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Heartwood: Woodworking by Rob Porcaro

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inside the woodshop 2017-05-02T13:42:47Z
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Plane iron camber, part 1: three guidelines

Sun, 04/30/2017 - 6:18pm
plane iron camber
Revisiting this matter, there need be no confusion as long as you keep in mind that the amount of camber that belongs in a plane blade is a function of how the plane will be used, and particularly, the kind of shavings the plane will take. Without getting hung up on numerical absolutes, here are […] 0
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Accurate placement of hardware screws

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 9:04pm
locating hardware screws
When installing hardware, it is important to have precise control of the location of the pilot holes for the screws. The options are to start with a mark made by a scribing point or awl, then use that to locate the drill bit, or drill the hole directly without a preceding mark. Here is my approach. […] 0
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Beyond perfection

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 10:02pm
perfection?
Perfection. We might think we want it in our woodworking, yet it does not exist. But for the craftsperson, concern with perfection, far from being a benign wish, has a dark side – it can distract you from understanding excellence. Consider the example of a simple straight line, such as the straight edge on a […] 0
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Innovative design software for woodworkers

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 7:54am
Innovative design software for woodworkers
I was asked not long ago by a major software development company, whose product line includes architectural and design software, to consult on an exciting project that is now in the latter stages of development. Of course, I cannot name the company, which I will call “G, Inc.” (No, not them). However, I do not […] 0
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Maintaining your saws

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 8:58pm
Bad Axe tenon saw
Years ago, Japanese saws were the staples of my armamentarium, along with a Tage Frid-style Danish bow saw and smaller saws such as a coping saw. They offered very good quality and value. However, another big reason for using them was to save myself the trouble of maintenance. The replaceable blades, especially those by Gyokucho […] 0
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How precisely do you have to crosscut to length?

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 7:15pm
crosscut technique
A reader recently emailed me to ask the best kind of question – a simple one with broad implications. Using only a hand tools, he asked, how do you “cut several pieces of wood exactly to length.” He stated further that he wanted to make several pieces “exactly the same length.” There are really two […] 0
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Ulmia auxiliary vise

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 8:55pm
Ulmia auxiliary vise #1812
Ulmia used to produce this auxiliary vise, model #1812. I first saw it many years ago on page 145 of my copy of the 1977 hardcover Van Nostrand Reinhold edition of The Fine Art of Cabinetmaking, where the author, James Krenov, commented that it is “well made and very useful.” I wish I bought one […] 0
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Who’s learning?

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 3:50pm
workbench
Who is learning? Who is a student of woodworking? All of us, I contend, are, or at least should be, and almost always. Now, the healthy innocence of a student, not to be confused with a lack of confidence, is apparent when you start learning a new fundamental skill, such as paring with a long […] 0
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It’s not your fault

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 7:45pm
cheap tool, great tool
The most crucial impediment to learning woodworking skills that I have observed when advising woodworkers is the use of cheap, inappropriate, or poorly prepared tools. It is amazing how often student woodworkers – and this really includes all of us to varying degrees – are baffled by poor results from bad tools. Worse yet, the […] 0
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