Tips, Tricks & FAQ

  1. How To Price Your Woodworking Projects


    cherry wood accent table


    Everybody agrees that masterful woodcraft comes at a price, what that price should be is the subject of a lot of debate. Have you ever wondered what to charge for something you made? Virtually every handmade product has a “right price.” Charge more and it won’t sell; charge less and you’re losing money.

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  2. Ian Kirby Woodworking Design: Making Cuts and Joinery with Marking Tools

    Knives, marking gauges and pencils used fro marking woodworking projects


    Marking your cuts is an essential step in woodworking, and there are a variety of tools for any job from simple pencils to complex marking knives. If you are going to work wood using hand tools, then all of the traditional marking tools are essential.

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  3. How to Decide What Type of Dust Mask I Should Be Wearing


    Finishing masks and respirators commonly known as P-Series particulate respirators (P95, P97, and P100) provide protection against both solid and liquid aerosol particulates that may contain oil and are best for working with wood stains, paints, and other finishes.

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  4. How to Use Your Dial Caliper to Set Exact Router Bit Height on Your Router Table

    Measuring Bit Height with Calipers


    Using the the depth probe on a set of calipers can help you set the height on your blades and router bits. A dial caliper takes precise inside and outside measurements, but the depth probe on the end can also help you set exact blade and bit heights.

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  5. 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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  6. How to Make Wood Veneer Sheets With the Caul Veneering Technique

    Most woodworkers who start experimenting with veneer quickly face a dilemma. They need to cover a surface wider than the capacities of their clamps but they don't want to purchase a costly veneer press. Don't fret; try caul veneering. It's cheap, easy, effective, and adaptable to most of the situations you'll come across.

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  7. How to Sharpen and Burnish a Cabinet Scraper in Three Steps


    Q: I’m trying to smooth a piece of cherry knot or crotch wood I’ve had drying out for about three years now. I resawed a slice with my band saw, but when I turned to my cabinet scrapers they were very dull. I tried to sharpen them but had little luck getting the wire edge on them that makes them work so well.

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  8. How to Build Table Saw Blade Storage and Organizer



    The wood shelving does a good job of keeping

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