General Routing

"Often I’ll conceive and execute a project just because it’s something I want to do, not necessarily because I think it will sell. Most woodworkers don’t allow themselves this freedom." Victor Di Novi

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Shop Safety

"A tool is but the extension of a man's hand, and a machine is but a complex tool. And he that invents a machine augments the power of a man and the wellbeing of mankind." Henry Ward Beecher

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Show N' Tell

"A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman, but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist." Louis Nizer

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Tools & Woodworking

"He that is good with a hammer tends to think everything is a nail.To the man who only has a hammer in the toolkit, every problem looks like a nail." Abraham Maslow

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Community

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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Tips for Working with Jigs

Tips for Working with Jigs

Every woodworker wants his or her time in their shop to be efficient and productive. Some of the most important tools in the shop are the jigs used to help make your work cleaner and easier. Jigs are physical versions of workshop shortcuts, tips and workarounds that can actually make a job fast and fun, although they won’t necessarily give …

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Designing Your Own Tool Storage System

Considering Designing Your Own Tool Storage System?

A woodworking shop is always evolving. Sections and components are always being modified to work better. Naturally, the wood storage area should be adequate, but not so large that it overpowers the working and storage areas. Large stationary tools such as the table saw, power planer, jointer and others should be located near the wood. But shop layout isn’t all …

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5 Basic Clamps for Every Woodworking Shop

5 Basic Clamps for Every Woodworking Shop

There are enough clamp styles available to woodworkers that it’s tough to know which tools you absolutely need to have in your shop. Whether you’re a beginning woodworker who needs a full clamp setup or a veteran looking to re-evaluate a career’s worth of basic clamps, separating the necessary from the nice-to-have isn’t easy. Here are five basic clamp styles …

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5 Reasons to Make Friends with Your Saw Shop

5 Reasons to Make Friends with Your Saw Shop

If you’re like many people, you probably think of saw blades as being something you just replace when they start to go dull or wear out. When your equipment isn’t cutting as well as it used to, it’s easy to buy a new blade and either toss or recycle the old one. After all, blades are cheap enough, right? If …

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Ways to Overcome Woodworker’s Block

Ways to Overcome Woodworker's Block

Woodworking is a creative profession and when the inspiration is there, it can feel like you’re on top of the world. But when the creative well runs dry, it’s easy to be overcome by inertia. If you rely on woodworking to make a living, you don’t have the luxury of waiting for inspiration to strike. It takes effort to get …

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17 Things To Accelerate Your Learning Curve

17 Things 17 Things To Accelerate Your Learning Curve

These are the 17+ things that really helped me get going with woodworking. Hope it helps you as much as they did me. 1) If you are using Firefox browser, get a free add on YouTube download helper app. Search for videos on all aspects of woodworking that interest you and collect them. I watch a video on the topic …

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Tips for Installing a Dust Collection System

Tips for Installing a Dust Collection System

There’s no way around it: wood dust is a health hazard. Multiple health agencies have classified wood dust as a carcinogen. As a woodworker, whether professionally or as a hobbyist, safety should be the top priority — even ahead of creating a quality product. This is where dust collection systems come in – the name is pretty straightforward for their …

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