Beginners Woodworking Videos

Crappy Woodworking Squares Can Ruin Your Projects / Checking Squares for Accuracy

One of the things in woodworking that I am very passionate about are squares. In my early days of woodworking, unbeknownst to me, a couple of my squares were off by square by quite a bit and were causing me no end to problems and frustrations. I cannot tell you what a frustrating time that was for me. It wasn't until I purchased a decent quality steel square that I realized that not all squares are necessarily square.

Watch it on Youtube: https://youtu.be/yrTW9QR9P94

Once I realized that my problem all along was probably my squares and not my machinery or the way I was setting it up, a whole new world opened for me.

Testing Wood Glues - Titebond Vs. Bondrite Adhesives

There are new products coming on the market at a rapid pace and trying to keep up with them can be a chore. Recently I found a new kind of glue that one of my suppliers spoke quite highly of. I haven't tried any new glues for a long time so I decided this might be a good idea to see if maybe it's time for me to switch glues. I thought the best way of seeing if the glue lived up to the recommendation or not would be to compare it with what I am using now,  What really caught my attention was the label on the bottle that said "Accepts Stain" and "Fast Setting".  

Watch it on Youtube: https://youtu.be/eNc7JftBOXE

I wasn't looking to see which glue was better than the other, but more than I already have been using Titebond Original glue for many, many years so I know what it does and it would be a good glue to use as a comparison to this new glue. I found pricing to be very similar so that was a good start ... 

Table Saw Jointer Jig / Router Jointer Jig: How to Joint Wood Without a Jointer

Jointing wood edges are probably one of the most common tasks we do in woodworking and one of the reasons that jointers are such a common tool, but there are other ways fo jointing wood. Two of the methods I still use from time to time are using the table saw with a special sled, and using my wood router. 

Watch it on Youtube: https://youtu.be/g8pVGyFu6PQ

Both of the methods shown here can give excellent results and provide perfectly straight and even joints ... 

How to Sharpen Chisels & Sharpening Plane Blades

Sharpening blade and chisel blades is not difficult, but like many things woodworking,  having some knowledge goes a long way to a successful sharpening job. A long time ago when I was trying to find someone who could teach me "sharpening" I found there were basically 2 types of people. Those who did what I call and "industrial sharpen" who sharpened their blades until they did a good job, there there were the "fanatic sharpeners" who had every blade in their shop absolutely razer sharp at all times and went to huge lengths with many different grits and polishes to get an outstanding edge. They just love sharpening.

The tutorial on building the Sharpening Jig in the video can be found HERE

Watch on Youtube: https://youtu.be/XtM9aA3Q6oo

I tried both techniques and ended up in the "industrial" group, which works perfectly for me, my blades are super sharp and work great but I don't spend huge amounts of time trying to make them even sharper.
The basis of sharpening blades, both chisel and plane, is to end up with an angle of about 25 degrees (in most cases) and an edge that is super sharp and ... easy to keep sharp and the tool works the way it should.

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