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  • How to Use a Router Bit

    How to Use a Trim Router and Bits

    Trim routers are a very handy tool to have in the shop, in part because they’re so easy to handle with one hand. This instructional video teaches you how to use a flush trim router bit, a V-bit for free-hand sign making, and a roman ogee bit. All of these cutters can be easily used…

  • Drill vs. Impact Driver

    Drill vs. Impact Driver

    There are lots of cordless tools in the marketplace. Few are as handy as impact drivers and drills. Here’s some great buying advice that’ll help you figure out which of these tools will serve you and your shop the best; impact driver, or drill? Check out this video before you make a buying decision.

  • AWFS 2015 New Products

    AWFS 2015 has come and gone, with manufacturers taking advantage of the venue to show off their products. Have a look at a few things George discovered at this year’s show.

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  • Planer Snipe and Preventative Solutions | WWGOA

    Planer Snipe Breakdown and Preventative Solutions

    Learn the secrets for dealing with snipe on a benchtop planer. Benchtop planers are a great asset to any woodworking shop. They enable us to prepare rough lumber for use in our projects, and to machine stock to a precise dimension. One common problem that can occur when running a board through a portable planer…

  • 3 Useful Raised Panel Router Bits | WWGOA

    3 Useful Raised Panel Router Bits

    When it comes to making raised panels for doors, it’s hard to beat the work that can be accomplished by raised panel router bits. You’ve got choices; vertical panel raiser, horizontal panel raiser, or horizontal panel raiser with back cutter. Your selection could be based on your woodworking project, or on what type of router…

  • Standard & Low Angle Block Plane Overview

    Standard and Low Angle Block Planes

    Looking for buying advice on hand planes? This is for you, helping you determine if a standard angle or low angle block plane is best for you and your projects. Which is easier to push through the material? Which provides less chance of tear out? Which is best for cutting parallel to the grain? Across…

  • " Sharpening Chisels: High Speed vs Low Speed Grinders "

    High Speed Grinders vs. Low Speed Grinders

    I love sharpening my lathe chisels on a grinder. It makes for fast sharpening, which means I can get back to my lathe turning quickly. When it comes to sharpening chisels, as opposed to shaping, a metal edge, a low rpm grinder offers a lot of advantages. There are uses for high speed grinders too,…

  • How to Sharpen a Spokeshave

    How to Sharpen a Spokeshave

    The blade on a spokeshave is very small, which can make it difficult to sharpen. But if the spokeshave is going to work correctly, it needs to be sharpened correctly. This video takes you from lapping to the correct grind angle (and how to achieve it) to honing. You’ll see a great trick for producing…

  • Setting Up and Using a Spokeshave

    A spokeshave can be a versatile tool to use on your woodworking projects, but only if it’s correctly set up. Bevel up or down? Blade parallel or skewed? How do you take the backlash out of the adjustment nuts? And what about spokeshaves that don’t have adjustment nuts? Tom Caspar has the answers and will…

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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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