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  1. How to Rout a Cutting Board Juice ֱ

    using a router jig to make a cutting board juice groove

    A popular feature many woodworkers add to their cutting boards is a juice groove. A juice groove prevents liquids from dripping off the edge of your cutting board and creating a mess on your countertop. It’s essential that the juice groove is smooth and evenly formed around the perimeter of the cutting board. This juice groove router jig makes the process of routing the cutting board juice grooves easy, accurate and adjustable.

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  2. Where to Install Dust ֱ Blast Gates?

    blast gate attached to band saw


    Dust collection blast gates, such as Rockler StableGates, Tool Port Blast Gates, or Tool Port Blast Gates are like the traffic cops in your system. In this Rockler demonstration you'll see several types of blast gates and how to install them in your dust collection system.



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  3. How to Make Wood ֱ


    Rockler shutter kits lead

    Wood plantation shutters are a classic window treatment. Creating your own custom wood shutters is easy! First consult the to obtain your dimensions. Then enter the shutter dimensions into the to get your FREE downloadable plan. The plan includes a detailed list of all the supplies you'll need to construct your custom shutters!

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  4. How to Set Up and Use a ֱ

    spokeshave shaping cabriole leg

    The spokeshave is a small plane blade that is mounted between two handles. It's the perfect tool for smoothing small areas and cutting round and curved shapes into your roughed-out workpieces. The spokeshave is often overlooked, but it is a tool every woodworker should have in their shop. Many designs exist, mostly flat bottomed, but there are also soles that curve from front to back, and even some that are concave from side to side for small diameter parts like wheel spokes. Like any tool of this sort, proper setup — most importantly, a very sharp iron — is essential for successful use.

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  5. How To Set Up and Use A Hand Plane

    smoothing a board with a hand plane

    Learn how to set up and use a hand plane. Hand planes have been used by woodworkers for hundreds of years. It can be challenging to smooth wood using a bench plane if you don't know how to adjust and properly work it across the wood surface. We have assembled three woodworking videos that cover everything you need to know about how to set up and use a hand plane.

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  6. What are the Different Types of Hand Planes?

    six bench planes


    The hand plane is a truly iconic woodworking tool. Hand planes feature a blade that is mounted in a wood or metal body. The blade is extended through the bottom of the body and the hand plane is pushed or pulled across a wood surface to remove thin layers of wood, leaving a smoother or reshaped surface. Hand planes are designated by number, the higher the number, the longer the sole of the plane. You can use a hand plane to do quality woodworking as well today as you could a hundred years ago.

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  7. How to Measure and Cut Stair Treads

    installing a new wood stair tread

    The trickiest part of installing stair treads is often cutting them to fit perfectly between the walls or baseboard. The Perfect Fit Stair Tread and Shelf Gauge makes it easy to determine the length of the stair tread and if the ends need to be cut at an angle to fit against the sides walls. The gauge slides to set the length of the stair tread from 28" to 48" long. . And, if the side walls are not perpendicular to the tread, the gauge also features side angle finders that pivot to match the angles of tread ends.

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  8. Make a DIY Kubb Yard Game Set

    diy kubb yard game pieces

    How to make a Kubb yard game set. Kubb is a popular lawn game. It is sometimes described as a Viking chess game. The name Kubb is pronounced similar to koob. Kubb lawn game is played with wood blocks and wood batons. While Kubb’s origins are obscured by the passing of years — a lot of years— it seems most likely it was invented in Scandinavia more than a thousand years ago. The Kubb game spread throughout much of northern Europe. Originally the playing pieces were likely firewood. As with many such folk traditions, the rules varied with the region and the period of time. It can be played with anywhere from one to six on a team.

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