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  • How to Cut Pins/Sockets with Porter Cable Dovetail Jig

    Porter Cable Dovetail Jig: Cutting Pins and Sockets

    This is part three in a three- part series that will prepare you to successfully create through dovetails using a Porter Cable 4212 dovetail jig. Part one covered the initial setup of the jig, part two provided instruction on how to cut the tail portion of the through dovetail joint using the Porter Cable dovetail… Read more »

  • Porter Cable Dovetail Jig: Cutting Through Dovetails

    Porter Cable Dovetail Jig: Cutting Through Dovetails

    Learn how to set up for through dovetails using a Porter Cable dovetail jig. This is part two in a three- part series that will prepare you to successfully execute this joint every time. Part one covered the initial setup of the jig, and this video provides detailed instruction on how to cut the tail… Read more »

  • 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 »

  • Woodworking Tips - How to Avoid Damaging Wood when Hand Nailing

    Hand Nailing with No Hammer Kisses

    Most of us might use pneumatic nailers, but every once in a while you’ve got to hand nail something. The danger with this is the possibility of hitting your project, instead of the nail. And hammer kisses aren’t all that attractive. Here’s a dirt simple, dirt cheap way to make certain that you won’t mar… 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 »

  • How to Use a Handsaw to Make Accurate Crosscuts

    Using a Handsaw for an Accurate Crosscut

    Crosscutting dead straight with a hand saw can be challenging, even for seasoned hand tool users. It takes a lot of muscle memory to do this accurately and correctly, unless you know a trick or two. No complex jigs, no steep learning curve. This video will have you hand cutting dead straight lines in no… Read more »

  • Pull Saw Vs. Push Saw

    Pull Saw vs. Push Saw

    If you’ve looked closely at handsaws you’ve probalby noticed a difference in teeth. Some point toward the handle, some point away. This means that some cut on the pull stroke, some on the push stroke. We’re talking about Japanese saws versus Western saws. They both cut wood, but they each do it very differently. One… Read more »

  • Standard & Low Angle Block Plane Overview

    Standard and Low Angle Block Planes

    Looking for buying advice on hand planes? This is for you, helping you determine if a standard angle or low angle block plane is best for you and your projects. Which is easier to push through the material? Which provides less chance of tear out? Which is best for cutting parallel to the grain? Across… Read more »

  • How to Use a Hand Plane on Short Pieces of Wood

    Tips for Using a Hand Plane on Short Pieces of Wood

    Using a hand plane can be a great solution for cleaning up the surfaces of your boards, but using a hand plane on short stock can be VERY challenging. We need to make certain the plane won’t hit a clamp or hold down, and the piece being planed needs to be rock solid. Tom’s shop-made… Read more »

  • 5 Tips on How to Use a Hand Plane

    5 Tips on How to Use a Hand Plane

    There’s more to knowing how to use a hand plane than simply pushing it across a board. A few simple tips can make the difference between a pleasant hand plane experience, and a lousy one. From wax to skewing to proper hand pressure, this hand planing primer will help you use a hand plane more… Read more »