General Woodworking

Guide to Choosing a Concealed Hinge

What is a Concealed Hinge?
Concealed Hinges are hinges that are hidden from view and
allow you to see only the surface of the door. They are
sometimes called "European-style" hinges and offer a
clean design look.

Why choose a concealed hinge?
Concealed hinges offer easier door adjustment to
compensate for slight imperfections in cabinet construction.
Another benefit is the ability to take a door on or off without removing the hardware.

What does Rockler carry?
Rockler carries hinges by Julius Blum, Inc.

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Cross Cutting Bowed and Twisted Boards


 Not only do I hate cutting bowed boards on my sliding compound or my radial arm saw, it is inherently DANGEROUS. Many woodworkers have been severly injured by not paying attention and having saws recoil or kickback. One of the reasons for this is that the teeth angle on some cut off blades is at a more acute angle, such as

 The first issue to look at is the type of blade you are using. If it is not a 60 to 80 tooth blade, preferably with anti kick back teeth, you may want to start considering exactly what you need in a cross cut blade. Note: normally you can only get anti kick back teeth in a 60 tooth version, with 80 teeth there simly isn't the room to include anti kick back teeth. 

A cross cut blade for a table saw if FAR DIFFERENT than it is for a sliding mitre or radial arm saw. One of the biggest differences is the hook angle on the teeth. On a table saw a hook angle of 10 - 18 degrees is fine because the blade is cutting the wood against the firmness of the tables saw's table. On a radial arm or sliding mitre it is quite a different story.

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Jointer Versus Planer: Which One Do You Need to Start With?

I don't know how many times I get asked the question, what should I purchase a jointer or a planer.  The quick answer to this is both, but for those who want to know why, or what alternatives there might be, read on.

Depending on where you obtain your wood, it can be anything from rough to finely milled and ready to use. In many cases wood is purchased "rough cut" and needs to be finely milled. The reason for this is that whoever milled the wood, has no idea what you are going to make with it, so they cut the wood on the large size you you can re-size it to fit your project and as well as to cut around, or include any "features" of the wood like figure, knots etc. 

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Woodworking Is Newest Home Improvement Trend Among Women

MINNEAPOLIS, -- We all know home improvement is a hot trend. But did you know that when it comes to home improvement, a growing number of women are tackling woodworking by building custom cabinets, book shelves and tables?

Marketing research among women woodworkers by Rockler Woodworking and Hardware reveals that one of the fastest growing trends in home improvement is women working with wood ... well it was in the 90s, but, sadly,  not enough for them to retain the women in woodworking website.

"There are more than four million American women woodworkers," said LiLi Rockler Jackson, Rockler Woodworking and Hardware spokesperson and a woodworker herself. "It's a growing trend as more and more single women are buying homes. They want to create something for their own homes with their own hands."

According to the research, 66 percent of those interviewed state they love woodworking because of the sense of satisfaction it provides. Nearly one third (31 percent) undertake the pastime to create furniture; 19 percent build storage items such as custom cabinets or shelving; and 17 percent complete home improvement projects such as adding custom crown molding to a room.

Well known do-it-yourselfer and cable television host JoAnne Liebeler believes the sense of accomplishment experienced by women woodworkers is much of what's fueling this phenomenon. "Women are realizing they can use power tools and build something amazing," she said. "They see me handling a circular saw and they think, 'if she can do it, I can do it.' The fear factor has been replaced with a sense of empowerment."

Rockler's research supports Liebeler. Nearly 24 percent of those interviewed said they first started woodworking as a way to improve their homes yet found that they enjoyed working with power tools. In fact, while one-third (35 percent) of those interviewed are relatively new to woodworking, nearly three-quarters (71 percent) own their own power tools and know how to use them.

"There's such a rush of adrenaline when working with power tools," said Jackson. "Women are experiencing that rush along with a major sense of accomplishment and pride in what they can create."

Source: Rockler Woodworking and Hardware