The Woodshop Shed

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

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Smart Cars Need Smart Paint

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I'm sure you're aware of the research being done to produce smart cars and trucks that drive themselves. But it may be more complicated than simply designing the sensors for the vehicles. What if there's snow on the road? Or if the road markings have been worn off, or if it's raining so hard or so foggy that the sensors can't see the road? It turns out that 3M has […]The post Smart Cars Need Smart Paint appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Video: Circle Jig for the Band Saw

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Band saws are great for cutting curves but when you need a perfect circle, you need a jig. I've used many circle-cutting helpers over the years and the design presented by Tom Caspar in the video below combines the best features from all of them. The jig is held in place on the band saw table using a bar in the miter slot and it features an adjustable pivot point […]The post Video: Circle Jig for the Band Saw appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Pop Wood Group Project: Magnetic Picture Rails

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Last week, Marissa Bowers (our wonderful designer, who's been helping us out while we seek a new permanent art director*) mentioned she had been looking for a set of picture rails - and wondered aloud if it was something we could build in the shop. Ever eager for an excuse to bring everyone out to the shop, we decided that everyone in theoffice could use their own, and I (Brendan […]The post Pop Wood Group Project: Magnetic Picture Rails appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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24 Lumber Lawsuit Dismissed

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In my November 2017 editor's note, I wrote about two $5,000,000 lawsuits filed against Menard's and Home Depot for “false and misleading advertising” for selling 2×4 lumber that isn't actually 2″ x 4″. You can read that here, if you like. Last night,Nicholas Vanaria (a friend from Instagram) let me know that the suit against Menard's was dismissed. U.S. District Judge Edmond Change threw out the case on October 6. […]The post 2×4 Lumber Lawsuit Dismissed appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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