Working with Poplar: America’s utility hardwood

Yellow poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera, or tulip tree), the tallest hardwood tree in North America, also rates as the most valuable commercial species because its intolerance to shade stifles lower branches and produces a perfect, straight trunk with clear lumber even...

Belt-driven tools: Performance Upgrade

Swap your old school V Drive belt for a Link v-belt for instant benefits One of the easiest upgrades you can perform on a belt-driven shop tool (table saw, drill press, etc.) is the removal of the OEM style V drive belt(s), and replace it with a correctly sized...

Random Orbital Sander vs Sheet Sander

Random Orbital Sander No matter what the advertising says, hand sanding has not been eliminated and when working with shapes and contours it [hand sanding] is really the only way to get the job done. But there are times when the job is big or the amount of material to...

Shop Project: Air Filtration for Dust Control

Dust — It’s everywhere! Despite our best efforts in recent years to control the dust and chips that our woodworking tools produce, we still end up breathing in more than we should. Breathing in the fine dust particles produced from sanding, routing, and sawing...

Pocket Hole Joinery with a Kreg® Jig

Pocket hole joinery isn’t new. The speed and reliability of the technique have made it a favorite in furniture manufacturing and cabinet shops for decades. But for the small shop and weekend woodworker, pocket hole joinery took a giant leap forward in 1990, when...
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