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Planing with the Grain: A Quick Resource Guide

Is grain orientation during planing important? When planing, orienting the grain correctly is critical to achieving a smooth finish. Improper grain orientation can cause chips, tear-outs, and/or additional damage. In this article, we’ll discuss how to plane with the grain to avoid damage and how to identify the direction of grain in various common wood types. Each piece of wood …

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How to Restore a $5 Wooden Piece to a $500 Masterpiece

How can I restore a cheap wooden furniture item and sell it for profit? Restoring wooden furniture can be a lucrative business venture. The basic restoration processes include obtaining a piece, cleaning it, refinishing and refurbishing individual components, and then marketing the final product. In this article, we’ll discuss the supplies, techniques, processes, costs, project ideas, and common sources for …

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The Top 14 Carpentry Skills Woodworkers Should Know

What carpentry skills should woodworkers know? Beyond possessing basic woodworking knowledge, carpenters should know the most common tasks associated with their chosen profession. We’ve created a list of these skills below for you to reference. These skills will not only serve you as you look for a carpentry career but will help you excel in any position you obtain. This …

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Building a Pole Lathe and Turning a Simple Bowl

By Camille Coy A Brief History of Lathes Woodturning using a human-powered lathe is one of the most ancient forms of woodworking. Perhaps not quite as old as whittling, which was practiced over 10,000 years ago after the last Ice Age, but the art of turning wood still dates back thousands of years. An early archeological record of woodturning with …

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Problems With Biscuit Joinery

Biscuit joinery has been a topic of debate for years. Some craftsmen look down on it as if using them is almost cheating. It doesn’t have the look of a dovetail joint and is very simple compared to them. On the other hand there are individuals who wholeheartedly support using them when the project calls for it. Some joints need …

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How to Build Pecky Cypress Shelves

Let me tell you a story. A couple months ago my girlfriend and I decided that we wanted to have the family over for Christmas. While I’m not a drinker, her family is. And with the new place we wanted to make sure to include a small bar area. Now of course, I didn’t want it to just be any …

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Can You Use Mineral Oil On Hand Tools?

Yes, mineral oil can be safely used on hand tools to protect blades and metal parts from rusting. Using a soft rag, apply a very thin film of mineral oil over the metal surface after use. Mineral oil does not go rancid or oxidize. The best types of mineral oils to use are: Any brand of pure mineral oil 3-in-1 …

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5 Beginning Woodburning Projects You Can Complete in an Afternoon

What kind of projects (and potential homemade Christmas gifts) can you make with a woodburning tool?! There are many great ideas out there for projects you can create via woodburning. In this article, we’re going to introduce you to 5 basic projects you can start with and even gift. We’ll also briefly discuss tips and tricks for beginners. From there, …

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What are the parts of a wood working plane?

A commercial promoting woodworking bench planes would simply have to show me with an random orbit sander hooked to a screaming shop vac, wearing goggles, respirator, and hearing protection in a cloud of sawdust.  Then, cut to a paper-thin curl of wood whispering off an antique Stanley bench plane, revealing iridescent grain patterns as birds chirp in the background. This …