• Edge to Edge Glue Up: Locating Clamps
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    Gluing together boards in an edge-to-edge arrangement to form one large panel is an important skill that most woodworkers want to master. This requires careful planning to ensure that the right number of boards is used, and that those boards are cut to the ideal width to maximize yield for the project. It also demands… Read more »

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  • Mineral Oil on Wood
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    Why put mineral oil on wood? The biggest reason is that it’s an excellent food-safe finish. For many woodworkers, mineral oil is the go-to sealer for cutting boards and wooden kitchen utensils; anything that may come in contact with food. It’s so easy to apply, easy to get (any pharmacy will have it, or you… Read more »

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  • Gauging When Wood Width Must Equal Thickness
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    Woodworkers often find themselves ripping lumber to a dimension where its thickness is consistent to its width. Common applications for this include table legs, turning blanks, posts, slats, etc. Often times the first step is to plane the stock to the desired thickness, then take it to the table saw to cut the wood width…. Read more »

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  • How to Cut Glass
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    Sometimes woodworkers like to mix things up a bit and pull in other materials to complete woodworking projects. Glass is a great example of this, adding an element of class and craftsmanship to certain projects. Cutting and installing glass is not as difficult for beginners as it might seem, and in fact it is probably… Read more »

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    Turning bowls on a wood lathe is an absolute blast, and if you haven’t tried it, you are missing out big time! Once you experience the beauty and satisfaction of bowl turning, you’ll be hooked. Like anything new that you try in the shop, however, there is a learning curve associated with turning bowls. One… Read more »

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  • Tool Lubricant
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    Let’s face it; woodworking is more fun and satisfying when your tools are well-maintained and in good working condition when you go to use them. Many wood-shop tips suggest that one of the more important and yet commonly overlooked aspects of tool maintenance is to apply a tool lubricant to parts that maintain contact with… Read more »

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    The cornerstone of hand tool woodworking is the chisel. Whether you are chopping dovetails, paring to a line on end grain, or shearing off a bead of excess glue, one thing is for certain, you will want that bad boy to have a hair-splitting wicked sharp edge on it. The concept for how to sharpen… Read more »

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    There can be real value in getting your tools used instead of new. However, used tools can have their “warts.” Every once in a while our readers, and the director of our woodworking videos, run into problems working with these older tools, and come to us with their questions. In this case, the table saw… Read more »

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    How many power sanders are too many? Or, more importantly, how many power sanders aren’t enough? Contributing Editor A.J. Moses has come to recognize that increasing your collection of power sanders and can save you A LOT of time on your projects. Plus, he’s got some tips on how to best take advantage of owning… Read more »

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