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Tip: Wipe it Where You Store it

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hook_IMG_6076I know a woodworker who said he saved himself hundreds of steps a day merely by moving his pencil sharpener so it is under his table saw. I had a similar “duh” moment today when I was wiping down a handsaw to put it in my tool chest. For the last 15 years I’ve kept an oily rag hanging on the frame of my articulated bench light. The position of […]The post Tip: Wipe it Where You Store it appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Stripping with Only Solvent

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To test whether a finish is shellac or lacquer, dab alcohol or lacquer thinner onto the finish to see if the solvent makes the finish sticky or removes itWith shellac and lacquer finishes, which are the finishes used on almost all old furniture and woodwork, you can use their solvent for stripping instead of a paint-and-varnish remover. Depending on the object being stripped, I often find this method easier in the sense of spending less total time. It’s also less messy. Use denatured alcohol for shellac and lacquer thinner for lacquer. You can test the finish to find […]The post Stripping with Only Solvent appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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IWF is HUGE

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International Woodworking FairOn Tuesday online editor Jon Russelburg and I piled into a rented red Ford and drove from Cincinnati, OH, to Atlanta, GA, for the 2016 International Woodworking Fair at the Georgia World Congress Center. If you’ve never been (and this was a first for both Jon and me), let me summarize the event for you in one word: HUGE. In a professional capacity, I made sure to stop by some […]The post IWF is HUGE appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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How to Start a Woodworking Myth

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cork_wedges_IMG_6039There are so many old wives’ tales in our craft that you could write an entire book that lists and debunks them. Students constantly bombard me with them, and it makes me wonder: How do these begin? After a slip of the tongue the other day, I think I have a good idea. This week I’m assembling a Roman workbench and had a couple woodworking friends over as we drove […]The post How to Start a Woodworking Myth appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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