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dovetail saw cuts

How to Saw Dovetails — Accurately!

By Rob Porcaro
Making a good dovetail joint largely comes down to accurate sawing. That requires fully focusing the mind and the body, as well as attending to the fine points of technique that I'll discuss here. Those carefully made layout lines for the tails await the saw's teeth, so let's get started. Read more »
Cutting with the bevel in contact with the wood

The ABCs of Woodturning: The Basics

By Ed Pretty

Following the A, B and C of woodturning basics will give you the ability to control any tool to get the direction and depth of cut that you want to produce the form that you want. Tool control is everything in woodturning.

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All the basics covered

Safety at the Lathe: Woodturning Safety Tips

By Ed Pretty
It's the only machine tool in the shop where the machine moves the wood and the cutting tool is held by the operator. The lathe, therefore, has its own unique safety considerations besides all the other risks that are ever-present in any shop. Observing some basic woodturning safety rules will make your time at the lathe far more enjoyable. Read more »
Dovetails in curly maple case

Dovetail Joinery: Essential Tools

By Rob Porcaro
Dovetail joinery is a wonderful fusion of strength and beauty that is a traditional hallmark of quality craftsmanship. Though most woodworkers would like to master this primary casework joint, it is all too easy to lose control of the process, leading to disappointing results, often without really understanding why. The good news is that you can make excellent dovetails joints of which you will be proud by attending to two important matters. We discuss those here. Read more »