The casting is very poor with the pivot hole being larger than the retaining bolt, so the rotational position cannot be tightened enough so that the vise doesn’t shift when tightened. #2. Wilton 11104 Bench Vise   This vise is extremely versatile as it...

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Best Jigsaw for the Money 2017
Dec31

Best Jigsaw for the Money 2017

When the job requires a cut to be curved or straight into an assortment of materials, such as metal, plastic, particleboard, wood, plywood, and even ceramic tile, then a jigsaw is the ideal tool for getting the best results. For those do-it-yourselfers who want to know why a jigsaw is needed, or what blade thickness is necessary for specific jobs, or which is the best jigsaw for the money – that is exactly what this article covers next. For those who are in a hurry here’s a quick comparison of the 6 best jigsaw for the money: ProductItem DimensionsPower SourceVoltageCheck Price Rockwell RK7323 16.1 x 17.5 x 8.3 inchescorded-electric-Check Price Bosch JS470E15.7 x 14.3 x 4.6 inchescorded-electric120 voltsCheck Price Dewalt DCS331B 11 x 11.25 x 3.9 inbattery-powered20 voltsCheck Price Milwaukee 6268-21 16 x 14 x 4.5 inchescorded-electric120 voltsCheck Price Makita 4351FCT 2.87 x 9.29 x 8.15 incorded-electric120 voltsCheck Price Black and Decker JS660 4.38 x 11.75 x 9.25 incorded-electric120 voltsCheck Price Why A Jigsaw is needed? Let’s take a look at some of the reasons a jigsaw is needed: Curved patterns: A jigsaw is the best tool to use when the cut in the material is a curve. In addition, the jigsaw effectively cuts any type of curves – and it’s portable! Cuts assorted materials: Jigsaws can easily cut wood, plastic, drywall, fiberglass, glass, ceramic, fiberglass, plaster, cardboard, fabrics, metal, particleboard, plywood – and even pumpkins – it’s quite the versatile tool! Beveled cuts: For the job that requires an angled cut, the jigsaw is a perfect tool – and most jigsaws can be angled up to 45° in addition to being straight up and down. Assorted blade sizes: Jigsaws can use a variety of blades as needed for the job, and changing the blades is very easy. Easy tool to use: A jigsaw takes a minimal of training to use – basically take it out of the box, get the material ready, insert the right blade for the job, plug it in, and let the cutting begin. Great for beginners and kids: A jigsaw is one of the easiest tools for a child to learn to use – with proper instruction and supervision, the kids can create a multitude of projects. Types of Jigsaws: There are a variety of jigsaws that are recommended for assorted jobs, including the following:   Rockwell RK7323 Blade Runner X2 Portable Table Saw   This is one of the most versatile, and best jigsaws, on the market today for a variety of reasons:  Easily switch the t-shank blades in just seconds Compact Lightweight Easy to use and set up Convenient guard and riving...

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