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

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Precision Instruments for Woodworkers Part One: Standardization

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Tools for measuring. Tools for Accuracy. ACCURACY IS IMPORTANT PART OF WOODWORKING I've been working as a furniture maker for quite a while, now. Along the way, you refine your processes, develop techniques and create a lot of habits over time. Certainly, an important part of working professionally is to work efficiently you learn very quickly that time is a fixed asset. You also learn that you have to work […]The post Precision Instruments for Woodworkers Part One: Standardization appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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French Polishing Vocabulary is Strange and Off-putting: I Think We Should Use Plain English.

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One of the difficulties with learning to do French polishing is overcoming the exotic vocabulary that continues to be used by some: charge the rubber, fad in, spirit off, etc. This vocabulary was created by English craftsmen 200 years ago, brought to the United States, and it has continued to be used in instructions since. I just came across these terms again, which inspired this post. I've always thought it […]The post French Polishing Vocabulary is Strange and Off-putting: I Think We Should Use Plain English. appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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A Primer on Scribing: How to Scribe with a Shim

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Scribing, like coping, is one of those seemingly magical techniques that allow you to make one piece fit another. Scribing has a variety of applications. It's not only good for fitting trim to irregular walls, or cabinets to floors that are out of level; you can scribe almost any material - round logs, sheets of drywall, floor tiles, pieces of exterior siding … you could even, in principle, use it […]The post A Primer on Scribing: How to Scribe with a Shim appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Podcast: The Afterlife of Trees

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Popular Woodworking Magazine has just a launch a new podcast that. Wait, wait. Where are you going? Give me a few moments to explain. Look, we know the woodworking world has enough podcasts. So when Scott Francis decided to create The Afterlife of Trees, a lot of the discussion was about what the podcast wouldn't be about. It's not shop talk. It's not answering the questions of listeners. It's not […]The post Podcast: The Afterlife of Trees appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Upcoming Simple Cove Guild Build: Cherry Wall Cabinet

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This is a guest post by Sean Walker. He is the founder of Simple Cove, a website for sharing project builds. He is gearing up to release a new build from the pages of Popular Woodworking Magazine. A post shared by Sean Walker (@simplecove) on Jan 22, 2018 at 6:28am PST Hi guys, I'm a new face that you've not seen on this blog before. My name is Sean Walker […]The post Upcoming Simple Cove Guild Build: Cherry Wall Cabinet appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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PopWood Playback #4 | Top Woodworking Videos of the Week

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  🚨 NOTICE: No Davids were harmed in the making of this episode.🚨 Episode #4 is live on YouTube! Thank you all so much for your submissions - we have six great videos to share with you this week. Look out for more PopWood Playback episodes every Saturday morning on our Youtube channel. I'll be hijacking Playback next week, so I'll see you then! - Jake Motz Here are the […]The post PopWood Playback #4 | Top Woodworking Videos of the Week appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Book Giveaway: Wood Finishing 101

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Wood Finishing 101This week I'm giving away a copy of Bob Flexner's “Wood Finishing 101.” This book is a great step-by-step guide for simple finishes. Simply post a comment below and I'll choose 1 winner at random. Winner will be announced Monday 1/29. Good luck!The post Book Giveaway: Wood Finishing 101 appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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How Trees Grow

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How Wood GrowsBeing a woodworker of many years I have friends who will constantly ruin a good walk in the woods with questions of, “what type of tree is that?” Truth is, I'm not really very good at identifying trees. I'm much better at identifying a slab of lumber! I recognize the wood in the form I'm most familiar with. I'd like to be able to identify trees, but it doesn't strongly […]The post How Trees Grow appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Brands of Stain Differ in the Amount of Color they Leave on the Wood

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Stains differ in the amount of colorant they include. On this panel I applied one brand of walnut stain to the left side and another brand to the right side, then wiped off the excess. I let the stains dry thoroughly and applied a second coat of the same stain to the outer quadrants followed by wiping off the excess. Notice that there is a big difference in the amount […]The post Brands of Stain Differ in the Amount of Color they Leave on the Wood appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Folding Bookstand Made with Rivets

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For the June 2018 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine, I've built a folding and adjustable bookstand that is assembled with copper rivets and folds up to a neat package about the size of smartphone. It's a quick and fun project that uses shop scraps and regular shop equipment. The result is great for reading, cookbooks or even holding your iPad while watching movies. It can be scaled up or down […]The post Folding Bookstand Made with Rivets appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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WATCH: Interview with Wendell Castle

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Wendell Castle, the father of the art furniture movement,died Saturday at age 85. Many are mourning the loss of an innovativemind that brought art furniture to the mind of the masses. In 2016, we documented an interview with Oscar Fitzgerald and Wendell. There are many insights to glean, please enjoy this video on YouTube Live this afternoon. Hop over to the live streamHERE. Purchase the DVD or video download here. […]The post WATCH: Interview with Wendell Castle appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Yellow Glue & its Weird Superpowers

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A friend in Utah needed a new kitchen and interviewed some cabinetmakers to do the job. My friend wanted dovetailed drawers, but one cabinetmaker said he had something better. What could be better? It's glue and super-high clamp pressure, the cabinetmaker said. If you apply enough pressure, he said, the joint will be so strong that the wood will fail before the glue. So no joinery. Just glue and clamp […]The post Yellow Glue & its Weird Superpowers appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Why We're Here: Introducing Andrew Zoellner

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There was a time, in the not so distant past, when we made more stuff. Things were less disposable - we fixed our possessions when they broke. The furniture, dishes and home goods we kept in our lives had stories behind them and were built with purpose. I believe we've lost much of that handmade magic. That's why I joined this team as the new editor in January. I want […]The post Why We're Here: Introducing Andrew Zoellner appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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The Long Way Around: Finally Calling Your Long Term Project Done

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entryway tableThere's something to be said for just finishing a long term project. I've been working on a furniture build off and on since I first started at PW a few years ago. It was to be an entryway table that doubled as a place to store shoes and custom built to fit under a window yet over a heat return. I had grand plans for the piece that were above […]The post The Long Way Around: Finally Calling Your Long Term Project “Done” appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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The Case of the Missing Hinge: Trouble Installing a Soss Hinge

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The second article in my two-part series about hinges for Popular Woodworking Magazine was conceived as “5 Fussy Hinges.” Tricky, fussy…choose your adjective. I prefer “less commonly used,” with the disclaimer that one woodworker's “less common” may be another's “everyday”; Brendan Gaffney may be able to install knife hinges in his sleep, and I used non-swaged brass butts on an almost daily basis for years, but many woodworkers have never […]The post The Case of the Missing Hinge: Trouble Installing a Soss Hinge appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Wendell Castle 1932 - 2018

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Wendell Castle, the father of the art furniture movement, died Saturday at age 85. I'm privileged to have spent a few days with him while shooting a video, and while our time together waspersonal, the time wasn't long enough tocall him a friend. Thoughtful, soft-spoken and passionate are three words that come to my mind. I'm willing to admit that I'm not in love with all his furniture - though […]The post Wendell Castle 1932 – 2018 appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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POPWOOD Playback #3 - Top Woodworking Videos of the Week

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We have seven videos for you this week and a giveaway! Every Saturday morning we post reader-submitted and staff picked videos on our YouTube channel. Kreg sent us a couple of inline clamps and bench clamps to take a look at it. I thought theywere solid bench accessories, so instead of sending them back to Kreg, I receivedpermission to give them away! Enterthe contest in the field below the video […]The post POPWOOD Playback #3 - Top Woodworking Videos of the Week appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Real-life Test: Do You Need Glue?

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I build my chairs in a way where glue is only a minor player. And after a stupid mistake yesterday, I now get to test how effective my strategy is. Before I pull my pants down and tell you how I messed up, here's the set-up. The stretchers and legs of my chairs are built so they are in tension (I do this by lengthening the tenons in the stretchers […]The post Real-life Test: Do You Need Glue? appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Texas Heritage Woodworks Saddle Bag

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I'm a fan of having my tools out and at hand in the workshop. It's easy enough to mount the saws to the wall, whip up a chisel rack and tuck the planes on a shelf, but the small items rarely have a good spot to sit - so they end up on every horizontal surface, in the way and subject to being knocked around or, even worse, onto the […]The post Texas Heritage Woodworks Saddle Bag appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Meet Don Weber: Renaissance Man

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Don Weber has been a friend to Popular Woodworking for a long time. His knowledge of traditional woodworking (and blacksmithing, as the photo above supports - props to photographerAl Parrish!) has appeared on our pages, in our videos and we've been privileged to have him in personal appearances at events over the years. Watching him set up and use his shop-made treadle lathe, or discuss the strengths and stresses involved […]The post Meet Don Weber: Renaissance Man appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Learn Math with a Framing Square - Framing Square Math by Joe Youcha

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Many kids (not to mention woodworkers) will say “I hate math!”. But as Kalid Azad of www.betterexplained.com has pointed out what they are really saying is that they hate how math makes them feel. Nobody likes to feel frustrated and stupid. Presenting math concepts through manipulating a physical “calculator,” however, goes a long way to not only changing that perception but to instilling an intuitive understanding of the core principles […]The post Learn Math with a Framing Square - Framing Square Math by Joe Youcha appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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My First Experience with Buckeye (Aesculus glabra)

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Here in the Midwest, we seem to have a lot more Buckeyes who are people (it's the nickname for Ohioans) than actual buckeye trees (Aesculus glabra, sometimes called the horse chestnut). In fact, I've lived in the range of the Ohio Buckeye tree for most of my adult life and have never seen it for sale. It's not a popular tree for many reasons. Its leaves and nuts are poisonous […]The post My First Experience with Buckeye (Aesculus glabra) appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Here's How to Fix a Spray Pattern that is Heavier on One End

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A spray pattern, with all the controls on the spray gun wide open, is supposed to be an even, elongated oval shape. If the pattern is heavier on one end than the other, the likely cause is that one or more of the holes in the air cap are plugged up. It's also possible that the fluid nozzle has been damaged. To determine which, rotate the air cap one-half turn […]The post Here's How to Fix a Spray Pattern that is Heavier on One End appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Woodworking Workshop for Parents and our Fall Fair 2017 - Part 1

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One of the nice traditions at the school I teach in is our annual Fall Fair. The Fair is a one-day extravaganza in which the school transformed into a magical forest-like world. Laden with autumn and winter atmosphere, our building's interior is decorated with fabrics, branches, logs and leaves to support the imaginary themes of fairy tales and mythology. To help our school with fundraising during the fair, parents volunteer […]The post Woodworking Workshop for Parents and our Fall Fair 2017 - Part 1 appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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A Lesson in Coping - How to Join Trim

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copingI've long been struck by the aptness of our English word “cope”- “I just can't cope,” “I'm barely coping” - in light of its meaning in a woodworker's lexicon. Sure, some of us may use the word when describing our emotional state, but more often we use it to denote a technique for joining two pieces of trim or molding where they meet at an inside corner. There's nothing wrong […]The post A Lesson in Coping - How to Join Trim appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Important Shapton News (a Price Cut!)

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All the sharpening systems out there work, but I have a favorite: Shapton Pro Series stones in #1,000, #5,000 and #8,000 grits. Shapton Pros cut fast, stay pretty flat and don't have to be soaked beforehand. As I sharpen three to five times a day, those are important qualities. Recently there has been turmoil with the supply of Shapton stones to the United States. In the end, the U.S. distributor […]The post Important Shapton News (a Price Cut!) appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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A Jig for Drilling Holes for Chair Spindles

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I resist making jigs like I resist going to the dentist. So when I do break down and build a jig, it's going to be something with a dial indicator and lasers. No, that's a lie. It's going to be something dirt simple but solves my difficulties completely. I build a lot of chairs with spindles that run between the seat and the armbow. The best way to drill the […]The post A Jig for Drilling Holes for Chair Spindles appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Warehouse Sale at Bridge City! Build a Brass and Rosewood Try Square

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Editor's note: This article ran in the October 2011 issue of PWM and we are resurfacing it because John is clearing out some bins of blanks in a warehouse sale on his site. I've included part of the article here and the build is detailed in the PDF of the issue. This is not a sponsored post, we just wanted to share a great article that paired with his sale […]The post Warehouse Sale at Bridge City! Build a Brass and Rosewood Try Square appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Book Giveaway: ICDT Woodworking Projects

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I'm currently editing a new book in the “I Can Do That!” series of products. Authored by the ICDT video series host Chad Stanton, the new book includes 20 great projects including coffee tables, nightstands, bookcases and even a rocking chair - all built in the ICDT tradition with an affordable kit of tools and materials you can easily find at your local home center. The book will be available […]The post Book Giveaway: ICDT Woodworking Projects appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Video: Buying Router Bits

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router bitsI recently went in search of an 1/8″ slot-cutting router bit that I needed that day. Home Depot was close and I left with my bit. But rather than buy a single bit, I ended up buying a $50 kit with 15 router bits. I didn't need all of the bits – already having many of them – but it was the only way to get the bit I needed […]The post Video: Buying Router Bits appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Greene & Greene Finger Joints on a Shop Made Dado Sled

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Using a Dial Indicator and Calipers to Achieve Tight Fitting Finger Joints Greene & Greene (G&G) finger joints are distinctive in their size and spacing. The joints are unlike any other finger joint I've seen, which is probably why I've been so adamant about learning how to produce them. One of the methods I found for cutting G&G finger joints involved making templates for various finger sizes and a handheld […]The post Greene & Greene Finger Joints on a Shop Made Dado Sled appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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A Little Straight Talk on Dyes and Fading

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The left dye is Transtint metalized dye. The right dye is Lockwood analine dye. Both are water-soluble. I covered the top half of the panel and put it in a west-facing window for six months. You can see that both dyes faded (on the lower areas) but the analine dye faded more than the metalized dye. All dyes fade much faster than pigment when exposed to bright light – sunlight […]The post A Little Straight Talk on Dyes and Fading appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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How to Avoid Kickback on a Table Saw

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kickbackI posted a video on our YouTube channel this morning with Kelly Mehler on table sawkickback. In talking with David Lyell about the video I realized that a lot had happened since that video was made (seven+ years ago?). At that time Kelly was using a European sliding table saw to point out some anti-kickback features that weren't common on our table saw in the U.S. Yes, we had guards […]The post How to Avoid Kickback on a Table Saw appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Butterfly and Piano Hinges - April 2018 Issue of PWM

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The April issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine will have a reference article on eight types of commonly used hinges. Describing the uses and installation of so many varieties takes a lot of space, leaving little room for illustrations of hinges in use. The editors and I agreed that a series of related posts would be an ideal way to augment the feature. More detailed information will be available in the […]The post Butterfly and Piano Hinges - April 2018 Issue of PWM appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Tapered vs. Cylindrical Tenons

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When dealing with round tenons, you have an important choice about their shape. Should they be tapered (like a cylindrical cone)? Or straight (like a dowel)? The engineering answer seems obvious: use a tapered tenon. This form of joint gets tighter the more you use it, like a Morse taper on a lathe or a drill press's chuck. But the historical answer is more complicated than that. When you look […]The post Tapered vs. Cylindrical Tenons appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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PopWood Playback #1 | Top Woodworking Videos of the Week

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Friends of the Shop Blog, I want to share with you a new series on our YouTube channelcalled PopWoodPlayback. We've kept anactive channel over on YouTube for years. We have over 1,000 videos posted - but the vast majority of them are excerpts from premium long format videos. Starting this week,we are going to take a more direct approach with our nearly 100,000 subscribers and release weekly videos that share […]The post PopWood Playback #1 | Top Woodworking Videos of the Week appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Watching Frank Klausz Never Gets Old - Effortless Dovetails

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Frank Klausz DovetailsYes, you're right, Frank Klausz cutting dovetails isn't exactly new. In fact, I've been watching Frank cut dovetails for 25 years. But guess what, it never gets old! This master craftsman not only makes the woodworking look effortless and nearly flawless, but he makes it entertaining! He has so much to teach that with every view of his process, I manage to pick up another little thing that I missed […]The post Watching Frank Klausz Never Gets Old - Effortless Dovetails appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Working Reclaimed Wood: A Guide for Woodworkers, Makers and Designers is on its Way

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If publishing a book is like putting a satellite in orbit via a multistage rocket, then last week I completed the first and most demanding leg of the lift-off. With the first stage of separation behind me, I am happy to report that the new book is on a steady acceleration course to join the Popular Woodworking library of books. For the last two years, I have been working on […]The post Working Reclaimed Wood: A Guide for Woodworkers, Makers and Designers is on its Way appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Setting up a (Real World) Workshop

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I'm in the final stages of setting up a new workshop in Covington., Ky. It's my seventh (!!) workshop. I could probably write a book on the process, but instead I think I'll sum it all up here. During the last 20 years I've visited and written about some of the most impressive and modest shops all over the world. From a home shop with a remote-control crane (that shop […]The post Setting up a (Real World) Workshop appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Don't Sand Furniture - Strip it. Stripping is Faster and Often Safer

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This is one I come across often. People tell me in one way or another, that they are going to sand off the finish or paint. So then I point out that stripping is faster, and in the case of paint could even be safer than sanding. It's almost always better to strip than to sand. To begin with, except in cases where the old finish is flaking off, it's […]The post Don't Sand Furniture - Strip it. Stripping is Faster and Often Safer appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Winners of Week 4 and Grand Prize! December to Remember 2017

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Enter to win daily!Hey folks, the December to Remember contest has come to a close! We are so excited about our winners this year! December 22: Chris Formato, California December 23: Patrick Cavanaugh, Mississippi December 24: Pat Flynn, Missouri December 25: Steven Okusky, Maine December 26: David LeTourneau, Maine December 27: James Suss,Massachusetts December 28: Phil Benzmiller,Minnesota December 29: Kenneth Cooper, Oklahoma December 30: Barry Johnson, Alabama Grand Prize Winner December 31: Jeff […]The post Winners of Week 4 and Grand Prize! December to Remember 2017 appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Make New Brass Look Old

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One of my current jobs involves adding a few cabinets to a 1912 kitchen. The kitchen's lone original built-in has frame and panel doors hung on traditionally mortised brass butt hinges. The original hinges are unswaged, or what the English shops where I worked early in my career called solid-drawn brass butts. They have fixed pins and no finials. And they are a dark brown-black. One of my go-to sources […]The post Make New Brass Look Old appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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A Great (and Free) Read on Chairmaker Chester Cornett

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One of my long-time obsessions has been with chairmaker Chester Cornett (1913-1981), a traditional Eastern Kentucky chairmaker who moved to Cincinnati later in life and turned to making mind-bending chairs. Trained by his family in green chairmaking, Cornett made hundreds of chairs and other pieces of furniture during a time in the 20th century when the world was turning to manufactured goods. After serving in World War II, Cornett moved […]The post A Great (and Free) Read on Chairmaker Chester Cornett appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Building in The New Year

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Here at Popular Woodworking, we're excited for what the New Year will bring. We're also eager for all the projects and techniques we're going to work on - so we wanted to share with you some of the things we have coming up in the video above. Let us know what projects and techniques to learn you have planned! Links to drawings, sketches and designs are welcome! Looking for inspiration? […]The post Building in The New Year appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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