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  • Jointing with a Router

    Perhaps you are just getting started in woodworking and you don’t have a jointer in your shop. Or, if you are fortunate enough to have a jointer, there are situations where the boards that you want to joint exceed the capacity of your jointer. Sure, if you have money and space you can always use

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  • Allowing for Wood Expansion on Solid Wood Tops

    Wood moves; there’s nothing you can do about it. Even after the tree is down, the wood has been dried, you’ve got it in your shop, and you apply finish, wood is gonna move. It’s a living, breathing thing. If you don’t allow for wood expansion, you’re going to have problems in the future. Problems

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  • Notching For Legs with a Circular Saw

    Often a furniture project calls for cutting a notch out of a panel to wrap around another item for a custom fitted appearance. Case in point: a tabletop that is notched around the legs to showcase the top of the legs for a point of interest. It can be difficult to establish these short cut

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  • Tightening Loose Tenons

    If you’ve got a shop, it’s a certainty that people are going to ask you to do furniture repairs. It comes with the territory. The next time a piece comes into your shop that has round tenons, and they’re loose tenons, you’re going to want to try this repair. It provides an easy way to

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  • Mitered Edge Banding Made Easy

    Applying hardwood edge banding is a great way to finish the edges on a veneered piece. However, it can be difficult to get nice miter joints because the length of the edge banding pieces must be perfect and every angle must also be perfect. Here is a very easy way to get absolutely perfect miters.

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  • How to Apply Mitered Edge Banding

    Mitering the corners on banding that’s being applied to all four edges of a table top can be extremely frustrating. The length of each piece has to be perfect, and each angle needs to be just right. This process calls for a methodical approach, and Charlie Kocourek has that technique nailed down. Follow his recipe,

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  • Setting up a Table Saw Taper Jig Properly

    A taper jig is an effective tool to use in your shop to create perfect and consistent tapers on projects such as table legs that require a precise angle to achieve the look that you are going for. Setting up a taper jig, on the other hand, can be a frustrating experience. They often have

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  • Hammock Frame

    A good book, a tall glass of iced tea, and the gentle swaying motion of a shady hammock on the patio, next to the pool, or out in the yard. Sounds like paradise, doesn’t it? With a few basic tools and some inexpensive materials, any woodworker with a free weekend can create a place to

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  • Build a Live Edge Table: Part 3

    This is Part 3 in our three-part series on building a live edge table. In this installment we’ll flatten the slab, apply finish, and install our legs. The legs we chose are steel hairpin legs, which really complement the design. Flattening We’re working with a maple burl, which means the grain is going in many

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  • Build a Live Edge Table: Part 2

    This is Part 2 of our three-part series on building a live edge table. In this installment we’ll look at bookmatching our pieces, design considerations when working with slabs, and getting the slabs joined using steel pins. Beauty in the eye…. There’s no one right way to put projects like this together. Be ready to

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