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Develop Your Shop Skills

6 Basic Skills Every Woodworker Should Know

A few simple tools are all you need to master six essential techniques to build most projects.

Rout the recesses right to hold a lid upright. Here's how.

Today's hardware universe offers a nearly limitless variety of cabinet-door hinges.

As with many other woodworking tasks, routing hinge mortises requires precision and consistency for flawless results. So build this made-to-size jig specific to the hinges you're using, and you'll get repeatable, accurate results with little effort. Here's how to make it using just a few scraps of 1/2" medium-density fiberboard (MDF) or Baltic birch plywood.

Quickly and safely condense your blades for convenient storage.

Before you trash that tattered plywood, try these fixes to tame the tear-out.

Doing everything right but still getting scorch marks from your router bits and tablesaw blades? Try these pointers.

Does your claustrophobic shop induce an irrational fear of cutting full sheets of plywood, MDF, hardboard, and melamine? Well, breathe easy -- here are six prescriptions.

In this article you'll learn about ball-bearing drawer slides. They're built for heavy loads.

In this article you'll learn about Epoxy-coated roller slides. They're easy to find and low cost.

In this article you'll learn about bottom-mount drawer slides. They're completely hidden from view.

Doing everything right but still getting scorch marks from your router bits and tablesaw blades? Try these pointers.

Edge-to-edge glue-up with Kevin Boyle and John Olson.

Improve the performance of your bench grinder with these simple tips and accessories.

When cutting and shaping petite pieces, regardless of what tool you use, one universal rule applies: Keep your fingers a safe distance from the machine's cutting edges.

Making 2 1/4"-square legs with straight grain on each face traditionally requires thick and expensive riftsawn lumber. However, you can save money and get the same appearance by bevel-ripping plainsawn 3/4" stock and gluing up a leg.

Clean, modern drawers with precision reveals are just a few steps away.

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.

Here's a trick to keeping the good side of panels flat when edge gluing.

Similar pipe clamps allow you to move easily keeping panels flat when glueing.

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

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

Plagued by cracks in a piece of old furniture? Unless it's a museum piece, this simple repair might fill the bill.

Don't know a burl from a bow, a jig from a collet? Here s a glossary of some woodworking terms guaranteed to help you sound like a pro.

A great way to learn new woodworking skills is to watch a skilled craftsman at work.

Attaching hinges, driving threaded inserts and other installation tricks you can accomplish like a professional woodworker.

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?

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

Not all lighting is the same. To match finishes perfectly, coordinate your workshop lights with the light where you'll place your project.

Turn out flawless raised panels and frames every time.

It's often the simple fixes that make a shop more enjoyable to work in. Here are some reader submitted tips for you to put to use.

Thinking about designing a chair but struggling with determining the dimensions and angles that will guarantee maximum comfort? Then let us introduce you to the guidelines established by the furniture industries.

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

Shop-made wood plugs are quick and fun to make and a great way for hiding screw heads. Follow along our process for the keys to this shop technique.

Tips and techniques to get the most out of your woodworking shop tools.

There's no such thing as being to safe in your workshop. Here are several ideas to make your shop safer.

Tips on how to salvage your own hardwood lumber.

As a woodworker, you may feel slightly lost venturing into the foreign territory of sheet-metal fabrication. Because you'll need to wander in there a little way when you build the cyclone dust collector, we've put together a few pointers to ease your trek.

If your second home is your shop, make your time in it even more enjoyable with these handy shop tips

Align drawer fronts and doors perfectly every time with ready-made spacers.

Shop space at a premium? Use this innovative approach to make the most of your limited work area.

Build these helpers to get more out of your tablesaw.

Try these shop-tested tips for hassle-free tablesaw operation.

Here are three tips for perfect clamp-ups.

Tips on how to salvage your own hardwood lumber.

Prepare before you cut, and produce smooth, clean edges.

When staining and finishing, nobody likes surprises. But snipe, chatter marks, and more can show up to mar your finest craftsmanship. Following these simple precautions, you can remove the goofs before they pose a problem.

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