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A slightly, moderately-more-complex planer sled

June 22, 20162 Comments

If you’re the type of woodworker who really loves to build a complex jig with all the bells and whistles, then I have a feeling you were already trying to figure out how to modify my simple planer sled. In 2005 the folks over at Fine Woodworking shared Arlington, Texas, woodworker Keith Rust’s sled, which […]

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551 Simple Cabinet Construction Pt 2 – “Face Frames, Doors & More”

September 10, 20152 Comments

In the previous episode of this two part series “550 Simple Cabinet Construction Pt 1” we started the construction on a pair of overhead cabinets for a laundry room. The cabinets are about as simple in design and construction as possible. A box with a face frame and a pair of full-overlay doors to enclose […]

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550 Simple Cabinet Construction Pt 1

August 26, 20151 Comment

Don’t tell my wife, but after all these years of her asking if I’d ever consider building new cabinets for our kitchen I’m finally getting around to doing it. Except they’re not for the kitchen, and they’re not even for our house. Instead, it’s a small build for a client. The good news is Samantha […]

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546 The Drillnado hits the basement workshop

May 22, 20157 Comments

I’ve been trying to distance myself further and further away from product reviews. Since they consist entirely of opinions they can be a little tricky to pull off successfully. This is especially true if you’ve had plenty of time to try the item out and can navigate your way around it like a seasoned pro, […]

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545 Madison’s Dresser Pt 9 “The big reveal”

April 29, 20153 Comments

In today’s episode we wrap-up this epic nine-part series on the construction of the 8 Drawer Tall Dresser for my daughter Madison. It always seems to happen no matter how hard we try to avoid it. As we near the end of a build there are plenty of small (and sometimes significant) details we have […]

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535 Wood body coffee scoop

December 12, 20146 Comments

Mornings can be rough for me, but a good cup of coffee can make all the difference. Over the years we’ve tried several different coffee makers, including the K-cups, but in the end we always come back to our good old Mr. Coffee coffee maker. As a result it’s important to make sure I get […]

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Choosing The Perfect Table Saw – A Beginners Guide

October 2, 20140 Comments

Buying a table saw opens up a whole new level of woodworking. All previous ways you have cut materials will be dwarfed by the speed, accuracy, and let’s face it, extreme satisfaction that results from using a table saw. Before you take your credit card for a thrashing, here are three simple tips to ensure […]

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Bandsaw blade tracking

July 22, 20140 Comments

My post the other day about my recent experience with case hardened wood and the bandsaw got me to thinking about my own tool’s setup. I know I get a little lazy sometimes when it comes to readjusting the settings for a new blade, but I’ve learned to overcome my urge to be slothy and […]

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521 Thickness planer “Death Match”

March 15, 201428 Comments

Now that I lured you in with that “misleading” title here’s what today’s episode is really all about, a side-by-side comparison of my old Rigid 13” thickness planer and the new-to-me Steel City Tool Works 13” thickness planer with helical-style cutter head. Actually that description is also a little misleading considering the only thing being […]

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516 Platform Bed Pt 5 “We have legs!”

January 5, 20149 Comments

It’s official, the platform bed now has legs to stand on! We constructed and shaped them awhile ago, but finally attached them to the rest of the subassembly just recently. My biggest concern is making sure they’re properly reinforced and can withstand potentially being dragged across a floor or from a leap across the room […]

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