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  • Picture Perfect Frames

    Making picture frames is an extremely popular wood shop activity. What better way to show off that special picture than by making a special frame for it. Unfortunately, getting great miters can be challenging. MiterSet provides a great solution for this problem. How does MiterSet work? MiterSet is a block with a series of holes…

  • Make a Clock From a Vinyl Record

    Have you ever wanted to make a clock in your shop but couldn’t come up with a creative idea to set your clock apart? Here’s an idea for you, provided that you have access to a CNC machine. If you want to make a clock on a CNC, how about starting with a vinyl LP…

  • Hand Chamfering Wood Drawer Pulls

    Chamfering wood with a hand plane is a great way to coax the wood into a more interesting shape, removing the harsh crisp edges that have been left behind by cutting tools. The chamfer creates a more inviting texture on the wood, and also brings out visually pleasing variations in how light reflects off the…

  • Installing Drawer Fronts

    We’ve all seen it: a stack of drawer fronts that are installed with uneven spacing, or perhaps with an annoying tilt. It’s disturbing, and once you see it, that’s all you will see every time you look at that cabinet. You can build the world’s great cabinet carcase, cut perfectly fitting dovetails on your drawers,…

  • Power Carve a Bowl

    The Arbortech Power Carving unit is a lot of fun to use. It’s similar to an angle grinder, but specifically set up for power carving. It can be used with cutters or with a sanding disc, and it’s got variable speed. It also has a leveling shroud, with dust collection, and an additional shroud that…

  • George’s Upgrade to LED Lights

    The lighting in George’s shop was due for a change; an upgrade to LED lights. This video isn’t meant to be a comprehensive how-to. It’s more of a 100,000’ view of the decisions George made about his new LED workshop lights. Looking at upgrading George’s shop has 8’ fixtures that take two T12 bulbs, and…

  • Jointing Small Parts

    Jointing, the process of cleaning up and straightening an edge, isn’t restricted to jointers. You can also do this with hand tools. Joining small pieces of wood can be a challenge. When you’re working with small pieces a block plane works great for jointing and chamfering edges. The setup When you’re thinking about using a…

  • Locating Drawer Slides in a Case

    We’ve all been there. You’ve built a beautiful set of drawers and it’s time to install them into the case using drawer slide hardware. How do you know where to put them so that the spacing is even between each drawer as well as the top and bottom of the case opening? You know that…

  • Locked Rabbets on a Table Saw

    If you want a simple but extremely strong way to build drawers or other types of boxes, the locked rabbet joint will be a good member to add to your joinery arsenal. The joint is simple to make because it uses careful placement of a rabbet and a dado that can be milled using a…

  • How to Repair a Cracked Bowl by Stapling

    If you turn enough bowls, you are bound to have one crack on you as it dries. What should you do when you have a cracked bowl? Some people might throw away the bowl, but I say that’s crazy talk! Think of the cracked bowl as the starting point for a new art project. There…