Hey, Newbie Dan here.

Well, at least that’s how I start all my YouTube videos. Because I’m all about helping newbie woodworkers overcome obstacles. Not that I’m that far removed from being a newbie myself… In fact, that’s why the subject is close to my heart. I struggled, so why should you?

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Box Joint set kerf width issue

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I’m having a discussion on the Lumberjocks Forum about a problem I’m having with a box joint blade set. It’s cutting a kerf narrower than 1/4”, even though I swear it didn’t do that before. And I have the same problem with an almost-brand-new Dado set that should cut a 1/4” kerf when only the outside blades are used.

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It’s Alive!!! - Powered Up! Shop Cabinet: Day 15

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NOTE: This post is intentionally long, to give you some feel for how many details there are in some seemingly simple tasks. If you don’t want to wade through everything, just scroll to the bottom to see the results. But you’ll be missing out on all the fun!

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Review or Rant, You Decide - Powered Up! Shop Cabinet: Day 12.2

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I’m not sure if this is a review of a portion of Steve Ramsey’s “Powered Up” online course, or a rant from someone who’s just frustrated. Also, to be clear, Steve is a better YouTuber than I’ll ever hope to be, but that doesn’t mean I can’t criticize, right? I mean, I’d criticize myself in the exact same way, so why cut Steve some slack?

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Why Change? - Powered Up! Shop Cabinet: Day 10.1

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It dawned on me yesterday that I may not have completely explained why I’m changing the plans. There’s nothing wrong with the plans for the first project in Steve Ramsey’s “Powered Up” online course, but I’m changing them anyway, to fit my needs. Steve has even said that he encourages it.

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