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  • Using a Woodturning Hook Tool

    A hollow vessel is a beautiful, delicate object that is lightweight, has a very small opening, and invites all sorts of questions about how it was made. Turning a hollow vessel on a lathe is a challenging project, but it is an accomplishment that is fun, exciting, and within reach of an experienced turner when

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  • Turning a Tenon on a 4-Jaw Chuck

    Adding a four-jaw chuck to your turning arsenal can be a real game changer, as these nifty devices can increase your turning efficiency as well as capacity. When you are turning a bowl using a four-jaw chuck, however, it is important to have a good strategy for forming the tenon that will be inserted into

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  • Drum Sander Cleaning Tip

    An abrasive cleaning stick can go a long way toward keeping your sandpaper clean and unclogged. Why is that a big deal? Clogged sandpaper won’t sand effectively, and will probably burn your stock. This is especially true on surface sanders. However, what can you do when a simple cleaning isn’t enough? Is it possible to

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  • Miter Saw Setup for Accurate Cuts

    When I walk up to my miter saw and make a cut, I want to know for a fact that the cuts I’m making are accurate. Whether I’m making a 90-degree cut, an angled cut or a beveled cut, I put the same demands on the saw; do what I’m asking you to do. Accurately.

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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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  • Quick Tip to Find the Center of a Circle with a Square

    If you think that framing squares only belong on a construction job site, you couldn’t be more wrong. They’re also very useful to have in your shop. Here’s a great example. Need to find the center of a circle? You may not believe it, but you can easily do this with a framing square. There

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  • How to Check Miter Gauge Accuracy

    Miters can be a beautiful form of joinery and a symbol of true craftsmanship. For many woodworkers however, both novice and experienced, miter saw accuracy can be an elusive pursuit. Even after setting up your miter saw, you may have experienced the frustration of cutting miters that should be perfect 45-degree cuts according to your

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  • How to Draw a Straight Line on a Dowel

    Here’s a little problem solver for you. You may not need it every day, but when you do need it you’ll be glad you know this trick. How you get a perfectly straight line from one end of a dowel to the other? The answer actually lies with your table saw. To do this, we’ll

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  • Using a Bar Stock to Set Up Tools

    Anyone who knows George knows that he pretty much hates measuring. He cheats whenever possible, employing a variety of tips and tricks, including using a set-up gauge. Set-up gauges are simple little things: brass bar stock in a variety of sizes, but they take a lot of the hassle out of setting up tools. What’s

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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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