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532 H.O. Studley Tool Chest

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 4:13am

The H.O. Studley Tool Chest is considered by many to be THE “Iconic Tool Chest,” the very tool chest that all others are compared to, and the envy of every woodworker who set their eyes upon it.

Image courtesy Don's Barn blog

Image courtesy Don’s Barn blog

On the outside it’s constructed of a gorgeous Cuban Mahogany, but it’s the meticulousness of the organization on the inside that sets it apart from everything.

When opened, it reveals the breathtaking layout and arrangement of the 240+ tools contained within. All of which add to the beauty and awe-inspiring effect the tool chest has on those who’ve seen it. But who was H.O. Studley?

Truthfully, we know more about the chest than the man who built it. And what about the lesser known Studley workbench? Have you ever seen it up close or even knew it existed (“Chortle”-level Patrons of Matt’s Basement Workshop will get a look at it in the bonus footage accompanying this video, join today by clicking here?) Those, and many more questions were what Don Williams set out to answer in his upcoming book about H.O. Studley and his tool chest, due out in early 2015.

Don, along with photographer Narayan Nayar, and Christopher Schwarz of Lost Art Press are painstakingly documenting the man, his tools, and of course his tool chest, so the rest of us can understand who he was and what’s so amazing about this iconic piece of woodworking history.

Along the journey to write the book and document the tool chest, Don made arrangements with the current owner to set up an exhibit for the general public to come in and see it up close.

The H.O. Studley Tool Chest and Workbench Exhibit is happening May 15-17, 2015 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It’s occurring the same weekend as Handworks in nearby Amana, Iowa and will be offering visitors a full 360º view of the tool chest and workbench.

Tickets are currently on sale, but there is a limited number available. So don’t miss out on the opportunity to see the Studley Tool Chest in person. For more information visit www.studleytoolchest.com.

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Multiple value packs on sale at Shop Woodworking

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 9:13am

I can’t help it, I love options! I keep saying it over and over, and amazingly they keep coming along.

Shop the lowest kit prices at Shop Woodworking

Once again the folks at Shop Woodworking haven’t let me down. It’s not just one, not two, but a handful of woodworking value packs available right now.

Bargain packages filled with woodworking information on joinery, projects, techniques and more, combining books, CDs, DVD and magazine downloads. Chances are, whatever you’re looking for, it’s probably on sale!

Head over to Shop Woodworking and checkout what’s available and save big money before they’re gone. Plus, save 25% off with Offer Code Mattsbasement25 (expires 12/31/2014.)

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“A Craftsman’s Legacy” with Eric Gorges

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:30am

In the past few years we’ve had some great new content hitting the airwaves, both online and via traditional broadcast television. Some might even refer to it as a glut of information in this age of YouTube and Podcasts, but I say it’s exactly what we’ve been needing for a long time.

There are so many stories to be told, so much inspiration to be discovered, and so many ideas to be shared that the hardest part of getting it in front of an audience is finding the right person to tell the story.

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A Craftsman’s Legacy with Eric Gorges

One of the new shows I’ve had my eye on currently is “A Craftsman’s Legacy” with host Eric Gorges.

It’s currently available on PBS, but like many shows that are broadcast through Public Television it may not show up in your market right away. Thankfully at the show’s website they have a search you can do to see when and where it’s on.

Much of the reason I have an interest in A Craftsman’s Legacy is that the host, Eric Gorges, is from the Motor City. While people who never grew up in and around Detroit only have an image of a corrupt, broken down, dangerous inner city, I know personally it’s much more than that.

I grew up in the Northern suburbs, Ferndale and the Troy/Royal Oak area, and Detroit was always the heart of education, museums, nightlife and so much more. It’s where you went to see and be a part of culture. It’s where you went for amazing food and to see inspiring ideas.

But it wasn’t until my last few years in college that I lived downtown and had a chance to see and experience both its gritty side and its beauty. Both of which inspired me in so many different ways.

So in a way I can relate to Eric, and understand what inspires him and why he’s sharing the artists and craftspeople he visits with in each episode.

A Craftsman’s Legacy isn’t a show just about woodworking, and it’s not a how-to show, instead it’s an journey to meet inspiring people who just might inspire you.

Host Eric Gorges, Metal Shaper and renowned Motorcycle Builder

Host Eric Gorges, Metal Shaper and renowned Motorcycle Builder

For more information about Eric, the show, and to see clips of the various craftspeople and artists he’s visiting, head over to the show’s website at www.craftsmanslegacy.com.

Inspiration comes to us from places we never expect. It comes to us from ideas, people and conversations that often have nothing to do with our existing passions. So sit back and enjoy the journey with Eric.

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Mere Mortals’ Toy Chest for Woodworkers Fighting Cancer

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 10:49am

Because having options on any project (especially one designed as a build-along for charity) is a good thing, I wanted to share with you another very similar version of the toy box being built for the Woodworker’s Fighting Cancer campaign going on right now.

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Image courtesy Woodworking for Mere Mortals

Steve Ramsey of Woodworking for Mere Mortals has a version he posted the other day on his YouTube channel. It’s very similar, but as always, Steve puts his own twist on it and presents it as an alternative version to build.

According to Steve “it’s simple: all you need to do is make a toy box. It would make a great holiday gift, or you might consider building one and donating it to a local school or organization. Marc and I are each donating $5 for every box viewers make before November 30th.”

“The only thing we ask is that you make either my box, or use Marc’s design. They each have unique features. Take a picture and submit it to the Woodworker’s Fighting Cancer page.”

In addition, if you really want the actual chest you see Steve building, you can get in on the auction to purchase it. More details about that by visiting his webpage for the toy chest by clicking here.

Regardless of which version you choose to build, the only important thing is that you get involved in one way or another. This year’s goal is to raise $15,000. I have all the confidence in the world that will happen and then some.

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Woodworkers Fighting Cancer 2014 Campaign

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 9:00am

It’s that time of year again: the 2014 Woodworkers Fighting Cancer fundraiser brought to us by The Wood Whisperer Team of Marc & Nicole Spagnuolo.

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In 2013 Woodworkers Fighting Cancer raised over $14,000. This year the goal is $15,000 and The Wood Whisperer Team is confident they’ll reach it.

Over the past few years Woodworkers Fighting Cancer have built a number of fun projects in the name of fundraising to find a cure for one of the most insidious diseases we’ve faced…CANCER.

Projects ranging from a shaker side table, to a rocking horse, and then last year’s child art easel. Along the way, hundreds of woodworkers have participated and shared their versions with the online community.

This year the project is a cool little toy chest, and all proceeds are once again going to the Cancer Research Institute. The official plans for it was released yesterday so if you want to get started right away to help hit that $15,000 goal visit the Woodworkers Fighting Cancer page at www.woodworkersfightingcancer.com.

Thanks for participating and more importantly, have fun in the shop while doing something to make a difference!

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Redemption time!

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 5:35pm

It’s not that often I get a second chance at anything important, so when I received an email this evening asking if I’d be around Friday night to talk with Don Williams about the H.O. Studley Tool Chest and Workbench I made an audible gasp.

It took me longer to verify it wasn’t a fake email than to respond with a resounding “YES!”

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So here’s where I need a little help. During this interview Don and the guys will have the cameras turned on the iconic tool chest and workbench and we have an opportunity to ask him all sorts of questions and get a closer look at it.

If you were in my seat, what questions would you have? Are there items or features you’d like to get a closer look at? Well here’s your opportunity.

I’m planning to not only record the audio of our conversation for the audio-only feed, but we’ll be recording our video chat, including closer looks at the tool chest.

Get those questions to me by 6pm Eastern Time. Submit them here, on any of my social media outlets or by emailing me by clicking here.

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I met the North Carolina Woodworkers at WIA 2014

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 1:00pm

It’s not hard to say that woodworkers are some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. In fact it’s probably one of the easiest things to prove if someone doesn’t believe you. As it goes amongst woodworkers, I’d have to say the folks of the North Carolina Woodworkers group are at the top of that list.

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If you were at Woodworking in America 2014 you probably couldn’t help but notice some of the kids in attendance running around with a lightsaber (not actual light for a blade, but a plastic tube with a flashlight…but the other would’ve been cool too) that lit up and had a wooden handle they turned themselves.

Or when you passed by the back wall in the far corner of the market place, there was an amazing walnut chest with something like 20 unique drawer faces that was up for auction. If you were there and you saw these things, that was because of this group.

Rather than tell you myself what the North Carolina Woodworkers like to do when they gather up the group and head out for an event, I’d prefer to let them tell you themselves thanks to the folks at Highland Woodworking.

If you’re interested in learning more about the North Carolina Woodworkers group visit their website by clicking here.

Or if you’re in and around the Klingspor’s Woodworking Shop Woodworking Extravaganza October 17, 18 2014 in the Hickory Metro Convention center look for them, they’ll be there having just as much fun as when I saw them and they’ll be dragging all of their toys out with them too. Tell them Matt said “HI!”

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H.O. Studly Tool Chest tickets still available

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 12:00pm

While at Woodworking in America 2014 I had the pleasure of talking with Don Williams about the upcoming H.O. Studly Tool Chest exhibit he’s curating in May 2015. I captured the entire conversation, and was really excited to hand it over to the folks at Highland Woodworking to include in their WIA 2014 coverage.

Image courtesy Don's Barn blog

Image courtesy Don’s Barn blog

Unfortunately, in my excitement I picked the absolute worst location in the building to record. As a result, even with some audio tricks and editing, most people will be bothered by the background noise. So it probably won’t see the light of day.

But that’s no reason not to share the gist of the conversation. And that is;  H.O. Studley was an amazing craftsman who we actually know very little about. But we are very familiar with his tool chest. His meticulous work and attention to detail has us awe-struck when see images of it. And while pictures and detailed descriptions help us to get a sense of how awe-inspiring it is, it’s only when you see it in person that you can appreciate what a treasure it is.

But how many of us will ever have an opportunity to be up-close and looking at it only feet in front of us? Well, if you’re able to make your way to the Scottish Rite Temple in Cedar Rapids, Iowa May 15-17 2015, you can!

Tickets for the event went on sale earlier this year. Initially there was such a rush to the website to get information, and purchase tickets, that it momentarily overwhelmed the system and gave everyone the impression that all the tickets were sold. In fact they haven’t, there’s more available and waiting for you to purchase one.

For more information about the exhibit, to purchase tickets, and also to keep up-to-date with the release of the book Don has been working on about H.O. Studley visit both the website for the exhibit at www.studleytoolchestexhibit.com and Don’s blog at www.donsbarn.com.

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531 Desktop Album Rack

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 3:50am

No one will ever be able to say the Vanderlist family vinyl collection is overwhelming. It’s diverse to say the least, but that has more to do with them being picked up solely for use in a photo shoot by my wife versus played.

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Actually, we don’t even own a turntable, so even if we wanted to listen we’d have to take them to a friend’s house. Regardless, the lack of a full collection (or a player) is no reason they can’t be displayed well.

And that’s what we’re doing in today’s episode, creating a display to make them look amazing. Because in the words of Fernando Lamas “It is better to look good than to feel good!” (or in the case of a few of these records…”sound good.”)

I first saw this project on Pintrest, so it’s not an original design, but it was a lot of fun to make. It’s easy to customize and add your own little twists too. Whether it’s varying the species of wood used, the length of the base, or the height and shape of the supports it’s easy to make it uniquely your own.

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531 Desktop Album Rack

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 3:50am

No one will ever be able to say the Vanderlist family vinyl collection is overwhelming. It’s diverse to say the least, but that has more to do with them being picked up solely for use in a photo shoot by my wife versus played.

album rack

Actually, we don’t even own a turntable, so even if we wanted to listen we’d have to take them to a friend’s house. Regardless, the lack of a full collection (or a player) is no reason they can’t be displayed well.

And that’s what we’re doing in today’s episode, creating a display to make them look amazing. Because in the words of Fernando Lamas “It is better to look good than to feel good!” (or in the case of a few of these records…”sound good.”)

I first saw this project on Pintrest, so it’s not an original design, but it was a lot of fun to make. It’s easy to customize and add your own little twists too. Whether it’s varying the species of wood used, the length of the base, or the height and shape of the supports it’s easy to make it uniquely your own.

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Dual Value Packs in October from Shop Woodworking

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 9:00am

There’s so much awesomeness in October the folks over at Shop Woodworking couldn’t limit the number of Woodworking Value Packs to just one…so they didn’t!

For the entire month of October you can choose from two amazing Value Packs filled with tons of great information about either “Greene and Greene Woodworking.”

“Explore the intriguing world of Greene & Greene furniture, recognized as the finest expression of the American Arts & Crafts movement, with four resources any Greene & Greene enthusiast shouldn’t be without.

This exclusive collection includes a very popular book by Robert W. Lang with over 23 detailed drawings for the construction of authentic reproductions of the furniture designed by Charles & Henry Greene, plus chapters on the history of the Greene & Greene style. Combining that with 2 intriguing projects on DVD that you can create along-side Dale Barnard and Darrell Peart , and a DVD with William Ng taking you through the exquisite joinery details used in Greene & Greene furniture.

If you aren’t already, this collection will have you fascinated by Greene & Greene Furniture.”

Or the popular “Practical Woodworker Collection.”


The Practical Woodworker, edited by Bernard E. Jones, is a foundation set of books for the woodworker interested in early 20th-century woodworking techniques.

First printed around 1913, the books are intended:

“…(T)o instruct the reader as to make it possible for any person, even for one who has never seen a plane or driven a nail, to be able from this book alone to make any ordinary piece of woodwork by sound craftsman-like methods.”

And they deliver on that promise, with essays on all aspects of the craft written by a group of 31 experts in their respective fields, and copious illustrations to help make sense of the words.

Choose one, or choose both, either way you’ll be getting a ton of great information for a great price all while helping to support Matt’s Basement Workshop podcast.

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“An Unplugged Life” a new online experience with Tom Fidgen

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 9:00am

I’ve written previously about Tom Fidgen who I consider an amazing author, craftsman and instructor. He’s released two amazing books “Made by Hand” & “The Unplugged Woodshop” both filled with inspiring projects intended to be built entirely with hand tools (but I don’t think he’d be upset if you completed them with a little assistance from a power tool along the way.)

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image courtesy of www.anunpluggedlife.com

If you’re not familiar with Tom, I invite you to visit his blog The Unplugged Woodshop and the community that’s built up around it. Then once you’re done there, immediately head over to his latest online adventure An Unplugged Life.

What is it? According to the description at the top of the page An Unplugged Life is “…an online membership site that will inspire you to get offline, slow down, and work smarter with your hands and heart. an unplugged life is a concept that’s been growing for the past few years and I decided it was high time to make it a reality.

Every week, I receive dozens of emails from people around the planet, asking specific questions about my creative process, wood working techniques, custom furniture options and ideas, as well as my personal opinions about specific hand tools and manufacturers.

You asked me where and when I’ll be teaching next, and it’s these very questions that have become the inspiration for this new Membership site.”

If his online instruction is anything like what I’ve learned from his books, Tom has so many things he’ll teach you, starting with fundamentals such as:

  • hand tools; from the essentials to the set-ups, practice techniques and then master them.
  • the truth about sharpening- from the angles to the jigs and all of the folklore, theory and snake oil that goes along with them.
  • wood selection, where to get it, what to look for, how to buy it and how to dry it.
  • how to dimension rough lumber and how to finish it so it lasts for generations.

For more information visit An Unplugged Life today, I doubt you’ll regret it!

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Fred West Commemorative Tool Chest at Woodworking in America 2014

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 9:00am

I can’t say with any certainty that this story from Woodworking in America 2014 didn’t have some influence on my recent launch of a Patreon campaign to find Patrons for my own show. But for sure I eluded to it in the description of what the term “patron” meant when giving a definition.

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image courtesy The Highland Woodworking Blog

Not sure at all what I’m talking about? No big deal, here’s all you need to know about patrons. Fred West was one of the biggest cheerleaders and supporters of some of the most amazing hand tool makers available today.

In the spirit of what it means to be a Patron of the arts, Fred is credited by many as being the one person that kept them a float when starting their business.

How? Because he saw the value in what they were doing and knew it was important to help make their dreams come true so the rest of us could benefit from it later.

Unfortunately Fred was taken from the woodworking community when he lost his battle with an aggressive form of cancer. But his generosity is not forgotten by all those he touched.

So to memorialize and commemorate his generosity, those same artisans and craftspeople came up with the ultimate way to honor his memory “The Fred West Commemorative Tool Chest.”

The tool chest is an amazingly detailed carved masterpiece filled with items from nearly all of the tool-makers he helped along the way that was given away for free to one lucky attendee at Woodworking in America 2014.

I hope after watching the video you can appreciate how much this single patron made such a lasting impression on the woodworking community at large.

To see more amazing photos and links to other great write-ups about this event at Woodworking in America 2014 visit the original article at The Highland Woodworking Blog by clicking here.

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Desktop Album Rack coming out later this week

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 9:00am

I know it’s been a long while since the last project video was posted, but I swear it’s on its way. In fact, it’s in the que right now waiting to go live, but not until Friday.

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This is a fun project that has so much potential to be used for more than displaying your favorite vinyl albums (I’m sure some of you aren’t familiar with them…you can google it.) And the beauty of the project is that it only takes an afternoon to build.

Of course if you were a Patron of Matt’s Basement Workshop you’d already have seen it thanks to “sneak peek of videos” reward for Patronage starting at $2/month. But you can learn all about that by visiting my Patreon page link below.

Keep a look out for the video to be released everywhere Friday morning. Don’t let it distract you at work, or at least don’t get caught watching it at your desk.

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Become a Patron of Matt’s Basement Workshop Podcast

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 9:00am

For a long time now I’ve been trying to find a way to take Matt’s Basement Workshop Podcast to the next level. So what exactly is the “next level?”

Well I have an idea, but it’s never been worth talking about because I never had the time to create a plan to get there. That was until recently!

I’m so excited about this, I want to get started on it right away. So here it is:

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Click here to visit the MBW Patreon Page.

Why should I become a Patron of Matt’s Basement Workshop?

Maybe the better question to start with is “what is a Patron?”

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary a Patron is “a person who gives money and support to an artist, organization, etc. : a person who buys the goods or uses the services of a business, library, etc.”

Without Patrons there’s a good chance some of the world’s greatest artists, musicians, playwrights, and even furniture makers would never have created the pieces that inspire and enlighten us today.

Just ask modern tool-makers like Scott Meek of Scott Meek Planes, or Mark Harrell of Bad Axe Tool Works what their beloved patrons did for them and the many other tool makers who needed a helping hand to get started.

If you choose to become a Patron of Matt’s Basement Workshop I have three reward levels as my way of saying “thank you!”

  • $2/month – “Spoiler” – Your name on the Patreon supporter web page on the website, and access to new content at least one day before everyone else!

  • $5/month – “Chortle” – Same as the “Spoiler” level but with an option for a clickable link to your website on my Patreon supporter web page.

    Plus access to bonus content from each new episode; easily an extra 5-10 minutes of footage exclusive to this level of patronage and above.

  • $15/month – “Woobie” – All of the benefits listed above plus a guaranteed minimum of one exclusive bonus video each month (videos answering listeners’ questions, expanding on content from previous video(s), and possibly even an exclusive build just for “Woobie” patrons.)

    Also, Patrons at this level will also have their choice of a MBW “Classic Logo” or a “Your Brain on Matt’s Basement Workshop” t-shirt to be delivered during the first month of their patronage.

And regardless of which level of Patronage you choose, every Patron of Matt’s Basement Workshop will be entered into a monthly giveaway of woodworking/show related schwag.

As the support from Patrons of Matt’s Basement Workshop continues to grow I have milestones to gauge the success of the partnership between the show and the audience that benefit not only the Patrons but EVERYONE. Milestones I know you’ll love!

Rather than explaining everything here and writing a lengthy blog post, visit the Patreon information page I setup on the website. All your questions should be answered there, along with links and detailed information about the reward levels and milestones.

Together we can create the next level of Matt’s Basement Workshop Podcast that I know you’ll love watching & participating with, and I’ll love producing, because I’m freed from chasing down advertisers and supporters when I could be creating content.

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Choosing The Perfect Table Saw – A Beginners Guide

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 3:21am

Buying a table saw opens up a whole new level of woodworking. All previous ways you have cut materials will be dwarfed by the speed, accuracy, and let’s face it, extreme satisfaction that results from using a table saw.

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Before you take your credit card for a thrashing, here are three simple tips to ensure you get it right.

1. Know what you want it for
Sure having a hybrid saw with full dust extraction is badass, but if you work on a project for a couple of hours every second weekend, you probably won’t need to spend that much. A portable table saw or contractor saw if you are working on some large cuts will suffice.

2. Pick a model, not a brand
Sure some brands are known to be high quality, but don’t write off a brand just because you haven’t heard of it. Each individual model has its strengths and weaknesses, so analyse them on that, not just the brand. The comparison guides at http://www.tablesawchoice.com should be very helpful during this phase.

3. Try one out first
If you have never used a table saw – don’t just pick one without trying it out. Even if you can’t smash a few sheets of plywood through it to test it out, ask a mate if you can take a look at theirs, or check one out at a shop. Measure it up.

What should you actually look for in a table saw?

There are tons of features available, so if you have answered the questions above, you will have a good idea of what you want. Here are a few more things to keep an eye out for:

Quality fence
This is the one part of the machine that will frustrate the heck out of you if it isn’t good quality. Look for a fence that is heavy, and one that slides easily up and down. Bear in mind that you can get a replacement/upgrade fence for most saws.

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Blade size
Unlike the fence, it’d take a little more than a couple of minutes to change the blade size on a table saw. Take some time to consider how big you need it. It is always better to go for at least a 10” blade.

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Dust collection
It is a sad fact that most inexpensive contractor or portable table saws have a pretty poor dust collection facility. This is one thing to think seriously about though as respirable dust from woodworking can cause serious damage. If you opt for a more expensive saw with more features, expect to get a decent dust sucker with your purchase.

Weight of the saw
Of course portability is a good thing, but too much of a good thing can ruin your saw. The weight of a heavy table saw is not just because the manufacturer loves giving people hernias – it is because the weight of the saw helps to minimise vibrations. A motor with a few horsepower can give some serious vibrations, so ensure that your saw is nice and heavy, as contradictory as it sounds.

Extension wings
Having to rig up your own extensions can be a pain in the neck, so buying a quality saw with strong extensions will help you immeasurably when it comes to making those massive crosscuts.

Safety devices
Flesh sensors, magnetic off switches, foot switches and riving knives are all additions that would make your saw super safe – but expect to pay for it. These extra features normally only come on the higher range of saws.

One last final word of wisdom – don’t try and save a few bucks on power or quality of blades. A saw with plenty of grunt and a sharp blade will give you accurate cuts, less kickback, not burn the wood and not bog out when under heavy load.

Huge thanks to Mark from the “Table Saw Choice” website for writing this article. Look for more to come, in the meantime, stop by his website to checkout all things Table Saw.

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WIN a Limited Edition Infinity Chuck from NOVA

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 5:28am

Now that I can start to call myself a woodturner I have a bit of an understanding of why this giveaway is a great one to point out.

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Win a Chrome-plated NOVA Infinity Chuck

The folks over at NOVA Woodworking put together a Facebook contest for woodturners to compete to win a limited edition Infinity Chuck. It’s an one of a kind chrome plated chuck with the NOVA Infinity logo stamped on the side.

To Enter this Facebook Contest, the rules are simple:

  • ‘Like’ NOVA on Facebook
  • Create a video turning a lidded vessel then post on YouTube with the hashtag #NOVAInfinityContest. Show the finished project at the end of the video.
  • Share the YouTube Link on NOVA’s Facebook Page with the #NOVAInfinityContest hashtag.
  • Get your friends, family, and others to ‘Like’, ‘Share’, and ‘Comment’ on your video via Facebook to increase your chances of winning.
  • Have Fun!

Contest begins on October 1, 2014 and ends on October 31, 2014. So you have a whole month to enter! What are you waiting for? Create your video today! For complete contest rules, please Click HERE.

While you’re visiting their Facebook page, sign-up for the NOVA Woodworking newsletter so you’ll stay up to date with all that’s happening at NOVA.

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This Built America presents Collings Guitars

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 9:00am

Earlier this month we were introduced to a great online documentary series called “This Built America.” During our first visit they took us North to Alaska to meet “The Great Alaskan Bowl Company.” This time around, This Built America takes us to Texas to visit Collings Guitars.

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Image courtesy of This Built America – Collings Guitar

Collings Guitars is a stand out because of their choice to use a handmade manufacturing process versus wide scale automation prominent elsewhere in the industry. To put things in perspective, a Collings instrument takes about 55 hours of man power to produce, while their bigger competitors spends on average 4 -5 hours on a guitar.

Over the years that attention to detail has earned Collings a loyal fan base that includes the likes of Joni Mitchell, Lyle Lovett and Zac Brown—to name a few.

Owner Bill Collings employs craftspeople from all backgrounds to bring his stringed instruments to life. One of the rising stars of his mandolin department studied at Texas A&M to become a structural engineer. The mastermind behind the 2005 launch of his electric guitar line came to Collings with no formal training, but a degree in anthropology and a love of building things.

For Collings Guitars, representing Texas in This Built America is another testament to their hard work and American spirit.

To see more videos and to read the full article, including some amazing photos of the shop and guitars in various state of construction visit This Built America episode no. 28 Collings Guitar by clicking here.

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The Highland Woodworker episode no. 14

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 9:00am

Have you caught the latest episode of The Highland Woodworker yet? Charles Brock and the crew always manage to put together a great show packed with a lot of woodworking goodness.

the highland woodworker

In episode 14 they visit with furniture maker and author, George Walker, who has unlocked a building and design code that dates back centuries ago. Hear how he applies what he has uncovered everyday in his Canton, Ohio shop in the “Moment with a Master segment.

Then they visit with Greg Pennington to see his special technique for building Windsor chairs, and part of it includes lasers! And that’s only the beginning of what you’ll see if you watch.

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Wood’s The Difference?

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 9:00am

I’ve become a little obsessed with infographics lately. Maybe I’ll start an entire Tumblr about them?

Here’s one that just dropped in my inbox the other day that was produced for Furniture UK. According to its creator, it’s a collection of facts and information about some of the heaviest, the most expensive, and the most well recognized woods available.

Chances are you’ll learn at least one or two new facts, I know I did.

woods the difference infographic

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