Author Archives: Steve Shanesy

Steve Shanesy

About Steve Shanesy

Steve Shanesy is the former publisher (and former editor and senior editor) of Popular Woodworking Magazine. Following his retirement, he is now a contributing editor, blogging about what he's doing in his own shop.

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Meet Thos. Moser Saturday in Northern Virginia

Thos. Moser furniture is staging an event this weekend, March 9-10, in Tysons Corner, Virginia. On Saturday, company founder and legendary furniture maker Tom Moser will be on hand to talk about the story of Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers starting at 4 p.m. He’s inviting woodworkers and others interested in handcrafted furniture to the event....

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Shop Tool and Storage Cabinet

When I was a new woodworker in the early 1980s I was in need of a general-purpose shop tool and storage cabinet. I had recently completed a cabinetmaking course at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College and was eager to put my new skills to work. At about the same time I signed on...

Woodworking Sex Appeal

Have you found members of the opposite sex pay more attention to you after they discover you’re a furniture maker? Or, after taking up the craft, your spouse brags to all her friends that she suddenly finds you more manly? It’s not the oil stain under your fingernails, nor the callouses your growing (unless...

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Turning a Large Tabletop, Part 2

Over the weekend I managed to finish turning a new 24″-diameter walnut tabletop. Although I’ve been turning for a number of years now, I’d never undertaken a large-diameter disc like this. At first, I was bit intimidated by the prospect of turning this big blank, but frankly, now that it’s all done except for...

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Turning a Large Tabletop

I’ve been turning for about seven years now and have completed hundreds of objects ranging from table legs to large bowls to tiny bottle stoppers. Yet I’d never undertaken a large-diameter (in this case 24″) turning, and frankly, I was a bit anxious about it. Turns out it wasn’t nearly as tough as turning...

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Lighting the Lathe

Good lighting is essential for lathe work. I really don’t think you can have too much. But general overhead lighting doesn’t cut it because you constantly need to train full, bright light on small details. I also use light to see the shape of my turnings not looking at the object itself, but using...

The two boards for the table top prior to glue-up and before sending them through the power planer.

Power Planer Capacity

My recent dining table project build allowed me the perfect opportunity to dig into my stash of exceptionally wide – and wonderful – air-dried black walnut lumber. In that pile are boards up to 26″ wide. In the past I’ve dealt with some stock that’s wider than any planer I have access to by...