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  • Seamless Leg Glue-Ups

    Many furniture projects feature legs or posts that require stock that is thicker than other components on the piece. It’s not uncommon to need a blank of material that starts out at anywhere from 1-1/2” to 5”. It’s expensive and impractical to maintain an inventory of leg stock in these massive dimensions for every wood

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  • Wood Glue Up: Gluing Big Slabs

    At some point in the adventures of most woodworkers you’ll encounter the need for a board that is wider than the stock that you have available, which means it’s time to perform a wood glue up. Don’t be intimidated, as it’s probably easier than you think to produce a strong, beautiful wood glue up that

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  • Adding Liquid Inlay for Wood Projects

    Adding Liquid Inlay for Wood Projects

    Adding inlay to a project is a great way to create an element of distinction, and to set your project apart as a unique gift or work of art. There are several ways that inlay can be done; using solid wood, veneer, or even marquetry can create an inlay effect. While these approaches can produce

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  • Tips to Calibrate a Table Saw Fence

    Tips to Calibrate a Table Saw Fence

    If you rely on your table saw fence as much as I do, you’re going to love this tip. It provides a very accurate way to make sure that the cursor on your table saw fence points to a number that agrees with the size of cut you’re actually making. Yep, we’re going to help

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  • How to Free a Stuck Faceplate

    Faceplates provide an easy way to get bowl blanks mounted on the lathe. One downside….the direction in which they spin is the same direction in which they tighten. That is, of course, a good thing when it comes to keeping the bowl blank on the lathe. But it can be a bad thing when it

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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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