Category Archives: General Tips for Woodworkers

Using A CNC Router and Engraver Laser To Make A Step Stool

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I needed to create a simple step stool for my grandmother so she could reach the top kitchen cabinets. As my family ages we grow shorter so we have many stools in our homes. I thought I’d take this stool to the next level by adding some personal touches.  The first step was taking two 2×6 boards and gluing them together.  After taking them out of the clamps, I placed it on the CNC and routed out the letters to … click to read more

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Easily Cut A Wooden Sign with Your CNC

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Wooden signs are all the rage currently, so we decided we needed to design and create some signs that signified home was where the heart was. First, we wanted to come up with the outline of each state. Since we live in Arkansas, we started with that. Finding a vector file of your home state should be very easy with a simple google search. Wikipedia is usually a really good place to start. Choosing a bit is an important decision. … click to read more

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Inside the mind of a CNC artist

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Inside the mind of a CNC artist! In conversation with Pierre-Luc Arsenu Albert Einstein said, “Creativity is contagious, pass it on” and in the case of Pierre-Luc Arsenu, we have enjoyed sharing his creativity with the Toolstoday community. In this blog, we are in conversation with Pierre-Luc to get inside the mind of a CNC artist. Concepts start in the thought process and we asked Pierre-Luc how his creative thoughts begin. He told us “The thought is very natural and … click to read more

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Opendesk’s Tools of the Trade

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Furniture platform Opendesk runs through seven essential router bits that are used to manufacture their furniture around the world. click to read more

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Router Table vs Shaper

One of the big frustrations with folks who initially get into woodworking is, “what machines do I start with?” Slider vs traditional table saw? Combo machines vs. standalone? Router table vs shaper? With such large purchases, the stakes of getting the correct machine that fits their needs are high. The debate between shaper vs. router table is a common one (and one that will rage on long after this is written). But it certainly helps to make a better decision … click to read more

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Preparation and Planning

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This past couple of weeks I worked on a porch gates and fence renovation for a friend.  He has goats that can get on his porch which wraps around the entire house.  The porch does have posts and rails but the stiles between the posts are far enough apart that the goats still go through the space between.  There are also openings that did not have any gates. The solutions: put up some more stiles and build some gates.  My … click to read more

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A Most Ancient of Modern Crafts

I read about a team from China finding what may be Noah’s Ark, which is another way of saying, “box”.  Probably it was a large rectangular box, very much like a two by four with a hollow center!  That is a very large two by four. Initial carbon dating puts the wood found at the site around 4800 years ago.  For a point of discussion, let’s accept that this discovery is a fact. This means woodworking has been around for … click to read more

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Hitting the Nail on the Head!

It’s a little embarrassing, but back when I was a young pup at the carpentry, I was once told to nail the back panel of a kitchen cupboard in place. The nail was 3mm long and the wood was 10mm thick, yet I still managed to nail the 3mm nail clean through the wood. I not only put a hole right in the middle of the back panel, but I destroyed the smooth paintwork! We had to fix, strip and … click to read more

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Use Forstner Bits, Combinations Blades and Other Tools to Organize Your Shop

As a woodworker, we often amass large amounts of tools – both big and small. While I have seen some very well organized shops, I admit that I am not the most organized person. I try to keep my router bits, saw blades and hand tools in their set places, but there have been numerous times that I had to spend more time that I’d like to admit searching for specific router bits and other tools when I needed them. … click to read more

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How Does One Know What to Buy When Opening Up a Shop?

So the dream has come true. Since you have been 15, you always dreamed of opening your own woodworking shop in your home. Now, you can move the 2 cars out of the garage to set up a shop to create those beautiful pieces you have been planning in your head for years. You have a good job which pays well and the kids are old enough that your spouse does not need you in the house helping as much. … click to read more

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