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Denning's 1891 'The Art and Craft of Cabinet-Making'

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denningThis reprint of David Denning's 1891 classic “The Art and Craft of Cabinet-Making,” with a forward by Christopher Schwarz, is a must-read for hand-tool woodworkers, and for anyone who enjoys the history of the craft. I fought long and hard for this one, insisting that it be made to last, and that itbe printed and produced entirely within the United States. I wanted the historic book to look and feel […]The post Denning's 1891 'The Art and Craft of Cabinet-Making' appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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The $500 Maslow CNC Beta Report

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The Maslow is not a conventional CNC. It's kit based, and costs less than $500. $350 if you've got a couple of 2 x 4s and some plywood to throw in. If you're new to the Maslow, here's Part One, Two and Three. This started out asa crowd-funded Kickstarter project, which means that the product is still in a development phase. As you can see, the Maslow is rather unique. […]The post The $500 Maslow CNC Beta Report appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Brendan Bernhardt Gaffney: New PWM Managing Editor

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I'm delighted to announce that Brendan Bernhardt Gaffney (whom you may know from his ancient rules, sector, calipers and other work at burnHeart) joins the Popular Woodworking team in July as managing editor. He'll not only be handling the day to day business of running the magazine,but bringing to the job his woodworking and toolmaking experience, and impressive computer skills - not to mention unbounded creativity. Brendan's first days as […]The post Brendan Bernhardt Gaffney: New PWM Managing Editor appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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John Wilson's '$5 Router Plane'

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$5 router planeThis article, by John Wilson (of The Home Shop, which offers Shaker boxes and supplies for making them) first appeared in the August 2005 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. While we're still calling it the “$5 Router Plane,” it's possible it will now cost a bit more to make - but likelystill less than $10 (plus a bit of shop time). Here is a real-life shop problem: The project calls […]The post John Wilson's '$5 Router Plane' appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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How to Fix a Split Seat

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One of the most exciting (and frightening) aspects of building a Windsor-style chair is the ever-present possibility that you will split the seat when you drive the legs home. I always tell students: Keep hitting the leg's tenon into its mortise until the very next strike will split the seat. Then stop. This is not always possible. Today, I split a seat twice. Both splits occurred in mortises for the […]The post How to Fix a Split Seat appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Handworks 2017, Day 2

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  After Handworks 2017 wrapped up last Saturday, I took a few days off work as we wended our way back across the plains to Cincinnati (yes - I actually spent an entire three days doing almost nothing one might consider productive…and it was glorious). But it's hardly fair to call Handworks “work.” It was a delight to not only see and try out the hand tools from so many […]The post Handworks 2017, Day 2 appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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VIDEO: Frank Klausz - Home Tour & String Inlay Advice

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Frank Klausz has created many beautiful furniture pieces in his lifetime, and one of the features he enjoys using is string inlay. In this short video, Frank takes us on a tour of his home, pointing out a number of the pieces he has made. He highlights a china cabinet in his dining room for its special inlay features, then takes us into the shop to show us how it's […]The post VIDEO: Frank Klausz - Home Tour & String Inlay Advice appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Use a Drill to Shape a Chair Seat

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Though I've built a lot of chairs, I don't own an adze, which is used to roughly shape a plank seat so it has a buttocks-shaped depression. I also don't own any of the typical power-tool solutions, such as an angle grinder outfitted with a special cutter for seats. Instead, I have a scorp, which is like a drawknife that was bent around a telephone pole. It's much slower in […]The post Use a Drill to Shape a Chair Seat appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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More on Silicone Oil

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Silicone contamination causing fish eye doesn't only come from consumers using silicone-containing furniture polishes on their furniture as I've been discussing in my last two posts. It can also come from hand and body lotions and from overspray if you use an aerosol polish in your shop to make the furniture you've just finished look better. The problem is that no manufacturers of any products I'm familiar with list silicone […]The post More on Silicone Oil appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Laying Out Dovetails with Christopher Schwarz

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Look for new videos from Popular Woodworking every Tuesday on our YouTube channel and Thursday. Cutting dovetails is a skill that many strive to master. It has become a right of passage for many woodworkers who are developing their hand tool skills.In their eagerness to get to the sawing, many beginning woodworkers rush through the layout process.Christopher Schwarz makes this often complicated process simple, using basic layout tools. Follow along […]The post Laying Out Dovetails with Christopher Schwarz appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Handworks 2017, Day 1

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I'm in Amana, Iowa this weekend for the Handworks 2017, and it's a bit of a madhouse (but in a good way). It's difficult to estimate the number of people, because the event is spread over five buildings in this historic German village, with hand tool makers, woodworking schools, timber framing, chairmakers, blacksmiths and more. I also haven't gotten to see too many of the tools up close, because I've […]The post Handworks 2017, Day 1 appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Digital Woodworking Classes

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Learning about CNCs at the Marc Adam's School of Woodworking Furniture manufacturers and large cabinets shops have been using digital tools and CNCs for decades. But, for hobbyists and small to medium shops, digital woodworking is just now getting started. Being a new kind of woodworking, it's certainly different. That means there are new things to learn. A few weeks ago, I taught two classes at the Marc Adams School […]The post Digital Woodworking Classes appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Book Giveaway: Building Boxes

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Building BoxesI recently completed a box project that I did as practice for hand-cutting dovetails (a new skill for me thatI plan to use for a furniture build in the not too distant future). Personally I like to feel like I'm making something when I practice instead of just cutting and recutting on a practice board (though I did do a little bit of thatas well before starting my box). But […]The post Book Giveaway: Building Boxes appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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The Silly Side of Chad Stanton - Host of I Can Do That!

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Look for new videos from Popular Woodworking every Tuesday and Thursday. We'll post videos about what we're up to around the shop, teaching videos from some of our favorite friends and some fun stuff from the woodworking world. Many of the viewers of our I Can Do That! videosknow host Chad Stanton from his Big Chopperoo videos and wonder why he's not dancing on I Can Do That. Trust us, […]The post The Silly Side of Chad Stanton - Host of I Can Do That! appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Joseph Walsh: Genius Furniture Maker and Artist, Now on Display in New York City - Part 2

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One of the most impressive pieces of furniture in the show (read part one of my story here) is a tall, pod-like cabinet that was commissioned by a wrist-watch collector. To house the collection, Joseph built a stacked cluster of drawers that pivot out on arms of bronze and stainless steel. It is not surprising that the drawer mechanism is as beautiful as the piece itself. The watch trays are […]The post Joseph Walsh: Genius Furniture Maker and Artist, Now on Display in New York City - Part 2 appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Friendly Handworks Advice

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If you're headed to Handworks in Iowa this weekend, please do stop by the Lost Art Press and Crucible booths in the Festhalle to say hello. Your editor, Megan Fitzpatrick, has volunteered to give us a hand when she isn't off exploring the amazing show. If this is your first Handworks, here are a few tips for making the most of the show. Bring cash. Credit card readers sometimes have […]The post Friendly Handworks Advice appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Why You Need a Sharp, Steely Leader

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Lt. Col. Hal Moore was credited with saving most of his men in the first major conflict of the Vietnam War at the Battle of la Drang. He was able to drop his men into the middle of an enemy stronghold - the only escape was straight up via helicopter. Hiscompany persevered. One virtue he instilled in his soldierswas that there's always one more thing you can do to increase […]The post Why You Need a Sharp, Steely Leader appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Happy Mother's Day to All Woodworking Moms (and Moms of Woodworkers)

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spice chestWhile my mother isn't a woodworker, I do have her to thank for my love of the craft. She collects antique furniture, and started doing so back whensuch things were more affordable and easy to find at yard sales. I also appreciate fine furniture, which I can only assume is a result of the furniture in my childhood home I wasn't supposed to touch! ButI can't afford it unless I […]The post Happy Mother's Day to All Woodworking Moms (and Moms of Woodworkers) appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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CNC Tooling Basics Mills & Bits for Cutting Wood Parts

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In this series on mills and bits for digital woodworkers, I introduced the basics of end mill and router bit design. If you missed it, here's the introduction and parts one, two and three. With the basics completed, it's time to focus on which mills work best for specific purposes. One of the best uses for a CNC is for cutting parts so, let's see what mills and bits work […]The post CNC Tooling Basics Mills & Bits for Cutting Wood Parts appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Build Your Practical Workshop

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Practical Workshop  In this excerpt from “The Practical Workshop: A Woodworker's Guide to Workbenches, Layout & Tools,” Christopher Schwarz discusses how the book can help youbuild your practical workshop quickly and effectively -so you can spend less time setting up your space and more time woodworking. Over the years I've seensome of the most incredible (and humble) workshops all over the planet. Human nature being what it is, it's easiest to […]The post Build Your Practical Workshop appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Japanese Sliding-lid Box

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sliding lid box openerThis clever and simple piece is great for storing tools, toys or a kimono by Christopher Schwarz from the December 2015 issue While picking though a table of vintage Japanese tools for sale in 2013, I spotted this sliding-lid box under the vendor's table; it was blackened by age, soot and rust. Despite its scars, however, the box was still graceful and functional. The owner, a Japanese carpenter, wouldn't part […]The post Japanese Sliding-lid Box appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Book Giveaway: Mid-Century Modern Furniture Plans

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Mid-Century Modern Furniture PlansThis week's book giveaway is for Michael Crow's “Mid-Century Modern Furniture: Shop Drawings & Techniques for Making 29 Projects.”The book includes mid-century modern furniture plans for a number of greatprojects by designers like Hans Wegner, George Nelson, Borge Mogensen, George Nakashima, Finn Juhl and others. We published this book a couple of years ago and lately I've been revisiting itbecause I'm currently working on Michael's new book - a book […]The post Book Giveaway: Mid-Century Modern Furniture Plans appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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VIDEO: How to Remove White Rings & Haze From Finishes and Furniture

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Removing white ring from furnitureThere's nothing quite as annoying as having a cherished piece of furniture that ends up with a white ring from an errant glass or cup. Many of us end up living with the problem and cursing under our breath, but you don't have to do that anymore. Josh Klein has the answer. In this short video, part of 10 Essential Furniture Repairs, Josh walks us through the steps to fix […]The post VIDEO: How to Remove White Rings & Haze From Finishes and Furniture appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Better Glue Joints

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  byLonnie Bird pages 39-41 From the November2004 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine Much of woodworking is joinery: An edge-to-edge joint is used to join two or more boards to create a tabletop, dovetails are carefully cut and fit to create a box for a chest of drawers. And the corners of a door frame are joined with a mortise-and-tenon joint. However, whether it's a simple butt joint or a […]The post Better Glue Joints appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Fish Eye & Silicone - or, the Problem with Furniture Polish

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In my last posting on May 2, I mentioned that furniture polishes containing silicone have a bad reputation. Nevertheless, they are very popular with consumers. I thought I should go into a little more explanation for this seeming contradiction, and also address some of the questions I got. Back in the 1970s, when I started my furniture making and restoration shop, one of the first things I learned from suppliers […]The post Fish Eye & Silicone - or, the Problem with Furniture Polish appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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How to Refinish Wood After Using Furniture Polish

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In my last posting on May 2, I mentioned that furniture polishes containing silicone have a bad reputation. Nevertheless, they are very popular with consumers. I thought I should go into a little more explanation for this seeming contradiction, and also address some of the questions I got. Back in the 1970s, when I started my furniture making and restoration shop, one of the first things I learned from suppliers […]The post How to Refinish Wood After Using Furniture Polish appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Casework Joinery Reference Graphic

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I had to duck under aretired diving flag that indicated a low beam under the oldest part of what is now our 140-year-old farmhouse, as I followed the seller during awalk-through. Lit by a couple of buzzing fluorescent fixtures, he showed me the remains of his workshop that he had mostly given away in preparing the house for sale. What was left was a wall of fasteners - old coffee […]The post Casework Joinery Reference Graphic appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Joseph Walsh: Genius Furniture Maker and Artist, Now on Display in New York City - Part 1

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I can promise your jaw will drop when you see the poetic works of Joseph Walshin person. Joseph isan Irish genius who runsa spectacular creative furniture and sculptural studio from his family farm in West Cork, Ireland. Walsh, a self taught woodworker, a designer and a visionary, is one of the most creative makers that I have met. His specialty is building bent wood pieces: Stand alone furniture, wall pieces […]The post Joseph Walsh: Genius Furniture Maker and Artist, Now on Display in New York City - Part 1 appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Meet the 'Jimmy Possum' Chair

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I've long been fascinated by legends involving old chairmakers. Here in Kentucky we had Chester Cornett, an enigmatic bearded maker of the wildest ladderbacks and rockers I've seen. In Indiana we had a chairmaker in the southern part of the state who in the early 20th century made ladderbacks with a woven seat that look incredibly modern. In Australia, they have the Jimmy Possum chair. Reader Bradley van Luyt sent […]The post Meet the 'Jimmy Possum' Chair appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Beer as a Furniture Stain

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Beer shows up in many accounts of early workshop life. Not only was it an important source of nutrition, it also served as payment for trespasses and a way to mark important days in the shop, such as when an apprentice was promoted to journeyman. Beer also shows up in workshop recipes and for diluting glue. Recently Thomas Lie-Nielsen encountered a use for beer that I hadn't heard in the […]The post Beer as a Furniture Stain appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Art of Concealment - A Table With Hidden Compartments

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by Matthew Dworman pages 32-39 From the November2016 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine Hidden compartments - just saying those words puts a smile on the face of most woodworkers. There is something magical about a secret space that reveals itself to only the person who knows about it. Since the origins of furniture, hidden compartments have been used for storing valuables, documents and other important belongings. With modern safes, security […]The post Art of Concealment - A Table With Hidden Compartments appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Book Giveaway: The Woodworker's Kitchen

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woodworking projects for the kitchenFor this week's book giveaway I've chosen a fun book of kitchen themed woodworking projects: A.J. Hamler's “The Woodworker's Kitchen.” Think about it: Where do you spend the most of your time? Well - the shop probably. But, what about the rest of your time? Where do all of your guests end up when you entertain? Probably in the kitchen. Kitchens are the centers of activity in most homes. So […]The post Book Giveaway: The Woodworker's Kitchen appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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VIDEO: Elia Bizzarri and the Dull Chisels

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When I'm on the road filming video for Popular Woodworking, it usually means an anonymous, but increasingly familiar hotel room, a search for good food and craft beer, and spending a few days with our video host. I have begun to anticipate that I will learnmore about our host than woodworking - in a good way! We had a great time shooting two new videos withElia Bizzarri (his next video […]The post VIDEO: Elia Bizzarri and the Dull Chisels appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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The BARN Workbench Part One

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  I have a confession. I love workbenches. My first project as a hobbyist was a workbench and ever since, I've been in love with all the things a good bench can do to help you be a better woodworker.   Workbench 1.0 My first bench was Tom Caspar's Build a Workbench in a Weekend that appeared in the October 1996 issue of the excellent, but long past Woodwork magazine. […]The post The BARN Workbench Part One appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Caring for Crazed Finishes

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Here's a problem you're probably familiar with if you have old furniture or woodwork: finishes that are crazed. Old crazed finishes are very fragile. They damage easily. The best thing you can do to reduce damage is apply a slick furniture polish or paste wax. Slick furniture polishes are those that contain silicone oil. This oil is much slicker than mineral oil, for example. You can put a dab of […]The post Caring for Crazed Finishes appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Show Me Your French Tool Racks!

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I'm not looking for racks full of French tools, you understand - I want to see your pictures of tool racks inspired by Christopher Schwarz's “I Can Do That” Tool Rack from the April 2011 issue (shown above - this link will take you to the article). It was based on a picture he saw in an engraving in a French book, and he likes it enough to still use […]The post Show Me Your French Tool Racks! appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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