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Powerless Woodworker - When a Nor'easter Rolls into Town

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The latest Nor'easter left us powerless. On Wednesday afternoon we lost electricity to the elements. The snow that began falling that morning didn't seem that hospitable, to say the least. It was wet and clingy. When I noticed the rate of accumulation and the sagging branches on all the trees in our neighborhood, I said to my partner, this storm is a limb killer. And indeed my dire prediction came […]The post Powerless Woodworker - When a Nor'easter Rolls into Town appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Dovetail Angles are Style, Not Substance

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For dovetails, I use what I call a redneck slope - 1:4 or 14. I like this slope because I've seen it on a lot of vernacular pieces I've studied. It says: Dovetail y'all! And not: Ill-defined box joint. But that's just what my eye sees. Truth is, dovetail slopes are more about fashion than their mechanical properties. When I started woodworking, my head was injected with a lot of […]The post Dovetail Angles are Style, Not Substance appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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A Dovetailing Trick for Beginners

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I don't think I've cut a single dovetail for eight months - my work has been mostly chairs and casework that relied on other joints. So I'm a bit out of practice. When this happens and I need to cut dovetails, I quickly default to the method I use to teach students to dovetail. This method helps build good habits when sawing and helps you fix any mistakes. This method […]The post A Dovetailing Trick for Beginners appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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