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

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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How to Set up and Maintain Your Workshop

How to Set up and Maintain Your Workshop

Are you looking to take your woodworking aspirations to the next level and set up a dedicated space for your workshop? If you are, you should evaluate your specific needs to determine what would be best for you and research how to take care of your shop once it’s operational. Where Should You Set up Your Workshop Ideally, your workshop …

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More Women Involved With Woodworking

More Women Are Getting Involved With Woodworking

When you think of a woodshop or a construction site, what comes to mind? For most, it’s men in hardhats wielding heavy equipment. That’s because woodworking, carpentry, and construction are historically male-dominated industries. That trend is starting to change, though. Let’s look at the rise of women in the fields of woodworking and construction, and why you shouldn’t be afraid …

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How to Build a Cheap Cabin

How to Build a Cheap Cabin

Escaping to the great outdoors is a dream for many Americans, but for those of us in the 99%, it’s not realistic to think we’ll own an expansive, two-story cabin built at the foot of our favorite ski hill. The quintessential getaway cabin is out-of-reach. However, there might be a more frugal way to scratch that wilderness itch. The tiny …

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How to Sell Your Finished Woodworking Projects

How to Sell Your Finished Woodworking Projects

If you’ve been practicing your woodworking a lot, chances are good you’ve probably got a workshop full of finished projects. Why not make some money off of these and sell a few of them? Here are some tips and tricks to help you make the transition from hobbyist to seller when it comes to woodworking. Choose a Place to Sell …

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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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