3 Best Hand Planes You Should Get First And How To Use Them

One of the first things you might be questioning is why do you even need hand planes in your woodworking shop and for what all can you use them… Woodworkers who use hand planes know how useful they can be. Inspite of being hand tools they are the preferred way to go for many kinds of jobs. Once, you get friendly with these tools and realise what they can do for a wood worker, you will find yourself reaching out for them instead of your table saw, belt sander and a planer, on many occasions. Advantages of having hand planes […]

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How To Setup, Tune, Align And Maintain A Perfect Table Saw For Years

These steps apply whether you are about to use a brand new table saw for the first time or want to do some maintenance work on the one that you have been using for a few years. It’s usually a good idea to check a brand-new table saw for accuracy and a few other issues. Similarly it’s advisable to carry out similar checks and clean out the table saw that you have been using for sometime. Doing this can even prevent certain issues from coming up in the future. It’s a good idea to schedule a check up and clean […]

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What Is a CNC Woodworking Router And How To Assemble One At Home

Should you buy a CNC router? Can you build one at home? What is CNC woodworking? CNC woodworking is an automated form of woodworking, where a machine cuts, shapes and engraves wood without any human interference, after the initial setup. The full form of CNC is “computer numeric control”. Don’t fret over how complicated that sounds, it basically means a machine controlled by a computer. The most common kind of a woodworking CNC machine is a CNC router. There are other kinds as well such as CNC drills and CNC lathes. The difference is that these machines are specifically designed […]

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How To Recondition A Cordless Drill Battery

Your cordless drill can deliver good performance for many years if you use it and treat it with care. But your drill battery is likely to die out much before that, making your cordless drill virtually useless. But if you know the correct battery reconditioning methods, you can make the battery work like new for a really long time. Eventually all drill batteries lose their capacity to hold a charge and deliver optimal power. But reconditioning can revive and rejuvenate batteries that you thought were dead. What you have to do depends a lot on the chemistry of the battery. […]

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The Best Battery Type For Cordless Power Tools

There are 3 major types of batteries you will find in your woodworking cordless tool. They are Li-ion, NiCd and NiMh. Different Kinds Of Cordless Tool Batteries Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) A modern, expensive woodworking cordless tool from a reputed manufacturer is most likely to have a Li-ion battery. Li-ion is the newest battery technology and the most advanced. While they too have their shortcomings, they have many advantages over the other 2 kinds of batteries. Here are some of the important features of Li-ion batteries.  [box type=”download”] Never buy another replacement battery. Learn an easy way how you can bring back […]

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How To Make Tool Batteries Last 3x Longer

Your power tool batteries will lose power gradually. That is bound to happen. Eventually you will have to throw out the lifeless battery from your cordless woodworking tool and get a new one. But there is a LOT you can do to increase the life of the battery. You can even make it last for the life of the tool itself if you are willing to take on restoring and refurbishing the battery. But that’s another topic. Never buy another replacement battery. Learn an easy way how you can bring back any battery back to life and have it working […]

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Basics Of Sanding With Belt And Orbital Sanders

No wood working project is finished without sanding. In order to get the right finish you almost always have to sand the wood surface and then apply a coat of polish/varnish if you choose to. In this post we will look at two kinds of power sanders and how to use them. The Belt Sander This is the most aggressive kind of sander. It is rectangular in shape with a sand paper belt running over two rollers on the bottom. Even a sander can take off a lot of wood very quickly, specially the belt sander. So you need to […]

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How To Setup And Do Periodic Maintenance For Tools In Your Wood Shop

Taking time to set up the tools and doing their periodic maintenance can save you a lot of headache in the long run and ensure that things move smoothly when you need them to.  When we say tool setup, we mean following the manufacturer’s instructions on how to do it. Different tools and the same tools from different manufacturers will have different instructions.  So we cannot help much here other than to say that please read and follow these instructions carefully.  However, there are some elements that should be common knowledge. Here they are.  For starters, the blades of your […]

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Woodworking Router Basics – What you need to know before buying one

Routers are a really versatile tool in a wood shop. They are also powerful and dangerous. So read the safety instructions in this post and in the manufacturer’s manual very carefully.  Routers can do a large variety of wood working jobs. They can cut, drill, make joins and cut the wood into any conceivable shape, provided you have the right bit and you know how to use it. First lets look at the components of a router that will help you understand the machine better and also in making a better decision when buying one.  Router Components Base Kind The […]

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The Band Saw Basics – What You Need To Know Before Buying

A band saw is a much sought after machine tool if you find yourself cutting a lot of curvatures with your woodwork. It is a much needed upgrade to a jigsaw if you happen to use one. Once you use a bandsaw you will not want to go back to the ‘not so refined’ capabilities of a jigsaw.  Structure of A Band Saw A band saw has a very think blade. It varies in width amongst different models but the most common size is 1/8 in. wide. This blade is run over two wheels mounted vertically on top of each […]

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