Category Archive for: ‘Tools and Equipment’

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

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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?

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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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Keeping your Shop Clean and Organized

Why Keeping your Shop Clean and Organized Matters

Nothing beats the satisfaction of a finished project, except maybe looking at your workspace and seeing it tidy and spotless, with everything in a clearly labeled, designated space. Keeping your workshop clean and organized isn’t just a nice thing to have, it’s a necessity for efficiency, security, and safety. A Clean and Organized Shop Improves Efficiency Be honest – when …

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Get an Air Compressor for Woodworking

Why You Should Get an Air Compressor for Woodworking

If you’ve spent your DIY career relying on electrical tools, it’s time to give pneumatic a look. Air-powered tools are powerful, quiet and often more efficient than their electrical or battery-powered cousins. Plus, you can take them just about anywhere. Whether you’re a hobbyist or a professional craftsman, making the switch to air tools can give you a broader, more …

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Converting your Garage into a Workshop

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Converting your garage into a workshop can seem like a dream come true. It’s easy enough to work in your garage, but to truly turn it into a dedicated space for your woodworking requires a little bit of thought and effort. Take the following questions into consideration when embarking on a project to convert your garage space from the storage …

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Avoiding Table Saw Injuries

Avoiding Table Saw Injuries

You’ve got the itch. You want to create something, something big. Is it time to add onto the porch? Expand the deck? Or maybe the back steps need a facelift. Whatever you plan, you’re about to bust out the woodworking tools, including your trusty workhorse, the table saw. But before you hit that power button and start guiding wood through …

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7 Whittling Tools Worth Considering

7 Whittling Tools Worth Considering

Long-time whittlers and carvers are always on the lookout for new, innovative knives and tools. Experienced whittlers know there’s no such thing as a “best” knife, but this craft is all about the tools.  The market is flooded with kits, but it’s best to avoid these simply because even the highest quality sets will often include one or two tools …

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The Best Nail Cutting Tools for Woodworkers

The Best Nail Cutting Tools for Woodworkers

A day is going to come where you’re going to have to cut nails. We’re not talking about fingernails, but rather the ones used to hold your work together. If you work with salvaged wood, you might also have to cut stubborn nails from your materials before using them in a project. Some nail cutting tools are better for certain …

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