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  • Quick Tip for Eliminating Putty Clean Up

    Quick Tip for Eliminating Putty Clean Up

    Wood putty provides woodworkers with a great way to “cover tracks”. When you make a goof, wood putty can help to hide it, and sometimes it does such a good job that nobody will ever know it was there. Another common use for wood putty is to fill holes that were left behind by a… Read more »

  • Quick Tip: How to Remove a Broken Nail

    Everyone loves to score a good deal on lumber, and sometimes that involves investing some “sweat equity” into the material before you can use it. Pallets can be a great source of free lumber, and sometimes there are some very nice pieces of lumber lurking under the warehouse grit and road grime. The patina of… Read more »

  • Mortising on the Drill Press: Tips and Techniques

    Mortising on the Drill Press: Tips and Techniques

    Mortise and tenon joinery is typically the mainstay of a woodworking shop that is focused on furniture production. This robust joint has been proven over the years to withstand the abuse that furniture can be subjected to. Over the centuries there have been many approaches to forming this joint, and in today’s modern woodshop, we… Read more »

  • Framing Square Cutting Guide

    Framing Square Cutting Guide

    Making a square end cut with a circular saw can be an intimidating proposition. You can measure, double check, draw a line, measure again, and then when you cut you might still find that it is out of square. Ugh! Don’t give up and use out-of-square cuts for your project; that won’t do. Also, don’t… Read more »

  • Adding Playing Cards to Cauls

    Clamping up large projects can impose challenges. For example, sometimes projects require assemblies that involve clamping across a wide span where it’s difficult to apply even clamping pressure to the middle portion of the joint. Consider a wide bench, where you are attaching the top to a wide base, and you do not have any… Read more »

  • Tips For Central Dust Collection

    Tips For Central Dust Collection

    Once you’ve invested in a dust collector for your shop and are considering setting it up as a central system, be sure you educate yourself about the best practices for piping the system in. This video will go a long way toward helping you keep your system efficient. It’s in the details Creating an efficient… Read more »

  • Benefits of Cyclonic Dust Collectors

    Benefits of Cyclonic Dust Collectors

    When you’re ready to shop for a dust collector for your shop, it’s a good idea to have a look at cyclone dust collectors. They offer a variety of benefits that that simply don’t come from other types of dust collectors. Cyclones separate One of the best aspects of a cyclone dust collector is its… Read more »

  • Overcome Chatter on the Lathe

    Overcome Chatter on the Lathe

    You can turn just about anything that is round on a lathe, within the length and diameter constraints of your machine. But when you turn a spindle to a long, thin shape, you will invariably encounter the work piece beginning to vibrate under pressure from your lathe chisel. The next thing that you’ll notice is… Read more »

  • Incorporating Blue Stain Pine in Your Woodworking Projects

    Incorporating Blue Stain Pine in Your Woodworking Projects

    Holy buckets! My pine is full of bluish-grey stains. What happened there? Don’t worry, it’s not a bad thing. What you’re seeing is called blue stain, and blue stain pine isn’t all that uncommon. Don’t view it as a defect, view it as a feature and benefit. What causes blue stain pine? Some people like… Read more »

  • Using Epoxy for Wood Cracks

    Using Epoxy for Wood Cracks

    Working with wood as a medium is mostly a wonderful experience, but invariably you have to deal with some imperfections in the wood such as knots, cracks, dings, etc. Learning how to repair wood cracks and other imperfections can involve a bit of trial and error, and ultimately it is good to land on a… Read more »