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  • How to Use a Router Table Starter Pin

    Have you ever bought a router table insert or router lift and wondered what the threaded pin is for that comes with the unit? It’s called a router table starter pin, and it can be a great asset for you when routing small pieces on your router table. So, whatever you do, don’t toss it

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  • How to Clean Sanding Belts

    Want to get more life out of your sandpaper? If you’ve been wondering how to clean sanding belts, good news is, it’s easy. All you need is an abrasive cleaning stick. Especially important on drum sanders Of course we want to get more life out of every piece of sandpaper we use in the shop,

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  • Making a Drawer Lock Joint

    Drawer lock joints made using a drawer lock router bit are a GREAT way to put drawers together. Once the setup is right the joint can be cut very fast, and the mechanical interlock the joint provides makes it very strong. What’s not to like? Well, in all honesty the getting the setup just right

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  • How to Use a Keyhole Router Bit

    If you are making a plaque or a picture frame and want to integrate a slot into the project so that the user can easily hang the piece on a wall without having to use hanging hardware, there is a special router bit called a keyhole bit that can be used for this purpose. The

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  • Cutting CNC Tabs with a Router Table

    CNC routers are all the rage these days, being used for everything from ad hoc intricate projects, to production cabinet runs. An overview of a CNC machine would convince you that this technology brings a ton of capabilities to a shop, and will help you understand the growing popularity around the technology. Even though CNC

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  • Chip-Free Jointing

    Using a jointer isn’t as simple as pushing a piece through and hoping for the best, especially when you’re working with pretty, highly figured woods such as birdseye maple, curly maple, and flame birch. There are lots of species that fall into this category, primarily woods that have a lot of figure to them. The

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  • How Many Dado Shims to Use

    Dado joints are a powerful way to hold shelves and other cabinet carcase components securely. These joints are relatively easy to execute, and due to their effectiveness and efficiency they are a mainstay in many cabinet shops. Most stacked dado sets include multiple chipper sizes, commonly 1/16” and 1/8”, to give you some flexibility in

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  • Face Jointing in the Correct Direction

    Owning a motorized jointer in your woodworking shop is a real game changer. It allows you to take an imperfect board, and create a perfectly flat faces and edges, whereas this would take much more skill and patience if you were stuck with only hand tools to perform these operations. While a motorized jointer is

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  • How to Cross Cut Accurately on a Table Saw

    The table saw is perhaps best known for its prowess in lumber ripping operations, but with a little bit of time and setup, you can also learn how to cross cut like a boss on your table saw. It’s simple to turn your table saw into a precision cross cutting machine, and once you know

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  • How to Set a Miter Gauge for 45 Degrees

    Setting the miter gauge on your table saw to a perfect 45-degrees can be very challenging. And, if you’re planning on making picture frames, being just a tiny bit off will be a deal breaker. But here’s great news. You’ve probably already got a tool in your shop that will give you the precision you

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