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  1. Checking Lumber Squareness



    Using metal square to check a board


    Woodworkers are all more-or-less obsessed with squareness. They have to be. Even small variances from dead-on 90 degrees tend to turn up as ugly gaps, lids that don’t fit, wonky cabinets - you name it. Consequently, most spend a fair amount of time checking angles for accuracy.

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  2. How to Flatten Lumber with the DeWalt DW735x Planer

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    Lumber is not always flat and ready to use. Sometimes woodworkers must flatten a board before using it to build a project. There are several ways to flatten a board. One of the most efficient ways to flatten a board is by using a powered thickness planer, such as the DeWalt DW735x Planer. This planer makes it easy to mill lumber flat. It features a three knife cutter-head that delivers 30% longer knife life and makes knife changes faster and easier. A fan-assisted chip ejection system vacuums chips off of the cutter-head and exhausts them out of the machine keeping your workspace clean.

    Learn more about this planer's features and a couple tips that will help you get the most out of your planer.



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  3. Where to Buy Hardwood Lumber Near Me


    man shopping for lumber

    Where are the best places to buy hardwood lumber? You obviously can't do woodworking without wood, but many new woodworkers aren't sure where to find quality hardwood lumber. Rockler has increase the variety and quantity of hardwood that is stocked at both the Rockler retail stores and online at Rockler.com. In this Rockler demo, we'll give you a tour of a Rockler retail store lumber department, show you the lumber you can order online, and share some alternative hardwood lumber source options.

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  4. The Basics of Wood and Water



    Testing the moisture content of lumber with a moisture meter


    There’s just no way around it: Moisture in the air causes wood to change in size and often in shape.

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  5. Veneer Pack Options are Great for Newbies



    Long veneer panel with different finishes


    Starter packs of veneer in smaller sizes are a great gateway for exploring veneering techniques.

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  6. How to Deal with Twisted Maple



    Flattening twisted wood with winding sticks


    Can maple lumber that has become very twisted be salvaged?

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  7. How to Deal with Expanding Wood in a Humidor?



    Antique-style walnut humidor box


    How do you stop wood from expanding inside a humidor?

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  8. Storing Lumber in Your Workshop

    man loading lumber on a rack


    What’s the most important thing you need for woodworking? OK, that was a trick question meant to get you guessing about tools and supplies, but the real answer is much simpler: Without wood, you can’t do much woodworking.

    Having a ready supply of lumber in basic lengths and thicknesses is a basic shop staple. Lumber needs vary according to the type of woodworking you do, but how much you actually keep on hand depends on the amount of room you have in your shop and how efficiently you store it.



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