The Woodshop Shed

adventures in woodworking and home maintenance, from my shop in an oversized backyard shed

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On the Right Track

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Track saws are a favorite among on-site installers and carpenters, for breaking down sheet goods, trimming floors and other operationscommon on the job. Their portability and accuracy make them a godsend for contractors. Many woodworkers have a circular saw in their shop and use it forcrosscutting, kerfing out large joinery or cuts where the tool needs to be brought to the work. The addition of a track (made at home […]The post On the Right Track appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Week in Review - July 23-29

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July 23-29 There was a lot to talk about this week after AWFS. David Thiel represented Popular Woodworking and brought back an incredible amount of information and stories from the show floor. He shared several videos on our YouTube channeland compiled all of it into apost. Scott Francis, our books editor, decided to give away a copy of Woodworking Essentials over the weekend - to enter, just leave a comment […]The post Week in Review - July 23-29 appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Treasure Hunting & the Restoration of a Starrett Sliding Bevel - Part 2

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Rust, the mortal enemy of steel and iron can be removed a few different ways. You can remove rust by eroding it with abrasives and steel brushes, you can use chemicals or acids, you can submerge rusted objects in a bath of baking soda and water and reverse the corrosion through a process called electrolysis. And if this is not enough, I have recently learned about a cutting edge technology […]The post Treasure Hunting & the Restoration of a Starrett Sliding Bevel - Part 2 appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Book Giveaway: Woodworking Essentials

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Woodworking EssentialsOne of the first books I edited when I joined the Popular Woodworking team a few years ago was a compilationbased on the long-running “Woodworking Essentials” column fromPopular Woodworking Magazine. It turned out to be an amazing jumping off pointfor me as I learned a ton of fundamental woodworking information right off the bat. The book helped me quickly becomefamiliar with fundamental techniques, joinery terminology and instructions for safely using […]The post Book Giveaway: Woodworking Essentials appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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From Design to CAD to CAM to CNC: Part One

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3D Design and 3D Carving using Digital Tools I've been writing about Digital Woodworking and CNCs for a while now and when it comes to techniques, for the most part, I've kept the topics focused on introducing basic processes and concepts that are useful to woodworkers who are new to this world. There's a lot more digital woodworking basics still to be covered, but that can wait. It's summer and […]The post From Design to CAD to CAM to CNC: Part One appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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From Design to CAD to CAM to CNC: Part One

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3D Design and 3D Carving using Digital Tools I've been writing about Digital Woodworking and CNCs for a while now and when it comes to techniques, for the most part, I've kept the topics focused on introducing basic processes and concepts that are useful to woodworkers who are new to this world. There's a lot more digital woodworking basics still to be covered, but that can wait. It's summer and […]The post From Design to CAD to CAM to CNC: Part One appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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An Apron for Woodcarving (Or, How to Not Annoy the Person Who Cleans Your House)

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I posted on my Instagram yesterday (and above here) a duck my grandfather, Emmett, carved shortly before he died. He trained as a cabinetmaker in high school(at Manual in Louisville), and worked briefly as a woodworker for the L&N Railroad (I have his railroad hatchet) before World War II intervened. He joined the Army Air Corps and served in Europe. After the war, he became a jewelry salesman (I'm sure […]The post An Apron for Woodcarving (Or, How to Not Annoy the Person Who Cleans Your House) appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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From Design to CAD to CAM to CNC: Part One

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3D Design and 3D Carving using Digital Tools I've been writing about Digital Woodworking and CNCs for a while now and when it comes to techniques, for the most part, I've kept the topics focused on introducing basic processes and concepts that are useful to woodworkers who are new this world. There's a lot more digital woodworking basics still to be covered, but that can wait. It's summer and time […]The post From Design to CAD to CAM to CNC: Part One appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Power Tool-Friendly Workbench

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For woodworker's that have a garage shop, space is a premium, and that's when storing tools, and having a place to use tools are paramount. With this clever workbench, you have convenientstorage and a place to use shorter power tools like the router table, table saw and jointer. On the other end of the bench, you can store taller tools like a spindle sander or bench top planer - bonus, […]The post Power Tool-Friendly Workbench appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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From Design to CAD to CAM to CNC: Part One

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3D Design and 3D Carving using Digital Tools I've been writing about Digital Woodworking and CNCs for a while now and when it comes to techniques, for the most part, I've kept the topics focused on introducing basic processes and concepts that are useful to woodworkers who are new this world. There's a lot more digital woodworking basics still to be covered, but that can wait. It's summer and time […]The post From Design to CAD to CAM to CNC: Part One appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Wilde Got it Wrong (Plus Plans for a Child's Step Stool)

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I wrote the post belowin…I'm not sure - 2010 maybe? I was reminded of it last weekend when Laura, a second cousin by marriage (I think I've got the relation right), asked if I still had the plans for the stools my grandfather used to make for all the kids in the family. I think it's her husband who wants to make one for their grandchild. I made the stool […]The post Wilde Got it Wrong (Plus Plans for a Child's Step Stool) appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Big Ol' Sliding Dovetails

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In the next few months, I've got a lot of furniture to make, as Josselyn (my partner) and I just moved to Cincinnati from Maine. Last week, I built a new coffee table for our place. This week I'm building us a new kitchen table, in between getting settled in my new job here and figuring out where to buy lumber (and food, clothing, etc.). Later this week I'll post […]The post Big Ol' Sliding Dovetails appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Suspicions Confirmed: Zero VOC Claims Exaggerated

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Ever since water-based paints and finishes began carving out a market for replacing solvent-based products, claims for the amount of solvent these products contain have been getting increasingly lower. That is, until a few years ago when some products actually began claiming zero VOCs. I've been suspicious of this claim ever since I first saw it. Even though resin manufacturers have been getting better at making resins that form a […]The post Suspicions Confirmed: Zero VOC Claims Exaggerated appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Like Your Woodworking Teacher? Maybe You Shouldn't

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Last month I taught two short classes in Germany - a rare exception to my vow to avoid teaching and instead focus on new furniture designs. The reason I taught those two classes is quite personal, so I won't discuss it here. But during the classes I was struck by an odd question I've struggled with for 30 years: Is it a good idea for students to personally like their […]The post Like Your Woodworking Teacher? Maybe You Shouldn't appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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How to Attach a Table Top with Traditional Wooden Buttons

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There's more than one way to attach a solid wood table top. The most important requirements of any method are (1) to keep the top firmly in contact with the undercarriage, preventing it from warping more than minimally, and (2) to allow the top to move across its grain as the wood expands and contracts with changes in humidity. Table top fasteners are one attachment method. They're roughly Z-shaped, with […]The post How to Attach a Table Top with Traditional Wooden Buttons appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Another AWFS Show in the Books

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Every two years the woodworking world gets to spend time looking at the newest if high-tech woodworking and even hand-tool woodworking. It's a great few days and we've enjoyed sharing what we say with you. Here's a short recap: One of the more popular stops at the show is the Fresh Wood Student Competition. Always inspiring to see what the newest and brightest woodworkers are creating. The entries ranged through […]The post Another AWFS Show in the Books appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Week in Review - Week of July 17

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This week our new managing editor, Brendan Gaffney, posted his first project completed in the Pop Wood shop, a staked leg coffee table. Bob Flexner takes us inside a hide glue factory (you can thank me for deactivating the smell-o-vision on the post.) Chris Schwarzshares how a doe's foot helps him avoid a tail vice. Nancy Hiller details her decorativegouging technique on a hayrake table. Be sure to catch up […]The post Week in Review - Week of July 17 appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Meet Our 'Young Makers'

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In“Young Makers' Bookshelves” (coming in the October 2017 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine), Rodney Wilson offers a brief profile on 10 of today's rising woodworking stars,then asks them about the books that have influenced their lives and work. Below, you'll find links totheir personal websites and Intagrams accounts (where applicable.) - I encourage you to check out their work! Laura Zahn Personal website:http://offthesaw.com/ Allied Workshop website:https://alliedwoodshop.com/ Instagram:@alliedwoodshop Joshua Klein Personal […]The post Meet Our 'Young Makers' appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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CNC Mills for 3D Carving

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Cutting parts with a CNC is a 2.5D process. It's not quite 3D and a bit more than 2D. When you're cutting parts, the third axis on a CNC the Z axis, just needs to cut at selected depths. You can start with two-dimensional drawings and add tool path instructions for how deep the router or spindle needs to cut. After cutting parts on a CNC, nearly everyone interested in […]The post CNC Mills for 3D Carving appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Tool Giveaway: OmniSquare

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In the August 2017 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazinewe reviewed the OmniSquare Multi-function Layout Tool, a clever tool made from lightweight aluminum. It functions as a try square, miter square, bevel square, T-square, combination square and (in a pinch) a compass. You can read our full review here, and visit the company's website here. Well, we have one, lightly used OmniSquare to give away (pictured above, and in the magazine!). […]The post Tool Giveaway: OmniSquare appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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A Different Way to Use a Doe's Foot

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During the last few years, the doe's foot has become one of my most important workbench appliances. Paired with a holdfast, the doe's foot can eliminate the need for a tail vise on a workbench. I have about four of these doe's feet at my bench, and I've found some surprising ways to use them. I've just finished an article for Popular Woodworking Magazine on the topic for a future […]The post A Different Way to Use a Doe's Foot appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Chad Stanton, Not Just a Pretty Face

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chad stantonFlemish? Jacobean? Nope, Chad Stanton. To many, that name might mean making simple (but handsome)I Can Do That! projects from home-center lumber and tools as showcased in his video series - it's a great way to get started in the craft…butit's often a gateway to specialty woodworking tools and lumberyard stock. Turns out that if we give him more than 30 minutes to build and a full set of woodworking […]The post Chad Stanton, Not Just a Pretty Face appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Proposed Safety Rules for Table Saws - Your Comments Requested

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is currently considering requiring active injury mitigation (AIM) technology on all table saws that, writes the Power Tool Institute (PTI) in a press release, would more than double the costs of these products. PTI is concerned that the price increase would make a table saw out of reach for many consumers, and contribute to job losses if makers are as a result able […]The post Proposed Safety Rules for Table Saws - Your Comments Requested appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Low Stakes Coffee Table

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When I lived in Maine, I had a wide array of projects and furniture that I wanted to build for our house. When it became clear, however, that we were going to move down here to Covington, Ky., I put the designs and wood aside, not wanting to build a bunch of furniture only to pack it into a van and move it - lumber is easy to move, furniture […]The post Low Stakes Coffee Table appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Treasure Hunting & the Restoration of a Starrett Sliding Bevel - Part 1

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If you happened to see a pile of free stuff outside of a neighbor's house, or on the side of the road, or on the sidewalk of a busy street, would you stop by and sort through it? If it were me, the answer would most likely be YES! And, I hope that by the time you finish reading this story you will join me in this mindset. It is […]The post Treasure Hunting & the Restoration of a Starrett Sliding Bevel - Part 1 appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Hide Glue - Part 4: Factory Pictures

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When I wrote my posting on how hide glue is made last Dec. 5, I knew I had pictures from the Milligan & Higgins hide glue factory, but I couldn't find them. Now I have, so I thought it would be a good idea to share them with you. There's no point is repeating everything I said in the original posting. You can find it easily just by going back […]The post Hide Glue - Part 4: Factory Pictures appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Decorative Gouging: A Traditional English Arts & Crafts Technique

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Many pieces of English Arts and Crafts furniture, especially those of the Cotswolds school, feature a cheerful detail known as decorative gouging. It's a simple technique and amenable to endless variations depending on the combination of gouges used, the spacing and depth of elements, and so on. Here's an introduction based on the legs for a hayrake table. Decorative gouging gains as much of its effect from its context as […]The post Decorative Gouging: A Traditional English Arts & Crafts Technique appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Week in Review - Week of July 10th

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 Week in Review   At Pop Wood, we create a lot of great content and I think it would be downright tragic if you missed an article, social media post or YouTube video. So I have compiled all of our content into this post for your reading pleasure. Not included is the outstanding content that Megan Fitzpatrick curates on our Instagram account, find that here. Have a great Sunday! - David […]The post Week in Review - Week of July 10th appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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New Collection: Ship-Shape Shop

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We just compiled a new collection over at shopwoodworking.com! I am in the midst of setting up my home shop, so the pain of sorting out layout and storage is very real for me. I have leaned on The Practical Workshopfor several ideas already. This collection is a great value and won't be around forever. If you've considered picking up a couple of these titles, this may be a great […]The post New Collection: Ship-Shape Shop appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Born to Fail at Woodworking

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No matter how long I work in this craft, there are days when I feel incapable of doing anything correctly. Such as today. Readers love to be reminded that even people who do this every day suffer regular failures. If you like to wallow in other people's misery, this post is for you. (Also, it shows you how I deal with woodworking despair.) For the last month I've been working […]The post Born to Fail at Woodworking appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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From Redwoods to Red Ink

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My father, Robert Emmet Gaffney, was a copy editor for 30 years and a lifelong woodworker. While I was always excited to take up his reins as a woodworker, I now find myself taking up the red pen and pursuing his editorial path as well. My name is Brendan Bernhardt Gaffney. I'm Popular Woodworking Magazine's new managing editor, a woodworker, toolmaker and, depending on the day, musician, engineer andgeneral autodidact. […]The post From Redwoods to Red Ink appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Book Giveaway: SketchUp

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Earlier this week our online content directorDavid Lyle raised the question of which modeling software seemed to be most popular with woodworkers. There's been growing interest in Fusion 360- David attended a “roadshow” event for the software this week.It seems likeSketchUp is still king for the moment, but there always new makers out there with new ideas and ways of designing things. Of course,there are some woodworkers who still swear […]The post Book Giveaway: SketchUp appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Video: Sturdy Drawer Joint on a Table Saw

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The dovetail is the drawer joint of choice in many a classic drawer, butfor a more mechanized world, the drawer joint of choice is often the half-blind tongue-in-groove. Sturdy, interlocking, mechanical without the need of nails, and quickly made on a table saw this joint often appears in commercial cabinetry (in a good way). This drawer joint can be used for inset drawers (as shown in the video excerpt below […]The post Video: Sturdy Drawer Joint on a Table Saw appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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#WhyIMake | Chad Stanton

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I've gotten to know Chad Stanton over the past few years while filming almost three seasons of I Can Do That. In that time, I've seen Chad build an abundance of appealing projects, and learned woodworking techniques that have helped me in my own builds. It has never occurred to me to ask Chad why he does what he does though. Honestly, I've never thought to ask myself the ambitious […]The post #WhyIMake | Chad Stanton appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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The Best Kind of Clear Finish to use Outdoors - The Difference Between Varnish and Spar Varnish

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We're entering mid-summer and you may be thinking of applying a clear finish to some project that will be exposed to sunlight outside. What finish should you use? Be careful. All finishes marketed for exterior surfaces aren't the same, no matter the claims of manufacturers. The distinction in exterior clear finishes is whether they contain UV-resistant additives, called UV inhibitors or UV absorbers. And whether they contain enough of these […]The post The Best Kind of Clear Finish to use Outdoors - The Difference Between Varnish and Spar Varnish appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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How does the Maslow CNC fit in the Woodworking World?

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Last December when I started this series on the Maslow CNC, my goal was to evaluate the $350 kit with a focus on how it might fit into a hobbyist woodworker's world the kind of machine a woodworker in a home shop who might want to try a bit of digital woodworking at a low price. With that in mind, I look at the Maslow CNC and come up […]The post How does the Maslow CNC fit in the Woodworking World? appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Edge Banding Architectural Veneer in a Small Shop

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Recently, a woodworker who's about to start building a set of cabinets for her own kitchen asked me how I apply heat-sensitive edge banding to doors and drawer faces when working with architectural veneers. She'd done some similar work before but had problems with tear-out during trimming. Here's my technique, a hybrid between the system used at the first shop where I encountered this type of veneer work and some […]The post Edge Banding Architectural Veneer in a Small Shop appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Half-moon Winding Sticks - to Make or Buy

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Two years ago I wrote about some unusual homemade winding sticks I encountered in North Carolina (read the article here). Instead of using inlay to help broadcast a board's twisted state to your eyes, these used a pair of half-moon cutouts. They worked brilliantly, perhaps better than any other set I've used before. This summer I made myself a quick pair while in Germany. These were made with a Forstner […]The post Half-moon Winding Sticks - to Make or Buy appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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SketchUp or Fusion 360?

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I've never properly useda drafting table but I have fond memories of snooping around the offices when I went to work with my dad and playing with my uncle's motorized drafting table. I mean, come on, a table that was controlled with pedals was pretty amazing to a young kid! Since the days of motorized drafting tables have passed, a multitude of software options have come to market. Many packages […]The post SketchUp or Fusion 360? appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Book Giveaway: The Perfect Treehouse

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perfect treehouseI just returned to the PW offices after a nice lake vacation. I'm still in the mood for swimming, fishing, BBQs and s'mores. So I thought this week's book giveaway should be a fun one. Treehousessort of scream summer fun, don't you think? This week I'm giving away a copy of “The Perfect Treehouse” by Django Kroner. It's a book filled with treehouse building adviceand common missteps to avoid. Django […]The post Book Giveaway: The Perfect Treehouse appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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How to Fix a Slipping F-style Bar Clamp - It's Easier Than You Think

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Many of us have experienced the phenomenon of F-Style bar clamp slippage. It can happen to quality clamps that had been put through extensive use, but it is more common with inexpensive clamps, where the manufacturers tried to cut on production or material costs. The problem is that the moving jaw can't anchor itself to the bar because the bar is too smooth. The first thing you need to do […]The post How to Fix a Slipping F-style Bar Clamp - It's Easier Than You Think appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Handy Figure-eight Fasteners

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I don't actually remember how long ago I discovered figure-eight fasteners (ten, fifteen years?), but it was one of those moments when I felt like someone had answered a wish. I was struggling with how to attach something vertical to something horizontal and I wanted it nearly invisible. Then I found the figure-eight fastener. They're not really a tip or a trick, more like someone showing you that ice cream […]The post Handy Figure-eight Fasteners appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Conservators - How Some Hide Glue Changed the Trajectory of my Career

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I'll probably get pushback for this post, but I'm posting it anyway. Three decades ago I had a unique opportunity of being considered for a conservator's position in the magnificent furniture collection at the Winterthur Museum and Gardens in Wilmington, Delaware. How that came about is another story. Here, I want to relate some of what I came to believe after touring the museum during the interview. (If you ever […]The post Conservators - How Some Hide Glue Changed the Trajectory of my Career appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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VideoWoodworkers - Skiatook Adventure with Shawn Graham

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On June 23-24, 2017, a bunch of YouTubers converged on a field in Oklahoma to abandon technology and go old school. The Skiatook Adventure differentiated itself from other events via its complete lack of agenda. There were no tool vendors, no pitchmen, no schedule. Visitors weren't coming to buy, learn or try new things. The event was all about getting past the information highway and socializing IRL. The event was […]The post VideoWoodworkers - Skiatook Adventure with Shawn Graham appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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How I Made a Notched & Tenoned Joint for the First Time

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As some readers will know, I'm working on a book about English Arts and Crafts furniture for the books division ofPopular Woodworking. As the deadline gallops toward me, alternately provoking bouts of insomnia and hyperventilation, my work schedule has finally allowed me to start on the book's final project, a hayrake table designed by Ernest Gimson in 1908. It's a simple design with the usual parts: four legs, a stretcher […]The post How I Made a Notched & Tenoned Joint for the First Time appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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In Praise of the Cork Sanding Block

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When I wrote about the 50 or so essential hand tools you need to make furniture in The Anarchist's Tool Chest, I neglected to include my cork sanding block in that list. I think the reason I forgot was that the block is as essential as my marking knife. I know the tendency today is to eschew abrasives and finish projects straight from the tools, but that's a pretty new […]The post In Praise of the Cork Sanding Block appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Independence Day Sale at ShopWoodworking.com!

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We are running a 30% sale on a huge portion of our store this weekend through the 6th of July! This is a great chance to stock up on popular titles from Popular Woodworking. This sale excludes products in our store from third parties, The Art & Craft of Cabinet Making and other non-discountable items. With that said, there are many titles that theFREE30Mcoupon code will work with. SHOP NOW […]The post Independence Day Sale at ShopWoodworking.com! appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Book Giveaway: Building Small

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Building Tiny HousesThis week's book giveaway celebratesthe release of a new book on building tiny houses and backyard buildings (from sheds to studios to recreational retreats). “Building Small” is written by David & Jeanie Stiles, who have authored numerous bestselling books on building sheds, cabins, workshops and other small structures. The book is a bit of an outlier for our category, but it's filled with great fundamental building instructions that cover everything […]The post Book Giveaway: Building Small appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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