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WIA 2013 Marketplace & ‘Shop Talk’ Details

Come on down to the Woodworking in America Marketplace 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. The admission fee is less than two fancy coffee drinks ($10 at the door) – and active-duty members of the military, police officers and firefighters get in free, as...

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How to Shape a Panel-raising Plane Iron

In my “Make a Panel-raising Plane” article in the November 2013 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine, the iron I use came from my reserve of “New, Old Stock” (NOS) irons. These irons were made in England up to about WWII. Each iron is tapered, and of laminated construction – the tool-steel cutting edge is...


Inventor Burton ‘Burt’ Weinstein, 87

Inventor and engineer Burton “Burt” Weinstein died on August 9, we learned in a press release from General Tools & Instruments. He was a long-time consultant for the company, to whom he sold his business, Simp’l Products, in 2006, with plans to retire. But retirement didn’t work for Burt, so he remained a consultant...


Added Incentive for WIA 2013 Early Bird Registration

Woodworking in America 2013 is October 18-20 at the Northern Kentucky Convention center. It’s three days of woodworking fun and education sessions (47 of them!), plus two days of the Marketplace – where you can see and try out the best collection of tools under one roof anywhere, and talk with the makers (that’s...


To Sweep; To Sweep: Perchance to Clean

I’ve been a woodworker for a few decades now and read many a woodworking text and tome and have yet to read an article on how to sweep. Sweeping is the first job any woodworker learns but I find that there are actually few who can do it well, they stir up a cloud...


The Woodwright’s Shop Season 4

How To Buy Streaming video — Available at DVD — Order now on Learn more about all Roy Underhill episodes here.   Episode Guide Season 4 The Dominy Shop — Roy takes us on a tour the Dominy Shop at Winterthur Museum. The shop holds the tools and shop items used by...

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Woodworking 101: Basic Sharpening

Sharpen a Plane Blade There are many ways to sharpen plane blades, and woodworkers have strong opinions on the best technique. Here is a simple, reliable method to achieve a sharp edge. It takes just three waterstones, an inexpensive jig and a few minutes. 1. Get a flat back. While some blades come with...


Hand Tools, Routers, Japanese Joinery and More – New on DVD

From mastering hand tools to router basics, 18th-century joinery to Japanese hand tools and joinery, you’ll find it all among the five new DVD selections now available  to order at (and four of them are on “pre-sale” which means you save 20 percent if you order before the DVDs arrive in the warehouse)....


NEW: ‘Japanese Hand Tools & Joinery’

If you were one of the 450 people at Woodworking in America 2011, then hopefully you were able to fit in one of Jay van Arsdale’s sessions on Japanese tools and joinery. But if not (or for those who were there but want a refresher), we now have the next-best thing to learning from...