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What I Do with a CNC in My Shop

Here’s a glued up leg and apron assembly for a sofa table being milled with a CNC router. Here’s the big picture: A CNC is a digitally controlled router that cuts from its highest to its lowest point in three dimensions over the entire area of its bed. What would any woodworker do with...


Dutch Tool Chest: Tongue-and-Groove Back

  After Popular Woodworking in America, my desire to get back in the shop was insatiable. As soon as I returned to the office and caught up on work, I found my way to the shop to finish my Dutch tool chest. The first step was to create the tongue-and-groove joints for the back....


Popular Woodworking Magazine: November 2016

The November issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine just mailed to subscribers, and it’s live now in our online store. There’s a lot of great content in this issue (the campaign Danish modern dresser is a lovely piece, and one I hope to make someday), but the article I keep thinking back to involves a...

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Live Edge Class Part 5: Chad’s Coffee Table (A)

Walnut is probably my favorite wood. It is rich in color and texture, easy to work with, grows domestically and has the right density and strength to serve well in almost every woodworking deployment. So, when Chad showed me the walnut slabs that he brought over to our class I immediately developed expectations for...

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Going Digital, Part 2 – Custom CNC for Furniture Making

Part Two. Decisions to Make I’ve been using CNC services since the late ’90s to create patterns, jigs and fixture components and a few furniture parts. After years of use, the potential of a CNC as a useful tool in woodworking was obvious. But, if I was going to make the most of it,...

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Darrell Peart on the Rules of Design

I am both a believer and disbeliever in the rules of design (ROD). My relationship with them is not a simple black and white matter. Ultimately, I believe the rules to be detrimental to art of any kind. But I do not disbelieve in their credibility. My relationship to the ROD is complicated! We...

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Planemakers’ Roundtable from PWIA 2016

The Planemakers’ Roundtable was one of the most popular sessions at Popular Woodworking in America 2016, with discussion topics ranging from metal vs. wood planes, to low-priced knock-offs. Panelists Raney Nelson (Daed Toolworks), Rick Blaiklock (Lee Valley/Veritas), Caleb James (Caleb James Planemaker), Konrad Sauer (Sauer & Steiner Toolworks) and Thomas Lie-Nielsen (Lie-Nielsen Toolworks), with...


Remove Rust From an Old Hand Plane With Citric Acid

Generally speaking, I like tools: power tools, hand tools, woodworking tools, farm tools. Tools. Also generally speaking, I like old things. I’m no Luddite (I’m very fond of Netflix) but am much more likely to smile over a thrift store treasure than a new iPhone. Be it a hat, lamp or hardback, old things...

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Popular Woodworking in America 2016 Photos

I had an excellent time at Popular Woodworking in America, and hope everyone else who was there did, too! It was such fun to catch up with woodworking friends new and old – particularly those I “knew” only through Instagram, Twitter and the like (nice to finally meet in person!). And though I didn’t...