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  • How to Set a Miter Gauge for 45 Degrees

    Setting the miter gauge on your table saw to a perfect 45-degrees can be very challenging. And, if you’re planning on making picture frames, being just a tiny bit off will be a deal breaker. But here’s great news. You’ve probably already got a tool in your shop that will give you the precision you…

  • Framing Square Cutting Guide

    Framing Square Cutting Guide

    Making a square end cut with a circular saw can be an intimidating proposition. You can measure, double check, draw a line, measure again, and then when you cut you might still find that it is out of square. Ugh! Don’t give up and use out-of-square cuts for your project; that won’t do. Also, don’t…

  • Overcome Chatter on the Lathe

    Overcome Chatter on the Lathe

    You can turn just about anything that is round on a lathe, within the length and diameter constraints of your machine. But when you turn a spindle to a long, thin shape, you will invariably encounter the work piece beginning to vibrate under pressure from your lathe chisel. The next thing that you’ll notice is…

  • Jointing Boards Wider than Your Jointer

    Jointing Boards Wider Than Your Jointer

    Most woodworkers try to buy a jointer that has enough capacity to handle any board that we would want to face joint or edge joint. But let’s face it; jointing boards wider than your jointer is a requirement that many woodworkers face from time to time. First of all, you should look at this challenge…

  • How to Taper Cut on a Jointer

    How to Taper Cut on a Jointer

    Do you know how to taper cut on your jointer? When most people think about a motorized jointer they think about edge jointing and face jointing. And for good reason; those two activities comprise the large majority of what woodworkers use their jointers for. If you ask most woodworkers how to taper cut, they will…

  • Edge to Edge Glue Up on a Jointer: Wood Gluing Tips

    Edge to Edge Gluing: Perfect Jointer Cuts

    Edge gluing comes into play in a variety of woodworking projects, and is an aspect of any project that can reveal the skill level of the craftsman who builds the project. A dead flat panel is impressive and indicates a high quality project. But let’s face it; if the panel has gaps or noticeable peaks…

  • Spacers Create Perfect Dado Fit

    Sure, it’s great to cut dadoes using a dado head on a table saw, or a router bit on a router table or with a hand-held router. But there are instances where that may not work for you. Maybe you don’t own a dado head, or the right size router bit. Or maybe you’re only…

  • Fly Cutting a CNC Spoilboard

    Fly Cutting a CNC Spoilboard

    The spoil board on a CNC router is considered a consumable commodity. Whether you’re screwing material down to the spoilboard, or doing through cuts that slightly cut into it, eventually you’re going to have to fly cut or level your spoil board. This video walks you through the process, helping your understand how to set…

  • Biscuit Jointer: Register Off the Fence

    Biscuit Jointer: Register Off the Fence

    Biscuit joinery came onto the hobbyist woodworking scene in the 1990s, and woodworkers have been using biscuits heavily ever since. Nothing beats a biscuit joint when it comes to a quick, lightweight substitute for a traditional mortise and tenon joint, or a spline joint. A biscuit joiner essentially creates a slot into which a pressed…

  • How to Use a Biscuit Joiner: Registering off the Bottom

    How to Use a Biscuit Joiner: Registering Off the Bottom

    Woodworkers commonly use biscuits as a quick, lightweight substitute for dados, splines and tenons. For joints of these types, biscuit joinery provides a great option in situations where the joint does not demand extreme strength. As you learn how to use a biscuit joiner, it is helpful to understand the exceptional versatility that this tool…