Category Archive for: ‘Woodworking’

How to Waterproof Your Wood

How to Waterproof Your Wood

Visit the Greek Isles, and you’ll notice something peculiar about the houses — they’re all made of stone! Naturally, the Greeks don’t have to worry about water damaging their building material, but in the U.S. and many other parts of the world, wood is the material of choice, and its porous nature can lead to warping and rot when exposed …

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Resources to Learn Basic Woodworking

Resources to Learn Basic Woodworking

If you’re wanting to get into routing but haven’t the slightest clue on basic woodworking, you may be looking for some resources. Luckily, we live in an age where information is widely available at the tips of your fingers and those with skills are almost always willing to teach newcomers. Whether you learn best in a hands-on setting or from …

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Finding Woodworking Classes

Finding Woodworking Classes

Whether you’re just starting out with woodworking or you’re a seasoned pro, wanting to learn some new tricks, woodworking classes are an invaluable resource. While there are a number of plans and books available for woodworking, being able to watch another person work gives you insight that’s hard to get from the written word. There’s just one problem… how are …

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Rerouting the New Year with New Projects

Rerouting the New Year with New Projects

Around this time of year, the “new year, new you” trend is in full swing. Instead of trying to reinvent yourself, though, why not try starting some brand-new projects with your router? The new year is a perfect break point from what you’ve been working on previously, and if you find yourself in a rut then a new project might …

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A Basic Guide to Router Cuts

A Guide to Router Cuts

What’s the difference between a dado, a rabbet and a groove? It sounds like the start to a convoluted joke, but really, it’s a topic that bears discussing. Beyond the butt joint, these types of cuts form the simplest joints possible in woodworking. They’re traditional, they’re easy and they’re all fairly similar — with slight differences. Mastering these three types …

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Working with Pine Doesn’t Have to Be Painful

Working with Pine Doesn’t Have to Be Painful

Pine can be a pain to carve – especially if you’re heavy handed with your router. This lightweight, soft wood is popular for its low cost and nearly universal availability. Despite this, it isn’t always the easiest wood to work with. Carving pine on a router takes a little bit of prep work and finesse. A little knowledge on how …

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5 Things to Consider Before Going into Business

Business

The more you work with your router, the more you might think about going into business and making some money with your skills. There’s definitely an appeal to the idea, and some who have pursued similar dreams have found quite a bit of success. Before you rush in and open your shop for business, though, there are a few things …

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Best Shop Safety Practices

Best Shop Safety Practices

Safety in the wood shop is important. You’re almost certainly familiar with all of the big shop safety rules and apply them whenever you’re working on a piece. Have you ever stopped to think about how different the safety requirements are for different pieces of equipment, though? Consider a table saw… that’s one tool that you never want to reach …

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First Aid for Woodworkers

First Aid for Woodworkers

For any woodworker, a workshop should be an oasis of creativity; however, it can become a dangerous torture chamber with even the smallest mistake. It’s easy for something to go wrong due to machinery complications, human error or a mixture of the two. Whether you’ve found yourself here as a preventative measure or as a last resort, it’s never too …

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4 Best Wood Values for Woodworkers

4 Best Wood Values for Woodworkers

Some woods are chosen for looks, some for economy and some for durability. But some woods offer value in a combination of all three characteristics. These four woods are easy to work with, great to look at, relatively inexpensive and fairly easy to source. While they might not be the most beautiful, durable or inexpensive woods on the market, they’re …

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