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

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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7 Whittling Tools Worth Considering

7 Whittling Tools Worth Considering

Long-time whittlers and carvers are always on the lookout for new, innovative knives and tools. Experienced whittlers know there’s no such thing as a “best” knife, but this craft is all about the tools.  The market is flooded with kits, but it’s best to avoid these simply because even the highest quality sets will often include one or two tools …

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The Pros and Cons of Milling Your Own Lumber

The Pros and Cons of Milling Your Own Lumber

For a dedicated woodworker, the appeal of milling your own lumber often has little to do with economics. What woodworker doesn’t hate the sight of a healthy tree being fed into a wood chipper on a construction site or watching a pile of good logs being trucked to a landfill? The spirit might be willing, but milling your own lumber …

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Pricing and Estimates for Woodwork

Pricing and Estimates for Woodwork

If you’re looking to make the leap from hobbyist to professional, it can be tough to figure out pricing for your woodwork. Not only do you have to account for materials and time, but you need to ensure you aren’t underselling your work and that you still remain competitively priced for the local market. Valuing Your Work In a world …

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The Best Nail Cutting Tools for Woodworkers

The Best Nail Cutting Tools for Woodworkers

A day is going to come where you’re going to have to cut nails. We’re not talking about fingernails, but rather the ones used to hold your work together. If you work with salvaged wood, you might also have to cut stubborn nails from your materials before using them in a project. Some nail cutting tools are better for certain …

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What Good is Soft Wood?

What Good is Soft Wood?

Most woodworkers love working with hardwoods because of the wide range of textures, vibrant grain patterns, and colors. But the downside is the expense of these woods, especially some of the more exotic hardwoods. Enter the equally strong and useful softwoods. While colors tend to be limited to cream, yellow or reddish, the coniferous trees produce straight, less expensive materials. …

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Woodcarving 101

Woodcarving 101

As an experienced woodworker, you do have somewhat of a head start over others starting out in the craft of woodcarving. And just as with your niche work, there are more ways than one to create a beautiful wood carving. The woods used in carving vary greatly in hardness and grain, while the tools alternate between simple chisels, knives and …

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Choosing the Right Stain for a Finished Project

Choosing the Right Stain for a Finished Project

The right stain can make or break a project. Choosing the wrong stain for a finished woodworking project can totally ruin the look and feel of your work. The biggest part of choosing the right stain for your completed woodworking jobs is knowing what options are out there and which are suited to what applications. Oil Stains for Woodworkers Oil …

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Can Woodworkers Benefit from Facebook Marketing?

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It goes without saying that Facebook is kind of a big deal. As the most popular social media platform in the world, businesses large and small have embraced it as a way to reach out to current and potential customers. Facebook marketing has grown significantly during this time, with over 2 million new advertisers making use of the site since …

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WordPress for Woodworkers

WordPress for Woodworkers

Without a decent web presence, you’ve got very little opportunity to show potential clients what sort of magic you can work with wood. It’s the spot for a portfolio of your work, the place to showcase recommendations and a way to display your contact information and availability and it’s the best place for your blog. One of the simplest setups …

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