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Split Bench Hook

pages 14-15 A bench hook is an indispensable workholding device for crosscutting. The traditional bench hook is made of a base, a stop or rest and a cleat. It is usually used against the apron or front edge of a workbench, or clamped in the vise. To crosscut a long piece, I used to...

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The Mistakes of First-time Bench-builders

If you’re about to embark on building your first workbench, you might want to read this blog entry. I expect you to discard every piece of advice in it (most bench-builders do) and build the crazy contraption you’ve planned out in your head. Here, in my opinion, are the most common missteps woodworkers make...

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How to Straighten Warped Wood and Eat Humble Pie

Exclusive for Popular Woodworking newsletter subscribers! Enter your email address in the box below for a free digital guide to the lumberyard. It will help you select the straightest, highest-quality boards. You’ll also receive e-newsletters from Popular Woodworking and select partners, crammed with great information. Someone once said, “The toughest advice to follow is your...

You may be inspired to design your own bed after reading about Marc's beautiful work on this platform model.

Design Your Own Furniture the Hybrid Way

“For me, furniture design is mostly about problem-solving.” –Marc Spagnuolo, The Wood Whisperer Let’s say you have a good shop to work in – including a solid workbench or other reasonable workholding strategy – as well as some woodworking knowledge and a budget for lumber. You really want to design your own furniture and...

The Transition from Building Boxes to Building Your Own Furniture

I’ve been pushing at the borders of my woodworking knowledge lately. I can feel a growth spurt coming on. For me, that growth will entail a move from the “building boxes” camp (mostly cabinet-sized boxes) to the “build your own furniture” camp. It’s a common transition for woodworkers – and not just beginners or...

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A New Shop, a New Workbench and the “Kitchen Test”

I’m not sure if I can call it “progress” yet, but I have acquired access to a larger shop space. It is rather run-down, so there is some work to be done. Sweeping was first. A close second was taking a look at the workbench. It was surrounded by a pile of locally harvested...

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Getting Bit by the Toothed Planing Stop

I know there are people who use edge tools straight out of the box, but I can’t. I always sharpen them. So why should workbench accessories be any different? For many years I’ve been indifferent to metal planing stops. The aluminum ones are terrible for too many reasons to even get into here. The...

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Four Free Woodworking Tips from Our Readers

“Tricks of the Trade” is one of the most well-liked sections in our magazine. Here are four of these reader-submitted woodworking tips from the many we published last year. Enjoy! And if you like what you see, consider a subscription to the magazine. The content is deep. You’ll learn a ton with each issue....

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The First Recorded Workbench

The first time I saw an 18th-century workbench, I thought: Wow. That will never work. But then I built some of these benches (dozens, actually), and I am a huge fan of the form’s stability, simplicity and purity. So the first time I saw a Roman workbench from 50 A.D., I thought: Hmmm. That...