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How to Build Wooden Shelves for Your Garage

How to Build Wooden Shelves for Your Garage

A garage isn’t complete without shelving, but purchasing metal shelf kits can put a pretty sizable dent in your wallet. One alternative is to build them out of wood for a fraction of the cost. Here are some easy-to-follow steps to help you make wooden shelving for your garage. Design Your Shelves Before you start digging out tools or purchasing …

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5 Deck Building Tips

5 Deck Building Tips

Adding a pressure-treated wooden deck to your home doesn’t just improve the look of your yard and give you somewhere to hang out and barbecue when the weather is nice. It can also add up to $9,000 to the value of your home. While you can hire someone to do the work for you, building a deck yourself can be …

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Where Can You Sell Your Projects?

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Etsy is the go-to spot to list handcrafted goods, no doubt. But the site is highly saturated and competition is steep. Even if you use Etsy as the primary spot to list your router projects, it’s smart not to put all of your eggs solely in that basket. By diversifying where you sell, you’ll have more eyes on your work, …

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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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Portable Router That Keeps Bogging Down?

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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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