Robert W. Lang

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Plunge Router Depth Adjustment Trick

A plunge router is a versatile tool, but setting an exact depth can be perplexing. There are a bunch of knobs and levers that control how far down the bit will go, but if you’re trying to make a precise adjustment you rapidly run out of hands and patience as you fight the springs...

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Bob Lang’s Books Now in the Popular Woodworking Store

I came to work at Popular Woodworking Magazine in a roundabout way. I spent most of my adult life working with wood professionally, and along the way I read a lot of books and magazines. I was passionate about furniture of the Arts & Crafts period, and wished there was a book of measured...

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Hand Tool Woodworking Project

Here’s a recent hand-tool woodworking project that makes life in the shop much better and it’s a pleasant way to spend an hour or two in the shop. I started with a piece of walnut, planed the edges and faces to perfection and marked three angled lines, about 23/128″ apart. It’s vital that the...

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Make Tenons Using a Bump-cut

As my article on building the Southern Gent’s Mirror Stand – in the August 2013 Popular Woodworking Magazine (issue #205) – passed through design and begin routing (being passed from editor to editor for each to read and mark corrections), my terminology was called into question. “What are bump-cut tenons,” I was asked. As...

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New Video: Bob Lang and the Voysey Mantle Clock

The cover project for the upcoming August 2013 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine is like many of the pieces I’ve made for articles. Picking projects is one of the best parts of my job and when I meet readers, one of the common questions asked is “How do you guys decide what pieces to...

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College of the Redwoods Instructor at Woodworking in America

When we started the Woodworking in America conference several years ago, one of our goals was to bring in instructors who offer a unique perspective. This year, we looked to the west coast and invited Ejler Hjorth-Westh, one of the instructors at the College of the Redwoods Fine Furniture program, the school founded by...