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Blade-Flattening Block

Flattening the back of a spokeshave’s blade on sandpaper is a pain. The blade is so small that it’s hard to get a grip on it. A 1-1/2″ thick MDF block sized to fit my hand makes [...]

Durable Jig Runners

Sooner or later, the wooden runners of your tablesaw jigs will wear and become sloppy, resulting in inaccurate cuts. Having just replaced my kitchen floor, I’ve made new runners using some extra [...]

How & Why of Spring Joints

Save on clamps with this traditional technique for panel glue-ups. A “spring joint” is a traditional method where you join the edges of two boards to make a wider panel and leave a tiny gap in [...]

Working With Live-Edge Tops [Video]

Traditionally-trained furniture maker Martin Goebel takes you through the step-by-step process of making a live-edge solid-slab top. Follow along and learn: Why bark — while appealing — [...]

Precision in the Woodshop

You’re measuring wrong, and making it more difficult to do good work. If the title has you expecting high-tech procedures or suggestions for expensive measurement gear that’ll get you closer to [...]

Easy Chisel Sharpening Jig

Chisel Sharpening Jig If you’ve had trouble grinding a straight edge on a chisel or plane iron, try using your disc sander. All you need is a guide that slides in your sander’s miter gauge slot [...]

Using Grain Pattern to Choose Lumber

The end grain holds the secret to what stock to use where. The single-most important factor in the appearance of any woodworking project is the selection of the material. This isn’t what species [...]

Fast Toggle Clamp Adjustment

Toggle clamps are great for all sorts of jigs and fixtures. However, you need a wrench to adjust the length of their posts. To make life easier, replace the clamp’s hex nut with a wing nut. [...]

Profiled Inlays

Decorative banding within moulding adds a distinctive detail. For my very first veneer project, I decided to make a curved-top jewelry box. I knew I would need to use solid wood on the edges to [...]

A Drilling Platform for Small Pieces

Drilling small pieces on the drill press can be difficult because most clamps won’t reach to the center of the table. This simple three-piece platform jig solves the problem and ensures a fast [...]

Creating CNC Textures

Three ways to achieve different types of textures with your CNC router. CNC Routers open up lots of new ways to create textures in wood. Here are my three favorite ways of creating textures using [...]

Sliding-Head Beam Compass

My beam compass is perfect for drawing huge arcs. It’s super easy to make, and I can adjust it quickly without using screws or clamps. To change the arc’s radius, I just slide a [...]

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