June 14, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Castle 110 Pocket Cutter Joinery Machine

Castle 110 Pocket Cutter Joinery Machine

Pocket Cutting Just Got Portable Castle USA now has a highly portable and easy-to-use solution for creating stable low angle pocket joints. The Castle 110 Pocket Cutter creates low, 3º pockets that minimize joint creep, particularly when compared to other pocket hole joinery solutions. The Castle 110 Pocket Cutter in a Nutshell The Castle 110 […]

Festool Domino Connector Range

Festool Domino Connectors KV-SYS D8

In a perfect world, we’d conveniently build furniture and casework at our shops with the workflow set up just the way we like it. Then we’d pack it up for easy transport, unload it without a hitch, and carry it gently to its installation point. What a breeze, right? That’s a far cry from reality, […]

Rockler 3-Piece Silicone Glue Application Kit

When Using Glue-ups in Joinery is Best

Using glue-ups in joinery is the preferred solution for tables and other surfaces requiring strong adhesion. We asked our Pros for some thoughts on when using glue-ups in joinery is best. Joinery, whether utilitarian or decorative, must always be dependable. Joint failure is annoying at best and dangerous at worst. A carpenter’s skill level, available […]

Review9.5(out of 10)
Festool Domino DF500 Feature

Festool Domino DF500 Mortise & Tenon Joiner Review

You would think that after 35 years in the field of trim carpentry I would have used or owned all of the available tools and equipment on the market. Apparently I was wrong, with a capital W. This review is about another piece of equipment from the German master tool builder called the Festool Domino DF500. […]

Review8.0(out of 10)
Porter-Cable PC560 Quik Jig Pocket Hole Joinery System

Porter-Cable PC560 Quik Jig Pocket Hole Joinery System

As a furniture maker, I am always on the lookout for new tools, techniques, and jigs that simplify the construction of strong and long lasting joinery.  With a couple of face frames to build and a table project in the works, this seemed like a great time to try out the new Porter-Cable PC560 Quik […]

Porter Cable QuickJig 560 Pocket Hole Joinery System First Look

Porter Cable QuickJig 560 Pocket Hole Joinery System First Look

Porter Cable just announced the Quick Jig 560 Pocket Hole Joinery System. We don’t do a ton of these, but it actually looks to be very flexible and built like a tank, so you don’t have to worry about drift when using it repeatably over several pieces. In addition, the 560 has an automatic depth control system that allows for easy set up for different material thicknesses (up to 1-1/2″ thick). That means less setup time and a whole lot less computations on where you’re going to place your holes. There’s even a repeatable self-adjusting clamp that adjusts automatically. Variable spaced bushings allow a variety of positions for the pocket holes and a handy screw length gauge recommends the appropriate screw length for the material thickness.