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Sheet Goods Buying Guide

Choosing the Right Sheet Goods For Your Next Woodworking Project

There are lots of woodworking applications that demand sheet goods instead of solid wood, and there are a variety of choices available.  This article will help you pick the material that will work best for your project. Why sheet goods? Sheet stock offers a variety of advantages over solid wood.  Cost is foremost for many… Read more

How to use a hand plane

Hand Plane Starter Kit: Four Planes for Hybrid Woodworking

While hand planes are alluring to many woodworkers, getting started can be confusing since there are so many options. If you ask 100 hand plane enthusiasts which planes to start with, you might receive as many answers. Based upon my 15 year love affair with hand planes, the following is my suggested approach to help… Read more

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12 Tips for Using a Router Safely

Whether used freehand or mounted in a table, a router is possibly the most useful power tool in the woodshop. But working with a device that spins sharp carbide-tipped bits at dizzying speeds can be quite hazardous, unless you follow good safety practices each and every time you rout. Here are a dozen tips for… Read more

Seven must-have router bit types

7 Must-Have Router Bit Types

A router is one of the most versatile tools you can have in your shop, and there are MANY different router bits available. Here’s a guide to the seven bits I find most useful, and what I typically use them for. 1/8″ Round Over Bit. I use this bit a lot to simply take the… Read more

Set-up your miter saw for perfect cuts

Set Up Your Miter Saw For Perfect Cuts

If you’ve got a miter saw in your shop you probably rely on it for perfectly square cuts, and maybe for cutting angles, too. Follow these simple set up tips to tune up your saw so it’s singing an accurate song. It’s important to know, conclusively, that when you’re shooting for a 90-degree cut you’re… Read more

Tongue and Groove joint

Woodworking Joints – Which Ones Should You Use?

There are various woodworking joints in use. Some are stronger than others are. Let’s discuss the more popular joints, so you know which to use for your projects. 1. Butt Joint The Butt Joint is an easy woodworking joint. It joins two pieces of wood by merely butting them together. The butt joint is the… Read more

Tips for buying a belt sander

How to Use a Belt Sander

Many woodworkers are afraid of using a belt sander, and you can’t blame them. Used incorrectly, a belt sander can ruin, in seconds, a project that you spent days building. I’ve succeeded in making some reasonably flat boards into moonscapes, thanks to improper use of a belt sander. But I’ve learned from this, and want… Read more

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Setting Up a Mortiser

I remember, distinctly, the first time I used my mortiser. It was SO cool to be able to punch a square hole into a piece of wood, I had to run into the house and drag my wife back out to the shop to see it. OK, making a square hole wasn’t so hard, but… Read more

Dust mop for a woodshop

3 Essential Shop Accessories

Three of my favorite shop accessories: A work apron, dust mop, and miter saw laser guide.I’m often surprised by how great an impact a small and simple shop accessory can have on my everyday woodworking life. I take these useful items for granted, but if they were “removed from the mix,” I would be lost…. Read more

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Spindle Turning Basics

Lathe turning can be lots of fun, but I know that some woodworkers are intimidated by the prospect of a piece of wood spinning against a tool at a high rpm. This article will help you overcome some of those concerns and, hopefully, help turn you on to turning. It’ll take you through safely mounting… Read more

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