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  • Repairing Aluminum Hold Downs

    You check the toolpath. You do an air cut. You eyeball the material location on the CNC machine, You double-check (maybe even triple check) the hold down locations on the material. But, sometimes, despite our best efforts, a router bit manages to “find” one of the aluminum hold downs you’re using. Ouch!! Most of my

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  • What is Spalting?

    Many woodworkers want to invest some time into understanding wood, which is understandable since we spend a lot of time with it and wood selection is an important aspect to any woodworking project. There are many types of “specialty woods” to learn about, from quilted and curly patterns, to the dramatic effects that can be

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  • Tips for Sharpening Woodworking Tools

    It’s an old cliche, but it’s true: dull tools are more dangerous than sharp tools. Instead of being able to gently and easily slice wood, as you can with a sharp tool, you’ll have to force a dull tool to do what you want it to do. That’s an accident waiting to happen. Stones There

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  • High Top Table Leg Idea

    The next time you’re making a table or, more specifically, a high top table, we’ve got a great leg hack that’ll make your woodworking life easier. Especially if you want the legs to be turned. Check out newel posts at the local lumber yard or home center. Yep, stairway parts make good furniture. I recently

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  • How to Cross Cut with a Router

    So you’re working on a project where you need to cut a big wide slab, perhaps a table or a bench, and you say to yourself “how can I cut this cleanly in such a way that I don’t have to spend the rest of my life sanding the end grain smooth?”. You are correct

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  • Torching Wood

    Everything old becomes new again! For instance, using a propane torch to char the surface of a piece of wood, changing its color. Torching wood is something that has been around for a really long time. It’s an interesting way to change a wood’s color without using stain or dye. Making it happen Torching wood

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  • Cutting Aluminum with a Table Saw

    As many of us build a tool arsenal that is primarily intended for working with wood, we occasionally come across projects involving metal. Many of these could benefit from the speed and precision of our woodshop equipment, but you might be unsure if it’s safe to work metal with your woodworking tools. One of the

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  • Adjusting Miter Saw Laser

    Having a laser on a miter saw is a great benefit. From a safety perspective, it shows you where the cut is about to be made, so you can make sure nothing that you don’t want cut is in line with the saw blade. From an accuracy perspective, a correctly set laser makes it easy

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  • Seamless Leg Glue-Ups

    Many furniture projects feature legs or posts that require stock that is thicker than other components on the piece. It’s not uncommon to need a blank of material that starts out at anywhere from 1-1/2” to 5”. It’s expensive and impractical to maintain an inventory of leg stock in these massive dimensions for every wood

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  • Wood Glue Up: Gluing Big Slabs

    At some point in the adventures of most woodworkers you’ll encounter the need for a board that is wider than the stock that you have available, which means it’s time to perform a wood glue up. Don’t be intimidated, as it’s probably easier than you think to produce a strong, beautiful wood glue up that

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