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CNC Skills: Origin Points Part Two: Finding and setting the Zero Point

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In the first post in this CNC Skills series on Origin Points, I emphasized how critical reference positions are for digital woodworkers. When you're working on a drawing in CAD, the origin point is at the intersection of the X, Y and Z axis. All measurements positive or negative, begin at that point. By the numbers, that's X=0,Y=0,and Z=0. It's from that position that the piece you're cutting is […]The post CNC Skills: Origin Points Part Two: Finding and setting the Zero Point appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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A Visit to a Furniture Restoration Shop in Tel Aviv: Part 2

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As I mentioned in the first part of the story, Shay likes to frequent the Jaffa flea markets to look for all kinds of goodies. In fact, many of the tools that he uses come from boxes of miscellaneous items that he has seenthere. He buys the tools for little money and later finds the time to rehabilitate them. After fishing the tool from a merchant'sbox or picking it from […]The post A Visit to a Furniture Restoration Shop in Tel Aviv: Part 2 appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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In Praise of Knots, the Defect that is Watching You

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When I went to the lumberyard to buy the stock for my first project of my own design I picked through the store's entire stack of 1x12s to find the boards with the most attractive constellation of knots. I wasn't trying to be cheeky or make a statement (other than I like knots). I genuinely liked knots because they reminded me that the board was once a tree - not […]The post In Praise of Knots, the Defect that is Watching You appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Book Giveaway: With Saw, Plane & Chisel

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With Saw, Plane & ChiselI was looking through some of our recent books for this week's book giveaway and realized I had an extra copy of Zach Dillinger's “With Saw, Plane & Chisel” on my desk. It's a fascinating look at period-accurate building techniques. If you love classic Americanfurniture and areinterested in how things were made back in the day, this book is worth a read. Zach creates museum quality reproductions the old fashioned […]The post Book Giveaway: With Saw, Plane & Chisel appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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