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Tricks of the Trade: Adjustable Shooting Board

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 7:21am

There’s really no substitute for a nice, dialed-in shooting board. It’s a bench appliance that every woodworker with a handplane should have for sneaking up to a line and making perfect miters. When I saw this particular trick in the archive, I thought I’d build it and see how well it worked. The build is very simple – the adjustable shooting board sits in a snug dado. I took two passes […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

Air Movement and Heat Speed the Drying of Finishes

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 12:11pm

On Nov. 22 I posted an explanation of how cooler temperatures slow the drying of all finishes. Well, the opposite is also true. Warmer temperatures, especially with the aid of air movement, speed the drying of all finishes. The example of why this information is helpful came in the form of a question from a woodworker. He had made the cabinet pictured and finished the inside with oil, specifically Liberon […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

A Stroke of Luck While Refinishing a Wooden Counter

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 2:00am

One of my current jobs involves adding some cabinets to a kitchen in a 1912 house. Luckily, the kitchen still has its original built-in, which guided the design of the new pieces. “Hang on,” you may be wondering. “What do you mean, ‘its original built-in,’ singular? Surely there would have been a set of built-ins.” No, there would not. Most kitchens of that era had just a single cabinet, if […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

Friday Giveaway

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 1:12pm

No book giveaway this week. Instead I’m giving away $100 Lee Valley gift card to one lucky winner! Thanks for all the great comments each Friday throughout the year – it’s been fun to read all the smart, funny stuff you guys have posted and hear about what you’re working on. We’ll probably get another giveaway or two in before the end of the year, but I wanted to give […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

Close the Throat of a Plane by Shimming the Blade

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 7:31am

Open throat planes and spokeshaves, like a scrub plane, are designed for the quick removal of thick shavings. Unfortunately, no meal comes free and the price for this quick work is an undulated and often distorted surface. You see, If the throat of the plane is large, it will leave behind a trail of course and often torn fibers. In order to produce a smoother surface, one needs to make […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

Introduction to Vacuum Veneering with Jonathan Benson

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 7:43am
Veneering

When I started woodworking the idea of veneering seemed like magic to me. From selecting the best materials, to the design (orienting the grain of the pieces to present the desired and impressive final result,) to cutting the pieces (to not leave ridiculous gaps!) and ultimately gluing the whole thing in place. That last task, glueing up the veneer, seemed the most daunting. The process must have constant, even pressure […]

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Digital Artistry — Meet the Artist: Darrell Peart

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 7:21am

Meet the artists from the December 2017 issue How five masterful makers integrate CNC and CAD technology into their woodworking In the December 2017 issue of Popular Woodworking magazine, the article, Digital Artistry gives the readers a peek at what five professional woodworkers are doing with digital tools in their shops. Each has an extensive traditional woodworking background and many years of experience before they added digital tools like CAD […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

Perfectly Imperfect Furniture

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 9:44am

I’ve long been fascinated by handmade utility furniture: the kind of stuff made to be used, not admired for the craftsmanship invested in its production. In the early 1980s, I bought an old chest of drawers from an antique shop in Reading, a large industrial town southwest of London, where I lived at the time. It was made of a nondescript softwood known as deal and had originally been painted. […]

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5 Inexpensive Gifts a Woodworker Will Use

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 2:01am

This year when people ask me what they should get their woodworking family and friends for the holidays, my first answer is always a board of hardwood. But if they have a tool in mind, things get harder to suggest. Below are items I recommend because they work for most types of woodworking and if they already have one, then having another is welcome. 1) Sloyd Woodworking Knife – On […]

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Week One Winners – December to Remember 2017

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 10:51am

The first week of December to Remember is over! I have drawn the following winners at random. Continue to enter throughout the month of December! December 1: Jim Dunn, Alabama December 2: Donald Nay, West Virginia December 3: David Hodgerson, Iowa December 4: Douglas Slater, Wisconsin December 5: R. Mark Underwood, Texas December 6: Eric Webb, Georgia December 7: Heidi Smith, Michigan

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Categories: General Woodworking

Holiday Gift Projects! Table-Top Skittles

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 3:00am

Editor’s note: With the holidays upon us, we’re looking through the magazines and books we own for fun handmade gifts – things that you can build in not too much shop time, but that will help to create a lifetime of memories for the recipients. This is Holiday Project Post number five – for the “Pint-sized Pickup,” click here; for a Craftsman-style Wall Shelf, click here; for “Heirloom Photo Album” […]

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New Old Stock of Italian Made Breast Drills

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 8:20am

A while ago I blogged about a Breast Drill that I bought on eBay and restored. I also mentioned that it is hard to find a good quality drills with concealed gears on the market today. After I wrote the blog I found a supplier of drills who held (and still does) a few tools on stock. I bought one drill for myself and three for our woodworking program. The […]

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Digital Artistry — Meet the Artist: Bob Spangler

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 6:48am

Meet the artists from the December 2017 issue How five masterful makers integrate CNC and CAD technology into their woodworking In the December 2017 issue of Popular Woodworking magazine, the article, Digital Artistry gives the readers a peek at what five professional woodworkers are doing with digital tools in their shops. Each has an extensive traditional woodworking background and many years of experience before they added digital tools like CAD […]

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2 Holiday Turning Projects: Spindle & Globe Wooden Ornaments

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 3:00am

Editor’s note: With the holidays upon us, I’m looking through the magazines and books we own for fun handmade gifts – things that you can build in not too much shop time, but that will help to create a lifetime of memories for the recipients. I’ll post (at least) two every week between now and the new year. This is Holiday Project Post number four – for the “Pint-sized Pickup,” […]

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A Question of Influence: Comparing the Music Stands from Four Masters

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 10:16am

Editor’s note: In recognition of a fascinating new documentary on the work of Wharton Esherick, by Carolyn Coal, we’re sharing this article from the Winter 2011 issue of Woodwork Magazine. Find out more about the film, watch the trailer and order your copy at WhartonEsherickDocumentary.com.   by Mark Sfirri from the Winter 2011 issue of Woodwork Magazine Several years ago I was talking to Edward S. Cooke, Jr., the Charles […]

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Heirloom Photo Album

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 3:26am

  Editor’s note: With the holidays upon us, I’m looking through the magazines and books we own for fun handmade gifts – things that you can build in not too much shop time, but that will help to create a lifetime of memories for the recipients. I’ll post (at least) two every week between now and the new year. This is Holiday Project Post number three – for the “Pint-sized […]

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A Look Inside Kerry Pierce’s Shop: Part 2

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 2:00am

Kerry Pierce has written for Popular Woodworking for decades. His work covers dozens of magazine articles and books–so I guess I made some assumptions about what his shop would look like. As it turns out, Kerry Pierce has focused his energy on crafting beautiful furniture over creating the perfect shop. When Kerry opened the garage door to the machine room of his shop, I was surprised that every machine had […]

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Book Giveaway: December Mystery Box

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 6:16am

So, I’m looking at the bookshelves in our office library and it’s time to make some room for new stuff. Plus, the holidays are upon us. So I thought it might be fun to do a Mystery Box Giveaway. Here’s the deal: Post a comment below and we’ll pick 10 lucky winners at random to receive a box full of books and goodies from the Popular Woodworking office. Winners will […]

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Video: Making Rabbets With Planes

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 9:00am
Antique Rabbet Plane

Lately I’ve been incorporating hand tools more and more into the projects I’m working on. I was recently exploring ways to make rabbets for a serving tray I’m working on as a Christmas gift. There are, of course, numerous ways to make them. I was in the mood to make mine by hand. As luck would have it – and because I’m the book editor – I happened to have […]

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Live Edge Class at Snow Farm, Massachusetts – Part 5: Lisa’s Cherry Table Completed

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 6:33am

A few weeks before our class begun (for past entries about my class read part 1, 2, 3, 4) I emailed my prospective students and suggest to them to look out for free furniture on the side of the road or near the trash bags on garbage eve (the night when trash is put outside.) I said that some nifty nice stuff can be “harvested” from abandoned or broken furniture, […]

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