Category Archive for: ‘General Woodworking’

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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The Right Sandpaper for the Job

The Right Sandpaper for the Job

Sanding is the first step in creating a finish on any woodworking project. It gets rid of rough edges, removes gross imperfections and gives the wood a smooth surface that’s pleasant to the touch. The array of sandpaper choices can be confusing – grit size, materials, closed vs. open coat – but each one has its own particular uses. Sure, …

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7 Tips for Better Clamping

7 Tips for Better Clamping

If you work with wood, you’re going to have to deal with clamps. That’s not a bad thing, though. Clamps are very useful tools and proper clamping will ensure that you get a better end product than you might otherwise produce. But just slapping some clamps on without thinking about what you’re doing can cause more harm than good to …

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Exotic Woods to Try with Your Next Project

Exotic Woods to Try with Your Next Project

Pine, oak, and maple are perfectly serviceable woods for most woodworking projects, but sometimes you want to create something a little special. Even the most basic design can be transformed into high-end pieces with the right kind of wood. Take your next woodworking project to the next level by choosing one of these exotic woods. Most exotic woods are harder …

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Comparing Wood Sealants Side-By-Side

Sealant

Wood is a beautiful material to work with and the right stain or sealant can really bring out and enhance its beauty. Not all sealants are created equal, though – using the wrong one can leave you with an effect other than what you intended. If you want to make sure that you use the best sealant to protect your …

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Safety Tips for Woodworkers

Safety Tips for Woodworkers

Staying safe is important when working with any tools, but it’s especially important for woodworkers. While you can suffer severe injuries with any tool, woodworking injuries have an increased chance of injuring your hands, which can obviously severely affect your ability to work on wood in the future. You probably know a lot of the basics of safety already, but …

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Woodworkers

Christmas Gift Ideas for Woodworkers

One of the best things about woodworking is that it allows you to express yourself in a number of different ways. This lets you customize your projects and make them a unique extension of yourself. This can be a great thing when making things for those you care about, especially around Christmas. Gifts that you’ve made yourself always have more …

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