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

Tools That Make Wood Reclamation Easy

Tools That Make Wood Reclamation Easy

Many people enjoy working with reclaimed wood because they enjoy the challenge of taking wood that was already used and giving it a second life. You can use it to make chairs, tables, hardwood flooring; the possibilities are wide and varied. Reclaimed wood can come from anywhere like railroads, old buildings, and even tank storages where they were once used …

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8 Small Projects to Showcase Exotic Wood

8 Small Projects to Showcase Exotic Wood

When you get your hands on a beautiful piece of exotic wood, it’s important to find just the right project to showcase the piece’s uniqueness. If you have a small amount of wood and want to use it wisely, these projects are the perfect way to highlight the unique colors and textures of your piece. Game Board (and Pieces) If …

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Building a Better Birdhouse

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Spring is here, and with it come birds of every color. It’s wonderful to have birds flock to your yard. They’re beautiful to watch and listen to, and they help keep down bugs like mosquitos and ticks. An excellent spring woodworking project is a birdhouse that will keep birds coming back to your yard, year after year. Here are our …

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Does Your Woodshop Need a Spring Cleaning?

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Spring is almost here – that means it’s time for spring cleaning in the woodshop! You’ve already got your tools organized and you know where all your good lumber is, but have you figured out how to deal with sawdust and wood scraps? A lot of woodworkers end up with a problem when it comes time to sweep up the …

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The 5 Best Circular Saw Blades You Can Buy

The 5 Best Circular Saw Blades You Can Buy

Whether you’re just beginning your woodworking journey or you’re an experienced carpenter, the circular saw is one of the most versatile tools in your workshop. While you can sharpen your circular saw blades, eventually, they’ll reach the point of no return, and you’ll have to replace them. Don’t worry — there are plenty of fantastic options on the market today. …

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How to Make a Wooden Hiking Stick

How to Make a Wooden Hiking Stick

Even if you’re a casual hiker, a walking stick can make you feel like a wilderness expert. However, there’s more to this device than its appearance. When you use one of these nifty poles, you can improve balance and maintain stability. Plus, your joints won’t feel so worn down. As a result, you can adventure all day long without any …

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How to Polish Wood

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Wood has a sort of almost magical quality due to how it can seemingly take on many different forms. It can be sleek, rustic, elegant and there’s a huge variety of wood types to choose from. Wood is simply fantastic. Wood also gets scuffed up and dirty as everything does, so it’s important to keep it polished and clean. Wood …

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Buying Wood Online: Is it Legit?

Buying Wood Online: Is it Legit?

It’s 2020, so not only is it a new year, but it’s the start of a brand new decade and online shopping isn’t going away anytime soon. It’s gotten to where you can buy pretty much anything off of the internet; clothes, cars, furniture and even wood. Incidentally, that last one is why we’re all here today. Sure, you can …

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Are Pink Tools Really Necessary?

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It used to be that tools belonged to a realm only occupied by sweaty men with their testosterone and hair coming out of all kinds of places. Women didn’t tread those paths, for fear of werewolves, and, presumably, for a lack of an inviting color palette that included pinks of every variety. Presumably, since more and more women are remaining …

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How to Add Detail to Your Woodworking Projects

How to Add Detail to Your Woodworking Projects

Shaping a straightforward shelf or creating a set of bag-toss boards is a great way to begin your woodworking career. After a few simple projects, however, you’ll probably want to branch out and begin adding detail to your work. If you’ve ever seen an expertly made wooden clock, beautiful handcrafted trim pieces or a piece of artisan furniture with lovely …

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