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  • Tool Lubricant

    Using Wax Paper as a Woodworking Tool Lubricant

    Let’s face it; woodworking is more fun and satisfying when your tools are well-maintained and in good working condition when you go to use them. Many wood-shop tips suggest that one of the more important and yet commonly overlooked aspects of tool maintenance is to apply a tool lubricant to parts that maintain contact with… Read more »

  • Making a Micro Bevel on Your Woodworking Chisels

    The cornerstone of hand tool woodworking is the chisel. Whether you are chopping dovetails, paring to a line on end grain, or shearing off a bead of excess glue, one thing is for certain, you will want that bad boy to have a hair-splitting wicked sharp edge on it. The concept for how to sharpen… Read more »

  • Ideas for Removing a Rusty Table Saw Arbor Nut

    There can be real value in getting your tools used instead of new. However, used tools can have their “warts.” Every once in a while our readers, and the director of our woodworking videos, run into problems working with these older tools, and come to us with their questions. In this case, the table saw… Read more »

  • Manage Your Power Tool Cords with Cord Wraps

    Nobody wants a rat’s nest of wires in their shop. With every power tool you own having its own power cord, it’s easy for the cords to become a huge mess, tangled onto each other. Contributing Editor AJ Moses has tried a bunch of different cord wraps, looking for the best solution for this problem…. Read more »

  • Balance Your Bandsaw Wheels

    An out-of-balance bandsaw wheel, whether upper or lower, can cause you problems in a number of areas. First, it can produce excessive wear and tear on the machine, as the vibration can loosen bolts, transmit to the motor, and cause accelerated deterioration of important items such as bearings and tires. Also, the vibrating bandsaw wheel… Read more »

  • Shop Dust Collection: Shop Vacuum vs. Dust Collector

    Woodshop dust collection is a mysterious topic for many woodworkers, but we at WWGOA like to approach it in very simple terms that we can all understand. When contemplating woodshop dust collection, the first question that many woodworkers as is “Do I really need a dedicated dust collector? Can’t I just use a shop vacuum… Read more »

  • Worn Table Saw Arbor Fix

    It’s a fact of life… Everything eventually wears out. Bruce Kieffer found a great $2 “fix” for worn out table saw arbor threads. It’s a super simple solution that saves a lot of cash and repair work.

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  • Jointer Guard Spring Tension

    Jointer Guard Spring Tension

    It’s not uncommon for the spring on a jointer guard to lose its tension. If it does, the guard won’t work right and it’s no longer safe to use the jointer. Retensioning the spring is easy to do, and will help keep your jointer safe to use.

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  • Wood Lathe: Protect Your Lathe Tool Rest

    Wood Lathe: Protect Your Lathe Tool Rest

    If your lathe chisels, especially skews, have sharp corners on them, they’re probably digging into the lathe tool rest every time you use them. That makes for a lot of filing to keep the tool rest smooth. Here’s an easy way to make sure your chisels never get the chance to dig into the lathe… Read more »

  • Straightening a Lathe Tool Rest

    Straightening a Lathe Tool Rest

    Wood lathes don’t require too much maintenance, but to keep your cuts going smoothly you should give the tool rest some TLC every once in a while. It’s easy to do, and will make your lathe work go much better. Related Video: Wood Lathe: Protect Your Lathe Tool Rest

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