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  • 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 »

  • Benefits of Sequence Cut Boards

    You may have heard woodworkers refer to sequence cut material and how cool it can be. What does that mean? In this video George has two amazing pieces of maple in his shop, fresh off the sawmill, and they’re perfect examples of sequence cut boards, and the benefits they can bring to your projects. Once… Read more »

  • Buying Advice: Random Orbit Sanders

    Random orbit sanders provide an excellent means of sanding your projects.They have the speed of a disc sander but, thanks to their orbit, leave few, if any, sanding marks. This is the best of both worlds when it comes to sanding. Speed, and a great finish. Features If you’re shopping for a random orbit sander… Read more »

  • How to Use a Biscuit Joiner: Registering off the Bottom

    How to Use a Biscuit Joiner: Registering Off the Bottom

    Woodworkers commonly use biscuits as a quick, lightweight substitute for dados, splines and tenons. For joints of these types, biscuit joinery provides a great option in situations where the joint does not demand extreme strength. As you learn how to use a biscuit joiner, it is helpful to understand the exceptional versatility that this tool… Read more »

  • How to Cut Glass

    How to Cut Glass: Tips and Techniques

    Sometimes woodworkers like to mix things up a bit and pull in other materials to complete woodworking projects. Glass is a great example of this, adding an element of class and craftsmanship to certain projects. Cutting and installing glass is not as difficult for beginners as it might seem, and in fact it is probably… Read more »

  • Plunge Router Tips: Set Perfect Inlay Depth

    One huge benefit of a plunge router is the ability to set it to a specific depth, and hit that depth precisely every time. Certain projects are more demanding than others. For instance when working with inlay, which is very thin, the difference between a perfect fit and a bad one is very small. But… Read more »

  • VCarve Pro: Try Before You Buy

    Lots of CNC machines use VCarve Pro for the design aspect of using a CNC. If you’ve considered getting into CNC work, but wondered how complex VCarve Pro might be to use, there’s great news. You can test the software on your own computer, for free. What you get The trial version of VCarve Pro… Read more »