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

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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Avoiding Table Saw Injuries

Avoiding Table Saw Injuries

You’ve got the itch. You want to create something, something big. Is it time to add onto the porch? Expand the deck? Or maybe the back steps need a facelift. Whatever you plan, you’re about to bust out the woodworking tools, including your trusty workhorse, the table saw. But before you hit that power button and start guiding wood through …

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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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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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