The Woodshop Shed

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

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Make a Wood and Brass Panel Gauge

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By: Bob Rozaieski Learn how to work with brass and make an indispensable tool for hand work. Wood and brass …The post Make a Wood and Brass Panel Gauge appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Tips & Techniques for Fantastic Oak Finishes

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Tips & Techniques for Fantastic Oak Finishes By Dave Munkittrick Like a movie star, oak possesses natural good looks. Unlike …The post Tips & Techniques for Fantastic Oak Finishes appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Tips & Techniques for Fantastic Oak Finishes

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Tips & Techniques for Fantastic Oak Finishes By Dave Munkittrick Like a movie star, oak possesses natural good looks. Unlike …The post Tips & Techniques for Fantastic Oak Finishes appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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An Easy Mitered Box Build with Splines

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Here's how I made the pair of urns in last week's post. Step 1:Choose your material My client wanted …The post An Easy Mitered Box Build with Splines appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Tool Test: Makita Cordless Track Saw with Bluetooth

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Your next cordless power tool could very likely include Bluetooth. The communication protocol has been pushed hard in the consumer …The post Tool Test: Makita Cordless Track Saw with Bluetooth appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Stubborn Extractions in Cincinnati

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A cat's paw driven under the head of a nail destined for extraction. This is just one of many original …The post Stubborn Extractions in Cincinnati appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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The Beauty of English Arts & Crafts

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I feel so lucky to be part of the team putting out Nancy Hiller's new book English Arts & Crafts …The post The Beauty of English Arts & Crafts appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Vote for the 2018 Reader's Choice Award

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Voting for the 2018 Reader's Choice Award is now open. You have until June 24 to get your votes in, …The post Vote for the 2018 Reader's Choice Award appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Welcome to the New Popularwoodworking.com!

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If you're reading this, then you already know: We've launched our new website and rebrand of Popular Woodworking. The biggest …The post Welcome to the New Popularwoodworking.com! appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Dent the Wood for Tighter Joints

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We've all dented some important part of a project and hand to remove the dent with heat and steam. It's …The post Dent the Wood for Tighter Joints appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Daily Winners - 34 Days of Dad 2018

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We've officially wrapped the 34 Days of Dad contest and I have a list of daily winners for you! All of our winners have already been notified. Thanks for participating!- David Lyell

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How to Design Furniture With Spindles

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Designing a piece of furniture with multiple spindles - or even working with someone else's plan - can be tricky. Drawings will tell you one thing; your eye will tell you another. And relying on math or simple proportions is …The post How to Design Furniture With Spindles appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Benchcrafted: Not a Review - an Endorsement

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Recently one of the leg vises in my shop cracked. The vise chop snapped and the garter on the wooden screw gave way. While I could repair the damage, I decided to replace the entire mechanism with a Benchcrafted Classic vise and a Crisscross Retro. I have this setup on one of my other benches and it is, without question, my favorite woodworking vise. The Classic moves swiftly. I never […]The post Benchcrafted: Not a Review - an Endorsement appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Harvey Industries Acquires Bridge City Tool Works

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John Economaki recently detailed his decision to sell Bridge City Tool Worksto Harvey Industries. Harvey Industries already licenses and distributes some tools BCTW internationally, so when John decided to sell the business, Harvey Industries was a natural fit. You might recognize a few Harvey Industries tools - their Turbo T40 Lathe and Gyro Air G700 dust collector. I, for one, am looking forward to seeing what these two companies cook […]The post Harvey Industries Acquires Bridge City Tool Works appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Ashes to Ashes

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wooden urnsWhen you know how to build furniture, you sometimes find yourself commissioned to make a piece that's a little out of the ordinary. That's where I am now. Among my current jobs is a pair of urns to hold the ashes of my client's partner. This kind of job is extra-meaningful for me. I ask myself why. Why should building a pair of elegant wooden boxes to hold the remains […]The post Ashes to Ashes appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Workbenches: With Experience Comes Simplicity

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For the many-hundredth time last week, I explained the virtues of simple workbenches to a skeptical audience of 10 workbench builders. They weren't having it. Their benches were sketched out with complex tail vises, multiple rows of dogs, twin-screw vises, quick-release vises and other assorted bench appliances. As always, I shrugged my shoulders and smiled when I finished my speech. Woodworkers at the beginning of their career will always - […]The post Workbenches: With Experience Comes Simplicity appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Workshop Makeover 2018 Winner! Congrats Roy B.!

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We are happy to announce the winner of our Workshop Makeover sponsored by Jet, Woodpeckers and Bessey! Roy B. fromLouisiana was working on an oil rig when he got the news. Here's what he had to say when he got home! I am a new Popular Woodworking Magazine subscriber, but I have been getting and enjoying their emails with new products and woodworking tips for a little over a year. […]The post Workshop Makeover 2018 Winner! Congrats Roy B.! appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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New Step by Step Plans for I Can Do That!

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The I Can Do That! series has always been aimed at the beginning woodworker. The episodes are long, compared to the rest of the YouTube world, we explain everything in real time and even provide the necessary SketchUp files for free. Starting today, we're offering a premium version of those plans. In this $9.99 download, you'll receivestep by step instructions that take all the guesswork out of this build. I […]The post New Step by Step Plans for I Can Do That! appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Enter the Excellence Awards This Week!

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Saturday, June 16th is the last day to submit your project for the Excellence Awards. This year, we've revamped the categories. They are: Casework, Cabinets & Bookcases Seating Tables Boxes, Smalls & Miscellaneous Best Beginners Let us clarify the last two categories:The Boxes, Smalls & Miscellaneous categoryis where the object you've made that isn't furniture will fit in - these can be turned ornaments, shop-made […]The post Enter the Excellence Awards This Week! appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Prototyping a Limbert Desk

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Many years ago, I found a great little Limbert desk while researching Arts and Crafts furniture. I admired its lines and economy, and filed it in my 'to build some-day' folder. When my youngest daughter went back to school and my wife picked up some freelance writing jobs, we needed a desk to support her new endeavor. We live in a smallish two-flat in Chicago, and this desk with a […]The post Prototyping a Limbert Desk appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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The Easiest Chair I've Made

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Author's Note: Is anyone actually building the garden gate I've written about a couple of times? If so, let me apologize for not going on to the next steps here. There are tenons to cut, then slats to make and fit, with various water-shedding considerations in every case. Shortly after I started the gate, three major commissions were confirmed, in addition to some other non-shop work that requires my attention. […]The post The Easiest Chair I've Made appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Take My Seat! Host PopWood Playback for Me!

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I've hosted PopWood Playback every week for five months and I'm ready to experiment. The format has been largely the same. I present five of the best woodworking videos of the week on YouTube after a couple of announcements - with just a couple exceptions where I tied in a tool review into the video. It has been a lot of fun to engage with the YouTube community each and […]The post Take My Seat! Host PopWood Playback for Me! appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Meet Munich Designer Richard Riemerschmid

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Whenever I have a day off when I'm traveling, I gorge myself on museums. Yesterday I had a free day in Munich, Germany, and spent the whole day in three museums. The highlight was getting to see work by Richard Riemerschmid in person. Riemerschmid (1868-1957) was one of the leading designers of Germany's Art Nouveau movements (Jugendstil) and was heavily influenced by the English Arts & Crafts movement. I've found […]The post Meet Munich Designer Richard Riemerschmid appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Painting Over Peeling Paint: You Must Remove it First

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This is pretty basic, but here goes anyway. When you have a situation of peeling paint, you have to remove it before applying fresh paint, or your efforts will be ineffective. Scraping usually works best, but in these situations, it's pretty clear that the wood has deteriorated due to the exposure to sun and rain, so paint isn't going to hold well unless you sand first. A few passes with […]The post Painting Over Peeling Paint: You Must Remove it First appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Router Base Adds New Dimension

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Router_BaseWoodworkers love their routers, and it seems they love to learn new ways to use their routers. Yes, I will admit to being one of those woodworkers. I've used a variety of replacement router bases over the years (decades, ack!), for trimming laminate,for making circles, for flushing plugs. Some were store-bought, many were shop-made, so it very much surprised me when I found a router plate option that I hadn't […]The post Router Base Adds New Dimension appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Two Modifications to the Knew Concepts Fret Saw

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Knew concepts fret saws belongs to a small group of truly revolutionary tools such as Tite-Mark Marking Gauge and the veritas PM-V11 Bench Chisels. Whether they were the brainchild of a maverick innovator or an outcome of a long process of a company's teamwork, these newcomers rightly joined a pantheon of inspiring tools whose material, mechanism or shape were truly novel, and who potentially could launch, once a mundane tool […]The post Two Modifications to the Knew Concepts Fret Saw appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Bleeding Sharpies & Shellac

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I'm interrupting the garden gate series to delve into a matter that arose in the comments on a previous post, where I mentioned that I sometimes use a black Sharpie felt-tip pen to make the stripes on inlaid bees. A couple of readers responded that applying shellac on top of the marker would dissolve the ink, leading to smudges. Having used this technique many times over the years without producing […]The post Bleeding Sharpies & Shellac appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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It's OK if the Wood Splinters a Bit

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During the last decade, I've built a lot of six-board chests, including the examples found in this 2013 article in Popular Woodworking Magazine. For as long as I have been building these chests, I've been criticized for the way I fasten them with headed nails, which can result in the wood splintering a bit. The crux of the question is this: Do you want to assemble an item so it […]The post It's OK if the Wood Splinters a Bit appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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On Wood Selection - June 2018 PWM

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A great use for fast-growing oak. Rear posts for ladderback chairs, some in the bending form, others just mortised for the slats. These posts are 114" in diameter and have about 6 growth rings.Both fast- and slow-growing wood present good opportunities. by Peter Follansbee Pages 26-28 Wood selection is an important part of any woodworking project. I sometimes feel like I take it to an extreme, like I'm some kind of oak snob. Sometimes people see pieces I reject and they can't understand what's wrong with me. Too much twist, a bow here or there. Not straight enough grain. I'm spoiled from decades […]The post On Wood Selection - June 2018 PWM appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Death to Disposable Furniture

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In many ways, the Europeans are ahead of us in the United States (like it or no). Their recycling programs far outpace the ones in the Midwest. Public transport is worlds better. Even the basic coffee is better than our basic Folger's. They are even ahead of us in switching over to flatpack furniture. And this is a dystopian future. During the last seven days in Germany and Austria, I've […]The post Death to Disposable Furniture appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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The I Can Do That Workbench - Part 1

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We've made it three seasons without building a workbench for I Can Do That. It's been requested and we've wanted to make one for a while but we just hadn't gotten to it. But now it's here. It features torsion boxes, unique joinery and home center materials - a perfect recipe for someone who wants to grow in their skillset. In this build, took full advantage of the table saw […]The post The I Can Do That Workbench - Part 1 appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Quick Look at the New Bosch Palm Router - PopWood Playback

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This week on PopWood Playback, I took a quick look at the Bosch GKF12V-25N palm router. My initial impressions are good. The unit has an impressive fit and finish and I found no trouble in edge routing simple chamfers and roundovers. I will conduct a significantly longer test for an upcoming review on the tool, but I was just too curious about this router and wanted to get my hands […]The post Quick Look at the New Bosch Palm Router - PopWood Playback appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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How to Polish a Chip Breaker Bolt - Andy Rawls

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Editor's note: If you have a trick of the trade that we can share, email me at david.lyell@fwmedia.com! This one comes from Andy Rawls, a furniture maker in Texas. You can find his work on his website, YouTube channel and Instagram. I recently shot a video for my Youtube channel showing how I restored a Stanley No. 4 hand plane. The process requires the clean up of several bolts and […]The post How to Polish a Chip Breaker Bolt - Andy Rawls appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Why I Like to Use Shellac as Our Go-to Finish in My Box Making Class

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Shellac is a great finish. It dries fast and if used correctly, can build up a decent protective layer on wood very effectively. It is not resistant to water or alcoholic beverages as varnish or lacquer are, but it is very forgiving to apply. Perhaps more importantly — it keeps my students busy. This last point needs some clarification. Towards the end of the trimester, when my 9th-grade students are […]The post Why I Like to Use Shellac as Our Go-to Finish in My Box Making Class appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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How Wood Conditioners are Giving Washcoats a Bad Name

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Over my career making and restoring furniture I've found washcoats helpful now and then when staining wood. A washcoat is a finish, any finish, thinned with two or more parts thinner and applied to wood under a stain to partially seal the wood so penetration of the stain is limited. The purpose is to reduce blotching in blotch-prone woods such as pine, cherry and birch. That is, in softwoods and […]The post How Wood Conditioners are Giving Washcoats a Bad Name appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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The Portable Moravian Workbench

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A good workbench is worth its weight in gold, and building your own workbench is often the first right of passage for an aspiring woodworker. For workbenches, there's also a balancing act between weight and portability, size and strength, materials and vises. While the Portable Moravian Workbench may look a little different than the English and French designs that are so popular, this design, based on an 18th-century workbench from […]The post The Portable Moravian Workbench appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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