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  • Cutting Aluminum with a Table Saw

    As many of us build a tool arsenal that is primarily intended for working with wood, we occasionally come across projects involving metal. Many of these could benefit from the speed and precision of our woodshop equipment, but you might be unsure if it’s safe to work metal with your woodworking tools. One of the

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  • Adjusting Miter Saw Laser

    Having a laser on a miter saw is a great benefit. From a safety perspective, it shows you where the cut is about to be made, so you can make sure nothing that you don’t want cut is in line with the saw blade. From an accuracy perspective, a correctly set laser makes it easy

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  • Cutting Rabbets on a Table Saw

    One of the really cool things about woodworking? There are SO many different ways to do the tasks we need to do. Here’s a great example; cutting rabbets on a table saw. You might automatically think that you have to own a dado head to do this, or that you’d have to use a router

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  • Seamless Leg Glue-Ups

    Many furniture projects feature legs or posts that require stock that is thicker than other components on the piece. It’s not uncommon to need a blank of material that starts out at anywhere from 1-1/2” to 5”. It’s expensive and impractical to maintain an inventory of leg stock in these massive dimensions for every wood

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  • Wood Glue Up: Gluing Big Slabs

    At some point in the adventures of most woodworkers you’ll encounter the need for a board that is wider than the stock that you have available, which means it’s time to perform a wood glue up. Don’t be intimidated, as it’s probably easier than you think to produce a strong, beautiful wood glue up that

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  • Determining a Safe Table Saw Blade Height

    Determining a Safe Table Saw Blade Height

    When it comes to blade changes and using a table saw, especially using it safely, there’s more to it than just putting the blade on and making a cut. It’s very important that the table saw blade height is correctly set. It’s easy to do, only takes a second, will help keep you safer on

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  • Adding Liquid Inlay for Wood Projects

    Adding Liquid Inlay for Wood Projects

    Adding inlay to a project is a great way to create an element of distinction, and to set your project apart as a unique gift or work of art. There are several ways that inlay can be done; using solid wood, veneer, or even marquetry can create an inlay effect. While these approaches can produce

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  • Tips to Calibrate a Table Saw Fence

    Tips to Calibrate a Table Saw Fence

    If you rely on your table saw fence as much as I do, you’re going to love this tip. It provides a very accurate way to make sure that the cursor on your table saw fence points to a number that agrees with the size of cut you’re actually making. Yep, we’re going to help

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  • Cutting Strips on a Table Saw with a Partner

    It’s not uncommon to need thin strips for woodworking projects. You might want them for an accent strip, to cover the edge of a plywood shelf, to band the front of a European-style cabinet…there are lots of applications. We’re talking about pieces that are ¼” or so thick. It’s great to be able to cut

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  • How to Free a Stuck Faceplate

    Faceplates provide an easy way to get bowl blanks mounted on the lathe. One downside….the direction in which they spin is the same direction in which they tighten. That is, of course, a good thing when it comes to keeping the bowl blank on the lathe. But it can be a bad thing when it

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  1. Steve

    Not a comment, but a question- Have you ever used pear wood for a project? What are its properties, and does it have a nice grain pattern? What would be a recommended finish? Obviously, it would need to be a small project (bandsaw box, jewelry box, etc.) because there’s not much usable wood in most pear trees that I’ve seen. Thanks for any info you might pass along.

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