The Woodshop Shed

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

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Dugout Chair Part 4, Cut the Arms

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I laid out the shape of my my dugout chair in chalk. Then it rained. The next day I laid out the shape of my dugout chair in lumber crayon. Referring to my CAD drawing (below), I drew in the seat at 17 from the ground. Then decided to put the arms 8 above the seat and have them slope back about 1/2 or so. The depth of the seat […]The post Dugout Chair Part 4, Cut the Arms appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Tricks of the Trade: Scraper Holder from Scraps

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Instead of storing your freshly sharpened scrapers loose in a drawer (or tight in a wallet), this easy-to-make storage unit, shared with me by my friend Bob Lee, holds them at the ready over the bench. A thin piece of stock front and back captures a C-shaped piece with a wedge in its bottom arm. The wedge holds a dowel in place. Slip the scraper in from the bottomto lift […]The post Tricks of the Trade: Scraper Holder from Scraps appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Wedged Sliding Mortise Gauge

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Make your own copy of this precision vintage tool. by Peter Follansbee from the December 2016 issue of Popular Woodworking Even after two years of working alone, I can still hear the visitors to my museum shop where I worked for 20 years: My grandpa was a carpenter. It's a line I heard a lot. I used to wish for a secret button I could step on to cue, at […]The post Wedged Sliding Mortise Gauge appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Polyurethane is Almost Always the Best Finish for Wood Floors

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We are offering a spectacular collection of products by Bob Flexner at shopwoodworking.com right now. Check it out here,Finishing with Bob Flexner Collection. The two key considerations for choosing a wood floor finish are resistance to scratches and the large surface to be covered. To stand up to abuse, you need a very durable, scratch-resistant, finish, and to avoid filling the room with overspray that will settle and stick to […]The post Polyurethane is Almost Always the Best Finish for Wood Floors appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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CAD to CAM to CNC: Part Five Putting Patterns to Work

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In my last post, I used Rhino3D CAD software to create a 3D ripple for one of the BARN Workbench vise chops. 3D drawing tools were used to take a simple squiggly line and revolve it around a point to make a surface. For the design in this post, I'll demonstrate the power of simple shapes and patterns. Mydesign goal for this vise chop was to give it a classic […]The post CAD to CAM to CNC: Part Five Putting Patterns to Work appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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How to Calculate the Size of Kitchen Drawers with Blum Tandem Slides

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Nancy Hiller is a weekly contributor to the Shop Blog. Look for her articles every Monday morning and be sure to check out her book,Making Things Work. So you've decided to mount the drawers for your project on Blum Tandem slides. What do you need to know before you start cutting out drawer parts? 1. Choose your slide model and length Note: The following instructions are for Blum Tandem 563 […]The post How to Calculate the Size of Kitchen Drawers with Blum Tandem Slides appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Perfect Jigs (Which are Handcuffs)

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After I learned to make stick chairs in a class, I returned home and set about to build jigs that would let me reproduce every aspect of the chair we built in class. I spent an entire week planning and building the jig shown in the photo above. Though it looks like a platform for holding Roman candles, it actually allowed me to drill four legs in a seat blank […]The post Perfect Jigs (Which are Handcuffs) appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Spoon Carving: This Kitchen Workhorse Presents a Surprising & Rewarding Challenge

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This kitchen workhorse presents a surprising and rewarding challenge. By Peter Follansbee Pages 38-41 June 2014 Buy the issue here Awooden spoon - you can get one for a dollar in many places. It's just a stick with a hollow shaped at one end. Why go to any bother over such a thing? Use them to stir sauces, dole out rice and beans, then forget about them. But like much […]The post Spoon Carving: This Kitchen Workhorse Presents a Surprising & Rewarding Challenge appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Dutch Tool Chests by You, Our Readers

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dutch tool chest GrasbergerIn the October 2013 issue, you'll find plans for Christopher Schwarz's “Dutch Tool Chest - a handy-sized container for taking your tools on the road (one person can lift it) orfor storing them in the shop. In case you're not already familiar with the form, check out Chris' “Details on Dutch Tool Chests” post for a video tour and some Q&A. But here, I'm featuring not Chris' chest, but yours […]The post Dutch Tool Chests by You, Our Readers appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Book Giveaway: Classic Furniture Styles

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Classic American FurnitureSome styles just endure, pure and simple. Classic furniture styles such as Shaker and Arts & Crafts continue to stand the test of time. It's a testament to the beauty and functionalityof the designs. This week's book giveaway for a copy of “Classic American Furniture” offers 20 projects from Christopher Schwarz and the editors atPopular Woodworking. Projects include cupboards, cabinets, tables, sideboards, mirrors and shelving. It also offers valuable helpful […]The post Book Giveaway: Classic Furniture Styles appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Dutch Tool Chests from Our Readers

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dutch tool chest GrasbergerIn the October 2013 issue, you'll find plans for Christopher Schwarz's “Dutch Tool Chest - a handy-sized container for taking your tools on the road (one person can lift it) orfor storing them in the shop. In case you're not already familiar with the form, check out Chris' “Details on Dutch Tool Chests” post for a video tour and some Q&A. But here, I'm featuring not Chris' chest, but yours […]The post Dutch Tool Chests from Our Readers appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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CAD to CAM to CNC: Part Four Creating a 3D Surface

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In earlier posts, I used CAD software to create the 2D design for the BARN Workbench vise chop and the I built a pin registration board for two-sided machining on my CNC. Rather than a square and blocky shape for the vise, I used 3D drawing tools in Rhino3D to give it a gently curved shape. Now, for the fun part: creating 3D textures and patterns that are applied to […]The post CAD to CAM to CNC: Part Four Creating a 3D Surface appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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How to Add Feet to a Small Box with Alan Turner

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Let's face it, a lotof woodworking is really box building. The good news is that a little bit of simple joinery and a little extra effort can make any box look incredible! The perfect example is a jewelry box, or other small-box build. By adding feet to the box it quickly becomes more than a box. The type of feet can define a fairly plain box design by style. Make […]The post How to Add Feet to a Small Box with Alan Turner appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Tricks of the Trade - Sander Circle Jig: Make Perfectly Round Wheels Quickly

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I find myself needing a lot of small circles for use on wooden toys. When I cut those disks out with a circle-cutting jig on the band saw, the edge is a little too rough, so I've made a fixture for the disk sander that makes quick work of sanding the wheels perfectly round and smooth. A ledger strip on the bottom plate of the fixture fits into the sander's […]The post Tricks of the Trade - Sander Circle Jig: Make Perfectly Round Wheels Quickly appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Dugout Chair Step 3: Draw a Chair

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After removing the big chunk of wood that was to become the front of the chair, the next steps on the dugout chair are the tricky parts that require more thinking than straining. I needed to chainsaw the bottom of the stump level to get the thing so it had the stance of a chair. This is tricky because the stump is an irregular cone with no right angles. So […]The post Dugout Chair Step 3: Draw a Chair appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Reclaimed Wood Sign for a Groundhog's Castle

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We are very fortunate to have cats, chickens and a toddler in our lives. In our garden and in the woodland behind it, we occasionally see deer, squirrels, chipmunks, turkeys and many types of birds that either live in the woods or pass by. But it seems that the only animal that we did not intentionally acquire, but made a lovely home in our garden, is a chubby groundhog we […]The post Reclaimed Wood Sign for a Groundhog's Castle appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Modern Gateleg Table: A Contemporary-Looking Design That's Really From the 18th Century

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A contemporary-looking design that's really from the 18th century. by Christopher Schwarz Pages 28 – 34 October 2017 Buy the issue here. If you've ever been dragged to Ikea by your spouse (few woodworkers go willingly - except to eat meatballs), you've probably seen a table similar to this gateleg one. It's been a staple of the contemporary furniture company's line-up for many years. One Saturday five years ago, my […]The post Modern Gateleg Table: A Contemporary-Looking Design That's Really From the 18th Century appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Spontaneous Combustion & Oil Finishes: Drape Rags Over the Edge of a Trash Can to Avoid a Fire

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Drying oils, especially linseed oil (raw or boiled), are the only finishing materials that spontaneously combust. Solvents don't spontaneously combust, paint strippers (including paint or finish residue) don't spontaneously combust, and no type of varnish spontaneously combusts. It's not totally clear whether 100% tung oil can spontaneously combust, so treat it like it does. As linseed oil dries, it generates heat as a byproduct. If you wad up linseed-oil-soaked rags […]The post Spontaneous Combustion & Oil Finishes: Drape Rags Over the Edge of a Trash Can to Avoid a Fire appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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3 Kinds of Furniture Drawer Slides: Pros and Cons

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1. Wooden slides Traditionally, drawers have slid on wooden runners: strips of wood tenoned into horizontal rails at the face of a cabinet. In casework where a drawer will not be guided by the cabinet's sides — for example, when the cabinet has a face frame that protrudes into the drawer opening — the runners are fitted with guides to keep the drawers from sliding left or right and binding […]The post 3 Kinds of Furniture Drawer Slides: Pros and Cons appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Week in Review - August 13-20

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This week, Nancy Hiller demonstrated her simple strategy for installing Blum Tandem slides - one for setting the depth and one for setting the height of the slide in the cabinet box. Her process was developed over years of using jigs that went out of date with slide design revisions. It's simple and effective! We set inventory-clearing prices on a few great titles-I have personally enjoyed using Hand Tool Fundamentals […]The post Week in Review - August 13-20 appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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VIDEO: How to Build a Hall Table with Simple Tools - I Can Do That!

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Chad Stanton built an awesome Hall Table with simple tools and wood purchased from the home center in his latest episode of I Can Do That!This video will walk you through, step-by-step, the entire build. Chad uses a very modest tool set - this project is within everyone'sgrasp! If you're not familiar with our I Can Do That series, check out Christopher Schwarz's post on how we got started with […]The post VIDEO: How to Build a Hall Table with Simple Tools - I Can Do That! appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Dugout Chair Step 2: Lose 200 Ugly Pounds

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I can roll this rotted log around my driveway for the dugout chair. But danged if I can lift it by myself. So the next step is to start chainsawing away the majority of the bulk that is not part of the finished chair. With my tiny 16 electric chainsaw I spent a good hour wasting away the first two kerfs on this chair. This activity attracted the attention of […]The post Dugout Chair Step 2: Lose 200 Ugly Pounds appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Book Giveaway: The Homemade Workshop

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Homemade WorkshopWhat do you do when you need something for your shop?Do you spring for the new tool or machine you need without worrying about the cost? Probably not - few can afford outfit their shop with such wild abandon. But you're a woodworker! Surely you can build some of the stuff you need, right? That's the attitude James Hamilton, creator of the popular Stumpy Nubs website, has about outfitting the […]The post Book Giveaway: The Homemade Workshop appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Success Isn't at the Bookstore or the Museum

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When my first book, Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use, was released, I played a game that many first-time authors play. I looked for my book on the shelves of any bookstore I visited. After a few years I gave up. I've never seen the book for sale anywhere except online. But I do have something else that I've decided is better: Hundreds (maybe thousands) of photos […]The post Success Isn't at the Bookstore or the Museum appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Glutton for Punishment: My First Furniture Build

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When I joined the Popular Woodworking team I had 14 years of editing and publishing experience. My woodworking experience was a bit more lacking - let's say… level zero. But, I was eager to learn and Megan knew it. She asked me what I wanted to build first. I think the first thing I told her was a grandfather clock. Only not just any grandfather clock - my clock was […]The post Glutton for Punishment: My First Furniture Build appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Dugout Chair Step 1: Get it Out of the Truck

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After picking up the rotted stump for my dugout chair, I parked my truck in front of my shop and then went inside to ponder: How do I get it out of the truck? Sure, there are lots of redneck methods involving wax paper, Wesson oil and chains. But I wanted to avoid damaging myself and trashing my truck. I could rent a forklift or other machine to make it […]The post Dugout Chair Step 1: Get it Out of the Truck appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Deep Discounts on 3 Print Titles - Building Arts and Crafts Furniture, Make a Windsor Chair and Hand Tool Fundamentals

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We're clearing off a shelf in the warehouse for new titles, and as a result, have three good books (the print versions only) available right now at a deep discount. The first is “Building Classic Arts & Crafts Furniture: Shop Drawings for 33 Traditional Charles LimbertProjects,” by Michael Crow. Right now (and only at shopwoodworking.com), it's $7 (75 percent off the cover price). I think we mis-titled this one; it […]The post Deep Discounts on 3 Print Titles - Building Arts and Crafts Furniture, Make a Windsor Chair and Hand Tool Fundamentals appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Titanium Dioxide a Carcinogen? Europe Thinks It Is

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It's not just solvents such as methylene chloride that are coming under scrutiny as suspected human carcinogens. (I wrote about methylene chloride in the June, 2017 issue of Popular Woodworking.) The European Chemicals Agency's Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) just classified titanium dioxide as a suspected cause of cancer. What is titanium dioxide (TiO2)? It's a white inorganic pigment that occurs naturally in certain rocks and mineral sands. It has […]The post Titanium Dioxide a Carcinogen? Europe Thinks It Is appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Yes, a Moisture Meter is Essential Equipment

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A moisture meter is a device that lets you see the future. It allows you to avoid mistakes where your furniture will - literally – fall to pieces. But convincing woodworkers to buy one is like trying to push water uphill. This weekend, Brendan Gaffney and I were each working on some chair projects and got on the topic of moisture meters. Brendan has an idea for how to make […]The post Yes, a Moisture Meter is Essential Equipment appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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How to Repaint Numbers & Graduations on a Steel Ruler: Restoring John Walters' Rusted Starrett Ruler

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After finding a rusted old Starrett ruler in a 'Free stuff' pile left by a neighbor, I decided to restore it and repaint the numbers and graduations. First, I placed it in a tray and covered it with a 20% vinegar solution for an hour or so. Then I scraped the ruler with a bread clip and #1000 grit wet-dry sandpaper to polish the surface. After washing and neutralizing the […]The post How to Repaint Numbers & Graduations on a Steel Ruler: Restoring John Walters' Rusted Starrett Ruler appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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How to Install Blum Tandem Slides with 2 Jigs

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Blum Tandem slides being installed with jigBlum Tandem slides are a fabulous innovation for built-in cabinetry with drawers and pantry pull-outs. They're smooth, silent, invisible and they come with a little person inside who pulls the drawer shut for you. (OK, not really, but there might as well be someone in there considering how well they shut themselves.) As with most innovative hardware, there's a range of accessories you can buy to ease installation. When I […]The post How to Install Blum Tandem Slides with 2 Jigs appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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The 'Dugout Chair' Begins With a Rotted Stump

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For as long as I have been writing about woodworking, I have wanted to build a dugout chair. I first encountered the form in one of the many furniture books we had a Popular Woodworking Magazine. Soon after I started working at the magazine in 1996 I began poring through the books whenever I had a spare moment - attempting to get up to speed with all the different furniture […]The post The 'Dugout Chair' Begins With a Rotted Stump appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Week in Review - August 7-12

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This week we released a brand new episode of I Can Do That! In this episode, Chad Stanton walks us through a hall table build using lumber purchased at the local home center. The project is stunning and we hope that it encourages our viewers to leave their excuses behind and to build something incredible! You can watch the video and download the plans on the I Can Do That […]The post Week in Review - August 7-12 appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Painted Bucket Bench - Home Center Wood Transformed with Faux Graining

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A simple project from home-center wood is transformed with faux graining. by Catharine C. Kennedy Pages 51-54 August 2014 Buy the issue here. Faux graining is the art of illusion. Use this technique, and your choices aren't constrained by what woods are available or what's shown in the veneering catalogs (or your bank account); you are limited only by your imagination. With the use of simple tools and materials you […]The post Painted Bucket Bench - Home Center Wood Transformed with Faux Graining appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Video Giveaway: 'Build a Welsh Stick Chair with Don Weber'

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This week's giveaway is the 2-DVD set (or the download version, if the lucky winner prefers) of our recent video “Build a Welsh Stick Chair with Don Weber” (& Friends). Confession time: I'm one of the “friends”…but I have yet to complete my Welsh stick chair. I'd set aside that week for filming and blocked off my calendar accordingly so as to keep anyone from calling me into a meeting. […]The post Video Giveaway: 'Build a Welsh Stick Chair with Don Weber' appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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The No. 1 Plane

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It sure is cute - but is it useful? by Clarence Blanchard from the December 2006 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine Few tools spark the affection of so many as the Stanley No. 1 size bench plane. Regardless of one's interest, the small plane has a way of catching everyone's eye. Set one on a table at a tool show and nearly everyone who walks by will stop to look […]The post The No. 1 Plane appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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'You Own a Table Saw?!' - Safety Tips From a Hand Surgeon

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This hand surgeon likes meeting fellow woodworkers - but not at work. by David Shapiro Page 64 From the April 2017 issue #231 Buy this issue Ilong ago lost track of how many people, upon learning of my interest in woodworking, have puzzled aloud over my table saw. They follow up with, Do you know how important your hands are? or, Do you know how dangerous that thing can be? […]The post 'You Own a Table Saw?!' - Safety Tips From a Hand Surgeon appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Ugly Need Not Be - How I built a Hewing StoolTwice

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A year ago I built a glorified stump to hew spoon blanks. I spent weeks thinking about my needs, how to make the work safer and the construction robust. It needed to be high enough to so I wasn't constantly bent over and stable. Speed of build was also important because it was just a shop appliance. That bench performed perfectly and met all my goals. I have never hated […]The post Ugly Need Not Be - How I built a Hewing Stool…Twice appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Crown Moulding with Hand Tools

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I know, I'm getting older and turning into one of those guys who watches the History Channel way too much, but I've found that there's some pretty good woodworking to be learned from history. Crown moulding is one task that many of us grumble about. It is almost impossible to remember which way to place the moulding in the miter saw to achieve thecorrect angle. We're hardly thankful that we're […]The post Crown Moulding with Hand Tools appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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CAD to CAM to CNC: Part Three From a Simple 2D Drawing to 3D Design

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In previous posts, I drew the basic 2D curved shape for the BARN Workbench vise chop using CAD software. Because I was still at the beginning stage of the project, I also designed and built a jig that holds the blank stock duringmachining on a CNC. Now that the basics are out of the way, it's time for the fun part: Turning a simple 2D shape into a 3D vise […]The post CAD to CAM to CNC: Part Three From a Simple 2D Drawing to 3D Design appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Treasure Hunting & the Restoration of a Starrett Sliding Bevel - Part 3: How to Sand Rust Off Your Tools

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Strategies to have more control while removing rust with abrasives One of the best ways to give you more control when sanding rust and to make sure you only engage the corroded areas is to back up the sandpaper with a hard and flat backing plate. If you were to hold a piece of sandpaper or an abrasive pad with your fingers instead of a cork or rubber block while […]The post Treasure Hunting & the Restoration of a Starrett Sliding Bevel - Part 3: How to Sand Rust Off Your Tools appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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What to Do When White Oak That Won't Take Stain Evenly

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I received a question from a woodworker who had made an end table from quarter-sawn white oak and had a problem with the stain penetrating unevenly. The problem showed up just on the end grain, not the long grain. And it showed up on both ends of the board. The woodworker explained that he had tried to fix the problem by cutting off a little of the end grain (hand-planing […]The post What to Do When White Oak That Won't Take Stain Evenly appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Dutchman to the Rescue: How I Patch Wood

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Every so often I do something dumb. A few weeks ago I was drilling 1/4″ holes to peg the tenons for a table's apron. I started with a brad point bit but switched to a Forstner after finding that the first bit had torn the grain at the edge of the first two holes. I glued the pegs into those holes anyway, hoping to scrape out the tears when I […]The post Dutchman to the Rescue: How I Patch Wood appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Slabs From the Sawyer

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I often feel like sourcing wood takes on two dissonant apsects. It can be an annoyance, where I can't find the board I'm looking for, and everything is checked, warped or has too much runout. On the other hand, I go out of my way on every vacation to visit lumberyards to see what treasures another part of the country or world possesses, and to take a chance on the […]The post Slabs From the Sawyer appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Kitchen Worktable

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When Josselyn and Imoved out here to Covington, I refused to do two things. For one, I wasn't goingto bring some of the beaterfurniture that had been following us around since college. And two, I didn't want to buy any cheap furniture when we got here, with the plan of replacing it. This led to the need to build durable, good-lookingfurniture with some speed, and a few meals on the […]The post Kitchen Worktable appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Week in Review - July 30-August 5

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If you are not a subscriber to our print magazine, you might not know that we produce seven issues a year. This week, we received the first box of our September/October issueat ouroffice in Cincinnati, Ohio. This issue shouldmake it to print subscribers through the mail any day now and our digital subscribers have already received their emails with the PDF version. This is always a very exciting time in […]The post Week in Review - July 30-August 5 appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Nails: Your Unexpected Friend in the Forest

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A lot of hand skills develop hand-in-hand with other hand skills. Learning to sharpen a handplane gives you the skills to sharpen a carving gouge or turning tool. These are pretty obvious. But some hand skills help you in unexpected way. For example: Working with a lot of nails makes splitting green wood for chair parts much easier. Both skills benefit from dead-on accuracy with a striking tool - a […]The post Nails: Your Unexpected Friend in the Forest appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Breadboard End Cutting Board

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by David Picciuto pages 50-51 From the April 2017 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine Practice a centuries-old technique on this small contemporary piece. Found on everything from refined 18th-century highboys to muscled Arts & Crafts tables, breadboard ends are a handsome and time-tested way to prevent wooden panels from warping over time. Correctly made, breadboard ends not only keep panels flat, but also allow them to expand and contract with […]The post Breadboard End Cutting Board appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Book Giveaway: Contemporary Furniture

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Contemporary FurnitureWhen I think about the furniture in my own house, I guess the best wordto describe the mix of stuff we own is eclectic. We've inherited period furniture from grandparents, picked up interesting pieces at odd home emporiums and have our share of IKEA stuff. So when adding a piece of furniture my wife and I often lean toward contemporary furniture - something simple in design that could go with […]The post Book Giveaway: Contemporary Furniture appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Bandsaw Jigs for Better Resawing

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bandsawjigsA well-tuned bandsaw is a perfect tool for resawing. Adding a few jigs to the process makes resawing better, safer and easier. The thin blade on a bandsaw doesn't waste much wood, eliminateskickback and is very stable. By adding jigs such as a tall fence, a stabilizing block and some infeed and outfeed supports for even more stability, you can get a smooth resawn board that won't require very much […]The post Bandsaw Jigs for Better Resawing appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Popular Woodworking Magazine - Sept./Oct. '17 Issue Now Available

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The September/October 2017 issue mailed today (digital subscribers, please check youremail; the print version should be arriving in mailboxes shortly); you'll find all the online extras at popularwoodwkring.com/oct17. Here's look at the table of contents (yes, I could tell you what's inside…but why write it twice?!): And, this issue is now available in our store for single-issue sales (but if you don't already, pleaseconsider subscribing!). Megan FitzpatrickThe post Popular Woodworking Magazine - Sept./Oct. '17 Issue Now Available appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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CAD to CAM to CNC: Part Two. A Dedicated Jig for Two-Sided CNC Work

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In myprevious postabout making the BARN workbench vise chop, I shared the basic CAD design work for the project. In Rhino3D, I created the curved 2D design - the chop and a simple box representing the blank stock it's milled from. The chopprofile is a simple curved shape. But, when it comes to design, don't take “simple” for granted. Managing simplicity is akey skill for good design. That curve is […]The post CAD to CAM to CNC: Part Two. A Dedicated Jig for Two-Sided CNC Work appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Notes on a Steam-bending Jig

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I do only a little production work in my shop, so I don't have a lot of jigs and fixtures. In fact, I think I can count them on one hand: a sliding table for my table saw, a shooting board/bench hook, my doe's feet for my workbench and a V-block for planing objects to octagons. But when I build a jig, I want it to last. This week I […]The post Notes on a Steam-bending Jig appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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8 Articles on Nails: You Might Consider Using Nails in Your Next Project

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We released a video on YouTube yesterday all about nails. Christopher Schwarz presented a short lesson on the various types of nails available and why we might use them in different applications. To continue the conversation, I thought I'd pull together some of Chris's posts on nails from his years of blogging on the subject. Check out what I found and leave a comment about your experience with nails in […]The post 8 Articles on Nails: You Might Consider Using Nails in Your Next Project appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Push Drills: Good Design, Timeless and Forgotten

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Woodworkers drill holes. We drill lots of holes. Small ones especially. And we spend lots of money on methods of drilling holes. In the modern era, we've progressed from eggbeater drills through the tailed revolution and are now obsessed with compact and powerful battery-juiced motors. Yet these designs pale in comparison to ones perfected in the 1800s and mass produced up until a half century ago. Imagine a drilling tool […]The post Push Drills: Good Design, Timeless and Forgotten appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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PWM Baseball Caps - Limited Edition

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My PWM baseball cap has already seen heavy use - it's my go-to hair-containment method while working in the shop and on my house (and given the state of my home and large number of projects to go, I'd best get another cap or three…). We have a limited number of these caps available through ShopWoodworking.com ($12). They're 100-percent cotton, slate blue (my favorite color…so yes, I picked it) and […]The post PWM Baseball Caps - Limited Edition appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Gluing Dowel Joints: Why Factory Furniture Dowel Joints Loose so Quickly

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Why does so much factory furniture, made with dowel joinery in the last forty or fifty years, often not hold up well? I have two explanations, both of which are shown in these pictures of chair arms. The first is that the dowels aren't coated well with glue. The way gluing on a production line so often works is that a little glue is dropped into the dowel hole as […]The post Gluing Dowel Joints: Why Factory Furniture Dowel Joints Loose so Quickly appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Milk Paint Pickling Technique for Oak - Rustic Farmhouse-Style Wood Finish

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Severalyears ago I made a bookcase in red oak as a birthday gift for my husband. I wanted to make it looked like old wood that had been painted, then stripped…poorly. (Yes, some readers will conclude that I have a warped aesthetic.) I decided to use milk paintbecause the relatively brittle finish seemed like a good candidate for easy sanding. So I mixed up the paint as usual and started […]The post Milk Paint Pickling Technique for Oak - Rustic Farmhouse-Style Wood Finish appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Krenov Foundation Professional Development Award

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Professionals in the field of fine woodworking, with a minimum of four years of experience, are invited to apply for a $2,500 grant from the Krenov Foundation to use for a stint as an artist-in-residence or visiting scholar or faculty collaborator at a nationally recognized woodworking school or craft center. Applications are available at thekrenovfoundation.org/professionaldevelopmentaward,and must be submitted along with a statement of purpose, resume, financial forms, digital photographs of […]The post Krenov Foundation Professional Development Award appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Rosin - Your Sticky Friend in the Workshop

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Woodworkers use waxes (and other things) to decrease friction, but what about when we want to increase friction? Lately I've been trying inexpensive rosin - intended for the bows of stringed instruments - with excellent results. Rosin is a byproduct of heating tree sap to make turpentine or a variety of other products and has a variety of uses in industry and the arts - everything from ballet dancers to […]The post Rosin - Your Sticky Friend in the Workshop appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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