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  • 2 Bit Dovetail

    2 Bit Dovetail

    When working on your woodworking project, have you ever wondered why most dovetail jigs are a two-bit operation? Woodworking expert George Vondriska explains how through-pins and tails are cut on a jig, and when to use each of the two cutters required for the process. He also discusses why it’s so important to match the…

  • Jointing with a router

    Jointing with a Router

    Here’s the situation: Lumberyards and hobby/hardware stores often sell lumber S2S, which means the wide surfaces are jointed and planed, but the edges are rough from the sawmill or follow the shape of the tree. Do you pass these boards up because you don’t have a jointer? If you own a router, start buying that…

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  • My Planer Isnt Big Enough

    Workaround: My Planer Isn’t Big Enough

    I have been building furniture and cabinets for almost 30 years. For most of those years I’ve owned a 13-in. planer. Of course, there have been plenty of times when I found myself wishing for something bigger, but as the old saying goes, “Necessity (and I would add, a lack of funds) is the mother…

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  • Table Saw Resawing

    Workaround: Table Saw Resawing

    I rarely resaw, and when I do, it’s usually to maximize the yield of the wood I have rather than to make veneer or book-matched boards. Changing my bandsaw blade just to make a few resaw cuts takes way too much time. The solution is simple — I use my table saw. The table saw…

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  • Miter Gauge Tips

    Miter Gauge Used as a Square

    I have a tendency to misplace my squares, which often results in me reaching for a scrap of wood for an approximate angle. I’ve found what works far better though, is to take my miter gauge, and flip it upside down with the face of the gauge along the edge of the board. The bar…

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  • Log Cookies on Your Bandsaw

    Log Cookies on Your Bandsaw

    I recently received a request from a co-worker to supply 30 log slices – about 8″ in diameter and 1-1/2″ thick. Her plan was to use them as a base for candles on the dining tables at her wedding reception. I have to say, the concept went past me until we attended her wedding. The…

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  • Using a Keyhole Bit

    Using a Keyhole Bit

    If you’re looking for a hardware-free way to hang picture frames or plaques on the wall, you need a keyhole router bit. Set up is simple, and results are great.When I make a picture frame or plaque, my preference for providing a way to hang it on the wall is to use a keyhole router…

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  • Easy Resawing

    Easy Resawing

    In my experience, resawing on a bandsaw is one of those things that makes smoke come out of woodworkers’ ears. It can, admittedly, be tough to get perfect, especially if you have to go through the steps required for drift compensation. (Sometimes you get the drift, sometimes you don’t.) Here’s what’ll save your resaw bacon.…

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  • Ripping thin strips of wood

    3 Ways to Rip Thin Strips

    Ripping thin strips of wood on a table saw can be a hair-raising activity, and doing so without a sound approach can lead to, well, really bad things. The goal in setting up for ripping strips is to ensure safe operations while maintaining efficiency. The challenge is that there is dangerously little space between the…

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  • Using A Biscuit Joiner

    Using a Biscuit Joiner

    This is the first of a two-part series on the biscuit joiner. This article provides instruction on using a biscuit joiner, along with advice on setting up your machine, choosing the correct size biscuits, proper gluing techniques, and more. Woodworkers know that there are many approaches to joining two pieces of wood together. The key…

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