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Brush End-to-End

When brushing a large surface such as a tabletop, you want each brush stroke to go from one end to the other with the grain. If the brush can’t hold enough finish to go the entire distance, brush several partial strokes, then connect them with a long end-to-end stroke. Lay the bristles down just...

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Traditional Basket Weaving as Woodworking?!

Our new video, “Traditional Basket Weaving,” is about to drop on February 5th at shopwoodworking.com, and I can honestly say that I am blown away.  I have seen plenty of woven baskets in my life, but I never knew how much hard work and detail went into making each one.  You don’t have to take my...

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Check-Point Asher, or a Gate to Keep My Son Safe

Toddlers can be risky creatures, endangering themselves as well as your property. They are notorious for putting themselves in the most precarious situations such as rolling down the stairs,  knocking their heads into furniture corners and trying to bite and swallow EVERYTHING – our baby boy Asher is no different.  While I constantly find...

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Release the Pressure

Woodworking forums can be helpful, no really they can. It’s thanks to a forum that I read a discussion between George Wilson and Zach Dillinger (really looking forward to Zach’s book towards the end of this year). They were discussing the size of plane totes from early wooden planes and why they were smaller than the...

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The Ugly Fishing Rod Rack

If you receive our newsletter, then you probably read about my first real woodworking project. If you don’t receive the newsletter (which you should, it’s full of good articles and some exclusive content), then I will sum up that project for you. It was a disaster. For my second project, I decided to build something...

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Drawing Cabinets in SketchUp: Appliances

The hardest part of designing kitchen cabinets is choosing and accommodating appliances. A typical kitchen has a fridge, range, dishwasher, microwave and coffee maker. Some kitchens have trash compactors, wine fridges, disposals and a bunch of other gadgets. There are standard widths and heights for most appliances, but manufacturers are making all kinds of...

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Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event March 11-12. And Beer.

I must admit I’m more excited than usual for this year’s Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool event in Greater Cincinnati (March 11-12). And it might have a little something to do with my not having to clean up our offices for it, and not having to borrow our neighbor’s forklift. We’ll be there (along with an...

Hand-Crafted Bookcase

Hand-Crafted Bookcase

My background is mostly based in family run businesses that depend on woodworking to put food on the table and keep the lights on. Because of this, I learned to make furniture with power tools. During my first week at Popular Woodworking Magazine, Christopher Schwarz was in the shop filming the “Build a Hand-Crafted...

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Gil Arad’s Mulberry and Ash Table

My friend Gil Arad, an Israeli woodworker who lives, works and teaches in a small village outside of Jerusalem has recently published a really cool video that depicts the kind of work that he does. More and more woodworkers are commissioning “about my work” videos as a means of promoting their work, but few...