In “The Quick-start Guide to Woodworking,” we’ve pulled together articles from 11 years of Popular Woodworking Magazine and Woodworking Magazine with everything the beginning woodworker needs to get started in woodworking the right way – and fill in some critical information that might be missing for the self-taught woodworker. In chapters on Setting Up Shop, … Read more
Masonry nails and two XXL leather belts impart the ‘arghh!’ in this build.
By Megan Fitzpatrick
From the February 2011 issue #188
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Don’t let the curved top of this “pirate chest” scare you. It’s a lot less tricky than it may appear – and it’s excellent practice with your block plane.
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Here’s my theory: if you get good using one tool, learning the next tool you pick up will be easier. Good woodworkers connect a piece of wood on the bench and their brain through their hands and the tools in their hands. Learn how to make that connection and you will easily pick up new … Read more
Working on this little block has been an interesting experience, and I hope you’ll give it a try. Explaining it on the blog has made me think about a lot of basic things that have become habit over the years. The Gottshall block is a hand tool education, and one of the lessons is that … Read more
One of the things that can overwhelm a beginning woodworker is the sheer number of choices to make about the simplest things. It doesn’t help that there is always someone waiting to tell you that there is a better, faster, easier, or morally superior way to do it. That improved method usually involves a new … Read more
If you’ve taken the bait and are willing to make a Gottshall block, I suggest you ask yourself two questions before you start. What kind of woodworker do you want to be, and how will you know when you get there? There aren’t any right or wrong answers; this is something we do for fun … Read more
Sometimes the hardest part of working with wood is simply finding it. Here are the strategies we use to keep our wood racks full. Read more