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Book Giveaway: ICDT Woodworking Projects

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 4:59am

I’m currently editing a new book in the “I Can Do That!” series of products. Authored by the ICDT video series host Chad Stanton, the new book includes 20 great projects including coffee tables, nightstands, bookcases and even a rocking chair – all built in the ICDT tradition with an affordable kit of tools and materials you can easily find at your local home center. The book will be available […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

Video: Buying Router Bits

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 6:00am
router bits

I recently went in search of an 1/8″ slot-cutting router bit that I needed that day. Home Depot was close and I left with my bit. But rather than buy a single bit, I ended up buying a $50 kit with 15 router bits. I didn’t need all of the bits – already having many of them – but it was the only way to get the bit I needed […]

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Greene & Greene Finger Joints on a Shop Made Dado Sled

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 6:00am

Using a Dial Indicator and Calipers to Achieve Tight Fitting Finger Joints Greene & Greene (G&G) finger joints are distinctive in their size and spacing. The joints are unlike any other finger joint I’ve seen, which is probably why I’ve been so adamant about learning how to produce them. One of the methods I found for cutting G&G finger joints involved making templates for various finger sizes and a handheld […]

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How to Avoid Kickback on a Table Saw

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 8:30am
kickback

I posted a video on our YouTube channel this morning with Kelly Mehler on table saw kickback. In talking with David Lyell about the video I realized that a lot had happened since that video was made (seven+ years ago?). At that time Kelly was using a European sliding table saw to point out some anti-kickback features that weren’t common on our table saw in the U.S. Yes, we had guards […]

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Butterfly and Piano Hinges – April 2018 Issue of PWM

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 4:53am

The April issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine will have a reference article on eight types of commonly used hinges. Describing the uses and installation of so many varieties takes a lot of space, leaving little room for illustrations of hinges in use. The editors and I agreed that a series of related posts would be an ideal way to augment the feature. More detailed information will be available in the […]

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PopWood Playback #1 | Top Woodworking Videos of the Week

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 3:00am

Friends of the Shop Blog, I want to share with you a new series on our YouTube channel called PopWood Playback. We’ve kept an active channel over on YouTube for years. We have over 1,000 videos posted – but the vast majority of them are excerpts from premium long format videos. Starting this week, we are going to take a more direct approach with our nearly 100,000 subscribers and release weekly videos that share […]

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Book Giveaway: Hand Tool Basics

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 1:00pm
Hand Tool Basics

I’m kicking off 2018 with a giveaway of our first book of this year which is just now hitting bookshelves: Steve Branam’s “Hand Tool Basics.” This book is a great way to incorporate hand tools into your woodworking process. Step-by-step photos and explanations walk you through everything you need to know from sharpening tools to stock prep to joinery and more. Simply post a comment below and I’ll choose one winner […]

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Watching Frank Klausz Never Gets Old – Effortless Dovetails

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 7:51am
Frank Klausz Dovetails

Yes, you’re right, Frank Klausz cutting dovetails isn’t exactly new. In fact, I’ve been watching Frank cut dovetails for 25 years. But guess what, it never gets old! This master craftsman not only makes the woodworking look effortless and nearly flawless, but he makes it entertaining! He has so much to teach that with every view of his process, I manage to pick up another little thing that I missed […]

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Working Reclaimed Wood: A Guide for Woodworkers, Makers, and Designers is on its Way.

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 2:00am

If publishing a book is like putting a satellite in orbit via a multistage rocket, then last week I completed the first and most demanding leg of the lift-off. With the first stage of separation behind me, I am happy to report that the new book is on a steady acceleration course to join the Popular Woodworking library of books. For the last two years, I have been working on […]

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Make New Brass Look Old

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 12:07pm

One of my current jobs involves adding a few cabinets to a 1912 kitchen. The kitchen’s lone original built-in has frame and panel doors hung on traditionally mortised brass butt hinges. The original hinges are unswaged, or what the English shops where I worked early in my career called solid-drawn brass butts. They have fixed pins and no finials. And they are a dark brown-black. One of my go-to sources […]

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Winners of Week 4 and Grand Prize! December to Remember 2017

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 2:47am
Enter to win daily!

Hey folks, the December to Remember contest has come to a close! We are so excited about our winners this year! December 22:  Chris Formato, California December 23:  Patrick Cavanaugh, Mississippi December 24:  Pat Flynn, Missouri December 25:  Steven Okusky, Maine December 26:  David LeTourneau, Maine December 27:  James Suss, Massachusetts December 28:  Phil Benzmiller, Minnesota December 29: Kenneth Cooper, Oklahoma December 30: Barry Johnson, Alabama Grand Prize Winner December 31: Jeff […]

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Building in The New Year

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 6:00am

Here at Popular Woodworking, we’re excited for what the New Year will bring. We’re also eager for all the projects and techniques we’re going to work on – so we wanted to share with you some of the things we have coming up in the video above. Let us know what projects and techniques to learn you have planned! Links to drawings, sketches and designs are welcome! Looking for inspiration? […]

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Winners of Week 3 – December to Remember 2017

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 2:00am

I have drawn the following winners at random for the second week of the contest. Continue to enter throughout the month of December! December 15: Francis Blais, Ohio December 16: Dennie Arnold, Texas December 17: Mike Quan, North Carolina December 18: Raymond Fontenot, Texas December 19: John Maslar, Florida December 20: Terry Fancher, Ohio December 21: Ken Rich, Michigan

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Build an Affordable Kitchen Island

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 6:15am

Kitchen islands are the contemporary version of the old-fashioned kitchen worktable: a centrally located station at which to chop, slice, mix, roll, and knead. Today’s islands typically provide enclosed storage, as well as work space; some even house sinks, dishwashers, and other appliances. And of course lots of people also use their island as a place to eat. Some islands are freestanding pieces of furniture designed with work and storage in […]

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Making a Bench in a Hurry with Alan Turner

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 2:05am

I’ve built a few benches in my time, benches for show and benches in a hurry. I’ve also seen, written about and filmed other benches being made. Each bench and each maker has a process and something unique that they want to add to their bench – and they darn well should! There’s nothing quite as personal as a woodworking bench with the fair amount of planning and energy that […]

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Enter to Win a Mirka DEROS Dust-Free Sanding System – Today Only!

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 9:09am

Today’s Prize — December 25 We have a huge prize for December to Remember today! Remember to enter every day for your chance to win a daily prize! Week One Winners Week Two Winners Contest Calendar Enter now! Mirka® DEROS Dust-Free Sanding System Includes BOTH Mirka® DEROS 5″ and Mirka DEOS® 3″ x 5″ Brushless DC Sanders, MV-912 Dust Extractor, MVHA-5 co-ax 5m vacuum hose. Mirka® DEROS and DEOS are […]

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Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017 – Y’all Really Like Drama and Chris Schwarz

Sun, 12/24/2017 - 2:00am

I took a look at our analytics for the blogs on our site and found that y’all really like drama and Chris Schwarz. I really can’t blame you, I’ve waited for the day of reckoning when we can put the “why isn’t a 2×4 actually 2×4” conversation to bed. And Chris…can you even be a woodworker in the 21st century with one of his holy works by your bench? I don’t blame […]

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Winners of Week 2 – December to Remember 2017

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 2:00am

I have drawn the following winners at random for the second week of the contest. Continue to enter throughout the month of December! December 8: Fred B., Michigan December 9: James Leinen, Minnesota December 10: Rhonda Hunt, Colorado December 11: Les Burger, New Jersey December 12: Billy Ervin, North Carolina December 13: John Day, Ohio December 14: Mark Mistretta, Illinois

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Quick Holiday Project: Wooden Robot Dolls

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 2:00am

Holiday fever is upon me. Panicked gift shopping aside, I spent the weekend working on a couple of projects for family. This morning I decided I needed another stocking stuffer for my two daughters – wooden robot dolls. I’d seen some cool robots made of wooden blocks on Pinterest and decided to try my hand at them. I dug through our scrap pile and found my materials (I used poplar […]

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The Bright Future of Woodworking – Jaida Waggoner

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 1:00pm

I’m happy to report that there is a bright future for woodworking. A short while ago, we had a chance to catch up with Jaida Waggoner. She stopped by our shop to show us a couple of chairs she’d recently completed and the staff was duly impressed. In fact, Jaida is part of an accomplished woodworking family – her older brother is an impressive woodworker too. If these young woodworkers […]

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