Woodworking Tools

  1. How Do I Choose The Right Saw Blade

    table saw blade

    Making smooth, safe cuts with your table saw, radial-arm saw, chop saw or sliding compound miter saw depends on having the right blade for the tool and for the type of cut you want to make. There's no shortage of quality options, and the sheer volume of available blades could bewilder even an experienced woodworker.

    That's why we've put together this article. It's part glossary and part guide, with important basic information to help you make the right selection saw blade selection for your project.

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  2. Assembling Hardwood Pieces Using Flat Head Wood Screws

    flat head wood screws

    In a world of whizz-bang gadgets and high tech tools, a recent thread on a woodworking forum reminded me that sometimes we need to stop, rewind and get back to the basics. The poster was lamenting that he had no idea how to drive a screw. This may seem silly, but it really is an honest question.

    As a cabinet maker I use high tech, square drive, self drilling screws with nibs under the head that help them sink without dimpling the plywood Just drive it and move on to the next. But as a builder of reproduction furniture, I often need to assemble hardwood pieces using (gasp!) old fashioned, flat head wood screws.

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  3. 10 Workshop Uses For A Trim Router

    Trim Router Techniques

    The trim router is a tool that might not get much use in some shops, but it is unique and surprisingly versatile tool. They’re lightweight, surprisingly powerful and small enough to go places other bulky routers can’t. If you only use yours for trimming plastic laminate, think again.

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  4. Accurate Drilling Without a Drill Press

    Many woodworkers associate a drill press with accurate drilling, and don't really think of a handheld drill as an "accurate" tool. Still, not everyone can afford or has room for a bench top drill press - let alone a full-scale floor standing model.

    Luckily, there are a number of excellent drilling jigs and guides that can turn an average handheld drill into a perfectly reliable tool for precise work. And many are actually preferable to a drill press for certain tasks. To help you drill straight and true with your good old corded or cordless hand drill, here are a few of the most useful:

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  5. How To Keep Bark On Your Wood Projects

    man holding piece of wood with bark showing

    I am starting a few craft projects using whole chunks of tree limbs, limb crotches, and natural divides. I want to keep the bark on the pieces. I’m going to cut pieces to length, and then need to use some kind of sealer on the pieces before I start carving or sanding, and I want to retain as much of the bark as possible for the look I am trying to get.

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