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  • Scribe on Face Frame Cabinets

    “What’s the deal with scribe?” This is a great question. In this video we’ll look at what scribe is, and how you can take advantage of it when you’re installing cabinets. Why add scribe? Scribe will serve two main purposes on your cabinets when you’re installing them. Walls are very rarely square or plumb. Having…

  • Antiquing Hardware

    Have you ever built a project where you wanted to use hardware that has the patina of a 100-year-old piece? You can use shiny brand-new hardware on a project like that, but it might stick out like a sore thumb, and nothing screams “rookie woodworker” like using hardware on a woodworking project that doesn’t align…

  • Drilling Angled Holes

    If you build a project that requires angled legs, such as a bench, stool, or similar, you will have to come up with a method for drilling angled holes to receive the angled legs. While it might be tempting to just “eyeball it” I wouldn’t recommend that approach because it is difficult to establish accuracy…

  • Laying Out a Three-Legged Stool

    There comes a time in every woodworker’s project career to make a three-legged stool, and if you want to be one of the cool kids, you will want to make the seat from a natural edge slab. Why three legs and not four, you might ask? Well, with natural edge slabs, it’s difficult to get…

  • CNC Tips: Engraving Glass Block

    When we think of CNC routers we primarily think of cutting mainstream materials like wood or even plastic. But CNC routers have LOTS more versatility than that. In this case, we’re going to use the machine to engrave a glass block. What does the cutting? The work is done with a diamond drag. It’s a…

  • Build a Rolling Vac / Dustopper Cabinet

    Keeping your shop clean and tidy is a great idea not just from a housekeeping perspective, but also from a health perspective. You don’t want dust going into your lungs. Even if you don’t adversely react to it now, you could in the future. The negative effects are cumulative. Clean is good, but… If you’ve…

  • Shop-made Quick Release Hose Clamps

    Any woodworker who has a dust collection duct system knows what a pain it can be to do any reconfiguration. Moving tools around, adding new ducts, extending a line for better tool spacing, can all be time consuming, tedious tasks. Oftentimes this means having to remove screws, and then replace them again after the ducting…

  • Repair a Cracked Bowl Blank

    If you’re a woodturner, CA glue is one of your best friends. It’s perfect for doing spot repairs on your bowls and spindles. There are a variety of viscosities of cyanoacrylate glue available. I typically use medium or thick for these repairs. Accelerator for the glue isn’t a must, but it’s handy to have. In…

  • Cutting Mortises On Your CNC

    There are many types of joinery that can be used in woodworking; dovetails, splines, butt joints, miters, finger joints, dados, biscuits, mortise and tenon, and others. Of all the woodworking joints, both historical and modern, mortise and tenon joints have been the workhorse of furniture construction joinery for centuries. Cutting mortises is one of those…

  • Cross Halving Joint: Narrow Stock

    A cross halving joint is a strong, simple joint that is commonly used in applications ranging from simple boxes, to furniture, or complex egg crate inserts. As with many aspects of woodworking, there are a variety of ways to create a cross halving joint. Methods for creating this joint might involve a table saw, bandsaw,…