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English Wheel Basics – What is it and how to use one

The English wheel is an essential metal working tool, that is associated with the craft of panel beating. More specifically, it enables the user to form compound (double curvature) curves from flat sheets of metal. The most often used material with a an English wheel is

How to use a Sheet Metal Brake

In a follow up to our recent review guide on sheet metal brakes we thought we would take a good look at how you actually use one. Despite the fact the brake can vary in size, from the small portable offerings designed for contractors, auto

A Short Drum Sander Safety Guide

Safety first should always be at the forefront of your mind when using a drum sander. These are powerful machines that can cause maximum damage in the blink of an eye should a body part end up in contact with the sanding disc. Precautions such

How to Use a Miter Gauge (A Short SU Guide)

The miter gauge is an important piece of equipment that all table saw owners should add to their system. Not only are they useful for making cross-cuts, since most table saw blades can be angled up to 45-degrees, the miter gauge will give your saw the ability to

How to Use a Core Drill

A core drill is simply a drill that is designed to cut holes into concrete and masonry in a way that removes the core of the hole as it works. We have covered the different types of core drill in detail here. The most common

A Close Look at European Hinges for Cabinet Making

We recently published an article that took a look at boring jigs and reviewed 5 of the best currently available on the market. One issue that came up from a number of readers is the question of the European hinge system. While we did recommend

Sword Play – 4 Essential Samurai Techniques

The Japanese samurai were the warrior elite in ancient Japan. Highly trained, with considerable skill the samurai were adept in battle and were masters of the sword. The Samurai were extremely disciplined with a code of conduct that was followed by all that were part

How To Cut A Tomato And The Best Knife For The Job

Like most ingredients in the kitchen, there are specific ways you can cut a tomato. In fact the way you cut or slice will have an impact on the way the flavours are released, the texture of the food and of course the aesthetic result

How to Sharpen a Chisel with a Waterstone in 5 Easy Steps

Keeping your chisels sharp is an important part of superior woodworking. Blunt tools will not give you the professional finish that all craftsman should strive for. However, sharpening your tools is often one of those tasks that it is easy to leave on the backburner.

An Introduction to the Box Joint (AKA Finger Joint)

The box joint is a go-to option that all woodworkers gravitate towards for some project or another. It is a great way of joining two pieces of wood. And while the dovetail joint is often seen as the superior choice, (classic, strong and beautiful are

Spring is Here: Tree Pruning 101

Spring is here and now many people will be turning towards their gardens and once again enjoying their outside space. As part of the season TLC you may pick up the pruning saw or even the pole saw, to start cleaning up the look of

A Beginners Guide to using a CNC Machine

A CNC machine is an excellent tool to have in your home workshop? Once you have shopped around and bought the right model to suit your needs, you will be able to cut out beautiful designs quickly and accurately. However, the research doesn’t stop at