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  • All About Clamps

    I’ve seen woodworkers struggle with projects simply because they’re using the wrong clamp for the task at hand. Here’s a look at some common clamps and how they’ll fit into your shop. Parallel jaw Parallel jaw clamps are an excellent choice for edge to edge glue ups. The no mar jaws don’t require pads, and…

  • CNC: Leveling an End-grain Cutting Board

    People love end-grain cutting boards. They’re exceptionally beautiful and, because they’re endgrain not long grain, they’re durable and long lasting. The same features that make an end-grain cutting board durable also make them difficult to level after the final glue up. A planer might seem like a good solution for this problem, but you shouldn’t…

  • How to Build a Countertop

    It’s likely that every woodworker has had the idea, at one time or another, to build their own countertop. Maybe it’s for a kitchen or a shop fixture, but the idea of extending those woodworking skills by incorporating in some high quality laminate materials is appealing. While it might seem like it requires a completely…

  • Homemade Wood Finish

    George has developed a homemade wood finish that he has been using for decades. His homemade wood finish puts a great layer of protection along with warm, lustrous glow onto his turned pieces. He uses this homemade wood finish for bowls as well as spindle projects, and has had great success with this approach. The…

  • Sharpening Knives, Scissors, and Tools

    Okay, I’m a snob about a few different things, and one of them is my kitchen knives. I like good knives in my kitchen, and I want them razor sharp when I use them. The Worksharp Knife and Tool Sharpener works really well for keeping knives, scissors and other tools sharp and ready for use.…

  • Read the Log Before Milling

    Milling a log into lumber isn’t as simple as just throwing it on a sawmill and making cuts. Well, it can be, but if you go that route you may not get the best possible pieces out of the log. Reading the log means having a good look at it and positioning the log on…

  • 2021 Product Showcase: Rikon Planer

    Rikon’s new benchtop planer has a lot going for it. Let’s have a look at this machine. Specs This is a 6” x 13” machine. Thickness capacity is 6”, and width capacity is 13”. It has a 15-amp motor, and the cutter head moves on four threaded rods. Instead of knives this planer uses individual…

  • 2021 Product Showcase: Titebond Glue

    Titebond makes a HUGE array of glue. This comprehensive coverage of the glues available from Titebond will help you make the right choice. Strength of glue Before jumping into the different types of glue it’s important to understand that all of these glues will more than satisfy the strength requirements you have for your projects.…

  • 2021 Product Showcase: Bora Centipede

    Do you have more than enough workbench space in your shop? Do you have more than enough floor space in your shop? The Bora Centipede can help you with both of those issues. When you’re not using the Centipede it easily collapses into a small package. When you need it, it provides a solid work…

  • 2021 Product Showcase: Arbortech Power Carver and Precision Carving System

    Man, this is a fun tool to use. I’ve turned lots of bowls on the lathe, and really enjoy that, but carving them free form with this system is SO much fun. You can really let the wood talk to you and, in part, dictate its final shape. There’s lots of room for your artistic…