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Woodworking Daily is taking woodworking information to the next level. Our blog is packed with woodworking techniques, “Quick-Start” project plans for both beginning and intermediate woodworkers, guest woodworking blogs and more! Dan Farnbach brings his unique perspective on the craft and invites you to join the conversation.

Here’s a photo of me around 1995 when I was making a cherry demilune table at Peter Korn’s first school in Camden, ME. In this shot I’d just finished clamping the glue lam for the curved apron. Around the same time, my team and I were producing some amazing books at Rodale.

5 Books I Can Highly Recommend

In the 1990s, I had the good fortune to head the editorial team at Rodale Woodworking Books. It was an amazing time when, thanks to the talent of the editors and authors with whom I worked, we produced a number of best-sellers. The hits included Shop Tips, Woodworking: The Right Technique, Router Magic, Woodworker’s...

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SketchUp for Woodworkers – Here’s Why

This topic has appeared once or twice on woodworking blogs. So why list the benefits of SketchUp for woodworkers again? Here’s why: There are still too many woodworkers out there who have never heard of SketchUp and we need to get the word out. Woodworkers have short memories when it comes to tools that...

ASTM (formerly the American Society for Testing and Materials) D 2665 spells out guidelines for Schedule 40 PVC pipe such as wall thickness, minimum and maximum wall thickness, inside and outside dimensions, and pressure capacity.

Dust Collection System FAQ

Is there any advantage/disadvantage to installing a dust collector outside the shop? It may sound as resolute as a long-range weather forecast, but yes, maybe and no. It is really a personal choice. Locating the dust collection machine outside the shop will lower sound levels and free up shop space. For some woodworkers (me...

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“Playing” the Saw

In this 2-part, free video playlist, you get to see a range of ideas and techniques from two terrific instructors. First, Jeff Miller introduces you to the concept of audible feedback during your work at the bench – some might call it “playing” the saw (or handplane). You can learn a lot from the...

This toy, called a plasma globe, effectively demonstrates electricity build-up in a DIY dust collector.

DIY Dust Collector – Avoiding Spark Potential

Woodworkers love their toys. Table saws, jointers and planers are serious big-boy (and big-girl) toys. Planes, chisels and saws are cherished, too, and though we all take our craft and hobby seriously, we just seem to love our toys. We collect woodworking toys and play with them as much as we can. Lately, though,...

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The Rule of 3 – How to Sharpen

Among the fundamental skills necessary for good woodworking, I’d put knowing how to sharpen your edge tools at the top of the list. Even if you consider yourself a power-tool woodworker, I’ll bet you have at least a chisel (or two) and a block plane in your kit that need sharpening from time to...

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3 Tips for Better Finger Joints

Best Wood Types for Finger Joints The type of wood used will make a difference in how forgiving the joint is to put together. Softer woods, such as pine or poplar, will compress when assembled. White oak and maple aren’t as cooperative, and may require more force to assemble, and more finesse to make...

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New Online Course – Router Basics with Colin Knecht

Many newcomers to woodworking consider routers scary and confusing tools. No wonder – there is so much to know about wood routing. Not only is there a wide variety of routers and router tables, but also a large range of bits, jigs and accessories. Even for experienced woodworkers this can be daunting. The “scary”...

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The Shaker Furniture Porthole

When I first became interested in building furniture, I searched through books and antiques-based newspapers to find images and descriptions of Shaker furniture. If you asked me to go into the shop to build whatever I wanted, I would immediately begin on something, anything, Shaker – the first two major pieces I built were...