Maintaining A Block Plane

By Robert Robillard

How to Maintain A Block Plane I recently reviewed a low angle block plane for Stanley Tools. The addition of this new plane to my shop motivated me to take stock in my other shop hand planes and to sharpen the blades. Let’s face it, a dull hand plane is a useless hunk of metal…

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Cleanstream HEPA Filter

By Robert Robillard

Cleanstream HEPA Filter For Workshop Vacuum  I recently decided to make a serious effort to improve the dust collection in my shop. My approach was to focus on improving how I create dust as well as capture it in my workshop. One tactic was to purchase a Cleanstream Hepa Filter for my Rigid Shop vacuum.…

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Tip for installing Door Casing

By Robert Robillard

Installing Door and Window Trim One common problem when trimming a window or door is the jamb of the door or window does not come out flush with the interior wall. This causes the trim to rock.  Below is a simple tip for installing door casing. In many of these cases it is necessary to…

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Circular Saw Straight Rip Guide

By Robert Robillard

Ripping With A Circular Saw A circular saw straight rip guide is useful for cutting long sheets of plywood when there is no table saw available or when cross cutting. The best way to do this is with a track saw [Read Track Saw Comparisons] but if your starting out you may not be able to…

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Wood For Woodworking

By Robert Robillard

The following guest post was written by Marcy Tate.   Marcy is a home improvement blogger at fixyourhome.wordpress.comblog and has been working with carpenters for over a decade. The Different Types of Wood for Woodworking Before beginning woodworking projects, the first step is to pick the right wood for the craft. Start by researching the different…

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Hand Saw Maintenance

By Robert Robillard

Hand Saw Tip – Hand Saw Maintenance There is more to hand saw maintenance than sharpening the teeth.   Keep Hand Saw Rust Free Storing your handsaw in a case or sleeve and keeping it  moisture free is important to keeping the blade sharp and from staining the wood your cutting.   Adding silica gel packets…

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Tips For Using A Drill Press

By Robert Robillard

Using A Drill Press Tips for using a drill press include matching the speed of the drill to the bit being used and matching the drill bit to the material being drilled. Drill press speed depend on lots of things: the type of material being drilled and its hardness the hole size the type hardness…

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Wood Working Pipe Clamp Sizes

By Robert Robillard

Getting More Out Of Your Woodworking Pipe Clamps: In my world of finish carpentry and remodeling pipe clamps are a necessity when building bookcases, mantles and built-ions.  Pipe clamps (sometimes called bar clamps) work by attaching  clamping mechanisms onto a standard size gas pipe.   Wood working pipe clamp sizes  come in  3/4″ pipe and also…

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