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

Introduction to SketchUp

Introduction to SketchUp

If you’re still designing your woodworking projects with old-fashioned pencil and paper, it’s time to get with the 21st century. There are a number of digital programs that can allow you to create virtual pieces before you even decide what wood to use. One of the most user-friendly programs out there is SketchUp, and best of all, there’s a free …

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How to Sharpen Your Saw Blades

How to Sharpen Your Saw Blades

Woodworking projects become a lot easier when you’ve got sharp blades to cut your material with. Sure, you can hack your way through a piece of lumber with a dull cross-cut saw or circular saw blade, but it tends to tear up the material and won’t give you the kind of clean edges you’re looking for in your finished piece. …

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How to Build a Shed

How to Build a Shed

So, you’re tired of seeing your outdoor accessories clutter up your basement. Or maybe you have a large amount of empty space in your backyard that you’d finally like to put to use. Regardless of the reason, you’ve decided to build a shed. Fortunately, creating a shed is both straightforward and financially feasible for most homeowners. Below, we’ll outline what …

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How to Make Your Own Wooden Doors

How to Make Your Own Wooden Doors

You can freshen up your home and make the place look new again with upgraded doors. The only problem — a new set of wooden doors can set you back a pretty penny. Instead of succumbing to the high price tag or going without, why not make your own doors? Sure, there’s some skill required — but with a decent …

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Kiln Drying 101

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A kiln is an amazing tool to have if you’re interested in cutting and drying your own wood. Not only does it give you control over the condition your wood is in, but if you’re feeling especially crafty you can even build the kiln yourself. As with any tool, the kiln is only as effective as you allow it to …

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Taking Your Woodworking to the Next Level

Taking Your Woodworking to the Next Level

If you’ve been dabbling in woodworking and improving your skills, you might be wondering what the next step is. How do you take your woodworking hobby to the next level, no matter what your ultimate goals are? Here are a few ideas to help you improve your skill with wood. Experiment With New Types of Wood Look at the woods …

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Do Hand Tools Have a Place in The Wood Shop?

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Technology has certainly made its mark on the woodworking world. With routers, table saws, CNC machines and a variety of other powered tools, many woodworkers spend a good deal of their time using some form of machinery or automation. In some shops, you might even find a 3D printer running alongside everything else to create custom fittings or fasteners to …

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How to Build a Simple Wooden Deck

How to Build a Simple Wooden Deck

You’ve settled on a deck for your next DIY project, and you’re ready to start. Trouble is, you’re not sure how to take that first step. It may seem like a simple endeavor, but as you’re well aware, the little details make all the difference. With that in mind, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know. Follow this …

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How to Build a Dock

How to Build a Dock

  One of the best parts about living on the shore of a pond or river is exploring the waterways whenever you like. Unfortunately, without a dock, that also means you’re tromping through the mud to get your canoe, kayak or boat out of the water. You don’t need to hire a contractor, though. Here are some easy to follow …

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Protecting Your Workshop from Fires

Protecting Your Workshop from Fires

There are a lot of potential fire hazards in a woodworker’s workshop, especially if they store materials there. With the wood, sawdust and various flammable liquids that you might have in the shop, there’s a definite worst-case scenario in the shop that ends in flames. Because of this, it’s very important that you have fire safety measures and a solid …

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