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Shortcuts and Shaper Cutters

There is a saying that the shoe maker’s wife goes shoeless. If you haven’t heard that before, you are a better husband than I. My wife seems to remind me every once in a while. It seems that work is work and home is where you don’t work, or at least try not to. As a home owner, we find little things need to be maintained and fixed every now and then. Perhaps a light bulb needs to be changed, …

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I Am A Woodworker, Not A Mechanic…

We all went into woodworking because we love the craft. We feel refreshed by the sound of a hand plane sliding over the edge of stock whilst tossing the shavings from our hands to our feet, or we love the feel of sunlight blasting through the open window of our shops accompanied by the wind of the cool air breeze. To me, woodworking is a form of meditation. It’s a space where I can create and be on my own. …

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A Time Machine Would Have Saved Me Time…

As we all work hard and try to find the best and most efficient ways to work, we somehow miss something every once in a while and wish we could turn back the clock. It all began when I met with a builder who was finishing up a new elementary school. We were speaking because they had plans to put in hundreds of laminated counter tops throughout the school. This was a big job so I took it. To be …

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The Art of Buying Woodworking Tools

A nightmare scenario: It’s my wife’s birthday and she loves gifts. More than just gifts, she loves when people buy her make-up. I would go through the different types of make-ups, bases and highlights, but I would have no idea what I am talking about. I am not a cosmetician, nor have I ever put on makeup. But one thing is for sure, my wife just loves makeup so I have little choice but to bite the bullet and go …

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Corner Chisel Saved Hours of Hand Work

Buying new tools is always a two part decision making process for me. First, I love tools so in the end I know I will have to wrestle with my emotions. I am a self-ascribed tool addict and find joy in purchasing a new table saw or even an antique hand-place from the garage sale down the street. The second thing I keep in mind is business. Will this tool be an investment for my company? More specifically, will it …

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Signmaking & Lettering Bits: A Quick and Reliable Option for Signs

I was never a fan of CNC machines. Perhaps it was my traditional learning of hand techniques that turned me into a bit of a snob. There is romanticism about being in a quiet shop, just you, your hand tools and the shavings at your feet. One day we all come to a point where after cutting six dovetail drawers by hand and still having a few left, we start to wonder why we don’t just use a dovetail jig …

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Brad Point Drill Bit: A Small Innovation That Makes a Big Difference

Like most woodworkers, I believe that we like to read up on really cool advances in tools and technology. Like the table saw that stops instantly when unintended materials (like fingers) touch the blade. Or something of the sort that creates a buzz throughout the woodworking world. But like most of you, I only hear about these things when they are featured in magazines or discussed with my colleagues. The fact is that most of these featured advances in tools …

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Beautifully Simple Lonnie Bird Tambour Door Router Bit Set

Check out this Lonnie Bird Tambour Door Router Bit Set #54314 review by Stuart. Here are a few excerpts. Bird? Not Surfin Bird, not Larry Bird, but Lonnie Bird! If you haven’t heard of Lonnie Bird, he is a very well-known fine woodworker, educator, author. You may have heard/read/owned his Bandsaw Book, or a number of the awesome Taunton’s Illustrated books. So when Lonnie Bird speaks with Amana Tool® with a view to produce a set of Tambour Door Router …

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Raised Panel Doors: Table Saw, Router, or Shaper?

Creating raised panel doors can be done in a number of ways. For the most basic, you can use the table saw with a few passes and a tilt of the blade. This will give a flat profile. But the table saw is limited, and it can’t give you much of a complex profile. For a more complex profile with a bit more machining, use a router table with a paneling bit. You can achieve a professional look with an …

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What’s the Best Table Saw Blade?

I am just a simple furniture maker with limited space and money. Ideally I would have a machine and tool for every possible use, but this is a pipe dream. Perhaps if I win the lottery things would be different. In the meantime I do my best with what I have. Just one example is my table saw. My one table saw. I use my table saw to rip as well as crosscut on boards too wide for my radial …

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