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    Nexabond Glue Product Review

    Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you had to add a small part to a project, such a piece of trim, and you didn’t want to drive a brad through it, but you couldn’t hold it for 10 minutes until the glue set up? The Nexabond glue product, Nexabond 2500S, provides a…

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  • Fastcap Speed Skate

    Fastcap Speed Skate Product Review

    I’m a one-man-shop and, as a result, I’m always on the lookout for easier ways to move sheet goods around. Fastcap’s Speed Skate looked liked a good idea, so I figured I’d check it out. The Fastcap Speed Skate, $25, is specifically designed to help you roll, instead of carry, sheet stock around your shop.…

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    A Shoe That Woodworkers Can Stand For: Merrell Jungle Moc

    Like many woodworkers, I have a shop with a cement floor. The rubber mats that I have strategically positioned around the work space help reduce the stress on my feet quite a bit, but when I spend a long day standing in the shop I experience achiness in my feet and fatigue in my legs…

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  • Utilizing Reverse on a Lathe

    Utilizing Reverse on a Lathe

    A reverse switch on a lathe allows for easier bowl work and better sanding on both bowls and spindles. This video makes it easy to understand just how beneficial it is to be able to reverse the spindle on a lathe.

  • SawStop: Two Sizes of Brakes

    SawStop: Two Sizes of Brakes

    SawStop’s brake technology is amazing, but you’ve got to make sure you’re using the right brake, depending on what diameter blade you have in. Once you see this video you’ll understand completely why it’s so important to change brakes when you change from a conventional blade to a dado head.

  • How Do I Know if it's a Riving Knife or a Splitter?

    How Do I Know If It’s a Riving Knife or a Splitter?

    Riving knives are the talk of the table saw industry. If you’re a table saw user, or considering buying a table saw, you need to know the difference between a riving knife and simple splitter. This video explains it all.

  • Using Woodworking Software for Project Layout

    Using Woodworking Software for Project Layout

    When you use sheet goods in your shop how do you make sure you’re getting the most you can out of each sheet? It’s relatively easy on small projects, but when you do a large project that uses a lot of sheets, you can burn up a lot of unnecessary material if you haven’t done…

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    Hearing Protection for the Woodshop

    Why Hearing Protection is Important My first job out of college was framing houses. The contractor I worked for was ‘old school.’ Protective gear like gloves, earplugs or safety glasses were generally viewed as signs of weakness. For a long time I tried to be a tough guy. After an afternoon of air-nailing fire blocking…

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  • How to Make SawStop Brake Changes

    How to Make SawStop Brake Changes

    If you’ve been considering a SawStop table saw for your shop you’ve probably wondered about the brake changes. Is it complicated? Will it slow down your woodworking? This SawStop video will answer your questions by giving you an under-the-saw view of exactly what it takes to swap brakes on a SawStop table saw.

  • Benefits of a Track Saw

    Benefits of a Track Saw

    Your woodworking life will be easier if you cut sheet goods down to rough size before heading for the table saw, a great job for a circular saw and track system. In addition to rough cutting pieces to size, a track saw can be used to miter carcase sides, cross cut large pieces to length,…