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  1. Rockler Portable Drill Guide and Self-Centering Drill Vise



    Side view of the Rockler portable drill guide


    Two new accessories from Rockler can add portable precision to your drilling operations.

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  2. Live Edge Walnut Coffee Table

    Walnut wood slab with live edges as a coffee table


    Watch Rob Johnstone transform a slab of walnut into a coffee table, featuring a continuous live edge, ash inlay, glass panel, and metal legs.

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  3. Bench Chisel Basics



    Bench chisel making a cut on a tenon


    For most of the history of woodworking, if you were going to make two of the three main woodworking joints (mortise-and-tenon and dovetail), it would have been impossible to do so without a chisel.

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  4. Working with Oil Varnish



    Examples of different varnishes for woodworking finish


    Originally, the word "varnish" meant a mixture of natural resin and drying oil. Today's oil varnishes usually contain synthetic resin, but like their ancestors, they're durable, beautiful and easy to apply.

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  5. How to Glue-up Panels



    Using bar clamps to glue wood pieces into a panel


    Successful panel glue-ups start with the right choice of adhesive, but it doesn't end there.

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  6. Contractor Table Saws vs Cabinet Table Saws

    man standing between two table saws


    The table saw is the heart of most woodworking shops. When looking at stationary table saw, the choice most often is between a contractor saw or cabinet saw. Take a closer look at the differences and similarities you'll find on a cabinet table saw and a contractor table saw. In this case, we use the SawStop Contractor Saw and SawStop Pro Cabinet Saw as our examples of each category of table saw. The saw you choose will depend on the work you need to do with your table saw.

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  7. How to Set Up and Use a Spokeshave



    Drawings of the layout of a spokeshave


    Perhaps this versatile tool could find a home in your workshop. It's easy to use and much quieter than a router!

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  8. Glazing with Aerosols



    Edging on a picture frame finished with an aerosol glaze


    You can now buy ready-to-spray glazing stain in aerosol cans, and that it is available in two formulations: one for wet glazing and one for "breakaway" or dry glazing. Let's look at what those are, how to use them, and how they can add character to our finishes.

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