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Discover new life for your warped, cupped and twisted stock by putting three essential power tools to work in your shop. Save money by starting with rough-cut lumber - and save lumber with these surfacing secrets.
A good table saw is the centerpiece of a woodworker's shop. Proper table saw technique is one of the keys to craftsmanship. This article contains four time-tested safety techniques.
With a doweling jig, handheld drill outfitted with a brad point bit and some dowel points, you can build sophisticated projects in no time. It's inexpensive, strong and fast. What more do you want in a joinery system?
Precise, efficient and effective, the biscuit joiner and its pressed-wafer companions may lack for pizzazz, but they make up for it in practicality. And their versatility may surprise you.
Bowl gouge, spindle gouge, detail gouge, roughing gouge, double-ended bowl gouge - what does it all mean? With new tools rapidly appearing in catalogs and on store shelves, it's easy to get confused. Here is some information to help you decide which tools to purchase: either for getting started or for advancing in your turning craft.
Resawing is a simple process when you have the right equipment - but why, some ask, go through all the bother?So you can use a band saw to slice thin pieces of wood from bigger pieces of wood ... what's the benefit? Why not buy your wood sliced thin to begin with, or just plane or sand it to thickness? Here are five good reasons right off the top of my head: First, you'll get the best use out of expensive or beautifully figured wood. Second, you'll be able to create book-matched, slip-matched or swing-matched panels. Third, you'll have a method to efficiently use salvaged or reclaimed lumber of large dimension. Fourth, you will be able to create your own lumber from a tree ... or even from firewood! And fifth, when you get good at it, you can begin to make your own handmade plywood.
Some woodworkers like to sand and finish their projects until they are "as shiny as plastic," and that's just fine and dandy. But there are other options to try.
Ornaments are a favorite around many shops, signaling the start of the holiday season. The turned variety give you a chance to stretch the creative process on the lathe.But be warned, your relatives and friends will all be waiting to see what this year's ornaments will look like, and to add one to their collection! Like potato chips ... you'll NEVER make just one!
Glue blocks are a great method of attaching a bowl blank to your lathe. There are other methods, such as double-face tape and chucks - and a knowledge of all these options will help you decide which technique is best for specific circumstances.