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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

Don Williams’ Amazing Off-Grid Timber Frame Barn Workshop (Part 1)

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 6:40am
  In this video & article, Don Williams shares a tour of his timber frame barn woodworking workshop in the mountains of Highland County, Virginia. And yes, he bought his 4 story timber frame barn on eBay...I'll explain in more detail below. I first met Don Williams several years

Woodwright’s Shop DVDs

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 6:13am
Well, within a relatively short period of time the episodes started to flow forth onto discs, like dew from heaven.  Around 6 hours of traditional woodworking classes (per season) for around $35...worth every cent! Thank you Popular Woodworking Magazine! I highly doubt it was my letter that engaged the process, but I'm so happy to have this

Understanding & Choosing Antique Router Planes

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 6:21pm
In this video tutorial Bill Anderson shows how to choose antique router planes when you're hunting around at tool swaps, eBay, or flea markets. He also helps you understand the different types of router planes and features to look for. The full DVD, where Bill shows how to choose, refurbish, tune, and use all sorts of

Incredible Water Powered Wood Shop at Hancock Shaker Village

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 6:55am
Check out my above video of my private tour of the water-powered, belt-driven woodworking machine shop at the historical Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. I'll admit that I forgot to publish this last year along with the other videos! Hancock volunteer Ted Williams gave Will Myers and I a private tour of this workshop, and let us use

The Completed Dovetail Desk! {Part 17 of “Build a Dovetail Desk with Hand Tools”}

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 4:52pm
You're not going to believe it. My family didn't believe it. Remember a couple years ago how I started building a dovetailed desk? Well it's finished! And here is the final video and some photos to prove it. If you remember, I was building this desk for my two oldest boys' Christmas present...in 2014. And

How to Glue Up a Table Panel with Panel Clamps + Giveaway!

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 8:51am
In this video I show how to glue up boards into a table top panel using panel clamps. I'm also giving away a bunch of awesome gifts, including a matching set of these Damstom Panel Clamps, at the bottom of this blog post. Most of my winners say they've never won anything in their lives, so