Category Archive for: ‘General Woodworking’

Tips for Working with Crown Molding

Tips for Working with Crown Molding

A well-designed crown molding is the perfect addition to a beautiful case, table or cabinet project. Most furniture moldings are created using one or a combination of a few basic profiles, including the quarter-round, cove, fillets, ogee and bead. While these profiles are easily made using common router bits, the trick is in putting them it together properly when using …

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Clear Coats Demystified!

Clear Coats Demystified!

If you’re working with wood, you’ll want to apply a clear coat to protect it. This advice applies whether you’ve decided to color the wood by adding a stain or prefer to leave it the natural color. Why Add a Clear Coat? Stain is meant to add pigments to the wood in order to darken it. The shade you choose …

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Prepping Reclaimed Materials for Woodworking

Prepping Reclaimed Materials for Woodworking

Working with reclaimed materials for a woodworking project is a great way to incorporate the three “R’s” into your lifestyle: reduce, reuse and recycle. You’ll want to keep in mind that using salvaged lumber is not the same as buying new wood from a building supply store. Be prepared to expect to run into one or more issues when working …

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Use Software to Design Your Next Project

Use Software to Design Your Next Project

Woodworkers craft furniture, artwork and often whimsical wonders out of wood and other wood-based materials. Some of these items are mass-produced, but many are custom made – designed in the mind of a craftsman and brought to life by hand. Some of the most beautiful woodwork in the world – architecture, furniture and musical instruments – were designed, crafted and …

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Small Wood Shop Storage Solutions

Small Wood Shop Storage Solutions

Woodworking requires a lot of space. In addition to needing room to work, all of your equipment needs somewhere to stay when it’s not in use. The space issue becomes even more complex if you keep wood and other supplies in your shop because that also needs storage areas. All of this space can be hard to come by if …

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Tricks For Managing Shop Heat

Tricks For Managing Shop Heat

Summer means hot in most areas of the country – and the last few years have been some of the hottest on record. That’s great if you’re able to get out and hit the beach or the pool; it’s not so great if you’re stuck in your shop while the sun’s beating down. To make matters worse, you usually can’t …

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What’s In Your First Aid Kit?

First Aid

As much as we try to avoid them, accidents happen. It’s easy to laugh off the possibility of serious accidents in the wood shop, boasting that your first aid kit is just a roll of duct tape and some paper towels. If something does go wrong in your shop, though, it’s important to have the means at hand to take …

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Is There a Place for 3D Wood Printing in Woodworking?

Is There a Place for 3D Wood Printing in Woodworking?

The popularity of 3D printing continues to grow, with companies competing to create printers capable of making more and more professional-looking prints with very little margin of error. While most of the popular 3D printers use plastics, there are a wide variety of materials that these printers can use. If you search, you can find 3D printers that print using …

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9 Tips and Tricks for Woodburning

9 Tips and Tricks for Woodburning

Woodburning can be a great skill to master, as it has a number of different uses in woodworking projects. You can burn your initials into the handles of your tools to easily identify them, can sign larger woodworking pieces with your name or a symbol and you can even create wholly original artwork with nothing but woodburning. If you’re just …

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A Guide to Choosing Straight Lumber

A Guide to Choosing Straight Lumber

When you’re buying lumber for a project, it’s easy to assume that it’s going to be straight and relatively easy to work with. After all, that’s the point of buying milled lumber instead of using rough-cut lumber or pieces you’ve cut yourself. Unfortunately, even milled lumber can have flaws that will cause you headaches once you start working with it. …

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