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  1. Six Circle-Cutting Techniques



    Examples of circles cut using various tools in a workshop


    A round up of some obvious (and not so obvious) techniques for cutting a circle in a woodworking shop.

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  2. Four Reasons You Need a Table Saw Crosscut Sled

    table saw crosscut sled


    Every table saw comes with a miter gauge, and they’re made for making crosscuts and angled cuts. So why do you need a crosscut sled ? There are four good reasons why a crosscut sled can improve your safety and accuracy at the table saw. Chris Marshall will demonstrate all four in this video. So, whether you’re crosscutting big stock or little tiny workpieces, or making repetitive cuts or angled cuts. A crosscut sled can improve your safety and accuracy at the table saw.

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  3. Cylindrical and Round Object Drilling Jig



    Drill press jig for drilling holes in round objects


    Boring an accurately placed hole into a round piece of wood, either a cylinder or a sphere, can be a tricky feat to accomplish.

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  4. Making a Plunge Router Jig



    Drawing of a plunge router jig


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

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  5. Making a Miter Cutting Sled



    Sled for cutting miters at a table saw


    A swiveling arm and multiple pre-set stops enable this table saw sled to cut miter angles quickly and accurately.

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  6. Circle-cutting Jig with Fine Adjustment



    Shop-made plywood circle cutting jig for jigsaw or router


    Made from 1/2" plywood, this basic jig allows you to cut out or shape accurate circles, semicircles and arcs using a standard jigsaw or router.

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  7. First Look: New Portable Drill Guide

    man looking at Rockler portable drill guide


    This week we're taking an up close look at the new Rockler Portable Drill Guide and Self-Centering Vise. Take one plunge with our Portable Drill Guide and you'll instantly feel the qualities that set it apart from the rest. Smooth, precise and free of play, it gives you the accuracy and control of a drill press with the portability of a hand drill.

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  8. Jigs for Making Straight Cuts with a Circular Saw



    A circular saw with examples of cut lumber


    Every shop should have a circular saw. A couple of simple jigs will keep it cutting straight and true.

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