Techniques

Below you’ll find smart woodworking techniques including quick tips, advice for beginners and more advanced methods to improve your skills and allow you to get the most out of your workshop and tools. Whether you’re looking for traditional woodworking techniques using hand tools or power tools, finishing or sharpening advice, or just want to hone your woodworking basics, the advice below is from seasoned and trusted woodworkers and furniture makers working at the top of their field.

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Soup Up a Veneer Saw with Mario Rodriguez

Once at a woodworking show, I witnessed Frank Pollaro making up veneered chess boards. He must have produced more than 30 pieces and each was perfect. The seams were tight and clean; there was no tear-out or split veneer. What impressed me most was that he was getting these results straight from his veneer...

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A Twice-turned Bowl from Green Wood

This week on Woodturning with Tim Yoder, Tim demonstrates his two-stage process for turning a black walnut bowl from a chunk of green wood. Green wood is a pleasure to turn because the fibers cut easily due to the wood’s high moisture content. But if you try to turn a finished form, the green...

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Another Engine

I have lost track of the number of wooden try squares I’ve built in the last five years. At this time last year I had the parts for about 20 mahogany squares in my shop. Now I’m down to one (the rattiest one I couldn’t sell) and some special parts for squares that I...

How to Make Wood Pendants on the Lathe

This week on Popular Woodturning, host Tim Yoder shows you how to turn beautiful figured-maple pendants and then dye them in a 5-step process to create unique jewelry. Tim says his friend and fellow turner Bruce Holden developed the process for creating these pendants. And as you’ll see, it’s a clever one. Tim starts...

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The Church of ‘Leave me Alone, Please’

During the last 17 years that I have been using a honing guide to sharpen, I’ve been approached (sometimes nearly assaulted) by people who want to teach me to sharpen freehand. My response: “I sharpen freehand all the time.” They don’t believe me, and so they spend an hour or so to show me...

Turn a Votive Candle Holder

On this week’s show, Tim Yoder shows you how to make an attractive votive candle holder out of Brazilian bloodwood. Like all our Tim Yoder episodes, this video will be available free for 8 weeks. After 8 weeks, we will make the episode available for purchase. With its rich, dark-red color and tight grain,...

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A Place to Call ‘Hone’

When I think of all the things that improved my sharpening skills, two things loom large. No. 1 is practice, of course, but close behind that is a dedicated sharpening tray. About 14 years ago I built a shallow tray from scrap plywood, nails and glue. No fancy joinery, no water-resistant materials and no...

Episode 2 – Purpleheart Doorstops

This week on Woodturning with Tim Yoder, you get to share in the excitement as Tim welcomes a new lathe to his shop! As he sets up the machine, Tim discusses what to look for when you’re in the market for a heavy-duty lathe and how to position it in your shop for optimum...