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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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Make the It's (Not) Complicated Garden Tomato Cages

Sunday March 30, 2014
Completed Tomato CageMy wife is quite the gardener, and I certainly appreciate the fruits (or vegetables, as it were) of her labor. To me, there's nothing quite as delicious as home-grown organic heirloom tomatoes.

It seems that every season, she comes up with a "better" idea for staking her tomato plants. A couple of years ago, she saw the movie It's Complicated, starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin. In that movie, the character played by Meryl Streep had a breathtaking garden with some really great tomato plants, all supported by these simple but solidly-built tomato cages. This spring, she has asked me to build a few of these cages for her garden.

These tomato cages take just a few minutes to build, but they look great as you can see in the photo, and they should look even better in about three months with some hearty fruits on the vine. If you'd like to build a set of these cages, read the easy-to-follow steps in Make the It's (Not) Complicated Garden Tomato Cages.

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Build a Kitchen Pantry Cabinet

Saturday March 29, 2014
A Painted, Installed Kitchen PantryContinuing with recent articles on building individual kitchen cabinets, today's post focuses on building a kitchen pantry cabinet. This two-section cabinet can be modified to accommodate different depths or widths for more or less storage as your needs dictate, but the standard 12x12x84 cabinet can be built using a single sheet of 4x8 cabinet plywood.

Follow the step-by-step instructions for Building a Kitchen Pantry Cabinet to add one of these useful cabinets to your kitchen.

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Raised-Panel Cabinet Doors with a Table Saw

Tuesday March 25, 2014
Cove-Style Raised Panel Cabinet DoorAs with the slab-style cabinet doors mentioned in an earlier post, new cabinet doors can dramatically change the look of a kitchen. In North America, the most common type of cabinet door is the raised panel door, the name of which is a misnomer. The panel isn't actually raised-it just appears to be raised. Instead, the edges of the center panel are recessed to create the illusion of a raised center of the panel.

Most woodworkers would choose a router table with a panel raising bit set to create the cove edges of the panels, but did you know that you can do a very effective job with just your table saw? Learn the trick in this article on Raised-Panel Cabinet Doors with a Table Saw.

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Basic Slab Cabinet Doors

Monday March 24, 2014
Basic Slab-Style Cabinet DoorIf you're wanting to make a dramatic change to the look of your kitchen, few things can be as effective as replacing the cabinet doors. One of the most basic types of door is the slab cabinet door, most often used in European designs.

A slab cabinet door is very plain, but building your own is easy and will be much more durable than MDF edge-banded cabinet doors you'd find at the home center. Learning how to build your own Basic Slab Cabinet Doors can save you money too!

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Finding Sandpaper

Tuesday March 18, 2014
SandpaperPower sanders, from a belt sander to a random orbital sander, can make quick work of many sanding tasks, but in most cases the smoothest finish comes after completing the task with some fine hand sanding. As it sounds, this task requires applying a little bit of elbow grease.

Using the proper sandpaper can make the task much quicker and easier. In Finding Sandpaper, learn the rules for picking the correct grit and sandpaper type for any woodworking project.

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Gel Staining

Monday March 17, 2014
Applying a Gel StainGel stain finishes are like some overly abrasive television personalities - you either love them or you hate them. There seldom seems to be an in-between opinion.

While gel stains can be messy, they also can give a level of stain color that traditional stains fail to match. Learn some thoughts on Gel Staining and how to get some terrific results, hopefully without getting too messy in the process.

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