Power Tools

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Video: How To Make Drawer Dividers



    Installing drawer dividers is a great way to improve the storage organization in your kitchen, workshop, or bathroom cabinets. You can purchase divider inserts, but you'll be limited to their design. A better way is to make dividers that perfectly suit your storage needs. We show you three simple ways to make wood dividers for your drawers.

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  7. Video: How To Make Rip Cuts With A Table Saw



    If you need to make a board narrower, then you will likely need to make a rip cut. Rip cuts are cuts that are made in the same direction as the wood grain. The table saw is the best tool for making rip cuts. We show you how to safely set up and make rip cuts with your table saw.

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  8. Video: How To Make Straight Rip Cuts With Your Jigsaw



    Many people think the jigsaw is only good for making curved cuts. We show you how to use a fence and choose the right blade to make straight cuts with your jigsaw.

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