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  • Using a Bar Stock to Set Up Tools

    Anyone who knows George knows that he pretty much hates measuring. He cheats whenever possible, employing a variety of tips and tricks, including using a set-up gauge. Set-up gauges are simple little things: brass bar stock in a variety of sizes, but they take a lot of the hassle out of setting up tools. What’s

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  • Face Jointing in the Correct Direction

    Owning a motorized jointer in your woodworking shop is a real game changer. It allows you to take an imperfect board, and create a perfectly flat faces and edges, whereas this would take much more skill and patience if you were stuck with only hand tools to perform these operations. While a motorized jointer is

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  • Jointing with a Router

    Perhaps you are just getting started in woodworking and you don’t have a jointer in your shop. Or, if you are fortunate enough to have a jointer, there are situations where the boards that you want to joint exceed the capacity of your jointer. Sure, if you have money and space you can always use

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  • The Super Max 16-32 Surface Sander

    Surface sanders, also called drum sanders, have really come a long way. It’s not that long ago that you’d only find surface sanders in large, commercial shops. Today, sanders have become way more prevalent in small shops, and way more accessible to woodworkers. SuperMax has been a name in the surface sander world for a

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  • Tips for Clamping Miters with Increased Pressure

    Even veteran woodworkers can find it challenging to establish solid clamping pressure when gluing up mitered projects such as picture frames or mitered face frames. Clamping miters is tricky because if you use any traditional clamping approach, the clamping pressure that you apply will immediately force the miters to slide out of alignment. Therefore, if

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  • Allowing for Wood Expansion on Solid Wood Tops

    Wood moves; there’s nothing you can do about it. Even after the tree is down, the wood has been dried, you’ve got it in your shop, and you apply finish, wood is gonna move. It’s a living, breathing thing. If you don’t allow for wood expansion, you’re going to have problems in the future. Problems

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  • Simple Spline Cutting Jig for Mitered Frame

    Have you ever built a project that incorporated mitered corners, such as a picture frame, and wondered how to strengthen and beautify the mitered joints? The answer lies in adding a spline, which introduces a mechanical reinforcement to the joint, and at the same time adds an element of beauty, particularly when contrasting woods are

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  • Easily Add Fractions for Woodworking Projects

    Adding fractions can be frustrating, but it’s a necessary evil in woodworking (At least until we change to the metric system). Here’s a really fast and easy way to add fractional measurements, without even doing any math. All it takes are a couple of rulers. Use them the right way, and you can direct read

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  • Tips to Sanding Irregular Surfaces

    As much as everyone seems to dislike the sanding phase of a woodworking project, all sanding is not created equal. When we are sanding on flat surfaces such as a table top, at least we can use a belt sander, sheet sander or random orbital sander to power though the process. Sanding irregular surfaces such

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  • How to Make a Circle with a Framing Square

    There are a handful of ways to make large circles; a string and a pencil, a tape measure with a pencil taped to it, a beam compass, trammel points…Did you know you can make a circle using a framing square? Not a common technique, but it works, and works well. If you’ve got a framing

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