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  • A Guide to Turning Metal on a Wood Lathe

    If you have a wood lathe, you are probably accustomed to turning pens, spindles, and maybe even bowls. The common denominator is that most of the projects that you produce are probably made of wood. There’s no question that turning wood is one of the most fun things that you can do in a shop.

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  • How to Make Wood Plugs

    There are LOTS of ways to join wood. One tried and true method is to use screws to fasten parts together. But this can leave screws heads showing and, in most cases, you don’t want screw heads as a decorative element in your project. No problem, we can take care of that. It’s a fairly

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  • How to Eliminate Jointer Snipe

    If your jointer is leaving a divot on the trailing edge of your work piece, it will not only drive you crazy, but it will produce unsightly blemishes on your projects. As you face joint your pieces, that divot will invariably end up in a visible place on your table top or other prominent location.

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  • Planing Toward the Middle

    When you’re planing a board to thickness, there’s a little more involved than simply shoving the board through your planer. To get the best possible result, in regards to board stability, you should follow a specific sequence of events. What we’re after We have a couple of goals when we’re planing wood. One, of course,

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  • Quick Tip: How to Change Planer Blades

    Knife changes aren’t too bad on benchtop planers, except for the eleventy billion bolts you have to take out of each knife. Times two or three to get ALL the knives changed. Wanna learn how to change planer blades faster, and easier? Eliminate hand work Most benchtop planers come with some kind of wrench that

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  • How to Bend Metal Rods Using Heat

    Yeah, we use our shops (primarily) for woodworking, but most of us have other things going on in our shops too. In my case, I recently had to bend some metal rod for a shaving horse project. Do you want to know how to bend metal? We’ve got you covered. Let’s turn up the heat

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  • How to Safely Rip a Cylinder in Two

    If you need to rip a cylinder in half or quarters for a project, watch this video first. It can be a very dangerous activity if you do not take the necessary precautions. If you attempt to free-hand this cut on a table saw, the cylinder will inevitably roll slightly, creating a binding condition at

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  • Using Fence Support on Thin Material

    When you’re using tools like a biscuit joiner, Festool Domino or dowel machine, they all have a commonality. They each have a fence that registers the tool on your work. We rely on the fence not only for registration, but also to keep the machine at the correct angle relative to the work. This becomes

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  • Gluing Veneer: No Paper Back

    A special cut of veneer can turn a project from ordinary to extraordinary, but you get the cool look that you are after, you will have to learn how to attach veneer to a substrate. Many woodworkers are intimidating by the idea of gluing veneer themselves. They have concerns that special tools and glues will

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  • Finishing 2 Faces Made Easy

    When it comes to finishing projects, there can be challenges. Let’s do everything we can to eliminate challenges, and make finishing as simple as possible. Here’s a trick that will help your finishing move along a little faster; finishing both faces of a project in one go. I have to say that for a lot

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