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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

How to Beautifully Fume Furniture with Cheap Ammonia

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 4:17pm
I recently conducted an experiment to see what ammonia fuming results I could get using affordable (a.k.a. "cheap") ammonia from local hardware stores. I decided to conduct my experiment on the little Moravian foot stool that I recently built out of figured quartersawn white oak. All other ammonia fuming tutorials I had seen recommended using industrial strength

How to Beautifully Fume Furniture with Cheap Ammonia

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 4:17pm
I recently conducted an experiment to see what ammonia fuming results I could get using affordable (a.k.a. "cheap") ammonia from local hardware stores. I decided to conduct my experiment on the little Moravian foot stool that I recently built out of figured quartersawn white oak. All other ammonia fuming tutorials I had seen recommended using industrial strength

Making Wood Figure “Pop” using Ferric Nitrate with Mark Thomas (Workshop Tour Part 4)

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 6:44am
In this fourth and final video, professional engraver and flintlock rifle maker Mark Thomas shows us his historical method for creating a strong contrast in figured wood (especially tiger maple) using Ferric Nitrate (also called "Aqua Fortis") and a heat gun. If you missed his workshop tour, watch part 1 here. This method involves using

Card Scraping a Powder Horn with Mark Thomas (Workshop Tour Part 3)

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 6:25pm
In this third video, professional engraver and flintlock rifle maker Mark Thomas takes us into his Virginia workshop to share a short tutorial on how to use a card scraper to scrape a Scottish Highland cow horn while making a historical rifle powder horn. If you missed his workshop tour, watch part 1 here. I apologize for

“Building the Hancock Shaker Candle Stand” DVD is Here!

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 8:48am
I'm excited to announce the release of my newest DVD: "Building the Hancock Shaker Candle Stand with Will Myers". You can watch the above video preview, and you can buy it here! The first 100 buyers will receive this autographed photo of Will to hang in your workshop, so don't delay! Here's the rear cover so

Chip Carving with Mark Thomas (Workshop Tour Part 2)

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 9:26am
In this second video, professional engraver and flintlock rifle maker Mark Thomas takes us into his Virginia workshop to share a short tutorial on how to do basic chip carving. If you missed his workshop tour, watch part 1 here. I'll be releasing 2 more videos from Mark's workshop where he shares a couple other fascinating tutorials for

Flintlock Rifle Gunsmith & Engraver: Mark Thomas (Workshop Tour Part 1)

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 4:02pm
Several weeks ago my friend George Lott took me on a woodworking "field trip" into the mountains of Virginia to meet a very fascinating craftsman named Mark Thomas. Mark is a professional historical firearm maker, engraver, and much, much more. I'll be releasing a series of 4 videos from Mark's workshop where Mark gives a tour