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    Fall 2021 Product Showcase: Leigh Super 18

    Wanna cut dovetails? Half-blind dovetails? Through dovetails? Variable spacing on your half blind and through dovetails? Box joints? Sliding dovetails? The Leigh Super 18, along with the rest of their Super Jigs, have you covered. The Leigh Super Jigs are available as a 12” model, 18” model and 24” model. The owner’s manuals for these…

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    Saving Money on Glue

    Woodworkers are a notoriously thrifty bunch, and we commonly look for ways to save money on our equipment, supplies, shop space, materials and anything else that contributes to the cost of our woodworking hobby or business. One thing that we use in nearly every project is glue. While glue isn’t a big sticker item, when…

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    Build a Wall Cabinet, Part 1: Build the Case

    Learning the basics of cabinetmaking will take you a long way. Use these skills to build vanities, bookcases, dressers and, of course, cabinets for your shop or kitchen. This three-part video series will provide you with the cabinetmaking tutorial you need to get started. Be sure to download the plan for detailed information on the…

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    Build a Wall Cabinet, Part 2: Face Frame

    This is part two of our three-part cabinetmaking tutorial. Be sure to download the project plan that provides dimensional details, hardware sources, and the cut list for this project. Build Sequence The sequence followed to build the cabinet is important. The cabinet carcase gets built first, and the face frame is cut to size and…

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    Build a Wall Cabinet, Part 3: Door and Details

    This is the final installment of our three-part cabinetmaking tutorial. Be sure to download the project plan that provides dimensional details, hardware sources and the cut list for this project. Order of Operations Even though a cut list is provided, it’s always a good idea to look at your projects and determine the best sequence…

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    Upcut vs Downcut Spiral Router Bits

    A straight router bit is a workhorse tool in many woodworking shops. Picking out the best router bit for your needs with all of the choices on the market today, however, can be a daunting task. The solid carbide spiral router bit offers us a durable option that can also improve the cut quality for…

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    All About Clamps

    I’ve seen woodworkers struggle with projects simply because they’re using the wrong clamp for the task at hand. Here’s a look at some common clamps and how they’ll fit into your shop. Parallel jaw Parallel jaw clamps are an excellent choice for edge to edge glue-ups. The no mar jaws don’t require pads, and your…

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    CNC: Leveling an End Grain Cutting Board

    People love end grain cutting boards. They’re exceptionally beautiful, and because they’re end grain not long grain, they’re very durable and last a long time. However, the same features that make an end grain cutting board durable also make them difficult to level after the final glue-up. A planer might seem like a good solution…

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    How to Build a Countertop

    It’s likely that every woodworker has had the idea, at one time or another, to build their own countertop. Maybe it’s for a kitchen or a shop fixture, but the idea of extending those woodworking skills by incorporating in some high quality laminate materials is appealing. While it might seem like it requires a completely…

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    Homemade Wood Finish

    George has developed a homemade wood finish that he has been using for decades. His homemade wood finish puts a great layer of protection along with warm, lustrous glow onto his turned pieces. He uses this homemade wood finish for bowls as well as spindle projects, and has had great success with this approach. The…