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The Fact Kit explains the amazing story about the famous and affordable MARK V 5-Tools-In-1 Complete Home Woodworking System that packs the five most needed woodworking tools into a single, easy-to-use machine. 
  
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Learn the real story of why over a million folks just like you own a
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Frame and Raised Panel Construction -- Raised panel cabinet doors are used in all types of projects . . .  from curio cabinets to kitchen cabinets, entertainment centers, armoires, and lots more. This is one of the most universally accepted cabinet door styles of all time. Continue...

Six Easy Steps to Squaring a Board --Face it.  The majority of the wood for sale at home centers or lumber yards is less than perfectly squared.   Ready-to-use, squared lumber may be available at some locations, but only at a high, premium price that could scare you nearly to death. Continue...

Vertical Drill Press Set-ups -- Mount the rip fence and/or miter gauge to your worktable for use as a backstop, as required and adjust it to position your stock (and scrap) for drilling.  Clamp your scrap block to the table.  Adjust your table height so the bit is 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch above the surface of the stock when fully retracted. Continue...

Wood Storage Tips -- Once kiln dried lumber has reached it's equilibrium moisture content, it's as dry as it will ever be (unless you live in Phoenix AZ or other arid desert location).  If kiln dried wood sits in a damp environment (I.E. summer in the midwest), the wood will start to pick up moisture as it sits around. Continue...

Gluing-Up Tips -- Next to the wood itself, glue is the most important building material in your shop. Though you rarely should see the glue in a well-built project, it has a lot to do with how professional that project looks . . . how well it performs...and how long it lasts. Continue...

All About Saw Blades -- Near the end of the last century, a Shaker woman was watching two men sawing a log with a pit saw when a wagon passed by. It was at that moment that a thought occurred to her to put saw teeth on a wheel and use the power of the water wheel to saw trees into boards. Continue...

Finishing -- one of the most often overlooked elements of creating a professional-looking woodworking project -- and without a doubt, one of the most important. Beginning and experienced woodworkers alike frequently spend countless hours building a project to perfection, only to get in a hurry as the project nears completion and end up ruining everything by doing a half-hearted job of applying the finish. Continue...

  - Sanding
  - Oil Finishes

Using the Shopsmith Mortising Attachment to drill square holes -- As you probably know, a mortise is one-half of one of the most classic of all wood joints - The Mortise-And-Tenon. This is the joint where a square “peg” slips into a square hole. Continue...

Using Scrap Wood -- Part of the hull of an old boat left rotting in a storage yard finds its way into a beautiful mahogany coffee table. A dilapidated, overstuffed sofa chair gets torn down to its basic framework and used to build a graceful oak end table. Continue...

Should you have a Thickness Planer in your workshop? -- In terms of the operations it performs, the thickness planer may very well be the simplest power tool in your workshop. Yet, simple as it is, when teamed-up with other power tools, the planer gives you everything you need to transform all kinds of different lumber into useful, beautiful and fun projects. Continue...

Face Plate Lathe Turning Tips -- There are two primary functions of the Lathe. The simplest of these is spindle turning where the workpiece is supported between two centers and the ultimate result is usually a spindle, shaft, stair rail post or similar cylindrical object where only a single plane of the object is actually shaped. Continue...

Sharpening -- Sharp tools not only make cleaner cuts that dull tools, they're also safer and easier to use, as well. So, how do you keep your tools sharp - I mean Really Sharp? Believe it or not, it really isn't that complicated. Continue...

   - Stones
   - Lathe Chisels
   - Router Bits
   - Jointer

Using Wood Turning Chisels -- We're often asked....“What lathe chisels do I need to get started in wood turning and how is each used?” Well, the answer is...there are literally hundreds of specialized lathe chisels available from dozens and dozens of different manufacturers. Continue...

Hardwood Information -- If you look closely enough, you just might get the feeling that you're peering in on the surface of another world - a terrain very different, and yet so similar to our own. Textured lines are suddenly caught in a dense spiral, only to escape into a wavy, multi-colored ribbon. Continue...

Basic Joinery - The Mortise-And-Tenon -- For over 5,000 years, woodworkers have used mortise-and-tenon joinery to make strong, functional joints. Primarily for right-angle joining, the mortise-and-tenon joint draws its strength from the mechanical joining of two pieces of wood. Continue...

 

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