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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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Table Saw and Router / Shaper Table Machine Setup Made Simple

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Over the years, I’ve tried many different ways to set up a machine correctly. The available tools to do so and techniques that accompany them are quite dizzying. I break it down into two levels; machine calibration and machine setup. Calibration is usually an hour+ process involving calipers, machinist squares, and a bit of harsh language. Thankfully I only put myself through that once every few months. Machine setup on the other hand is something we do pretty much every … click to read more

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Improving the Human Power Feeder

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There are many important factors on getting a nice, clean cut at the router table or shaper. Cutter design, flute direction, spindle horsepower, size and depth of cut, workpiece control (featherboards and hold downs), grain direction, and machine calibration just to name a few. I was reminded of another factor the other day when I was milling parts for cabinet doors on the shaper. I noticed the edge along the panel groove of my stile was getting some tear out. … click to read more

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Wide Range of High Quality Tooling

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It’s time to build some new high quality cabinets for the shop. 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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Framing an Add-On Room, Finishing Kitchen Cabinets

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Framing Carpentry For well over a couple of weeks (and usually only for half a day as I do not last long in the Texas heat) I have been doing an add-on room.  I love framing carpentry, as it really does go from the ground up.  It also does not take long to show a great deal of progress. The homeowner expressed his amazement at how fast the walls were up (I surprised myself too!).  One reason was because the … 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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New Tool, New Projects

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New tools and projects go hand in hand. A new project unleashes a dream into the world. It is what a honeymoon is to the wedding ceremony, what putting up a tent is to a camping trip; it is cutting wood after drawing a plan.This month saw the start of a new stairway for the loft in our house. After reviewing many space saving stairway plans on the internet (a.k.a. Pinterest) I decided on purchasing a stair kit (Arke Karina). The stairs are in place and I am adding handrails now. click to read more

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