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  • Making an Arc, Simplified

    Woodworkers typically become proficient with building square projects, but can be intimidated at the prospect of drawing an arc that will appear in their project. Drawing an arc can be done a few different ways, and some can be complicated and others are error prone. After drawing an arc perfectly, cutting an arc is generally…

  • George’s Secret Finishing Recipe

    Finishing is an aspect of woodworking that can be challenging for many of us. Choosing the wrong finishing products, and applying them using an approach that isn’t ideal for the product, can diminish the quality of even the best project. George has used a wide range of finishing approaches over his years in the craft,…

  • Sign Painting: Sealer Prevents Paint Bleed

    Making signs on a CNC is a fun process for hobbyists, and can be a great money-making service for professionals. Sign painting is a nice way to make those characters “pop” from the background, and ensure that your sign is noticed by passers-by. With sign painting, however, there can be challenges with paint bleeding. The…

  • Painting a Sign: Masking for Two Colors

    Sign making is a great area within woodworking. Most of us have the tools and the fundamental woodworking skills to produce creative custom signs that people love. In order to fully customize the look of your sign, it’s a good idea to apply some color. This can give it the special look that you’re after,…

  • Table Saw: Safe Ripping and Cross Cutting

    The table saw is at the heart of most woodworking shops, so it’s VERY important that you use it correctly and safely. In this video we’ll demonstrate safe ripping and crosscutting on a Laguna Fusion 1 table saw. We’ll cover: – Blade selection, ripping versus crosscutting – The importance of a riving knife – Body…

  • Great Uses for Trigger Clamps

    It might be a cliche, but it’s true, you can never have enough clamps. And it’s also true that you need to have the right clamp for the job you’re doing. Bessey’s Trigger Clamps provide lots of “oomph” when you give them a squeeze, and are very versatile, making them a great addition to anyone’s…

  • Mixing Resin the Right Way

    Resin, also called epoxy, has really taken the woodworking world by storm. Lots of woodworkers have become intrigued by resin and what it can add to their projects. This medium provides lots of room for creativity, but if it isn’t used correctly, there can be a myriad of problems. It all starts with making sure…

  • Sanding Live Edge

    Sanding live edge on a table can be a little tricky. For me, I want to take any sharp edges off of the bark so it isn’t an uncomfortable piece of furniture to have around, but I don’t want to dramatically change its shape or contours. I also want to use the sanding live edge…

  • Oval Turning

    Have you ever wanted to try oval turning on your lathe? Through the use of multi-axis turning you can do this. Multi-axis turning involves moving the live center to multiple points on your spindle to create a shape that is something other than round, such as an oval. Why might someone want to learn oval…

  • Making Striped Turning Blanks

    If you enjoy woodturning, you surely spend some time preparing turning blanks. Sometimes it’s nice to work with thick stock and simply cut it to the dimensions that you need. But other times, you might not have thick enough stock, or perhaps you just want to incorporate some different colors into your project to enhance…