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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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  • How to Cut a Pentagon on a Table Saw

    Every now and then our woodworking requires us to rip a work piece to a polygon shape on the table saw. Perhaps you want to cut a pentagon, hexagon, octagon, nonagon, or any other polygon, for a fancy table leg or a post. This can be an intimidating, or even frightening requirement, and if you

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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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  • How to Remove CNC Tabs

    When you want to automate production and bring some precision to a project, nothing beats CNC technology. The world of CNC is exploding these days in a very positive way to bring a spectrum of innovative and economical solutions to production shops as well as hobbyists. While CNC routers can automate many of the tasks

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  • Choosing a Router Base: Flat vs Round Side

    There are lots of aspects of woodworking that are intuitive. Some, not so much. This is an example of not so much. Routers and Fences One way to guide a router through a cut is to attach a fence to the router, allowing the fence to ride along the edge of your work. An alternative

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  • Allowing for Router Bit Diameter on a CNC Machine

    CNC technology can add a lot of value to a woodworking shop in terms of precision, repeatability, efficiency and quality. Once you have an overview of a CNC machine, you will begin to understand the precision in place throughout the system. This is one of those “garbage in, garbage out” scenarios in which the CNC

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  • Creating a Waterfall Miter Joint

    Slab tables are all the rage these days, and everyone wants to build one for themselves. And once you have one of your own, you’ll be getting lots of request to build more. From a woodworking perspective waterfall tables are a pretty straightforward project, but they do require that you execute a tight waterfall miter

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  • How to Level a Wood Slab

    Perhaps you want to build one of those “River Tables” that are becoming famous around the internet, or maybe you want to build a simple coffee table using hairpin legs supporting a big ‘ol slab from a tree that was cut down in your neighborhood. Either way, you’ll need to learn how to level a

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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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  • Arbortech Ball Gauge

    Arbortech Ball Gouge

    When it comes to making bowls, you may immediately start thinking about a wood lathe. But what if you want to make a bowl or dish or platter that isn’t round? Or what if it’s not about a bowl at all, but simply doing some carving? That’s where power carving tools can help you out.

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