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Fix a Screwed-Up Table Top

Did you use too long a screw, and now it’s poking through the tabletop? Here’s a ‘swell’ repair solution.Sending a screw up through a tabletop while attaching it to the apron is a disaster, there’s no question about it. I managed to do this four times when I grabbed the wrong length screws from a… Read more

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Table Saw Safety – Save Your Fingers!

Save Your Fingers! Why do table saws cause so many woodworking accidents? The saw blade does not care whether it is cutting wood, bone, or meat. If you use a table saw, then pay attention to these table saw safety tips! I met a person who previously worked in a Van Conversion Factory. He is… Read more

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No Business Like Show Business

Take a Virtual Tour of a Woodworking Show. Students often ask me what to expect when attending a woodworking show. Here’s your chance for a virtual tour. The Woodworking Show recently rolled into St. Paul, MN. I joined lots of other woodworkers who flocked to the show over the weekend. What’s at the Show? Tools!… Read more

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6 Router Safety Tips

Whether you’re a seasoned woodworker, or just starting out, these router safety tips will help you work safer in your shop. I’ve been a woodworker for 30 years, and trust me… I’ve made every mistake told here at least once. Fortunately, other than bruised pride and wasting some wood, I haven’t been hurt. Keep yourself… Read more

Top 5 Must Have Woodworking Tools

George’s Top 5 Must Have Stationary Woodworking Tools for Your Workshop

I’m asked all the time, “What’s the first tool I should get?” My tongue-in-cheek answer is, “A credit card with a high limit.” But since people really do want advice on stationary tool purchases, I’ve developed “George’s Top 5 List.” It’s important to understand that this is my list of preferred tools and there will… Read more

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Band Saw Safety Tips

A band saw is capable of many different operations, from delicate curves to cutting logs. Follow these Band saw safety guidelines to stay safe on your saw. Set the upper guide as low as possible without touching the wood. This guarantees the blade is completely covered without room for a finger to accidentally slip under… Read more

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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

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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

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