Expert Answers: Simple saw blade cleanup

Paul Anthony, senior editor - 05-19-2017

Q. For clean, burn-free cutting at the table saw, I understand that it’s important to keep your blades clean. So what’s the best way to remove the hardened pitch that builds up from regular use? A. During use, blades gradually become contaminated with pitch and other materials t...

Dressing Stock: An accurate, organized approach to straight, flat, and square

Paul Anthony, senior editor - 05-18-2017

The vast majority of parts we prepare for woodworking projects need to be dressed straight, flat, and square. Well dressed stock is ready for the party, and everything you do becomes more fun. Edge-gluing boards to create panels is a snap. Parts tend to automatically align. Assemblies square themsel...

Welding For Woodworkers: Mixing steel and wood is easier than you think

Asa Christiana - 05-18-2017

Of all the materials that can be mixed with wood, it’s hard to beat steel. Strong, sleek, and versatile, steel has its own proud tradition. A growing number of woodworkers are combining wood and steel. Evidence of this creative combination is abundantly available online and in furniture catalogs. ...

CAST RESIN Turning

Keith Lackner - 03-15-2017

My introduction to turning began with small projects. Turning wooden pens helped me learn basic skills, and I used some of the money from selling pens to fund my hobby. Before long, I started to buy resin pen blanks because of the amazing variety of colors that are available. It took a few years fo...

DISTRESS Done Right: 3 great ways to add years of character (in about a day) with Black Dog paints

Susan Hudson - 01-19-2017

Not too many years ago, if an old piece of furniture started to show its age—a few too many scrapes, scars, or some patches of peeling paint—it was dunked in a dip tank, stripped bare, and completely refinished; or tossed to the back of the barn. Times have certainly changed. Today, designers se...

A Pro’s Guide to CUT LISTS: This list of parts and sizes can hinder or help you, depending on the information you put into it

Paul Anthony, senior editor - 01-19-2017

It’s a classic beginner blunder: you follow a published cut list for a project, carefully sizing all the parts as stated. Then, when you go to assemble them, you find that a lot of them don’t fit. This can be an expensive mistake if you’ve miscut premium lumber, and it’s a perfect example of...

Get A Smart Start In Woodturning: For $800, you'll have everything you need to work wood in a revolutionary way

David Heim - 11-04-2016

For less than the price of a good bandsaw and less space than you need for a planer, you can set up a great basic woodturning center. Spending about $800 on a small lathe and some versatile turning tools will let you greatly expand your woodworking horizons. You can make unique spindles and legs for...

Make a Locking Drawer Joint: Ideal for small drawers, this joint is easy to make on the tablesaw

Jim Probst - 11-02-2016

There are many joinery options for drawers. Choosing what’s right for a particular drawer project involves a number of factors: appearance, durability, the equipment you have available, and the number of drawers you need to make. Dovetails will always be popular, of course. (See p. 40.) But for t...

Joinery Class: Tongue and Groove

Andy Rae - 09-01-2016

With its relatively short tongue that fits into a shallow groove, the tongue-and-groove joint is woodworking’s diminutive cousin to the mortise-and-tenon. Thankfully, it’s much easier to make, in large part due to modern routers and router bits. The shorter tongue is a good choice for registerin...

Resawing At The Tablesaw: It's often the perfect tool for the job

Paul Anthony, senior editor - 09-01-2016

The technique of resawing refers to slicing wood across its widest dimension. It’s basically a form of slabbing done to make thin stock from thick stock. It’s also used to create book-matched figure, where resawn pieces are edge-joined to create a mirrored pattern for use as a door panel, box li...

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