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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.

Ron Herman and crew at work in his sawmill in Columbus, Ohio

More on Buying and Using Lumber

You can never get too many perspectives on this topic. Everything we do as woodworkers starts with the substrate, the wood itself. I caught up with Ron Herman this week to discuss his approach to selecting and using lumber. Ron is releasing a new video with Popular Woodworking, “The Woodworker’s Guide to Wood,” based on...

Routing wood? The process and results will depend on bit and collet sizes.

5 FAQs on Routing Wood

Woodworkers ask me a lot of questions on routing wood, and many of the questions are similar, so here’s a short list of FAQs and answers to help you. Question #1 – I just purchased/inherited a router that only takes 1/4″ bits. Can I put 1/2″ bits in this router? Answer – If the...

New workbenches are great, but there are other options.

How to Fix Your Current Workbench

You don’t have to build or buy a new workbench if you’re frustrated with the one you have. There are ways to improve your bench so it will be more useful. Here are some strategies. Problem No. 1: My bench is too lightweight. I chase it around the shop when working. Add weight by...

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Inlaid Dovetail Box

Boxes make great gifts and are extremely useful, but they can be decorative as well. If you’ve been reading woodworking magazines for any length of time at all you know just about everyone has a dozen articles on dovetailing. It’s a great way to make a box, and it can be a decorative focal...

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Modeling the Core Box Router Bit in SketchUp

A student emailed me and asked: “How do I model the cut a core box router bit makes in SketchUp?” At first glance you might think the answer is the usual – model the shape of the bit and use the “Follow-me” tool. After further consideration it becomes clear that the answer is much...

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Not Just a Stuffed Dove

What’s really fascinating about this “Woodwright’s Shop” video excerpt is the way Roy Underhill expands the definition of dovetails and dovetailing. Woodworkers can get into a rut thinking only about through dovetails and half-blinds. But what makes a dovetail a dovetail is not just the look of the pins and tails on the corner...

A Kitchen Modeled In SketchUp

SketchUp Help – 10 FAQs

I have been teaching SketchUp for over seven years, both live and online. Students new to SketchUp struggle with a set of problems that are very similar in nature and can be characterized by one of the following questions. Over the years I have developed some tools to help students through these problems. In...

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Do You Know Wood?

When I started my job as director of marketing at a lumber company, I received an e-mail from Christopher Schwarz telling me that I would be in a unique position to help educate scores of woodworkers about wood, something they ironically know little about. I laughed it off at the time and felt he...

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...