Tips on Using Cutting Guides
Cutting a long piece of wood can be difficult unless you have a great tool to assist you. Check out these guides that can make getting the perfect cut easy.
A level can be of great help. Line it up so that the saw blade is in the right area. Clamp it into place and you'll have a good solid surface for the saw bed to ride along.
Tru-Grip Guide and Clamp
Line the tool up on the cutting surface and make sure the cutting blade is where you want it. Slide the clamp into place, lock it down and cut. This particular tool will allow you to make cuts up to 50 inches long.
Plunge-Cut Saw and Mobile Dust Extractor
This cutting guide is unique because it comes with its own saw and dust-collection system. Expensive (approximately $750 purchased together) and high-end, this unit has a number of great features:
- It slides down into the wood so you can make a plunge cut.
- It slides smoothly along its aluminum track.
- The blade can pivot, which allows you to make up to a 45-degree bevel cut right at the edge of the guide.
- It has a proprietary clamping system that holds the guide in place.
Tips on Using a Spokeshave
Spokeshaves can be used to shape chair spindles and round surfaces. Use these tips to make the most effective cuts.
Tips for Using Fasteners as Temporary Joints
Knock-down fasteners create temporary joints for furniture. They long have been used on projects ranging from store-bought bookcases to decks.
Using a Roller Stand and Outfeed Table
Follow these tips for creating a support system for long pieces of wood.
Solutions to Common Table Saw Problems
Use this expert advice to make cutting with a table saw a bit easier.
The Basics on Cutting Dados
Use this guide to learn more about cutting dados.
Learn about the different types of levels and how to use them.
Using a Reciprocating Saw
DIY experts discuss the various types of reciprocating saws and the jobs for which they are best suited.
Power Hand-Planer Basics
Handheld planers are designed to smooth the surface of wood. The manual handheld planer is good for smaller projects, but for larger ones, a power planer does the job in a lot less time.
Tips on Choosing the Right Router
Follow these tips from DIY experts and it'll be easy to choose and use a router.
When making carefully crafted parts for furniture or cutting the same design into several pieces of wood at once, the band saw is the tool of choice -- and one of the most versatile tools available.
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