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  • Installing Drawer Slides: Drawer Box Components

    Once you know how to make cabinet drawers, you will want to understand the process of installing drawer slides. First comes the part of installing drawer slides that involves attaching them to the sides of your cabinet’s carcase, and that is covered in a separate video. The next step, which we cover here, is where…

  • Easily Apply Edging Tape

    Veneer tape, also called edging tape or edge banding, is a GREAT way to cover the edges of man-made materials. If you do this correctly, the completed piece will look like solid wood. Ethan has a bunch of great tips and tricks that will make the process easy and the results great. Where would I…

  • Installing Drawer Slides: Case Components

    If you are making a cabinet, desk, dresser or other casework project, there typically comes a point of intimidation where you install the drawers. If you use ball bearing drawer slides, you may have experienced the common frustrations that many woodworkers encounter when installing them. Why doesn’t the drawer sit flush with my face frame?…

  • Cove Cut on the Table Saw

    Let’s say you’re working on a project that requires some cove molding, and your lumber yard doesn’t carry the size that you need. Or maybe you are using an unusual species such as honey locust that you cut down from your neighbor’s yard one evening, and there’s no way that you will find cove molding…

  • Using Drill Bushings in Your Projects

    I love building jigs and fixtures for my shop. When I’m building jigs that work in conjunction with a drilling operation, I find it’s best to add drill guide bushings to the jig so the jig holds up and stays accurate. If I’m investing my time, after all, I want the jig to last. What’s…

  • Using a Lathe Drill Chuck

    If you own a lathe, you know all about putting a spur center in the headstock and a live center in the tailstock. You may not be familiar with mounting a drill chuck on your lathe. There are LOTS of good reasons for adding this accessory to your collection of lathe tools. What do I…

  • How to Dispense Pinpoint Epoxy

    There is a large and growing popularity around working with slab wood and making big, bold table tops with this material. That means dealing with imperfections that you will invariable find in the slabs. Epoxy is a great material for filling voids because it provides an attractive surface that can be sanded flush with the…

  • Big Drill Press, Small Bits

    A drill press provides a great way for drilling holes, but sometimes isn’t capable of doing quite what you want it to do. When it comes to drilling tiny holes, anything 1/16” or less, many drill presses can’t help you. The chuck simply doesn’t get small enough to securely hold little bits. And that’s a…

  • How to Make a Magnetic Chalkboard

    Who doesn’t have use for a new chalkboard? Whether you are going to set it up in your shop to keep track of the new tools that you need, or if you plan to donate it to your church or child’s school, a new chalkboard will come in quite handy. As an added bonus, wouldn’t…

  • Using Your Smartphone as a Digital Angle Gauge

    Setting angles on your tools can be a little tricky, and getting the angles just right is very important. If you’re doing something like stave construction, or any multi-sided item, being off just a few degrees on the set up can lead to disastrous results. But if you own a smart phone, the answer for…