Skill Builder Videos

  1. Video: Cutting Notches for Lap Joints with a Circular Saw



    The fastest way to crosscut a notch or dado for a lap joint is to use a dado set and table saw, but you can make the same cut using a circular saw and chisel.

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  2. Video: Cutting Straight Edge & Tapering Cuts with a Table Saw



    How to make taper cuts or straighline a rough board edge. This simple jig makes it easy to cut straightline edges or tapers using your table saw.

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  3. Video: Cutting Large Sheet Stock on a Table Saw



    How to safely cut full pieces of sheet stock on a table saw. Cutting full sheets of plywood, MDF, OSB, melamine, or particle board can be tricky and even dangerous. If you plan to cut a full sheet of plywood on the table saw, it's best to get a second person to help support the plywood. If you are working alone, it is best to use a circular saw to cut the plywood into smaller pieces.

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  4. Video: Cutting Mortises with a Mortising Machine



    A mortising machine makes cutting mortises fast and easy. Learn how to set up and cut mortises with a hollow chisel mortising machine. These tips will help you get great results with your mortise machine.

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  5. Video: Building Furniture with Beadlock Floating Tenons



    The BeadLock joinery system makes it easy to create rock-solid mortise and tenon joints. All you need to make them is your hand drill and this Beadlock® Kit. Ribbed tenon design prevents racking and increases the amount of precious face-grain glue surface. The result is an extremely strong, totally concealed joint. Included shim set allows you to mortise a variety of stock thicknesses, as well as to offset your mortises.

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  6. Video: Making Safe Crosscuts With A Table Saw



    How to make repeatable cuts on your table saw. A sacrificial fence is a replaceable fence that is attached to your miter gauge. The sacrificial fence provides additional support behind the work piece and prevents splintering on the back side of the cut. A stand-off block is a spacer that is attached to the guide fence. The stand-off block is used to register the work piece to make the same length crosscut with each pass. The stand-off block keep the work piece away from the fence during the cut, preventing any chance of binding or kick back.

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  7. Video: How To Use A Hand Plane



    Learn how to adjust and use a hand plane. Hand planes have been used by woodworkers for hundreds of years, but it can be challenging to smooth wood using a bench plane if you don't know how to adjust and properly work it across the wood surface. Master Woodworker Ian Kirby demonstrates the proper way to adjust a hand plane, how to stand when using a hand plane, and how to push a hand plane across a board to get great results. After watching Ian's hand plane lesson, you'll be able to easily plane boards perfectly smooth.

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  8. Video: Introduction To Woodworking Clamps



    Choose the best clamp for your next woodworking project. The clamp you need depends on the task you are trying to accomplish. We show you great clamps you can use for several common tasks, including clamping panels, cabinets, bent laminations, face gluing, making jigs, wrapping around projects, hold downs, and specialty clamps. You can never have too many clamps, but no one clamp is perfect for every project.

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