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Hitting the Nail on the Head!

It’s a little embarrassing, but back when I was a young pup at the carpentry, I was once told to nail the back panel of a kitchen cupboard in place. The nail was 3mm long and the wood was 10mm thick, yet I still managed to nail the 3mm nail clean through the wood. I not only put a hole right in the middle of the back panel, but I destroyed the smooth paintwork! We had to fix, strip and …

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How Does One Know What to Buy When Opening Up a Shop?

So the dream has come true. Since you have been 15, you always dreamed of opening your own woodworking shop in your home. Now, you can move the 2 cars out of the garage to set up a shop to create those beautiful pieces you have been planning in your head for years. You have a good job which pays well and the kids are old enough that your spouse does not need you in the house helping as much. …

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One of My Favorite Tools on Toolstoday.com

Now, I may be a bit biased towards Toolstoday.com, but let’s be clear that they do provide us all with a great service. Not only do they sell great products which are guaranteed and tested, but for someone without the full knowledge of exactly what they need, their customer service is very helpful. As a customer, I was looking to replace and upgrade circular saw blades. I tend to like buying products which are the best quality that I can …

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No Substitute for a Hammer Drill

One of the most common mistakes I see, and have admittedly done in the past, is trying to get away with using a wood bit to drill through concrete. I know, it is not the smartest thing to do, but we justify it by saying, well…it’s an old bit anyway, I just need to drill just one hole, or even, I have no choice since I don’t have the proper tools to drill through concrete. Whatever the reason, it is …

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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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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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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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