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

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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Portable Router That Keeps Bogging Down?

Routerbog

If you’re working your router extra hard, you might notice it’s slowing down and not putting out as much effort as it did at the start of your project. This loss of power – referred to as “bogging down” – happens for a number of reasons, and the solution depends on the cause of the bog. Heat-Related Bog If you’re …

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Is It Time to Replace Your Collet Chuck?

Is It Time to Replace Your Collet Chuck?

The job of your collet chuck is to hold your bit in place, acting as a sleeve or collar to minimize vibrations and keep your bit steady as you work. Like other types of chucks, collets occasionally need to be replaced. There are a few tell-tale signs that it’s time to start looking for a new collet for your rig. …

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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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The Best Router Wrenches of 2018

Routerwrench

Anyone who works with wood knows that the most time-consuming and often frustrating part of using a router is changing the bits. It’s especially difficult when using a plunge router, as the wrench must be inserted between the plunge posts and other parts of the machine. There are hundreds of different types of bits that can be used with wood …

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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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What Is CNC Routing?

What Is CNC Routing?

From dental offices to woodworking, computer numerically controlled systems, or CNC routers, are taking dozens of industries by storm. If you aren’t yet using this technology, it may be time to start. Check out this brief guide to learn more and decide if the advantages are right for you. What is the History of CNC Routing? The idea for CNC …

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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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