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Out on a Limb: Many Woodworkers Have Knowledge Gap

By Steve Shanesy Page: 8 From the June 2004 issue #141 Buy this issue now In the early decades of the 20th century, home woodworking got its start when woodworking machines with electric motors were first marketed to homeowners. These machines made it possible for untrained and unskilled enthusiasts to produce projects of surprising...

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Out on a Limb: Pricey Tools are Worth the Pain

By Steve Shanesy Page: 10 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now While growing up in my house, “making do” was a cardinal principle by which we all lived. It was accepted as fact that a new baseball glove wasn’t going to make you a better baseball player, nor would a...

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Out of the Woodwork: Ironwood Logs and Mad Bulls

A quest for lumber leads to some fancy firewood, a sore butt and a full gut. By Peter Sieling Page: 104 From the February 2004 issue #139 Buy this issue now The best parts about running a small lumber business are that I get plenty of healthy exercise and bring in a decent income...

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Out on a Limb: Join the Club or Get Some Class

By Steve Shanesy Page: 10 From the February 2004 issue #139 Buy this issue now One drawback to woodworking is that it tends to be a solitary activity. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy my time alone in the shop, away from all the stress of my “other world.” And to some degree, this...

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Out on a Limb: The Dot on the Box Isn’t That Important

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 10 From the December 2005 issue #152 Buy this issue now Just about every day we get at least one call from a reader who wants assistance with selecting a tool or machine. And I’m always amazed by both how much research they’ve done and how misguided it usually is....

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Out on a Limb: Changing Editors After 11 Years and 69 Issues

By Steve Shanesy Page: 12 From the November 2005 issue #151 Buy this issue now Come next issue you’ll find a different, but familiar, name authoring this column as Christopher Schwarz takes the helm as editor of Popular Woodworking, a position I’m relinquishing after 11 years and 69 issues. Of course the letting go...

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Out on a Limb: To Every Season Turn, Turn, Turn

By Steve Shanesy Page: 10 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now One aspect of woodworking that never occurred to me when I discovered this life-long passion at age 30 was how it would continue to have something new to offer as my age, interests, and someday, I’m sure, physical abilities...

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Out on a Limb: What is the Value of Woodworking?

By Steve Shanesy Page: 8 From the August 2005 issue #149 Buy this issue now There is a book published by our company called “How to Make $40,000 a Year with Your Woodworking.” Years ago I dubbed it our only offering in the fiction category. Sure, there are enterprising woodworkers who pocket this and...

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Out on a Limb: On Making Chairs & Exploring Mysteries

From the April 2005 issue #147 Buy this issue now It was a crazy idea, so crazy it just might work. Instead of attending a woodworking class out of town we’d bring the instructor here. Call it a busman’s holiday – as if we don’t see enough of one another, have enough to do...