The Woodshop Shed

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SketchUp or Fusion 360?

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

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Half-moon Winding Sticks - to Make or Buy

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

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Edge Banding Architectural Veneer in a Small Shop

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

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