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  • CNC: Flattening Cookies

    If you’re like me, you look at a log as a cylinder full of possibilities. It’s full of planks, bowl blanks, and cookies. Yep, cookies. This is a term commonly used for the pieces you get when you crosscut a log into slabs you can use as table tops, or for a variety of other…

  • Achieving a Mirror-Smooth Finish on Epoxy

    If you’ve worked with resin you know that it can be tricky to get a mirror-smooth finish. You’ll see and feel all forms of imperfections including pits, bubbles, waves, and bumps. You’ve seen a smooth finish in resin, however, whether it was in an Instagram photo, video, or a piece that you saw at a…

  • Double-Face Tape Substitute

    Double face tape has many applications in a woodworking shop. It can be used to hold pieces together for tracing or cutting, and is durable enough to hold up to machining operations. With as versatile as this product is, it becomes essential to have in the shop. But what if we find ourselves in a…

  • Cutting a Live Edge Bowl Blank Round On a Bandsaw

    Turning a natural form on a lathe, and keeping the bark and natural tree profile intact as you rough out and shape the bowl is a satisfying process. While live edge bowl turning is extremely fun, for people who are new to this art form, there can be some intimidation about the sequence of events.…

  • Table Saw Joinery: Tenons and Half Laps

    If you’re building furniture, there’s a good chance you’ll be using mortise and tenon joinery. Want to make an exceptionally robust frame? Half lap joints are a rock solid way to go. You can easily, and accurately, but tenons and half laps on your table saw, once you know a few tricks. Start with a…

  • Tips for More Accurate Pencil Tracing

    It’s pretty common practice to use a pencil to trace one part onto another. Whether you’re copying a buddy’s templates and patterns, or making a new insert for your table saw, pencil tracing is an easy, low tech way to get the shape transferred. However… The problem with this is accuracy. Because of a pencil’s…

  • Shop-made Epoxy Mold

    There are lots of ways to work with resin. It can be cast, used as a table top decoration or finish, poured as a skim coat to add a decorative element to your projects. Casting resin is easy and, thanks to what we’re about to show you, you can make your own resin molds in…

  • 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…