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How to Set Bent Teeth on a Japanese Style Saw

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 7:46am

I really like Japanese style saws and I especially appreciate their contribution in the classroom. First, thanks to their ingenious tooth geometry, and the fact that they are so thin compared to their Western counterparts, they are easy to use and require little effort when pulling through a cut. Secondly, their teeth are hardened to a higher degree than their Western brethren’s which makes them usable for an exceptionally longer […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

Designing with Butts – Rediscover the Architectural Butt Hinge

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 9:52am
butt hinges

The simple butt hinge is ubiquitous. Even if the doors of your kitchen cabinets hang on concealed European hardware and you swear by Brusso knife hinges for every piece of furniture you make, there’s a good chance that the architectural doors throughout your house, as well as most of the buildings you visit each day, are hung on butts. Architectural, or full-size, butt hinges are the beefier counterparts of their […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

PopWood Playback #5 | Top Woodworking Videos of the Week

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 3:10am

Episode #5 is live on Youtube! We’re really enjoying all the submissions and support from everyone – we have five great videos to share with you this week. Look out for more PopWood Playback episodes every Saturday morning on our Youtube channel. David will be returning next week, so in the meantime check out our picks this week: 🎥 Young Je – https://youtu.be/b_F8-atFOcQ 🎥 SE Woodwork – https://youtu.be/rxK-YFcCJco 🎥 Modern […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

Woodworking Workshop for Parents and Fall Fair 2017 – Part 2: How Build a Gnome house

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 10:29am

When our School’s Fall fair is over, we have the opportunity to pick up some of the leftover forest decor materials and store them for future use in our Manhattan-based woodshop. One find from past years’ Fall Fair was a hollow branch of about 8 inches in diameter. A week after the Fair ended, a volunteer parent mentioned to me that she wanted to build a Gnome house for her […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

Stacking Tool Caddy – Adapt a Project to Make it Yours!

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 7:01am

Once in a while I come across a Popular Woodworking inspired project on Reddit. It’s really interesting to see how people use the pages of our magazine to bring an idea to life. The user, bityard, came across Chad Stanton’s build article, Stacking Tool Caddy, from the December 2017 issue, while at his parent’s house. It sparked an idea for storing his rachets and sockets. The stacking caddy is an […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

Precision Instruments for Woodworkers — Part One: Standardization

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 5:23am

Tools for measuring. Tools for Accuracy. ACCURACY IS IMPORTANT PART OF WOODWORKING I’ve been working as a furniture maker for quite a while, now. Along the way, you refine your processes, develop techniques and create a lot of habits over time. Certainly, an important part of working professionally is to work efficiently —you learn very quickly that time is a fixed asset. You also learn that you have to work […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

A Primer on Scribing: How to Scribe with a Shim

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 5:05am

Scribing, like coping, is one of those seemingly magical techniques that allow you to make one piece fit another. Scribing has a variety of applications. It’s not only good for fitting trim to irregular walls, or cabinets to floors that are out of level; you can scribe almost any material – round logs, sheets of drywall, floor tiles, pieces of exterior siding … you could even, in principle, use it […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

Upcoming Simple Cove Guild Build: Cherry Wall Cabinet

Sun, 01/28/2018 - 6:57am

This is a guest post by Sean Walker. He is the founder of Simple Cove, a website for sharing project builds. He is gearing up to release a new build from the pages of Popular Woodworking Magazine.  A post shared by Sean Walker (@simplecove) on Jan 22, 2018 at 6:28am PST Hi guys, I’m a new face that you’ve not seen on this blog before. My name is Sean Walker […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

PopWood Playback #4 | Top Woodworking Videos of the Week

Sat, 01/27/2018 - 3:04am

  🚨 NOTICE: No Davids were harmed in the making of this episode.🚨 Episode #4 is live on YouTube! Thank you all so much for your submissions – we have six great videos to share with you this week. Look out for more PopWood Playback episodes every Saturday morning on our Youtube channel. I’ll be hijacking Playback next week, so I’ll see you then! – Jake Motz Here are the […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

Book Giveaway: Wood Finishing 101

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 7:19am
Wood Finishing 101

This week I’m giving away a copy of Bob Flexner’s “Wood Finishing 101.” This book is a great step-by-step guide for simple finishes. Simply post a comment below and I’ll choose 1 winner at random. Winner will be announced Monday 1/29. Good luck!

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Categories: General Woodworking

How Trees Grow

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 5:34am
How Wood Grows

Being a woodworker of many years I have friends who will constantly ruin a good walk in the woods with questions of, “what type of tree is that?” Truth is, I’m not really very good at identifying trees. I’m much better at identifying a slab of lumber! I recognize the wood in the form I’m most familiar with. I’d like to be able to identify trees, but it doesn’t strongly […]

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WATCH: Interview with Wendell Castle

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 8:31am

Wendell Castle, the father of the art furniture movement, died Saturday at age 85. Many are mourning the loss of an innovative mind that brought art furniture to the mind of the masses. In 2016, we documented an interview with Oscar Fitzgerald and Wendell. There are many insights to glean, please enjoy this video on YouTube Live this afternoon. Hop over to the live stream HERE.  Purchase the DVD or video download here. […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

The Long Way Around: Finally Calling Your Long Term Project “Done”

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 8:29am
entryway table

There’s something to be said for just finishing a long term project. I’ve been working on a furniture build off and on since I first started at PW a few years ago. It was to be an entryway table that doubled as a place to store shoes and custom built to fit under a window yet over a heat return. I had grand plans for the piece that were above […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

Why We’re Here: Introducing Andrew Zoellner

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 7:04am

There was a time, in the not so distant past, when we made more stuff. Things were less disposable – we fixed our possessions when they broke. The furniture, dishes and home goods we kept in our lives had stories behind them and were built with purpose. I believe we’ve lost much of that handmade magic. That’s why I joined this team as the new editor in January. I want […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

The Case of the Missing Hinge: Trouble Installing a Soss Hinge

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 11:30am

The second article in my two-part series about hinges for Popular Woodworking Magazine was conceived as “5 Fussy Hinges.” Tricky, fussy…choose your adjective. I prefer “less commonly used,” with the disclaimer that one woodworker’s “less common” may be another’s “everyday”; Brendan Gaffney may be able to install knife hinges in his sleep, and I used non-swaged brass butts on an almost daily basis for years, but many woodworkers have never […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

Wendell Castle 1932 – 2018

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 6:16am

Wendell Castle, the father of the art furniture movement, died Saturday at age 85. I’m privileged to have spent a few days with him while shooting a video, and while our time together was personal, the time wasn’t long enough to call him a friend. Thoughtful, soft-spoken and passionate are three words that come to my mind. I’m willing to admit that I’m not in love with all his furniture – though […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

POPWOOD Playback #3 – Top Woodworking Videos of the Week

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 3:04am

We have seven videos for you this week and a giveaway! Every Saturday morning we post reader-submitted and staff picked videos on our YouTube channel. Kreg sent us a couple of inline clamps and bench clamps to take a look at it. I thought they were solid bench accessories, so instead of sending them back to Kreg, I received permission to give them away! Enter the contest in the field below the video […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

Book Giveaway: Hybrid Woodworking

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:17pm
Hybrid Woodworking

This week’s book giveaway is for a copy of Marc Spagnuolo’s “Hybrid Woodworking.” If you’re looking to increase efficiency in your woodworking by combining power tools and hand tools, then this book is required reading. I’m giving away one copy for this week’s giveaway; simply post a comment below and I’ll choose one winner at random. Winner will be announced Monday 1/22/18.

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Categories: General Woodworking

Texas Heritage Woodworks Saddle Bag

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 7:24am

I’m a fan of having my tools out and at hand in the workshop. It’s easy enough to mount the saws to the wall, whip up a chisel rack and tuck the planes on a shelf, but the small items rarely have a good spot to sit – so they end up on every horizontal surface, in the way and subject to being knocked around or, even worse, onto the […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

Meet Don Weber: Renaissance Man

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 6:57am

Don Weber has been a friend to Popular Woodworking for a long time. His knowledge of traditional woodworking (and blacksmithing, as the photo above supports – props to photographer Al Parrish!) has appeared on our pages, in our videos and we’ve been privileged to have him in personal appearances at events over the years. Watching him set up and use his shop-made treadle lathe, or discuss the strengths and stresses involved […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

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