Category Archive for: ‘Tools and Equipment’

Is it Time to Upgrade to a CNC Router?

CNC Router

Sure, your manual router is pretty cool, but have you ever considered the possibilities that could open up with a computer-controlled router? Imagine a world without slips that aren’t such happy little accidents or where you could just tell the computer how to cut and finish a project and walk away. For some people, that might be bliss itself. What …

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Tools That Make Wood Reclamation Easy

Tools That Make Wood Reclamation Easy

Many people enjoy working with reclaimed wood because they enjoy the challenge of taking wood that was already used and giving it a second life. You can use it to make chairs, tables, hardwood flooring; the possibilities are wide and varied. Reclaimed wood can come from anywhere like railroads, old buildings, and even tank storages where they were once used …

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The 5 Best Circular Saw Blades You Can Buy

The 5 Best Circular Saw Blades You Can Buy

Whether you’re just beginning your woodworking journey or you’re an experienced carpenter, the circular saw is one of the most versatile tools in your workshop. While you can sharpen your circular saw blades, eventually, they’ll reach the point of no return, and you’ll have to replace them. Don’t worry — there are plenty of fantastic options on the market today. …

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Are Pink Tools Really Necessary?

Pinktools

It used to be that tools belonged to a realm only occupied by sweaty men with their testosterone and hair coming out of all kinds of places. Women didn’t tread those paths, for fear of werewolves, and, presumably, for a lack of an inviting color palette that included pinks of every variety. Presumably, since more and more women are remaining …

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7 Cool SketchUp Features You Didn’t Know Existed

7 Cool SketchUp Features You Didn’t Know Existed

If you’ve mastered the basics of SketchUp, you may be ready to move on to more advanced features to help visualize and plan your work. Fortunately, there are numerous plugins and hidden tips that can help you create the perfect 3D model. Many of the tools are free, but if you want to get deep into the software, you might …

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Introduction to SketchUp

Introduction to SketchUp

If you’re still designing your woodworking projects with old-fashioned pencil and paper, it’s time to get with the 21st century. There are a number of digital programs that can allow you to create virtual pieces before you even decide what wood to use. One of the most user-friendly programs out there is SketchUp, and best of all, there’s a free …

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How to Sharpen Your Saw Blades

How to Sharpen Your Saw Blades

Woodworking projects become a lot easier when you’ve got sharp blades to cut your material with. Sure, you can hack your way through a piece of lumber with a dull cross-cut saw or circular saw blade, but it tends to tear up the material and won’t give you the kind of clean edges you’re looking for in your finished piece. …

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Kiln Drying 101

Kiln101

A kiln is an amazing tool to have if you’re interested in cutting and drying your own wood. Not only does it give you control over the condition your wood is in, but if you’re feeling especially crafty you can even build the kiln yourself. As with any tool, the kiln is only as effective as you allow it to …

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Do Hand Tools Have a Place in The Wood Shop?

Handtoolsplace

Technology has certainly made its mark on the woodworking world. With routers, table saws, CNC machines and a variety of other powered tools, many woodworkers spend a good deal of their time using some form of machinery or automation. In some shops, you might even find a 3D printer running alongside everything else to create custom fittings or fasteners to …

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How to Use a Sander

How to Use a Sander

Have you ever observed a finely crafted piece of furniture, the handle of a beautiful knife or a lacquered wood picture frame and wondered how someone managed to bring the grain and texture out? What gives it that amazingly smooth, yet nuanced appearance? Chances are it was sanded, and you can make things that look like that if you learn …

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