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A Visit to a Furniture Restoration Shop in Tel Aviv: Part 1

Shay Avrahami opened his Furniture restoration shop in Tel Aviv in the early ’90s, and since then he has steadily established his reputation as one of the best furniture restorers in Israel. His experience stems from many years of apprenticeship in Israel, and a few years of mentorship in Scotland. I visited him two weeks ago to...

PWM June 2017 Issue ‘Extras’ – Handsaw Basics

The June 2017 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine, which features Caleb James’ homage to Hans Wegner on the cover, is in the mail right now to print subscribers (the notice for digital subscribers should go out later today – Thursday, April 13, or tomorrow). It’s also now available at ShopWoodworking.com. The Online Extras are...

French Cleat Wine Rack

The French Cleat: A Great Way to Hang Cabinets or Shelving

You may already know about the French cleat, but if you haven’t heard of it, this neat trick is a great simple way to hang cabinets, wall racks or shelving. In this excerpt below, Popular Woodworking’s very own David Thiel explains how he used this simple yet effective method of wall-mounting to hang a wine rack  – a project...

CNC Skills: Part One – The Origin Point

CNC Skills: Part One: All about Origin Points The Origin Point is your prime reference position No matter what kind of woodworking you do, reference points and accurate measurements are critically important for woodworkers. This is particularly true when using any kind of woodworking machinery. For example, if you’re using a table saw to...

Box Made with ‘Log Cabin Dovetails’

I was hanging out at the Lost Art Press open house last weekend, and Dayton-area woodworking and tool collector Eric Brown brought down a crazy box to show Christopher Schwarz and me. It’s made with the same sort of dovetails you may have seen on the Single Brothers’ Workshop at Old Salem, or other...

‘Making Things Work: Tales from a Cabinetmaker’s Life’

I am delighted to announce that we now offer Nancy Hiller’s hilarious, earthy – and cautionary – look at life as a custom furniture maker – “Making Things Work: Tales from a Cabinetmaker’s Life.” If you’re thinking about chucking it all, assuming “all” means a steady job with employer-sponsored health insurance and a regular...

handplane essentials

Book Giveaway: Handplane Essentials Revised & Expanded

Thanks for all the great comments – seriously some of the funniest ones I’ve gotten since I started doing these book giveaways. The winner is always chosen at random, but some of you get extra points for effort. Congratulations to mbholden, the winner of this book giveaway. Stay tuned for more exciting book giveaways...

CNCs vs Pattern Shaping

If you build furniture out of wood, you’ll find that once your design becomes more than a collection of straight lines and begins to include curves, shapes and other details – you enter the world of pattern shaping. What is pattern shaping? It is a woodworking process for accurate duplication. Instead of creating repeated parts from scratch, an...

Garry Knox Bennett Shop

Video Shop Tour: Garry Knox Bennett

Look for the new “Woodworking Legends: Garry Knox Bennett” video in mid-May (it will be available at ShopWoodworking.com). On it, fellow furniture making giant Alf Sharp chats with Garry about his life, his work, his woodworking philosophy and more. On this excerpt (rated PG-13 for language), Alf and Garry take a walk through Garry’s...