Tools & Techniques

Having trouble getting your mitres to fit together?

Posted by Brian Thomas on

Having trouble getting your mitres to fit together?
I often see small boxes with near invisible joints and would love to know how to make them. I have an excellent mitre saw, a great table saw, and a wonderful planer, among other tools. My parts seem perfect -- squared and sanded and smoothed -- yet I still end up with gaps in my mitres.

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Handcut Dovetails - Five Steps

Posted by Brian Thomas on

Handcut Dovetails - Five Steps
Hand cut dovetails can be intimidating, but if you follow a couple of basic steps and pay attention to detail, they are one of the most satisfying joints to accomplish.

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5 Top Tips For Hand Sanding

Posted by Brian Thomas on

5 Top Tips For Hand Sanding
Hand sanding; often a task which is extremely unpopular with woodworkers of every level, as if power sanding wasn’t arduous enough right? Some may ask why do we even need to hand sand when there are so many varieties of power sander to get the job done?

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Hide Glue - Part #3: Liquid Hide Glue - Look Ma, No Cooking!

Posted by Tobias Lochner on

Hide Glue - Part #3: Liquid Hide Glue - Look Ma, No Cooking!

For woodworkers that don't want to cook up their own glue, but do want the convenience and remarkable attributes of real hide glue for their projects, your prayers have been answered!

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Hide Glue - Part #2: Working with Hide Glue Granules

Posted by Tobias Lochner on

Hide Glue - Part #2: Working with Hide Glue Granules

Working with traditional animal glue is an extremely simple operation. Don't overthink the process and you will be fine!

For daily use in my workshop, I rely on a cheap thermostatically controlled baby bottle warmer from Clicks and a glass jar which fits inside allowing a small space around the jar for the water.

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