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Setting Up a Miter Saw

Most workshops have a miter saw. A miter saw is one of the go to tools for many operations. They can be used for cutting wood, plastic, PVC, and even non-ferrous metals like aluminum and brass. If your new to m...

Circular Saw Basics

Everyone should know their circular saw basics.  Circular saws are incredibly handy shop tools. In many workshops, the circular is used more than any other tool, and they are generally the go-to tool for cuttin...

4 Glues Every Workshop Should Have

Glues are used in just about every workshop. Let's talk about 4 glues every workshop should have! A visit to the local home improvement center will send you on your way with madness being unable to decide which...

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...

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 mak...

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...

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...