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Mineraloil

All finishes made after 1972 are food-safe when cured properly. This process can take several weeks after a film has formed. We recommend adding a couple days beyond the products label’s recommendation to allow for temperature and humidity variations. A good rule of thumb is 30 days.

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Drawerslide

The drawer slide weight rating is an important factor in selecting the right slide for many years of use. 

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Caliper2

All calipers – digital/electronic caliper, dial caliper and Vernier caliper – can take the same measurements: inside, outside, depth and step. Read this article to learn more.

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834987routerbits

So you bought a router, now what do you do?  Before you can get started, you need to purchase some router bits. Depending on the type of project you want to complete, you may need just one or a variety of different bits. 

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Swingstands

Setting our six-foot oak swing down off the hooks for winter is always a challenge.  We used to use empty five-gallon buckets and wood pieces to make a temporary stand, but this year I decided to make a more permanent and solid solution.

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141104dustmask

As mom always says, “We're here to have fun, not to get hurt.”  Nowhere is that more important than when you step into the workshop.  Protecting yourself from common issues is the first step to a safe shop.

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Pumpkintools

I needed a better way to carve a Halloween pumpkin than just using a kitchen knife. The solution was to make two cutters using a jigsaw blade and a scrollsaw blade.  The jigsaw blade would be my rough cutter and the scrollsaw blade my detail cutter.

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412330reindeer

You’re thinking about doing a project for Christmas, but how do you decide what to do? Something your spouse wants? Something that would enhance your current lawn decorations? Maybe something that would be a nice addition to inside décor? Maybe a yard sign?

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Turkey1

To make a Thanksgiving Turkey from reclaimed wood, I started with a picture of a turkey display that I saw in a store and drew a 24" wide x 24" high pattern. Then I used transfer paper to copy the pattern onto a 1/4"-thin piece of plywood to make a backer board. 

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Koch

Koch Sharpener Wheel Application

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