Block Planer. Full-size 3 1/4-inch hand planers are meant to be guided with both hands for maximum control, but Festool has a compact model designed to be held in one hand, so the other hand can steady the work. The motorized equivalent of a block plane, the EHL 65E is 29/16 inches wide with a cut depth up to 5/32 inch — plenty of capacity for common jobs like planing door edges. The spiral cutter head has a solid carbide knife that cuts with a smooth shearing action. Chips can be ejected to either the right or left side. The planer is sold with a vacuum hose connector and costs $390. Festool, 888/337-8600.

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