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  1. 5 New Tools You Might Have Missed

    dan with 5 new tools


    In this Rockler demonstration we'll show you five new tools that you might have missed. All five of these tools were introduced in the past six months, but they are from different tools categories. We’re betting at least one of these tools will be something you’ll want in your shop. Let’s get started!



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  2. Why Did Shellac Discolor My Red Oak?



    Stack of unfinished red oak lumber


    Why does red oak darken with a clear shellac coat?

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  3. Choosing the Best Epoxy for Your Woodworking Project

    pouring silver epoxy


    What type of epoxy is best for your project? And, how do you mix and apply the epoxy?

    Epoxy Resins are engineered to pour and cure at different depths ranging from 1/8” up to 3", in a single pour or multiple pours. It is important for you to choose the correct type of epoxy based the type of project you are making, the total thickness of the epoxy, and the temperature of your work area.



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  4. Introduction to Furniture Joinery

    woodworker measuring a mortise and tenon joint



    “There are three categories of woodworking joinery that we use to make furniture; the butt joint, the mortise and tenon, and the dovetail. All other joinery can be considered variations within of these three categories.” -- Ian Kirby, Master Woodworker



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  5. Difference Between Standard and Low Angle Block Planes?



    Using a low angle block plane to cut a board's edge


    Is there a difference between a low-angle and standard block plane?

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  6. Video: Patterned Plywood Designs



    Michael Alm showing several patterned plywood panels


    In this video, Michael Alm makes patterned plywood panels. These patterns are super easy to make and the results are really cool.

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  7. Best Finish for Sock Blockers?



    Baltic birch plywood sock blocker forms


    What is a good non-stick, non-snagging finish for sock blockers?

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  8. Should I Add Poly Over Epoxy for My Turnings?



    Wiping epoxy finish onto a turned jar project


    Should you add additional finish over epoxy?

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