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Heartwood: Woodworking by Rob Porcaro

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inside the woodshop 2017-09-19T14:24:47Z
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What is a fundamental skill set for a woodworker?

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 12:15am
woodworking skills
How would you reply if someone asked you, “Are you a good woodworker?” I think most of us seriously involved in the craft eventually ask ourselves this question. So, what might comprise a test of fundamental furniture making skills? Here is what I suggest as a basic skill set for making furniture and accessories. It […] 0
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Pat Warner 1943 – 2017

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 8:08am
Pat Warner
The passing of Pat Warner, July 28, 2017, should not go without tribute. His contributions to the techniques of woodworking is among the finest of our time based on his unsurpassed knowledge of the use of one of our most versatile woodworking tools, the router. He was truly an expert’s expert. Especially remarkable were his […] 4
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Router mortise jig, part 3: Improved wedge clamps

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 6:36am
mortise jig wedge clamps
In two earlier posts, I presented a router mortise jig. As writing is a good occasion to rethink matters, I have upgraded the clamping system on the jig. What’s more, this general design for a wedge clamp system can be applied to other shop jigs and fixtures to increase their holding range. The mechanical advantage […] 0
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DeWalt XL Trigger clamps

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 9:45pm
DeWalt XL trigger clamp
Of all the squeezy clamps that I have tried out in a store or used in the shop, this is the first one that I can reach for with confidence. The tightening handle is big and comfortable, making it pleasant to apply the rated 600 pounds of force. The bar is a sturdy I beam. […] 0
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Uses of jointer-planer combo and benchtop planer

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 10:32pm
Byrd Shelix on the DW735
Commenting on a recent post, a reader asked: Do you typically use your DeWalt 735 for planing, and your Hammer A3-31 for jointing? I am starting to look at combo jointer-planer units, and would be interested in knowing if you typically use separate machines for these two functions. You mentioned in a previous article you […] 0
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A2 steel plane blades are not all the same

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 10:29pm
A2 steel chipping
Before making my point, here is a synopsis of the differences between A2 and O2 blades, as I understand them, and have experienced in using them. Better however, you should also read a much more learned discussion by the Man of Steel himself, Ron Hock. In general, for comparable quality blades: O2 is finer grain […] 0
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CBN wheel for the Tormek grinder

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 10:42pm
Woodturner's Wonders CBN wheel for Tormek
I was pretty much content with my Tormek for grinding tools for 16 years. It sacrificed speed for relaxed and reliable grinding with excellent jigs, especially the SE-77. Though that tradeoff suits me, I like woodworking a lot more than sharpening, so a faster pace at the grindstone was always welcome. Thus I was drawn […] 0
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Tools that changed small-shop woodworking

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 8:39pm
small woodworking shop
Here’s a question just for fun. In the past 30-40 years, which advance in tooling has made the biggest practical change in small shop furniture making? An individual tool, a type of tool, or a major upgrade in a tool category, hand or power, all qualify. The answer will depend on the definition of “small […] 0
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Do woodworkers still need books?

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 10:44pm
best woodworking books
Hell yeah. I just viewed a video (ironically) in which Mark Spagnuolo, the Wood Whisperer, delivers in his usual engaging manner, an excellent perspective on the role of books in learning woodworking. YouTube, he advises, is best used as a supplement to books. Mark is a prolific video producer, so his admonition to continue to use […] 0
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Still more miscellaneous thoughts

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 9:37pm
woodworking ideas
Uh oh, I was just thinkin’ again. Yes, yes already, I understand the merits of hand tool woodworking (read here). Yet, we must acknowledge that pure hand tool woodworking is almost non-existent. Rather, we just have different points at which we decide that the work is best done, for whatever reasons, by putting aside machines […] 0
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Sensing wood moisture content by feel

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 1:47pm
sensing wood moisture content
Can you really sense, with any practical utility, the moisture content of wood simply by touching it? Yes. Let’s take a look. An object feels hot or cool to the touch of your hand because of the flow of heat between your hand and the object. For example, an object feels relatively cool because it […] 0
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Router mortise jig, part 2

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 7:12pm
router mortise jig
Now let’s work through the elements of the jig. The top photo again shows an overall view with a leg blank in place. Basic construction: The jig is built on a piece of plywood about 5″ wide and 39″ long. Screwed down along one edge is a double-width T track with the groove placed up […] 0
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Router mortise jig, part 1

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 10:41pm
router mortise jig
Here is a very direct approach to mortising with a router that works especially well for mortising legs. The system starts with an auxiliary router base plate that rests on top of the squared leg blank and has two adjustable fences that hug the sides of the blank to eliminate side play. I have been […] 0
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Don’t let this happen to you

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 3:15pm
bad edge joint
Many of us woodworkers have a habit of casting our judgmental eyes on woodwork we encounter anywhere, at anytime. Imagine if we were hair stylists. Recently, I noticed the condition of the tables in a certain non-chain pizza shop, which happens to serve the best pizza I have ever tasted. Great pizza joint, bad edge […] 0
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