I have seen the SawStop demonstration with the hot dog a dozen times. But I always felt that it was done under premium conditions to ensure that it worked properly with optimal results. At several of the demonstrations I had questioned the demonstrators and requested that they place the hot dog in a glove so we could see the results. My request was always denied and I was always told, “You shouldn’t wear gloves at the table saw.” Well, I live in the real world wh...
The Journey It’s been a lot of work to get to this point. Since taking a beating from the recession, I took all of the work I could get to recover over the last couple of years. Between working projects out of my shop, working with another contractor, and Rita opening a cafe in downtown Billings, there was not any free time to get out any blogs let alone video. I have been chomping at the bit to get back to sharing with the woodworking community. Sharing the craft with others has ...
Melamine is notorious for chipping out when cutting. In this video I share my tools and techniques for creating clean cuts on both sides of melamine. The blade I use in the video is a Freud LU97R010. It makes the cut on the back side as clean as on the top side. The images of the cuts in the video are of the backside of the material where chip-out tends to occur. (I did not make that clear in the video.) In Part II I will show you how to apply edge banding. This is not just instr...
Constructing doors can seem intimidating. In this video I share with you how I built a custom door and demystify the process of door construction. Watch Demystifying Door Construction One of the ideas that I really want to impress on everybody is this: Don’t be intimidated by new projects. When approaching a new project, most of the woodworking actions needed for it, you have done on other projects. By recognizing this, you create the mindset you need to build something that seems i...
I could ramble on, but… Your friend in the shop, Todd A. Clippinger Share the Love~Share the Knowledge
My Birthday: A Catalyst for Change I just turned 50. Yeah, that’s right – 50. Hitting this benchmark in life, has made me take a look at where I am at, where I am going, and if I am on course to achieve my goals. The fact is, I am not, and I realized that I need to do something radical to change my direction in order to meet my goals. Hooked From the Beginning I made my first post on the LumberJock community in May 2007 and I posted my first YouTube video at the end...
Hey guys! As usual, the summer season is the busiest for my remodeling work and it takes me away from my passion of sharing with the woodworking community. But I will take what I can get so the good news is that I am still at it. The latest issue of WOOD Magazine has just hit the bookstores and mailboxes and I was lucky enough to get a full page of coverage! The article gives tips from 4 small pro shops and mine was one of the shops covered. While there is a lot more wisdom and exper...
This has been a long time coming, but I have been gearing up to produce more woodworking video. I just released a video announcing the new channel HERE. My new YouTube channel: The American Craftsman Workshop Open Question: Is it no longer possible to embed video here? I hope you check out the new ACW channel and subscribe! Your friend in the shop- Todd A. ClippingerShare the Love-Share the Knowledge
I ran into a situation where my clamping needs exceeded my clamp capacities. I did a quick video to share my solution because it might help someone else in their shop. This video is “quick & dirty” because I wanted to try recording it on my iPhone. I don’t see myself doing that again, but the information is still good and clear. I hope you find it helpful. Your friend in the shop, Todd A. Clippinger Share the Love ~ Share the Knowledge
In this video I answer one of the most common questions that I get from woodworkers: How do I sell my woodworking projects? Watch The Business of Woodworking, How I Sell My Projects In this video I share how I sell my work, but since this is just one point of view, I also interviewed 3 other woodworkers and I will release what they share in the next videos that follow. Even though we are all woodworkers, we all build different things and have different experiences in selling our ...
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