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Easy-to-Make Treatment for Your Wooden Cutting Boards & Utensils

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Here is an easy recipe to keep your cutting boards and wooden utensils in tip top shape.  All you need is mineral oil and beeswax.  Mineral oil can be purchased in the pharmacy section of your store.  Beeswax, although a little harder to come by, can be purchased on the Internet or at a specialty bee keeping store if you have one in your area.  Farm and ranch stores or other specialty stores might carry beeswax as well.  The granular beeswax is best because it melts faster but solid pieces of beeswax will work.  Beeswax is generally yellow or white....

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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

Posted by David Pickard on

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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Fold Away, Bench Top and Floor Router Table Ideas

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DIY Router Tables Router tables provide a great way for woodworking enthusiasts to convert a potable router into an invaluable custom woodworking tool. You can do some awesome projects by mounting a portable router to a table and making it a stable and more permanent woodworking tool. Depending on the size of your router and the workspace you have available to you there are several options when choosing a router table. There are portable options as well as floor tables that will provide a more stationary function. Take into consideration type of projects you do and which size table will...

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