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New on Our Blog: Setting Up Factory Blade Guard Systems (Editor's Note: Join us every day for new posts from the web's best woodworkers. You can check out our past content on our new blog page.) When set up properly, factory blade guards are easy to use and offer another level of protection for the operator. Frustration with factory table saw blade guards is uncomfortably common today. Unfortunately, new woodworkers hear or read misleading remarks labeling factory blade guards as "dangerous" or "worthless" and some within another generation of woodworkers take potentially debilitating chances in a hobby meant to be fun. Making sure that the splitter/riving knife itself is flat is important. Naturally, the truth about factory blade guard / splitter assemblies lies somewhere closer to the middle of the road. Splitter/Riving Knife Setup The splitter/riving knife must be centered on the blade, not "cheated" to one side or the other. First, be sure that the splitter/riving knife is flat.

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Projects The following is excerpted from a new book, Furniture Fundamentals: Tables, in which you’ll find collected many of the best table projects published in Popular Woodworking. You’ll find the full step-by-step instructions for this Glen D. Huey piece in the book, but the measured drawings below are an excellent place to begin. I’ve built... The following is excerpted from a new book, “Furniture Fundamentals: Chairs & Benches,” in which you’ll find collected many of the best seating projects published in Popular Woodworking.

Making Wood Quilt Blocks - by WoodMosaics First of all you have to determine what shape you will need that you can make accurately and repeatedly. This is where my jigs come in. I was to poor to buy several miter gauges so I made mine out of angle iron and bar stock. I made them set close to a certain angle, adjustable just a little. This first picture shows the back side of one of my jigs on the saw. manmadediy I spend quite a bit of time setting up for projects on the tools. It’s amazing how much time it takes to make a few simple yet complex cuts. For the type of cuts that happen often, it makes sense to make a few go-to jigs to help with those annoying set-ups. One of my favorite places to find jigs and other ideas is homemadetools.net. This massive encyclopedia is a great place to browse for ideas or search for specific items that you may find a need for.

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Jeff Branch Woodworking Many woodworkers attempt to understand the powerful 3D modeling software called SketchUp. And many woodworkers get extremely frustrated with SketchUp because it’s capabilities are so vast, it is hard to learn on your own. I know because I was one of those woodworkers. Over the last few years, I’ve been determined to learn SketchUp and I have learned a lot, but not all of what I learned has been helpful. Some of the techniques I taught myself are more like bad habits. Until recently, I never had any real training with the software; all of what I had learned was on my own. Maker Bench: an open source, CNC workbench for everyone Sometimes, it makes sense not to rush an idea. We’ve found that’s especially true when you need other people’s help to make it happen. Earlier this year, we had an idea, and we thought it was a pretty good one... but we weren’t sure. (That ever happen to you?)

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