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  • Product Review: ISOtunes Pro

    ISOtunes Pro headphones offer some cool benefits for woodworkers: Bluetooth connection to your phone, hearing protection, and—what I think is the coolest feature—suppression of background noise when you’re on the phone. That means you can keep workin’ while you’re talkin’. This video provides you with an example of just how the noise suppression works. Check… Read more »

  • Edge to Edge Glue Up: Locating Clamps

    Edge to Edge Glue Up: Locating Clamps

    Gluing together boards in an edge-to-edge arrangement to form one large panel is an important skill that most woodworkers want to master. This requires careful planning to ensure that the right number of boards is used, and that those boards are cut to the ideal width to maximize yield for the project. It also demands… Read more »

  • Mineral Oil on Wood

    Simple Trick for Dispensing Mineral Oil on Wood

    Why put mineral oil on wood? The biggest reason is that it’s an excellent food-safe finish. For many woodworkers, mineral oil is the go-to sealer for cutting boards and wooden kitchen utensils; anything that may come in contact with food. It’s so easy to apply, easy to get (any pharmacy will have it, or you… Read more »

  • How to Taper Cut on a Jointer

    How to Taper Cut on a Jointer

    Do you know how to taper cut on your jointer? When most people think about a motorized jointer they think about edge jointing and face jointing. And for good reason; those two activities comprise the large majority of what woodworkers use their jointers for. If you ask most woodworkers how to taper cut, they will… Read more »

  • How to Apply Mitered Edge Banding

    Mitering the corners on banding that’s being applied to all four edges of a table top can be extremely frustrating. The length of each piece has to be perfect, and each angle needs to be just right. This process calls for a methodical approach, and Charlie Kocourek has that technique nailed down. Follow his recipe,… Read more »

  • Edge to Edge Glue Up on a Jointer: Wood Gluing Tips

    Edge to Edge Gluing: Perfect Jointer Cuts

    Edge gluing comes into play in a variety of woodworking projects, and is an aspect of any project that can reveal the skill level of the craftsman who builds the project. A dead flat panel is impressive and indicates a high quality project. But let’s face it; if the panel has gaps or noticeable peaks… Read more »

  • Gauging When Wood Width Must Equal Thickness

    Gauging When Wood Width Must Equal Thickness

    Woodworkers often find themselves ripping lumber to a dimension where its thickness is consistent to its width. Common applications for this include table legs, turning blanks, posts, slats, etc. Often times the first step is to plane the stock to the desired thickness, then take it to the table saw to cut the wood width…. Read more »

  • Spacers Create Perfect Dado Fit

    Sure, it’s great to cut dadoes using a dado head on a table saw, or a router bit on a router table or with a hand-held router. But there are instances where that may not work for you. Maybe you don’t own a dado head, or the right size router bit. Or maybe you’re only… Read more »

  • Fly Cutting a CNC Spoilboard

    Fly Cutting a CNC Spoilboard

    The spoil board on a CNC router is considered a consumable commodity. Whether you’re screwing material down to the spoilboard, or doing through cuts that slightly cut into it, eventually you’re going to have to fly cut or level your spoil board. This video walks you through the process, helping your understand how to set… Read more »

  • Biscuit Jointer: Register Off the Fence

    Biscuit Jointer: Register Off the Fence

    Biscuit joinery came onto the hobbyist woodworking scene in the 1990s, and woodworkers have been using biscuits heavily ever since. Nothing beats a biscuit joint when it comes to a quick, lightweight substitute for a traditional mortise and tenon joint, or a spline joint. A biscuit joiner essentially creates a slot into which a pressed… Read more »