Category Archives: beginning woodworker

Preventing and Removing Rust

It’s not my intention to belabor the obvious, but woodworkers need tools.  And the tool to work properly needs to be in good condition.  Ideally, the tools should be clean, shiny and sharp (assuming it’s a cutting tool). I have … Continue reading

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Tool Review: Milwaukee 18v Lithium Cordless Drill

A while back I purchased a Milwaukee ½ inch 18 volt lithium compact cordless drill driver.  The actual purchase was back during black Friday days following Thanksgiving.  I know, I know.  It’s been a long time and why didn’t I … Continue reading

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A new Saw Blade Does Wonders for My Compound Miter Saw

I purchased a new saw blade for my compound miter saw today. I was amazed. What a difference. The saw now cuts very nicely. With the previous blade I might have thought that the saw cut by burning the wood. Now, … Continue reading

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Choosing Tools for the Beginning Woodworker

I often see and hear questions about which tools a beginning woodworker should acquire. And the numerous recommendations, although varied, all seem to have a shopping list a mile long. So, I want to also provide my shopping list. And … Continue reading

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Woodshop Safety: Personal Safety Equipment & Accessories

As a follow up to the woodworking safety guidelines posted earlier, I want to discus some personal safety items.  These are things I currently have and use as the need arises. First and foremost I take eye and vision protection … Continue reading

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Installing Ball Bearing Guides on the Band Saw

I previously mentioned that where I was at the Portland Woodworking show I made some purchases. One of these purchases was a Carter ball bearing guide kit for the bandsaw.  The kit comes with two separate guide assemblies and the … Continue reading

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Would You Consider Reconditioned Tools?

Have you ever considered buying either used or reconditioned tools?  I readily choose reconditioned products over new.  Usually they are reduced in price sufficient to represent a significant savings over new.  I can only remember one occasion when the product … Continue reading

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Portland Woodworking Show

I attended the Woodworking Show in Portland Friday. Yeah, I know it’s taken me until today to post on it.  This was my first woodworking show.  I’m a beginner, you know.  Anyhow, I was very impressed with most everything I … Continue reading

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Senior Center Woodshop

In the midst of a family visit to Salem, OR I had an occasion to visit the local senior center and noticed that they had a woodshop.  I returned today to learn more.  They have a very well equipped woodshop … Continue reading

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Table Saw Tune Up, Improving Performance and Safety

I spent a good deal of time yesterday tuning up my table saw. It was one of the better Craftsman models and even though I purchased it used, I assumed that it was in good shape and it didn’t need … Continue reading

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