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  • Sharpening knives, scissors and tools

    Sharpening Knives, Scissors, and Tools

    Okay, I’m a snob about a few different things, and one of them is my kitchen knives. I like good knives in my kitchen, and I want them razor sharp when I use them. The Worksharp Knife and Tool Sharpener works really well for keeping knives, scissors and other tools sharp and ready for use.…

  • Log

    Read the Log Before Milling

    Milling a log into lumber isn’t as simple as just throwing it on a sawmill and making cuts. Well, it can be, but if you go that route you may not get the best possible pieces out of the log. Reading the log means having a good look at it and positioning the log on…

  • Rikon planer

    2021 Product Showcase: Rikon Planer

    Rikon’s new benchtop planer has a lot going for it. Let’s have a look at this machine. Specs This is a 6” x 13” machine. Thickness capacity is 6”, and width capacity is 13”. It has a 15-amp motor, and the cutter head moves on four threaded rods. Instead of knives this planer uses individual…

  • Bottles of Titebond

    2021 Product Showcase: Titebond Glue

    Titebond makes a HUGE array of glue. This comprehensive coverage of the glues available from Titebond will help you make the right choice. Strength of glue Before jumping into the different types of glue it’s important to understand that all of these glues will more than satisfy the strength requirements you have for your projects.…

  • Two men in a wood workshop

    2021 Product Showcase: Bora Centipede

    Do you have more than enough workbench space in your shop? Do you have more than enough floor space in your shop? The Bora Centipede can help you with both of those issues. When you’re not using the Centipede it easily collapses into a small package. When you need it, it provides a solid work…

  • Arbortech Power Carver System

    2021 Product Showcase: Arbortech Power Carver and Precision Carving System

    Man, this is a fun tool to use. I’ve turned lots of bowls on the lathe, and really enjoy that, but carving them free form with this system is SO much fun. You can really let the wood talk to you and, in part, dictate its final shape. There’s lots of room for your artistic…

  • Freud ball nose bits

    2021 Product Showcase: Freud Ball Nose Bits

    You may not be good at breaking out the carving tools and carving by hand, but with the help of a CNC router and the right router bits you can easily carve incredibly intricate shapes in wood. 3D carving on a CNC router isn’t difficult to set up, but to get the best level of…

  • Cabinet door

    Cabinet Doors Without Striped Panels

    Have you ever seen a cabinet door that had an awful looking unfinished stripe on one or both sides of the door? Yuck! Striped panels appear because wood expands and contracts due to seasonal fluctuations in humidity. One important piece of knowledge that every woodworker has to have is that this seasonal movement is unavoidable,…

  • Piece of wood

    Make Curly Maple POP

    Have you ever seen a piece of curly maple with a flat surface that looked like it was actually sculpted and contoured? This curly maple finish effect is caused by the way that light interacts with the different grain patterns in the curly material, and many woodworkers agree that is one of the most spectacular…

  • Sawing into a large log

    Logs to Lumber with a Chainsaw

    Many woodworkers are intrigued by the idea of going from logs to lumber using a chainsaw. It can reduce or even eliminate your materials cost, as well as allow you to gain access to many species that are not commercially available. Going from logs to lumber requires you to put a bit of “sweat equity”…