The Woodshop Shed

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

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Can You Draw Skippy the Turtle?

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table saw roller outfeed tableOK – I’m not really looking for someone who can draw a turtle; I need an illustrator who can take over our Tricks and Letters drawings, to develop digitally deliverable images (four to six illustrations per issue, seven issues per year) working from photos and text. And obviously, a solid understanding of woodworking is key. Our long-time and much-beloved illustrator, Mary Jane (MJ) Favorite, has an exciting venture on the […]The post Can You Draw Skippy the Turtle? appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Build Your Own Tools

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James HamiltonWoodworkers have a reputation for taking matters into their own hands. When something doesn’t work the way you want it to, what do you do? You go to the shop and build something that will. That’s probably why thewebsite StumpyNubs.com is so popular. Stumpy (whose real name is James Hamilton) makes his mission to solve problems and streamline workflow in the shop by building machines from scratch. You can find […]The post Build Your Own Tools appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Furniture Polishes

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Dip Stick Cartoon002I spent most of the decade of the ’90s trying to make sense of furniture polishes. Claims from manufacturers were (and still are) all over the map. Even worse were all the contradictory opinions of my professional-refinishing colleagues, museum conservators, furniture-store clerks and my customers. I figured out pretty quickly that furniture polishes couldn’t possibly replace the natural oils in wood because only a few exotics, such as teak and […]The post Furniture Polishes appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Small Changes to my Moxon Vises

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moxon_overall_IMG_0097Since I began making Moxon-style vises in 2010, I’m made several dozens for students customers and have made some small changes to the way I build them. Above all, I try to keep my Moxon vises as simple and compact as possible, which is why I haven’t added tables or other gizmos. Here is what my latest one, which ships out today, looks like. The most significant change is that […]The post Small Changes to my Moxon Vises appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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