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Dust Collection Basics
What you need to know to get started
by Lorenz Prem on 02-18-2010 10:58 pm

Dust collection is often the last thing abeginner thinks about. We all seem to start in the garage with atable saw and nothing much else. Eventually fine wood dust coverseverything. The proper dust collection system comes much later. Idon't think this will ever change; even given the health problemscaused by dust. This is the way things are.

I hope to at least get people thinking about proper dustcollection. Here is the order I recommend new woodworkers on abudget buy their dust collection equipment.

1) Begin with

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What's the best Wood Glue?
by Lorenz Prem on 02-13-2010 7:27 pm

Wood glue comes in many forms. Each manufacturerclaims that their stuff really gets the job done. So, what is thebest glue out there. The answer turns out to be relativelysimple.

PVA Glue Type I

This glue is as good as it gets (Tilebond III). It's waterproofand it's stronger than anything else. Don't get fooled by the spaceage ingredients on designer glues. For woodworking there is nothingbetter.

The only limitation this glue has is its short open time. Youonly have about 5 minutes to get you

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Google SketchUp for Prototyping
by Lorenz Prem on 01-30-2010 10:53 pm

Project planning has moved from pen and paperinto the digital world. Today the fastest and most powerful way tocreate models and plans is your computer.

Google SketchUp is a free design program you should take a lookat. It might just take your shop to the next level.

What is it

Google SketchUp is a powerful tool in any woodworker's toolbox.Before any sawdust hits the shop floor, SketchUp helps youvisualize your future creation. Most pieces of furniture can berecreated in half an hour in the virtua

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Removing Rust from a Cast Iron Table Top
by Lorenz Prem on 01-26-2010 7:08 pm

All cast iron, if left unprotected, eventuallydevelops rust. Tools bough from private parties are often coveredwith it. What are the options to get rid of rust?

1) Use a rust remover

Resist the urge to go after the rust with sand paper. We did notget that far yet. Start with using a rust remover.

I have found that Beoshield Rust Free gets the job done. Itworks slightly better than CLR. So far Beoshield has worked on allof the rust spots I have tried it on.

Apply the remove

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How to prevent rust on a Table Top
by Lorenz Prem on 01-26-2010 7:05 pm

All cast iron surfaces need to be covered with aprotective coating. Otherwise they develop rust when exposed to airand water.

Simply applying any product to your machine's top won't do. Theproduct cannot be tacky. That would keep the stock fromsliding.

Some products have a negative effect on any wood they come incontact with. Oils, for example, will soak into the pores of woodand prevent any finish from taking hold. The result is spots allover your work.

Apply a coat of wax

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US General Tool Cabinet Review
by Lorenz Prem on 01-16-2010 3:08 pm

Over the years I have accumulated so many toolsthat every nook and cranny in the garage has one in it. It was timeto get a roll-around tool chest; the kind mechanics use to storetheir tools.

I was surprised to find that tool chests are either expensive orcomplete trash. $5k for a Snap-on is overkill for the enthusiastand the entry level craftsman chests are inadequate in almost everyaspect. Most useful tool chest start at around $1000.

A good Tool Chest

My criteria for purchase were:

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How to paint your House
by Lorenz Prem on 01-15-2010 8:55 pm

Painting the outside of our homes is somethingwe all dread. Hiring a painter is expensive, and it's a lot ofwork. You can do this yourself for relatively little money. Paintand supplies are not going to add up to the thousands of dollarspainters are charging. The high price tag comes from the amount ofwork required to get the job done. You have to be prepared to spenda couple of weekends painting.

Two story homes make the work much harder to do. An extensionladder is often all you need, but the work becomes a hassle. Makesure all

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Masonary raised Planting Bed
by Lorenz Prem on 01-14-2010 10:06 pm

Raised planting beds made from brick have manyadvantages. They last practically forever and the stone does notreact with the soil. Building one is not hard, but requires a lotof work. The materials involved are heavy.

The exact quantity depends on the size of your planting bed.

1) Begin by digging a trench along thefoundation of the planting bed. The trench needs to be at least 15inches deep and about a shovel width wide (10"). A bit more or lesswon't matter.

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Zero clearance Table Saw Insert
by Lorenz Prem on 01-14-2010 9:41 pm

Zero clearance table saw inserts help tametear-out on the table saw. Unlike most stock inserts the zeroclearance insert supports the work piece right at the blade. Thiseliminates or greatly reduces tear-out on the bottom of the sheet.With a good blade and a zero clearance insert it is possible to cutplywood without tear-out on both sides.

You can buy inserts for almost all table saws. A shop madeinsert will be a lot cheaper and of equal quality.

So, how do I make zero clearance inserts in my shop?

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Cabinet Calculator
Simple cabinets made easy
by Lorenz Prem on 01-09-2010 11:32 pm

Solid plywood cabinets start with a good solidbox. The kitchen cabinets sold in most stores these days lightmaterials. The top and the back are often replaced with bracing tokeep costs down. A quality cabinet makes none of thesecompromises.

The structure of the cabinet is nothing more than a box the faceframe is attached to. The sides, the bottom, and the top have adado slot that accepts the back. The whole assembly is heldtogether with glue and nails/screws.

The woodworking challenges are getting the dimensi

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