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Preparation and Planning

This past couple of weeks I worked on a porch gates and fence renovation for a friend.  He has goats that can get on his porch which wraps around the entire house.  The porch does have posts and rails but the stiles between the posts are far enough apart that the goats still go through the space between.  There are also openings that did not have any gates. The solutions: put up some more stiles and build some gates.  My …

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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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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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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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