Yearly Archives: 2013

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Furniture Making Courses Are For People Smarter Than Me

As soon as I finished writing my list of woodworking goals for 2014 (see below), I realized something. I am a prime candidate to take a few furniture making courses. The interest is there. Some of the skills are there. The only thing missing is that I am not quite smart enough to take...

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Roy Underhill’s Nail Cabinet, a Free Plan

After setting up shop with your workbench and tool chest (or cabinet), the next project to build for your shop is a nail cabinet – a traditional way to hold fasteners and all the little bits of hardware woodworkers accumulate. Nail cabinets were a common feature of early shops, whether you built furniture or...

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February Digital Issue – Read it, Free

We had a wee spot of trouble getting a good file uploaded to the server and service that sends out the digital issue – and due to the holiday break, we won’t be able to resend a “proper” download link out to subscribers until January. I don’t want to make you wait that long....

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The New Bosch CM10GD 10″ Dual-Bevel Glide Miter Saw

Bosch has done it again – only smaller. Its new 10″ dual-bevel glide miter saw has more in common with its big brother than just a blue motor housing. In 2011 Bosch changed the face of miter saws with the GCM12SD 12″ Glide miter saw (read Glen Huey’s review here) which takes up less...

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The 5 Ws of 2013 – A Woodworking Christmas Letter to You

Who was this year all about? You! This has been a year in which we here at Popular Woodworking have learned more than ever about you, our audience. We have interacted more with you in all areas, asked a lot of questions, celebrated your best work and learned from you. There is much, much...

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4 Tricks For Flattening French Benchtops

One of the gripes I hear about French workbenches is that the benchtops are difficult to flatten because of the end grain protruding through the top. I don’t buy it. Here are a few simple tricks that deflate that argument. 1. Start with ‘Stop Shavings’ When I flatten a French benchtop, the first thing...

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Cracked Curly Cherry

Sometimes, no matter how diligent we are, defects creep into our projects. Often we’re the cause and other times the defects are beyond our control. Or are they? Cherry is often rather brittle and the fibers occasionally fracture while the log is still standing. So it came as no surprise as I worked the...