The Woodshop Shed

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

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How to Cut a Rock-Solid T-Bridle Joint

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One of the first joints I learned to cut during my City & Guilds of London training was the T-bridle, which we used for the leg-to-rail connection on a modern end table, one of the projects that made up the curriculum. Like other variants of the bridle joint, this one isoften used for table bases and benches. You can see an especially elegant example of this joint here. The T-bridle […]The post How to Cut a Rock-Solid T-Bridle Joint appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Dugout Chair: Fastening the Seat

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Every step of making this dugout chair has been a little weird. Fastening its seat in place was no different. After cutting the seat to shape using using the help of ticking sticks, I rasped the rim of the seat until I could wedge it inside the trunk and get it level. I usually use a 6 spirit level for this task, but I left it at home. So I […]The post Dugout Chair: Fastening the Seat appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Live Edge Class at Snow Farm, Massachusetts - Part 2 Ben's Table

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Ben was one of the six students who took my live-edge Columbus day weekend class at Snow Farm. A newcomer into woodworking, motivated and eager to learn, he asked me to help him design and build a side table for his Boston apartment. Feeling that woodworking is going to be more than just a weekend workshop experience, but rather a long-lasting hobby, he invested in a good quality hand plane […]The post Live Edge Class at Snow Farm, Massachusetts - Part 2 Ben's Table appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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No-Cost, Low-Cost, Easy-Entry Digital Woodworking Part One

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It always starts with a design Digital woodworking uses digitally controlled tools in your workshop as an addition to hybrid and handtools. Most often this means owning and operating a CNC and learning to use CAD programs. For many, committing to a CNC is a big step financially, so here are some thoughts on how to get started with digital woodworking. Here's the thing, you can mine a nice chunk […]The post No-Cost, Low-Cost, Easy-Entry Digital Woodworking Part One appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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No-Cost, Low-Cost, Easy-Entry Digital Woodworking Part One

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It always starts with a design Digital woodworking uses digitally controlled tools in your workshop as an addition to hybrid and handtools. Most often this means owning and operating a CNC and learning to use CAD programs. For many, committing to a CNC is a big step financially, so here are some thoughts on how to get started with digital woodworking. Here's the thing, you can mine a nice chunk […]The post No-Cost, Low-Cost, Easy-Entry Digital Woodworking Part One appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Book Giveaway: Small-scale Woodworking Projects

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Simple & Stylish WoodworkingContinuing our “looking ahead to the holidays” theme for our weekly giveaway, this week's featured book is “Simple & Stylish Woodworking.” The book provides 20 small-scale woodworking projects that can add a touch of style to any home and make perfect gifts. Projects include wall clocks, mantel clocks, lamps, frames, mirrors and more. Why not use yourholiday gift giving as an opportunity to practice a wide range of woodworking techniques […]The post Book Giveaway: Small-scale Woodworking Projects appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Jennie Alexander's Riving Stump

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As I mentioned a few days ago, I'm in greater Baltimore for a chairmaking class with Larry Barrett, a student of Jennie Alexander's (author of the seminal greenwood book “Make a Chair From a Tree”). Yesterday, we took a field trip to downtown Baltimore to visit with Alexander, who gave us a whirlwind tour of how to make one of her chairs. Above, I'm testing out the comfort of one […]The post Jennie Alexander's Riving Stump appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Turning Socket Chisel Handles for Lie-Nielsen and Stanley Sweetheart Chisels

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Editor's note: I am resurfacing this article from American Woodworker because I am in the process of turning new handles for my Lie-Nielson and Stanley Sweetheart chisels. Tim Heil presents an interesting take on obtaining the taper for the socket with a folded piece of paper. I'll share my version on YouTube later this week. - David Lyell Turning Wood: Socket Chisel Handles Here's a 1-2-3 system for getting a […]The post Turning Socket Chisel Handles for Lie-Nielsen and Stanley Sweetheart Chisels appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Wipe, Brush or Spray: Pros and Cons of Finishing Tools

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Here's a question that comes up often. What is the best way to apply a stain or finish? To begin with, all stains and finishes can be applied with one of three finishing tools: rag, brush (including paint pad, roller, etc.) or spray gun. Each is easy to use. Even a spray gun is no more difficult to use than a router. There are at least five key differences among […]The post Wipe, Brush or Spray: Pros and Cons of Finishing Tools appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Cut Flat Dados on a Round Surface: Tricks of the Trade

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I needed to cut stopped grooves on a round surface - and while I could have cut them on the stock while it was square, then proceed to turn it on the lathe, I didn't want to worry about catching my turning gouge on a groove and causing tearing out (or worse). So, after considering (then rejecting) some kind of router jig, I figured out a way to use my […]The post Cut Flat Dados on a Round Surface: Tricks of the Trade appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Steam-bending Oak in the Kitchen

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As Christopher Schwarz posted on his blog, Brendan Gaffney and I are in Maryland for a chair class with Larry Barrett (along with Chris, Narayan Nayar and Sean Thomas); Larry is teaching us to make chairs a la Jennie Alexander's in “Make a Chair from a Tree” (with some minor variations). Today, we split out the back posts from red oak (and some punishing black oak…with which I ended up) […]The post Steam-bending Oak in the Kitchen appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Further Insights into Harris Lebus Sideboard

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The November 2017 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine features a reproduction of a sideboard made in 1903 by the English furniture manufacturing company Harris Lebus. I built this sideboard based on drawings I'd made in 2007 from measurements of an original owned by some acquaintances. Having had a chance to visit that same original sideboard recently, I thought readers would be interested in gaining further insights and seeing details of […]The post Further Insights into Harris Lebus Sideboard appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Yes, Megan and Brendan are Alive

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This week, Popular Woodworking Magazine is short two employees as Megan Fitzpatrick and Brendan Gaffney have joined me on a chair class in Maryland. We're building a version of the Jennie Alexander chair from Make a Chair From a Tree with Larry Barrett - one of Jennie's students and friends. If you think that taking a class is easy for an experienced woodworking magazine editor, think again. No matter how […]The post Yes, Megan and Brendan are Alive appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Focus on Turning Design by Working From Larger Logs

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My turning ability is bound by my lathe - it has a maximum diameter capacity of 16. That means all my accessory tools, such as my hollowing system and 50cc 20 chainsaw, were acquired because they are designed around those size limitations. The largest bowls I make with these constraints are in the 14-15 range. For years I used fallen trees with a 20 diameter as raw material. By the […]The post Focus on Turning Design by Working From Larger Logs appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Post & Rung & Jennie Alexander

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For the next five days I'm in Maryland with four other friends to build a Jennie Alexander chair from Larry Barrett, a student and long-time friend of Alexander. Larry makes a chair that is 90 percent similar to Jennie's iconic chair from her book Make a Chair From a Tree. Some of the details of Larry's chair are a little different than Jennie's - especially the front rung that is […]The post Post & Rung & Jennie Alexander appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Live Edge Class at Snow Farm, Massachusetts - Part 1

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  On Columbus day weekend I taught a live-edge furniture class at Snow Farm, a reputable New England based craft school located in the picturesque Berkshire mountains of Western Massachusetts. My six students faced a challenging task, to design and build furniture that presents a strong live-edge character, and to do so just in two and a half days of work. The weather was mostly nice and the food was […]The post Live Edge Class at Snow Farm, Massachusetts - Part 1 appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Book Giveaway: Wooden Toys

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Wooden ToysLast night my kids unearthed a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer book for a bedtime story. I desperately tried to steer them back toward our wide selection of Halloween books that I've arranged prominently on their bookshelf. But alas, while they're excited for Halloween, the inevitable holiday season looms large on the horizon like the Death Star in Rogue One. Apparently I need to get my holiday planning underway. And so, […]The post Book Giveaway: Wooden Toys appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Video: Circle Jig for the Band Saw

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Band saws are great for cutting curves but when you need a perfect circle, you need a jig. I've used many circle-cutting helpers over the years and the design presented by Tom Caspar in the video below combines the best features from all of them. The jig is held in place on the band saw table using a bar in the miter slot and it features an adjustable pivot point […]The post Video: Circle Jig for the Band Saw appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Smart Cars Need Smart Paint

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I'm sure you're aware of the research being done to produce smart cars and trucks that drive themselves. But it may be more complicated than simply designing the sensors for the vehicles. What if there's snow on the road? Or if the road markings have been worn off, or if it's raining so hard or so foggy that the sensors can't see the road? It turns out that 3M has […]The post Smart Cars Need Smart Paint appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Pop Wood Group Project: Magnetic Picture Rails

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Last week, Marissa Bowers (our wonderful designer, who's been helping us out while we seek a new permanent art director*) mentioned she had been looking for a set of picture rails - and wondered aloud if it was something we could build in the shop. Ever eager for an excuse to bring everyone out to the shop, we decided that everyone in theoffice could use their own, and I (Brendan […]The post Pop Wood Group Project: Magnetic Picture Rails appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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24 Lumber Lawsuit Dismissed

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In my November 2017 editor's note, I wrote about two $5,000,000 lawsuits filed against Menard's and Home Depot for “false and misleading advertising” for selling 2×4 lumber that isn't actually 2″ x 4″. You can read that here, if you like. Last night,Nicholas Vanaria (a friend from Instagram) let me know that the suit against Menard's was dismissed. U.S. District Judge Edmond Change threw out the case on October 6. […]The post 2×4 Lumber Lawsuit Dismissed appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Nick Offerman Woodworking Non-profit Matching Grant

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Woodworker, author, actor, humorist and all-around nice guy (with a most excellent giggle) Nick Offerman and Offerman Woodshop are teaming withWould Works through October 30 for a $20,000 fundraising campaign. Would Works is a Los Angeles non-profit that teaches people who are homeless or who live in the city's Skid Row neighborhood create and sell handcrafted wood items as they work toward a specific financial goal - simple goals many […]The post Nick Offerman Woodworking Non-profit Matching Grant appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Diagonal Wedges: The How & Why

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When wedging through-tenons, I prefer to orient the wedge diagonally across the tenon. This is a somewhat atypical way to work, so an explanation is in order. A diagonal wedge has the advantage of closing up any gaps on all four edges of a rectangular mortise. That's because it pushes the tenon against all four walls of the mortise. The more typical wedge, on the other hand, will push against […]The post Diagonal Wedges: The How & Why appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Live-Edge Keyboard Tray

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I just finished a desk commissioned by some clients who wanted the piece to be made from a walnut log they'd had lying around a few years - in other words, longer than ideal. They had it sawn and kiln-dried this summer and brought the boards out to my shop in September. My clients wanted to keep the live edges on the desktop, which posed a challenge: Their log had […]The post Live-Edge Keyboard Tray appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Rising Coffee Table Built in a 500 sq ft NYC Apartment

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I came across David Thomas Brown's coffee table build on Reddit last week and thought it was a great build. If you spot a build that has great photography and solid technique, send me an email! - David Lyell I remember the glory days of unlimited garage/driveway space and access to my dad's tools that I had as a kid in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Scrap wood in the backyard became […]The post Rising Coffee Table Built in a 500 sq ft NYC Apartment appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Book Giveaway: Woodworking Projects for the Kitchen

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It's getting to be that time of year. Halloween is in just a couple weeks and before you know it the shelves will be stocked with holiday stuff - heck, some stores already are. The weather's turning cool and its the perfect time to get in the shop and make gifts for your friends and family. With the holidays in mind, I thought it would be nice to focus the […]The post Book Giveaway: Woodworking Projects for the Kitchen appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Mill a Log into Lumber with Ron Herman

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Every woodworker who sees a downed tree quickly says a short prayer to the gods of nature and immediately thinks of turning that log into lumber. It's just natural to want to see a natural resource being utilized and not wasted. And, of course, procuring some inexpensive lumber doesn't suck either! But what does it take to rescue a downed tree? Well, a mill and some friends (with trucks!) would […]The post Mill a Log into Lumber with Ron Herman appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Fit Irregular (Impossible!) Shapes with 'Ticking Sticks'

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The trick to fitting wooden pieces into impossible recesses is to learn about ticking sticks. These simple sticks - plus a sheet of paper - can make monstrous tasks into a easy job. Here's how they work. Ticking sticks go by many names in the historical record, but they are the best technology for cutting a piece of wood to fit an odd opening. All you need to perform this […]The post Fit Irregular (Impossible!) Shapes with 'Ticking Sticks' appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Grizzly 6 Spiral Cutterhead Jointer - Impressions from Yoav Liberman

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First a disclaimer: This is a recollection of impressions following the installation and test running of our new 6 Grizzly spiral Cutterhead jointer, that we bought at full price this fall. As many of you know, I teach woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan. Our program is mainly geared towards hand tool work. To help us prepare stock for projects, shop furniture and to create projects for our […]The post Grizzly 6″ Spiral Cutterhead Jointer - Impressions from Yoav Liberman appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Martial Arts Candle Holder

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File this simple project under quick things to do with a couple of offcuts. A martial artist friend of mine asked for a candle holder for the sword class she teaches at Cincinnati Taekwondo Center. Students are challenged to put out the candle flames with their sword without striking the candles. The holder needed to accommodate 7 candles and include a way to adjust each candle's height (the tops need […]The post Martial Arts Candle Holder appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Blackened Wood: Designing with Fire

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Black and grays are the stars of today's architecture and furniture design. Most of the black in today's wood furniture and cabinetry is painted or produced by means of stains and dyes, but another way to turn a piece black is by charring. Charring involves no solvents and requires no drying time. When topped with a low-luster finish such as Osmo Polyx oil, it produces a velvety appearance that highlights […]The post Blackened Wood: Designing with Fire appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Wood Stain is Not Wood Finish

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I often come across people who are confused about the difference between a stain and a finish. They'll use a phrase such as I want to stain the wood, or would you stain the wood for me? when what they really want is some color added to the wood and a finish applied to deepen the color and protect the wood from moisture. They're including the finish within the word […]The post Wood Stain is Not Wood Finish appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Blackened Wood: Designing with Fire

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Black and grays are the stars of today's architecture and furniture design. Most of the black in today's wood furniture and cabinetry is painted or produced by means of stains and dyes, but another way to turn a piece black is by charring. Charring involves no solvents and requires no drying time. When topped with a low-luster finish such as Osmo Polyx oil, it produces a velvety appearance that highlights […]The post Blackened Wood: Designing with Fire appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Mortise and Tenon Magazine: Issue 3

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It will come as no surprise that we like hand tools – we do, after all, show you how to use them in just about every issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. But we promulgate “hybrid woodworking” – using both hand tools and power tools – depending on your preferences, and we show you how to make the most of both. “Mortise & Tenon Magazine” is dedicated to pure hand tool […]The post Mortise and Tenon Magazine: Issue 3 appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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A Lumberyard Map: Find a Lumberyard Near You!

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More than a year ago, before I joined the staff, Megan Fitzpatrick and I talked about an article I wanted to write about lumberyards and the perennial discussion about domestic versus exotic lumber. At the time, I was also working on an interactive map of New York City's neighborhoods, and I floated the idea of creating a map of local lumberyards that would accompany the article. The article is coming […]The post A Lumberyard Map: Find a Lumberyard Near You! appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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How to Make a Baseball Bat Out of Recycled Skateboards: Interview with Andrew Szeto

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I came across Andrew's work on Instagram and Reddit and thought it was a creative build. Andrew uses skateboards that were broken or headed to the garbage to create colorful projects. In the video above he turned a baseball bat - on his Instagramfeed you'll see canoe paddles, drumsticks and coffee stampers. He's creative and learning fast. I enjoyed his story, I captured part of it for blog post found […]The post How to Make a Baseball Bat Out of Recycled Skateboards: Interview with Andrew Szeto appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Book Giveaway: Hybrid Woodworking

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Hybrid WoodworkingWhen you hang around woodworkers there is always talk of hand tools versus power tools. You'll meet people who love the idea of doing everything they can by hand and really connecting with their material. And you'll meet folks who like to take advantage of the speed and convenience that modern machines afford. And then there are those who believe in employing the best of both worlds: using power tools […]The post Book Giveaway: Hybrid Woodworking appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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CAD is the Secret Sauce

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The very idea of digital woodworking is something new and strange to a lot of woodworkers, so it's only natural there are a lotof questions. For many, the big question is where do I start? The answer is easy. Learn to draw using Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) drawing tools. You don't have to own an expensive CNC router to get the biggest benefit of going digital. You can remain a […]The post CAD is the Secret Sauce appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Witness Lines: A New Name for an Old Problem

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A woodworker asked me recently, What the heck is a witness line? Well, this opens up an interesting discussion. One of my pet peeves since I began teaching finishing, has been people creating new terminology when quite adequate terminology already exists. There's no better example than witness lines, which is a new term for ghosting or layering that appears when you sand or rub through one layer of finish into […]The post Witness Lines: A New Name for an Old Problem appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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How to Setup a Handplane: It's Easier to Learn How to Use a Western Handplane

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handplane  A frequently heard argument about Japanese planes is that they are harder to setup than Western planes. Recently, we filmed “How to Use Japanese Woodworking Tools” with Wilbur Pan, inFrank Klausz's shop.So naturally, we had many conversations during the shoot, and one that came up was on just this topic. One of Frank's favorite planes is a wood-bodied plane with a similar setup to a Japanese plane (tapping the […]The post How to Setup a Handplane: It's Easier to Learn How to Use a Western Handplane appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Popular Woodworking Magazine Nov. 2017 - Now Available

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nov 17 popular woodworkingThe November issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine entered the mail stream yesterday to both print and digital subscribers - and it's now available for single-issue purchase in both print and digitalformats. Though I urge you to subscribe- it saves you money…and a healthy subscriptionbase means less anxiety for me (said in my best Sally Struthers voice). Or share the love - consider a gift subscription for that neighbor who keeps […]The post Popular Woodworking Magazine Nov. 2017 - Now Available appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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The Hardware Drawer of Last Resort

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Some of you will file this under Bleeding Obvious, but few people ever discuss their junk drawers in their shops. I call mine: The Hardware Drawer of Last Resort. It has saved my butt a thousand times. Actually, it's not one drawer. It's five. The one shown in the photo above is the random fasteners drawer. Every time I install some hinges and have extra screws left over that don't […]The post The Hardware Drawer of Last Resort appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Install a Grippy Liner on Your Bench Vise

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I'm a huge fan of installing a grippy liner on your bench vise. Wood faces grip your work OK. Add the right liner and the grip will become fantastic. Here are some details on choosing and installing a liner. What's a Good Liner? Most people prefer leather, cork, felt or a rubber such as Crubber. Each has advantages and disadvantages. Peel-and-stick cork is fast to install but isn't very durable. […]The post Install a Grippy Liner on Your Bench Vise appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Tips on Working with Construction Lumber

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In my last article, I discussed big box store construction lumber (SYP - Southern yellow pine) and its use in furniture. I've found that it's cheap, high in moisture and needs consideration in selection and prep. Working with construction lumber is a unique experience and a great learning material. Southern yellow pine typically has wide growth rings (which means it grows fast) and has some of the hardest and the […]The post Tips on Working with Construction Lumber appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Two Brands of Brass Mallets

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If you follow my blog, you know that I have an affinity for striking tools. Check my entries on hammers, turned mallets and carved mallets (from branches) if you haven't had a chance to read them before. A few years ago I purchased a set of brass head mallets from Lee Valley that I use occasionally. I liked them, so last year I ordered two more brass mallets for our […]The post Two Brands of Brass Mallets appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Period-accurate Joinery: Three Ways to Cut Rabbet Joints

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Mannerist dresserWhile rabbet joints are used commonly to attach case fronts and backs in period work, they show up in other places too. In pieces from the 17th century and earlier, such as the Mannerist dresser shown above, drawer fronts often are rabbeted and the drawer sides simply nailed into that rabbet. Later, in the early 18th century, drawer sides were rabbeted to hold the drawer bottoms. The bottoms are typically […]The post Period-accurate Joinery: Three Ways to Cut Rabbet Joints appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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A Chair Worth Crossing the Atlantic - English Arts and Crafts Furniture

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  Arecent post about my visit to The Wilson (formerly known as the Cheltenham Museum) last winter sparked special interest in a chair designed by architect Charles Frances Annesley Voysey in 1898 - the chair that was the primary reason for my trip to England. It seems a few people are champing at the bit for a deeper peek into the contents of Popular Woodworking's forthcoming book on English Arts […]The post A Chair Worth Crossing the Atlantic - English Arts and Crafts Furniture appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Nominal Lumber Knowledge

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2x4 nominal lumberIdon't know exactly when I learned that a 2×4 isn't 2″ x 4″, but I'm quite sure it was well before I joined the staff of Popular Woodworking. I studied English literature and journalism in college, and took one shop class in grade school that covered little more than basic turning - no construction. When I was a kid, I was busy playing soccer and bugging my mom to let […]The post Nominal Lumber Knowledge appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Simple and Fast Rabbeted Drawers: Hi, I'm David and I Break Things

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I wouldn't call it reckless, but I tend to push, pull and slam things a little harder than I should. I'd like to blame my father who operated on an “I can fix anything” mentality that gave him the leeway to be overly rough while working on cars and around the house, but really, I just enjoy making loud noises and the efficiency of tossing things across the room. With […]The post Simple and Fast Rabbeted Drawers: Hi, I'm David and I Break Things appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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