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

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Excerpt: How to Draw an Ellipse

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Editor's note: This is an excerpt from The Handy Shop Reference by Tom Begnal. This book contains tons of …The post Excerpt: How to Draw an Ellipse appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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A Couple Cottage Chairs

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My family recently took a trip to Lakeside, Ohio, with another family from our neighborhood. It was someone's idea …The post A Couple Cottage Chairs appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Helping Out a Friend

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We were disheartened to hear that our friend, avid Beatles fan and MASW woodworking instructor, Zane Powell, is now facing …The post Helping Out a Friend appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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The Mystery of the Acoustic Cantilever: Building a Dax for Your Daxophone

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What Is the CNC Home Position?

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Teaching is a two-way street. It's not just for students. As an instructor, you get to peek into the many …The post What Is the CNC Home Position? appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Bubbles in a Finish: How to Avoid Them or Deal With Them

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One of the most frustrating flaws in a dried finish is bubbles. The trick is to avoid getting them in …The post Bubbles in a Finish: How to Avoid Them or Deal With Them appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Stanley's 175th Anniversary Tape Measure is a Winner

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While buying some dowels at Menards this weekend I lucked into finding some of the Stanley 175th Anniversary tape measures …The post Stanley's 175th Anniversary Tape Measure is a Winner appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Joinery with Frank Klausz - A Bridle Joint

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Anyone who's ever watched, or seen Frank Klausz speak in public understands that they're learning from a guy who knows …The post Joinery with Frank Klausz - A Bridle Joint appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Finding Inspiration in Art

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I've been working out of town for three of the four last weeks, with precious little time in my shop. …The post Finding Inspiration in Art appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Tricks of the Trade: Inexpensive Jam Chuck

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Go to your local building supply store, and find a cheap plunger (mine was $3). Then take the handle off …The post Tricks of the Trade: Inexpensive Jam Chuck appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Modern Kitchen Island - I Can Do That!

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We just published a new episode of I Can Do That! In this episode, I built a small kitchen island …The post Modern Kitchen Island - I Can Do That! appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Make a Reclaimed or Scrap Wood Quilt

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Last week I taught a class on how to design and build furniture using reclaimed and scrap wood at Snow …The post Make a Reclaimed or Scrap Wood Quilt appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Marking Gauges are Functional History

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Many a woodworker first encountered a marking gauge in dad or grandpa's toolbox. We picked it up, played with it, …The post Marking Gauges are Functional History appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Thinning Oil and Varnish: It Can Seem Confusing

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Recently, I had an exchange with a friend who does woodworking as a hobby, and the exchange made me realize …The post Thinning Oil and Varnish: It Can Seem Confusing appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Recycling Wood is Cool

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As a society, we throw a lot of things away. Yes, we feel guilty about it and we try to …The post Recycling Wood is Cool appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Thank You, Chris

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As Chris recently announced on the Lost Art Press blog, we're ending our official relationship at the end of November. …The post Thank You, Chris appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Hand Tool Headquarters of the Midwest

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Finding quality used hand tools in the wild can be a challenge in the Midwest. Usually the best strategy is …The post Hand Tool Headquarters of the Midwest appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Shaker-Inspired Settee

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This contemporary take on a classic shaker settee builds skills and design sense. Many of my first woodworking …The post Shaker-Inspired Settee appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Design to Avoid the Perfect Storm

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Every job has challenges, but some jobs involve a set of conditions that combine to create a challenge far greater …The post Design to Avoid the Perfect Storm appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Miter Box Maestro

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I don't believe Ron Herman would argue with his being described as somewhat obsessed with traditional hand tools. For someone …The post Miter Box Maestro appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Best Woodworking Videos of the Week #32

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It's been too long since I shared a PopWood Playback episode with our Shop Blog readers. As some of you …The post Best Woodworking Videos of the Week #32 appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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An Overview of Chinese Furniture

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By: Wilbur Pan When it comes to the history of woodworking, period furniture styles, and woodworking techniques, most …The post An Overview of Chinese Furniture appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Tool Test: WoodRiver Bevel-Edge Socket Chisels

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When WoodRiver announced its new socket chisels, I was very intrigued. Price-wise, these chisels fall into the intermediate range - …The post Tool Test: WoodRiver Bevel-Edge Socket Chisels appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Digital Tools Have A Lot in Common

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There's a funny thing about digital tools that use Cartesian coordinate and movement systems these are tools that operate …The post Digital Tools Have A Lot in Common appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Woodworking in Motion

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I have long held the opinion that trying to learn motion from the printed word is at best a challenge …The post Woodworking in Motion appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Hanging and Wedging a Wooden Handle - Part 2

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Three years ago while teaching a woodworking class at Peters Valley I met Blacksmith Eric Dennis, who was at the …The post Hanging and Wedging a Wooden Handle - Part 2 appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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The Case for Long, Long (16') Lumber

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I use Southern yellow pine for a lot of shop projects, especially for building workbenches and sawbenches. But I also …The post The Case for Long, Long (16') Lumber appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Hanging and Wedging a Wooden Handle - Part 2

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Three years ago while teaching a woodworking class at Peters Valley I met Blacksmith Eric Dennis, who was at the …The post Hanging and Wedging a Wooden Handle - Part 2 appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Coming Soon: Bandsaw Techniques with Scott Phillips

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Last week we spent a 12 hour day in The American Woodshop with Scott Phillips. Our mission was to …The post Coming Soon: Bandsaw Techniques with Scott Phillips appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Jigs for Perfect Mortise & Tenon Joints

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These jigs help you hand cut flawless mortise-and-tenon joints.By Jeff Miller
Pages 48-52Mortise-and-tenon joints tend to frustrate woodworkers far more than dovetails do. That's no mystery; they are genuinely harder to cut than dovetails. The large flat tenon cheeks and mortise walls need to be flat, smooth and parallel, the shoulders have to line up perfectly all the way around the tenon, and to get a fit that works, the tolerances are within a couple of thousandths of an inch.About a year ago, I started fooling around with an idea to make hand-cut mortise-and-tenon joints a little easier. I came up with a pair of simple jigs that make it possible to cut - in conjunction with a good tenon saw and some mortise and paring chisels - accurate, repeatable joints by hand that rival those cut by machine. The jigs cut down on layout as well. And they make it easy to cut angled tenons. The final bonus is that the tenoning jig can actually help improve your saw technique.Video: Watch the author demonstrate his tenon jig.
Video: Watch the author demonstrate his mortise-paring jig.
In Our Store: "Sawing Fundamentals," by Christopher Schwarz
Web site: Visit Jeff Miller's web site for a list of classes he teaches.
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How to Make Cherry Look Old: There's No Good Way

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It would be hard to find a question in woodworking more often asked and more often inadequately answered than how …The post How to Make Cherry Look Old: There's No Good Way appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Frank Klausz' Masking Tape Joinery

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A while back I posted a trick for using blue painters tape to help adjust a router cut. The response …The post Frank Klausz' Masking Tape Joinery appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Steel Angle to the Rescue

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Although I rarely work with metal (other than metal hardware such as hinges, pulls, z-clip tabletop fasteners and screws), every …The post Steel Angle to the Rescue appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Where Art & Function Intersect: Meet Reid Schwartz

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By George R. Walker Meet Reid Schwartz: artist, interested human, maker of tools, worker of wood and restorer of old …The post Where Art & Function Intersect: Meet Reid Schwartz appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Sorry, But I Have to Mention Fire Safety

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Last week, the woodshop across the street from mine caught on fire. Luckily, no one was hurt, the firemen arrived …The post Sorry, But I Have to Mention Fire Safety appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Where Art & Function Intersect: Meet Reid Schwartz

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Yes, Ripple Moulding Exists (and is Awesome)

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Whenever I explain how ripple moulding is made by a waving engine - a circa 17th-century machine - most woodworkers …The post Yes, Ripple Moulding Exists (and is Awesome) appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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How to Build a Daxophone Soundbox

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Hey, welcome back. It's me again, Daniel Fishkin. In my last post, I introduced you to the musical instrument called …The post How to Build a Daxophone Soundbox appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Tablesaw Box Joints

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Tablesaw Box Joints A shop-made jig with micro-adjust guarantees perfect joints. By Tim Johnson   Box joints are the savvy …The post Tablesaw Box Joints appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Limbert - Second Fiddle to the Stickleys?

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Like any Arts & Crafts enthusiast, I like the Gustav and L. & J.G. Stickley classics. But every since I …The post Limbert - Second Fiddle to the Stickleys? appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Flush-cutting Without Frustration

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Cutting wedges, plugs or dowels flush with the surrounding surface is a source of great frustration for many woodworkers. Either …The post Flush-cutting Without Frustration appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Tricks of the Trade: Adjustable Router Stop Block

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I am making a bed headboard which requires multiple mortise and tenon joints on different wood thicknesses. I am routing …The post Tricks of the Trade: Adjustable Router Stop Block appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Q&A: Nicole Sweeney from NBC's Making It

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I had a chance to talk with Nicole Sweeney from NBC's summer craft show Making It (with hosts Nick Offerman…The post Q&A: Nicole Sweeney from NBC's Making It appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Tricking Furniture Appraisers: I Love These Stories

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Maybe it's because of the decades I spent restoring old and antique furniture, so I realize how difficult it can …The post Tricking Furniture Appraisers: I Love These Stories appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Tips for Handling Big Pieces

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A client recently commissioned me to build a 5-foot-square dining table. He'd seen the basic design online, but it wasn't …The post Tips for Handling Big Pieces appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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The Bowsaw Chair

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Inspired by early saws and a midcentury classic, the bowsaw chair is just six pieces of wood. When human civilization …The post The Bowsaw Chair appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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How to Finish a Table Made of Hickory

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I got this question from a friend and thought I should share my answer on the blog because it addresses …The post How to Finish a Table Made of Hickory appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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English Arts & Crafts: Decorative Gouging

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Editor's note: This is an excerpt from Nancy Hiller's English Arts & Crafts Furniture: Projects and Techniques for the Modern …The post English Arts & Crafts: Decorative Gouging appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Hanging and Wedging a Wooden Handle, Part 1

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Hanging and wedging a wooden handle is one of those topics that are heavily discussed in woodworking forums, on youtube, …The post Hanging and Wedging a Wooden Handle, Part 1 appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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5 Easy DIY Router Jigs Every Woodworker Should Have

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Improve your accuracy and control with these 5 router jigs. By: Bill Hylton Why buy a commercial jig when making …The post 5 Easy DIY Router Jigs Every Woodworker Should Have appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Next Generation Craftsman Tools

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Remember Craftsman Tools? I do! Best hand tools in the world, and if you busted one you took it back …The post Next Generation Craftsman Tools appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Late 17th-Century Scallop Edge Table

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By: Kerry Pierce An idea sketched on paper continues to evolve as it's sketched with tools in the shop. I …The post Late 17th-Century Scallop Edge Table appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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English Arts & Crafts: Decorative Gouging

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Introducing the Daxophone

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Hey! My name is Daniel, and this is the first of three posts about the daxophone, a very …The post Introducing the Daxophone appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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