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Popular Woodturning with Tim Yoder

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 8:00am

Now that I’ve been spending a little more time with the lathe and I’m starting to become more familiar with it I get all excited when I have an opportunity to watch someone who really knows their way around one.

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A great resource for my woodturning lessons lately has been Tim Yoder host of the PBS show “Woodturning Workshop.” In fact, I’ve purchased a couple of seasons of the show over at Shop Woodworking for my own library.

Of course there are alternatives to purchasing Tim’s videos and one of them I think you’ll really enjoy taking advantage of is visiting the Popular Woodturning website from Popular Woodworking.

According to the website “Season 2 of Woodturning with Tim Yoder is now premiering with Episode 25! Tim is back in the shop with a simple yet creative project – a box made of two different types of wood. Watch Tim turn this decorative box and learn techniques to make your own designs.”

Each episode is free on the Popular Woodworking community site for a period of 8 weeks, so be sure to bookmark the page. Then after 8 weeks, they’ll make the episodes available in the ShopClass streaming video site.

A great way to stay up-to-date with new content on the Popular Woodturning website is to sign up for email notifications. Get e-mailed when each new Woodworking with Tim Yoder episode is released. PLUS get an additional free video – “Understanding Turning Tools with Steve Shanesy.” This 16-minute video walks you through woodturning tool basics.

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Next project down memory lane

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 8:00am

Last week I shared one of the many projects I built in the past that I wouldn’t mind if it was lost to the annals of time. )Missed the post? Here’s a link.)

This week I’m sharing what was probably my first attempt at a truly functional piece of furniture for the house.

Where we were going to use it I’m not sure, but it was built after watching hours and hours of The New Yankee Workshop that I videotaped from TV (that statement alone should tell you how long ago this was.).

First chest of drawers built in the basement workshop

First chest of drawers built in the basement workshop

The entire project was made from 1x pine boards I picked up at my local home center. I ended up using it as an excuse to expand my shop from just a small benchtop bandsaw and tablesaw to also including my very first router (a horrible 1/4″ collet Skil plunge router.)

Because I didn’t own a jointer or thickness planer at the time I can say with absolute certainty the surfaces of the components are probably anything but flat and square. Also as a result I didn’t make any attempt to use thinner stock for the drawer boxes.

No thin drawer sides in this project!

No thin drawer sides in this project!

So this means that absolutely every component of this project is built from 3/4″ thick material. The result of course is that it’s HEAVY AND BULKY!

More thick 1x material was used to hide the other 1x material...

More thick 1x material was used to hide the other 1x material…

As you can see in some of these pictures I made an attempt here and there to hide ugly joinery (and plenty of nail holes), but in hindsight, I don’t think it actually made it any better, how about you?

Obviously the thumbnail profile made all the difference...

Obviously the thumbnail profile made all the difference…

All-in-all it was a great lesson for myself in drawer frame, and drawer box construction which would payoff big time in experience in many more projects to come later on.

My very first drawer frames in a project

My very first drawer frames in a project

In case you’re wondering whatever happened to this project? It’s been used in a variety of functions over the years. Some out in the open and others tucked away in a dark corner of the basement.

Currently it resides in my son’s room as his bedside table. Not because it matches the bed we built on the show (click here to see that,) but because it’s tall enough to be useful alongside it (I’m thinking that might be a good excuse to build something more appropriate?)

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“Party Tray” for a good cause with WWMM

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 7:11am

Steve Ramsey of Woodworking for Mere Mortals is helping to raise donations for the Make-A-Wish Foundation by auctioning off the version of his “Unique Snack Serving Tray” he built on WWMM this week.

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Steve Ramsey of WWMM applying finish to the Party Tray. Image property of Steve Ramsey & WWMM

It looks like a fun little project and is a great excuse to get in the shop and spend some time building a project you know family and friends will enjoy using.

As always, plans are available for it are available at woodworking.formeremortals.net, but if you’re thinking you might need the original to REALLY get a feel for how it goes together you have until May 22nd, 2015 to bid on it at eBay.

Of course this also is a great excuse (as if you need one) to help raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

For more information, visit Woodworking for Mere Mortals by clicking on this link. To go directly to the auction itself click on this link.

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Shop Woodworking Overstock Sale now thru May 21st Save up to 75%

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:30pm

Don’t Miss Out on the Overstock Sale Starting this Friday at Shop Woodworking! Save Up to 75% Off Select Items at Shop Woodworking starting today and running through May 21st!

Now’s a great opportunity to save big on books, DVDs, digital downloads, plans and more. With so many fantastic items for sale the hardest part will be choosing which ones NOT to pickup for your collection.

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Choosing the right stuff for your next project

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 8:30am

For some of us choosing the right project material is easy, we use the same thing over and over. For others, it’s a painful and agonizing decision that has to be made whenever they think about their upcoming build.

image courtesy of M&M Tool Parts Blog

image courtesy of M&M Tool Parts Blog

Understanding that you have choices, and then choosing the right ones for a successful build is important. If you ever struggle with how to choose the right woodworking materials for your next project you might find some answers in this great article written by Mallory Kramer for the M&M ToolParts.com blog, it’s titled “How to Choose the Right Woodworking Materials for Your Next Project.”

From discussing the different types of wood available for projects, to their application in a project and even some tips on inspecting the materials before you purchase, I’m confident you’ll find something in there that will help you decide what to build with for that next project.

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Thanks to Mallory and the M&M ToolParts.com blog for the great information. To read the article and other great posts written by Mallory and others visit the blog www.mmtoolparts.com/store/blog by clicking here.

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Ghosts of projects past

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 8:30am

Hopefully you’re not reading that title and thinking this post is about projects that haunt me. While there are plenty of them, that’s not what I was thinking about when I decided to write it.

Not all ghosts are scary...

Not all ghosts are scary…

Instead, when I sat down at the keyboard, I had just finished wrapping up the final footage of the finishing process for Madison’s Tall Dresser (more on that in a later post.) And as I’m prone to do at the end of a long project I get a little sentimental, especially when it’s something I just built for my immediate family.

Without a doubt I am my own worst critic (I even top some of the trolls on YouTube that hate me.) But when there’s been a little time between completing a project and revisiting it, I start to see signs of a not so bad woodworker. Don’t get me wrong, I still see all the flaws, but I also see beauty too.

This time around it has me thinking about how important it is to revisit and look at our past projects with a different perspective. And yes it’s even important to revisit the ones we hide behind closed doors and hope no one ever sees. Perhaps it’s even more important to revisit those ones to remind us of how far we’ve come.

I have plenty of projects I can revisit, a few you may have even seen on the show over the years, and because most of them belong to family members it’s very easy for me to stop in and see them. And as I do, I plan to take you along with me to see them also. So let’s get started!

The very first project I can ever remember building in my own shop was a horrific “shoe shelf” for my then live-in girlfriend, now wife, Samantha. It was made from leftover shelf parts I found in the basement of my first house.

Apparently at the time I assumed it only needed nails and that would be it. I’m only half-joking when I say it held up two pairs of shoes before it collapsed under all the weight. I’d share a picture, but it was tossed in the garbage the same week it was built.

But the next project I built, and actually attempted to put some heart into, was a something I found in a book my future mother-in-law bought me as a housewarming gift (and possibly as part of a bribe to move her daughter in sooner than later?) The book was “2X4 Furniture: Simple, Inexpensive & Great-Looking Projects You Can Make” by Stevie Henderson.

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The project was a plant stand and I remember thinking it was a perfect present for her on Mother’s Day given her green thumb, and I won’t lie and deny I was trying to win some bonus points with Samantha either…if you know what I mean?

That was about 17 years ago and my mother-in-law still has it. Of course it’s off in the farthest corner of her basement under a ton of unused Christmas ornaments, but it’s there regardless.

As you can see in the images above, it’s unfinished (we thought she’d decorate it herself since she’s an artist of sorts) and still has remnants of the wood putty I bought by the 5-gallon drum at the time.

Just like with the mythical shoe shelf, my understanding of wood glue was still almost nil, but there are signs I used it. Unfortunately this project was my first lesson on how sometimes the end grain wicks the glue away before it can set up. Thankfully, my concept of nails was still pretty solid. That accounts for all the ones still holding the top and foot in place (sort of.)

I remember discovering almost immediately my frustration with finding boards at the local home center that were straight and flat enough to work, and wondering if every woodworker struggled with it too.

So many other lessons came from this first project, ones that will show up elsewhere in ones still yet to be shared.

I showed you mine, you show me yours (woodworking projects only please, this isn’t that kind of website…) Leave a description below, share it on the show’s Facebook Page or send me a picture and a description to share in upcoming “ghosts from the past” posts by visiting our “Contact” Page by clicking here.
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Happy Mother’s Day!

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 5:00am

Mothers day 2015

Why are you reading this? You should be celebrating Mother’s Day!

More great content coming later this week, now go tell your mom or the mother of your children how amazing they are…maybe they’ll reciprocate on Father’s day?
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Time well spent at the magazine stand

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 8:30am

Before I get started, no one should take this post as a knock against woodworking magazines or other woodworking content creators, it’s more of an observation about my own journey than anything else.

The other day I was involved in a little discussion about magazines and other informational resources. I don’t remember exactly how it got started, but I remember thinking about how much time I use to spend at the magazine stands scanning the covers for articles I wanted to read.

So many hours spent in front of the magazine stand!

So many hours spent in front of the magazine stand!

In the early days of my woodworking, like many of you, I was consumed by anything and everything woodworking and tools. Whether it was watching it on television, or flipping through the pages of a magazine, I was all over it!

I’ve always been the type of person who dives deep into a hobby and try to teach myself as much as I can before turning to others to help me refine what I originally thought I learned.

So in a very short period of time the magazine piles in my house were standing tall and the magazine racks at stores all over the city were becoming second and third homes as I searched for the next issue(s) of my favorites (okay all of them!)

Eventually, I started to fine tune what I was really interested in and began to filter out the periodicals that didn’t fit my needs.

First it was passing on home repair and DIY magazines, then it was passing on those I felt were sometimes too small or niche and sometimes even too craft=project oriented.

It wasn’t that the others weren’t good reads, it was simply they didn’t have what I was looking for to help me further refine my woodworking experience at the time.

As time went on further, I discovered that even the remaining few I had always enjoyed started to be filtered even more. Again, nothing to do with their content, and everything to do with my own tastes and interests.

What does this have to do with anything? I think it has to do with a lot! Especially in relation to any woodworker’s journey into discovering and learning their craft.

If anything, we’re living in a time period where there is a glut of woodworking knowledge being shared. So much in fact it’s fair to say it’s hard to keep up with who’s who and who’s teaching what?

The upside to this glut of information is unlike in any time before, you’re more likely to find a fellow woodworker whose personality or teaching style is more in line with your own. Or you can find someone who’s shop and woodworking techniques are something far more relatable than another’s.

Of course on the downside is that with all this information out there it’s easy as a beginning woodworker to get lost in the deep end. Not everyone is writing or producing content with you in mind.

If some of the comments left on my own videos are of any indication there are plenty of woodworkers who dislike content that takes into consideration “not everyone is at the same experience level as yourself.”

So in conclusion, once in a while I take a little time to revisit the magazine racks and flip through the pages of some old friends I use to invite home.

And when I reach to put them back on the shelf I can’t help but occasionally notice someone reaching for them also that bares a slight resemblance to myself back in the day (not a physical resemblance, but a certain look of passion about that craft sort-of-resemblance.)

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The Workshop Companion series with Nick Engler

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 8:14pm

Everything you need to know as a woodworker in one collection? Well, that’s a pretty tall order, but Nick Engler’s classic “Workshop Companion” series is a great place to start.

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This bestselling 21-book set (more than 2,750 pgs!) covers a huge range of woodworking topics including:

  • Using core woodworking machinery (band saw, table saw, router and more)
  • Techniques for hand tools
  • Making indispensible jigs and fixtures
  • Joinery techniques for any build
  • Expert wood preperation techniques including sanding and planing
  • Making boxes, chests, bookcases, desks, tables, chairs and more!

This handy DVD-ROM compiles all 21 books on the one disc and best of all it’s easy to navigate and completely searchable—a great way to track down that woodworking tip, tool info, trick or technique you’ve been looking for.

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The Tall Dresser is all wrapped up and ready for action

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 6:00am

The 8 Drawer Tall Dresser project is all wrapped up and waiting to be moved into my daughter’s bedroom to finally be put to work.

I’ve really enjoyed the entire process and can say, without hesitation, there’s very few things I’d do differently if and when I build another one (and yes there’s a chance I’ll be doing just that if a few friends have their way.)

8 drawer Tall dresser

The Tall Dresser looking amazing!

Just in case the color isn’t coming through very well in the pictures, the body of the dresser is a beautiful “Salem Red” Milk Paint from Old Fashioned Milk Paint Store, and the drawer fronts & knobs are all coated with Chalkboard Paint.

To help add a little extra protection (and to give it a little bit of a luster) at the last minute I sealed the Milk Paint in a couple coats of a water-based polyurethane.

tall dresser knobs

Wood knobs painted with a chalkboard paint to match the drawer fronts

Tall dresser upclose

The results speak for themselves. I’m very proud of the finished project and hope my daughter will love it for all the years it gets used from this point forward.

For those who are interested, I did take the time to record the finishing process. The footage includes prepping the project for painting, mixing the Milk Paint, applying the paints, more surface prep and then finally applying the top-coat.

This footage is being included as the May, 2015 bonus episode for “Woobie-level” Patrons of Matt’s Basement Workshop and is also being edited for inclusion in a specially edited long-form video & project plan package I’m hoping to release soon (more details on this coming soon!)

In the meantime a full set of detailed plans are available for sale thanks to Brian Benham of Benham Design Concepts. You can find them by visiting our new “Digital Downloads Store” by clicking here.

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Welcome to our newest sponsor Centipede Tools

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 5:28am

I’d like to welcome our newest sponsor Centipede Tools to the show!

If you’re not familiar with their Centipede Sawhorse line, take a look.

I’ve had the chance to worth the Ed and Keith in the past and they’re a great couple of guys with ideas for products such as the Centipede Sawhorse that are making jobsites, even backyard/garage projects that much easier to tackle.

Thanks guys for supporting the show and making my latest project just that much easier to complete!

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545 Madison’s Dresser Pt 9 “The big reveal”

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 3:15am

In today’s episode we wrap-up this epic nine-part series on the construction of the 8 Drawer Tall Dresser for my daughter Madison.

8 drawer tall dresser

It always seems to happen no matter how hard we try to avoid it. As we near the end of a build there are plenty of small (and sometimes significant) details we have to tackle before we can move on to the finishing process, and this build is no exception to that rule.

For this project those loose ends include the final dimensioning and installation of the top, and the finessing of the reveals around the drawer fronts, a task that can sound harder and more complicated than it actually is.

Unfortunately at this time my daughter hasn’t picked a color for the paint, nor have we even begun to consider pulls for the drawers, a task I have a feeling is going to be even more tedious than the paint. But I’ll keep everyone up to date in a future blog post or revisit to see the final outcome. Thanks for watching!

A full set of detailed plans are available for sale on my website, thanks to Brian Benham of Benham Design Concepts.

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More options for building your version of the Tall Dresser

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 8:30am

The build series for the 8 drawer tall dresser is coming to a close tomorrow with the release of the final build episode.

Madisons dresser concept art

Thanks to Brian Benham of Benham Design Concepts we now have another great option for those looking to recreate it in their own shop.
Click on the images below for a sneak preview of the PDF plan.
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Alongside the original downloadable PDF plan we now have a Sketchup drawing option too, your choice of one OR both!

All three options are downloadable files:

The choice is entirely your’s but regardless of which version you choose, you’ll have tools at your fingertips to build this classic piece of furniture at the heart of the recent project build featured here on Matt’s Basement Workshop.

*Don’t have Sketchup? Download the free Sketchup Make version at www.sketchup.com/products/sketchup-make.

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Inset drawers lead to revealing work

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 8:30am

As the construction of Madison’s tall dresser was rolling along at a much faster pace than most of my large projects go I kept telling myself not to jinx it by saying something stupid like “I’ll probably finish this one up in record time!”

8 drawer tall dresser

Sure enough, just as I neared the finish line the month of April came along and all my best plans went flying out the window. I’d name all of the reasons why but most of them begin and end with me in the middle of the explanation.

So rather than boring you with excuses let’s talk a little about what’s coming up in the final build episode of the Tall Dresser Series.

At this point everything is built and the only thing left to do is the final touches. As I’ve mentioned before, the final touches on any project tend to be the most tedious and time-consuming.

For example in my situation I still had to finesse the dimensions of the top (okay actually I just needed to cut it to size,) and then I still had to tweak the reveals around the inset drawers, all 8 of them!

reveals on an inset drawer

Equal reveals around an inset drawer make it appear to be floating…

I discovered a long time ago that when it comes to building a project that’ll have drawers I prefer to make them inset versus overlay, even though overlay is hands down the easier of the two to build. Why?

With overlay-style drawers even if you get a little sloppy with the face carcass or drawerbox construction, the drawer fronts can usually be positioned in a way that compensates for the error.

In other words, you have a way to hide your mistake (until someone attempts to use it and then wonders why it opens or closes the way it does.)

For inset-style drawers, if you make an error it can sometimes be magnified even greater when the drawer is fitted into the opening. So in my opinion it takes a little more effort to insure your construction is good from the start (something I know we all strive to do anyways.)

What I also like about inset drawers is the reveal line (or shadow line if you prefer.) There’s something about a beautiful reveal line that runs uniformly around the drawer front.

It’s always been something I’ve considered to be the mark of a good craftsman.

Sure some place the dovetail on pedestal but I strive to create reveal lines that leave the inset drawer looking as if it’s simply floating in the opening.

Are you an inset door/drawer woodworker, or do you prefer the look of the overlay-style? There’s no wrong answer, just inspiring conversations.

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Celebrate EarthDay 2015 – purchase an eBook or Digital Download at Shop Woodworking and save a tree!

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 3:31pm

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It’s EarthDay 2015 and a great way to show how much we love our one and only planet is by saving a tree from becoming the pages of a book or the packaging it or any other great item from Shop Woodworking is shipped in (no matter how awesome it is!)

Between now and April 22, 2015 Save 40% on Select Digital Videos, eBooks, Magazines, and Projects at Shop Woodworking.

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Why the chipped edges?

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 3:49am
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Recently I received an email from a viewer who was running into an issue with a benchtop jointer he purchased. The viewer asked “when I try to run the edge of my piece of wood over the jointer it chips the edge of the board, what can I do?”


Not this exact model!
There was of course a little more information in the email which included the fact that he had purchased it from someone indicating it was “lightly used,” that it was a 2-blade cutterhead, and that he had already ruled out grain direction as the issue.

Of course grain direction was my first thought, but immediately I started thinking of a few more things; 1) blade sharpness, 2) depth of cut, and 3) rate of feed.

 
Let’s start with the first one, “blade sharpness:”


As you just read the emailer had indicated he purchased the benchtop jointer “lightly used.”

This could mean one thing to one individual and another to someone else. I don’t doubt the seller only used it a few times, but it’s possible that the “few times” was on some nasty material or maybe it was even used incorrectly leading to early blade dullness.

I’m willing to bet this is probably a good place to start and a good way remind ourselves that when purchasing something used it’s not always a bad idea to just assume the blades and bits are slightly dull and can use a good sharpening.

 
Now if after touching up the edges the chipping continues, let’s take a closer look at my number two hunch, “depth of cut:”

This one might not seem very obvious but after having a chance to play with a small benchtop jointer a few years ago I discovered pretty quickly that the depth of cut is a crucial detail to pay close attention to with these smaller tools.

With a larger full-size jointer I’d be willing to take cuts up to 1/8″ depending on the width of the board and the material I’m working with, but with these smaller benchtop models, anything more than a 1/16″ is probably starting to take it to the point where you’ll run into issues such as tearout and chipping.

In fact with the small benchtop model I played with, the manufacturer even indicated anything more than a 1/16″ is exceeding recommended guidelines (a fact I learned later on while trying to figure out what was happening by breaking all the cardinal rules…reading the manual!)

 
This then led me to my number three hunch, “rate of feed:”

Because of the fact this benchtop jointer has only two blades it already indicates to me that it’s going to leave a rougher surface. As a result my thoughts start heading towards ways to artificially imitate a machine with more blades. To do so, I’ll actually decrease my rate of feed over the cutterhead.

This isn’t saying I’m going to hover over the cutterhead and put myself in danger, instead it simply means I’ll plan to move forward just a little slower than I normally might. This slower rate of feed combined with a shallower depth of cut should result in a smoother surface. Not one that’s hand plane smooth, but one that’s a lot smoother than a typical two-blade cutterhead smooth.

 
One last bit of advice I had for this emailer was a trick I’ve used in the past, and have had great results with when all else fails “wetting the fibers.” This is a technique you may have seen and heard about in relation to dealing with tearout and chipping on tricky and highly figured woods.

It’s super simple and works great, assuming of course your blades are relatively sharp and that you’re taking the right depth of cut.

“Wetting the fibers” involves wetting the edge or face of a board with something like mineral spirits or alcohol (maybe even water, although that could potentially cause some rusting on blades from what I’ve heard) and then running it over the cutterhead.

The wet fibers become more elastic and can handle the tearing action of the blades without the usual tearout and chipping that might normally happen.

Do you need to use a lot mineral spirits or alcohol? Nope, just enough to wet the surface and take your pass. Trust me, it’s a great technique that’s super simple on both jointers and planers. And while I’ve never tried it for router bits, I bet it could be used there too.

Of course, I’d like to mention one more time that the other possible issues are important to look at too, but if all of those have already been tried “wetting the fibers” is a nice technique to try as a last resort, or start with first if you already know you’ll need a little help with a particular species of highly figured wood.

Do you have any other suggestions? Or have you tried this technique and gotten good results? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

If you have a question, I’d love to hear from you too. You can use the form on our contact page to send it to me, along with the ability to upload pictures if you need to send something to further explain it. Click here to visit the contact page.

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The Highland Woodworker Episode No. 18

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 6:12am

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While you’re waiting for me to release the final episode of the Tall Dresser Build, take an opportunity to checkout the latest episode of The Highland Woodworker featuring an interview with Matthew Teague in the “Moment with a Master” segment.

Join Charles Brock and the crew as they visit Matthew’s much blogged about Music City workshop for a tour of his renovated 2-car garage, which is now a perfect workspace for building fine furniture. Learn about his new venture that is introducing talented woodworkers to a brand new audience.

Also featured in this episode:

  • “The Pinewood Derby is many times a child’s introduction to woodworking. We follow one creative Cub Scout pack’s journey from taking their blocks out of the box all the way to the finish line!”
  • “Megan Fitzpatrick has some fun facts about marking gauges that should leave a lasting impression!”
  • “We try on a dust mask that solves many issues facing today’s woodworker.”

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“Let’s talk about me” over at Wacky Wood Works

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 3:39am

A huge thanks to Nighthawk at the Wacky Wood Works website for interviewing me and including me as a “Featured Maker.”

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Wacky Wood Works with Nighthawk at www.wackywoods.co.nz

It’s purely a coincidence, and also somewhat due to my procrastination and forgetfulness, the article is being published around the same time as my birthday AND the release of the “origin stories” episode of Wood Talk.

But when the topic of the post(s) is yourself and nothing but yourself, why not spread it around to as many outlets as possible?

Thanks again to Nighthawk at the Wacky Wood Works for inviting me to participate in the post.

If you’d like to learn more about the Wacky Wood Works click here to visit www.wackywoodworks.co.nz.

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David Picciuto and the X-Carve by Inventables

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 9:00am

Have you seen the Drunken Woodworker – David Picciuto’s introduction to the new X-Carve CNC from Inventables yet?

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David did a short video demonstrating one of the many things you can do with the X-Carve in your own shop. If you haven’t seen it yet, take a moment to check it out. It’s pretty cool!

Why am I so excited about the X-Carve and watching what David’s doing? Probably because I’ll be working with Inventables later this Spring to produce a video or two of my own demonstrating the X-Carve, more to come about that later…

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Workbench and Blacksmithing Collections at Shop Woodworking

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 3:30am

How’s that old adage about April showers go? “April showers bring May flowers.”

I don’t how that has anything to do with woodworking or what I’m about to share with you, but I imagine taking advantage of one or both of these new collections from Shop Woodworking will probably pay off in the shop somewhere down the road.

Let’s start with something every woodworker needs in their shop, a good solid bench to work from.

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Regardless of whether your a hand tool woodworker or of the power tool variety, a reliable workbench is a necessity.

The folks over at Shop Woodworking want to help make it easier for you to find and build one that works best for your shop. So they put together the “Everything Workbenches Collection for Just $59.99.”

“Every woodworker needs a workbench – and we all know that one style of workbench doesn’t work for every woodworker. In this exclusive collection, we give you the information – and plans – to figure out what YOU need and teach you how to build it.

It doesn’t matter your limitations; limited space, tools , lack of workbench knowledge. Don’t fret, we’ve got you covered.

You’ll enjoy two DVDs, one informative book, an online web seminar, and three PDF downloads packed full of useful workbench information to help you build the perfect workbench.”

For more information or to purchase your collection before they’re sold out, click here or on the image above to visit Shop Woodworking.

 

The other collection is a pre-order for the “Blacksmithing for Woodworkers Collection.” Sure it’s not woodworking in the sense that we ordinarily think of it, but who hasn’t thought of building a forge and making your own tools or hardware?

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“Smith your own hardware with this collection of 13 videos and resources! Hand forged hardware can make a huge difference in your woodworking projects.

The Blacksmithing for Woodworkers Collection includes over 6 hours of blacksmithing instruction to get you ready to try making your own nails, tools, and hardware.

When you’re making traditional furniture, don’t settle for store bought materials. You can smith your own metal supplies the old fashioned way.”

For more information or to pre-order this collection, click here or on the image above to visit Shop Woodworking.

As always, your purchases through Shop Woodworking or any of our affiliate programs help to support the show while getting you something you can use in the shop. Thanks for your support!

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