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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 miter saws, or even if you’ve been using one for decades this article will be […]

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 cutting down sheet goods into manageable sizes, before moving to the table saw for the precision cuts. In this article we’re going […]

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 about it at all.  It usually goes something like this… They decide to make a cutting board.  They read end-grain is 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 what is required to actually turn a log into usable material for a wood shop project.  It’s not […]

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 even papers and cardboard stock you should have a jigsaw in your shop.  A jigsaw is very […]