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  • Porter Cable Dovetail Jig: Set up For Through Dovetails

    Porter Cable Dovetail Jig: Setting Up For Through Dovetails

    Learn how to set up for through dovetails using a Porter Cable dovetail jig for joining in your woodworking shop. Dovetails are widely viewed as a hallmark of craftsmanship, and a durable form of joinery that many view as a pinnacle of woodworking techniques. Using a Router to Make it Easy While some craftsmen cut… Read more »

  • Learn the Difference Between Dados and Grooves

    Learn the Difference Between Dadoes and Grooves

    Just in case you ever get involved in a woodworking trivia contest, here’s the question of the day. What’s the difference between a dado and a groove? Or, you might ask, is there a difference at all? The answer is yes, there is a difference. You can find out what it is right here so… Read more »

  • homemade domino tenon

    Money-Saving DIY Festool Domino Tenons

    Reduce the cost of using a Festool Domino by making your own tenons. It’s easy, and you’ll be surprised by how the savings can add up over the years. Here’s the how-to recipe, along with a list of benefits of DIY Dominoes.

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  • Finish a Bridal Joint on Tom's Band Saw Fence

    Finishing a Bridle Joint on a Bandsaw

    When it comes to wood joinery, bridle joints are incredibly strong. One way to make the bridle of the joint is on the bandsaw. It takes correct setting of the fence, scrap pieces, and test cuts, but once you’ve got it set up you’ll find that it’s easy to make a great fitting joint.

  • Using a Biscuit Joiner: Reinforcing a Miter

    Using a Biscuit Joiner: Reinforcing a Miter

    Using biscuits to reinforce a miter on a box or cabinet? No need to set your biscuit joiner’s fence to 135-degrees (which is good, since some joiner fences don’t go that far), if you use the simple set up trick shown in this video.

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  • Using a Biscuit Joiner: Leg to Rail Offset

    Using a Biscuit Joiner: Leg to Rail Offset

    It’s very common to have a reveal between a leg and rail, which adds a nice detail to the piece of furniture. If you’re joining the pieces using a biscuit, don’t go through the rigamarole of changing the biscuit joiner’s fence to get the reveal. Use this simple trick instead.

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  • Jointing on a table saw

    Jointing on the Table Saw

    There are plenty of times when you need your boards to have a smooth, straight edge. No jointer? No sweat. With the help of a simple shop-made jig you can be jointing on the table saw. Even if you own a jointer, jointing on the tables saw is a handy technique to know about. If… Read more »

  • What's the Deal with Screw Pocket Joinery

    What’s the Deal with Screw Pocket Joinery?

    Screw pockets can be used to create a solid structure on a number of woodworking projects. When fastening screw pocket joinery, you’ll want to pay attention to a few key details, including the type and length of your screws and the method of clamping that you use.

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  • Choosing the Correct Screw Pocket Screw

    Choosing the Correct Screw Pocket Screw

    Screw pockets are a great way to assemble woodworking projects, but only if you use the right screw. Screw pocket screws have specific characteristics that make them right for the job. In addition to choosing the right screw, you’ve got to choose the right thread. Check out this video to make sure you’re using the… Read more »

  • Cutting Perfect Dadoes and Grooves using a Router Edge Guide

    Cutting Perfect Dadoes and Grooves Using a Router Edge Guide

    Dimensioning has long been the curse of the woodworker, but with a Micro Fence Router Edge Guide and Plunge Base Combination accessory, you can make the job less painful. Find out how you can use this product to take the guesswork out of routing dadoes and grooves and other woodworking techniques that require you to… Read more »