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Building an Electric Kit Guitar

One of the items on my woodworking “bucket list” is to build an electric guitar from scratch. I’m not a guitar player myself, but the intricacies, resonant qualities, and incorporation of cool electronics give this project a lot of appeal. As I started to prepare myself for this project, I decided that building one from…

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How to Turn a Honeycomb Resin Bowl

I recently had the pleasure of working with a South African resin artist named Ahron Gropper on a long-distance collaboration. After seeing a beautiful bowl he had created that incorporated a synthetic honeycomb element embedded into the bottom of the bowl, I contacted him to see if he would be willing to create a similar…

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Product Review: Mid-Priced Random Orbit Sanders

The random orbit sander (ROS) was first introduced to the power tool market in the early 1980s, and has grown to become the mainstay sander for hobbyist and professional woodworkers alike. The reasons for the popularity of this tool category are simple. The ROS provides a dual action sanding motion that has the power of…

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Wood Carving Disc for your Angle Grinder

Add a power wood carving disc to your angle grinder, and you can open up a whole new world of woodworking project possibilities. But if you’re new to this game, the dizzying array of product choices might leave you more puzzled than excited. Let me take some of the mystery out of the process and help you choose your first power carving disc.

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Turn and Carve a Spouted Bowl

This sweet little spouted bowl with handle will be a fun skill-building project, taking your bowl turning skills and adding a bit of flair by incorporating some basic carving techniques using a die grinder and rasps. For the carving purist, traditional carving tools can be used as a substitute, making for a more serene creative process.

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Upgraded Safety for an Older Table Saw – Introducing Shark Guard

If you have ever operated a table saw without proper safety equipment in place due to the quality (or lack thereof) of your stock blade guard, or the hassle of installing and removing it, then the Shark Guard after market blade guard might be of interest to you. The Shark Guard provides a manual riving knife, a high-quality Lexan blade guard, and customizable dust collection to virtual any table saw.

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