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When building a woodworking project for use outdoors, the first question the woodworker should ask is, "How can I protect this project from the elements?" Here are some painting tips for protecting your outdoor projects.

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Tips for Removing Nails from Wood

Tuesday April 22, 2014
Pulling a NailRecycling lumber is a great way to build projects with a ton of character. Some woodworkers specialize in finding old buildings that are destined for demolition and recover the old beams and boards for use in woodworking projects. Often these old boards will produce results that would be very difficult with new lumber.

One of the concerns with using old recycled lumber is getting all of the metal out of the wood before running the boards through any power tools. Old metal nails, screws and other fasteners can wreak havoc on expensive cutting blades.

If you would like to explore working with old materials, here are some Tips for Removing Nails from Wood that can save your cutting blades.

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Recipro Saw Tips

Monday April 21, 2014
Recipro SawNearly every homebuilding site, whether a new home or a remodel, has a recipro saw in use, by carpenters, electricians, plumbers or HVAC installers. The recipro saw is ideally-suited for making quick, rough cuts on some structural members, and can be used to cut metal or wood.

Even though there aren't many practical applications for fine woodworkers in the wood shop, a recipro saw can be a handy tool to have around, especially when you need to make a rough cut or fix a mistake. In these Recipro Saw Tips, learn how to use this practical tool safely and easily when you need it.

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Band Saw Blade Installation Steps

Tuesday April 15, 2014
Installing a Band Saw BladeBand saws can cut curves more cleanly than a jigsaw or other power tool, but it also can be used to resaw boards with a wide blade. A variety of widths of band saw blades are available for different cutting tasks, but the saw must be adjusted to accommodate each width of blade.

In these Band Saw Blade Installation Steps, learn how to install various blades and then how to adjust the saw to ensure that the blade runs smoothly and cuts cleanly.

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Avoiding Drilling Blowouts

Monday April 14, 2014
Drilling with a Spade BitSome drill bits, particularly large-diameter bits, tend to cut very aggressively, which can lead to a blowout on the back side of the board being drilled when the bit pokes through. This is especially problematic using auger bits and spade bits, which often tear rather than cut the wood as they plow through the board.

If you need to cut large-diameter holes with one of these bits, you can take some steps to diminish the possibility of an unsightly blowout. Read these tips in Avoiding Drilling Blowouts.

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