Blog – FineWoodworking

Blog – FineWoodworking

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Expert advice on woodworking and furniture making, with thousands of how-to videos, step-by-step articles, project plans, photo galleries, tool reviews, blogs, and more

Episodes

The fascinating Art Nouveau style

Jan 24, 2020

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Bob Miller examines the Art Nouveau style, which is often marked by sumptuous and conspicuous use of material matched to a hugely laborious process.

Press Release: Oneida Air Introduces Mobile Supercell™

Jan 23, 2020

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New Unit Expands Company’s Top-Selling Supercell Line-up

Make a wooden door latch

Jan 22, 2020

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John Tetreault saves a piece of maple from his firewood pile and creates a beautiful, sculptural door latch for his family's home.

Explore diverse woodturning topics at AAW’s 2020 International Symposium

Jan 21, 2020

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This year’s event, expected to draw as many as 1,500 attendees, will be held at the Kentucky Expo Center, in Louisville, Kentucky, June 4-7.

Practice, practice, practice

Jan 20, 2020

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Many woodworkers routinely take a drink from the cup of ‘hard knocks’ and get frustrated because a project got ruined or they have to make parts over again, wasting time and material. Vic Tesolin argues it doesn’t need to be like this.

Press Release: Grizzly Industrial Announces New President, Robert McCoy

Jan 20, 2020

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From Grizzly Industrial: As Shiraz Balolia, Grizzly Industrial’s founder, takes on the role of Chairman and CEO, Robert McCoy, who has been with the company for thirty years, has been…

STL207: Is woodworking art?–Part 2

Jan 17, 2020

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Mike, Barry, and Ben discuss crosscutting wide panels, knowing when to sharpen, pinning joinery, and they add a new chapter to the debate–is woodworking art?

Drawer-height progressions in SketchUp

Jan 15, 2020

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Dave Richards demonstrates how to scale drawers using various methods and how to adjust them to use in future projects.

Small projects are fertile breeding grounds for learning

Jan 13, 2020

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If you are a woodworker looking to improve your skills, Mike Farrington suggests that you intersperse some small projects into your work.

Tool maintenance 101: caring for your most important piece of equipment

Jan 8, 2020

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Taking care of your body is important! Nancy Hiller interviews seven professionals about what they do to make sure this important tool lasts.

The Ever-morphing Shop

Jan 7, 2020

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A shop is never perfect, and Vic Tesolin thinks that we should allow our shop spaces to change based on the way we work and how we use our tools.

STL206: The best plywood for jigs

Jan 3, 2020

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Tom, Mike, and Ben start 2020 off with a quick-fire session, answering a bunch of questions and discussing what they hope the new year brings to their shops

Capturing Design – An Oak Sideboard

Dec 25, 2019

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Using the power of SketchUp, Tim Killen shows his method for capturing the design of an oak sideboard from a magazine picture.

STL205: Swimming In Sawdust!

Dec 20, 2019

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Anissa and Ben are joined by Windsor chairmaker David Douyard and they discuss what to do with sawdust and shavings, whether a jointer is worth it for a listener, storing lumber vertically, and whether or not drift is actually mythical.

Bezier Splines and Other Non-Circular Curves in SketchUp

Dec 18, 2019

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Dave Richards demonstrates drawing curves with the Classic Bezier Spline, Uniform B-Spline, and Catmull Spline tools.

Waste Knot, Want Knot

Dec 18, 2019

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There’s a sentiment most woodworkers take to heart—for some, it’s good advice to follow whenever possible while for others it’s an unbreakable rule. Then there are those who seem to ignore the idea altogether.

Treat Yourself!

Dec 17, 2019

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With the holidays upon us, Mike Farrington made a list of a few of his favorite tools and shop supplies that will make your woodworking better.

Are You a Collector?

Dec 13, 2019

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Whenever Vic Tesolin gets to know a woodworker, they all seem to have at least one type of woodworking tool that they have far too many of. And that's ok.

On a Job Site, Improvisation is the Name of the Game

Dec 11, 2019

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If working on site has taught Nancy Hiller anything, it's how to think outside the box in order to get the job done.

STL204: Don’t Shoot Your Miters

Dec 6, 2019

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Tom, Mike, and Barry discuss shooting miters, inlaying, scraper sharpening, and when to baby the burr, and Tom shows Ben up by doing both favorite tools and techniques

The Power of Pattern Routing

Dec 4, 2019

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While most woodworkers are aware of top- and bottom-bearing pattern bits, Bob Miller says you should consider adding one more to your arsenal.

Drawer and Door Pulls: Our Editors’ Favorites

Nov 26, 2019

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Throughout the years, there have been quite a few lovely pulls featured in the pages of Fine Woodworking. In this collection, our editors pull out a few of their favorites.

Eain Tierney’s Chatoyance writing desk

Nov 26, 2019

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Eain Tierney's Chatoyance writing desk is made to be appreciated not only for its beauty but for what happens when it moves.

To build or to buy?

Nov 26, 2019

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For professional woodworker Nancy Hiller, it's cheaper to buy a workbench than it is to make one.

From the Editor: Remembering R. Bruce Hoadley

Nov 26, 2019

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Editors and furniture makers remember the author of "Understanding Wood" on the occasion of his passing.

Liquid Hide Glue – My Favorite Sticky Stuff for (Most) Woodworking

Nov 25, 2019

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In her blog, Megan Fitzpatrick details why she uses liquid hide glue in about 90% of her interior woodworking, and it's not just because of the longer open time.

Woodcraft to Sponsor Krenov School Scholarship

Nov 25, 2019

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PARKERSBURG, W. VA. (November 2019) As part of its corporate focus on woodworking education, Woodcraft Supply has decided to support The Krenov Foundation Scholarship Program for the school that internationally…

STL203: Finding holly for inlaying and banding

Nov 22, 2019

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Bob, Mike, and Ben discuss sources for holly, what a listener can do with 1/8-in. ebony, how close is close enough when setting up a jointer, and a listener asks how you can prefinish AND soften edges after a piece is assembled

Designing a Staved Oval Box in SketchUp

Nov 20, 2019

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Dave Richards demonstrates how he would use SketchUp to create patterns for Paul Fleming's carved oval boxes.

Brick-laid Connecting Stretchers in SketchUp

Nov 14, 2019

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Tim Killen demonstrates how he used SketchUp to help him create the curved stretchers for the nesting tables he's reproducing

Moving into the 21st century via CNC

Nov 13, 2019

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Recently the random path that is my career has lead me to the base of a mountain. The signs marking the path all point up. Unfortunately the path looks really…

Vic Tesolin weighs in on the metric debate

Nov 12, 2019

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The argument that “it’s just as easy” to work in fractional inches over metric is ludicrous

The Science Behind Epoxies

Nov 12, 2019

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Woodworkers know that epoxy is a strong adhesive, a great gap filler, an excellent crack repairer, and even a durable coating. What makes it so effective? It's all about science,…

STL202: This guy found a workbench on the side of the road!

Nov 8, 2019

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Anissa, Barry, and Ben discuss radial arm saws, side-of-the-road workbenches, dowel joints, milling wide boards, and suffer dramatic smooth moves

Cabinet Tells a Family’s Story

Nov 7, 2019

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A battered old cabinet made generations ago sparks Amy Cyphers to delve into her family's history.

Deeper into Israel Martin’s shop

Nov 5, 2019

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Israel Martin's cover story in this year's Tools & Shops issue provides an intriguing view into his hand-tool-only shop. Here are some of the wonderful details, texture, and quirks you didn't see in the article.

Versatile Bench Design

Nov 1, 2019

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The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship uses this workbench design as the basis for a router table, a drafting table, a sanding station, and more.

From the Editor: Get Ready for Fine Woodworking Live 2020

Oct 31, 2019

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Just in time for the holidays, we’ve opened registration for Fine Woodworking Live 2020, this time with 100% more Roy Underhill.

A Stopped Chamfer With Lamb’s Tongues

Oct 30, 2019

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Stopped chamfers are a classic detail in fine woodworking. The ends of the chamfers can be finished in a number of different ways. One of those is the lamb's tongue…

Machine Envy

Oct 28, 2019

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Last week, while helping to build 20 enormous Roubo workbenches, Megan Fitzpatrick was able to experience the benefits of the machines outfitted in an industrial woodworking shop.

STL201: Friends Don’t Let Friends Go Metric

Oct 25, 2019

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Mike and Ben discuss first handplane purchases, tool chest construction, calipers, sourcing rift-sawn oak, English-style tablesaw fences, and Mike tries to talk Ben out of switching to metric.

Shopmade clamps make edge banding easy

Oct 24, 2019

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Mike Farrington demonstrates how these simple clamps will help you apply edge banding like a pro.

The Merits of Shop Class

Oct 23, 2019

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Bob Miller argues that the purpose of shop class is not to create woodworkers or welders, but instead to help bring revolutionary ideas to fruition.

Make Components Work for You in SketchUp

Oct 22, 2019

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Dave Richards demonstrates another way to use components to improve your SketchUp work flow.

Cauling All Glue-Ups

Oct 21, 2019

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Cauls aren't just for keeping your workpieces free of marks left by clamping pressure. In his blog, Vic Tesolin argues they greatly reduce the number of clamps required to get the job done well.

Tool News: Bora® Tool Introduces All-New Straight Edge System

Oct 19, 2019

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Increase efficiency and ease of use when using BORA’s newest all-straight edge system

Thinking of Going Metric?

Oct 18, 2019

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Guy Dunlap is experimenting with the metric system, but like many before him, he's discovering that it might be all or nothing.

Making Nested Furniture in SketchUp

Oct 16, 2019

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Tim Killen uses SketchUp to model a set of four tables all diminishing in size and fitting under the largest of the set.

Delta Power Equipment Corporation announces 100th Anniversary

Oct 15, 2019

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Delta Power Equipment Corporation announces 100th Anniversary: November of 2019 marks 100 years since the founding of Delta Manufacturing Company, which started as a parts and machining operation in the…

STL200: Live from North Jersey

Oct 11, 2019

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Tom, Mike, and Ben take the show on the road and answer questions from the North Jersey Woodworkers Association live

Waste not, want not: Practical uses for shop waste

Oct 9, 2019

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Nancy Hiller shares a few ideas for what to do with all of the chips and dust created by a pro shop.

Sometimes It’s Safe to Blame the Tool

Oct 8, 2019

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Some tools are beyond help, no matter how much time is available to devote to them. Luckily, Megan Fitzpatrick hasn't had too many of those show up in her classes, but it does happen.

How to Draw an Ellipse

Oct 2, 2019

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Bob Miller argues that with a few simple formulas and a clever jig, it becomes possible to draw and cut ellipses of any size and add this stately and pleasing shape to your work.

In Memory of a Friend

Oct 1, 2019

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Former editor Andy Engel writes a tribute to his friend, former Fine Woodworking editor Bill Duckworth.

STL199: In Defense of Tail Vises

Sep 27, 2019

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Bob, Mike, and Ben discuss workbenches and vises, a listeners walnut dilemma, spline jigs, and their all-time favorite tools

STL198.5: Bonus Episode with Tim Rousseau

Sep 20, 2019

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While recording the Modern Desk video workshop, Tim Rousseau and Ben sat down to talk about finishing, resawing, veneering, and the Danish Modern aesthetic

Spooning Up Woodworking Lessons

Sep 16, 2019

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Vic Tesolin argues that even if you're not into spoon carving, there are many lessons that carving a spoon can teach any woodworker

STL198: How much lumber is too much lumber?

Sep 13, 2019

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John, Barry, and Ben discuss workbench stretchers, basement shop vs. garage shop, and a new chapter begins in the round vs. square mortise debate

The Process of Planning a Project

Sep 12, 2019

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For Mike Farrington, sometimes planning a project is the most difficult part of woodworking

Don’t knock the last person’s work

Sep 11, 2019

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Some people criticize others’ work to make themselves look better in the eyes of prospective customers. But Nancy Hiller argues that this is a dangerous way of doing business.

7 Things I Learned While Doing Youth Turning Workshops

Sep 9, 2019

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At the 2019 American Association of Woodturners (AAW) Symposium in Raleigh, N.C., I got to participate as an instructor in the Youth turning workshops area. My first demonstration was a…

The Doric Order – Classic Architecture in SketchUp

Sep 4, 2019

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Rather than simply read a book on classical architecture, Tim Killen set out to create a Classical Order in SketchUp

The Thing with Finish

Sep 3, 2019

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Vic Tesolin doesn't have a favorite finish, he uses the one that is the most appropriate... which is almost always shellac

STL197: Clean miters that are actually strong

Aug 30, 2019

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Mike, Anissa, and Ben discuss various case miter options, veneering curved legs, buying old machinery, painting MDF, and their all time favorite tools of all time… for this week

When Spelching Makes You Feel Good

Aug 29, 2019

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Most of the time, we take measures to avoid spelching, but as Megan Fitzpatrick demonstrates, once in awhile, spelching can help

Shellac Solvent: Grain Alcohol vs. Denatured Alcohol

Aug 28, 2019

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Bob Miller explains why you should head to the local liquor store before applying your next shellac finish

Business Insurance Is Non-Negotiable

Aug 22, 2019

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Nancy Hiller's livelihood is almost entirely dependent on her shop, and while insurance premiums are expensive she can't afford to not pay them

Modeling Mitered Half-Blind Dovetails in SketchUp

Aug 21, 2019

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As a follow-on to his recent blog post on modeling angled dovetails, Dave Richards thought it would be interesting to take a look at how Chris Gochnour’s dovetails can be modeled.

Bill Pavlak’s Oddly Essential Tools

Aug 20, 2019

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Bill Pavlak shares his thoughts on two of his favorite tools: a narrow scraper and ... um ... corset boning

Destination Woodworking

Aug 19, 2019

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For Vic Tesolin, traveling to take a woodworking class is a fantastic way to expand his woodworking skills

STL196: Is It Time to Upgrade Your Planer

Aug 16, 2019

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Mike, Barry, and Ben discuss planer upgrades, chip-out prone furniture parts, benchtop tablesaw concerns, and write the next chapter in the rabbet block plane debate

Innovative workbenches are easy to build

Aug 15, 2019

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Workbenches are a Catch-22: You won’t get far without a solid work surface of some kind, equipped with a vise made for woodworking. But most workbench plans are so complicated you need a…

Used tools are this woodworker’s best friend

Aug 12, 2019

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Outfitting a shop with tools is expensive, so I decided to go with used tools. Here are a few tips I have picked up along the way.

Song of the Drawknife

Aug 9, 2019

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Curtis Buchanan builds his "democratic chair" with the bare minimum of inexpensive tools and materials with surfaces directly from the drawknife, embellished with a bit of milk paint

STL195.5: Scott Landis of Greenwood Global

Aug 9, 2019

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For more than 25 years GreenWood has worked with artisans in Honduras and the Peruvian Amazon to produce high-quality wood products from well-managed forests

Modeling a Rustic Chair in SketchUp

Aug 7, 2019

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Tim Killen needs to work out dimensions and angles from an old Shaker chair pattern, so he uses SketchUp, one of his favorite tools, to fill the gaps

The Facts of Sharpening

Aug 5, 2019

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The reality is that dull tools are the main reason why woodworkers struggle with hand tools. There is no way around it. If you don't have sharp tools, then you won't be successful with hand tools.

STL195: New Tools From AWFS in Vegas

Aug 2, 2019

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Rollie Johnson and Justin Fink join Tom, Barry, and Ben to discuss new tools being shown at the AWFS fair in Las Vegas

The Rugged Journey of 600 Mallets

Aug 1, 2019

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How the nonprofit GreenWood helped bring woodturning skills and bicycle-powered lathes into Honduras, sparking the creation of some 600 mallets that will be sold by Lee Valley. It's just one…

It’s in the Details

Jul 30, 2019

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Philip Morley discusses subtle details that some clients may not notice or appreciate. They take the most time and make it harder to make a living at woodworking, but he can't help himself.  

A Marriage of Multiple Methods

Jul 29, 2019

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In her classes, Megan Fitzpatrick preaches that there is (almost) always more than one way to do anything

Links from Fine Woodworking issue #277

Jul 25, 2019

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Online extras from FWW issue #277 Video: A Deeper Look at Pull Saws  You probably know that Japanese saws cut on the pull stroke. But there’s more to them. In…

Porter Cable Table Saws Sold Exclusively at Lowe’s Stores Recalled Due to Fire Hazard

Jul 25, 2019

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Made by Chang Type

There is a monster (bandsaw) lurking in Boston

Jul 24, 2019

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If you find yourself in Boston, and happen to be in the Charlestown neighborhood, take a few minutes to walk through the Charlestown Navy Yard. Not only is the Navy yard a wonderful place to visit, but there's also a monster lurking behind building 114

Cutting Angled Dovetails in SketchUp

Jul 22, 2019

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The dovetails for a typical case or drawer box with square corners are generally pretty straightforward because you can use the native Push/Pull to create the pins and sockets. With both sides meeting at an angle like they do in this project, the dovetails require a different approach.

STL194: New-Fangled Finishes

Jul 19, 2019

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Mike, Anissa, and Ben discuss clamp-up times, getting a consistent matte finish, low V.O.C. oil finishes, designing with CAD and Fusion360, and of course, they swap this week’s All Time Favorite Techiques

Tool News: Oneida Air Systems New Deputy Deluxe SD Cyclone Separator Kit

Jul 18, 2019

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From Oneida Air Systems: Oneida Air Systems introduces the newest offering in its Dust Deputy® family of products—the Dust Deputy Deluxe SD Cyclone Separator Kit. This kit combines the patented…

What’s the Lead in Your Pencil?

Jul 15, 2019

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Vic Tesolin is really picky about what pencils he uses in the shop, and he's narrowed it down to three that cover all of his marking needs

Loose-pin butt hinges: a little play may be better than none

Jul 10, 2019

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I’m working on a set of built-in cabinets in cherry for a late 1920s house in one of our town’s loveliest historic districts. There are two cabinets flanking a large…

Benchmarks: The Source of Philip Morley’s Fascination with Jigs

Jul 10, 2019

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The influence of Fine Woodworking magazine on my journey as a craftsman can’t be overstated.  After getting into some trouble as a dyslexic 15-year-old, I made the decision to focus…

Axiom Tool Group Launches STRATUS Ambient Air Cleaner

Jul 10, 2019

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From Axiom Tool Group: Westerville, Ohio - Axiom Tool Group today announced the release of its revolutionary STRATUS shop air cleaner. Beginning immediately, orders for the STRATUS can be placed…

Tool Cabinets Are Overrated

Jul 8, 2019

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Many woodworks feel building a beautiful wall cabinet to house and display their tools is a rite of passage and a shop necessity. Mike Farrington says this is folly.

STL193: Pocket Screws vs. Dominos

Jul 5, 2019

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Former STL host, Asa Christiana, joins Mike and Ben, answering questions about jointing long boards, communal workshops, outdoor furniture, and debating pocket screws vs. dominos.

Are You Anti-Social?

Jul 4, 2019

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Some woodworkers like social media and others despise it but I think like any technology, it should be used as a tool as opposed to taking over our lives

Revised: Capturing an Ancient Stool in SketchUp

Jul 3, 2019

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I need to show a revised process for capturing that ancient Egyptian Stool. My process used last month in this blog was not an accurate reproduction of the Egyptian piece.…

Fine Woodworking Live 2019 Student Exhibition

Jul 2, 2019

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Imagine building a piece of furniture and putting all your attention, experience, knowledge, hopes and dreams into it (OK, that might be a little dramatic, but you know what I’m…

Register Now for Fine Woodworking HANDS ON San Diego

Jul 1, 2019

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Registration is now open for Fine Woodworking’s HANDS ON San Diego. This exciting event, taking place Oct. 4–6, 2019 at Palomar College in San Marcos, features a series of intensive…

Thomas Chippendale and the origin of design

Jun 26, 2019

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Was Thomas Chippendale the greatest designer of the 18th century, or the greatest marketer of the 18th century?

Tool News: Bridge City Tool Works Introduces Two New Hand Planes

Jun 26, 2019

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For hundreds of years, hand planes have remained largely unchanged. John Economaki of Bridge City Tool Works has done something about that

Guy Dunlap’s Garage Shop Solutions

Jun 25, 2019

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Guy Dunlap's shop houses his healthy collection of tools, and at night transforms into a place you can park a car of all things!

Plus You Might Learn Something…

Jun 24, 2019

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While I hope my students learn at least a little something about woodworking, what I’ve learned from them is that woodworking education is not always the primary motivation for taking classes

Tool News: Wagner Meters Brings New Orion® Pinless Wood Moisture Meters to AWFS 2019

Jun 21, 2019

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From Wagner Meters: Wagner Meters proudly brings to AWFS 2019 new Orion meters that build on the tradition of their popular MMC/MMI predecessors by adding dual-depth measurement*, rubber protective boot,…

STL192: Learning To Cut Dovetails

Jun 21, 2019

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Mike, Barry, and Ben discuss their favorite techniques, fixing inlay strips, workbench tops, tools for kids, and one listener's need to not see his books

Tool News: Bora Tool’s New PM-900 Workbench Caster Kit Set

Jun 19, 2019

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Bora Tool uses newest technology from mobile bases to create the industry-leading workbench caster set

Modeling in Place in SketchUp

Jun 19, 2019

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Dave Richards demonstrates efficient SketchUp workflow, allowing the program to fill in the measurements based on work you've already done

From the Editor: The Healing Power of Woodworking

Jun 19, 2019

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We each approach woodworking in a very personal way, and we get our satisfaction from it in personal ways. While appearing on our Shop Talk Live podcast (episode 189) at…

Tool News: Oneida Air Systems New Supercell Dust Collector to be Unveiled at 2019 AWFS

Jun 18, 2019

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From Oneida Air Systems: Oneida Air Systems, the industry leader in dust collection, will introduce its new compact, high static pressure Supercell™ dust collector at the Association of Woodworking &…

Facing Failure

Jun 12, 2019

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Some go so far as to claim that failure is the key to success, but things are a little trickier when you’re faced with failure of your own.

STL191: A Jointer Worth Traveling For

Jun 7, 2019

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Mike, Bob, and Ben discuss their tool choices when tackling dadoes, concerns when swapping out plywood for solid wood, their all-time favorite techniques, and one listener’s long-distance relationship with a 16-in. jointer

Capturing Ancient Furniture in SketchUp

Jun 6, 2019

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After an inspiring trip to London, Tim Killen imported a museum photo into SketchUp to replicate a piece, from the comfort of his airplane seat

Links from Fine Woodworking issue #276

Jun 3, 2019

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Online extras from Issue No. 276 of Fine Woodworking magazine. August 2019

STL190: Assembling a Lumber Stash

May 24, 2019

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Anissa, Barry, and Ben discuss lumber stashes, hollowing the backs of western-style chisels, a listeners machinery buying dilemma, and Anissa comes out swinging with another epic smooth move

What to Include in a Written Job Proposal

May 17, 2019

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Nancy Hiller knows the value of agreed-upon boundaries, managing expectations, and having a written record

Tool news: ShopBot Tools Launches “Subscription CNC”

May 16, 2019

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From ShopBot: ShopBot announces the launch of its Subscription CNC program, emphasizing a simple, straightforward service that makes it easy to put a ShopBot CNC tool to work for your…

Tool news: Grizzly Releases Models G0890 & G0891 15″ Fixed-Table Planers

May 16, 2019

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Fixed table height allows for permanent infeed/outfeed roller setups.

Modeling Continuous Curves Across Parts in SketchUp

May 16, 2019

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Creating this continuous curve in the shop is fairly straightforward. Assemble the parts and fair the curve. In SketchUp it's a little different.

Forums Are Back on Fine Woodworking!

May 1, 2019

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Believe it or not, they're back, and they're better than ever

Modeling Live Edge Furniture in SketchUp

May 1, 2019

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Tim Killen demonstrates how to create accurate models of these complex forms

The Bad and the Beautiful of Period Apprenticeships 

Apr 24, 2019

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It is easy for us to conjure up visions of period apprenticeship that are heavily romanticized, but in reality, each shop was a working business where making the next shilling superseded the need for the apprentice’s next lesson

Consulting With Prospective Clients

Apr 18, 2019

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“How do you handle inquiries from prospective customers?” asks a reader. “Do you have any rules for design and project approvals?"

Using SketchUp Layers to Visualize Design Variations

Apr 17, 2019

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SketchUp guru Dave Richards shows you a few ways to leverage layers to show some different things in your models

The Best Power Tool for Apartment Woodworking

Apr 15, 2019

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Whisper-quiet tool doesn't sacrifice precision

STL187: Desert Island Dream Projects

Apr 12, 2019

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Tom, Mike, and Ben discuss milling wide thin stock, the ethics of selling projects someone else designed, and Tom comes packing a plethora of smooth moves.

AWFS® Seeks Judges for “Visionary” New Product Entrees

Apr 9, 2019

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Potential judges must have a major purchasing influence with a woodworking manufacturer, possessing a strong knowledge of shop operations.

Tool news: Grizzly Releases Line of 20V Cordless Tools and Accessories

Apr 9, 2019

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Individual tools in the Grizzly Pro™ Lineup range in price from $26.95–$99.95, and various size kits are available from $82.95–$549.95.

From the Bench: Tools from My Father

Apr 8, 2019

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One son’s reflection on cleaning out his father’s woodshop.

Coopered Doors in Spice Cabinet

Apr 4, 2019

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Here is a rough idea on a Contemporary Spice Cabinet - something small and perhaps on kitchen counter. The plan is to use "coopered" doors - two hinged doors, one…

STL186: Machinery Placement Guidelines

Mar 29, 2019

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Mike, Anissa, and Ben discuss sticky camelia oil, shop layout, broken toys on the workbench, the merits of the Delta Unifence, and their all-time favorite techniques

Links from Fine Woodworking issue #275

Mar 27, 2019

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Online extras from Issue No. 275 of Fine Woodworking magazine. April 2019

Layers in SketchUp: The Basics

Mar 20, 2019

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While working with some new online students over the last several weeks, the discussion has turned to layers. New users often find layers in SketchUp to be a little confusing…

STL185: Reading Bob Van Dyke’s Mind

Mar 15, 2019

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Bob, Mike, and Ben discuss tear-out prone woods, milling long vs. short pieces, jointer blade height, and Mike and Ben prove that they know Bob a bit too well

These Blind Woodturners Are An Inspiration

Mar 11, 2019

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As a young man, Christopher Fisher, the Blind Woodturner, lost his eyesight. Four years later, he decided he wanted to learn to turn wood.

Outdoor Projects 2019

Mar 11, 2019

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Online Extras for Outdoor Projects 2019    Video: Angled Arms New Hampshire furniture maker and TV host Tom McLaughlin shows that making the angled arms of his Adirondack chair is…

STL184.5: Chris Schwarz

Mar 8, 2019

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Chris and Ben chat about his woodworking history, researching the techniques of ole', and of course, his upcoming appearance at Fine Woodworking Live 2019

Modeling A Plucking Jack in SketchUp

Mar 6, 2019

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For the last 12 years or so, I've attended the Colonial Williamsburg Conference "Working Wood in the 18th C. And following each of those events, I've posted a SketchUp representation…

Full Circle–Dishing out a tea table top

Mar 5, 2019

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Bill Pavlak relished the opportunity to revisit the process of dishing out a large surface by hand. Not only was this a special project in and of itself, it was also a chance to prove to himself that he had in fact learned a few things over the years.

STL184: Is it time to stockpile ash?

Mar 1, 2019

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Mike, Barry, and Ben lament the impending demise of their favorite tree, what specifics they look for in sketchbooks, using a hollow-chisel mortiser as a drillpress, and their favorite woodworking books

Siosi Designs–Our Lives In Frame

Feb 27, 2019

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Our Lives in Frame is a glimpse into the enigmatic world of Siosi Design. Siosi is Audi Culver + Ivy Siosi, and they describe themselves as partners in life, collaborators in design, and women who make + fabricate

From the Bench: The Family Violin

Feb 25, 2019

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My personal story is about endings and beginnings, father, son, and daughters, completing one circle and starting another. My father, Henry Finck, was a professor of anatomy at the University…

SketchUp: Creating Cutaway Views

Feb 20, 2019

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In my previous blog post I showed how to use section cuts to create views showing the interior of your project. Another classic way to illustrate the inner details is…

STL183: The Call of the Cordless Tool

Feb 15, 2019

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Mike, Anissa, and Ben discuss cordless favorites, gummy camellia oil, waxing jointer beds, and recent smooth moves

STL182.5 – Veneer Master Craig Thibodeau

Feb 8, 2019

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Mike interviews Craig Thibodeau, author of The Craft of Veneering and creator of some of the coolest woodworking pieces you'll ever see

Links from Fine Woodworking issue #274

Feb 7, 2019

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Online extras from Issue No. 274 of Fine Woodworking magazine. April 2019

SketchUp: Reproducing a Reeded Bedpost

Feb 6, 2019

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The ever prolific Tim Killen demonstrates how to create a 10-sided reeded leg SketchUp model

STL182: Tiny Scratches On My Blade

Feb 1, 2019

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Tom, Mike, and Ben discuss concrete floors, honing issues, sliding tablesaws, and homemade paste wax

The Work/Life Balance of a Pro

Jan 25, 2019

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The notion of work-life balance seems to imply that work is, by definition, drudgery. It may well be, for people who hate their jobs.

Rockler Partners with American Association of Woodturners

Jan 22, 2019

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Rockler stores to host turning and learning sessions on February 9th

STL181: Will a Jobsite Saw Cut It?

Jan 18, 2019

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Anissa, John, and Ben discuss small shop solutions, table stretchers, shop lighting, and their recent smooth moves

Sketchup: Making Section Cuts to Show Inner Details

Jan 17, 2019

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Whether you are preparing working drawings from your SketchUp model or just want to see some inner details, the Section Cut is a powerful tool

STL180: Designing Without Drawing

Jan 4, 2019

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Mike, Anissa, and Ben discuss design process, vibrant painted finishes, maintaining Japanese chisels, and their shop resolutions for 2019

Our favorite articles and videos of 2018–Part 2

Dec 27, 2018

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How do you cap off a great year of woodworking articles and videos? Well, we decided to collect our favorites in two posts (Part 1 can be found here).  Each…

Our favorite articles and videos of 2018–Part 1

Dec 24, 2018

Description:

How do you cap off a great year of woodworking articles and videos? Well, we decided to collect our favorites in two posts (part two coming soon).  Each editor was…

STL179: Barry’s Insane For The Scrub Plane

Dec 21, 2018

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Barry, Mike, and Ben discuss no-name handplanes, drawboring, scrub planes, and the best wood choice for a dining room table that is likely to travel the world

Scrapwood Project: Plane Shaving Ornaments

Dec 10, 2018

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Seán Breen demonstrates, with this kid-friendly project, how to make wonderful ornaments out of something most of us throw away

SketchUp: Modeling A Queen Anne Back Slat

Dec 7, 2018

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Tim Killen makes great use of SketchUp's intersect tool to model a complicated 3d piece

STL 178: To Glue One Edge or Two?

Dec 7, 2018

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Mike and Ben talk with Bob Van Dyke about stropping, acclimating wood, jointer safety, glue ups, and their all-time favorite techniques

George Nakashima–A Tree in the Chair Shop

Dec 6, 2018

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George enjoyed that there was some intellectual activity along with the handwork.

2019 Alden Artisan Advancement award winner announced

Dec 3, 2018

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Jamie Herman is the 2019 winner of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters' Alden Artisan Advancement

STL 175.5: Bonus Episode with Kate Swann

Nov 30, 2018

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Tom interviews Kate Swann of The Florida School of Woodwork

Links from Fine Woodworking issue #273

Nov 29, 2018

Description:

Online extras from Issue No. 273 of Fine Woodworking magazine. Jan/Feb 2019.

STL177: Pekovich’s Primitive Projects

Nov 23, 2018

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Mike and Ben talk about Mike's book, his early projects, kumiko, and Mike shoots down another one of Ben's techniques

Dynamic Components in SketchUp

Nov 22, 2018

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When components are dynamic, they can have a lot of power and automate a variety of properties

Easy Scrap Wood Turning Project: Earrings

Nov 15, 2018

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Make beautiful last-minute gifts on the lathe while trimming down your scrap collection.

Artist Profile: Dixie Biggs

Nov 12, 2018

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“In each of my pieces I try to evoke the sense of tranquility that one often finds during a quiet walk in the woods. Many of my sculptural pieces create a restful place on which my turned work sits.”

STL 176: Why we don’t like resawing on the tablesaw

Nov 9, 2018

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Mike, Anissa, and Ben discuss milling lumber without a joiner, tablesaw resawing, lumber questions, and the top two choices for... everything

Determining Sight Lines in SketchUp

Nov 8, 2018

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For a new project in the shop, I picked a Windsor Chair and a style I had not done before. Of course, this required SketchUp modeling based on a Rod-Back…

Links from Fine Woodworking issue #272

Nov 1, 2018

Description:

Online extras from FWW issue #272   Video: Home Sweet Shop Charles Durfee’s shop in Woolwich, Maine (p. 62), is more than a place for this veteran furniture maker to…

STL 175: Stressful Panel Glue Ups

Oct 26, 2018

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Tom, Mike, and Ben discuss panel clamps, plywood backs, Craig Thibodeau, Garrett Hack, and Ben's box of happiness!

STANLEY Announces Exclusive Partnership with The Home Depot

Oct 26, 2018

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STANLEY announces today that The Home Depot will now be the exclusive home improvement retailer for its STANLEY hand tools and storage product portfolio, both in store and online, beginning…

Veteran Pen Turning Benefit on Saturday, November 10, 2018

Oct 25, 2018

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Rockler Woodworking and Hardware stores will be hosting a nationwide event to benefit the National Veterans Foundation. On Saturday, November 10, participants can turn a pen to take home, and…

Silas Kopf: Majoring in Marquetry

Oct 19, 2018

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A master of marquetry, Kopf is self-taught, learning mostly from a book and through trial and error

Introducing Fine Woodworking UNLIMITED

Oct 17, 2018

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Members get access to our searchable digital libraries, 55+ video workshops, our iconic magazine, and more.

Bending a Component in SketchUp

Oct 17, 2018

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This is the SketchUp model I drew when I created the plans for Michael Robbins's Contemporary Desk which is featured in the current issue of Fine Woodworking Magazine. In the…

Marketing For Woodworkers: Social Media and SEO

Oct 15, 2018

Description:

This is part of a series about different marketing tools for woodworkers. The others are linked below. To be in business, you have to respond to demand; you can’t just…

STL 174: The power of the spring joint

Oct 12, 2018

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Bob Van Dyke joins Mike and Ben, in studio, to lay down the law on the spring joint, veneer glues, and box splines

Stiles Welcomes Local Students for Manufacturing Day Event

Oct 12, 2018

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On Friday, October 5th, 2018, Stiles Machinery opened its doors to students from three local area high schools in celebration of Manufacturing Day, an annual nationwide event designed to inspire…

How To Remove Iron Stains from Wood

Oct 10, 2018

Description:

While these dark stains look bad, they’re easy to remove using a common household cleaner, and without removing any material

Press Release: New RIKON Smart DVR Control & Motor, Model 13-926

Oct 9, 2018

Description:

Billerica, MA, September 2018: RIKON Power Tools Inc. announces its NEW Smart DVR Control with 1.75HP Motor for 14” Bandsaws

Greenwood Fest 2018: A Walk Through The Woods

Oct 3, 2018

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If you're the type of person who is into green woodworking, it might be as close to nirvana as you're likely to experience

STL 173: The Draw of the Wooden Handplane

Sep 28, 2018

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Mike and Ben welcome associate editor, Barry NM Dima into the mix, and discuss wooden handplanes, apartment woodworking, surface prep, cutting board finishes, and all-time favorite tools

Portrait of a woodworker

Sep 27, 2018

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If you build things in wood, I know who you are

A Survey of Period Drawer Bottoms

Sep 19, 2018

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The rough surfaces and tool marks left behind on old drawer bottoms show their makers' dedication to efficiency and wise cost-cutting

Join Fine Woodworking in Tampa this February

Sep 14, 2018

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Fine Woodworking announces our first ever HANDS ON event, launching this Feb. 1-3, 2019, at the Florida School of Woodwork in Tampa, Florida

STL 172: You’re using your chisels wrong

Sep 14, 2018

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Mike, John, and Ben discuss chisel technique, working in multiple shop spaces, favorite techniques, and finally answer a question about spoon carving

Modeling a Croquet Set with Section Cuts

Sep 5, 2018

Description:

During our family summer vacation, we unexpectedly had the opportunity to play lawn croquet. This occurred at a beautiful French Chateau surrounded by flat green mown lawn - perfect for…

STL 171: When the Instagram Critics Get To You

Aug 31, 2018

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Mike, Anissa, and Ben discuss unwanted critiques, sharpening jointer knives, panel glue-ups, and dive pretty deep into fuming oak

Steve Brown Takes the Measure of a Chair

Aug 24, 2018

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Steve Brown, of the Cabinet and Furniture Making Department at Boston's North Bennet Street School, takes the viewer on a guided tour of an 18th-century Queen Anne side chair. Brown…

Make Me a Little Furniture

Aug 23, 2018

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Making tiny furniture to restore an 18th century English dollhouse

SketchUp Video: A Few Tricks

Aug 22, 2018

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The latest issue of Fine Woodworking Magazine showed up in my mailbox the other day and during a bit of downtime, I took a few minutes to model Nancy Hiller's…

STL170: Biscuit Joiner vs. Dowel Jigs

Aug 17, 2018

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John Tetreault joins Mike and Ben as they answer questions about dowel jigs, biscuit joiners, tricky glue ups, dust collection and their all-time favorite tools of all time

Kerf Bending Plywood

Aug 15, 2018

Description:

My in laws got a new couch and it came with a bunch of ottomans, which meant there was no longer any  room for a coffee table

The Florida School of Woodwork Announces Two Scholarships

Aug 15, 2018

Description:

The Florida School of Woodwork, in Tampa, is offering two scholarships to be awarded in 2019. The Makers Hand Scholarship will be awarded to a young person between the age…

STL 169.5: Bonus Episode – Maplewoodshop Interview

Aug 11, 2018

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Mike Schloff, of the Maplewoodshop, saw a need to get more kids woodworking, and he's on a mission to do just that

STL 169: Bandsawn Surface vs. Tablesawn Surface

Aug 3, 2018

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Mike, Anissa, and Ben discuss what to kind of surface to expect from a bandsaw and tablesaw, woodworking schools, modifying plans, and all-time favorite techniques

Rust Removal with Lemon Juice and Salt

Aug 2, 2018

Description:

Sometimes a great tool is hiding under a film of rust, and with a little elbow grease and a couple of household ingredients, it’s not too hard to get that old tool shining again

A Quick Shop Sign – SketchUp to Carving

Aug 1, 2018

Description:

Tim Killen decided to make a Shop Sign, one that could also serve as a company logo. With a combination of SketchUp, an image transfer process, carving tools, and lampblack & shellac, I developed a sign that will work

Felder Group USA at IWF Atlanta – 2018

Jul 31, 2018

Description:

From Felder Group: It’s another strong year for the woodworking industry and the Felder Group is ready for the IWF show in Atlanta with a booth that is over 65%…

From The Bench: The Story of a Chair

Jul 26, 2018

Description:

This chair deserved to be made of figured wood, an obvious statement that my version was a modern replica

Chippendale furniture for today’s designer

Jul 20, 2018

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Celebrate this furniture designer's birthday by learning how his aesthetic choices nearly 300 years ago can improve your own designs today.

STL 168: Bevel Angles and Workbench Wood

Jul 19, 2018

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Mike, Matt, and Ben answer 14 questions in another lightning round

SketchUp: Modeling Table and Stool Legs with Rake and Splay

Jul 19, 2018

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Correctly modeling angled legs in SketchUp requires the right technique

Brian Boggs Remembers Jennie Alexander

Jul 17, 2018

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Jennie remains a beacon for me. She was a blessing for anyone who cared to follow in her steps.

SketchUp to Shop: Serpentine Chest of Drawers

Jul 12, 2018

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Tim Killen builds a beautiful serpentine chest, on screen, then in the shop

Press Release: Wixey introduces digital angle gauge with audio output

Jul 12, 2018

Description:

From a Wixey press release July 9, 2018 In 2006 Wixey introduced the first compact digital angle gauge for woodworking. These gauges have become one of the most coveted workshop…

Press Release: Sjobergs Introduces Elite 2500C

Jul 7, 2018

Description:

Sjobergs Elite 2500C new workbench attaches to a clamping platform to provide you with up to 98-inches of workspace

STL 167: Tricky Glue-Ups

Jul 6, 2018

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Mike, Matt, and Ben discuss glue-ups, premium vs. not-so-premium chisels, clogged handplanes, and milling lumber

Greenwood Fest 2018

Jul 4, 2018

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Green woodworking for all woodworkers

John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship

Jul 3, 2018

Description:

The Society of Arts and Crafts is excited to announce that they are now accepting applications for the 2018 John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship. The award of $25,000 has been designed to…

Press Release: New Ownership for Bridge City Tool Works

Jun 14, 2018

Description:

After 35 years of running Bridge City, John Economaki is stepping down

Rip-it Automated Tablesaw Fence

Jun 13, 2018

Description:

Rip-it has launched a Kickstarter project for its one-of-a-kind tablesaw fence

STL 165: Staying Safe in the Shop

Jun 8, 2018

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Mike, Tom, and Ben discuss their favorite safety techniques, milling techniques, unfinished projects, and wide miters

Wille Sundqvist

Jun 6, 2018

Description:

On June 3, 2018, one of the fathers of the green woodworking movement passed away

Effecting a Serpentine Shaped Drawer in SketchUp

Jun 6, 2018

Description:

I'm finishing an English 18th C. Serpentine Chest, circa 1750. The primary wood is Honduran Mahogany and secondary, Monterey Pine. Crotch mahogany veneer is used on the Drawer Fronts. Here…

Announcing SketchUp 3D Basecamp

Jun 4, 2018

Description:

Every couple of years the SketchUp folks host a conference they call 3D Basecamp. It's five days of workshops, presentations, and other sessions geared around using SketchUp and LayOut in…

From the Bench: Our house of stories

Jun 4, 2018

Description:

My name is Megan, and I am 11 years old. People love our house and say it is unique, warm, and inviting. It definitely isn’t your run-of-the-mill house. Dad has…

Lael Gordon: Prismatic Patterns

Jun 1, 2018

Description:

Lael Gordon knows that the joy for him lay in making an exploration of each piece he builds; rather than struggle against that impulse in order to make money

Marketing for woodworkers: Shows, festivals, and exhibitions

May 31, 2018

Description:

To make a living as a furniture maker, you have to sell your work—and that means selling, actively. I don’t know of anyone who simply hung out a shingle and…

Press Release: New Powermatic PM2200 Cyclonic Dust Collector

May 30, 2018

Description:

Features Auto-Cleaning HEPA Filter

STL 164: Sometimes you can blame the tools

May 26, 2018

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Mike, Matt, and Ben discuss jointer setup, bad bandsaw blades, plywood workbenches, and Japanese chisels and their all-time favorite techniques

Bill Pavlak’s Sweet Toothing Plane

May 24, 2018

Description:

With its extremely high-pitched blade and serrated cutting edge, the toothing plane cares little about grain direction and figure

Free SketchUp Video: How-to model the chamfered post table

May 19, 2018

Description:

All nine videos of Tim Killen's SketchUp series, following a piece from start to finish

STL 163: The Unspoken Rules of Woodworking

May 12, 2018

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Mike, Anissa, and Ben discuss Christian Becksvoort dovetailing, dovetail jigs, card scrapers, half-mortise locks, and Anissa admits to an epic smooth move

Masters of the Craft: Dean Pulver – Sculpted Furniture

May 4, 2018

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With his sculpted furniture, Dean Pulver combines the efficiency of machine work with the satisfaction of handwork

Drawing Stopped Flutes on a Table Leg in SketchUp

May 3, 2018

Description:

Recently I was involved in a discussion with some other SketchUp users regarding a method for drawing stopped flutes for table legs and columns. I thought I'd  hunt up a…

Tool News: Hitachi RIPMAX C7UR Pro Circular Saw

May 2, 2018

Description:

A Powerful Circular Saw Made to Impress