Personal Favorites

When we like something – a tool, a book or a web site – we tag it as one of our “Personal Favorites.” That’s what you’ll find here. Whether it’s from our Editor’s Blog or a woodworking article from the magazine, you’ll find it here. We may rant about a sandpaper that really is worth twice the price of any other, a piece of furniture that strikes us piece of furniture that in just the right way, or a great price on one of our favorite books500 Year Old Shaving Horses , you’ll find it here.

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The Anarchist’s Gift Guide, Day 2

If you buy your screwdriver tips at the home center, then you have probably figured out they are made from recycled chewing gum. They are, for the most part, worthless. The steel is too soft, the tips are malformed and they fall out of the driver constantly. (Other than that, they’re great!) And if...

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The Anarchist’s Gift Guide, Day 1

I’ve been gagging a lot lately on some of the woodworking “gift guides” out there. About 90 percent of the stuff in them is just silly, cheap stuff that you really don’t need. I can say this because I’m a “gift guide” victim. One year my wife took the kids to a woodworking store...

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An Even Better Bench Light

This summer I swallowed hard and praised an inexpensive IKEA light that I used while teaching at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking. When I returned home, I was going to buy one. But then I found that one of my kids had purchased one and had it in her room. So I pinched...

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A Hidden Gem: ‘Building Classic Arts & Crafts Furniture’

If you are a student of Arts & Crafts furniture, don’t be put off by the too-generically titled “Building Classic Arts & Crafts Furniture” by Michael Crow. This book should be more properly titled “The Genius of Limbert Furniture Designs.” This book is narrowly focused on 33 designs produced by Charles Limbert’s furniture factory...

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A Close Look at H.O. Studley’s Vises

Once you are able to rip your eyes off of H.O. Studley’s magnificent tool chest, you can spend almost as much time looking at the benchtop and vises of the Massachusetts piano maker. On Monday, Don Williams, the author of a forthcoming book on Studley, and Jameel Abraham of Benchcrafted spent the morning taking...

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Highly Recommended: ‘The Practical Woodworker’

I was going to write about these books when they were first republished, but by the time I got around to it, ShopWoodworking.com had sold out. “The Practical Woodworker” edited by Bernard E. Jones is a one of the backbones of a good library on the craft of woodworking and is now back in...

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Things that Get Mispronounced in Woodworking

When you learn woodworking through reading – books, magazines and websites – you often have no idea how certain words are pronounced. And so when you finally encounter fellow woodworkers in the flesh and have a conversation, there can be a language barrier. Here are some of the common mispronounced words I have encountered at...