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VIDEO: Elia Bizzarri and the Dull Chisels

When I’m on the road filming video for Popular Woodworking, it usually means an anonymous, but increasingly familiar hotel room, a search for good food and craft beer, and spending a few days with our video host. I have begun to anticipate that I will learn more about our host than woodworking – in a...

The BARN Workbench — Part One

  I have a confession. I love workbenches. My first project as a hobbyist was a workbench and ever since, I’ve been in love with all the things a good bench can do to help you be a better woodworker.   Workbench 1.0 My first bench was Tom Caspar’s Build a Workbench in a...

Show Me Your French Tool Racks!

I’m not looking for racks full of French tools, you understand – I want to see your pictures of tool racks inspired by Christopher Schwarz’s “I Can Do That” Tool Rack from the April 2011 issue (shown above – this link will take you to the article). It was based on a picture he...

I Can Do That Woodworking Projects

Book Giveaway: I Can Do That! Weekend Woodworking Projects

Thanks for all the great comments! Congratulations to “rycomm,” the winner of this book giveaway. Stay tuned for more exciting book giveaways and if you’re interested in a copy of “I Can Do That! Woodworking Projects,” it is currently available at ShopWoodworking.com. Do you have a copy of “I Can Do That! Woodworking Projects?”  It’s a great...

Frank Klausz

Video: Inside a Mortise with Frank Klausz

Woodworking is largely an exercise in subtraction. For much of what we do that subtraction is obvious – we can see the kerf left from a saw, we can watch the shavings fall out of our handplane and we brush shavings away from the work surface when we sand or scrape. In these instances,...

CNC Skills: Origin Points – Part Three: New Techniques

In part two of this series, several techniques and tools were shown for accurately setting origin points. You can use line-of-sight, feel, extrapolation from a known diameter, edge finders, wigglers, 3D sensors and more. Accuracy is critical and although all these tools and processes work well, setting origins can be time-consuming. So, in my own shop,...

Meet David Lyell – Online Content Director

  Growing up I thought everyone had a Bridgeport in their garage – or at least had access to a vertical mill at their dad’s shop across town. Little did I know at the time that growing up in a machine shop wasn’t necessarily normal. My father instilled in me at a young age...

Sand-Shaded Parquetry Door

My very talented friend, Jack Mauch, just completed a great looking door made of many segments of veneer quilted together to create a clever geometric pattern (aka parquetry). Each of the segments received a dip in a bath of fire hot sand to shade it accordingly. The project is marvelous and the video that...

Woodworker's Illustrated Encyclopedia

ShortCuts Blogger Graham McCulloch Retires

This morning a colleague told me that Graham McCulloch, author of the ShortCuts blog is retiring from the online column after 22 years. Graham has been a voice in the woodworking community for more than 70 years.  He has contributed articles to numerous publications including Canadian Woodworking magazine and Family Handyman magazine and has authored numerous...