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  • Using a Woodturning Hook Tool

    A hollow vessel is a beautiful, delicate object that is lightweight, has a very small opening, and invites all sorts of questions about how it was made. Turning a hollow vessel on a lathe is a challenging project, but it is an accomplishment that is fun, exciting, and within reach of an experienced turner when

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  • Benefits of Parallel Jaw Clamps

    If you’re working wood, you’re probably clamping parts together. That means you need to have good quality clamps in your shop. It’s really hard to beat the benefits of parallel jaw clamps. Why parallel jaw clamps? I tell you what. The feature I like the best about parallel jaw clamps is that the jaws stay

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  • Do I Really Need an Impact Driver

    Do I Really Need an Impact Driver?

    Impact Driver vs Drill I’m going to spoil the ending. Yes you do need an impact driver, right away. Stop reading. Go to store. Buy an impact driver. Thank me later. If you feel the need to understand why, read on. Impact drivers are creating a lot of buzz on the internet these days, and

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  • Must-Have Woodworking Apps for Your iPhone Pt. 1

    In the earliest days of woodworking (or even just a few years ago for that matter), who would have ever thought that we would be talking about how to best utilize our telephones in the woodworking shop? Well, times they certainly are a changin’, and smart phones are capable of performing tasks that we would

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  • Why George Loves Combination Squares

    There are a handful of tools in the shop that I use nearly every day. A combination square is one of them. These are such versatile tools. I love that you can interchange the heads for different functions, getting even more mileage out of a nearly indispensable tool. Round stock, angles, marking and measuring. The

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  • How to Attach a Miter Saw Laser

    There are a lot of great reasons for having a laser on a miter saw, but not every saw comes with a miter saw laser. If your machine doesn’t have a laser don’t despair, there’s a solution. Benefits of a laser There are some great reasons for having a miter saw laser. A big one

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  • Laguna Dust Collector

    Dust Collection Systems from Laguna

    Effective dust collection in your shop is very important. Remember that reaction to dust is a cumulative thing. Not reacting today doesn’t mean you won’t become reactive in the future. The lesson out of this? Take care of your lungs by making certain you have good woodworking dust collection on your tools. Laguna Tools has

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  • 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! Each machine does a completely different surfacing operation. A jointer flattens a face or straightens and squares an edge, and a

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  • CNC Training Tips for Lining Up Your Machine

    Benchtop CNC machines seem to be catching the attention of woodworkers everywhere, both professional and hobbyists. The new wave of CNC machine products that has hit the market in recent years brings an incredible amount of capability, with exceptional precision and capacity. Even with the incredible level of automation that these machines bring, however, there

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  • Great Auto-Adjusting Clamp Solutions

    Looking for cool clamping solutions for your shop? The new Automaxx clamps from Kreg are worth a look. They provide excellent clamping power and, amazingly, they auto adjust to varying thicknesses of stock. No fussing with the clamp capacity; just squeeze and go. Applications Kreg makes their Automaxx clamps in a variety of configurations. Whether

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