Cutting Project Parts

Cutting parts to size usually involves making several different types of cuts with multiple tools. In this section we've described most of the standard cutting operations you're likely to encounter while woodworking. For each operation we've suggested what we believe to be the best method, as well as a few alternatives that can get the job done adequately if you don't own the suggested tool.

The essential cuts you'll make time and again are rips cuts (for width) and cross cuts (for length). As your skills advance and the complexity of the projects you undertake increase's, you'll also need to make miter and bevel cuts, tapers, curved cuts, pattern-following cuts, edge-profile cuts and resaw-ing stock for thickness.

All of these cuts can be made with portable hand tools. But you'll generally get faster, more accurate results with stationary sawing tools. Of these, the table saw and the power miter saw are the most versatile. A band saw and a scroll saw are also valuable additions as you develop your workshop.

Types of cuts

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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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