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  • Tips for a Panel Glue Up

    Tips for a Panel Glue Up

    If you need wide, solid wood panels for your next project, you’re going to have to glue them up. Doing a good panel glue up isn’t hard, but there are specific steps you need to follow, and things you need to take care of, to make sure the panel glue up turns out well. A

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  • How to Weather Wood

    Have you ever wondered how to weather wood? Sometimes a project calls for a weathered look that just cannot be created with new wood and conventional finishing products because our typical finishing approaches render a look that is, well, just too new. Sure, you can sometimes find weathered wood for sale that has been salvaged

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  • Why George Loves Combination Squares

    There are a handful of tools in the shop that I use nearly every day. A combination square is one of them. These are such versatile tools. I love that you can interchange the heads for different functions, getting even more mileage out of a nearly indispensable tool. Round stock, angles, marking and measuring. The

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  • Understanding Different Types of Screws

    Fasteners are like any other tool; you need to pick the right one for the job you’re doing. There are many different types of screws, and it definitely pays to match the fastener you’re using to the project you’re building. This video provides a great overview of different fasteners in the market place, their advantages

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  • Quick Tip for Cleaning up Wood Glue Squeeze Out

    When you build a wood project, there’s a good chance that there will be some glue involved. And when there is glue, there is a high probability of seeing wood glue squeeze out. In fact, if you don’t have some amount of wood glue squeeze out, it is likely that you have not applied enough

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  • How To Make a V-Block on the Table Saw

    How to Make a V-Block on the Table Saw

    A V-block is a must-have shop-made jig, especially for safely cutting round stock on the bandsaw. The easiest way to make one? Use a two-cut set up on the table saw and it’ll be V for victory.

  • How to Make Shop-Made CNC Hold Down Clamps

    CNC technology has made its way into a large number of woodworking operations, even increasingly finding its way into hobbyist shops. When using a CNC machine, one of the fundamental requirements is to ensure that the workpiece is solidly and safely secured to the bed of the CNC. If there is any ability for the

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  • How to Attach a Miter Saw Laser

    There are a lot of great reasons for having a laser on a miter saw, but not every saw comes with a miter saw laser. If your machine doesn’t have a laser don’t despair, there’s a solution. Benefits of a laser There are some great reasons for having a miter saw laser. A big one

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  • Tips for Cutting Foam on a CNC or CNC Machine

    One of the most interesting things I’ve done recently on a CNC machine is using it for CNC foam cutting. And by foam, I simply mean standard building foam that you can get at a home center. It’s inexpensive, and machines great. You might use it to create a finished item, or to mock up

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  • Router Technique to Bridge a Crack

    If you are working on a project and the stock has a crack in it, don’t sweat it. You can reinforce the wood, and at the same time add a beautiful detail by installing a beautiful butterfly joint and “celebrating” the imperfection rather than removing it or attempting to hide it. Once you learn how

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