Does Hot Glue Work On Wood?

Hot Glue Gun on Wood

I’m not a crafty person…well, let me rephrase that:  I am not a crafts person.  I have friends who make crafts and sell them at craft fairs.  It’s a sideline for them, and making the crafts is more important to …

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Can You Sand Wet Wood?

Sanding Wood

We’ve measured and cut the wood for our project; glued, attached, and assembled the wood according to the project plans; and it’s now time to prepare the wood for our chosen finish.  We all know this drill and the progression …

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How To Use A Combination Square (Beginner To Pro)

Combination Squares

In younger days, the rule was not to be a square.  In the woodworking shop, however, square is everything.  There are few things worse than looking at a frame (mirror, painting, picture, window, door) or a tabletop or desk that …

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How To Fix Uneven Wood Cuts (4 Methods)

How To Fix Uneven Wood Cuts

Uneven wood cuts prevent a clean, level, and square assembly in our woodworking projects. We know these are all essential to a stable, strong, and secure finished project, whether a desk, a chair, a table, shelving, cabinets, picture, window and …

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Can You Screw Into Wood Filler?

Wood Filler

Ever wondered if you can actually screw into wood filler without turning your project into a DIY disaster? You’re not alone! In this article, I’m diving into the nitty-gritty of wood fillers – from the trusty epoxy to the versatile …

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Can You Screw Into Wood Glue?

Can You Screw Into Wood Glue

In matters of science and cutting-edge experiments, especially dangerous cutting-edge stuff, ethicists tell us we should ask two questions:  can we do this, and should we do this?  Dangers can lurk in experiments, and we don’t want to test a …

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Why Is My Planer Chipping My Wood?

Why Is My Planer Chipping My Wood

If you’ve had trees removed from your yard, chances are some of that tree was run through a chipper.  While one run through the chipper creates a coarse mulch, a second run will smooth it out more, and a third …

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How To Thin Wood Glue

How To Thin Wood Glue

Those of us who are proficient in the kitchen know that it’s important to put lids and covers on tightly to prevent food from going bad in some way.  Sometimes that bad can be a film forming on the top; …

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What Is Planer Snipe? (And How To Stop It)

What Is Planer Snipe

Snipe hunting is an old joke, a fool’s errand considered to be a practical joke.  Those of our generation remember it, but you younger woodworkers may not.  It’s been around for a long time, and the first suggestion of it …

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How To Measure A Door Hinge

How To Measure A Door Hinge

When was the last time you noticed one of your door hinges? They’re something we never pay attention to unless they start squeaking or stop working because a screw came loose. The former is easy to fix – a little …

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How To Copy a Curve Shape Into Wood

How To Copy a Curve Shape Into Wood

We have a project coming up in the spring that we have begun planning, for now, in mid-November.  It’s a moon gate for entry into the meditation garden under construction out back.   Moon gates are circular openings in a garden …

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How And When to Use Corner Clamps

Corner Clamps

How many times have we said to ourselves how nice it would be to have a third hand?  If only, we say, and how much easier it would be on some of the tasks we perform in our woodworking shop.  …

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How To Cover Nail Holes in Trim

How To Cover Nail Holes in Trim

His name was Callachan.  The “ch” distinguished it from the Irish version, and he was proud of his Scottish heritage.  He was the fastest trim carpenter within a hundred miles. “Custom Cal, the Contractor’s Pal” was his business slogan, and …

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What Is A Through Cut On A Table Saw?

Table Saw Cutting

There’s something about firing up the table saw in our woodworking shop, the speed at which the spinning blade reaches those 3000 – 4000 RPMs, the ease with which it cuts through the wood.  Whether ripping or cross-cutting, great power …

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