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How to Choose a Log at the Log Yard with Elia Bizzarri

Sat, 08/05/2017 - 2:57pm
In my above video, professional Windsor Chair Maker Elia Bizzarri teaches how to find the best log for woodworking, at a North Carolina log yard. This extremely useful lesson is part of the 2-disc DVD “Build a Traditional Windsor Rocker with Elia Bizzarri” (buy it in my store here). Here are some

Understanding & Restoring Antique Hand Saws

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 11:55am
  By Joshua Farnsworth In my above video, expert hand saw maker Tom Calisto goes into detail on refurbishing an antique Simonds back saw that I bought several years back. Tom teaches classes at Roy Underhill's The Woodwright's School, and he is a contributing writer for both Fine

Make a Historic Beeswax, Oil & Turpentine Furniture Polish Finish

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 4:00am
In this tutorial I teach how to mix melted beeswax, boiled linseed oil, and turpentine to create a lovely historic wood finish and furniture polish. This recipe was taught to me by both the furniture makers at Colonial Williamsburg and the Frontier Culture Museum. How to Make a Historic Beeswax, Oil

How to Make a Bench Hook for Hand Saw Cross Cutting

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 11:26am
A bench hook is one of the most used appliances in a traditional woodworking workshop and fortunately one of the easiest to build. It's ridiculously easy to build! What is a Bench Hook used for? A bench hook is a simple wooden appliance that hooks against a workbench's edge and is

Make Historical Wood Screws Using Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 10:51am
Several years ago I was surprised to learn how much money a popular online screw retailer was selling historical-style slotted screws for. The shipping cost was terrible too. But nevertheless, my friends were buying wood screws from this company because the slotted screws looked so good on historical-style furniture and hardware.

18th Century Beeswax Wood Finishing with a French Polissoir (Don Williams Workshop Tour Part 4)

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 10:54am
By Joshua Farnsworth In part four of the above video workshop tour, Don Williams teaches how to use a French Polissoir with a beeswax wood polish to create an incredible 18th century historic furniture wood finish. WHAT IS A FRENCH "POLISSOIR"? A polissoir (polisher) is essentially straw broom bristles tightly bound together with string. You

Don Williams’ Amazing Off-Grid Timber Frame Barn Workshop (Part 3)

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 2:31pm
In part three of the above video tour Don Williams takes us into the hand tool woodworking room where he builds furniture and works on other projects. This is where Don Stores his handplanes: Don proudly admits that the interior of his workshop is more functional than scenic. Here are some of

Don Williams’ Amazing Off-Grid Timber Frame Barn Workshop (Part 2)

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 7:45am
In this second part of Don Williams' workshop tour, he shares his ingenious method for melting and refining raw beeswax for use in his famous beeswax wood finishes. While working as the Senior Furniture Conservator at the Smithsonian Institution, Don and his late colleague Mel Hoviak patented what they believed to be the best

Beautiful Walnut and Maple Headphones + Giveaway

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 2:49pm
I recently encountered a really cool company called Meze Audio that makes beautiful handcrafted headphones out of lovely hardwoods like walnut, maple, and beech. It's really refreshing to see an alternative to plastic headphones, and to see a company that cares about craftsmanship. We woodworkers appreciate quality, craftsmanship, and nice lumber, so