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Heartwood: Woodworking by Rob Porcaro

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inside the woodshop 2014-12-15T04:05:01Z
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Toy tools and more for Christmas

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:02pm
Many woodworkers, knowing the joy that tools can bring, will give gifts of toy tools to young children, their own or those of relatives and friends. As Christmas approaches, here are some thoughts on the matter. First, toy tools that actually do something are much more exciting than toys that resemble a tool but are […]
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Rack for parallel-jaw clamps

Sun, 11/30/2014 - 8:59pm
(Part 4 of Clamps and clamping) Here is a rack that is easy to build and will efficiently store parallel-jaw clamps. Almost all of the racks for this type of clamp that I have seen, including commercial versions, store each clamp facing forward in an individual slot, a design that wastes space and is harder […]
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Still more simple shop tips and conveniences

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 1:50am
More quick tips to bring the total to 65 in eight posts. Placing and removing heavy boards while reaching overhead to high lumber racks is a danger we do not need. I feel a lot safer on the large platform of this very lightweight stepladder. With a platform height of 21″, it folds flat for […]
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8 more simple shop tips and conveniences

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 1:23am
Again emerging from the sawdust and shavings of my shop, here are eight more quick tips that I hope you will find helpful. Pictured above, the Big Gator drill guide is great for accurate perpendicular drilling when use of a drill press is impractical, which is surprisingly often. There are cheap tools for the same purpose […]
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Clamps and clamping, part 3

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 5:30pm
Whenever possible, I would much rather use parallel clamps than long F clamps for gluing up work. With parallel clamps, pressure can be applied more accurately and, if needed, readjusted more reliably. That also means faster, which is important when the “pressure is on” during glue up. However, little of my work is fully rectilinear […]
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Clamps and clamping, part 2

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:42am
For the other clamps in my shop, I’ve taken down one of each from the racks and have offered comments on their utility. These choices are largely matters of personal preference and very dependent upon the work being done, but hopefully readers will find some useful information and ideas. These little 2″ and 2 1/2″-deep […]
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Clamps and clamping, part 1

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 6:41pm
What task produces some of the tensest moments in woodworking? Gluing up, right? And what are the main tools we use for that task? Clamps. Yet there usually is not much discussion about them, many woodworkers skimp on them thinking they’re not real tools, and they generally just don’t get much respect. Let’s start with […]
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