Category Archive for: ‘General Woodworking’

Getting Started in Woodworking

Getting Started in Woodworking

Woodworking can be an enjoyable and rewarding hobby. For some, though, the skill and equipment that some woodworkers have may seem daunting. Even the most masterful woodworkers were beginners at one point, however; don’t assume that just because there are highly-skilled people doing woodworking that skill is a prerequisite to learning how to work with wood. If you’re interested in …

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How to Properly Clean Wood

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You need to clean your wood before you work with it. Whether you’re embarking on a project that involves reclaimed wood or lumber that’s been stored in a warehouse, chances are it could stand a good cleaning before you shape it into a custom cabinet or heirloom jewelry box. Do you know how to properly clean your wood? Let Your …

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Guide to Starting a Woodworking Hobby

A Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Woodworking Hobby

Woodworking can be an incredibly fulfilling hobby. It allows you to work with your hands and create things on your own, instilling a sense of pride in your work that not all hobbies can match. Getting started with a woodworking hobby may seem a bit daunting at first, especially when you think about the cost of various pieces of woodworking …

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Sourcing Upcycled Wood for Projects

Sourcing Upcycled Wood for Projects

Upcycled wood is a unique challenge to woodworkers daring enough to choose it for a project. Not only does it provide your finished work with unique character, but the actual process of working with it is different than working with new wood. Sourcing upcycled wood for projects takes a little bit of legwork and research and a lot of discerning …

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The Ins and Outs of Making Plans

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Just how much of a planner are you? More specifically, how much of a planner are you when you’re starting a new project in your shop? Some people draw out elaborate plans that detail every joint, measurement and detail before they ever put tool to wood, while others just kind of wing it or make a quick sketch of their …

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Artist, Craftsman, Contractor or Carpenter?

Artist, Craftsman, Contractor or Carpenter?

In many businesses, finding a niche and servicing it is the right approach to build a successful business. It’s a way to set yourself up as an expert which can result in being able to charge more for your services as a specialist. However, for some professions, this could be a misstep. Take woodworking. There are many types of woodworkers. …

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4 Ways to Glue Without Clamps

4 Ways to Glue Without Clamps

Clamping wood for gluing is the gold standard for getting a tight, even fit. Master woodworkers claim a good joint won’t even need glue — but in the real world, sometimes it’s a necessity. Clamping isn’t always possible or practical, however. Some projects are just too fragile for even the most delicate of clamps and some are too bulky, awkwardly-shaped …

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6 Tips for Working with Green Wood

6 Tips for Working with Green Wood

Using freshly felled wood on a project isn’t for every woodworker, but it can be well worth the extra effort and care it takes to produce a true heirloom. Green wood projects aren’t necessarily limited to hand-woven basketry, rustic stick furniture, primitive stools or carved and turned items, but they’re very popular and lucrative efforts. Working with fresh wood can …

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5 Project Ideas for Leftovers

5 Project Ideas for Leftovers

No matter what kind of project you do, you’ve always got scrap wood left over that’s destined for the trash heap. Why waste all that good wood? Save those pieces and use them to make some of these clever smaller projects. Instead of filling up the trash dumpster, you can end up with some clever gifts and useful items for …

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Hearing Protection for Woodworkers

Hearing Protection for Woodworkers

Anyone who works with power tools is familiar with the amount of noise they create. Depending on where you work may determine how much hearing protection you need, whether it’s in an outdoor environment or an interior workshop. Some of these options seem too cautious for some, but in the case of protecting your hearing, it’s always better to be …

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