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Router Guide Bushings - Ask Matt #18
Router Guide Bushings – Ask Matt #18
Guide bushings are a great way to make your router even more versatile.  In this video we look at what a guide bushing is, how to set them up, and we'll look at a few examples of how to use them.
Sharpening Curved and Gooseneck Scrapers
Sharpening Curved and Gooseneck Scrapers

Curved scrapers are very versatile.  They allow you to form or clean up moldings and edge profiles.  Sharpening them may seen daunting but once you can sharpen a straight card scraper, you can sharpen any curved scraper - the process is the same.   Products Used: [Affiliate Links] 3pc...

Card Scraper Sharpening and Use - Ask Matt #16
Card Scraper Sharpening and Use – Ask Matt #16

Card scrapers are some of the most useful tools in woodworking but although they're really easy to use, it's notoriously hard to learn how to sharpen them.  I struggled with sharpening these for a long time until I made one modification to my sharpening technique...

What Does a Jointer Do? - Ask Matt #13
What Does a Jointer Do? – Ask Matt #13

A jointer is a very important tool in the shop.  Its job is to set the foundation for all future work you will be doing with a board. Being able to properly mill a board flat and true is a fundamental task in woodworking because...

My Finishing Process - Ask Matt #12
My Finishing Process – Ask Matt #12

Surface prep is as important as applying a wood finish well.  If there are any defects in your workpiece, they will become painfully obvious once a finish is applied.  A good surface prep regimen is essential for a great finish.  My go to finish is...

What is a Board Foot? - Ask Matt #10
What is a Board Foot? – Ask Matt #10

The concept of a board foot can see confusing at first.  We are so used to looking at materials in terms of their surface area and that's why I think board feet confuses so many people.  What you need to keep in mind with board...

How I Set Up My Hand Planes - Ask Matt #9
How I Set Up My Hand Planes – Ask Matt #9

This time I show how I set up my hand planes.  I show how I sharpen the blade, how I add camber, chip breaker setting, throat adjustment, blade alignment, and depth of cut.  An then we make some shavings! This is the ninth episode of my...