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Innovative Woodworking Tools

Woodworking has a long tradition. Many of the fundamental tools for woodworking today have been used for hundreds of years, while others are simply motorised versions of historical instruments. But there is still room for innovation in woodworking. Even if the tool makes the same type of joints, there are some new and innovative ways to manufacture them, and some tools to work the wood will take on a whole new approach.

Historically, the only way wood has been cut is with a blade of some sort. Lasers are now used in wood in various forms. Marquetry and inlaid wood, inlaid patterns and cutting precision parts are used. They are used to make a high production of burning wood, which is cut on only the surface of the wood. Lasers are also used to cut through the wood to make precise incisions, such as on junction boxes. The use of lasers in wood is almost always in combination with computer numerical controlled devices.

Lasers are not the only computer-aided tools. CNC-directed tools have become popular in many types of manufacturing, with a variety of tools used to be guided mechanically. For example, manufacturers lure replicators used one time with rotating blades to wooden lures. Today, the pantograph concept is not necessary as wood CNC milling machines are guided by a computer image rather than a physical image.

The mortise and tenon is one of the oldest and most relied on when it comes to joints in carpentry. It consists of a male part known as the pin and a female part known as the shroud. Traditionally, the joint is made by hand with saws and chisels to finish. Today, professionally designed templates can turn a router in a shroud custom and pin machine. The best of these templates can make one of the toughest woodworking joints, and is quick and easy.


Like the mortise and tenon template, a template pocket screw is an intelligent tool used to make wood joints. But the pocket screw connection in terms of carpentry is a fairly new set. It is very convenient because it does not use glue like box joints or mortise and tenon, but uses a drill. The Jig guide makes a pilot hole through a piece of wood and in another way the screws hold the pieces of wood. This is a very versatile assembly and eliminates the need for many other tools. A pocket screw template could replace the special tools used for dovetails, mortise and tenon joinery and other systems.


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