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Beginner Techniques

Accept Compliments, and then Shut Up

The next time you hand a woodworking gift to someone and they offer sincere thanks, I suggest saying, "You're welcome." And then shut up.

Detecting metal in lumber before you cut it is one way to save sharp tool edges. Here are several more.

5 overlooked tips for new (and experienced) woodworkers

Build better projects by mastering the use of spray adhesives and double-faced tape.

Square projects start with dead-on-accurate tools.

An accidental discovery by one reader leads to rust prevention on tool beds and tables.

Reader Dave Willis, of Murray, Utah, shares his simple method for truing up your miter gauge using a scrap of MDF and a square.

Joinery makes or breaks a project. That's why woodworkers decide on the joints they'll use early on in the planning stages. Here's a sampling of popular joints, some simple, some more difficult.

Woodworkers have used bevels for centuries, and with good reason. This simple hand tool transfers and duplicates angles with dead-on precision. In this article, we'll show you how to set the bevel for angles taken off workpieces, full-sized plans, and written instructions.

Learn how these original cordless tools made holes for us before the advent of the portable power drill.

You can mark drilling holes accurately with a 1/32" nail set and a small hammer to mark the holes.

We all know that chamfer bits work great for easing exposed edges. But did you know that with them you can cut dead-on miters with little setup involved? Here's how.

Too much clamping pressure can result in glue-starved joints. Here's how to keep cool under pressure.

Determining the spindle speeds using a 4 step pulley on a drill press.

The one-bit solution to strong interlocking joints.

Need to make a hole in wood? You'll find a wide array of bits suitable for drilling and boring in wood. Here's a look at some of the popular choices.

Our readers have shown us several ways of folding band blades. Here's how one of them, Werner Zinn of Orlando, Florida, described it.

If you use a wet-wheel grinder but detest the mess of draining the old water, take heart, we have a solution.

You've just completed a project that goes on a wall. The next step is to hang it up. Can you just drive a nail into the wall and be done with it? Maybe, or maybe not. Another method may suit the task better. Here are some of your choices, and how to decide which one to use.

Want to handle materials more easily? For these and many other problems, the solution just might be as simple as putting something on wheels.

See how reader George Roskopf of Pewaukee, Wis., used a pipe clamp to create an economical vise for his workbench.

Age bright brass hardware in hours, not years. The solution is only five easy steps away.

No matter how long you work with wood, there are always new things to learn.

Here's a simple rig that allows you to position a vacuum hose near the bit, yet easily reposition it when necessary.

See how WOOD magazine reader, Joe Barbish creates a lip on the fronts of shelves to keep items from sliding off.

To keep you safe at all times, build this simple guard.

Try this method for securing joints without buying an expensive jig.

Shopping for power-carving bits, you learn one thing quickly: They come in astonishing variety.

If it's never happened to you, count yourself lucky. The scenario goes like this: You're trying to rip a board barely a few inches wide on your tablesaw. There's the whirling blade, the fence, the workpiece, and your hand. You grab a scrap to use as a pushstick to move the workpiece through the cut and beyond the blade. You push, guide, then suddenly WHAM! Flying wood. Shaking, you shut off the saw and examine yourself for injury. What went wrong?

Miss a spot and your project loses style points. Here's what to do before and after glue-up.

They add a new dimension to this bit.

Are you having a tough time cutting small chunks of wood? Safety man Mike Gililland offers some suggestions.

For accuracy, some tablesaw jigs rely on their miter bar's no-slop fit in the miter slot, and that's sometimes tricky. But it's easy enough to make an adjustable miter bar for a custom fit.

Sure, you know your tools and materials. You've done it all before, right? But all the same, you can never take safety for granted. Here are a dozen things to ponder before you begin any woodworking project. Just check them off one by one.

Raised-panel router bits help you create raised panels for cabinet and passage doors. But the size of these bits-up to 3 1/2" in diameter-makes them dangerous in a hand-held router. For safety, you should put raised-panel bits in a variable-speed router mounted to a router table.

To turn a wobbly chair into a sturdy one, first you have to disassemble it. Use these methods to conquer dowels that don't want to budge.

Spice up your projects with a touch of crimson from any of four species.

Removing and installing moldings-a job builders call "finish carpentry"-isn't especially difficult, but there are a few tricks to the trade.

If you constantly wonder which way to feed your router into a workpiece, you better read this.

To make the best use of rabbets, you need to know the various ways to cut them, when to use each method, and how to make the cuts effectively.

These simple techniques will ensure that your jointer really earns its keep. You'll not only appreciate this workshop workhorse more, you'll get better results and great production, too.

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