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  • Shop-made Quick Release Hose Clamps

    Any woodworker who has a dust collection duct system knows what a pain it can be to do any reconfiguration. Moving tools around, adding new ducts, extending a line for better tool spacing, can all be time consuming, tedious tasks. Oftentimes this means having to remove screws, and then replace them again after the ducting…

  • Repair a Cracked Bowl Blank

    If you’re a woodturner, CA glue is one of your best friends. It’s perfect for doing spot repairs on your bowls and spindles. There are a variety of viscosities of cyanoacrylate glue available. I typically use medium or thick for these repairs. Accelerator for the glue isn’t a must, but it’s handy to have. In…

  • Cross Halving Joint: Narrow Stock

    A cross halving joint is a strong, simple joint that is commonly used in applications ranging from simple boxes, to furniture, or complex egg crate inserts. As with many aspects of woodworking, there are a variety of ways to create a cross halving joint. Methods for creating this joint might involve a table saw, bandsaw,…

  • Repairing a Cracked Table Leaf

    A friend of mine owns a very old dining room table. It belonged to her parents, and has an heirloom aspect that she’s very proud of. Unfortunately, over time, some of the table leaves developed cracks. Not huge cracks but, still, unsightly. I wanted to help her save the table. What NOT to do Sometimes…

  • Double-Face Tape Substitute

    Double face tape has many applications in a woodworking shop. It can be used to hold pieces together for tracing or cutting, and is durable enough to hold up to machining operations. With as versatile as this product is, it becomes essential to have in the shop. But what if we find ourselves in a…

  • Tips for More Accurate Pencil Tracing

    It’s pretty common practice to use a pencil to trace one part onto another. Whether you’re copying a buddy’s templates and patterns, or making a new insert for your table saw, pencil tracing is an easy, low tech way to get the shape transferred. However… The problem with this is accuracy. Because of a pencil’s…

  • Shop-made Epoxy Mold

    There are lots of ways to work with resin. It can be cast, used as a table top decoration or finish, poured as a skim coat to add a decorative element to your projects. Casting resin is easy and, thanks to what we’re about to show you, you can make your own resin molds in…

  • Making an Arc, Simplified

    Woodworkers typically become proficient with building square projects, but can be intimidated at the prospect of drawing an arc that will appear in their project. Drawing an arc can be done a few different ways, and some can be complicated and others are error prone. After drawing an arc perfectly, cutting an arc is generally…

  • Painting a Sign: Masking for Two Colors

    Sign making is a great area within woodworking. Most of us have the tools and the fundamental woodworking skills to produce creative custom signs that people love. In order to fully customize the look of your sign, it’s a good idea to apply some color. This can give it the special look that you’re after,…

  • Mixing Resin the Right Way

    Resin, also called epoxy, has really taken the woodworking world by storm. Lots of woodworkers have become intrigued by resin and what it can add to their projects. This medium provides lots of room for creativity, but if it isn’t used correctly, there can be a myriad of problems. It all starts with making sure…