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James Hamilton

Build Your Own Tools

Woodworkers have a reputation for taking matters into their own hands. When something doesn’t work the way you want it to, what do you do? You go to the shop and build something that will. That’s  probably why the website StumpyNubs.com is so popular. Stumpy (whose real name is James Hamilton) makes his mission to...

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Can You Draw Skippy the Turtle?

OK – I’m not really looking for someone who can draw a turtle; I need an illustrator who can take over our Tricks and Letters drawings, to develop digitally deliverable images (four to six illustrations per issue, seven issues per year) working from photos and text. And obviously, a solid understanding of woodworking is...

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Furniture Polishes

I spent most of the decade of the ’90s trying to make sense of furniture polishes. Claims from manufacturers were (and still are) all over the map. Even worse were all the contradictory opinions of my professional-refinishing colleagues, museum conservators, furniture-store clerks and my customers. I figured out pretty quickly that furniture polishes couldn’t...

Mac McConnell’s bull is an engineering masterpiece.

‘Bench Bulls’ by Blog Readers…Very Cool Designs

A few weeks ago I blogged about a jig that I built that is intended to help in woodworking clamping tasks and, in some cases, even substitute for a work bench. I called the jig a bench bull and dedicated three blog entires to it. I was very happy to learn that the bench...

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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...