• Small wood pieces
    4:46

    How to Do an Easy Miter Glue Up

    If you want to know how to make strong mitered corners, it’s partially about cutting technique, but even more about assembly technique. A miter glue up can be a daunting task, even to an expert woodworker. The joints can seem to have a mind of their own when you’re doing a miter glue up, when…

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  • Router base
    3:31

    Choosing a Router Base: Flat vs Round Side

    There are lots of aspects of woodworking that are intuitive. Some, not so much. This is an example of not so much. Routers and Fences One way to guide a router through a cut is to attach a fence to the router, allowing the fence to ride along the edge of your work. An alternative…

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  • Waterfall miter joint
    8:15

    Creating a Waterfall Miter Joint

    Slab tables are all the rage these days, and everyone wants to build one for themselves. And once you have one of your own, you’ll be getting lots of request to build more. From a woodworking perspective waterfall tables are a pretty straightforward project, but they do require that you execute a tight waterfall miter…

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  • Creating a bowtie inlay
    7:35

    How to Create a Bowtie Inlay

    A bowtie inlay, also called a dovetail or butterfly inlay, serves a couple of purposes in your woodworking. If you’re working with a piece that has a crack in it, you can use a bowtie inlay to bridge the crack and stabilize it. If there’s a defect in your board that you want to mask,…

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  • Pantorouter Overview
    17:45

    Overview of the PantoRouter

    Have you seen the Pantorouter? It’s a very cool tool, capable of precisely making a lot of different joints. Mortise and tenon joints are the real bread and butter of the Pantorouter, but it can do much more than that. How it works Have you ever used a pantograph? A stylus traces something, like a…

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  • Flush trim
    3:31

    How to Use a Flush Trim Router Bit with V-Groove

    Most of the time when you’re attaching a face frame to a cabinet carcase you want to finish it so that it is perfectly flush with a seamless appearance between the face frame and the carcase. Every once in a while, however, you may want to create a point of interest in that area. Perhaps…

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  • Small wooden table
    9:51

    Pocket Hole Joinery: Beyond Face Frames

    Leg to rail construction is a very common part of building furniture. There are lots of ways the joints can be created, but few are as quick and easy as pocket holes. And, there’s plenty of strength in a pocket hole joint. It’s common for a leg to rail joint to have a reveal, an…

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  • Wooden boards
    4:04

    Adding a Slot to Install Table Top Fasteners

    When it comes time to install the top on a table, it is important to come up with an approach that allows the table top to expand and contract freely with seasonal changes in humidity. If we don’t accommodate this movement, bad things are bound to happen. The table top could crack, or the movement…

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  • Box of nails and bottle of glue
    3:32

    Do Nails Really Help?

    Every once in a while I take some flak for not using nails or screws in my joinery, and for using pocket holes to join face frames. Let’s debunk a few myths. Today’s glues are stronger than the wood you’re putting together, provided the joinery is good. When you have good joinery, meaning no slop…

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