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Continuoushinges

Learn how to install piano hinges.

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Blades

If you have a skill saw, table saw, power miter saw or a radial arm saw in your workshop, the day will come when you will need to replace the blade.  It’s a lot like the tires on your car – you don’t give them much thought as long as they function.  But over time, performance degrades and eventually you just have to replace them.

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Glue1

Do you ever get confused about what type of glue to use?   Many glues claim to stick anything and everything together.  It can be hard to say which is best for a specific job.  Here are some of the more common glues and their uses.

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Glue

Choosing glues can be confusing.   If you are trying to sort what type of glue to use for a specific application, these here are some typical glues used in woodworking and around the home.

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Edge

When you look at the furniture nearby, those decorative edges were probably created by a router.  You can make furniture, doors, boxes and other projects without a router, but they’re hard to beat when you want to add detail and take your project to the next level. 

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Superglue

Super glue really does deserve its name – a 1-square-inch bond can hold more than a ton.  It looks like water, so what makes it so powerful?

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Hangups

It can be a bit tricky to fasten pictures and shelves to your walls, particularly if the item you are hanging is heavy or needs to hold a heavy load.   Drywall has limited strength and the studs in the wall just never seem to line up with the spot you want to hang something on.  Fortunately there are a number of clever and useful hangers that can solve most any hanging problem.  The option you choose will depend on the type of hanging and the weight involved.

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Chooseweapon

Not all brushes are created equal.  You can find cheap, throw-away brushes for less than a dollar or spend over $20 for a high quality brush.  The size and shape of the brush will be dictated by your project.

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Superduper

Ever wonder about difference between super glue, crazy glue, instant glue and CA glue?  Actually, they’re just different names for the same product.  The technical name is “cyanoacrylate”.  CA glue really is “super” – a one square inch bonding of cyanoacrylate can hold about a ton.

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Bits

Most of us don’t give a lot of thought to drilling, but all holes are not created equal.  There is a big difference between punching a hole in a 2×4 and boring a precise hole for furniture joinery or a hinge.  It’s easy to get a hole that is out of round or has splintered edges.  To drill a satisfactory hole, you need the right type of drill bit.

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