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  • Woodworking Techniques for Ebonizing Wood

    Ebonizing Wood

    The next time you’re working on a project that calls for a dark, opaque accent that looks like ebony, try ebonizing wood for the right look. It’s a fairly simple process, but works better on some woods than others. Ebonizing wood is not the same thing as simply coloring wood with ebony stain. When you…

  • Do I Really Need an Impact Driver

    Do I Really Need an Impact Driver?

    Not to spoil the vido, but yes, you do need an impact driver, right away. Stop reading. Go to the store, buy an impact driver and thank me later. If you feel the need to understand why, read on. Why Do I need an Impact Driver? Impact drivers are creating a lot of buzz on…

  • Jointer and Planer

    The Difference Between a Jointer and Planer

    Beginning woodworkers all ask this basic question: What is the difference between a jointer and a planer? The answer is simple, a lot! And is there such a thing as a Jointer Planer? No! So, what is the difference? Each machine does a completely different surfacing operation. A jointer flattens a face or straightens and…

  • Gluing-up-Panels-Completed-panel

    Gluing Up Panels

    Gluing up panels is a must-have skill in woodworking. From tabletops to raised panels, there are plenty of times you’ll need to glue boards edge to edge. Here’s the recipe for making that happen in your shop. 1. Rough Cut to Length As you crosscut material for the panel leave it 1” – 2” longer…

  • Setting Inset Drawer Fronts

    When it comes to drawer styles on cabinets and furniture, everyone seems to love the look of inset drawer fronts. It’s a custom look that suggests that the piece was hand crafted rather than mass produced. While they can look beautiful if they are done properly, they can also look lousy if they are not…

  • Double-sided Sign on a CNC

    One of the great things you can do on a CNC router is a double-sided sign. There are some key points to making this work, and work correctly. – Controlling depth of cut so you don’t cut through when you cut both faces – Controlling the model position in the project when you’re using 3D…

  • All You Need to Know About Resin

    Boy, there are A LOT of resin products available in the marketplace, and they’re not inexpensive. Just like you want to choose the right tool for your woodworking tasks, you also want to choose the right resin for your resin work. The right product for a resin table isn’t necessarily right for other resin or…

  • Build a Side Table

    Looking for a great project that you can put together in no time? In this free video lesson, we teach you step by step how to build a side table. The joinery is simple, with screw pockets holding everything together. Getting Started: How to Build a Side Table Prep your material by jointing straight edges…

  • ISOtunes Pro Model

    When I come across a product that I REALLY like, I enjoy spreading the word and letting friends of mine, like you, know about it. The ISOtunes line of products is a great example of that. I’ve been wearing the ISOtunes Pro model for years. The array of hearing protection products available is amazing, and…

  • Diablo Steel Demon Circular Saw Blade Review

    Wow!! That’s my very understated reaction to the Freud Steel Demon circular saw blade. I ran across this blade while shopping for circular saw blades at a home center, and was amazed to see that it’s capable of cutting mild steel up to ¼” thick. No way!! I figured it’s time for a circular saw…