The Woodshop Shed

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Big Ol' Sliding Dovetails

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

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Like Your Woodworking Teacher? Maybe You Shouldn't

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

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Suspicions Confirmed: Zero VOC Claims Exaggerated

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

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