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Create Cut Sheets & Cut Lists for Free! With CutList Optimizer

CutList Optimizer is a free website that creates cut lists and cut sheets for you automatically, with the click of a button. Learn all about it in this video. Index below.


*UPDATED* Removing a Stuck Glue Bottle Top

Short video showing a quick and easy way to remove a stuck glue bottle top.


Tongue & Groove Router Bits & Shaker Style Cabinet Doors

How to use a Freud tongue & groove router bit set to make shaker-style cabinet doors.


Cleaning Up My (S)Crap, and how to keep it clean

This is about how I cleaned up and organized all the scrap wood and lumber I had strewn all over my garage workshop, and my new, real-world philosophy for keeping it cleaned up and organized.


Clamping Ideas for Gluing Big Boxes, Cabinets, Bookshelves, etc.

See some out-of-the-box thinking for various ways to clamp big boxes, for gluing.


Cut Long Tapers on your Table Saw, Quick, Easy & Cheap

Like the title says, this short video shows how to cut tapers on long stock using your table saw. It really is quick, easy & cheap!


Perfect Dados, No Jigs Required!

If you cut dados using a table saw and multiple passes with a blade, then this video is for you. This is an incredibly easy way to cut perfect dados, virtually every time.


Newbie Tool Tip: Magnets, Epoxy Glue, and Magnetic Accessories

Some tips for using neodymium magnets in a woodworking workshop. Includes a special tip for mixing epoxy glue, and a tip for drill press users.


Make your own T-Tracks and T-Slots!

Includes tips for sharpening router bits, and setting router table fence distance. Why spend money on buying t-tracks, when you can cut your own t-slots, or make your own t-tracks, using specialized router bits? I demo a $14 bit, and a $35 bit. Believe it or not, I like the cheaper one better!


Installing T-Tracks, for Newbies

Learn the least-messy way to cut t-tracks, how to make dados for t-tracks using either a router bit or a table saw with a normal blade, and how to install t-tracks in the dados using the proper screws to give you the best holding strength. Also learn some tips for cheap t-bolts.


How to Make Knobs for Shop Jigs, for Newbies!

Detailed, step-by-step instructions. Why spend money to buy knobs for shop jigs? This is how I make my own knobs. I show you 5 different knob shapes, and a couple of different attaching options. And I even take a stab at putting a finish on one knob.


Newbie Tool Tip: Replacing a Sanding Disc

Here's how I change sanding discs. It's really easy.


Using Sanding Drums on a Drill Press

How to use sanding drums on a drill press, included added bottom support using bearings.


UPDATE: Newbie Tool Tip: Stiff-Backed Sandpaper

Updated with tips from viewers. If you ever need to sand in tight places, this tip will help.


4 Easy Ways to Align a Table Saw Fence

Here are 4 different ways to align your table saw's fence to a miter track, that are really easy. Pick the one you like best!


Newbie Tool Tip: Brad Point Drill Bits & Other Twist Bits

This is a short overview of 3 types of twist bits, including my favorite drill bits, Brad Point drill bits.


Newbie Tool Tip: Fractional Calculator Apps

Quick demo of "Fractional Calculator Plus", a free smartphone app for doing math with fractions. This app is available on both iOS and Android. If you're as bad at fractional math as I am, get this app, or something like it.


Newbie Tool Tip: Hole Saws

This is an overview of Hole Saws. If you need to drill large holes, perhaps an inch or larger, Hole Saws are one of the good choices to pick. I show you what Hole Saws are, how to use them, and all sorts of juicy tips.


Newbie Tool Tip: Forstner Bits

This is a short overview of Forstner Bits, which are great for drilling larger holes, even at an angle, or overlapping! Also includes a quick discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of Forstner Bits compared to Hole Saws.


Newbie Tool Tip: Counterbores & Carriage Bolts

This is a short overview of Carriage Bolts & how to use them, along with a demonstration of how to drill Counterbored holes to use with things like carriage bolts.


Newbie Tool Tip: Countersink Drill Bits

This is a short overview of Combination Countersink Drill Bits. I show you what they are, how to use them, and what to use them for. When you need to drill pilot holes to countersink screws, a Countersink Drill Bit is the way to go!


Simple! Flat Clamping Gluing Surface

Ever need a flat surface that you can clamp something to while the glue dries? Well, I did, and I don't have a surface like that in my shop, so I came up with an easy solution. Check it out!


Table Saw Jointing with John Heisz' Taper Jig

This is a short video showing how I use my table saw as a jointer, using John Heisz' Taper Jig. Thanks, John, for a great jig!


SawStop Fence Micro-Adjuster

I just got as new SawStop JobSite table saw, and I was having a few problems "sneaking up" on cuts, because the fence kept moving when I unlocked it. So I came up with a way to use a tool from Rockler to both keep the SawStop's fence in place when I unlocked it, and to be able to micro-adjust the fence position.


Clean Sanding Belts, Discs, Spindles and Drums

How to clean Sanding Belts, Discs, Spindles and Drums, so they're practically brand new!


Clean a Router Bit and Make Inset Drawer Pulls

Demonstration of how to clean a router bit, and how to use a Cove bit to create inset drawer pulls.