General Woodworking

"A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist." Louis Nizer (1902–1994)

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Project Showcase

"Often I’ll conceive and execute a project just because it’s something I want to do, not necessarily because I think it will sell. Most woodworkers don’t allow themselves this freedom." Victor Di Novi

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Shop Talk

“When a work lifts your spirits and inspires bold and noble thoughts in you, do not look for any other standard to judge by: the work is good, the product of a master craftsman.” Jean de la Bruyere

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Tools & Materials

"A tool is but the extension of a man's hand, and a machine is but a complex tool. And he that invents a machine augments the power of a man and the wellbeing of mankind." Henry Ward Beecher

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Community

How to Use a Sander

How to Use a Sander

Have you ever observed a finely crafted piece of furniture, the handle of a beautiful knife or a lacquered wood picture frame and wondered how someone managed to bring the grain and texture out? What gives it that amazingly smooth, yet nuanced appearance? Chances are it was sanded, and you can make things that look like that if you learn …

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Getting Started with Making Boxes

Getting Started with Making Boxes

Woodworking can be a very complex art, but even master woodworkers started out working on simple projects. Making boxes is a great introduction to woodworking since it not only produces something functional, but it is also scalable as your skills increase. Whether you want to start making boxes as an introduction to woodworking or simply to enhance your skills, it’s …

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How to Stay Safe While Working With Wood

How to Stay Safe While Working With Wood

Woodworking is an age-old craft that can produce some of our most cherished furniture, decor, and even useful tools or kitchen implements. In the process of creating all these amazing pieces, though, you can hurt yourself. If you stay with it long enough, you probably will. Because woodworking can involve power tools, sharp blades, adhesives, and other dangerous things, we’ve …

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5 Tips for A Great Woodworking Business

5 Tips for A Great Woodworking Business

If you enjoy working with wood but only do it as a hobby or to make gifts for friends, it might be time to turn it into something a little more lucrative. Whether you’re running an existing woodworking business or just starting out, here are five tips to help you lead your new enterprise to success. 1. Don’t Forget Your …

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How to Work With Old Wood

How to Work With Old Wood

When you own a home, having something unique is a great way to raise your sense of satisfaction. Unlike other materials, reclaimed wood has a beauty and history you can’t find anywhere else. It should be no surprise many new homeowners and remodelers are looking for ways to incorporate reclaimed wood into their projects. It’s an easy way to make …

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Keeping your Shop Clean and Organized

Why Keeping your Shop Clean and Organized Matters

Nothing beats the satisfaction of a finished project, except maybe looking at your workspace and seeing it tidy and spotless, with everything in a clearly labeled, designated space. Keeping your workshop clean and organized isn’t just a nice thing to have, it’s a necessity for efficiency, security, and safety. A Clean and Organized Shop Improves Efficiency Be honest – when …

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How to Become a Professional Woodworker

How to Become a Professional Woodworker

For those who truly love it, woodworking is a combination of artistry and hobbyism that allows for self-expression and provides a cost-effective solution to buying furniture and other products you can make from wood. However, as those who’ve made the jump will tell you, professional woodworking is very different from practicing your craft as a hobby. If you’ve been considering …

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Get an Air Compressor for Woodworking

Why You Should Get an Air Compressor for Woodworking

If you’ve spent your DIY career relying on electrical tools, it’s time to give pneumatic a look. Air-powered tools are powerful, quiet and often more efficient than their electrical or battery-powered cousins. Plus, you can take them just about anywhere. Whether you’re a hobbyist or a professional craftsman, making the switch to air tools can give you a broader, more …

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Tips for Building a Tiny House

Tips for Building a Tiny House

Tiny houses are becoming more popular — and for good reason. The cost of housing has skyrocketed in recent years, and having less space allows you to save money on energy and get back to the essentials. Downsizing your living quarters is no simple feat, though. A poorly executed tiny house can be a prison, but one that’s well done …

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How to Fix a Wooden Garage Door Panel

How to Fix a Wooden Garage Door Panel

Wooden garage doors are beautiful when they’re well-maintained, but they’re also susceptible to the changing weather conditions that can wreak havoc on the smooth wood panels. When you notice water damage, rotting, bowing or other issues with your garage door panels, fear not. You can take steps to repair your garage door without ordering an expensive custom replacement door. Steps …

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