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CNC Signage Has Come a Long Way We're in the middle of our CNC Video Series, created in partnership with Axiom Tool Group, and we're posting the third video on making a sign using CNC design and equipment. Before you sarcastically say, "oh boy!" I need to stop you. These aren't boring signs, and we're only scratching the surface of what's possible for these machines.

Zigg Condo 1 Over the past few months, I've had the opporunity to work on two brand new units at the Zigg Condo on Avenue Road west of Saint Clair in midtown Toronto. Both units had their own set of challenges but the one thing they had in common was the same challenge faced by most condo owners, namely, storage and functionality.

Mortises are done……. They almost didn't get done. I had to make two pit stops before heading for the barn. The first one was shaws and it was in and out. Stop #…

Workshop Tips: Folding Table Base Want a mobile table base that provides a huge work area, holds a ton and folds up to only 7 in. thick? You can get everything you need to make the one shown here at the local home center for about $65. Build it to any size. Just make sure the folding support arms and panels fit inside the end frames, so the assembled table folds up completely.

Some busy days at the project we call life To my regret this blog isn't updated as much as I would like. The reason? There are too many things to do and to few hours in a day… Another factor was that I had no computer or tablet to work with. Reading and browsing work fine on an old Iphone 4, but writing blogs and answering e-mails is quite frustrating.

Swinging Outfeed Table - The Practical Workshop My table saw at home is a classic contractor saw. During any rip, the pieces run off the end of the table and drop on the motor. This is not exactly safe, nor good for the components for my projects. I needed a short outfeed table for most of my work, but on the long rips or bigger panels, I needed a table with more space.

PROJECT: Router Table Organizer Turn empty space under your router table’s top intouseful storage with this easy-to-build shop project. Woodworking plan with video, pictures and drawings.

Replacing My Table Saw Tape - Fastcap Peel & Stick Tape I am putting the finishing touches on setting up the Powermatic 66 in my home shop and decided a fresh tape would be a welcome inexpensive upgrade. To be honest, I've not had experience working in a shop where I trusted the readout on a table saw tape.

Toed the line……. I did deviate from the plan tonight but it was only for ten minutes. And I had planned on doing it too. Ten minutes spent on the #78 and 55…

Making a small personal drum Today Jean and I went to a drum making workshop, taught by Mi'kmaq elder Carolyn Landry in Kentville NS We each made our own personal drum. This is how the day went We were wondering how we would be able to pull this off in our given 1 and 1/2 hour workshop.

Trent Davis: Woodworking and More "Just seeing their version made me go, 'Yeah, I gotta do it,'" Trent said. So it's more of, I wouldn't say a musical instrument, as much as it is a sound machine.

Bora - PM-4500 - Speedhorse - sawhorse - Woodworker's Journal Deploying up to 30 times faster than other folding sawhorses, Speedhorse's legs open up for use by pulling a single release lever.

Leigh - VRS1200 - Dovetail Jig - Porter Cable - Woodworker's Journal No modifications to the dovetail jig are required. Leigh's new VRS1200 Vacuum and Router Support Kit is covered by a 5-year warranty and is priced at $79.

Battery Charger - Repairs - Cordless Drill - RYOBI - Woodworker's Journal Can my original charger be repaired? I suspect the problem is in the box that plugs into the wall outlet. - Bill Sanders. Tim Inman: This is definitely a question to raise with the technical service folks at RYOBI! My experience with repairing this sort of tool is not good.

Matching Oak Nightstands - Woodworking - Blog - Videos - Plans - How To This reader's grandson was looking for a set of matching nightstands, and a bunch of recycled oak was just what he needed.

Linseed Oil Sealer Coat: Wipe off the excess and let it dry completely. A newly-installed oak floor finished with oil-based polyurethane wouldn’t dry. Bob Flexner explains why, and how to avoid this finishing conundrum.

One more set chopped…. I got the stuff I ordered from Bill Rittner and Droz today. The postman stuffed them into my mailbox. Bill's came from Ct…

Most Innovative Meetings 2018: #7 International Woodworking Fair Photo: Courtesy of International Woodworking Fair. Attendees from all 50 states and 98 countries took part in product showcases and demonstrations and more than 70 educational sessions covered topics including manufacturing techniques, business development, and production strategies.

Create Woodworking Artwork with a Jigsaw Because woodworking is a specialized profession or hobby that requires tools, in this article we will give a quick "how-to" on using a jigsaw to make artistic and do-it-yourself projects using the best jigsaw. The jigsaw is considered one of the most precise and flexible cutting tools on the market.

The 5 Biggest Woodworking Mistakes Here are few common mistakes when entering the complicated-yet-rewarding world of woodworking, and how best to avoid them. Some people keep one blade on their circular saw, and they use it for everything. This is either the 18-tooth or 24-tooth combination blade that the saw came with.

Christmas Presents #1 - Heart Candle Holder I always appreciate getting hand-made gifts, so for Christmas I decided to make personalised gifts out of wood for various people. This is the first of the five projects I worked on for Christmas 2018 and I am very happy with the results.

Students learning woodworking skills at Springfield High School The classes teach high schoolers skills that will benefit them for life, even if they don't end up working in the carpentry field. In the class, students choose from a wide variety of projects. building nightstands, tables, stools, dressers and even guitars.

A POPLAR idea for Secret Santa - personalised name labels At work every Christmas they organise a Secret Santa involving making things to encourage everyone to bring out their creative side and to not require a huge expense from people at a very expensive time of year.

A rapid-leaf made Boot jack/remover My parents are both retired and spend quite a lot of time outside in the garden and going for walks around the rural area where they live. As a result they are quite often out in wellies, which if you've ever tried to remove when they're caked in mud and you're exhausted is never fun!

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