How to's — Woodworking Tips

Drilling Precisely Centered Holes in Wood

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Brad-point drill bits are the best drill bits for drilling accurately centered holes in woods. This is because it has a fine center point on the bit so it can be aligned on the exact point you want to drill your holes. V-point drill bits on the other hand commonly have a wide angle at the top of the tip (usually 118° or 135°) which makes it hard to align and stay on the center of your drill point. Also, V-point drill bits are more likely to wander while drilling. However, there is a technique in marking and drilling accurately...

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Add Beading to Any Board

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Beadboard is generally available only in certain stock sizes. The sizes fit most any application, but when you have a custom woodworking project, sometimes the stock sizes just don't fit right. What can you do when you run into this problem? The solution is pretty simple actually. This simple technique let's you turn any board into an antique looking beadboard. All you need is a 3/16 X 3/16 router bit, a point-cutting router bit, or a dado blade on your table saw, and a 3/16" dowel strip. Typical beadboard beading is 3 inches from the center of one bead to...

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Adding a Soft Closing Feature to Your Router Table Top

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DIY Inexpensive Router Lift American Woodworkers shared some plans a while back on how to make your own router lift for your router table. The plans they shared were great and the router lift worked out perfect. But early on in our use of the new lift, we realized that there is a potential hazard of having the top of the router table tip and slam down on you while you're changing the router bit, cleaning up sawdust, making adjustments, etc. Router Lift Missing One Critical Element To solve this problem, another subscriber suggested an inexpensive way to prop up...

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17 Woodworking Router Tips to Make Your Projects Easier

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There are some jobs that all of us dread because they are just plain difficult. Other jobs require a tool that you haven't invested in yet. Luckily, there are millions of other woodworking professionals and enthusiasts out there finding ways to make projects easier. At Woodshopbits, we love finding these helpful tips and sharing them with you. Today, we found these 17 router tips from American Woodworker.com. If you're like us, at least one of these tricks will have you saying, "ahhh, that's a great idea." Router Tip #1: Don't have a planer or your project uses a wide board...

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