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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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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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Growth Rings and Wood Grain

Monday April 7, 2014
Growth RingsWhen you were in elementary science class, you probably learned about how you can count the growth rings on a cross-section of the trunk of a tree to determine the age of the tree. When the tree is cut into lumber, those growth rings become grain patterns that can be used to give character to a woodworking project.

Going back to the growth rings, what can those growth rings tell you about the lumber you're planning to use in your project? In Growth Rings and Wood Grain, learn a number of interesting facts to consider when selecting lumber for your projects.

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Setting Your Router Speed Correctly

Sunday April 6, 2014
Using a Router TableRouter bits are available in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. Each bit has a specific task, but in order to operate properly, the bit must spin at the proper speed. This means that you need to know the RPM settings for your adjustable router before installing and using any router bit.

In Setting Your Router Speed Correctly, learn at what speeds your router's motor should spin for each of the various bits you might use. Not only will your bits cut more efficiently and cleanly, but the bits will last longer and have less of a chance of burning or going dull prematurely.

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