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  • Quick Tip for Eliminating Putty Clean Up

    Quick Tip for Eliminating Putty Clean Up

    Wood putty provides woodworkers with a great way to “cover tracks”. When you make a goof, wood putty can help to hide it, and sometimes it does such a good job that nobody will ever know it was there. Another common use for wood putty is to fill holes that were left behind by a… Read more »

  • Quick Tip: How to Remove a Broken Nail

    Everyone loves to score a good deal on lumber, and sometimes that involves investing some “sweat equity” into the material before you can use it. Pallets can be a great source of free lumber, and sometimes there are some very nice pieces of lumber lurking under the warehouse grit and road grime. The patina of… Read more »

  • Framing Square Cutting Guide

    Framing Square Cutting Guide

    Making a square end cut with a circular saw can be an intimidating proposition. You can measure, double check, draw a line, measure again, and then when you cut you might still find that it is out of square. Ugh! Don’t give up and use out-of-square cuts for your project; that won’t do. Also, don’t… Read more »

  • Adding Playing Cards to Cauls

    Clamping up large projects can impose challenges. For example, sometimes projects require assemblies that involve clamping across a wide span where it’s difficult to apply even clamping pressure to the middle portion of the joint. Consider a wide bench, where you are attaching the top to a wide base, and you do not have any… Read more »

  • Using Epoxy for Wood Cracks

    Using Epoxy for Wood Cracks

    Working with wood as a medium is mostly a wonderful experience, but invariably you have to deal with some imperfections in the wood such as knots, cracks, dings, etc. Learning how to repair wood cracks and other imperfections can involve a bit of trial and error, and ultimately it is good to land on a… Read more »

  • Jointing Boards Wider than Your Jointer

    Jointing Boards Wider Than Your Jointer

    Most woodworkers try to buy a jointer that has enough capacity to handle any board that we would want to face joint or edge joint. But let’s face it; jointing boards wider than your jointer is a requirement that many woodworkers face from time to time. First of all, you should look at this challenge… Read more »

  • 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 »