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  • Cutting a Live Edge Bowl Blank Round On a Bandsaw

    Turning a natural form on a lathe, and keeping the bark and natural tree profile intact as you rough out and shape the bowl is a satisfying process. While live edge bowl turning is extremely fun, for people who are new to this art form, there can be some intimidation about the sequence of events.…

  • Table Saw Joinery: Tenons and Half Laps

    If you’re building furniture, there’s a good chance you’ll be using mortise and tenon joinery. Want to make an exceptionally robust frame? Half lap joints are a rock solid way to go. You can easily, and accurately, but tenons and half laps on your table saw, once you know a few tricks. Start with a…

  • Table Saw: Safe Ripping and Cross Cutting

    The table saw is at the heart of most woodworking shops, so it’s VERY important that you use it correctly and safely. In this video we’ll demonstrate safe ripping and crosscutting on a Laguna Fusion 1 table saw. We’ll cover: – Blade selection, ripping versus crosscutting – The importance of a riving knife – Body…

  • Jointer and Planer

    The Difference Between a Jointer and Planer

    Beginning woodworkers all ask this basic question: What is the difference between a jointer and a planer? The answer is simple, a lot! And is there such a thing as a Jointer Planer? No! So, what is the difference? Each machine does a completely different surfacing operation. A jointer flattens a face or straightens and…

  • Cove Cut on the Table Saw

    Let’s say you’re working on a project that requires some cove molding, and your lumber yard doesn’t carry the size that you need. Or maybe you are using an unusual species such as honey locust that you cut down from your neighbor’s yard one evening, and there’s no way that you will find cove molding…

  • Big Drill Press, Small Bits

    A drill press provides a great way for drilling holes, but sometimes isn’t capable of doing quite what you want it to do. When it comes to drilling tiny holes, anything 1/16” or less, many drill presses can’t help you. The chuck simply doesn’t get small enough to securely hold little bits. And that’s a…

  • Using Your Smartphone as a Digital Angle Gauge

    Setting angles on your tools can be a little tricky, and getting the angles just right is very important. If you’re doing something like stave construction, or any multi-sided item, being off just a few degrees on the set up can lead to disastrous results. But if you own a smart phone, the answer for…

  • Face Jointing and Parallel Edges

    One of the most common questions we get at WWGOA is about using the jointer, and not getting parallel faces or edges from the jointing process. It’s important to understand what jointers do and don’t do. Once you get this, you’ll be better able to get what you want from your jointer. Jointers Excel At……

  • How to Eliminate Jointer Snipe

    If your jointer is leaving a divot on the trailing edge of your work piece, it will not only drive you crazy, but it will produce unsightly blemishes on your projects. As you face joint your pieces, that divot will invariably end up in a visible place on your table top or other prominent location.…

  • Planing Toward the Middle

    When you’re planing a board to thickness, there’s a little more involved than simply shoving the board through your planer. To get the best possible result, in regards to board stability, you should follow a specific sequence of events. What we’re after We have a couple of goals when we’re planing wood. One, of course,…