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Intermediate Techniques

Cut perfect grooves & rabbets without a dado set

Save time and hassle by making the cuts with a combination or rip blade.

Elbow grease and basic shop supplies are all it takes to reinstate a vintage plane to its former woodworking glory.

When you can neither finish driving nor back out a screw, these two options save the day.

Two quick repairs for lasting results.

With a few common power tools, you can use any of these five easy methods for flat boards in no time.

In this article, we'll look at four tools prone to kickback: tablesaw, router, mitersaw, and jointer.

A good combination square, properly used, is worth its weight in gold. Let us show you eight practical uses.

With a little ingenuity, you can cut your sawing time in half. Learn how to cut through stock using a radial-arm saw without spending forever in the shop.

Using pushblocks, flat-plane the face of a piece of wood on a jointer with no trouble at all. Follow these steps for easy cutting.

Make glue joints with a circular saw and router with the help of this free video.

Learn how to apply iron-on edge banding with this free video.

Cutting miters in crown molding can get tricky due to the compound angles involved. Here are three methods to make it a breeze.

Of all the cuts made with your mortiser, the first plunge into the workpiece takes the most force. Here's a tip on easing the load and prolonging the life of the machine.

You don't have to buy special stock to get the right grain orientation. Most boards display rift grain at the edges and plain grain in the middle.

Take the hassle out of angled mounting holes with our simple drilling accessory.

To aid in the response to questions from the Dust Collection and Air Filtration discussion group, we've created this informational section.

Is it finally time to tackle the dust problem in your shop? Don't gamble by guessing on duct sizes and airflow. These basic calculations will tell you what flow capacity you need, what size ductwork that calls for, and how much static pressure loss your dust collector must overcome to work effectively.

Learn a new way to make beautiful raised panel doors. We'll show you the best tips, techniques, and tools to make doors quickly and easily without expensive panel-raising bits.

Perhaps no other joint has more strength or better looks than a corner joined by through dovetails. But here's a much simpler joinery process that comes pretty close.

Plywood and melamine-coated particleboard have plenty of advantages over solid stock, but you do need to cover their unsightly edges.

Simple dovetail jigs, such as the one shown here, help you make tight-fitting half-blind dovetails quickly and easily.

Can't afford a jointer yet? Here's one great alternative.

Although you can build drawer joints using any number of methods, we think lock-rabbet joints like the ones you'll find in this story make sense for attaching the sides, fronts, and backs of most drawers.

Before the advent of cardboard boxes, manufacturers joined the sides of thin wooden boxes with these joints because they were strong and fast to make. Today, box joints have taken on practical and decorative roles in projects ranging from jewelry cases to hope chests.

A no-nonsense alternative to jigs and machines.

Staved or segmented construction figures in a lot of projects, from ornamental bowl turnings to porch pillars. A question we often hear is: What miter angle (or bevel) do I need? Another recurring question is: How long (or wide) should I make the pieces? Finding those answers is relatively easy. Here's how to do the math.

Shortly after assuming his duties as our new project builder, Chuck Hedlund made it a priority to flatten the benchtops in the WOOD? magazine shop.

Making cones, columns, or cylinders is a barrel of fun and requires little monkeying around when you chuck one of these unique cutters in your router.

Think outside the box joint

Every between-centers lathe project you do begins with using a gouge. Done incorrectly, it can be dangerous. Here's how to do it right and safely.

Use a basic router bit in a new way to dress up those frame-and-panel doors.

Follow our seven-step process for creating even reveals when hanging flush-mounted cabinet doors.

Faced with a seriously bowed workpiece? The tricks you learn here will straighten things out.

How do you section and cut your way from an irregular-shaped hunk of wood to stock you can actually use to make something with?

Five surefire pointers from the team that reinvented intarsia in North America!

Learn to create distinctive raised accents with this mini-technique.

Here's a simple way to create a beaded board look without beading a solid-wood panel with a router.

Learn to turn trees into usable lumber from this free video.

Here's an easy way to form stopped grooves or rabbets.

The server base (parts A through F) is assembled and ready for the addition of the rail caps (G, H).

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