• 4:52

    Pattern Bit vs Flush Trim Bit

    A router allows the use of pattern bits and flush trim bits that both allow you to follow a guide and use that as a template for your work. The design of both of these bits includes a bearing of the same diameter as the cutter. The bearing is placed against the surface that is…

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  • Drilling a level hole
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    Drilling a Level Hole

    Even if you own a drill press you sometimes run into situations where you need to use a cordless drill to drill a hole. When the hole you’re drilling is horizontal, and the thing you’re drilling into is plumb, you can use this cool trick. Grab a screw eye The “instrument” we’ll use for checking…

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  • Cut plexiglass
    4:04

    Safely Cutting Plexiglass

    Cutting plexiglass can be an important step in some projects; perhaps for a glass door panel or protective cover for a table top. In a woodshop full of tools that are designed to part wood fibers, however, how can you produce a clean cut on something as fragile as plexiglass? And is cutting plexiglas a…

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  • Wood working machine
    1:48

    Simplify Cuts on Your Miter Saw

    I use my miter saw for precise length cuts all the time, but I also frequently use it to rough cut stock to size. When I’m rough cutting parts to size the parts don’t have to be an exact length. Adding simple lines to my miter saw stand really simplified the rough cutting process for…

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  • Pieces to build a countertop
    15:47

    How to Build a Countertop

    It’s likely that every woodworker has had the idea, at one time or another, to build their own countertop. Maybe it’s for a kitchen or a shop fixture, but the idea of extending those woodworking skills by incorporating in some high quality laminate materials is appealing. While it might seem like it requires a completely…

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  • Sharpening knives, scissors and tools
    1:50

    Sharpening Knives, Scissors, and Tools

    Okay, I’m a snob about a few different things, and one of them is my kitchen knives. I like good knives in my kitchen, and I want them razor sharp when I use them. The Worksharp Knife and Tool Sharpener works really well for keeping knives, scissors and other tools sharp and ready for use.…

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  • Piece of wood
    5:03

    Make Curly Maple POP

    Have you ever seen a piece of curly maple with a flat surface that looked like it was actually sculpted and contoured? This curly maple finish effect is caused by the way that light interacts with the different grain patterns in the curly material, and many woodworkers agree that is one of the most spectacular…

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  • Using fire to preserve wood
    7:34

    Shou Sugi Ban: Using Fire to Preserve Wood

    Have you ever built an outdoor project and wondered what your options were for protecting it against the elements? To keep outdoor pieces looking their best, it’s important to finish them in a way that will prevent deterioration that can often occur through prolonged exposure to moisture. There is a wide variety of commercial product…

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  • Wax paper and a photo on wood
    5:44

    Easily Transfer Pics to Wood

    Wouldn’t it be nice if you could run a nice chunk of wood through your ink jet printer to lay down a color image onto your project? Of course it would, but most of us have enough problems with our home technology as it is without trying a stunt like that. Fortunately, there is a…

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