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How to Flatten Large Boards in a Planer

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I grew up working in my dad's custom woodworking shop standing in a pile of shavings on the outfeed side of a 24″ planer. Oh sure, we had dust collection, but we (me) frequently got too lazy to go empty the ten-foot-cubed collector into fifty-five gallon drums and drag them to the dumpster. So frequently I stood in a pile of shavings. Ah, the luxury of the good old days! […]The post How to Flatten Large Boards in a Planer appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Tricks of the Trade: Testing the Finger-Guided Ruler

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When you don't need an absolutely accurate line drawn on a piece (say for a shooting/nailing line or layout line) all you need is a wooden folding ruler, a pencil and your two hands. Lay the rule on your piece the proper distance in, then hold the rule in your left hand with your index finger against the edge of the piece. With your pencil against the tip of the […]The post Tricks of the Trade: Testing the Finger-Guided Ruler appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Introduction to Vacuum Veneering with Jonathan Benson

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VeneeringWhen I started woodworking the idea of veneering seemed like magic to me. From selecting the best materials, to the design (orienting the grain of the pieces to present the desired and impressive final result,) to cutting the pieces (to not leave ridiculous gaps!) and ultimately gluing the whole thing in place. That last task, glueing up the veneer, seemed the most daunting. The process must have constant, even pressure […]The post Introduction to Vacuum Veneering with Jonathan Benson appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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2 Holiday Turning Projects: Spindle & Globe Wooden Ornaments

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Editor's note: With the holidays upon us, I'm looking through the magazines and books we own for fun handmade gifts - things that you can build in not too much shop time, but that will help to create a lifetime of memories for the recipients. I'll post (at least) two every week between now and the new year. This is Holiday Project Post number four - for the “Pint-sized Pickup,” […]The post 2 Holiday Turning Projects: Spindle & Globe Wooden Ornaments appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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