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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Cutting Brass on Your CNC Machine

    When you think of a CNC machine, perhaps your first thought is related to large plywood cutting projects such as cabinets or signs; right? Those are absolutely great applications for CNC, but a CNC machine is also capable of so much more. For example, did you know that you can also cut brass on a

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  • Face Jointing and Parallel Edges

    One of the most common questions we get at WWGOA is about using the jointer, and not getting parallel faces or edges from the jointing process. It’s important to understand what jointers do and don’t do. Once you get this, you’ll be better able to get what you want from your jointer. Jointers Excel At…

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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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  • 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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