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Easy Entry Digital Woodworking Preparing Patterns for an Outside CNC Service

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Inearlier posts in this series, I explained how you can take simple computer drawings and make paper patterns. In my last post, I revealed the process I used for years for making MDF patterns. But, how do you do that if you don't own a CNC? Outsource it. Here are a few tips onfinding and working with a local CNC shop. If you look around your area, you should be […]The post Easy Entry Digital Woodworking Preparing Patterns for an Outside CNC Service appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Carving Out a Pumpkin Pine Finish

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pumkin pineWe experimented to find the perfect recipe for this most-requested finish for pine - and it's as easy as pie. by Glen D. Huey from the Autumn 2007 issue of Woodworking Magazine Pumpkin pine is a developed patina that glows a warm orangy color similar to - you guessed it - a pumpkin. Ask woodworkers what finish they want to replicate when using white pine as their primary wood in […]The post Carving Out a Pumpkin Pine Finish appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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No-Cost, Low-Cost, Easy-Entry Digital Woodworking Part One

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It always starts with a design Digital woodworking uses digitally controlled tools in your workshop as an addition to hybrid and handtools. Most often this means owning and operating a CNC and learning to use CAD programs. For many, committing to a CNC is a big step financially, so here are some thoughts on how to get started with digital woodworking. Here's the thing, you can mine a nice chunk […]The post No-Cost, Low-Cost, Easy-Entry Digital Woodworking Part One appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Blackened Wood: Designing with Fire

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Black and grays are the stars of today's architecture and furniture design. Most of the black in today's wood furniture and cabinetry is painted or produced by means of stains and dyes, but another way to turn a piece black is by charring. Charring involves no solvents and requires no drying time. When topped with a low-luster finish such as Osmo Polyx oil, it produces a velvety appearance that highlights […]The post Blackened Wood: Designing with Fire appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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