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How to Buy Lumber for Workbenches

Looking for ways to save money when building your workbench? Here’s some great advice for saving on lumber for your bench. (Excerpted from “Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use, Revised Edition” by Christopher Schwarz). I use a lot of construction lumber in my projects – not only for workbenches but for furniture...

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No One Right Way

There’s a thread on the “Neaderthal Haven” forum on Sawmill Creek right now that reminded me about my first editor’s note (in the June 2013 issue – my goodness; no wonder my hair is now gray!). I was going to respond thereupon, but I don’t think I have anything more to say than what...

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Build a Frame Saw Part 5: Wrap up

A few months ago I blogged about plans for a frame saw design that was equipped with a hack saw blade. I explained how I intended to build this saw with my seventh grade class, focusing on excavating mortises and shaping tenons, using hand tools only. Now that the school year has ended, I...

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Cast Your Ballots in the 2016 PWM Excellence Awards

The entry period for the 2016 PWM Excellence Awards has closed – it’s time to cast your ballots for the Readers’ Choice awards in each of the five categories (Boxes & Smalls; Seating; Tables; Casework, Cabinets & Bookshelves; Miscellaneous). Voting runs through 11:59 p.m., June 24. The Readers’ Choice winners in each category (the...

Congratulations Allen!

Congrats to Allen Moon, PWM 2016 Workshop Makeover Winner!

Congratulations to Allen Moon of Pelham AL!  Allen was chosen as the winner of the Popular Woodworking Magazine 2016 Workshop Makeover Giveaway. Allen won a new workshop stocked with more than $9,200 of tools from Jet, Bessey and Woodpeckers. Allen is retired after more than 45 years in the healthcare industry. He is also a...

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T-shirt “Brushes” for Shellac and Oil Finishes

Every successful project should culminate at the finish line. And in the case of our seventh, eigth and ninth grade classes the finish (line) is made mainly of shellac. I like to use shellac because it is very forgiving for students’ mistakes. It dries fast and its components are mostly (if not totally) natural....

Squaring a Frame

Making a Workbench – Part 3: PVA Glue

In the third part of this workbench build I get around to gluing up the leg frames. I thought I’d take a moment to mention a couple of details about this phase of the project. Throughout this build I’ve been using bog standard PVA (polyvinyl acetate) wood glue. I’ve always gotten along really well with...

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2016 PWM Excellence Awards – 8 Days & Counting

Have you entered your best work(s) yet in the 2016 PWM Excellence Awards? There are but eight days left to do so (the submission period closes at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT on June 17), then we’ll collect reader votes June 20-24. The grand-prize winner gets a check for US$1,000, the winner in each of the...

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Turning the Roy Underhill Way

The August 2016 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine mails to subscribers this week and features two articles on pedal-powered pole lathes. First, a hatless Roy Underhill walks you through steps to building a portable, adjustable, powerful and (considering he uses construction-grade lumber) affordable foot-powered lathe. And a few pages later, Jarrod Stone Dahl shows...