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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...

Fishing-rod-rack

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...

Gil Arad's table

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...

Second story oak floor wet mopped for many years

Water Warps Wood Opposite from What You May Think

Water causes wood to swell, so most people think that wetting one side and not the other will cause the wetted side to bow – that is, increase in width so the center is higher than the edges. If the wood is thin enough, this will be the case initially. But the overall swelling...

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Brown Paper Bag Trick

A smooth feel is critical when judging the quality of a finish. It’s natural for people to run their hand over a finish, feel dust nibs and say, “This is not a great finish.” The problem is, there’s almost always a little dust that has settled on, and stuck to, the last coat of...

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‘Woodworks’ Bentwood Laminated Lamp

David Marks wrote the step-by-step photo feature below detailing the build process of his bentwood laminated lamp. His “Woodworks” Seasons 4-6 Collection has just been released on shopwoodworking.com. Enjoy… — Jon Russelburg   Bentwood Laminated Lamp Phil, a student from the Sacramento, CA area, took a class with me in November 2012 on how to make a bentwood laminated...