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  1. The Best SawStop for Your Workshop

    man standing with sawstop table saws

    SawStop Table Saws are well known for their innovative blade brake safety technology. This table saw safety solution is available in all of their table saws. The best saw for your shop depends on the types of woodworking projects you make and where you do your woodworking. This demo will walk you through the benefits of three of the bestselling SawStop Table Saws.

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  2. Machine Cut Mortise and Tenons

    Cutting through mortise holes with mortising machine

    Modern machines and jigs simplify and streamline their construction.

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  3. Mortise and Tenon Fundamentals

    Test fitting a mortise and tenon joint

    Mortises and tenons make up one of the most important joints in woodworking. From frame-and-panel doors to table legs and aprons, mortise-and-tenon joints have been hard at work for hundreds of years.

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  4. Full-size Features in a Compact Router Table

    Rockler convertible router table on extended base

    There are three basic reasons for buying a "bench top" router table (a router table intended to stand on a workbench or other support rather than taking up a permanent space on the floor): cost, compactness, and portability.

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  5. Butt Joint Variations

    Example of clamping up several boards to create a panel

    Bring two flat surfaces together with glue or other reinforcements, and you've created woodworking's simplest joint.

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  6. Improving Table Saw Safety

    Tools and accessories used to improve table saw safety

    There is a wide variety of safety gear on the market that applies to table saw use. Push sticks of various types and styles protect fingers. Featherboards secure and guide stock. Personal protective equipment shields hearing, eyesight and lungs. But to be effective, these items need to be routinely used.

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  7. Making a Ring with Crayons or Snakeskin and Epoxy

    ring made from crayons and a ring made from snakeskin

    Wood and acrylic are the most common materials used when turning a ring. But that doesn't mean you are limited to those materials. Sometimes it's fun to experiment with other materials in your turning projects. Peter Brown is known for pushing the limits of turning materials. In this case, he used crayons and real snakeskin to make two unique rings. First, he used our Stainless Steel 2-Part Ring Core and a set of crayons to create a colorful ring. Next, he mixed pieces of snakeskin and epoxy to create a micarta, or layered material, turning blank. Learn how he created these rings in his video below.

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  8. Common Table Saw Cuts

    Cutting a dovetail joint using a table saw

    The two most basic cuts that a table saw performs are rip cuts and crosscuts.

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