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  • Woodworking for Beginners: Q & A Session

    Q&A With George: Woodworking for Beginners

    Every once in a while we get a visitor in the shop during a video shoot. This happened a few months ago when Greg Timmerman paid us a visit. He had some great questions about setting up his table saw, table saw blade selection, and routing dadoes in panels. Check out our Q and A… Read more »

  • How to Cut Grooves in Wood for a Perfect Fit

    Perfect Grooves for Plywood with a Table Saw

    Not a huge surprise, but 1/4″ plywood isn’t really 1/4″ thick. It’s typically undersized. If you use a dado head or router bit to make a groove to receive the plywood, it’ll probably be too big. Learn how to cut grooves in wood to receive plywood with a perfect fit. One saw blade, two passes,… Read more »

  • How to Sharpen a Spokeshave

    How to Sharpen a Spokeshave

    The blade on a spokeshave is very small, which can make it difficult to sharpen. But if the spokeshave is going to work correctly, it needs to be sharpened correctly. This video takes you from lapping to the correct grind angle (and how to achieve it) to honing. You’ll see a great trick for producing… Read more »

  • 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.

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    Hiding Pocket Holes with Pocket Hole Plugs

    Screw pockets are a great way to put projects together, but are unsightly. If the pocket holes on your project are going to show when it’s done, there’s a great (and easy) way to hide them. All it takes is glue, dowels and some hand tools. You can even turn pocket holes into a decorative… Read more »

  • Resawing Wood Using a Bandsaw Resaw Fence

    Resawing Wood Using a Bandsaw Resaw Fence

    Turning a miter gauge into a bandsaw resaw fence is a great idea. But only if you know how to set the fence up for drift compensation. It’s a simple process, but has to be done correctly or your resaw work won’t come out right. A simple test cut is all that’s required to establish… Read more »

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    Setting Up & Using a Spokeshave

    A spokeshave can be a versatile tool to use on your woodworking projects, but only if it’s correctly set up. Bevel up or down? Blade parallel or skewed? How do you take the backlash out of the adjustment nuts? And what about spokeshaves that don’t have adjustment nuts? Tom Caspar has the answers, and will… Read more »

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    Using a Drill Press for Your Bandsaw Outfeed Table

    The problem with providing outfeed support for a bandsaw is that the table is so darn high. Most standard roller stands and supports won’t extend enough to get to the right height to match up with the bandsaw table. You may not know it, but you’ve probably already got a solution for this problem in… Read more »

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    Drill Press Safety

    They may seem benign but, like any shop tool, drill presses need to be treated with respect. Used improperly you can “helicopter” your material, burn up drill bits, launch a chuck key, and worse. Most drill press safety is all about common sense, and Tom is passing his common sense safety rules along to you.

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    Miter Gauge Bandsaw Fence

    Here’s a great solution if you’ve been struggling with a resaw fence for your bandsaw. The solution for this problem is probably already in your shop and in this woodworking video we’ll show you how to make your own bandsaw fence. You’ll find that it’s easy to position, and easy to adjust for drift compensation…. Read more »