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  • WGA 011739f_D1H04U_c Dadoes - Depth of Cut

    Determine the Ideal Depth for Any Dado Cut

    Dadoes provide an excellent way to join cabinet sides to shelves, but in order for the joint to be strong the dado cut needs to be right. There are two common conventions for determining the depth of a dado cut, and we’ll explain them here. Why a dado? Dadoes are significantly stronger than a butt… Read more »

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    Safe Feed Direction With a Hand-Held Router Fence

    Adding a router fence to your hand-held router provides a great enhancement to one of the most versatile tools in your shop. A good quality router fence enables you to mill grooves, dadoes, and flutes, consistently following the edge of your wood router projects. Without a router fence, you are limited in the accuracy and… Read more »

  • How to Make a Box Joint Jig

    How to Make a Box Joint Jig

    Box joints are a wonderful combination of form and function. They look great, especially when made with contrasting materials and, with their significant surface area for glue, are very strong. Our shop-made table saw box joint jig is simple to make and easy to use. In all likelihood you have enough scrap in your shop… Read more »

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    Box Joint Jig Video: How to Make a Box Joint Jig/Finger Joint Jig for a Tablesaw

    Box joints, also called finger joints, are a great way to join corners on a box. Not only do they add a significant amount of strength, they also look great. Especially when the box joint is made from contrasting materials. The table saw, equipped with a dado head, provides a great way to make box… Read more »

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    My Introduction to Wooden Boats

    For the past four summers I have made the trip from my Upper Michigan summer home out east to take classes at the famous WoodenBoat (not a spelling error) School in Brooklin, Maine, which is just a stone’s throw south of Acadia National Park on the Atlantic coast. I’ve been a woodworker all my life… Read more »

  • The Dovetail Angle Explained | WWGOA

    Dovetail Angle Explained

    Learn the secrets to creating your joinery with the appropriate dovetail angle. While there are many ways to join two boards together in woodworking joinery, most woodworkers carry a respect and appreciation for the time-honored dovetail joint. It has been long revered for its beauty because of the way that it artfully joins two boards… Read more »

  • Dovetail Joinery: Know Your Dovetails | WWGOA

    Dovetail Joinery: The Parts of a Dovetail

    Learn to speak the language of dovetail joinery. Dovetail joinery represents the pinnacle of craftsmanship for many woodworkers, and at some point in our pursuit of the craft, most of us feel the urge to try our hand at creating these interlocking masterpieces. Before scribing the first line or making the first cut, it is… Read more »

  • How to Tweak Rail and Stile Router Bits | WWGOA

    Tweaking Rail and Stile Router Bits

    Master the art of creating a perfect fit on joints created using your rail and stile router bits. For years cabinetmakers have turned to cope and stick joinery as a time-honored method for creating beautiful, long lasting frame and panel cabinet doors. By far the most widely used approach to this is to use matched… Read more »

  • Quick Video to Learn How to Build Drawers | WWGOA

    Post-Haste Project: Instant Drawer

    If you’re looking for a fast and easy way to build rock solid drawers, we’ve got exactly what you need on how to build drawers. All it takes is a router table, a slot cutting router bit and a little practice, and you’ll be building perfect drawers in no time. Drawers Get Abused Drawers take… Read more »

  • How to Cut Dovetails with a Table Saw Dovetail Jig

    Cut Dovetail Sockets with a Shop-Made Table Saw Dovetail Jig

    Learn a new method of cutting dovetail sockets that utilizes a shop-made table saw jig. Everyone loves the look of dovetails, and they deliver unquestionable strength and durability as a woodworking joint. The approach described by George in this video is a simple, flexible means of producing high quality dovetails using a table saw dovetail… Read more »