Book Giveaway: Building Small

Thanks for all the great comments! Congratulations to “fallsomepioneer,” the winner of this book giveaway. Stay tuned for more exciting book giveaways and if you’re interested in a copy [...]

Elliptical Router Jig for Any Size Oval

I love routers and this elliptical router jig makes me love them even more. I’ve made countless circles with router jigs over the years, but this simple jig for creating a multitude of oval [...]

Overspray and Bounce-back

Terminology is important. If we aren’t all using the same definitions, we can’t communicate. Using sloppy language is one of my pet peeves, and I spend lots of effort just defining terms. Here’s [...]

Testing the Maslow CNC

The Maslow CNC is a CNC kit that costs just $350. For that price, you should expect a few compromises. For one thing, you have to put it together. Of course you’ll get the key mechanical, [...]

Make a Traditional Rabbeted Door Frame

Today it’s easy to make glazed doors and mirror frames by using a router to rabbet a mortise-and-tenon frame after assembly: Cut your joints, glue the frame together, rout the inside edges [...]

Against Perfection, Precision or Accuracy

It’s difficult to argue against perfection in woodworking. That’s because the counter argument is something like: “You’re a hack and can’t get it right, and so you say that your imperfections are [...]

The Case Against Tail Vises

If workbenches were like automobiles, then I’d consider the tail vise to be like the heated seats in a car. They’re an option, of course, but they are by no means standard equipment, like tires. [...]

Book Giveaway: Making Wooden Toys

Thanks for all the great comments! Congratulations to “Desimaker,” the winner of this book giveaway. Stay tuned for more exciting book giveaways and if you’re interested in a copy [...]

Peeling Paint on Exterior Doors

A reader had a problem with the paint on his front doors, which he thought might be caused by exposure to strong sunlight for many hours each day. Fortunately, he sent pictures, which told me a [...]

3D Carving the BARN Workbench Vises

A workbench designed for hand tool woodworkers but made (partially) with a CNC. Each bench features a unique 3D carved leg vise. Here’s a video introduction into how they were made. The [...]

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