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  • Edge to Edge Glue Up: Locating Clamps

    Edge to Edge Glue Up: Locating Clamps

    Gluing together boards in an edge-to-edge arrangement to form one large panel is an important skill that most woodworkers want to master. This requires careful planning to ensure that the right number of boards is used, and that those boards are cut to the ideal width to maximize yield for the project. It also demands… Read more »

  • Mineral Oil on Wood

    Simple Trick for Dispensing Mineral Oil on Wood

    Why put mineral oil on wood? The biggest reason is that it’s an excellent food-safe finish. For many woodworkers, mineral oil is the go-to sealer for cutting boards and wooden kitchen utensils; anything that may come in contact with food. It’s so easy to apply, easy to get (any pharmacy will have it, or you… Read more »

  • Gauging When Wood Width Must Equal Thickness

    Gauging When Wood Width Must Equal Thickness

    Woodworkers often find themselves ripping lumber to a dimension where its thickness is consistent to its width. Common applications for this include table legs, turning blanks, posts, slats, etc. Often times the first step is to plane the stock to the desired thickness, then take it to the table saw to cut the wood width…. Read more »

  • How to Cut Glass

    How to Cut Glass: Tips and Techniques

    Sometimes woodworkers like to mix things up a bit and pull in other materials to complete woodworking projects. Glass is a great example of this, adding an element of class and craftsmanship to certain projects. Cutting and installing glass is not as difficult for beginners as it might seem, and in fact it is probably… Read more »

  • Using Paper Joints for Turning Bowls

    Turning bowls on a wood lathe is an absolute blast, and if you haven’t tried it, you are missing out big time! Once you experience the beauty and satisfaction of bowl turning, you’ll be hooked. Like anything new that you try in the shop, however, there is a learning curve associated with turning bowls. One… Read more »

  • 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 »

  • Benefits of Multiple Power Sanders in the Shop

    How many power sanders are too many? Or, more importantly, how many power sanders aren’t enough? Contributing Editor A.J. Moses has come to recognize that increasing your collection of power sanders and can save you A LOT of time on your projects. Plus, he’s got some tips on how to best take advantage of owning… 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 »