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Better Glue Joints

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 6:02am

  by Lonnie Bird pages 39-41 From the November 2004 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine Much of woodworking is joinery: An edge-to-edge joint is used to join two or more boards to create a tabletop, dovetails are carefully cut and fit to create a box for a chest of drawers. And the corners of a door frame are joined with a mortise-and-tenon joint. However, whether it’s a simple butt joint or a […]

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Casework Joinery Reference Graphic

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 8:52am

I had to duck under a retired diving flag that indicated a low beam under the oldest part of what is now our 140-year-old farmhouse, as I followed the seller during a walk-through. Lit by a couple of buzzing fluorescent fixtures, he showed me the remains of his workshop that he had mostly given away in preparing the house for sale. What was left was a wall of fasteners – old coffee […]

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Joseph Walsh: Genius Furniture Maker and Artist, Now on Display in New York City – Part 1

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 8:35am

I can promise your jaw will drop when you see the poetic works of Joseph Walsh in person. Joseph is an Irish genius who runs a spectacular creative furniture and sculptural studio from his family farm in West Cork, Ireland. Walsh, a self taught woodworker, a designer and a visionary, is one of the most creative makers that I have met. His specialty is building bent wood pieces: Stand alone furniture, wall pieces […]

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Art of Concealment – A Table With Hidden Compartments

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 4:00am

by Matthew Dworman pages 32-39 From the November 2016 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine Hidden compartments – just saying those words puts a smile on the face of most woodworkers. There is something magical about a secret space that reveals itself to only the person who knows about it. Since the origins of furniture, hidden compartments have been used for storing valuables, documents and other important belongings. With modern safes, security […]

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Book Giveaway: The Woodworker’s Kitchen

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 5:32am
woodworking projects for the kitchen

For this week’s book giveaway I’ve chosen a fun book of kitchen themed woodworking projects: A.J. Hamler’s “The Woodworker’s Kitchen.” Think about it: Where do you spend the most of your time? Well – the shop probably. But, what about the rest of your time? Where do all of your guests end up when you entertain? Probably in the kitchen. Kitchens are the centers of activity in most homes. So […]

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VIDEO: Elia Bizzarri and the Dull Chisels

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 6:41am

When I’m on the road filming video for Popular Wooding, it usually means an anonymous, but increasingly familiar hotel room, a search for good food and craft beer, and spending a few days our video host. I have begun to anticipate that I will learn more about our host than woodworking – in a good way! We had a great time shooting a Windsor Rocker build with Elia Bizzarri (his next video will […]

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The BARN Workbench — Part One

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 9:20am

  I have a confession. I love workbenches. My first project as a hobbyist was a workbench and ever since, I’ve been in love with all the things a good bench can do to help you be a better woodworker.   Workbench 1.0 My first bench was Tom Caspar’s Build a Workbench in a Weekend that appeared in the October 1996 issue of the excellent, but long past Woodwork magazine. […]

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Show Me Your French Tool Racks!

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 9:55am

I’m not looking for racks full of French tools, you understand – I want to see your pictures of tool racks inspired by Christopher Schwarz’s “I Can Do That” Tool Rack from the April 2011 issue (shown above – this link will take you to the article). It was based on a picture he saw in an engraving in a French book, and he likes it enough to still use […]

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Book Giveaway: I Can Do That! Weekend Woodworking Projects

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 5:00am
I Can Do That Woodworking Projects

Do you have a copy of “I Can Do That! Woodworking Projects?”  It’s a great book for beginning woodworkers, but also for anyone looking for quick weekend woodworking projects. We recently updated it for a 3rd edition, adding 10 new projects – so now’s a great time to check it out if you haven’t already. While accessible to newcomers, the projects in this book use solid basic techniques and yield some quality […]

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Video: Inside a Mortise with Frank Klausz

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 7:27am
Frank Klausz

Woodworking is largely an exercise in subtraction. For much of what we do that subtraction is obvious – we can see the kerf left from a saw, we can watch the shavings fall out of our handplane and we brush shavings away from the work surface when we sand or scrape. In these instances, we can quickly assess how the process is going. Is my blade dull? Is my blade canted […]

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CNC Skills: Origin Points – Part Three: New Techniques

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 8:28am

In part two of this series, several techniques and tools were shown for accurately setting origin points. You can use line-of-sight, feel, extrapolation from a known diameter, edge finders, wigglers, 3D sensors and more. Accuracy is critical and although all these tools and processes work well, setting origins can be time-consuming. So, in my own shop, I often use other methods and tools to locate and set my origin points. As a […]

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Meet David Lyell – Online Content Director

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 10:22am

  Growing up I thought everyone had a Bridgeport in their garage – or at least had access to a vertical mill at their dad’s shop across town. Little did I know at the time that growing up in a machine shop wasn’t necessarily normal. My father instilled in me at a young age a belief that there’s nothing that can’t be fixed – even if you threw away the […]

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Sand-Shaded Parquetry Door

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 5:56am

My very talented friend, Jack Mauch, just completed a great looking door made of many segments of veneer quilted together to create a clever geometric pattern (aka parquetry). Each of the segments received a dip in a bath of fire hot sand to shade it accordingly. The project is marvelous and the video that depicts it, by Jesse Beecher, is a treat to watch. To learn more about the project […]

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ShortCuts Blogger, Graham McCulloch Retires

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 6:53am
Woodworker's Illustrated Encyclopedia

This morning a colleague told me that Graham McCulloch, author of the ShortCuts blog is retiring from the online column after 22 years. Graham has been a voice in the woodworking community for more than 70 years.  He has contributed articles to numerous publications including Canadian Woodworking magazine and Family Handyman magazine and has authored numerous woodworking books, including a couple of titles for Popular Woodworking:  “The Woodworker’s Illustrated Encyclopedia” and  “601 Woodshop Tips […]

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Contemporary Medicine Cabinet

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 5:34am
Medicine Cabinet Cover

by Megan Fitzpatrick pages 26-31 From the June 2016 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine A slick technique makes the divided-light door a snap. In 2008, I built a contemporary maple chimney cupboard to hold towels in my bathroom. Eight years on, I decided it was time for a matching medicine cabinet – in large part because the house I recently bought has solid masonry walls, so I needed a nice-looking […]

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CNC Skills: Origin Points — Part Two: Finding and setting the Zero Point

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 6:00am

In the first post in this CNC Skills series on Origin Points, I emphasized how critical reference positions are for digital woodworkers. When you’re working on a drawing in CAD, the origin point is at the intersection of the X, Y and Z axis. All measurements — positive or negative, begin at that point. By the numbers, that’s X=0,Y=0,and Z=0. It’s from that position that the piece you’re cutting is […]

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Book Giveaway: With Saw, Plane & Chisel

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 9:00am
With Saw, Plane & Chisel

I was looking through some of our recent books for this week’s book giveaway and realized I had an extra copy of Zach Dillinger’s “With Saw, Plane & Chisel” on my desk. It’s a fascinating look at period-accurate building techniques. If you love classic American furniture and are interested in how things were made back in the day, this book is worth a read. Zach creates museum quality reproductions the old fashioned […]

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A Visit to a Furniture Restoration Shop in Tel Aviv: Part 2

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 5:00am

As I mentioned in the first part of the story, Shay likes to frequent the Jaffa flea markets to look for all kinds of goodies. In fact, many of the tools that he uses come from boxes of miscellaneous items that he has seen there. He buys the tools for little money and later finds the time to rehabilitate them. After fishing the tool from a merchant’s box or picking it from […]

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Video: How to Reduce Planer Snipe

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 6:44am

Nearly every time that I approach the planer, I think to myself, how am I going to get rid of snipe this time? Without fail, I end up with snipe at the leading or trailing edge at some point in the process to a varying degree. It has been rumored that some have totally mitigated the issue – but it is relieving to hear Doug Dale at Marc Adam’s School of Woodworking share […]

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Mushroom Your Drawbore Gaps

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 5:34am

It’s a shame customers don’t know as much about woodworking as woodworkers. They run their hands over your work and if it’s smooth they think it’s good – whereas you know that’s just the temporary wax on top. It shows the customer nothing about the weeks you spent oiling it daily or the high number of light coats of shellac used to create a deep and repairable finish. Customers can also […]

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