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Feb 20, 2018

The 16 Tools I Use Most Often in My Workshop

Miter Saw

Does the tool make the man, or does the man make the tool?  Like most things in life, the answer is somewhere in the middle.  You need to know how to properly operate and care for your tools, but the right tool/jig can make or break your project. 

Of course, I'm just an active hobbyist, and my tools reflect that, BUT every single one has a time and place to be used, and we've formed a deep bond over the years. Some are used a lot more frequently than others, and so here is a list of most used tools that I have in my shop...which my wife lovingly refers to as “just the garage."

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Feb 07, 2018

This Is Definitely the Coolest DIY "Lathe" You'll See This Week

In his continued bid to take over much of the world's media channels, Anthony Bourdain has partnered with the producers of Balvenie Scotch Whisky on an online program that is truly exceptional. In the process of producing the first batch of episodes, he met with some of the most extraordinary craftspeople in the United States (and ended up walking away with some Bob Kramer knives that certainly left our mouths agape.)

If you want to watch between 7 and 16 minutes of well-produced, craft-heavy, and inspirational material, this series is for you. And lucky us, a new batch of videos just dropped in the last month or so. So if you've already caught up with the initial episodes, there's more to watch. 

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Oct 16, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: You Need A Router, But Where Should You Start?

Palm RouterAside from the table saw, one of the most useful tools in my shop is the router. This large, loud, powerful tool can be intimidating to work with, but once you know the basics I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s a tool worth learning to use.   

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Sep 09, 2015

How to: Flatten and Thickness Large Slabs of Wood with a DIY Router Bridge Planer

Router SledNeed to make something flat and smooth? This Bridge Planer will get smooth, even results on pieces too wide to fit through your normal planer.  

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Feb 05, 2015

Skill Builder: How to Make Raised Panel Cabinet Doors, Part II – The Anatomy of a Cabinet Door

Raised Panel LogoOnce we put together the pieces for our raised panel set-up, of course it's time to take a look at what parts make the pieces of a door.  

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May 31, 2012

How To: Make a Book Cover Disguise for Your Wireless Router

created at: 05/30/2012

Now this is a brilliant, but incredibly simple, DIY idea. Chances are most of us have a wireless router. And if you do, you probably know already that it's the ugliest gadget in your home (seriously, why can't the folks who invented the Nest thermostat redesign the router?!). Some of us can tuck our routers away, but others need to keep theirs out in the open.

Well fear not, because with a little (and I mean minimal) amount of handiwork you can transform an old hardcover book into a disguise for your wireless router!  

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