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  • How To Make a V-Block on the Table Saw

    How to Make a V-Block on the Table Saw

    A V-block is a must-have shop-made jig, especially for safely cutting round stock on the bandsaw. The easiest way to make one? Use a two-cut set up on the table saw and it’ll be V for victory.

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  • How to Make Shop-Made CNC Hold Down Clamps

    CNC technology has made its way into a large number of woodworking operations, even increasingly finding its way into hobbyist shops. When using a CNC machine, one of the fundamental requirements is to ensure that the workpiece is solidly and safely secured to the bed of the CNC. If there is any ability for the… Read more »

  • How to Attach a Miter Saw Laser

    There are a lot of great reasons for having a laser on a miter saw, but not every saw comes with a miter saw laser. If your machine doesn’t have a laser don’t despair, there’s a solution. Benefits of a laser There are some great reasons for having a miter saw laser. A big one… Read more »

  • Tips for Cutting Foam on a CNC or CNC Machine

    One of the most interesting things I’ve done recently on a CNC machine is using it for CNC foam cutting. And by foam, I simply mean standard building foam that you can get at a home center. It’s inexpensive, and machines great. You might use it to create a finished item, or to mock up… Read more »

  • Router Technique to Bridge a Crack

    If you are working on a project and the stock has a crack in it, don’t sweat it. You can reinforce the wood, and at the same time add a beautiful detail by installing a beautiful butterfly joint and “celebrating” the imperfection rather than removing it or attempting to hide it. Once you learn how… Read more »

  • Quick Tip for Screwing in Screw Eyes

    How many times have you done this? Predrill a hole, grab a screw eye, put a screwdriver through the eye, and start tediously driving the screw eye in? Putting in one tiny screw eye? That’s not a bad solution. Driving large screw eyes, like you’d use on a swing set, or driving lots of screw… Read more »

  • Cutting Plywood for Accuracy

    Want to build cabinets? If so, you’ll probably be using plywood or some other man-made sheet stock for the carcasses. Cutting plywood can be tricky. Who wants to flop those big sheets onto a table saw? It’s much easier to take the tool to the work in this case, instead of the work to a… Read more »

  • How to Cross Cut Accurately on a Table Saw

    The table saw is perhaps best known for its prowess in lumber ripping operations, but with a little bit of time and setup, you can also learn how to cross cut like a boss on your table saw. It’s simple to turn your table saw into a precision cross cutting machine, and once you know… Read more »

  • Laguna Dust Collector

    Dust Collection Systems from Laguna

    Effective dust collection in your shop is very important. Remember that reaction to dust is a cumulative thing. Not reacting today doesn’t mean you won’t become reactive in the future. The lesson out of this? Take care of your lungs by making certain you have good woodworking dust collection on your tools. Laguna Tools has… Read more »

  • Testing a Miter Gauge for a Square Cut

    The table saw is a key participant in many woodworking projects, therefore it is critical to ensure that the saw is performing at its best, and adjusted for perfect accuracy. A well-tuned table saw is capable of producing crisp, square cuts, and helping you to produce projects that come together as nicely as you had… Read more »