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How to Keep Kids From Wasting Sandpaper – Part 1

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 3:40am

It seems that no other shop resource is treated with such obliviousness as sandpaper. Although sandpaper is responsible for the last steps of shaping much of our work, it doesn’t receive the same heed as hand tools, or even portable tools. And, for obvious reasons, it doesn’t have the same sex-appeal as a hand tool. It is also disposable and cheap. Still, I tell my students: although it may seem […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

Book Giveaway: Denning on Cabinet-making

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 7:02am
Denning on Cabinet-making

After a brief lapse in book giveaways due to a bit of travel, I’m back at it again. This week I’m giving away a copy of “The Art and Craft of Cabinet-making” by David Denning. It’s a high-quality binding of a classic woodworking text that belongs in every woodworker’s collection. You’ll find insight into wood selection, glue prep, tools and appliances, joinery, decorative details, hardware and much more (just check out the table […]

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Frank Klausz & the Joys of Filister Planes

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 8:30am

If you enjoy using hand planes in your woodworking, then you may be considering adding specialty planes (like a filister) to your shop. Frank Klausz is a fan of filister planes, and in this short video he shows some of the details on adjusting and using a metal-bodied filister to make a ship-lapped joint. Just one more example of his impressive knowledge of woodworking joinery, and why we love learning from Frank. If […]

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The BARN Workbench

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 4:30am

The BARN Workbench is named for a community group of woodworkers and other artisans. BARN is the Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network located on Bainbridge Island. The island is directly across and a 35 minute ferry ride away from Seattle. Started by a group of enthusiastic woodworkers, the group has grown to include artisans with a number of interests, including fabric artists, metal workers, jewelers, writers, printers and more. After years […]

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The Craft Classics in Just 5′ – Must-Read Woodworking Books

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 6:40am

Fight woodworking ignorance 15 minutes each day. Editor’s note: In the September/October 2017 issue (which mails to subscribers on Aug. 1), we have an article from up-and-coming makers on the books that have influenced their work and woodworking philosophy. Below is a similar article we ran in June 2011, asking established makers what they felt were the most important woodworking books, plus we included our staff picks. (I’ve linked to […]

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Fitting Doors & Drawer Faces With a Router

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 5:25am
Indicating the mark for one end of the line to trim

As with most things in woodworking, there’s more than one way to fit doors and drawers. Nothing beats a handplane for precision, flexibility, and speed when you have a solid bench and vise. A table saw can also do the trick – quite well, in fact, even for tapered cuts. But what about those times when you’re working in a shop (or on a jobsite) with a less-than-solid workbench and a portable table […]

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How to Increase the Holding Power of a Square

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 5:00am

Anyone who has introduced a square to young students or beginner woodworkers knows the challenges of teaching them how to control the tool and maintain it square to the edge of the workpiece during use. The main problem for the inexperienced woodworker is to keep the square where they intended. As the student slides their pencil or marking knife down the ruler, problems begin. The further away they slide the […]

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Welcome Nancy Hiller to the PW Shop Blog

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 7:33am

I’m dead chuffed to announce that, commencing next week, the inimitable Nancy Hiller will be a regular contributor the PWM Shop Blog. She’ll be sharing techniques and tips from her more than 30 years of experience as a professional furniture maker and cabinetmaker – a journey on which she embarked (with several fascinating detours along the way) after dropping out of Cambridge and training as a furniture maker in the City […]

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How to Repair Loose Screws on a Chair

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 8:30am
loose joint screw

With time, furniture joints (especially in chairs) tend to loosen up a bit. It’s part of working with a material that once was alive and continues to react with the environment. Wood shrinks and expands with humidity, and the same goes for the holes that have screws in them. So before you retire a favorite chair to the less-used area of your house, take a little time to tighten things […]

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Open Totes – Stop Hiding the Functional & Beautiful

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 10:13am

I don’t like tool chests. There, I said it. Let’s see if I’m struck down by lightning from the woodworking gods. I’ve bought them in the past, built them, understand their logic. Protection from thieves, protection from moisture, protection from metal cancer. But there is something to the concept of “out of sight out of mind.” Besides, the only time I’ve had tools stolen was when burglars walked off with… […]

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Brendan Bernhardt Gaffney: New PWM Managing Editor

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 1:04pm

I’m delighted to announce that Brendan Bernhardt Gaffney (whom you may know from his ancient rules, sector, calipers and other work at burnHeart) joins the Popular Woodworking team in July as managing editor. He’ll not only be handling the day to day business of running the magazine, but bringing to the job his woodworking and toolmaking experience, and impressive computer skills  – not to mention unbounded creativity. Brendan’s first days as […]

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Denning’s 1891 ‘The Art and Craft of Cabinet-Making’

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 8:47am
denning

This reprint of David Denning’s 1891 classic “The Art and Craft of Cabinet-Making,” with a forward by Christopher Schwarz, is a must-read for hand-tool woodworkers, and for anyone who enjoys the history of the craft. I fought long and hard for this one, insisting that it be made to last, and that it be printed and produced entirely within the United States. I wanted the historic book to look and feel […]

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The $500 Maslow CNC Beta Report

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 8:32am

The Maslow is not a conventional CNC. It’s kit based, and costs less than $500. $350 if you’ve got a couple of 2” x 4”s and some plywood to throw in. If you’re new to the Maslow, here’s Part One, Two and Three. This started out as a crowd-funded Kickstarter project, which means that the product is still in a development phase. As you can see, the Maslow is rather unique. […]

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John Wilson’s ‘$5 Router Plane’

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 10:22am
$5 router plane

This article, by John Wilson (of The Home Shop, which offers Shaker boxes and supplies for making them) first appeared in the August 2005 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. While we’re still calling it the “$5 Router Plane,” it’s possible it will now cost a bit more to make – but likely still less than $10 (plus a bit of shop time). Here is a real-life shop problem: The project calls […]

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Handworks 2017, Day 2

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 10:32am

  After Handworks 2017 wrapped up last Saturday, I took a few days off work as we wended our way back across the plains to Cincinnati (yes – I actually spent an entire three days doing almost nothing one might consider productive…and it was glorious). But it’s hardly fair to call Handworks “work.” It was a delight to not only see and try out the hand tools from so many […]

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VIDEO: Frank Klausz – Home Tour & String Inlay Advice

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 6:30am

Frank Klausz has created many beautiful furniture pieces in his lifetime, and one of the features he enjoys using is string inlay. In this short video, Frank takes us on a tour of his home, pointing out a number of the pieces he has made. He highlights a china cabinet in his dining room for its special inlay features, then takes us into the shop to show us how it’s […]

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Laying Out Dovetails with Christopher Schwarz

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 8:30am

Look for new videos from Popular Woodworking every Tuesday on our YouTube channel and Thursday.  Cutting dovetails is a skill that many strive to master. It has become a right of passage for many woodworkers who are developing their hand tool skills. In their eagerness to get to the sawing, many beginning woodworkers rush through the layout process. Christopher Schwarz makes this often complicated process simple, using basic layout tools. Follow along […]

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Handworks 2017, Day 1

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 6:45am

I’m in Amana, Iowa this weekend for the Handworks 2017, and it’s a bit of a madhouse (but in a good way). It’s difficult to estimate the number of people, because the event is spread over five buildings in this historic German village, with hand tool makers, woodworking schools, timber framing, chairmakers, blacksmiths and more. I also haven’t gotten to see too many of the tools up close, because I’ve […]

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Digital Woodworking Classes

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 6:18am

Learning about CNCs at the Marc Adam’s School of Woodworking Furniture manufacturers and large cabinets shops have been using digital tools and CNCs for decades. But, for hobbyists and small to medium shops, digital woodworking is just now getting started. Being a new kind of woodworking, it’s certainly different. That means there are new things to learn. A few weeks ago, I taught two classes at the Marc Adams School […]

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Book Giveaway: Building Boxes

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 6:50am
Building Boxes

I recently completed a box project that I did as practice for hand-cutting dovetails (a new skill for me that I plan to use for a furniture build in the not too distant future). Personally I like to feel like I’m making something when I practice instead of just cutting and recutting on a practice board (though I did do a little bit of that as well before starting my box). But […]

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