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Capturing CNC dust at Xylem Designs

Ben at display fixture manufacturer Xylem Design, shows Brad Cairns a baffle he set up to channel flying sawdust from next to the CNC machine. It's an example of innovative ideas developed under Lean management.
By Brad Cairns

Milwaukee Heated Gear… so hot right now

I wear two hats: woodshop worker and public face. If I could find a way to schedule different days for all my meetings and all the days I am banging, cutting, and sanding it would be easy. More often than not I have to split my days and showing up to a luxury high-rise caked in sawdust is not an option. Enter Milwaukee's stylish gear.

10 Christmas Gifts Woodworkers Will Love for 2015

For the woodworker, it's going to be tools, lumber and veneer. And more tools. Developing the 2015 shopping list for someone who works with wood all day, the editors at Woodworking Network tried to think out of the dovetail box. Besides exotic hardwood that can inspire a project, or a specialized tool or jig that's so cool it doesn't matter if its useful, we added some good works suggestions this time around: it's better to give than to receive.

How to Put a Round Peg in a Round Hole? Plug Cutters

Filling a roundish hole in a plank is a not-uncommon requirement: covering screw holes, knot holes, or reclaimed wood accompanied by cuts for plumbing and heating, can present boards that need something beyond wood filler - they need a plug. Here are four tools we've run across, and a bit about a project involving hole plugging.

Fuming Wood to Darken It With Ammonia: How To Do It

Staining wood to give it a darker, richer color is an age-old practice; while methods have improved, staining still has drawbacks - since a stained surface can be damaged, and surfaces accept stain unevenly. Fuming with ammonia is an alternative, and Ottawa, Ontario-based Lee Valley Tools offers this advice on how to do it.