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Wood Staining Techniques: Stretch That Stain

Wood Staining Techniques: How to turn that chunky old stain into a finish you can use. A client of mine dropped a large suitcase down her stairs and snapped a spindle on the railing. I was confident the spindle was a stock item at a home store, but I needed to match the stain and… Read more

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Router Basics: How to Use a Router

Want to use a router, but don’t know where to start? Learn how to use a router with these router techniques and tips. Boy, I use routers a lot. They can do so much. From adding a profile to an edge to cutting dovetail joints, a router is an incredibly versatile machine. But if you’ve… Read more

Festool Router Product Review

The Festool OF 2200 Plunge Router Reviews

The Perfect Combination of Brains and Brawn. Festool’s OF 2200, $800, is a big router with a light touch.  Weighing in at over 17 pounds, the OF 2200 sports a 3-1/4 hp (18-amp) motor to power through just about any routing task–from deep pocket mortises to heavy molding cuts. But the beauty of this beast… Read more

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Wood Carving Projects: Improve Your Carving Skills

One hundred years ago, the north shore of Lake Superior was overrun with fisherman throwing out large nets and pulling up lake herring by the ton. These rugged men lived a hard life, pulling in their nets from the great lake. Now and then, one of the nets broke loose and the floats that held… Read more

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When Bad Woodworking Glue-Ups Happen to Good People

Small chamfers fix a gluing mistake.I’m under the gun. This small end table is the perfect gift for an old college friend, but I only have a couple of days left to complete the task. The only thing left before finishing is to square up and sand the top. Aaaagh! In my haste, I haven’t… Read more


5 Expensive, but Worth Every Penny Woodworking Tools

These expensive woodworking tools pay for themselves in accuracy and efficiency. I’ve been building custom furniture for many years and, like most of you, I’ve acquired my woodworking tools as I can afford them. The tools in this list might seem expensive, quirky, and even redundant, but stay with me and I’ll prove their worth…. Read more

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