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Learn how to use woodworking tools to get better results on your diy projects.

  1. How to Use a Block Plane

    Nothing beats a handy little block plane for simplicity and convenience. It's versatile enough to perform all kinds of cutting and shaping tasks, yet small enough to fit in a tool pouch. And it's perfectly shaped to use with one hand. In this article, you'll learn how to use a block plane and find tips for sharpening and buying them.

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  1. Table Saw Tips and Techniques

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    Get better performance from your bench top or stationary table saw. With these jigs and accessories you can make safer, more accurate rips, crosscuts, dados, rabbets cuts and more.

  2. How to Sharpen a Chisel

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    You can't do a good job with blunt chisels. Learn how to quickly sharpen even damaged chisels so they cut like new.

  3. How to Use a Wood Chisel

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    A sharp wood chisel can cut mortises, shave rough surfaces, chop out corners and scrape off glue. We'll demonstrate these techniques and show you how to sharpen your chisel. The wood chisel is an indispensable member of your tool set. We'll show you how to get the most out of it.

  4. Table Saw Tips and Tricks

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    We'll show you handy tips and techniques for using your table saw. Use these accessories to help you make clean, straight and safe cuts on your next woodworking project. You'll be able to cut extra long, extra wide and extra thick wood without any problems.

  5. How to Use a Power Planer

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    This article shows you how to get the most out of your power planer. Use it for leveling joists, making stubborn doors close easily and for building projects in your workshop. We'll demonstrate time-tested tips and techniques for using this important tool.

  6. Our Favorite Woodworkers Tools

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    Three professional woodworkers talk about their favorite woodworking tools—a grinder, a sharpener, calipers and a hand plane.

  7. Building a Drum Sander Table

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    Improvise a low-cost drum sander using your drill press and a custom sanding table with dust collection. Build it in an hour from scrap wood.

  8. How to Use a Jigsaw

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    A jigsaw is the grand master of cutting shapes in a variety of materials. All you need is the right blade. We'll show you how to use this versatile power tool for cutting intricate shapes and for making compound and bevel cuts in boards and other materials.

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