Tool Review Videos

How to Sharpen a Hand Plane & Chisel Sharpening w/ the Mpower Fasttrack MK2

One of the things that I like about heading into a new year is it makes me think about the things I am doing and evaluate what I am doing and if I should be making any changes. For those of you who are following my YouTube Channel, you may recall a few weeks ago I was working with a "plane shooting board" and I made the statement that my plane was not a sharp as it could be ... but it mostly worked ...

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I could have stopped everything and got all my sharpening equipment out and sharpened the plane blade, but honestly ... the process that I have is a bit tedious, and when you are in the middle of a job and you want to get it done ... stopping to set up a whole sharpening system for one blade really takes away the workflow from the job at hand.

CNC Woodworking & Laser Engraving Machines in the Workshop

I have had a number of people asking me about CNC and Laser machines and their use in woodworking. I generally have answered these email individually and they are often long and probably as tedious to read as they are to write, so in this episode, with the help of my long-time friend Paul, we are going to provide an overview of both of these machines to give everyone a better idea what they can do and how they work.

You should also know that both these machines are Paul's and that he currently has many videos on his channel you can watch, including some Beginner videos on the use and set up of both these machines, his YouTube Channel is MakeTech Create

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To get this video rolling, I am going to start off with the CNC Machine ...

Avoid Wet Wood Disasters - Wagner Pin less Moisture Meters

One of the downsides of working with wood is that it has the ability to absorb and release moisture, which means the wood can expand and contract. This can, and does, create major problems with some woodworking projects ... but there are ways to help reduce some of the challenges. The first thing we need to do is work with wood where we know what the moisture content of the wood is to begin with.

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For many woodworking projects, a general rule of thumb is to only use wood with a moisture content around 9 %. This can vary depending on climatic conditions, but it's at least a good starting point. It is not unusual for freshly cut trees to have a moisture content in excess of 35%, so there is a LOT of water in the trees that need to be evaporated out, which in turn makes the wood we work with much more stable. It will still absorb and release moisture, but by the time it gets down to 9% these changes should be much more subtle.

Easy Knife Sharpening and Matching Easy Knife Block

Many woodworkers already know how to sharpen knives, but in many cases, those around us, family members, friends, co-workers are often challenged by knife sharpening, but now, finally ... there is a way we can all have sharp knives. And wouldn't it be nice to have the knife sharpener right beside the knives at all times? An easy build for home or for a gift idea, everyone can use a small footprint knife block.

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I recall as a woodworker being disappointed with the quality of my chisel and plane blade sharpening. Even after I would sharpen them they still didn't work properly. One day I confided in an older, experienced woodworker who told me I was doing everything correctly, except I was not removing the "Burr" ...