The Wood Whisperer

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The Wood Whisperer: Free-form Sculpting

With a couple simple techniques you’ll augment your design skills and flexibility. By Marc Spagnuolo Pages: 32-34 From the December 2008 Issue #173 Buy this issue now What woodworker hasn’t dreamed of wielding sharp gouges and chisels, effortlessly transforming a giant, lifeless chunk of wood into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece? Perhaps even creating a life-sized...

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The Wood Whisperer: Varnish on a Butcher Block? Yep!

There’s nothing wrong with tradition – but tradition is time consuming. By Marc Spagnuolo Pages: 30-31 From the November 2008 issue #172 Buy this issue now OK, raise your hand if you’ve made a butcher block in the last two years. I am willing to bet my best Fujihiro chisel that more than half...

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The Wood Whisperer: My Favorite Power Tool Accessories

Hand tools complement and complete work begun with power equipment. By Marc Spagnuolo Pages: 78-79 From the October 2008 issue #171 Buy this issue now Most folks I talk with in the woodworking hobby seem to follow a similar path. They start out by emulating what they see on television, which is of course,...

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The Wood Whisperer: The Magic of Masking Tape

Find magic in the mundane using this humble problem solver. By Marc Spagnuolo Pages: 26-27 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now One of the most important lessons I’ve learned as a woodworker is to never underestimate the seemingly mundane. I have found great utility in common household materials: old Tupperware,...

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The Wood Whisperer: Get the Most From Your Router

These tips and tricks will take you a long way toward success. By Marc Spagnuola Pages: 26-27 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now The router is, simply put, a multi-tasking workhorse in the woodshop. But you would be surprised by how many folks don’t get the most out of their...

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The Wood Whisperer: To Build or Buy?

Cost, time and a spouse’s patience help determine the course of action. By Marc Spagnuolo Pages: 24-25 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now It’s a dilemma nearly every woodworker must face. Whether you are a weekend warrior or a woodworking pro, eventually you will ask yourself, “Should I build or...

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The Wood Whisperer: John Hall’s Frame

One half of the famous Hall Brothers designed this piece of art. By Marc Spagnuolo Pages: 22-25 From the August 2009 issue #177 Buy this issue now History was never an interest for me. It was my least favorite subject in school and much to my professor’s dismay, I found that class to be...

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The Wood Whisperer: Not Just for the New

Seasoned professionals also benefit from Woodworkers Safety Week 2009. By Marc Spagnuolo Pages: 68-69 From the June 2009 issue #176 Buy this issue now Did you know that May 4th, 2009 marks the second annual Woodworker’s Safety Week? It began last year in an effort to raise awareness of woodshop safety. And with the...

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The Wood Whisperer: A Sticky Situation

Six common situations where specialty glues serve you well. By Marc Spagnuolo Pages: 20-21 From the April 2009 issue #175 Buy this issue now It goes without saying that most of our projects would be nothing more than a loose assembly of parts without the holding power of glue. Thankfully, modern adhesives are accessible,...