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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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…

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  • 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.

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  • 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,

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  • How to Cut a Pentagon on a Table Saw

    Every now and then our woodworking requires us to rip a work piece to a polygon shape on the table saw. Perhaps you want to cut a pentagon, hexagon, octagon, nonagon, or any other polygon, for a fancy table leg or a post. This can be an intimidating, or even frightening requirement, and if you

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  • How to Safely Rip a Cylinder in Two

    If you need to rip a cylinder in half or quarters for a project, watch this video first. It can be a very dangerous activity if you do not take the necessary precautions. If you attempt to free-hand this cut on a table saw, the cylinder will inevitably roll slightly, creating a binding condition at

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  • How to Level a Wood Slab

    Perhaps you want to build one of those “River Tables” that are becoming famous around the internet, or maybe you want to build a simple coffee table using hairpin legs supporting a big ‘ol slab from a tree that was cut down in your neighborhood. Either way, you’ll need to learn how to level a

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  • Making a Continuous Grain Drawer Front

    Have you ever seen a table with a drawer featured as part of the apron, and the grain of the apron flows through the drawer face as if it were cut directly out of the apron without disturbing the surrounding wood? Could it be a magic trick, or are some craftsmen just that superior? Well

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  • Cutting Aluminum with a Table Saw

    As many of us build a tool arsenal that is primarily intended for working with wood, we occasionally come across projects involving metal. Many of these could benefit from the speed and precision of our woodshop equipment, but you might be unsure if it’s safe to work metal with your woodworking tools. One of the

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