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My Plane is Larger Than Yours

Our friend Jay van Arsdale sent us this link from what looks to be a Japanese woodworking event similar to Woodworking in America. Do you have a plane that can do this? – Ajax Alexandre Follow-up from Jay van Arsdale: The large plane used in the video is called a “beam plane” and is...

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Precut – Modern Japanese Timber Construction

Last week, author and craftsman, Jay van Arsdale, founder of Daiku Dojo, a Japanese Woodworking group and one of our WIA 2011 instructors, sent me this link to a video on some of the technology that is being employed in Japan to combat the diminishing work force of skilled carpenters and the desire to...

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Portuguese Table Cousins

In our October issue #192 of this year, I showed you how to make a little table that my father-in-law had given me from Portugal. It was a nice project because it was easy to make a production run of this useful table out of scraps from the shop. Last week, Tom Moss, one...

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Season of Giving

If you haven’t noticed the Sweepstakes tab on our search bar, now is the time to click on it and sign up for both of the Giveaways that we have going. One is a Workshop Makeover from JET Tools and Bessey Tools valued at $6,000, and the other is from Festool, giving you a...

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Road Trip Detour

If you have occasion to travel on I-80 through Pennsylvania or you are in the vicinity of Muncy, Pa., then I highly recommend stopping at the Grizzly showroom. The facility is 430,000 sq. feet of metal and woodworking tools, sculpture, a stuffed grizzly bear and other grizzly bear statues, and a Koi pond. My...

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Decorative Carving

I’ve been making these wine bottle stoppers as gifts for the holiday season. They are a lot of fun to make on the lathe and it doesn’t take very long to knock a few of them out. I use an electric die grinder with a carbide bit for the decorative carving on the top...

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Round Two of Bottle Stoppers

As you can see, I used some smaller diameter cherry stock to work out the transition from the bottle top to the mushroom, but I’m not happy with the result. The bottom section fits beautifully into the bottle, and the length gives it the bulk needed to balance the piece on top. But I...

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Cutting Down to Size

I turned this mushroom piece out of walnut on Friday afternoon without a wine bottle close by, so I guessed on the inside diameter of a bottle when I was tapering the section that goes into the bottle. As you can see, I guessed wrong. No worries. While it does technically fit and seal...