Posts by Richard Offutt

Description and Uses of a Thickness Planer and for what job is the planer used for.

Short Description: A thickness planer can be used to obtain boards of even thickness which are also completely flat on both sides. The new generation of surface planers replacethe old handheld models and are equipped with a planing platform which gives you lumber of uniform thickness using manual or electronic adjustments. A planer cuts wood into the desired thickness, while creating…

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How to Use a Bandsaw

How to Use a Bandsaw: Essential Bandsaw Tips & Tricks Family Handyman Anyone can figure out how to cut simple curves with a bandsaw. But these tips, from a seasoned bandsaw expert, help you achieve much better results, whether you’re cutting curves or turning logs into lumber. These are the tips our trusted pro swears…

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Wood Clamps

Wood is a remarkable material. It’s widely available, handsome, and immensely diverse. Many of its varieties can easily be cut, sculpted, bored, and otherwise shaped in a hundred different ways. Wood can be fastened to metal, plastic, or other pieces of wood, using nails or screws. But the most miraculous of its tricks, at least…

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Table Saws

THE DIFFERENT TABLE SAW TYPES One of the easiest ways to become acquainted with table saws is to learn their basic types. This was a lesson I wasn’t aware of when I started my research, so I had my work cut out for me. First of all, based on their portability, there are two basic…

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How to use a Block Plane

Block Planes Block planes are the workhorses of the shop. Like our Low Angle Bench Planes, these planes all have the blade bevel up. All of our Block planes have the blade bedded at 12°, with the exception of the No. 101 Violin Maker’s Plane, which is bedded at 20°. We grind a 25° bevel…

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Jigsaw

A power jigsaw Battery-powered jigsaw T-shank blades A jigsaw power tool is a jigsaw made up of an electric motor and a reciprocating saw blade. A jigsaw with a bevel function on the sole plate allows cutting angles of typically up to 45 degrees relative to the normal vertical stroke for cutting miter joints. In the past, what are now usually called scroll saws were often referred…

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