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    Benefits of Sequence Cut Boards

    You may have heard woodworkers refer to sequence cut material and how cool it can be. What does that mean? In this video George has two amazing pieces of maple in his shop, fresh off the sawmill, and they’re perfect examples of sequence cut boards, and the benefits they can bring to your projects. Once… Read more »

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    Buying Advice: Random Orbit Sanders

    Random orbit sanders provide an excellent means of sanding your projects.They have the speed of a disc sander but, thanks to their orbit, leave few, if any, sanding marks. This is the best of both worlds when it comes to sanding. Speed, and a great finish. Features If you’re shopping for a random orbit sander… Read more »

  • How to Use a Biscuit Joiner: Registering off the Bottom

    How to Use a Biscuit Joiner: Registering Off the Bottom

    Woodworkers commonly use biscuits as a quick, lightweight substitute for dados, splines and tenons. For joints of these types, biscuit joinery provides a great option in situations where the joint does not demand extreme strength. As you learn how to use a biscuit joiner, it is helpful to understand the exceptional versatility that this tool… Read more »

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    How to Cut Glass: Tips and Techniques

    Sometimes woodworkers like to mix things up a bit and pull in other materials to complete woodworking projects. Glass is a great example of this, adding an element of class and craftsmanship to certain projects. Cutting and installing glass is not as difficult for beginners as it might seem, and in fact it is probably… Read more »

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    Plunge Router Tips: Set Perfect Inlay Depth

    One huge benefit of a plunge router is the ability to set it to a specific depth, and hit that depth precisely every time. Certain projects are more demanding than others. For instance when working with inlay, which is very thin, the difference between a perfect fit and a bad one is very small. But… Read more »

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    VCarve Pro: Try Before You Buy

    Lots of CNC machines use VCarve Pro for the design aspect of using a CNC. If you’ve considered getting into CNC work, but wondered how complex VCarve Pro might be to use, there’s great news. You can test the software on your own computer, for free. What you get The trial version of VCarve Pro… Read more »

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    Using Paper Joints for Turning Bowls

    Turning bowls on a wood lathe is an absolute blast, and if you haven’t tried it, you are missing out big time! Once you experience the beauty and satisfaction of bowl turning, you’ll be hooked. Like anything new that you try in the shop, however, there is a learning curve associated with turning bowls. One… Read more »

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    Using Wax Paper as a Woodworking Tool Lubricant

    Let’s face it; woodworking is more fun and satisfying when your tools are well-maintained and in good working condition when you go to use them. Many wood-shop tips suggest that one of the more important and yet commonly overlooked aspects of tool maintenance is to apply a tool lubricant to parts that maintain contact with… Read more »

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    Powermatic Tenon Jig: Product Review

    The Powermatic TJ Tenoning Jig has a unique feature; you can use the cutting tool you cut the mortise with to set up the jig and dial in the resulting tenon. Seems like a great idea. Does it work? Let’s find out. The guide bar is designed for 3/8” x 3/4″ slots. The fit can… Read more »

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    CNC Training Tips for Lining Up Your Machine

    Benchtop CNC machines seem to be catching the attention of woodworkers everywhere, both professional and hobbyists. The new wave of CNC machine products that has hit the market in recent years brings an incredible amount of capability, with exceptional precision and capacity. Even with the incredible level of automation that these machines bring, however, there… Read more »