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Diamonds are a Turner's Best Friend: My Favorite Slipstone

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The circumference of a 12 bowl (2r) is about 38. Multiply that to a lathe's speed and you'll realize that wood turners are making almost a mile of shavings a minute. I think it's fair to say that turners sharpen more than any other woodworkers. Like other areas of the craft, religious sects have developed around sharpening in the turning world. Yet few fanatics outside of skew maniacs ever discuss […]The post Diamonds are a Turner's Best Friend: My Favorite Slipstone appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Give Me a Brake (How to Make a Riving Brake)

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riving brakeGet some splitting leverage with this simple contraption. by Peter Follansbee Reach for a froe, and you should immediately think, Give me a brake. The brake can be a constructed workholding device, or just a couple of logs. Its function is to trap your workpiece in such a way that you can exert leverage on a section of a log as it's splitting. The froe - used to split a […]The post Give Me a Brake (How to Make a Riving Brake) appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Video Post: How to Fold the Corner of an Upholstered Seat

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So far, I have successfully avoided upholstery in my woodworking projects. As a newer woodworker, there has been so much to learn and practice that I haven't convinced myself that I should take up another discipline. I think there is some wisdom in staying focused while learning the essentials. But lately, I have admired the incredible work of conservators and restoration specialists who seem to know how to do it […]The post Video Post: How to Fold the Corner of an Upholstered Seat appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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The Genius of Miter Shooting Boards

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Cutting miters so they are 'just right' is a problem faced by all woodworkers. Here's how to sneak up on the perfect miter with scrap wood and a plane. by Don McConnell You find yourself in a quandary. To ensure that you don't cut a miter too short, you end up cutting it just a bit too long to fit. You wish you could trim it shorter by just a […]The post The Genius of Miter Shooting Boards appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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