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Electrolysis Rust Removal

Removing Rust with Electrolysis

This article is two-fold. First, I’m going to show you how to use electrolysis to remove rust from tools. Secondly, this is the first installment in a series of articles that will take you through the rehabilitation of a hand plane including finding replacement parts, tuning, and sharpening. You can watch as I get the… Read more


Shop Made Deep Reach Clamp

This is a shop made deep reach clamp. It’s just 3 pieces of wood bolted together for strength. At the jaw end is a 1/2″ bolt, with a nut and washer. A handle is welded to the bolt head. To tighten, just hold the handle, and tighten the nut with a wrench. If you don’t… Read more


Workbench Vice Tip

Not all workbenches have the perfect vise for holding stock, so I often use this cool trick. Tighten a hand screw clamp onto the bottom edge of the material, then clamp the hand screw clamp to the bench. You’ll be amazed at just how much holding power this provides. Enough for me to easily hand… Read more


Should I Buy my Lumber Green?

Like many woodworkers, I go through a lot of hardwood. Lots, and lots and lots of it. And at the $4-$8 per board foot price that I normally pay at my local premium hardwood retailer, this takes its toll on my family’s budget. I have tried buying lower grade lumber and dealing with the knots… Read more


Using a Keyhole Bit

If you’re looking for a hardware-free way to hang picture frames or plaques on the wall, you need a keyhole router bit. Set up is simple, and results are great.When I make a picture frame or plaque, my preference for providing a way to hang it on the wall is to use a keyhole router… Read more


Log Cookies on Your Bandsaw

I recently received a request from a co-worker to supply 30 log slices – about 8″ in diameter and 1-1/2″ thick. Her plan was to use them as a base for candles on the dining tables at her wedding reception. I have to say, the concept went past me until we attended her wedding. The… Read more


Easy Resawing

In my experience, resawing on the bandsaw is one of those things that makes smoke come out of woodworkers’ ears. It can, admittedly, be tough to get perfect, especially if you have to go through the steps required for drift compensation. (Sometimes you get the drift, sometimes you don’t.) Here’s what’ll save your resaw bacon…. Read more


Three Reasons to Use Quarter Sawn Wood

Quarter-sawn wood costs about twice as much as plain-sawn So, why use it In order to understand the benefits (and extra cost) let’s look at how the material is milled from a tree. Imagine this is a log ready to go through a sawmill. I’ve sketched out plain-sawn cuts on the bottom half, and quarter-sawn cuts on the… Read more


Shop-Built Dust Port

Here’s how to make a dust port for any jig or power tool in your shop. It’s easy to build, uses parts readily available from your local hardware store, and best of all, it really works! I’ll show you how to make two kinds, one for your 2 1/2″ shop vac hose, and the other… Read more


Pizza Points For Finishing

I had a real “Ah Ha” moment. Looking at a pizza we ordered I realized that the plastic thing in the middle of the pizza that keeps the box from touching the pizza (it looks like a little table) would serve a similar purpose when I’m finishing. I started saving them, and found they work… Read more

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