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Winners of Week 3 - December to Remember 2017

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I have drawn the following winners at random for the second week of the contest. Continue to enter throughout the month of December! December 15: Francis Blais, Ohio December 16:Dennie Arnold, Texas December 17: Mike Quan, North Carolina December 18: Raymond Fontenot,Texas December 19:John Maslar, Florida December 20: Terry Fancher,Ohio December 21: Ken Rich, MichiganThe post Winners of Week 3 - December to Remember 2017 appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Build an Affordable Kitchen Island

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Kitchen islands are the contemporary version of the old-fashioned kitchen worktable: a centrally located station at which to chop, slice, mix, roll, and knead. Today's islands typically provide enclosed storage, as well as work space; some even house sinks, dishwashers, and other appliances. And of course lots of people also use their island as a place to eat.Some islands are freestanding pieces of furniture designed with work and storage in […]The post Build an Affordable Kitchen Island appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Making a Bench in a Hurry with Alan Turner

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I've built a few benches in my time, benches for show and benches in a hurry. I've also seen, written about and filmed other benches being made. Each bench and each maker has a process and something unique that they want to add to their bench - and they darn well should! There's nothing quite as personal as a woodworking bench with the fair amount of planning and energy that […]The post Making a Bench in a Hurry with Alan Turner appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Digital Artistry Meet the Artist: David Myka

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Meet the artists from the December 2017 issue How five masterful makers integrate CNC and CAD technology into their woodworking In the December 2017 issue of Popular Woodworking magazine, the article, Digital Artistry gives the readers a peek at what five professional woodworkers are doing with digital tools in their shops. Each has an extensive traditional woodworking background and many years of experience before they added digital tools like CAD […]The post Digital Artistry Meet the Artist: David Myka appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Enter to Win a Mirka DEROS Dust-Free Sanding System - Today Only!

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Today's Prize December 25 We have a huge prize for December to Remember today! Remember to enter every day for your chance to win a daily prize! Week One Winners Week Two Winners Contest Calendar Enter now! Mirka DEROS Dust-Free Sanding System Includes BOTH Mirka DEROS 5″ and Mirka DEOS 3″ x 5″ Brushless DC Sanders, MV-912 Dust Extractor, MVHA-5 co-ax 5m vacuum hose. Mirka DEROS and DEOS are […]The post Enter to Win a Mirka DEROS Dust-Free Sanding System - Today Only! appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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How to Draw Eye-pleasing Arches

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I use a lot of arched shapes in my work. They are a pleasing geometrical construction that can be used in doors, on the ends of bookshelves or on the bases of chests (I particularly like them on the ends of a six-board chest). For the most part, I use three types of arches. And to be honest, that was because I didn't know the geometry for other forms. Recently […]The post How to Draw Eye-pleasing Arches appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017 - Y'all Really Like Drama and Chris Schwarz

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I took a look at our analytics for the blogs on our site and found that y'allreally like drama and Chris Schwarz. I really can't blame you, I've waited for the day of reckoningwhen we can put the “why isn't a 2×4 actually 2×4” conversation to bed. And Chris…can you even be a woodworker in the 21st century with one of his holy works by your bench? I don't blame […]The post Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017 - Y'all Really Like Drama and Chris Schwarz appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Winners of Week 2 - December to Remember 2017

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I have drawn the following winners at random for the second week of the contest. Continue to enter throughout the month of December! December 8: Fred B., Michigan December 9:James Leinen,Minnesota December 10: Rhonda Hunt, Colorado December 11: Les Burger,New Jersey December 12:Billy Ervin, North Carolina December 13: John Day,Ohio December 14: Mark Mistretta, IllinoisThe post Winners of Week 2 - December to Remember 2017 appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Quick Holiday Project: Wooden Robot Dolls

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Holiday fever is upon me. Panicked gift shopping aside, I spent the weekend working on a couple of projects for family. This morning I decided I needed another stocking stuffer for my two daughters - wooden robot dolls. I'd seen some cool robots made of wooden blocks on Pinterest and decided to try my hand at them. I dug through our scrap pile and found my materials (I used poplar […]The post Quick Holiday Project: Wooden Robot Dolls appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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The Bright Future of Woodworking - Jaida Waggoner

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I'm happy to report that there is a bright future for woodworking. A short while ago, we had a chance to catch up with Jaida Waggoner. She stopped by our shop to show us a couple of chairs she'd recently completed and the staff was duly impressed. In fact, Jaida is part of an accomplished woodworking family - her older brother is an impressive woodworker too. If these young woodworkers […]The post The Bright Future of Woodworking – Jaida Waggoner appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Popular Woodworking Magazine, February 2018

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The February Issue ofPopular Woodworking Magazineis one of the more rewarding issues I've worked on in my (relatively short) time here at the magazine. In particular, two articles stand out as shining examples of the work we do here at the magazine. Ben Brunick, the talented lead at Chalkstone Woodworking in Yankton, S.D., brought us an intuitive and clever means of making solid, tenoned arches. While the article is wonderful […]The post Popular Woodworking Magazine, February 2018 appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Tricks of the Trade: Adjustable Shooting Board

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There's really no substitute for a nice, dialed-in shooting board. It's a bench appliance that every woodworker with a handplane should have for sneaking up to a line and making perfect miters. When I saw this particular trick in the archive, I thought I'd build it and see how well it worked. The build is very simple - theadjustable shooting board sits in a snug dado. I took two passes […]The post Tricks of the Trade: Adjustable Shooting Board appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Hands-on With The Shaper Origin - Exclusive Review

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The Shaper Origin looks like a router but acts like a CNC. Up to now, CNCs were large, heavy, complicated tools that take up a lot of space in a shop. The Shaper Origin is something quite different. It's a hand-held, easy-to-use CNC that you take to your work instead of the other way around. I had the opportunity to try one of the prototypes in 2016 and, now that […]The post Hands-on With The Shaper Origin - Exclusive Review appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Shut Up & Build (or Just Shut Up)

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I'm not easily riled. But if you want to get me worked up, then make a casual comment on a piece of woodworking that you've never built or dealt with. Case-in-point: I've been using a metal planing stop (as shown above) for more than 12 years. It is the foundation of everything I do at the bench. Yet, if I ever show its teeth in an article or on the […]The post Shut Up & Build (or Just Shut Up) appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Air Movement and Heat Speed the Drying of Finishes

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On Nov. 22 I posted an explanation of how cooler temperatures slow the drying of all finishes. Well, the opposite is also true. Warmer temperatures, especially with the aid of air movement, speed the drying of all finishes. The example of why this information is helpful came in the form of a question from a woodworker. He had made the cabinet pictured and finished the inside with oil, specifically Liberon […]The post Air Movement and Heat Speed the Drying of Finishes appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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A Stroke of Luck While Refinishing a Wooden Counter

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One of my current jobs involves adding some cabinets to a kitchen in a 1912 house. Luckily, the kitchen still has its original built-in, which guided the design of the new pieces. “Hang on,” you may be wondering. “What do you mean, 'its original built-in,' singular? Surely there would have been a set of built-ins.” No, there would not. Most kitchens of that era had just a single cabinet, if […]The post A Stroke of Luck While Refinishing a Wooden Counter appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Introduction to Vacuum Veneering with Jonathan Benson

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VeneeringWhen I started woodworking the idea of veneering seemed like magic to me. From selecting the best materials, to the design (orienting the grain of the pieces to present the desired and impressive final result,) to cutting the pieces (to not leave ridiculous gaps!) and ultimately gluing the whole thing in place. That last task, glueing up the veneer, seemed the most daunting. The process must have constant, even pressure […]The post Introduction to Vacuum Veneering with Jonathan Benson appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Friday Giveaway

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No book giveaway this week. Instead I'm giving away $100 Lee Valley gift card to one lucky winner! Thanks for all the great comments each Friday throughout the year - it's been fun to read all the smart, funny stuff you guys have posted and hear about what you're working on. We'll probably get another giveaway or two in before the end of the year, but I wanted to give […]The post Friday Giveaway appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Close the Throat of a Plane by Shimming the Blade

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Open throat planes and spokeshaves, like a scrub plane, are designed for the quick removal of thick shavings. Unfortunately, no meal comes free and the price for this quick work is an undulated and often distorted surface. You see, If the throat of the plane is large, it will leave behind a trail of course and often torn fibers. In order to produce a smoother surface, one needs to make […]The post Close the Throat of a Plane by Shimming the Blade appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Introduction to Vacuum Veneering with Jonathan Benson

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VeneeringWhen I started woodworking the idea of veneering seemed like magic to me. From selecting the best materials, to the design (orienting the grain of the pieces to present the desired and impressive final result,) to cutting the pieces (to not leave ridiculous gaps!) and ultimately gluing the whole thing in place. That last task, glueing up the veneer, seemed the most daunting. The process must have constant, even pressure […]The post Introduction to Vacuum Veneering with Jonathan Benson appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Anarchist's 2017 Gift Guide, Day 11: Masons' & Engravers' Square

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Every year with this gift guide, I recommend one tool that is just a little more expensive than the others but is definitely worth the money. This year it's the Lee Valley Cast Masons & Engravers' Square. This is a new item in Lee Valley's catalog, and the minute I saw it, I ordered one. This well-made tool excels at scribing lines that are parallel to the edge of a […]The post Anarchist's 2017 Gift Guide, Day 11: Masons' & Engravers' Square appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Digital Artistry Meet the Artist: Darrell Peart

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Meet the artists from the December 2017 issue How five masterful makers integrate CNC and CAD technology into their woodworking In the December 2017 issue of Popular Woodworking magazine, the article, Digital Artistry gives the readers a peek at what five professional woodworkers are doing with digital tools in their shops. Each has an extensive traditional woodworking background and many years of experience before they added digital tools like CAD […]The post Digital Artistry Meet the Artist: Darrell Peart appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Anarchist's 2017 Gift Guide, Day 10: O'Keefe's Working Hands

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If were being honest, woodworking would be a lot more difficult in the winter months without O'Keefe's Working Hands. I have a container of this at my workbench and by my computer. It is the only thing that keeps my fingers moving smoothly over my tools and the keyboard. I know there are a lot of other hand-care products out there. I've tried many of them. But I keep coming […]The post Anarchist's 2017 Gift Guide, Day 10: O'Keefe's Working Hands appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Water Spots From Rain: A Lesson Learned

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I learned this lesson the hard way. Don't transport unfinished wood in the open bed of a pick-up truck if there's any chance of rain. A local cabinet shop had made some oak display stands, and I was hired to finish them. It was sprinkling when I picked up the stands in my pick-up. I took them back to my shop and immediately began applying a stain (the cabinet shop […]The post Water Spots From Rain: A Lesson Learned appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Turn a Bureau into a Workbench

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Building furniture without a dedicated workshop or even a workbench has always been a challenge. While there are lots of ways to get around the problem, one of my favorites is what is called the bureau-shop. This is where you transform an old chest of drawers into a complete hand-tool shop for light work. The top of the bureau is used as the benchtop (more on that in a minute). […]The post Turn a Bureau into a Workbench appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Holiday Gift Projects! Table-Top Skittles

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Editor's note: With the holidays upon us, we're looking through the magazines and books we own for fun handmade gifts - things that you can build in not too much shop time, but that will help to create a lifetime of memories for the recipients. This is Holiday Project Post number five - for the “Pint-sized Pickup,” click here; for a Craftsman-style Wall Shelf, click here; for “Heirloom Photo Album” […]The post Holiday Gift Projects! Table-Top Skittles appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Perfectly Imperfect Furniture

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I've long been fascinated by handmade utility furniture: the kind of stuff made to be used, not admired for the craftsmanship invested in its production. In the early 1980s, I bought an old chest of drawers from an antique shop in Reading, a large industrial town southwest of London, where I lived at the time. It was made of a nondescript softwood known as deal and had originally been painted. […]The post Perfectly Imperfect Furniture appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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5 Inexpensive Gifts a Woodworker Will Use

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This year when people ask me what they should get their woodworking family and friends for the holidays, my first answer is always a board of hardwood. But if they have a tool in mind, things get harder to suggest. Below are items I recommend because they work for most types of woodworking and if they already have one, then having another is welcome. 1) Sloyd Woodworking Knife - On […]The post 5 Inexpensive Gifts a Woodworker Will Use appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Week One Winners - December to Remember 2017

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The first week of December to Remember is over! I have drawn the following winners at random. Continue to enter throughout the month of December! December 1: Jim Dunn, Alabama December 2:Donald Nay, West Virginia December 3: David Hodgerson, Iowa December 4: Douglas Slater,Wisconsin December 5:R. Mark Underwood, Texas December 6: Eric Webb,Georgia December 7: Heidi Smith, MichiganThe post Week One Winners – December to Remember 2017 appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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New Old Stock of Italian Made Breast Drills

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A while ago I blogged about a Breast Drill that I bought on eBay and restored. I also mentioned that it is hard to find a good quality drills with concealed gears on the market today. After I wrote the blog I found a supplier of drills who held (and still does) a few tools on stock. I bought one drill for myself and three for our woodworking program. The […]The post New Old Stock of Italian Made Breast Drills appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Anarchist's 2017 Gift Guide, Day 8: Clamptite Tool

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I love wooden tool handles. Their only downside is they break and need to be repaired or replaced. If you prefer to repair your tool handles, the inexpensive Clamptite tool is your best friend. The Clamptite is a bit difficult to explain to people who haven't used it. Basically, it is a device that can pull a wire tight and then cleverly knot it around an object, such as a […]The post Anarchist's 2017 Gift Guide, Day 8: Clamptite Tool appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Digital Artistry Meet the Artist: Bob Spangler

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Meet the artists from the December 2017 issue How five masterful makers integrate CNC and CAD technology into their woodworking In the December 2017 issue of Popular Woodworking magazine, the article, Digital Artistry gives the readers a peek at what five professional woodworkers are doing with digital tools in their shops. Each has an extensive traditional woodworking background and many years of experience before they added digital tools like CAD […]The post Digital Artistry Meet the Artist: Bob Spangler appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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2 Holiday Turning Projects: Spindle & Globe Wooden Ornaments

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Editor's note: With the holidays upon us, I'm looking through the magazines and books we own for fun handmade gifts - things that you can build in not too much shop time, but that will help to create a lifetime of memories for the recipients. I'll post (at least) two every week between now and the new year. This is Holiday Project Post number four - for the “Pint-sized Pickup,” […]The post 2 Holiday Turning Projects: Spindle & Globe Wooden Ornaments appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Why You Can't French Polish with Polyurethane

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I got a question from a woodworker about French polishing. He wanted to know why he was having so much trouble French polishing with Wipe-on Poly. He had made his pad as instructed, putting a wad of cheesecloth inside a cotton cloth. But the pad was taking off as much finish as it was applying, so he wasn't getting any build. He wasn't making any progress. The answer is that […]The post Why You Can't French Polish with Polyurethane appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Anarchist's 2017 Gift Guide, Day 7: Drawer Tape

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If you build traditional drawers without metal slides, then drawer tape is something you should probably become acquainted with. Sometimes sold under the brand Nylo-Tape, this stuff is great for fixing drawers or any other sliding assembly that has become worn from use. My tool chest, for example, has three sliding tills that get moved a dozen times a day. After five years of this activity, the sides of the […]The post Anarchist's 2017 Gift Guide, Day 7: Drawer Tape appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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2 Holiday Turning Projects: Spindle & Globe Wooden Ornaments

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Editor's note: With the holidays upon us, I'm looking through the magazines and books we own for fun handmade gifts - things that you can build in not too much shop time, but that will help to create a lifetime of memories for the recipients. I'll post (at least) two every week between now and the new year. This is Holiday Project Post number four - for the “Pint-sized Pickup,” […]The post 2 Holiday Turning Projects: Spindle & Globe Wooden Ornaments appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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A Question of Influence: Comparing the Music Stands from Four Masters

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Editor's note: In recognition of a fascinating new documentary on the work of Wharton Esherick, by Carolyn Coal, we're sharing this article from the Winter 2011 issue of Woodwork Magazine. Find out more about the film, watch the trailer and order your copy at WhartonEsherickDocumentary.com.   by Mark Sfirri from the Winter 2011 issue of Woodwork Magazine Several years ago I was talking to Edward S. Cooke, Jr., the Charles […]The post A Question of Influence: Comparing the Music Stands from Four Masters appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Heirloom Photo Album

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  Editor's note: With the holidays upon us, I'm looking through the magazines and books we own for fun handmade gifts - things that you can build in not too much shop time, but that will help to create a lifetime of memories for the recipients. I'll post (at least) two every week between now and the new year. This is Holiday Project Post number three - for the “Pint-sized […]The post Heirloom Photo Album appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Anarchist's 2017 Gift Guide, Day 7: Sewing Machine Oilcans

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There are a few things I keep at arm's reach in the shop: an oily rag, some paraffin and a small sewing can oiler. Shown in the photo above are the four that I could gather in just a few minutes. I have at least four more around the shop. These incredibly cheap oilers keep my tools in good condition. I oil the moving parts of my handplanes. The adjustment […]The post Anarchist's 2017 Gift Guide, Day 7: Sewing Machine Oilcans appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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A Look Inside Kerry Pierce's Shop: Part 2

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Kerry Pierce has written for Popular Woodworking for decades. His work covers dozens of magazine articles and books-so I guess I made some assumptions about what his shop would look like. As it turns out, Kerry Pierce has focused his energy on crafting beautiful furniture over creating the perfect shop. When Kerry opened the garage door to the machine room of his shop, I was surprised that every machine had […]The post A Look Inside Kerry Pierce's Shop: Part 2 appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Book Giveaway: December Mystery Box

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So, I'm looking at the bookshelves in our office library and it's time to make some room for new stuff. Plus, the holidays are upon us. So I thought it might be fun to do a Mystery Box Giveaway. Here's the deal: Post a comment below and we'll pick 10 lucky winners at random to receive a box full of books and goodies from the Popular Woodworking office. Winners will […]The post Book Giveaway: December Mystery Box appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Live Edge Class at Snow Farm, Massachusetts - Part 5: Lisa's Cherry Table Completed

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A few weeks before our class begun (for past entries about my class read part 1, 2, 3, 4) I emailed my prospective students and suggest to them to look out for free furniture on the side of the road or near the trash bags on garbage eve (the night when trash is put outside.) I said that some nifty nice stuff can be harvested from abandoned or broken furniture, […]The post Live Edge Class at Snow Farm, Massachusetts - Part 5: Lisa's Cherry Table Completed appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Video: Making Rabbets With Planes

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Antique Rabbet PlaneLately I've been incorporating hand tools more and more into the projects I'm working on. I was recently exploring ways to make rabbets for a serving tray I'm working on as a Christmas gift. There are, of course, numerous ways to make them. I was in the mood to make mine by hand. As luck would have it – and because I'm the book editor – I happened to have […]The post Video: Making Rabbets With Planes appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Anarchist's 2017 Gift Guide, Day 6: Drawing Bows

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Drawing furniture-scale curves - up to 48 or so - is a challenge to do by yourself. And many times when you use a springy stick and nails, you are so focused on holding things in place that you fail to see if the curve is fair or not. Years ago I bought the Lee Valley symmetrical drawing bow and designing with curves became a heck of a lot easier. […]The post Anarchist's 2017 Gift Guide, Day 6: Drawing Bows appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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