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  • Tips to Sanding Irregular Surfaces

    As much as everyone seems to dislike the sanding phase of a woodworking project, all sanding is not created equal. When we are sanding on flat surfaces such as a table top, at least we can use a belt sander, sheet sander or random orbital sander to power though the process. Sanding irregular surfaces such…

  • Notching For Legs with a Circular Saw

    Often a furniture project calls for cutting a notch out of a panel to wrap around another item for a custom fitted appearance. Case in point: a tabletop that is notched around the legs to showcase the top of the legs for a point of interest. It can be difficult to establish these short cut…

  • How to Make Shop-Made CNC Hold Down Clamps

    CNC technology has made its way into a large number of woodworking operations, even increasingly finding its way into hobbyist shops. When using a CNC machine, one of the fundamental requirements is to ensure that the workpiece is solidly and safely secured to the bed of the CNC. If there is any ability for the…

  • Cut Biscuit Grooves with a Router

    Workaround: Cut Biscuit Grooves with a Router

    So you need to cut a few biscuit grooves but don’t own a biscuit (plate) joiner — No problem, cutting the grooves with your router and a slot-cutter bit is easy. So I’ll bet you’re wondering if it’s so easy then why even own a biscuit joiner? Well there are pros and cons: Pros: Great…

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  • How to Attach a Miter Saw Laser

    There are a lot of great reasons for having a laser on a miter saw, but not every saw comes with a miter saw laser. If your machine doesn’t have a laser don’t despair, there’s a solution. Benefits of a laser There are some great reasons for having a miter saw laser. A big one…

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    Router Woodworking Basics: How to Use a Router

    Want to use a router, but don’t know where to start? Learn how to use a router with these router woodworking techniques and tips. Boy, I use routers a lot. They can do so much. From adding a profile to an edge to cutting dovetail joints, a router is an incredibly versatile machine. But if…

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  • Tips for Cutting Foam on a CNC or CNC Machine

    One of the most interesting things I’ve done recently on a CNC machine is using it for CNC foam cutting. And by foam, I simply mean standard building foam that you can get at a home center. It’s inexpensive, and machines great. You might use it to create a finished item, or to mock up…

  • Router Technique to Bridge a Crack

    If you are working on a project and the stock has a crack in it, don’t sweat it. You can reinforce the wood, and at the same time add a beautiful detail by installing a beautiful butterfly joint and “celebrating” the imperfection rather than removing it or attempting to hide it. Once you learn how…

  • How to Cross Cut Accurately on a Table Saw

    The table saw is perhaps best known for its prowess in lumber ripping operations, but with a little bit of time and setup, you can also learn how to cross cut like a boss on your table saw. It’s simple to turn your table saw into a precision cross cutting machine, and once you know…

  • Router Dust Collection with the Oneida Router Hood

    Router Dust Collection with the Oneida Router Hood

    Routers make a mess, there are no two ways around around it. And it’s always been hard to achieve good router dust collection, at least until now. The new Universal Dust-Free Router Hood from Oneida Air Systems provides a great solution to the problem of dust coming pouring off of your hand-held router. Attaching the…