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Top-level Management Strategies

One of my favorite tasks in the shop is making solid-wood tabletops. Over the years I’ve made quite a few, and I’ve developed some methods that remove most of the risks and drudgery that spoil the fun. If you’re not careful, it’s easy to make some mistakes that will leave you...