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

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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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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