• 17:16

    2020 Product Showcase: Castle 110

    Castle has been in the pocket hole business for MANY years. Their large scale machines have been used in commercial cabinets shops for years. It’s great to see the Castle 110, a machine that takes advantage of Castle’s extensive history and makes it available at the consumer woodworking level. What’s with the angle? Here’s the…

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  • 5:45

    Kreg Pocket Hole Jigs

    I love being in a position where I get to see new tools come into the marketplace. Yep, I’m a tool geek. Pocket holes are immensely popular, and very useful to woodworkers. Kreg has done a really good job with the features on a couple of their new pocket hole jigs. The 500 Series Their…

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  • 5:28

    Picture Perfect Frames

    Making picture frames is an extremely popular wood shop activity. What better way to show off that special picture than by making a special frame for it. Unfortunately, getting great miters can be challenging. MiterSet provides a great solution for this problem. How does MiterSet work? MiterSet is a block with a series of holes…

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  • 1:41

    Jointing Small Parts

    Jointing, the process of cleaning up and straightening an edge, isn’t restricted to jointers. You can also do this with hand tools. Joining small pieces of wood can be a challenge. When you’re working with small pieces a block plane works great for jointing and chamfering edges. The setup When you’re thinking about using a…

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  • 17:02

    Cutting Mortises On Your CNC

    There are many types of joinery that can be used in woodworking; dovetails, splines, butt joints, miters, finger joints, dados, biscuits, mortise and tenon, and others. Of all the woodworking joints, both historical and modern, mortise and tenon joints have been the workhorse of furniture construction joinery for centuries. Cutting mortises is one of those…

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  • 9:18

    Cross Halving Joint: Narrow Stock

    A cross halving joint is a strong, simple joint that is commonly used in applications ranging from simple boxes, to furniture, or complex egg crate inserts. As with many aspects of woodworking, there are a variety of ways to create a cross halving joint. Methods for creating this joint might involve a table saw, bandsaw,…

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  • 5:09

    How to Make Wood Plugs

    There are LOTS of ways to join wood. One tried and true method is to use screws to fasten parts together. But this can leave screws heads showing and, in most cases, you don’t want screw heads as a decorative element in your project. No problem, we can take care of that. It’s a fairly…

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  • 2:56

    Using Fence Support on Thin Material

    When you’re using tools like a biscuit joiner, Festool Domino or dowel machine, they all have a commonality. They each have a fence that registers the tool on your work. We rely on the fence not only for registration, but also to keep the machine at the correct angle relative to the work. This becomes…

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  • 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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