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  • Choosing a Table Saw Blade

    Choosing a table saw blade can be an intimidating task. There are numerous materials that are used in a shop, along with several different types of cuts, and a wide variety of blades that are purpose built for nearly every task that you can imagine on your table saw. If you own a table saw…

  • George and Jimmy’s Glue Tips

    Jimmy Diresta was in George’s shop recently so we got the two of them together to talk about glue tips. Like choosing the right tool, it’s important to choose the right glue, and the right techniques for applying the glue. Filling voids CA (cyanoacrylate) glue is great for filling voids. Mix it with sawdust from…

  • Pattern Bit vs Flush Trim Bit

    A router allows the use of pattern bits and flush trim bits that both allow you to follow a guide and use that as a template for your work. The design of both of these bits includes a bearing of the same diameter as the cutter. The bearing is placed against the surface that is…

  • Easy Pocket Hole Joint Assembly

    After you’ve drilled pocket holes in your project, it’s time to assemble the joints. There are a bunch of things you can do to guarantee success with your assembly. Pick the right screws It’s very important that you choose the right screw to assemble pocket hole joints. There are lots of different screws you can…

  • Handheld Router Basics

    Handheld routers can add so much to your woodworking and your shop, but it’s very important that you use them correctly. Routers run at a very high rpm and, of course, they’re used with very sharp bits, so can be dangerous if used incorrectly. Buying advice The router used in the video, a fixed base…

  • Drilling a level hole

    Drilling a Level Hole

    Even if you own a drill press you sometimes run into situations where you need to use a cordless drill to drill a hole. When the hole you’re drilling is horizontal, and the thing you’re drilling into is plumb, you can use this cool trick. Grab a screw eye The “instrument” we’ll use for checking…

  • Wooden beer flight board

    CNC Beer Flight Board

    If you like to drink beer, chances are that you’ve been to a brew pub and seen some of the clever beer flight boards that are used to tote the craft beers around. They are often as beautiful and unique as the beers themselves. George has captured the spirit of the microbrew trend as he…

  • Kumiko woodworking

    Kumiko Woodworking

    Kumiko is a beautiful Japanese technique developed in 600-700 AD that involves assembling thin wooden pieces without the use of nails. Pieces are grooved, punched and mortised before being individually fitted using a plane, saw, chisel and other tools for fine adjustments. Steve Rothwell has been doing Kumiko for quite some time and joined us…

  • Apply finishing tape

    How to Apply Finish to a Table

    Wood finish can be tricky. It’s nice to have techniques to help you out. Here’s my approach to finishing tables. It doesn’t matter what your finish method is-brush, wipe on, spray-this will help you out. Start with screws The table starts upside down on the bench but, while the finish is still wet, it’ll get…

  • Machine on a plank of wood

    What You Can Do On a Drum Sander

    Over the years I’ve been asked about drum sanders MANY times. Here’s an opportunity to see what a drum sander can do for you, and learn about the differences between drum sanders and planers. Abrasive planing With 36-grit sandpaper on your drum sander you can quickly clean up a surface, taking it from rough sawn…