Woodworking Tools Videos

How to Use the Wood Router Inlay Set - Freud Tools Inlay Set

Inlaying wood is a great way of adding a special detail to a wood project. In the past, and to a certain extent even today, inlay work is done by hand by cutting shapes and strips of wood along with the pockets they will be fit into and eventually glued into, but there are are other ways of allowing machinery to help us with some of these tasks.

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Of course, one way of making inlays is through CNC cutters or even through laser etching, but for this episode, we are using the good old wood router that has been around for decades and never seems to run out of things it can do ... 

Reversible Finger Joint Router Bit - Coarse Tooth Finger Joints

A short time ago set up a finger joint bit on my wood router table to see how it worked, having never used it before. A number of people asked how it compared to other, less expensive finger joint bits, to which I had no experience, so I ordered one from Gearbest.com  and here are the results of that setup and testing.

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This bit is quite a bit bigger and heavier than the last bit I tested and has much coarser teeth. In the world of finger joint bits, there are a variety of sizes and one size is not better than another, but different sizes would be selected for different kinds of work that need to be done. This coarser tooth would obliviously be used for larger pieces of wood in joint them together.

Wood Router Bushings and Router Bit Speed Settings

There are many things that wood routers can do and even more when you start adding the many accessories to them and one of these is something called router "bushing". In quick simple terms, what these bushings do is attach to the base of the router and allow the router bit to protrude through them which in turn makes them useful as a templating tool.

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The templates are the real secret to using router bushings ...

A Guide to Japanese Pull Saws

Understanding Japanese Pull Saws seems to be a bit mystery, but it really isn't. The first thing to keep in mind is that wood is always wood. You Rip wood along the grain or you Crosscut it across the grain and with that basic knowledge, that is how ALL woodworking saws work, including Japanese Pull Saws. 

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There is a wide selection of saws available, but the one I currently like are the Suizan brand, Japanese Pull Saws, actually made in Japan. I like these saw because they have a nice variety of saws and because most of the saws can be retrofitted with replacement blades.