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I’ve always believed that if a project’s finish doesn’t pass the “touch test”—when running your hands over the project, you feel a flawless, satin-smooth surface.
Tackle the dust problem in your shop, but don’t guess on duct sizes and airflow. Easily calculate flow capacity, ductwork size, and how much static pressure loss your dust collector must overcome.
Woodworking pop quiz: When is 3⁄4 " plywood not actually 3⁄4 " plywood?
Answer: Only always.
Lessons in choosing and using lumber for top results.
The final budgeted purchases for your shop help control dust, keeping your shop cleaner, and reducing the health risks of airborne particles.
This check and a bit of savings purchase the materials to build an upgraded router table that provides a more stable work surface.
Chisels, planes, card scrapers, and handsaws have lofty reputations as tools reserved only for expert craftsman who understand their mysterious vagaries. Nonsense. If you don’t have them already, outfit your shop with a set of bench chisels, a block plane, a No. 5 jack plane, a card scraper, and a Japanese pull saw. Learn to tune the planes, and sharpen all but the saw. (Replace its disposable blade rather than sharpen it.) All provide superfine control of a workpiece’s dimensions and, when well-tuned, prove a pleasure to use.
Every shop has some form of a workbench, but have you maximized yours to its full potential? The addition of a few well-chosen accessories really helped boost my bench’s usefulness.