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Learn on your terms with our online woodworking classes. Whether you’re woodworking for fun, extra money or for a living, Popular Woodworking University can help you get inspired and improve your skills. Our expert instructors will provide advice, specific applications, real-world experience and the motivation and drive to help you achieve your goals.

There are two types of courses: 1-hour webinars (typically on Wednesday evenings), and full courses that can run for weeks. See our full courses at classes.popularwoodworking.com.

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Use a CNC router for your woodworking

Why Would a Craftsman Use a CNC Router?

Some woodworkers just don’t believe in using CNC routers. They believe that someone who cuts and shapes parts with a CNC router is not a craftsman, and has little or no connection with the materials he or she uses. As someone who began his woodworking career with a strong interest in hand tools, I can...

Organizing a woodshop in one Saturday

Organizing a Woodshop in One Saturday

Early on a Saturday morning, distinctive telltale sounds that would perk up any woodworker’s ears were wafting down my street. First the short wind-up of an electric motor, then the sound of a blade cutting wood, then a short wind-down and silence. Seconds later, the exact sounds repeated… and then again. I’ve been woodworking...

A brass inlay kit is a must-have accessory for inlay work.

Creating Wood Inlays

Wood inlays are made by cutting a shaped pocket or void into a piece of wood, and then filling that pocket with another piece cut to the same shape. Although inlays can look impressive, they are not all that difficult to make. All you need to do is follow some simple techniques and you...

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More Cutlist Making Tips in SketchUp for Woodworkers

In my previous post about cutlist making tips in SketchUp for woodworkers, I discussed my CutList Bridge 3 extension and strategies to help you organize your models. That post went into detail about furniture projects. Now I would like to apply those strategies to custom cabinet projects. Component and part naming of custom cabinet parts should follow...

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Cutlist-Making Tips in SketchUp for Woodworkers

Cut lists are dull subjects and always seem to be an afterthought; they shouldn’t be. The time to consider cut lists and material lists is before you begin to model a project. Doing so will dramatically shorten the time you spend creating them, and make your cut list and material list much more useful....

Here are two tips about SketchUp for woodworkers who use CAD

SketchUp for Woodworkers Who Use CAD

Layers in SketchUp Aren’t Like Layers in CAD If you’re used to drawing in AutoCAD or a similar program, you’ll have to adjust to the way layers work in SketchUp. When drawing in CAD, it’s common to create separate layers for different types of objects. In a kitchen layout, base cabinets might be drawn on...

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Consider Building Frameless Cabinets

Will you be building your own kitchen cabinets anytime soon? Have you thought about building frameless cabinets? There are several advantages to this style of construction, including the requirement for fewer tools, less sanding and easy hardware installation. You may want to give frameless construction some consideration before you sit down to plan your...