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The Center is a nonprofit, international woodworking school dedicated to providing the best possible education in wood craftsmanship and design. With programs that serve professional-track and amateur woodworkers at all skill levels, our campus offers a creative, inspiring, and supportive environment for exploring skills in furniture making, turning, carving, marquetry, finishing, and related crafts. Learn More

  1. How to Machine Grooves - A Free Video from the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship



    Groove cut in wood with a router


    Grooves are used primarily for inserting panels, such as with a frame and panel. A groove is a "groove" that runs with the wood versus a dado is a groove that goes across the grain, and a rabbet is on the edge running with the grain. This video explains the various forms of grooves, as well as the different methods and tools to create the right groove for the application.

    This video was produced for its free video library by The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. The Center is a nonprofit, international woodworking school dedicated to providing the best possible education in wood craftsmanship and design.

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  2. How to Make Tenons on a Table Saw – Standard Basic Method



    Cutting tenons with a table saw blade


    There are many methods of cutting tenons, they have their pluses and minuses, all have their place in furniture making. The standard method of tenoning on a table saw is a good, solid, first method to have.

    This video was produced for its free video library by The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. The Center is a nonprofit, international woodworking school dedicated to providing the best possible education in wood craftsmanship and design.

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  3. How to Make Tenons on a Table Saw with a Dado Stack - A Free Video from the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship



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    A dado stack is an interesting way to cut a tenon, because it makes clean cuts to the shoulder and cheeks at the same time, meaning only one set up is needed for the majority of cuts. It can be a rougher cut, but that can be an advantage if using certain adhesives like epoxy.

    This video was produced for its free video library by The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. The Center is a nonprofit, international woodworking school dedicated to providing the best possible education in wood craftsmanship and design.

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  4. How to Make Tenons on a Router Table - A Free Video from the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship



    Cutting a tenon with a router mounted in a router table


    Of all the methods to cut tenons, using a router table gives one of the cleanest shoulders, and allows for the cheek and shoulder to be cut at the same time. Using a wide diameter mortising bit in the router table is a simple and efficient method of cutting straight joinery.

    This video was produced for its free video library by The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. The Center is a nonprofit, international woodworking school dedicated to providing the best possible education in wood craftsmanship and design.

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  5. How to Prepare Wood for Finishing - A Free Video from the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship



    Sanding and planing wood preparation chart


    In many opinions, the surface preparation of the components is the most important aspect of furniture making. What people see, and feel, in the end is the surface of the wood. Surface preparation and finishing go hand in hand; lack of preparation will lead to a bad finish.

    This video was produced for its free video library by The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. The Center is a nonprofit, international woodworking school dedicated to providing the best possible education in wood craftsmanship and design.

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  6. How to Make Tenons on a Table Saw with Dado Blades & Fixed Spacers - A Free Video from the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship



    making tenon on tablesaw


    The advantage of making a tenon on a table saw with dado blades is a consistent tenon cut over and over, regardless of stock thickness, without a specific setup dialed in each cut.

    This video was produced for its free video library by The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. The Center is a nonprofit, international woodworking school dedicated to providing the best possible education in wood craftsmanship and design.

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  7. How to Make Tenons on a Band Saw - A Free Video from the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship



    Using band saw to make tenon cuts


    A well-tuned band saw is a versatile tool for cutting tenons, whether they are single tenons, double tenons. This video will run through set up of the band saw, band saw blade and fence, as well as a few ways to make tenons on the band saw.

    This video was produced for its free video library by The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. The Center is a nonprofit, international woodworking school dedicated to providing the best possible education in wood craftsmanship and design.

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  8. How to Make Mortises with a Horizontal Mortiser - A Free Video from the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship



    Cutting out mortise joinery with a bit


    A horizontal mortiser is found in many medium to large scale shops. It is designed to cut round flat-bottomed mortises and is wonderful for chairmaking and mortising into odd shapes, as well as general cabinetmaking.

    This video was produced for its free video library by The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. The Center is a nonprofit, international woodworking school dedicated to providing the best possible education in wood craftsmanship and design.

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