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  • Acrylic and Polycarbonate Glass

    Acrylic and Polycarbonate Glass

    Have you ever wondered what the differences are between acrylic and polycarbonate glass? George Vondriska explains what sets them apart and discusses some of the various woodworking projects that require each type. Watch and learn which type factors into your next woodworking plans.

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    Workaround: Large Bit, Small Hole

    I was working on a project that required a 1-7/8″ forstner bit, and the only size close to this that I had was a 2″ bit. Unfortunately this was not close enough, so I needed a solution, and no stores were open. I decided that the best approach would be to use my router with

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  • Make any size hole

    Workaround: Make Any Size Hole

    I know circle cutters aren’t a lot of money. But the thought of a steel arm swinging around at face level with a knife makes me nervous. Besides, that single blade tends to tear up the grain around the hole. Buying a dedicated hole saw for every size you may need is an expensive proposition.

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  • Face Joint wide boards

    Face Joint Wide Boards

    Natural edged slab wood can be turned into some amazing projects. But taming the rough slab can be a chore. A planer needs a jointed surface on one face of the plank before it can do its job. A jointer works great for this, but a typical slab will exceed the capacity of most jointers.

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  • Branding Your Woodworking Projects

    Branding Your Work

    It’s not uncommon for woodworkers to use a branding iron to mark their work. It’s cool (actually, it’s pretty hot), and a sign that you’re proud of what you accomplished. Here’s an approach that’ll make your woodworking uniquely your own.These are not, actually, wood brands, they’re steak brands. The idea is that you plunk the

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  • Electrolysis Rust Removal

    Electrolysis Rust Removal

    This article is two-fold. First, I’m going to show you how to use electrolysis to remove rust from tools. Secondly, this is the first installment in a series of articles that will take you through the rehabilitation of a hand plane including finding replacement parts, tuning, and sharpening. You can watch as I get the

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  • Transfer Holes From Template To Project

    Transfer Holes from Template to Project

    The other day I needed to mount an electrical power strip to the back of a cabinet. On the back of my power strip were four screw mounting holes. I could have spent a lot of time drawing a complex layout on the rear of the cabinet, but instead here’s what I did: I cut

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  • Workbench Vice Tip

    Secure Work Without a Vise

    Not all workbenches have the perfect vise for holding stock, so I often use this cool trick. Tighten a hand screw clamp onto the bottom edge of the material, then clamp the hand screw clamp to the bench. You’ll be amazed at just how much holding power this provides. Enough for me to easily hand

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  • Pizza Points For Finishing

    Pizza Points for Finishing

    I had a real “Ah Ha” moment. Looking at a pizza we ordered I realized that the plastic thing in the middle of the pizza that keeps the box from touching the pizza (it looks like a little table) would serve a similar purpose when I’m finishing. I started saving them, and found they work

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    Use a Machinists Vise for Cutting Dovetails

    I love my machinist vise for cutting dovetails in drawer parts. To keep from marring the stock, I replace the iron jaw inserts with wood ones. The beauty of a machinist vise over my bench vise is that it holds the drawer parts up high at elbow level; the perfect position for accurate sawing. Related

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  1. Bonface kibue

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