• 3:39

    Understanding Janka Hardness

    With over 60,000 species of trees in existence, we woodworkers have an overwhelming number of wood choices available to us. So, how do you choose the right wood for your project? Cost, local availability, color, and figure are important characteristics to consider, and can be pretty easily assessed. Depending on your project, hardness might also…

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  • 7:47

    Make Dovetail Sockets on your Table Saw

    The dovetail joint is not only one of the strongest joints due to the mechanical strength that it provides, it is also widely considered to be one of the most beautiful joints that you can create. This combination of strength and beauty make dovetail joinery one of the hallmarks of craftsmanship, so it’s a great…

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  • 4:04

    Safely Cutting Plexiglass

    Cutting plexiglass can be an important step in some projects; perhaps for a glass door panel or protective cover for a table top. In a woodshop full of tools that are designed to part wood fibers, however, how can you produce a clean cut on something as fragile as plexiglass? And is cutting plexiglas a…

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  • 3:10

    Saving Money on Glue

    Woodworkers are a notoriously thrifty bunch, and we commonly look for ways to save money on our equipment, supplies, shop space, materials and anything else that contributes to the cost of our woodworking hobby or business. One thing that we use in nearly every project is glue. While glue isn’t a big sticker item, when…

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  • 5:32

    Upcut vs Downcut Spiral Router Bits

    A straight router bit is a workhorse tool in many woodworking shops. Picking out the best router bit for your needs with all of the choices on the market today, however, can be a daunting task. The solid carbide spiral router bit offers us a durable option that can also improve the cut quality for…

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  • 6:35

    Resin River Table Overview

    Everyone has the “resin river table fever” these days, and these projects are a beautiful sight to behold when they are properly built. To be sure that you produce a masterpiece, it will be important to follow some basic guidelines when you build your resin river table. Dam the river. Resin is an expensive material,…

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  • 15:47

    How to Build a Countertop

    It’s likely that every woodworker has had the idea, at one time or another, to build their own countertop. Maybe it’s for a kitchen or a shop fixture, but the idea of extending those woodworking skills by incorporating in some high quality laminate materials is appealing. While it might seem like it requires a completely…

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  • 4:08

    Homemade Wood Finish

    George has developed a homemade wood finish that he has been using for decades. His homemade wood finish puts a great layer of protection along with warm, lustrous glow onto his turned pieces. He uses this homemade wood finish for bowls as well as spindle projects, and has had great success with this approach. The…

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  • 3:44

    Cabinet Doors Without Striped Panels

    Have you ever seen a cabinet door that had an awful looking unfinished stripe on one or both sides of the door? Yuck! Striped panels appear because wood expands and contracts due to seasonal fluctuations in humidity. One important piece of knowledge that every woodworker has to have is that this seasonal movement is unavoidable,…

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