• Woodmaster with blades
    9:41

    Do Your Own Milling and Save Money

    A good hardwood supplier can do lots of operations for you: S2S, surface sanding, gang ripping, making molding, and more. To be an informed consumer you should be aware of what services are available, AND how much each of those services cost. They’re typically priced by the board foot. One way to save some dough…

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  • Shopbot desktop system
    7:03

    Shopbot Desktop MAX ATC

    I was thrilled to see the ShopBot Desktop MAX ATC CNC router at the 2019 AWFS show. I’m already enthralled by the work that benchtop CNC routers can do. Add ATC to a CNC machine, and you’re really cooking with gas. What’s an ATC? ATC stands for automatic tool changer. Instead of the operator manually…

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  • Turning a hollow vessel
    23:48

    Turning a Hollow Vessel

    I recently checked out a new hollow vessel turning set from Easy Wood Tools . I had the chance to interview the folks from Easy Wood at AWFS, and later had a chance to try out their chisels. What’s a Hollow Vessel? Hollow vessels are a bowl turning project, but instead of a large bowl-type…

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  • Using a drill
    3:44

    Using Drill Bushings in Your Projects

    I love building jigs and fixtures for my shop. When I’m building jigs that work in conjunction with a drilling operation, I find it’s best to add drill guide bushings to the jig so the jig holds up and stays accurate. If I’m investing my time, after all, I want the jig to last. What’s…

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  • Drill press with a small bit
    2:20

    Big Drill Press, Small Bits

    A drill press provides a great way for drilling holes, but sometimes isn’t capable of doing quite what you want it to do. When it comes to drilling tiny holes, anything 1/16” or less, many drill presses can’t help you. The chuck simply doesn’t get small enough to securely hold little bits. And that’s a…

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  • Using a smartphone as an angle gauge
    5:00

    Using Your Smartphone as a Digital Angle Gauge

    Setting angles on your tools can be a little tricky, and getting the angles just right is very important. If you’re doing something like stave construction, or any multi-sided item, being off just a few degrees on the set up can lead to disastrous results. But if you own a smart phone, the answer for…

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  • Piece of wood
    3:00

    Planing Toward the Middle

    When you’re planing a board to thickness, there’s a little more involved than simply shoving the board through your planer. To get the best possible result, in regards to board stability, you should follow a specific sequence of events. What we’re after We have a couple of goals when we’re planing wood. One, of course,…

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  • Kreg adaptive cutting system
    10:05

    Kreg Adaptive Cutting System Review

    Track saws and cutting systems that use them are quite the rage. And it makes sense. What a great way to get large pieces cut down to more manageable sizes, straight line rip stock, cut funky angles, and more. But here’s my question: can you use a track saw and cutting system to produce all…

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  • Wood slab
    8:19

    How to Level a Wood Slab

    Perhaps you want to build one of those “River Tables” that are becoming famous around the internet, or maybe you want to build a simple coffee table using hairpin legs supporting a big ‘ol slab from a tree that was cut down in your neighborhood. Either way, you’ll need to learn how to level a…

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