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  • Hand Chamfering Wood Drawer Pulls

    Chamfering wood with a hand plane is a great way to coax the wood into a more interesting shape, removing the harsh crisp edges that have been left behind by cutting tools. The chamfer creates a more inviting texture on the wood, and also brings out visually pleasing variations in how light reflects off the…

  • Installing Drawer Fronts

    We’ve all seen it: a stack of drawer fronts that are installed with uneven spacing, or perhaps with an annoying tilt. It’s disturbing, and once you see it, that’s all you will see every time you look at that cabinet. You can build the world’s great cabinet carcase, cut perfectly fitting dovetails on your drawers,…

  • George’s Upgrade to LED Lights

    The lighting in George’s shop was due for a change; an upgrade to LED lights. This video isn’t meant to be a comprehensive how-to. It’s more of a 100,000’ view of the decisions George made about his new LED workshop lights. Looking at upgrading George’s shop has 8’ fixtures that take two T12 bulbs, and…

  • Locating Drawer Slides in a Case

    We’ve all been there. You’ve built a beautiful set of drawers and it’s time to install them into the case using drawer slide hardware. How do you know where to put them so that the spacing is even between each drawer as well as the top and bottom of the case opening? You know that…

  • How to Repair a Cracked Bowl by Stapling

    If you turn enough bowls, you are bound to have one crack on you as it dries. What should you do when you have a cracked bowl? Some people might throw away the bowl, but I say that’s crazy talk! Think of the cracked bowl as the starting point for a new art project. There…

  • Antiquing Hardware

    Have you ever built a project where you wanted to use hardware that has the patina of a 100-year-old piece? You can use shiny brand-new hardware on a project like that, but it might stick out like a sore thumb, and nothing screams “rookie woodworker” like using hardware on a woodworking project that doesn’t align…

  • Drilling Angled Holes

    If you build a project that requires angled legs, such as a bench, stool, or similar, you will have to come up with a method for drilling angled holes to receive the angled legs. While it might be tempting to just “eyeball it” I wouldn’t recommend that approach because it is difficult to establish accuracy…

  • 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,…