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  • A quick visit to hidden joints in cabinet making.

    Aside from the old fashioned mortise and tennon, or the longer tongue and groove, about the only way that craftsmen could join two boards together without hardware was to use dowels. Dowel joints were never precise, even though I have three different doweling jigs sitting on my shelf. But then ...
  • OVERVIEW: Lubricants: Why are there so many choices?

    Lubricants are products designed to make things slip. Sister products that have some lubrication but are specialized for other uses are penetrating oils that are used to loosen up rusted parts, drying sprays designed to remove water from electrical wires and some cleaning sprays. Although I use...
  • A jig for cutting router slots easily.

    When you want to make a slot across a board, such as for socketing in a shelf, you need something to guide the router straight, and have that guide at a perfect 90 degrees to the edge of the shelf support.The easiest way to do this is to build a simple "T". To make sure the "T" is at 90 degrees,...
  • How do you trim half an inch off the edge of drywall?

    Scoring and snapping drywall is very easy, if you are not near the edge of the board.Sawing it is pretty messy and planing off the edge is long and messy as well when you just want to trim an inch or so from the edge.The secret is to have a special drywall edging tool that has two spiked wheels t...
  • Foam Gun Maintenance

    Foam guns are the air sealing tool of our epoch. We all use them. We all kill them. We all wish they would last longer and clog less. Of course there are as many different qualities of single component poly-urethane foam guns as there are different qualities of foams — at least we can be happy t...
  • One hand edge clamping, with power

    This is a great one handed edge clamp. You put the large "C" shaped gadget over the wood and begin to turn the handle. The upper and lower clamping pads move in to grab the main sheet. Once they grip, then the side clamp moves forward to secure the trim on the edge. When they have all gripped...
  • Roofing Brackets that are not disposable.

    Joe is one of those nice guys from New England who doesn't like wasting things. Joe spent most of his life as a roofer and in the asphalt shingle business, using and disposing of roofing brackets is just part of the business. Roof brackets are the supports that are temporally nailed to the roof...
  • Speciality drywall spatulas for corners

    If you have ever undertaken the task of applying tape and drywall compound on an inside corner, you know it is hard to work on one side without bothering the other side. You may not realize it, but there exist special spatulas for this job. The 'inside corner spatula' has two faces that are spr...
  • Safety and pleasure in woodturning

    The wood lathe is my favourite woodworking tool - hands down. Follow this link to me simply having fun. The most important safety detail in woodturning, after a face mask, is to learn to properly place, and constantly adjust, the chisel support. It should always be close to the wood to leave you...
  • Router tear-out tips

    To avoid tear-out, or splinters in the finished cut, there are a few tips for router work.Don't work your way around the edge of a board. Always cut the end grain first and use a piece of scrap held tight to the good board to hold in the splinter that wants to fly off the end of the cut. If you...