Misc. Power Tools

Air Compressorair_compressor_mancave
If you plan to use any pneumatic nail guns, you’ll need an air compressor.  The portable 6 gallon compressor has been a great solution for us.  It can easily be carried indoors for installing molding projects, and it takes up minimal space in the garage when stored.

Biscuit Joiner
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This awesome tool is used to join 2 pieces of wood together.  It is like a mini circular saw with the saw blade on it’s side.  The blade cuts into the wood, leaving an area for a wooden oval shaped ‘biscuit’ to slide in.  You then apply glue to the biscuit and attach the two desired pieces of wood together.  If you plan to make a table top, this is your tool. 

Planer
A planer is used to made wood a consistent thickness.  When purchasing rough sawn lumber from a lumber mill, it is ‘roughly’ a size.  Not the smooth uniform stuff you buy from Home Depot or Lowe’s.  It is difficult to use a hand sander and get the same
uniform thickness, thus the planer.
It planer_mancavetakes off more material than a sander.  It shaves the wood off.  You can purchase ‘bench planers’ that can often handle a variety of widths and thicknesses.  You can also purchase a power planer that is portable.  Or, even a hand planer (visit our hand tools section).  They all have their place in the woodshop!

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A lathe spins a piece of wood so you can carve and get a symmetrical shape.  The lathe could be used to make anything from bowls to baseball bats, candlesticks to wood pens.  A variety of handheld gouges and scrapers are used to shape the wood.  Most are variable speed.  Relatively inexpensive, and a lot of fun.

 

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