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  • Having trouble getting your mitres to fit together?
    February 29, 2020 Brian Thomas

    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
    February 29, 2020 Brian Thomas

    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
    February 29, 2020 Brian Thomas

    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 #2: Working with Hide Glue Granules
    December 15, 2018 Tobias Lochner

    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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  • Hide Glue - Part #1: The How, Why & What!
    December 9, 2018 Tobias Lochner

    Hide Glue - Part #1: The How, Why & What!

    Why would you choose to use a glue that has stood the test of time over some 8000 years? I am convinced that hide glue still remains completely relevant today for marqueters, cabinetmakers and luthiers alike...
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  • Crown Cryogenically Treated Woodturning Tools
    November 27, 2018 Tobias Lochner

    Crown Cryogenically Treated Woodturning Tools

    Although my test is by no means scientific, I have turned all eight legs with this chisel without re-honing or sharpening and it is still cutting crisply! 

    I am extremely happy with the results and I will shortly invest in a Crown Cryogenically Treated Spindle Gouge and Roughing Gouge as well.

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