• Kumiko woodworking

    Kumiko Woodworking

    Kumiko is a beautiful Japanese technique developed in 600-700 AD that involves assembling thin wooden pieces without the use of nails. Pieces are grooved, punched and mortised before being individually fitted using a plane, saw, chisel and other tools for fine adjustments. Steve Rothwell has been doing Kumiko for quite some time and joined us…

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    How to Apply Finish to a Table

    Wood finish can be tricky. It’s nice to have techniques to help you out. Here’s my approach to finishing tables. It doesn’t matter what your finish method is-brush, wipe on, spray-this will help you out. Start with screws The table starts upside down on the bench but, while the finish is still wet, it’ll get…

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  • Machine on a plank of wood

    What You Can Do On a Drum Sander

    Over the years I’ve been asked about drum sanders MANY times. Here’s an opportunity to see what a drum sander can do for you, and learn about the differences between drum sanders and planers. Abrasive planing With 36-grit sandpaper on your drum sander you can quickly clean up a surface, taking it from rough sawn…

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    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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  • Lever clamps

    You Should Know About Lever Clamps

    You may have a boat load of clamps in your shop that have screw threads. As you spin a handle the threads turn and tighten or loosen the clamp. Lever clamps are completely different. They have more of a gear/ratchet/cam system. As you move the lever an offset cam puts pressure on the clamp head,…

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  • Wood table

    Fall 2021 Product Showcase: Bora Centipede

    It’s common to run into scenarios where you need a work surface, but you don’t want to burn up floor space by permanently adding a workbench to your shop. Bora’s Centipedes provide excellent solutions for this problem. What’s available? In this video we’re working with the 2×4 Centipede, but you can also get it as…

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  • Aquacoat samples on wood pieces

    Fall 2021 Product Showcase: Aquacoat

    Do water-based finishing products provide the same protection as solvent-based products? Spoiler alert…yes. We did the KCMA (Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association) test on three Aquacoat products, and they passed with flying colors! The test Grab some kitchen items you’d hate to have spilled on a table and we’ll get the test going. We’re using grain…

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  • Woodmaster product

    Fall 2021 Product Showcase: Woodmaster

    The Woodmaster planer is a multi-function tool. It can be used as a planer, drum sander, molder and can also be used to gang rip pieces. With all those functions it’s good to know what it takes to change over from one function to another. It’s important to know that Woodmaster has done a very…

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  • Bandsaw

    Fall 2021 Product Showcase: Grizzly 9” Bandsaw

    There are a ton of great features on the Grizzly G0803Z bandsaw. This 9” saw has a quick release on blade tension, dust collection port, blower to keep dust off your line of cut, built in light and laser guide. When changing blades it’s hard to beat having a quick release on the blade tension.…

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