Category Archive for: ‘General Woodworking’

Making Beautiful Music with Woodworking

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Woodworking lets you make some absolutely amazing pieces. Whether you make tables from reclaimed driftwood, cabinets with a rich lacquer finish or restored antiques that will be cherished for countless future generations, there’s a beauty found in working with wood that’s hard to replicate in any other medium. Do you sometimes find yourself craving something more, though? If you’ve never …

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Wood Stripping for Woodworkers

Wood Stripping for Woodworkers

As most woodworkers know, stripping wood can be a very nasty business. However, when refinishing older pieces, cleaning wood for reuse or restoring ornate woodwork in an older home, it’s something that must be faced and dealt with. Some professional furniture restorers repeatedly submerge painted furniture or wood in a vat full of chemicals because it’s less expensive and time …

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4 Tips for Better Veneers

4 Tips for Better Veneers

Learning how to veneer wood opens a whole new world of possibilities in woodworking for even experienced artisans. The nearly endless variety of exotic wood species available in veneer can’t be matched. Properly veneered surfaces are just as durable and attractive as solid wood. Even the simplest of projects can become prized heirlooms. Whether you prefer old-school hammer veneering or …

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Types of Joints and When to Use Them

Types of Joints and When to Use Them

Every woodworker must join pieces of stock together at some point or another. Even if you’re already working as an apprentice or under the guidance of a pro, you may not know the names of the most popular joints you’ll come across. Getting to know the different methods of joining wood and the strengths (and weaknesses) of those particular joints …

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Choosing the Right Screw Length

Choosing the Right Screw Length

Master craftspeople make screw selection seem like it requires zero thought. Experienced artisans can quickly pluck the right fastener out of their stash just by eyeballing the size. Even when you’ve been woodworking for years, some projects can leave you baffled: how do you select the correct screw length for your project? What Happens When You Use the Wrong Size …

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How Sustainable is Your Wood?

How Sustainable is Your Wood?

It’s virtually impossible to build anything without wood. Houses, furniture, flooring, even the tools used to craft other items are made partially from wood. But as accustomed as we are to seeing trees everywhere, we need to remember that our forests can’t always keep up with our demand for wood. Therefore, using sustainable wood is important. Sustainable wood ensures that …

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Tips for Working with Crown Molding

Tips for Working with Crown Molding

A well-designed crown molding is the perfect addition to a beautiful case, table or cabinet project. Most furniture moldings are created using one or a combination of a few basic profiles, including the quarter-round, cove, fillets, ogee and bead. While these profiles are easily made using common router bits, the trick is in putting them it together properly when using …

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Clear Coats Demystified!

Clear Coats Demystified!

If you’re working with wood, you’ll want to apply a clear coat to protect it. This advice applies whether you’ve decided to color the wood by adding a stain or prefer to leave it the natural color. Why Add a Clear Coat? Stain is meant to add pigments to the wood in order to darken it. The shade you choose …

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Prepping Reclaimed Materials for Woodworking

Prepping Reclaimed Materials for Woodworking

Working with reclaimed materials for a woodworking project is a great way to incorporate the three “R’s” into your lifestyle: reduce, reuse and recycle. You’ll want to keep in mind that using salvaged lumber is not the same as buying new wood from a building supply store. Be prepared to expect to run into one or more issues when working …

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Use Software to Design Your Next Project

Use Software to Design Your Next Project

Woodworkers craft furniture, artwork and often whimsical wonders out of wood and other wood-based materials. Some of these items are mass-produced, but many are custom made – designed in the mind of a craftsman and brought to life by hand. Some of the most beautiful woodwork in the world – architecture, furniture and musical instruments – were designed, crafted and …

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