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How Darrell Peart Makes Greene & Greene Ebony Pegs

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 7:14am
ebony pegs

In this video, Greene & Greene expert Darrell Peart discusses the square, pillowed ebony pegs often seen on the Greene brothers’ furniture designs (most of them were merely decorative, he tells us, though sometimes they were used to cover up screw heads). Then, he shows us how he makes the pegs, start to finish – including the simple jig he uses at the disc sander to rough-pillow the ends quickly. […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

Power Tool-Friendly Bench, by Richard Tendick

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 7:52am
power tool bench american woodworker

At least a couple of times each month, I get a query about Richard Tendick’s “Power Tool-Friendly Bench,” which was featured on the March/April 2014 cover of American Woodworker. So to cut down on those emails (and because I’m generally a nice person, evidence to the contrary notwithstanding), here’s that article, free. The intro is below; download the PDF at the end of it for the article in its entirety. […]

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Tractor Seats for a Shaving Horse

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 10:00am

Bill Anderson’s “Knock-down Shaving Horse” in the February 2017 issue has prompted some inquiries about antique tractor seats. Would that we had a stash of them to offer, but … So, my best recommendation is to check out flea markets and antique stores (particularly in more rural areas, and areas with a rich history of agriculture), and, of course eBay (at which there are many styles and price points available at the […]

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The Making of ‘Handplane Essentials, Revised Edition’

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 5:41am
handplane essentials

When Scott Francis at Popular Woodworking Books asked me to revise my 2009 book “Handplane Essentials,” I thought it would be a short job. The plan was to add a handful of articles I’d written on specialty planes and update the text to accurately reflect toolmakers who had entered or left the market since the book was first published. I started revising the book in May of 2016. And the […]

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Prep Stock by Hand – Christopher Schwarz Shows You How

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 11:28am
prep rough stock by hand

Stock prep by hand might sound like a great workout (and it can be if there’s a lot of it), but it isn’t at hard as you might think – particularly if you have only a couple of boards to take from rough to ready. In this longish video excerpt from “Build a Hand-crafted Bookcase,” Christopher Schwarz shows you how he uses winding sticks and handplanes (hint: a jack does most of […]

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Need a 1/4″ Mortise Chisel? We Have 2 from Veritas to Give Away

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 9:00am

James McConnell (of The Daily Skep), wrote a tool review of the new Veritas mortise chisels for the April issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. He gave a workout to both an A2 and a PMV-11 blade, both in the 1/4″ size – and (spoiler alert) – he didn’t see a lot of difference in use, but was able to get the PMV-11 a bit sharper more quickly. And he likes […]

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Join the Popular Woodworking Team!

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 11:11am

Popular Woodworking is hiring a Web Producer to work on popularwoodworking.com, newsletters, social media and more – in short, all things related to the Popular Woodworking brand on the ’net. The Web Producer’s role is to be the online “face” of Popular Woodworking and increase both traffic to and revenue from the website(s), E-newsletters, and social media. He or she must be social-savvy, business-minded and have first-hand knowledge of woodworking, […]

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Compression Bits. CNC Tooling Basics for Woodworkers: Part Three

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 6:31am
Compression Bits

Part Three: More End Mill & Router Bit Details In my last post, the focus was on the cutting edges, or flutes, along the sides of an end mill. If you’ve missed the previous segments on CNC mills, here’s the intro and part one. As suggested earlier, two-flute end mills designed for woodcutting and router bits almost always work best. We’ve reached the end of this tooling primer but before we […]

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Tool Lubrication & Asher’s First Eggbeater Hand Drill – Part 2

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 6:14am

Giving a toddler an open-geared eggbeater hand drill is risky business because the gears can pinch their fingers and ultimately scare them away from woodworking tools for a while. Therefore, the logical solution is an enclosed-gear drill. Many companies used to make them (see the Stanley Continental No748A, and Stanley 610 for example) but since practically almost all of our drilling industry went corded then electric cordless, the number of […]

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CNC Tooling Basics, Part 2: End Mill & Router Bit Design

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 5:43am

As I mentioned in my “CNC Tooling Basics for Woodworkers” post, there are a lot of little details that go into the design of CNC end mills and router bits. Only a few are important for most digital woodworkers, so, this is a streamlined primer focused on the basic details you need to know when choosing router bits and end mills for use on a CNC. First, a diagram of […]

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Learn About Jointer Knives From Doug Dale

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 8:42am
helical head cutters for a jointer

In the video below, Doug Dale discusses the evolution of jointer knives, and shows how he changes the segmented cutters on a helical head.If you’ve ever been to the Marc Adams School of Woodworking outside Indianapolis, you’ If you’ve ever been to the Marc Adams School of Woodworking outside Indianapolis, you’ve surely met Doug – he’s been an instructor there for more than a decade, and is charge of keeping […]

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Workshop Setup & Handplanes: Two Books on the Horizon

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 6:30am

One of my resolutions for the new year is to post more updates about our progress with book projects and share tips or ideas I learn from them … and so, a quick update from your friendly neighborhood book editor: We have a couple of great titles coming down the pike. I’m currently editing “The Practical Workshop” which covers workshop setup, organization and optimizing your workspace. The book is compiled from our magazine archives […]

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Tommy Mac’s Toolbox

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 6:52am
tool box

Combine power and hand tools to improve your joinery skills. by Thomas J. MacDonald first published in the December 2012 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine Building a toolbox much like this one was a real turning point in my woodworking career. It was 1999 and I had begun classes at Boston’s North Bennet Street School’s Cabinet and Furniture Making program. At the time, I was a pretty good carpenter and […]

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