Alternatives To Festool Domino

Festool Domino

Our woodworking projects go in cycles.  A burst of enthusiasm overcomes us, and we rush to the shop for the next project.  Or, a particular need arises, whether it’s a desk for one of the kids or a new platform …

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How Does SawStop Detect Fingers?

Finger Saw Blade

No matter how many times I watch the SawStop video demo using a hot dog to show how quickly the blade stops spinning when it comes in contact with the dog, it still amazes me.  The mark left on the …

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How To Dispose Of Stain Rags

Appling Stain With Rag

We all know the dangers of woodworking.  Power tools, and even hand tools, when not used properly and without taking the proper precautions, can cause great harm, and we must be careful. There is a reason why we recommend eye …

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What Is Manufactured Wood?

MDF Board

These are the days of manufactured this and engineered that.  We see plant-based burgers and sausages at the market, engineered to look, feel, and taste like meat.  It doesn’t stop there, though, as news recently has included stories about manufactured …

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Makita LS1219L Miter Saw Problems

Makita LS1219L

We all have our favorite brands and our favorite saws from those brands to stock our woodworking shop with, and there are a multitude of choices. One of those brand choices is the Makita LS1219L. It is much to compel …

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How To Treat Pallet Wood For Outdoor Use

Pallet Wood Outside

Pallets have become popular for woodworking shop use for several reasons, not the least of which is you can often find them free of charge.  Free is a good thing when you are looking for stock to use in the …

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DeWALT Brushless Drill Problems


DeWALT is a quality name in the power tool world, and most of us likely have at least one of their tools in our woodworking shop.  Its cordless drill is a very popular tool, a generally reliable and durable tool …

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How To Cut Aluminum In A Woodworking Shop

Miter Saw Cutting Aluminum

We’re used to cutting wood with both power tools and hand tools.  After all, it’s a woodworking shop, and our projects involve working with wood. However, sometimes we incorporate a metal into our work.  Perhaps it’s a piece of furniture, …

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Porter Cable Air Compressor Common Problems

Porter Cable Air Compressor

Air compressors are not the most common of features in a woodworking shop, although they do come in handy on job sites to power nailers and in painting around the house. But air compressors did not make our list of …

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Can You Put Polyurethane Over Stain?

Stained Pine Board

We are accustomed to using a topcoat on our woodworking projects.  Even when you have used a wood oil finish, many woodworking experts do suggest you apply a topcoat of some sort. Stain beautifies the wood and accentuates the wood …

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Does Red Oak Stain Well?

Red Oak Board With Stain

We know oak, and we like oak for certain projects.  Where I live is not heavily oak country – maples, both swamp and sap maples, rule the area.  We like maple, too, but today we’ll discuss oak, and in particular, …

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Is Danish Oil Waterproof?

Danish Oil

In a previous article on these pages, we discussed the differences between Waterlox and Watco Danish oil. While there are differences between them, they are negligible on most of the important considerations, but the purpose of the article was to …

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Does J-B Weld Work On Wood?

J-B Weld Products

Joining things together is an integral part of woodworking.  All kinds of joinery techniques, creating a tabletop by gluing planks together, and more, are a part of the work we do in our shops.   When it comes to glues and …

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How Long Does Wood Take To Dry After Rain?

Wet Deck

We know that wet wood should not be worked with until it becomes dry wood.  Wet wood will eventually shrink as the moisture content leaves it, and any joints we’ve created with wet wood will lose their strength and stability.   …

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