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  • A Guide to Turning Metal on a Wood Lathe

    If you have a wood lathe, you are probably accustomed to turning pens, spindles, and maybe even bowls. The common denominator is that most of the projects that you produce are probably made of wood. There’s no question that turning wood is one of the most fun things that you can do in a shop.…

  • How to Make Wood Plugs

    There are LOTS of ways to join wood. One tried and true method is to use screws to fasten parts together. But this can leave screws heads showing and, in most cases, you don’t want screw heads as a decorative element in your project. No problem, we can take care of that. It’s a fairly…

  • Chisel Buying Advice

    Purchasing new tools can be a daunting task. In this video, George answers a question from one of our Woodworkers Guild of America community members, giving his advice on how to purchase chisels. What can you expect to pay when buying chisels? Are some chisels better quality than others? Find the answers to these questions…

  • How to Eliminate Jointer Snipe

    If your jointer is leaving a divot on the trailing edge of your work piece, it will not only drive you crazy, but it will produce unsightly blemishes on your projects. As you face joint your pieces, that divot will invariably end up in a visible place on your table top or other prominent location.…

  • Planing Toward the Middle

    When you’re planing a board to thickness, there’s a little more involved than simply shoving the board through your planer. To get the best possible result, in regards to board stability, you should follow a specific sequence of events. What we’re after We have a couple of goals when we’re planing wood. One, of course,…

  • How to Make Face Frames

    If you’re interested in building cabinets, you’ll want to learn how to make face frames. If you plan to make a lot of cabinets, such as a set for your kitchen, then efficiency becomes very important. Learning how to make face frames is not hard, but like anything, there are some tips that can help…

  • Gluing Up a Hollow Column

    Gluing up a column, or any multi-sided object, can be a challenge. Getting uniform clamping pressure isn’t easy, unless you use just the right clamp. The key to good (and easy) clamping on multi-sided objects is using a strap clamp. Strap clamps allow you to completely wrap the object, getting perfectly uniform pressure from every…

  • Quick Tip: How to Change Planer Blades

    Knife changes aren’t too bad on benchtop planers, except for the eleventy billion bolts you have to take out of each knife. Times two or three to get ALL the knives changed. Wanna learn how to change planer blades faster, and easier? Eliminate hand work Most benchtop planers come with some kind of wrench that…

  • Kreg Adaptive Cutting System Review

    Track saws and cutting systems that use them are quite the rage. And it makes sense. What a great way to get large pieces cut down to more manageable sizes, straight line rip stock, cut funky angles, and more. But here’s my question: can you use a track saw and cutting system to produce all…

  • How to Cut a Pentagon on a Table Saw

    Every now and then our woodworking requires us to rip a work piece to a polygon shape on the table saw. Perhaps you want to cut a pentagon, hexagon, octagon, nonagon, or any other polygon, for a fancy table leg or a post. This can be an intimidating, or even frightening requirement, and if you…