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A Tip for Sharpening Marking Knives

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In my classes, we use marking/carving knives quite a lot. We score lines in preparation for making a knife-wall, we use them to whittle animals, to cut paper veneer and more. Our knives are shaped in the traditional European pattern with a wide bolster at the meeting point of the blade and the handle. To sharpen a knife I use DMT diamond stones. Typically, I begin with a fine stone […]The post A Tip for Sharpening Marking Knives appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Precision Instruments for Woodworkers - Part Four: Recommended Tools

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In this series, I've covered tools for standardization, tools for measuring and tools for precision. Now, it's time to bring it all together with a few recommendations for different kinds of woodworking. How much accuracy you need depends on the kind of woodworking that you do. Remember that for hundreds of years, woodworkers got away with few or no measuring tools, yet still produced amazingly accurate work. How? It's because […]The post Precision Instruments for Woodworkers - Part Four: Recommended Tools appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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How to Get Rid of Black Stains on an Exterior Door

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In the October, 2017 issue of Popular Woodworking, page 10, I answered a question from a reader concerning how to handle paint on an exterior door that was beginning to lift at the cross-grain joints where water was able to get in and work its way underneath. This inspired another reader to ask how to remove black stains on his clear-finished exterior door (at least one coat of polyurethane) and […]The post How to Get Rid of Black Stains on an Exterior Door appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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How to Make a Cloud Lifted Ebony Spline

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A clamping jig with a cloud lifted profile safely holds thin stock while at the router table.Greene & Greene (G&G) breadboard ends are never flush with the edge or top of a table top. This proud look is then capped with a polished Ebony spline embedded in a mortise between the breadboard end and the table top infield. The spline profile is lifted (often called a cloud lift) to accentuate the proud look of the breadboard end relative to the infield. Furthermore, the spline is pillowed […]The post How to Make a Cloud Lifted Ebony Spline appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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