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  • Repairing a Wobbly Table

    Building a wobble-free table or wobble-free chair legs can be tricky. Sometimes you might be working with organic shaped material, or other times perhaps there is the slightest slippage while you are gluing up. Whatever the cause, it’s common that a project wobbles just slightly when you take it out of the clamps. Never fear,

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  • Making Drawer Pulls from Aluminum

    Making cabinet drawers is a critical part of a project, and the final product should provide a great example of the maker’s craftsmanship. Drawer pulls are a great focal point in a project to provide a unique accent and personalize the drawer, setting it apart as a special functional piece of art. Sure, there are

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  • Tips for Storing and Organizing Clamps

    Clamps, clamps, everywhere a clamp. If you’re lucky. 🙂 Yeah, George stores A LOT of clamps because of the classes he teaches, but even if you don’t own the boat load of clamps that he does, you’ll find this a very easy way to get started organizing clamps. The challenge Clamps are very heavy, and

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  • DIY Exhaust Fan for your Shop

    Whether you’re looking to keep the air in your shop a little fresher, or you just want to keep the air moving so you stay a little cooler in the warm months, this DIY exhaust fan is for you. It’s so simple to build; taking advantage of simple box fans you can get from any

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  • 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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  • How to Cast Resin

    Have you ever wondered how to cast resin? This is a great way to extend your woodworking skills into another area, as once you know how to cast resin you can incorporate casting resin into a woodworking project, such as the infamous “River Table” design, or you can use the resin as an alternative medium

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  • Repairing Aluminum Hold Downs

    You check the toolpath. You do an air cut. You eyeball the material location on the CNC machine, You double-check (maybe even triple check) the hold down locations on the material. But, sometimes, despite our best efforts, a router bit manages to “find” one of the aluminum hold downs you’re using. Ouch!! Most of my

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  • What is Spalting?

    Many woodworkers want to invest some time into understanding wood, which is understandable since we spend a lot of time with it and wood selection is an important aspect to any woodworking project. There are many types of “specialty woods” to learn about, from quilted and curly patterns, to the dramatic effects that can be

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  • Tips for Sharpening Woodworking Tools

    It’s an old cliche, but it’s true: dull tools are more dangerous than sharp tools. Instead of being able to gently and easily slice wood, as you can with a sharp tool, you’ll have to force a dull tool to do what you want it to do. That’s an accident waiting to happen. Stones There

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  • High Top Table Leg Idea

    The next time you’re making a table or, more specifically, a high top table, we’ve got a great leg hack that’ll make your woodworking life easier. Especially if you want the legs to be turned. Check out newel posts at the local lumber yard or home center. Yep, stairway parts make good furniture. I recently

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