Woodworking Tools

  1. Why Use Featherboards?

    If you've recently purchased a router table, a table saw or any other stationary power tool, you may have noticed that your new prized possession didn't arrive with every related (and often, very desirable) piece of equipment imaginable already in the box. Don't feel cheated. By convention, power tools come with the equipment necessary to perform their basic functions safely, under typical operating conditions - and that's about it. Ultimately, most power tool owners discover that a few items in the "power tool accessories" department that rarely come standard, are difficult to do without. Fortunately, the power tool add-ons that most woodworkers call "indispensable" don't cost an arm and a leg. Some of the best are very affordable to buy ready-made, or can be made without too much trouble in the shop. The humble "feather board" is a prime example.

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  2. Improving Table Saw Performance

    As durable as most table saws are, they do require attention from time to time. If you're table saw is is leaving rough saw marks, burning wood or bogging down when you rip average stock thicknesses, chances are something's amiss, and it's time to diagnose the problem. Fortunately, in most cases that problem can be easily fixed with a table saw "tune up" or a modest investment in a new, or more appropriate blade. In this article, we'll take a look at the most common table saw problems, offer some advice on getting your saw back on track, and point out a few resources for more in-depth table saw research.

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  3. Router Table Basics - A Quick Tour of Router Table Techniques

    For as little as it takes to get set up, and the short time it takes to aquire skill at using a router table, it's easy to see why this venerable workhorse is often one of the first and most important tool purchases that a woodworker ever makes. Below, we'll take a quick look at the common woodworking procedures that you can master within the first few weeks of owning a router table, including:

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  4. Common Misunderstandings about Woodturning

    In her years as a woodturner, Betty Scarpino has come across many common misconceptions about the craft. I’ve seen it too often: a person learns something new, they misapply the knowledge, and bad things result. Heck, it still happens to me far too often! Fortunately, I’ve survived those events, mostly intact. I would like to share some easily misunderstood concepts about woodturning with the hope of decreasing confusion and adding to your enjoyment and safety.

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  5. What You Should Know About Scroll Saw Blades

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    If you're an occasional scroll saw user, you might think that one scroll saw blade is pretty much like another. The fact is, there's quite a range not only in type and purpose among scroll saw blades, but also in quality, and the differences can really show up in how a blade performs. How do you pick a good one?

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  6. Selecting Wood for Raised Panel Doors

    What’s the best way to invite success in frame and panel door construction? Take your time at the lumberyard. Below, a Woodworker’s Journal eZine reader gets some valuable advice on selecting and preparing wood for an ambitious raised panel door project.

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  7. Choosing The Best Wood Clamp For Your Project

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    You can never have too many clamps, but no one clamp is perfect for every project. The clamp you need depends on the task you are trying to accomplish.

    Here are common woodworking tasks and the best clamps for each application.

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  8. Router Bit Speed

    What's the best router speed for a given router bit? It’s not always the manufacturers recommended maximum. Maximum speeds can be used as a guideline, but the actual performance of any bit will always depend on a number of factors - speed is just one.

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