How to Use a Dovetail Marker

How to Use a Dovetail Marker

At some point in your woodworking projects, you will want to use a dovetail joint.  Perhaps in making bureau drawers, boxes, or cabinets, dovetail joints are necessary for strength and stability. Have you ever used a dovetail joint in one …

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How Long To Let Wood Glue Dry Before Planing?

How Long To Let Wood Glue Dry Before Planing

Many, if not most, of your woodworking projects will encounter gluing, whether you are gluing panel pieces to create a tabletop, cabinet door, or joint. Depending on the glue used, the drying time might be minutes or hours, and each …

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How Strong is Wood Filler?

How Strong is Wood Filler

Invisible joints, pocket-hole joinery, and dowels have something in common.  They are all ways of hiding screws and nail holes.  The use of wood filler is another when screws are countersunk or a nail punch is used.  What about larger …

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Tips for Cutting Wood in Tight Spaces

Tips For Cutting Wood In Tight Spaces

We’re not sure here at Obsessed Woodworking how many times we have written “the right tool for the right job,” but this piece is a perfect example of that maxim.  Tight spot tools, if you will. It’s not so much …

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Is Wood Glue Stronger Than Screws?

Is Wood Glue Stronger Than Screws

You’ve likely heard the expression “belt and suspenders” and understand its meaning.  Better to be safe, so to speak, don’t want your pants falling down at an inopportune moment. That same discussion can be had about glue and screws.  We …

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How Strong is Gorilla Wood Glue?

Gorilla Wood Glue

Perhaps you remember that old advertisement with a construction worker hanging from a steel beam after applying some Gorilla Glue to his work helmet. It was a silly demonstration, but Gorilla Glue is pretty strong.  Many of us have used …

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How Strong Is Wood Glue?

Why is Wood Glue So Strong

Glues today are very strong, stronger, even than the wood they join. They are also effective adhesives with other materials too, but we’ll focus our attention on wood. Wood Glue Shear Strength Wood glue really does hold, and in most …

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How Long Does Wood Glue Take To Dry?

How Long Does it Take for Wood Glue to Dry

Ever wondered how long you should wait for wood glue to set? Or to remove your woodworking clamps? A lot depends on the glue you’re using. One common type is PVA (such as the brand Titebond), which you might know …

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How to Remove Dust From Wood After Sanding

How To Remove Dust From Wood After Sanding

I’ve learned over the years that one of the most crucial steps in achieving a flawless wood finish on any woodworking project is thoroughly removing all dust from the wood after sanding. No matter how precise my cuts are or …

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How to Flatten Wood Without a Planer

How to Flatten Wood Without a Planer

Not all wood stock will come to you flat, square and smooth.  This is, of course, true of rough lumber purchased directly from a sawmill.  But it’s also true of your neighborhood lumber yard.  For serious woodworking, whether making furniture …

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How To Attach Sandpaper To An Orbital Sander

Hook and Loop Sandpaper

Proper sanding is a key step in almost all woodworking projects. While hand sanding is an option, it’s time-consuming (and not much fun). A more efficient choice is using a power sander, particularly a random orbital sander. As sandpaper wears …

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