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  • 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 »

  • Jointing Boards Wider than Your Jointer

    Jointing Boards Wider Than Your Jointer

    Most woodworkers try to buy a jointer that has enough capacity to handle any board that we would want to face joint or edge joint. But let’s face it; jointing boards wider than your jointer is a requirement that many woodworkers face from time to time. First of all, you should look at this challenge… Read more »

  • Product Review: ISOtunes Pro

    ISOtunes Pro headphones offer some cool benefits for woodworkers: Bluetooth connection to your phone, hearing protection, and—what I think is the coolest feature—suppression of background noise when you’re on the phone. That means you can keep workin’ while you’re talkin’. This video provides you with an example of just how the noise suppression works. Check… Read more »

  • Edge to Edge Glue Up: Locating Clamps

    Edge to Edge Glue Up: Locating Clamps

    Gluing together boards in an edge-to-edge arrangement to form one large panel is an important skill that most woodworkers want to master. This requires careful planning to ensure that the right number of boards is used, and that those boards are cut to the ideal width to maximize yield for the project. It also demands… Read more »

  • Mineral Oil on Wood

    Simple Trick for Dispensing Mineral Oil on Wood

    Why put mineral oil on wood? The biggest reason is that it’s an excellent food-safe finish. For many woodworkers, mineral oil is the go-to sealer for cutting boards and wooden kitchen utensils; anything that may come in contact with food. It’s so easy to apply, easy to get (any pharmacy will have it, or you… Read more »