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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

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