Woodworking

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Planing Boards that are Wider than your Planer

The planer is one of the most used tools in a woodworking shop. It's almost indispensable really. Unfortunately they can also be very expensive tools, and the bigger ones are generally out of most people's budg...

How to use Digital Calipers (The Right Way)

A set of digital calipers are just about mandatory for any workshop.  Even a small shop or just someone who is a tinkerer is going to want a set.  Digital calipers can be had in several variations, but the most...
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Which Dust Mask for Woodworking?

Dust collection for your shop is extremely important and shouldn't be an afterthought.  But even the best dust collection systems are not enough.  You need protection for the loose dust that will inevitably make it into the air around you.  The last thing you ...

End-Grain through the Planer? Just Don’t!

If you're new to woodworking then you've probably never even considered the pros and cons of running end-grain through a planer.  In fact, often times new woodworkers attempt this feat without ever thinking abo...

Grounding a Dust Collection System

In a recent article and video publication we discussed installing an Automated Dust Collection System.  In this article and video we installed a PVC "grounded" dust collection system into the shop.  PVC is very...

Router Table Safety Tips

The Router is one of the most used tools in my shop.  There are so many uses for it.  It's an extremely versatile tool with a plethora of bits and accessories that can be added to extend its uses throughout the shop and to many different projects.  Routers com...

Cutting a Log on a Band Saw

I recently created a project for my mother and father that involved turning a fallen tree branch (struck by lightning) into a Cheese Tray and Coaster set.  This spawned a lot of questions from my audience about...

How to use a Tape Measure (The Right Way)

A tape measure is one of the most important tools a shop can have. It's also one that surprisingly enough gets the least attention when it comes to learning and skill building. OK, but which tape measure do I n...

How to use an Orbital Sander

A random orbital sander is a staple of every shop, or if it is not, it should be!  This is a very versatile tool for getting an incredibly smooth and scratch free finish onto your projects, whether woodworking, plastic working, or metal working.  There's quite...

Why Your Jigsaw isn’t Cutting Straight

A jigsaw is one of the most fundamental tools of every workshop.  Yes. I meant to use the word workshop, rather than wood shop.  A jigsaw belongs in every shop.  Whether you work with wood, metals, plastics, or...