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

Table Mounted vs. Portable Routers

Table Mounted vs. Portable Routers

Woodworkers, contractors, carpenters and DIYers have all used a router at one time or another. Everyone has their preference, but regardless of how the router of your choice works, it should at least include specific features that make it easy to handle. Those features can range from ergonomic handles or horsepower to electronic feedback capabilities or speed controls. Every feature …

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Choosing a Dust Collector for Your Shop

Choosing a Dust Collector for Your Shop

Safety must be a top priority for any woodworking shop. Recent studies have linked sawdust and debris from workshop power tools as fire, tripping and health hazards. Dry, fine wood shavings can spread across a workshop floor and become incredibly slippery to walk on. If the shavings are airborne and a spark ignites, a fire can quickly spread throughout the …

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Buying and Selling Used Routers and Bits

Buying and Selling Used Routers and Bits

If you’re a woodworker, your router is an essential piece of equipment. For woodworkers just starting out, the idea of spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on one tool can be a daunting idea. For seasoned crafters, it might be time to upgrade, but you don’t know what to do with the old router. A solution for both? Selling the …

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Routers 101

Routers101

If you’re just getting started in woodworking, choosing your first router can be bewildering if you allow yourself to get lost in the endless array of styles, sizes, prices and features available on the market. So, before wading in, think about what the router’s primary uses will be, along with an honest evaluation of your skill level. A router is …

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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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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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