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A Great Museum Book for Free

Last week while teaching a class at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking on building the Connecticut lowboy from the February 2014 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine (#209) to seven excellent woodworkers (read more about the class here), I was asked to take a trip into New York city to the Metropolitan Museum (the...

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Carve Like a Master

Very quickly after getting serious about woodworking I realized, if I wanted to make more than simple projects with square or tapered legs, I needed to develop my skills in two major areas beyond joinery. Not that there’s anything wrong with simple forms, but I wanted to push my skills well beyond the boundaries pieces like...

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Preparing Woodworkers for a Brighter Future

Woodworking as a craft is one of mankind’s oldest uses of technology, and each generation has passed along knowledge about how to, when to and why to. Technology has changed within the craft itself and the way in which information moves from older to younger. A lot of things that used to be made...

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Woodworker’s Solutions to Router Bit Storage

A few weeks back I posted about router bit storage. At the end of the post I suggested that readers send me photos of their storage solutions and I would write a follow-up post showing those photos. Many readers shared photos of how they store router bits. I must say that the solutions were...

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A Guitar Stand of Clever Design

At the Lie-Nielsen open house last weekend, luthier Patrick Sebrey, of Union, Maine, brought along a clever maple guitar stand on which he put the finishing touches during the two days of technique and tool demos. At first glance, I thought the piece was a musical instrument — perhaps a variation on a harp...

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Not Your Prosaic Handplane

Just a little something to drool over — the holly knob and tote are by Bill Rittner; the engraving is by Catharine Kennedy. – Megan Fitzpatrick p.s. I’m out of the office this week…and can’t seem to turn the pic on my phone. Sorry.

I "borrowed" this picture of Mary May from the Lie-Nielsen web site (Robin, I hope you don't mind).

Blogs to Read; Sites to Visit

As I get ready to leave for the Lie-Nielsen Open House (which is this Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in Warren, Maine), I’m looking at the list of the many storied demonstrators who will be on hand. I realize you may not be able to make it Down East this weekend, so check...

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Have Chisels; Will Travel

I’ll be at the Lie-Nielsen open house in Warren, Maine this Friday and Saturday (July 11-12) from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. On Friday, I’ll be demonstrating “Five Quick Fixes for Less-than-stellar Dovetails” throughout the day in our booth. On Saturday, I’ll be hanging out in the august company of, among others, Christian Becksvoort, Peter Follansbee,...

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Congrats to Mike Russell, Our Shop Makeover Winner

Mike Russell, of Rochester, Minn., is the lucky winner of the 2014 “$8,000 Shop Makeover” sweepstakes. A plumber who took up woodworking eight years ago, Mike got involved in the craft through city-sponsored community education classes that allow classes to be taught in local middle and high school workshops (a cool idea). (He’s also...