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  1. Build Stronger Frames with Half-lap Miter Joints

    Frame made with half-lap miter joint

    A long "platform" fence on your miter gauge makes these joints accurately with a dado blade.

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  2. Sharpening Your Tools: Five Fast Facts


    Sharpening is metalworking, not woodworking, and as such, some woodworkers avoid the task until they just can't.

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  3. August 2020 Free Woodworker's Journal Plan: Rolling Kitchen Island

    girl making cookies behind kitchen island

    You can never have too much counter space. This kitchen island workstation project plan features a thick maple butcher block top that should be ideal for serving, cooling baked goods or carrying out chopping tasks. Underneath, there’s a spacious drawer for kitchen utensils that’s mounted on full-extension drawer slides.

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  4. Using a Nearly Natural Finish

    Examples of boiled linseed oil and dyes added to wood

    Our finishing expert demonstrates some great tricks to make your inexpensive wood look high-class.

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  5. Build a Live-Edge Slab Table

    live-edge slab table with metal legs

    Modern-style live edge table with metal legs like this one have exploded in popularity in the past few years. If you’ve ever shopped for one of these tables you might have been hit with sticker shock. And the prospect of building one of these tables might seem out of reach because the slabs alone can be tough to find and most of us don’t have the equipment to mill our own slabs. Also, welded metal legs aren’t something you can find at every corner hardware store. We've found an easier way to build a live-edge slab table.

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  6. How to Make Segmented Bowl Turning Blanks

    Clamped wood segments for bowl turning

    Turning bowls that are made from segmented turning blanks is a popular woodturning technique.

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  7. Making Dowels with Router Bits

    Example of dowels cut by a half-round router bit

    Here's a mortising jig you can use with any plunge router that has a 7"-diameter or smaller base.

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  8. How to Make Raised Panel Doors Using a Table Saw

    man at workbench with table saw miter gauge

    Table saws are perhaps the most versatile tool in a woodworking shop. In this video, we demonstrate how to do classic frame-and-panel construction using just a table saw.

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