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China Pollution Crackdown Affects Tool Market

Most home woodworking machinery, and a good portion of everything else in your shop, originates in China. So when the Chinese government got serious about enforcing pollution regulations last summer, closing down thousands of factories and requiring others to upgrade equipment, shockwaves rippled through the woodworking-tool business. Blast furnaces went cold, metal-treating shops closed their doors, and many workers found themselves unemployed. 

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Steam Bending

Every wood species, and even individual workpieces of the same species, can react differently to steam bending. Start with these best practices and then let experience be your guide.

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The Perfect Router for Table Mounting

Although you can mount nearly any handheld router upside down in a router table, some are better suited to this line of duty than others. For example, many routers now sport built-in lift mechanisms that you crank to adjust bit heights from above the table, as shown above, without removing the router or reaching below the table. These routers typically require an extra hole in the insert plate to operate the lift mechanism. But beware: With some of these routers you still have to reach below the tabletop to lock the collet, negating half the benefit of a lift. 

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Organize Your Shop in a weekend

Imagine a workshop where you can find every tool, jig, and board almost without looking. Whether you’re machining lumber, assembling parts, sanding, or finishing, everything you need is situated within easy reach.

Who owns this awesome shop? You do, if you drop the indecision, bad habits, and sloppy housekeeping that lead to clutter and frustration. We’ll show how to do that and reorganize your shop to focus on woodworking.

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Start Veneering Now

Covering the top of a table or a set of drawer fronts in veneer can dress up a project, providing an eye-catching focal point. T

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Third bay his way

Over the course of three moves across the United States, Lynn Eberhardt gathered plenty of experience setting up workshops with limited floor space.

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Cut Dead-On Miters Every Time

You’ll turn to this miter sled like a trusted friend whenever you need gap-free corners. To make mitering a cinch, even on long pieces, T-tracks hold a stopblock anywhere along the 25"-long fences. A hardwood block behind the fences shrouds the blade while channeling sawdust downward into the saw.

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