Category Archives: General Tips for Woodworkers

Plugging Screw Holes from Hardwood Scraps

Although there are many carpentry joints you can use to avoid screws such as rabbet joints, or dovetail joints, occasionally time restraints, or skill level, will force you to use screws instead. In these cases, people will often use putty or store bought dowels to conceal the screws. This can lead to unattractive elements in your piece, or cause you to waste time trying to find the best way to blend the imperfections caused by the screws. There is another …

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Organizing Your Tools and Workspace

Have you ever opened your tool box to find that everything has been overturned, mixed up, and impossible to work with? Have you ever been in the middle of an inspiration or a time crunch to get something done and couldn’t find the most basic tools in your box? This has happened to me on more than one occasion, I am a little embarrassed to say and really, all it takes to create some order and reduce chaos is something …

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Win $500 in Tools!

We are hosting a Router Bits Woodworking Contest where the grand prize winner will get $500 worth of Tools of their choice from Toolstoday! The first 100 entrants will get a 10% discount on their next purchase at Toolstoday.com And your entries will be showcased on our site! To Enter the Contest Fill out the form on the contest page: http://www.toolstoday.com/contest.aspx – Send us a photo of your best wood piece. – Detail the creative way in which you shaped …

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From Tools to Finishes – Planning Your Projects

Back in the old days, woodworkers didn’t have the opportunities for design and planning that we now have. Nowadays, we have sophisticated computer modeling programs to accomplish this, but what if you couldn’t rely on this technology? When I first began my business, I, as well, had to rely on physical drawings, mental pictures, and experience to produce a project that had some planning involved. The problem was that I didn’t have any experience, other than the occasional project that …

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How to Care for Your: Router Bits, Saw Blades & Shaper Cutters

There is nothing worse than to open your toolbox, expecting to find your router bit, saw blade, shaper cutter, or other cutting tool, and seeing that it is dull or even worse, coated with rust. If you live in a high humidity area, this problem can be even worse. Right in the middle of a project, you can find yourself wasting hours just trying to replace a poorly stored or misused cutter. Replacing them takes time, sometimes weeks, and cleaning …

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Woodworking Tips: Glues that Bind

When I started woodworking, it was not because I wanted to make great art. It was because I wanted to make a living at something that I liked to do. I thought – I can make a cabinet or a table – It’ all about getting each individual part to stick together in the way that I want. All I have to do is cut the parts to the right size and glue them together with wood glue! What I …

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Creative Woodworking Using the Tools You Have

When we watch the ‘pros’ on TV doing their thing, at some point we find ourselves saying “I could do that! If I had all those great tools and professional jigs, I could do anything!” Well, when I started woodworking, I had three power tools: a table-saw, a hand drill, and a router. Take it from me, that is all you really need, however a spattering of skill and a dollop of patience is also helpful, but not required… initially. …

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Create Templates for Circular Shapes with Flush Trim Router Bits

Starting Your Woodworking Project When starting a new woodworking project, it is extremely important to review the necessary steps, tools, cutters, router bits, and materials. Getting half of the way into a project and discovering that you don’t have the necessary router bit can be frustrating and sometimes very time consuming! If you have a fully tooled woodshop, you may be able to wave the last question until you move into your project. However, most of us only have a …

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