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I remember joking with other woodworkers at guild meeting about "wouldn't it be nice to have some sort of a machine or jig that can give you perfect joints without a lot of fuss, that are super strong and precisely located" then I discovered the Dowelmax and it became my only joint-making tool for all the reasons I just listed.
I made this article and video to use as a reference for those new woodworkers who to know more about this tool can do, and for those experienced woodworkers as a reminder for new things they may not have thought about.
I often talk about this jig as the tool that changed my life in woodworking, and it's the truth. Before discovering this jig, like everyone else I made mostly mortise and tenon joints ... and hated it, I could never seem to get them to fit perfectly, the reveals were frequently not different thicknesses and they are tedious to make ... especially for something nobody ever sees except the woodworker because the mortise and tenon joints are buried and glued deep into the wood.
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I had not met Paul McCuish officially until recently, but I had seen some of his cabinets at an Art Exhibit he had participated in and I was very impressed with the quality of his work, so much so that I finally got around to calling him to see if we could get together for a bit of a tour of his work and his workshop.
He asked me a few questions, then we set a time to get together and the video and pictures will pretty much tell the whole story ...
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I started off at the Worlds Largest Burl, which turns out was a crime scene. Yes, apparently 2 culprits (caught on video) decided to try and burn down the burl which was housed in a type of wooden gazebo. I understand both have been apprehended and charged and are due in court some time in the next few months. Sadly, I have very little faith they will have much of a sentence, and I probably won’t even hear about it ...
Now the community is wrestling with what to do about their famous burl. I understand they have discovered and even LARGER burl and are now weighing the costs and efforts to have it move onsite. We will wait to see how this develops ...
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Some woodworking projects turn up unexpected results ... this is one of those builds. I absolutely loved making this project, the Boot Locker or mini trunk. It was fun to make and what I really liked was there were SO MANY different things I could do in making this, I am going to make more ...
And that was my biggest problem, what kind of joinery should I use, what kind of top, what woods could I use, how do I want to color the wood and what finish? ... so many questions and ideas ...
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I have heard SO MANY people and even knowledgeable and experienced woodworkers who say, "I am afraid to use a router, they scare me". And there are so many things that routers can do, it's a sad that so many people cannot benefit from using them, so this video is meant to help some who fear using routers and show some of the many benefits that can be gained by overcoming that fear ...
And where better to start, that with what routers are available and some of the bits that can be used ...
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Understanding all the different ways of making cabinet doors is a great way of knowing more about woodworking and understanding which doors might be more suitable for different situations.
Before you begin making the door frames, it's wise to have some kind of an idea what you will want to put as panel in the middle of the door, or, will it be a Slab door ???
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