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  1. Choosing a Router Table

    For those who like to work with their hands and build things, A router table is one of the most useful and versatile additions you can make to your shop. With the router mounted securely in a table, both of your hands are free for maximum workpiece control during the cut. That extra control makes some routing operations much easier – routing grooves or edge profiles, for example.

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  2. Joinery Methods for Making Drawer Boxes

    dovetail joint

    What's the best joinery method for drawer boxes? For that matter, what are the joinery methods for making drawer boxes? You can build drawer joints using any number of methods, keep in mind you want to make sure your joinery method is durable enough to stand up to the sometimes discourteous treatment that drawers typically receive. That means that in drawer making, the emphasis is on reliable, accurate joinery.

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  3. Easy Dust Collector Maintenance

    portable dust collector sitting on floor

    Of all the tools in your shop, the dust collector takes some of the hardest beating, regular maintenance including removing the ductwork is advised. Maintaining most of the machines in your shop — table saws, planers, band saws — means keeping them running at peak performance, so they’ll do precise work.

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  4. Jointers and Combination Machines Take Many Roles in the Shop from Cutting Wood for Joints to Planing

    AJ Hamler using a jointer

    A jointer can be a handy tool to have in your shop for creating perfect butt joints and repairing cupped and twisted lumber. Many woodworkers agree that, after a table saw, the number one piece of shop equipment is the jointer. One look at the versatility of this workhorse and it’s easy to see why.

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  5. Video: How To Make Waterfall Corner Joints

    A cabinet with waterfall corner joints features continuous grain flow around the corners of the cabinet. A waterfall miter joint is a great way to highlight wood with beautiful grain. You'll learn how to cut the miters using a large crosscut sled and how to clamp this joint with with temporary clamping cauls attached to the cabinet with hide glue.

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  6. Video: How To Make Tongue & Groove V-Groove Boards

    V-groove board is a decorative panel board similar to beadboard. It features chamfered edges that form a v-groove between each board. The v-groove creates a nice shadow line. You can purchase special router bit sets that will cut the tongue and groove joint and the v-groove in a single pass on each board, but you can also make these boards using more common router bits.

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  7. Video: How To Make Zero Clearance Throat Plate Inserts For Table Saws

    Learn how to make zero clearance throat plate inserts for you table saw.

    Learn how to make zero clearance throat plate inserts for you table saw. A zero clearance insert or throat plate is one of the best upgrades you can make to a table saw. If you’re having trouble with tear-out on the bottom edge of your table saw crosscuts, or experienced the sudden shock of a narrow piece of drop-off wedging in between the saw blade and the opening in your saw’s throat plate, then you should get a zero clearance throat plate or insert.

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  8. Video: How To Make & Install Wood Plugs

    We demonstrate how to cover screw heads with wood plugs. You can make custom wood plugs to match any wood species using simple wood plug cutters.

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