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Bosch RA1181 Router Table Review

Bosch RA1181 Router Table Review

The Bosch RA1181 router table can attach to virtually any workbench. Therefore, it's suited for the home woodworker who doesn't have the space necessary for a full-size model. It's also portable enough for use on the job site. Keep reading to learn about some of the useful features provided by this model. Surface ...

The 10 Best Woodworking Books

The 10 Best Woodworking Books

As an apprentice furniture maker, I read everything I could get my hands on. After twenty years of reading woodworking books, here are the ten best. The Fine Art of Cabinetmaking by James Krenov. When I first read this book, I kept putting it down to go stare at my wood pile to see if I had what I needed ...

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How to Start a Woodworking Supply Business

How to Start a Woodworking Supply Business

Woodworkers use a wide variety of tools, chemicals, wood and other supplies in the course of their work. These supplies can be obtained through any number of suppliers. A business that can offer a wide variety of specialized woodworking tools and supplies in one spot has the potential to grab a share of their local ...

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An Introduction to Woodworking

An Introduction to Woodworking

Woodworking is a great way to relieve stress and accomplish something you can be proud of. In this world of "want it yesterday" woodworking gives you a break from the everyday hustle and bustle. If you hone your skill you might even make a couple dollars to boot. Just don't make the money part more important than ...

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Simple Cube Bookcase Woodworking Tutorial

Simple Cube Bookcase Woodworking Tutorial

The modern chic of a cube bookcase fits well in a game room, bedroom , basement or family room. But the symmetrical design can be intimidating, especially if you have no woodworking experience. This tutorial will walk you step by step through the process of building a cube bookcase that measures 37x37x11. The outer ...

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The Genesis of a Woodworker

The Genesis of a Woodworker

I have been passionately interested in woodworking since the winter of 2000. At that time I was laid off of my job and interested in exploring some new hobbies, so I picked up a book on retro furniture of the 1970's and started cutting plywood with a circular saw in one hand and hammering with the other, using 2" ...

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Green Living – Toxins in Your Woodwork

Green Living – Toxins in Your Woodwork

Many people who are not involved with the green living movement do not realize just how many toxins are contained within many common household items. From the paint on the unprotected walls to the pillows you sleep on, they are literally everywhere. Now, these are not particularly a massive risk to the health of ...

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How to Maintain and Care for Woodworking Clamps

How to Maintain and Care for Woodworking Clamps

The clamps commonly used in the wood shop are bar clamps, C clamps and hand screws. All of these clamps have screw spindles that tighten the jaws against the stock. The threads and the movable parts of the clamp should be lubricated occasionally with a lightweight oil to make them work freely. The bar clamp usually ...

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How to Use a Woodworking Router

How to Use a Woodworking Router

Using a woodworking router is a bit intimidating if your not familiar with its proper use but once you know some tips and learn how to use it you will be able to do amazing things with it. The number one rule in using a router is to go slowly and take shallow passes. Taking a large bite out of a piece of wood can be ...

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The Best Woods for Woodworking and Carpentry Needs

The Best Woods for Woodworking and Carpentry Needs

Woodworking begins with, well, wood. When traipsing through the woody section behind the house, all wood may look alike, but you can be sure that this is not the case. Certain types of wood are more suitable to some woodworking and carpentry projects than others like hardwood. Let's say you've got yourself a very ...

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How to Sharpen a Plane Iron

How to Sharpen a Plane Iron

One of the most familiar hand tools to most woodworkers is the plane. While there are several types of planes, all of them work on the same principle. The bottom of the plane is a flat surface with a slot in it. The plane iron or blade extends through this slot just enough to allow the plane to shave small amounts of ...

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Woodworking Skills for Furniture Painting

Woodworking Skills for Furniture Painting

There are current preferences today towards retaining the natural wood tones in your furniture, rather than having your furniture painted. But something important to know is there are some types of furniture, along with some types of wood that actually will look better painted versus the natural wood look. The key to ...

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Using Measuring Tools for Woodwork Projects

Using Measuring Tools for Woodwork Projects

You have decided that you want to do a project on your own, but needs help in choosing and using measuring tools effectively. This can be overwhelming but don't let an empty tool box discourage you from woodworking. The bare necessities that you would use for measuring is your tape measure, squares and compass or wing ...

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Woodworking Tips: Repairing Veneer

Woodworking Tips: Repairing Veneer

Once you've stripped your woodwork or furniture to the bare wood, you'll want to be sure everything is in top condition before proceeding with the final step of applying a finish. Usually, minor repairs need to be made. A light sanding will give a satin-smooth surface. If you're an antique buff or bound on ...

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Woodworking Tips for Hardwoods

Woodworking Tips for Hardwoods

The term hardwood is not due to the actual hardness or thickness of the wood but describes whether or not a wood comes from a deciduous (leaf bearing) tree or conifer (cone bearing) tree. Hardwoods come from the former such as oak, cherry, mahogany, maple, and ash. The most important tip in starting out with ...

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10 Most Important Safety Tips for Woodworking

10 Most Important Safety Tips for Woodworking

Woodworking can be a fun and profitable hobby. Safety is always number one and should be followed at all times. Patience is probably one's best asset when woodworking for the beginner or the pro. Here are ten safety tips for the beginner. Ten most important tips Tip number one: Right tools for the job. Example: do ...

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Must Have Tools for Woodworking

Must Have Tools for Woodworking

Okay so I just got back from the Kansas City Renaissance Fair. I saw this post here for a topic of must have tools for wood working. Instead of going into the modern day hammer, drill and such I've decided to go a bit old school. What are some must have woodworking tools for old style wood working projects. After ...

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Woodworking Patterns for Kids

Woodworking Patterns for Kids

With fall upon us it is a great time to start a woodworking project with your kids. Here are 10 free woodworking patterns available online to help you get started. Some excellent patterns for kids Birdhouse - Thissimple woodworking pattern for a bird house is a classic example of a started project for woodworking ...

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Tips on Using a Router for Woodworking Projects

Tips on Using a Router for Woodworking Projects

Routers are not limited only to applying edgings on various materials. A router can be one of the most valuable tools in your shop. Routers can be inverted and fastened to a router table to provide control while allowing the ability to produce an array of profiles and joint cuts. Most routers can be purchased with ...

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How to Protect Woodwork While Painting

How to Protect Woodwork While Painting

Painting walls takes a considerable amount of time and talent, and the ability it takes does not require artistic aptitude. What it takes is a little know-how and the desire to complete the job neatly, especially around woodwork. Slop up the woodwork, baseboards, ceiling, and flooring while painting walls and you will ...

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Accessories that Every Woodworker Needs

Accessories that Every Woodworker Needs

All woodworkers, whether it's their trade or hobby or for general DIY around the home, know that specific equipment is needed to carry out the task successfully. Of course, the bigger tools come to mind first; the saw, routers, sanders, drills etc, but what about the little things? It's those other accessories that ...

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Outdoor Woodworking Projects

Outdoor Woodworking Projects

There are a number of outdoor woodworking projects that is fun and simple that you can undertake the summer. Here are five ideas for outdoor woodworking projects. 5 Outdoor Wooodworking Projects Ideas 1. Picnic Table The first outdoor woodworking project to consider doing is a picnic table. On average, this ...

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Short Guide to Painting Woodwork (4 Steps)

Short Guide to Painting Woodwork (4 Steps)

Anyone can paint a piece of woodwork. Very few, however, know how to accomplish this task with a professional quality outcome. This quick guide will detail the steps required to paint any piece of woodwork the right way. The golden rule of painting is that quality counts. In other words, you get what you pay for. ...

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Tips for Painting Woodwork and Trim

Tips for Painting Woodwork and Trim

If you are planning on painting your wood trim, here are some good suggestions to follow to help it look great. If you are painting both the wall and woodwork I suggest you paint the wall first, and then paint the woodwork. In my opinion, it is much harder to touch up paint on woodwork and keep the finish looking ...

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Ten Step Guide to Painting Woodwork

Ten Step Guide to Painting Woodwork

Painting woodwork yourself is a fairly simple home improvement project - if you know what to do. My husband and I painted the woodwork in our home and we were pleased with the results. In this article, I will provide you with a step by step guide for painting woodwork and include a list of all items that are needed to ...

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Easy Banister Woodworking Project

Easy Banister Woodworking Project

If you have an old banister that looks worn, chipped or scratched, you can create a new banister to replace it. It's easier than refinishing the old banister if it has many curves and angles, and the new banister will have a sleek, modern look. Just remove the old banister and replace it with a straight-lined strip of ...

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