• 10:43

    Making a Drawer Lock Joint

    Drawer lock joints made using a drawer lock router bit are a GREAT way to put drawers together. Once the setup is right the joint can be cut very fast, and the mechanical interlock the joint provides makes it very strong. What’s not to like? Well, in all honesty the getting the setup just right…

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  • 2:39

    Making Dadoes on a Miter Saw

    Need to make a dado or two? Not everyone knows this, but you can make dadoes on your miter saw. Yep, on your miter saw. No need to put a dado head on your table saw, or set up a router bit in a hand-held router or on a router table. If your miter saw…

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  • 1:58

    Chip-Free Jointing

    Using a jointer isn’t as simple as pushing a piece through and hoping for the best, especially when you’re working with pretty, highly figured woods such as birdseye maple, curly maple, and flame birch. There are lots of species that fall into this category, primarily woods that have a lot of figure to them. The…

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  • 3:12

    How Many Dado Shims to Use

    Dado joints are a powerful way to hold shelves and other cabinet carcase components securely. These joints are relatively easy to execute, and due to their effectiveness and efficiency they are a mainstay in many cabinet shops. Most stacked dado sets include multiple chipper sizes, commonly 1/16” and 1/8”, to give you some flexibility in…

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  • 8:19

    Jointing with a Router

    Perhaps you are just getting started in woodworking and you don’t have a jointer in your shop. Or, if you are fortunate enough to have a jointer, there are situations where the boards that you want to joint exceed the capacity of your jointer. Sure, if you have money and space you can always use…

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  • 3:35

    Allowing for Wood Expansion on Solid Wood Tops

    Wood moves; there’s nothing you can do about it. Even after the tree is down, the wood has been dried, you’ve got it in your shop, and you apply finish, wood is gonna move. It’s a living, breathing thing. If you don’t allow for wood expansion, you’re going to have problems in the future. Problems…

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  • 4:31

    Simple Spline Cutting Jig for Mitered Frame

    Have you ever built a project that incorporated mitered corners, such as a picture frame, and wondered how to strengthen and beautify the mitered joints? The answer lies in adding a spline, which introduces a mechanical reinforcement to the joint, and at the same time adds an element of beauty, particularly when contrasting woods are…

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  • 3:28

    How To Clean Glue Squeeze-Out

    If you’re putting woodworking projects together, you’re going to get squeeze out. It’s nearly impossible to avoid. And, for the most part, you don’t want to avoid it. A little glue coming out of the joint provides some reassurance that you have enough glue IN the joint. The question is, what do you do with…

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  • 2:45

    How to Stretch Mitered Pieces

    Have you ever cut a mitered frame and ended up with a piece that was just a tiny bit too short, leaving a gap in your frame? If you haven’t, and all your mitered frames have just fit perfectly right out of the gate, congratulations because you might just be the only one! For the…

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