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    Flattening Large Wood Slabs with a Router

    Wood slabs can make great tables. The problem is getting them flat. The coolest slabs are usually too big to go through a planer or sander, and end grain slabs shouldn’t go through a planer anyway. Fortunately, there is an easy way to flatten any oversized board using a shop-made jig and a router. Here’s… Read more »

  • Cutting Plywood Without a Table Saw

    Plenty of projects call for plywood or other sheet stock. If you don’t own a table saw, you might figure those projects are out of reach for you. Not so! Dave Munkittrick has come up with a great way to handle sheet goods. If you have a plywood-hungry project in mind, check out Dave’s great… Read more »

  • Using Toggle Clamps in Your Shop

    Woodworkers like making woodworking jigs. It makes sense since jigs make woodworking easier and, often, safer. Here are two jigs that take advantage of the holding power that toggle clamps offer, and a third application for a toggle clamp that will make it easier to secure work on your benchtop CNC router. Woodworking toggle clamps… Read more »

  • How to Make a Box Joint Jig

    How to Make a Box Joint Jig

    Box joints are a wonderful combination of form and function. They look great, especially when made with contrasting materials and, with their significant surface area for glue, are very strong. Our shop-made table saw box joint jig is simple to make and easy to use. In all likelihood you have enough scrap in your shop… Read more »

  • How to Cut Dovetails with a Table Saw Dovetail Jig

    Cut Dovetail Sockets with a Shop-Made Table Saw Dovetail Jig

    Learn a new method of cutting dovetail sockets that utilizes a shop-made table saw jig. Everyone loves the look of dovetails, and they deliver unquestionable strength and durability as a woodworking joint. The approach described by George in this video is a simple, flexible means of producing high quality dovetails using a table saw dovetail… Read more »

  • How to Cut Pins/Sockets with Porter Cable Dovetail Jig

    Porter Cable Dovetail Jig: Cutting Pins and Sockets

    This is part three in a three- part series that will prepare you to successfully create through dovetails using a Porter Cable 4212 dovetail jig. Part one covered the initial setup of the jig, part two provided instruction on how to cut the tail portion of the through dovetail joint using the Porter Cable dovetail… Read more »

  • Porter Cable Dovetail Jig: Cutting Through Dovetails

    Porter Cable Dovetail Jig: Cutting Through Dovetails

    Learn how to set up for through dovetails using a Porter Cable dovetail jig. This is part two in a three- part series that will prepare you to successfully execute this joint every time. Part one covered the initial setup of the jig, and this video provides detailed instruction on how to cut the tail… Read more »

  • Porter Cable Dovetail Jig: Set up For Through Dovetails

    Porter Cable Dovetail Jig: Setting Up For Through Dovetails

    Learn how to set up for through dovetails using a Porter Cable dovetail jig for joining in your woodworking shop. Dovetails are widely viewed as a hallmark of craftsmanship, and a durable form of joinery that many view as a pinnacle of woodworking techniques. Using a Router to Make it Easy While some craftsmen cut… Read more »

  • Homemade Walnut Knobs

    Easy Shop-Made Knobs

    Custom Knobs Create a Warm and Personal Shop Jigs are everywhere in my workspace. Taper jigs, custom sleds and even fixtures for boring holes populate my shop in alarming numbers. Single use jigs are crude, but jigs made for the long-term get special treatment. While cast plastic polycarbonate knobs are available at woodworking stores, I… Read more »

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    George’s 3 Favorite Woodworking Jigs for Cabinetmaking

    I’m always looking for ways to streamline my woodworking. Thrifty (read cheap) woodworker that I am my preference is to problem solve with shop-made woodworking jigs rather than commercially produced jigs. Here are my three favorite shop-made woodworking jigs for cabinetmaking: Dado Sizer For years I used the T and E method (Trial and Error)… Read more »