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  • Making Homemade Wood Stain

    There are many ways to color wood, with the most common approaches being the use of commercially available wood stains and dyes. Over the years WWGOA has provided you with tons of tips for choosing the best wood stain, and has even demonstrated the making wood stain from plants. But now George has discovered a… Read more »

  • Router Dust Collection with the Oneida Router Hood

    Router Dust Collection with the Oneida Router Hood

    Routers make a mess, there are no two ways around around it. And it’s always been hard to achieve good router dust collection, at least until now. The new Universal Dust-Free Router Hood from Oneida Air Systems provides a great solution to the problem of dust coming pouring off of your hand-held router. Attaching the… Read more »

  • Tightening Loose Tenons

    If you’ve got a shop, it’s a certainty that people are going to ask you to do furniture repairs. It comes with the territory. The next time a piece comes into your shop that has round tenons, and they’re loose tenons, you’re going to want to try this repair. It provides an easy way to… Read more »

  • How to Set a Miter Gauge for 45 Degrees

    Setting the miter gauge on your table saw to a perfect 45-degrees can be very challenging. And, if you’re planning on making picture frames, being just a tiny bit off will be a deal breaker. But here’s great news. You’ve probably already got a tool in your shop that will give you the precision you… Read more »

  • Quick Tip for Eliminating Putty Clean Up

    Quick Tip for Eliminating Putty Clean Up

    Wood putty provides woodworkers with a great way to “cover tracks”. When you make a goof, wood putty can help to hide it, and sometimes it does such a good job that nobody will ever know it was there. Another common use for wood putty is to fill holes that were left behind by a… Read more »

  • Quick Tip: How to Remove a Broken Nail

    Everyone loves to score a good deal on lumber, and sometimes that involves investing some “sweat equity” into the material before you can use it. Pallets can be a great source of free lumber, and sometimes there are some very nice pieces of lumber lurking under the warehouse grit and road grime. The patina of… Read more »

  • Mortising on the Drill Press: Tips and Techniques

    Mortising on the Drill Press: Tips and Techniques

    Mortise and tenon joinery is typically the mainstay of a woodworking shop that is focused on furniture production. This robust joint has been proven over the years to withstand the abuse that furniture can be subjected to. Over the centuries there have been many approaches to forming this joint, and in today’s modern woodshop, we… Read more »

  • Framing Square Cutting Guide

    Framing Square Cutting Guide

    Making a square end cut with a circular saw can be an intimidating proposition. You can measure, double check, draw a line, measure again, and then when you cut you might still find that it is out of square. Ugh! Don’t give up and use out-of-square cuts for your project; that won’t do. Also, don’t… Read more »

  • 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 »