Author Archives: Chuck Bender

About Chuck Bender

Period furniture maker, woodworking mentor and online woodworking show host.

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Jet JWBS-14SF-3 Band Saw

by Chuck Bender page 18 The new 14″ steel-frame band saw from Jet is nothing less than heavy-duty. With its 3-horsepower, 220-volt motor, this saw is built to handle just about anything you can throw at it. The one-piece frame makes this band saw extremely rigid for tough cuts such as resawing wide boards...

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Hammer K3 Winner

Get European accuracy and quality at a great price. by Chuck Bender page 14 Most woodworkers only dream about owning a European sliding table saw. The size and price tend to be limiting factors, particularly for those not making a living from their woodcraft. The Hammer K3 Winner series of table saws breaks new...

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Angle-Ease Router Base from Woodhaven

By Chuck Bender page 16 A router table that tilts opens up vast new worlds when it comes to making mouldings. The one feature that I love about the Angle-Ease (from Woodhaven) is its ability to tilt. This lift gives you the ability to make complex mouldings with a router that are impossible to...

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Breadboard Ends – Why and How

Cross-grain construction tends to freak out most beginning woodworkers, but it’s a viable construction method in many cases. Wide tables and chest lids often employ breadboard ends to keep things flat, as well as cover end grain. If it’s done right, expansion and contraction problems can be nearly eliminated. There are many methods to...

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‘Ready 2 Rout’ Automated Fence

Add computer power to your router table to make tasks quick and accurate. by Chuck Bender page 17 Even if modern technology frightens you, it might be worthwhile to consider the Ready 2 Rout (R2R) for your router table. This automated router fence system is as easy to use as it is to set...

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Arbortech TurboPlane & Mini-Turbo

by Chuck Bender page 14 If you are into sculpting wood or forming sculpted furniture parts, the Arbortech TurboPlane and Mini-Turbo are two tools that could make your work much easier. Although they are sold separately, they work well as a team. The TurboPlane is an easy-to-handle, relatively safe 4″-diameter power carver that fits...

Shaker Lap Desk Class with Chuck Bender begins next week

Next week (Jan. 24-27, specifically) the first online class from Popular Woodworking and me (Chuck Bender) will take place. We’ll be building a Shaker Lap Desk in four pre-recorded sessions. Registration closes this coming Monday (Jan. 21) so sign up today! The registrants are already actively asking questions and interacting in the discussion forum....

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Online Shaker Lap Desk Class FAQ

As promised in last week’s post about the online Shaker Lap Desk class, here are some answers to the most common (and a few less common) questions about the class. First off, what the class is: The online Shaker Lap Desk class is four pre-recorded episodes detailing the construction of a Shaker Lap Desk...

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Build a Shaker Lap Desk with Chuck Bender in an Online Class

Three weeks from today, Popular Woodworking and I begin something new: an online class. Now I’m sure you’re thinking, “online classes aren’t unique” – and you’d be right. The difference with this class is the project and the skills you’ll learn by taking it. I’ve teamed up with Popular Woodworking to bring you one...