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...