The Woodshop Shed

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

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The Case Against Tail Vises

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If workbenches were like automobiles, then I'd consider the tail vise to be like the heated seats in a car. They're an option, of course, but they are by no means standard equipment, like tires. Out of economic necessity, my first three workbenches didn't have tail vises, and so I was thrilled when I was assigned to review a full-size European workbench with all the bells and whistles, including a […]The post The Case Against Tail Vises appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Peeling Paint on Exterior Doors

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A reader had a problem with the paint on his front doors, which he thought might be caused by exposure to strong sunlight for many hours each day. Fortunately, he sent pictures, which told me a different story. From the pictures, it seemed more likely that the damage was caused by moisture. UV sunlight causes painted surfaces to fade, dull and eventually chalk. The paint on these doors appears to […]The post Peeling Paint on Exterior Doors appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Book Giveaway: Making Wooden Toys

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Wooden ToysIt's time for another book giveaway! This week I'm giving away a book on making wooden toys: “Making Classic Wooden Toys: 21 Step-by-Step Projects.” Who hasn't at some point been inspired by a kindly yet mischievous woodworker who gavethem a mysterious wooden puzzle and challenged them to figure it out? These days I have my suspicions whether some of the “puzzles” my own grandfather handed me actually could be solved […]The post Book Giveaway: Making Wooden Toys appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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3D Carving the BARN Workbench Vises

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A workbench designed for hand tool woodworkers but made (partially) with a CNC. Each bench features a unique 3D carved leg vise. Here's a video introduction into how they were made. The BARN workbench was designed for the Bainbridge Island Artisan Resource Network. BARN is a Seattle area community group that built a wonderful community facility for artisans to share resources, education, and workspace. To give them a hand, I […]The post 3D Carving the BARN Workbench Vises appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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