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  • Resawing Table Saw - Bandsaw Combo

    Resaw Shortcut Tip Using a Table Saw and Bandsaw

    Resawing is a great way to efficiently size your lumber to the desired thickness, and unlike planing to thickness which causes you to destroy the portion that you remove, with a resaw cut you can utilize both pieces. You can resaw narrow boards on a table saw, and wider boards on a bandsaw if yours… Read more »

  • Sight in Your CNC

    CNC Setup Tip – Use a Laser Boresight for Centering

    CNC projects are commonly laid out on the computer relative to an XY origin on the board you’ll be cutting. When you bring the project to the CNC, the machine needs to be zeroed precisely where the XY origin is on the board. Here’s a great tip for simplifying zeroing your X and Y axes,… Read more »

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    Great Auto-Adjusting Clamp Solutions

    Looking for cool clamping solutions for your shop? The new Automaxx clamps from Kreg are worth a look. They provide excellent clamping power and, amazingly, they auto adjust to varying thicknesses of stock. No fussing with the clamp capacity; just squeeze and go. Applications Kreg makes their Automaxx clamps in a variety of configurations. Whether… Read more »

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    Jointing Opposite Faces

    I get asked, all the time, about using a jointer to face joint opposing faces of a rough sawn lumber. Will this work? Can it be done? If not, why not? The answer; a jointer will do a great job of getting two opposing faces smooth and straight, but it WON’T guarantee that the two… Read more »

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    Bullnosing Techniques on Your Router Table

    Have you ever wondered how to make the edge of a board perfectly rounded in a continuous semi-circle? This is called a bullnose edge. Bullnosing on the edge of a shelf or other decorative piece adds a nice stylistic element to any project. With some careful setup, bullnosing can be created efficiently on a simple… Read more »

  • Dado - Getting a Perfect Fit - Table Saw

    Using a Dado Stack Buildup on the Table Saw

    Dado joints provide herculean strength while being relatively simple to mill on a table saw, making them the obvious choice when it comes to cabinet carcase construction. If there is a catch, it is that getting your table saw set up properly with a dado stack to accurately mill dadoes to the correct width can… Read more »

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    Build a Live Edge Table: Part 3

    This is Part 3 in our three-part series on building a live edge table. In this installment we’ll flatten the slab, apply finish, and install our legs. The legs we chose are steel hairpin legs, which really complement the design. Flattening We’re working with a maple burl, which means the grain is going in many… Read more »

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    Build a Live Edge Table: Part 2

    This is Part 2 of our three-part series on building a live edge table. In this installment we’ll look at bookmatching our pieces, design considerations when working with slabs, and getting the slabs joined using steel pins. Beauty in the eye…. There’s no one right way to put projects like this together. Be ready to… Read more »

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    Build a Live Edge Table: Part 1

    Live edge projects (also called natural edge) can be absolutely stunning. The slabs are typically not square or rectangular, so working with them can be a little tricky. In this three-part project series we’ll take you through the steps we followed to make a gorgeous live edge table. Material A variety of species and looks… Read more »

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    HVLP Sprayer Techniques for Your Woodshop

    If you’re making woodworking projects, you need to put finish on them. This may have you interested in an HVLP sprayer for your shop. HVLP (high volume low pressure) sprayers have really advanced in recent years. One of the largest benefits of HVLP is the limited overspray you get when using them. The package The… Read more »