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  • Allowing for Router Bit Diameter on a CNC Machine

    CNC technology can add a lot of value to a woodworking shop in terms of precision, repeatability, efficiency and quality. Once you have an overview of a CNC machine, you will begin to understand the precision in place throughout the system. This is one of those “garbage in, garbage out” scenarios in which the CNC

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  • How to Store Green Bowl Blanks

    When I turn bowls, I primarily work with green wood, meaning it’s dripping wet. Its moisture content could easily be around 30%. It’s easy to find wood that’s in that condition. The challenge is keeping it that way until you find the time to do the turning. Here’s the trick for this that I like

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  • Making Inset Drawer Fronts: How to Find the Perfect Fit

    Building a dresser is a great project to take on, with lots of skills to master. One of the aspects of building a dresser that many woodworkers find intimidating is to build inset drawer fronts, which can be a distinctive accent to a dresser or cabinet project. There are a couple reasons that inset drawer

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  • Product Spotlight: Bessey Clamps

    When we come across products that we really like, we like to tell you about them. And that’s the deal with the new Bessey Revo clamps. You wouldn’t think a company could progress much with something as simple as a clamp, but Bessey has done it. Lots of other features Let’s have a look at

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  • Custom Wood Molding Sled

    Custom wood molding is a great way to dress up any project in your shop or home improvement project. Making custom wood molding is one of those cool skills that can separate you from the pack, as it takes some engineering to do this with a typical set of shop tools. Custom wood molding can

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  • Identifying Parts of Your Woodworking Project

    You wouldn’t start a project without looking at the plan first. Similarly, you shouldn’t start any projects without having a really close look at your material. What’re we looking for? When you purchase solid wood for your projects, especially hardwoods, they most likely will be in random width and random length. That means just what

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  • Repairing a Wobbly Table

    Building a wobble-free table or wobble-free chair legs can be tricky. Sometimes you might be working with organic shaped material, or other times perhaps there is the slightest slippage while you are gluing up. Whatever the cause, it’s common that a project wobbles just slightly when you take it out of the clamps. Never fear,

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  • Making Drawer Pulls from Aluminum

    Making cabinet drawers is a critical part of a project, and the final product should provide a great example of the maker’s craftsmanship. Drawer pulls are a great focal point in a project to provide a unique accent and personalize the drawer, setting it apart as a special functional piece of art. Sure, there are

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  • Tips for Storing and Organizing Clamps

    Clamps, clamps, everywhere a clamp. If you’re lucky. 🙂 Yeah, George stores A LOT of clamps because of the classes he teaches, but even if you don’t own the boat load of clamps that he does, you’ll find this a very easy way to get started organizing clamps. The challenge Clamps are very heavy, and

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  • Creating a Waterfall Miter Joint

    Slab tables are all the rage these days, and everyone wants to build one for themselves. And once you have one of your own, you’ll be getting lots of request to build more. From a woodworking perspective waterfall tables are a pretty straightforward project, but they do require that you execute a tight waterfall miter

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17 Responses to “Woodworking Blog Posts, Articles & Videos to Build Your Skills”
  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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  2. david

    if I was to cut a tree down,& wanted to use it for flooring. How long should it dry? Also could take a branch and cut 1/2 or3/4 inch slices of the branch and use it as flooring. thanks

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    • Customer Service

      Hi David. You should get a good moisture meter and be sure that it is dry to the point of stabilization. In my shop in MN that typically means 8-10% depending on the time of year and the conditions. You don’t want to install flooring that hasn’t fully dried or you could experience problems. I would not recommend using limb wood for lumber since it is under stress and notoriously unstable. I would use only the trunk wood.
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      Paul-WWGOA

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  3. Des Miscamble

    interesting- but how about skills regarding Scroll Saws? I have a Baumr-AG scroll saw ss16 arriving very soon – i have some experience

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  4. Kurt

    What product would you recommend to keep bark on a slab of wood before I use it for a cnc project.Then to seal it after it is done
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  5. TOM TESS

    Question! I’ve been ask to make a pontoon boat table top, something that sports grain and some color. Teak is very expensive. How about some alternative suggestions!

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Tom. I would consider white oak as an economical alternative.
      Thanks
      Paul-WWGOA

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  6. careyrmitchell

    Re the high top table using newel posts for legs. I made a number of plant stands and small side tables for the deck using stair spindles. I picked up several dozen nice spindles as closeouts for $.25 each. I flipped them upside down, cut off the square part that would have been at the top and had table legs. Simple mortises and tenoned aprons and a top – some nice small tables for about $2 each. These made great gifts with little effort or cost.

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  7. jeffhanson66

    I’m in the process of setting up my shop and am currently considering adding a bench top jointer and planer and would appreciate any expert recommendations regarding these two tools. Any advice to help decide between spiral cutters versus straight blades would help.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello. These are both game changing tools that really expand your capabilities. I’m a big fan of portable planers and I think that they are a perfect fit for a hobbyist or small pro shop. My top pic is this one: https://amzn.to/2N035g0
      If you want to save a little money, my second choice would be this one: https://amzn.to/2OaCiSR
      I’m less enthusiastic about portable jointers, but I have owned one and they can be reasonably effective for smaller projects. The downsides are the short beds, loudness, and lightweight. The one that I owned was this one: http://amzn.to/2sEbMb0
      It has plenty of power. A bigger machine would be better, but if you are tight on space these are a good option.
      Spiral vs. Straight knives. I wrote an article on this several years back. https://www.wwgoa.com/article/spiral-cutterheads-for-the-jointer-worth-the-upgrade-price/
      I have spiral cutterheads in both my jointer and planer and love them. I get great cut quality on even highly figured wood. Having said that, I would rather have a good jointer with straight knives than a marginal jointer with a spiral cutterhead. Same with a planer. For me, its all about tool quality, more so than which knives are used. But, if you can find a good deal on spiral cutters, by all means do it; they are awesome.
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      Paul-WWGOA

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      • jeffhanson66

        Thank you Paul. I have noticed in my research of bench top planers your recommendation comes up number one very often and I think I will go with that model. Also I just found a great source for rough sawn lumber, much red oak and walnut, and I think I will want a bigger jointer. Plus I believe I can make the necessary room for a floor standing jointer and have considered both Jet and Powermatic 6 inch models with straight knives and much longer tables. Both seem to be highly rated. During my research I ran across a forum talking about these two brands and many said they would go with Grizzly and possibly the 8 inch model for the price and capability, but I don’t think I want to deal with the power requirements for the 8 inch model. Right now I’m leaning towards the Powermatic 54A both because it’s the one George uses on the jointer and planer class dvd and because of what I have read about it. Do you lean stronger towards any of these three brands?

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        • Customer Service

          Hello. The PM54A is an incredible machine. I had a Jet 6″ jointer for a decade or so, and absolutely loved that as well.
          I have a Grizzly 8″ jointer and I’d say it is pretty decent. I like the Jet much better, and the Powermatic is even a bit nicer yet.
          If you have space and budget for an 8″ jointer, you will never regret it. It’s amazing how much rough lumber that I buy that will fit on an 8″ jointer but not on a 6″ jointer. If I had the space I’d go to a 12″ jointer, but an 8″ serves me pretty well. When I started to exclusively use rough cut lumber and had to face joint everything, I quickly felt like I had outgrown my 6″ jointer. Learn from my mistakes: If you buy it now, you won’t have to upgrade later, and it will cost you less in the long run. 🙂 I also like parallelogram jointers quite a bit and I feel that they are generally worth the additional cost. If you ever have to true up a sagging bed you’ll know what I’m talking about.
          This one would be the ideal jointer IMO: https://amzn.to/2UXel0X
          Or, you could buy it without the helical head and still have an outstanding jointer https://amzn.to/2X5ueUT
          Thanks
          Paul-WWGOA

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