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    Using a Miter Saw Correctly

    Using a miter saw in your shop can allow you to safely make high quality, repeatable cross cuts in a highly efficiently fashion. If you are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to add one of these to your shop, it will be important to understand the anatomy of the tool well enough to choose… Read more »

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    Table Saw Dado Cuts Create Lock Joints

    There are countless approaches to joining two boards together, and our job as woodworkers is to choose an appropriate joint for each application. A good joinery option to have in our arsenal is called a lock joint, which is commonly used on projects that include drawers. This joint essentially combines a table saw dado on… Read more »

  • Scroll Saw Cutting

    Burn Free Scroll Saw Cutting

    Scroll saws provide the unique ability to create curved cuts with a tight radius, while leaving a surface quality that typically requires very little Sanding prior to applying a finish. But when working with stock that is thick or dense, scroll saw cutting can sometimes lead to burning the wood. This is a bad situation… Read more »

  • What is a Miter Saw Used For

    What is a Miter Saw Used For?

    If you’re considering adding a miter saw to your shop, you might be saying to yourself, What is a miter saw used for? Does a miter saw offer enough benefits to make it worth the investment? What do I need to know about miter saws in order to make an educated buying choice? How do… Read more »

  • Band Saw Tires

    How to Clean Band Saw Tires

    A band saw is one of the more versatile tools in the shop, commonly used for cutting curves, ripping a straight edge on rough lumber, resawing, safe cutting of small parts, and other various tasks. Like any wood cutting tool, a band saw generates a lot of dust and debris in normal operations, and some… Read more »

  • How to Cut Acrylic

    How to Cut Acrylic with a Table Saw

    Learn how to cut acrylic sheets with a table saw, safely and effectively. Incorporating glass into a woodworking project can add an interesting design element, but it can be an expensive proposition to have glass cut to a custom size by a professional to match the specifications of your project. Acrylic offers a nice alternative… Read more »

  • Vertical Raised Panel Router Bit

    Using a Vertical Raised Panel Router Bit

    Build your own cabinet doors using a vertical raised panel router bit. Most people agree that raised panel doors are beautiful, but many woodworkers admit that they are intimidated by the idea of building them. As a prerequisite to using a vertical raised panel router bit, a woodworker should know how to use a router… Read more »

  • What is reclaimed wood?

    Working With Reclaimed Wood

    Upcycling is all the rage today, and you may have wondered, “What is reclaimed wood?” Reclaimed wood has lots of features that make it worth bringing into your shop; its history, the wood’s character, and availability of species you may not be able to get otherwise. This instructional video from WoodWorkers Guild of America explains… Read more »

  • How to Use a Router Bit

    How to Use a Trim Router and Bits

    Trim routers are a very handy tool to have in the shop, in part because they’re so easy to handle with one hand. This instructional video teaches you how to use a flush trim router bit, a V-bit for free-hand sign making, and a roman ogee bit. All of these cutters can be easily used… Read more »

  • How to Divide a Circle Into 8 Equal Parts

    How to Divide a Circle into 8 Equal Parts

    Have you ever attempted the process of dividing a circle into 8 equal parts, and struggled to get the desired results? Or have you had to make precise 45 degree angles around the perimeter of a project and not known how to do this effectively without measuring? These are perplexing and humbling undertakings even for… Read more »