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

Respirator Care and Feeding

Respirator Care and Feeding

Your respirator is one or the more important pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) in your woodworking shop. Respirators filter out tiny particulates and fumes, keeping your lungs safe during dangerous jobs. While the damage caused by not using a respirator or not keeping it in good, working condition, might not be readily apparent, it could easily show up weeks, …

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Portable Workbenches Make Any Place a Woodworking Space

Portable Workbenches Make Any Place a Woodworking Space

There is no doubt that one of the most important woodworking tools is a workbench. It gives every woodworker the essential ability to secure a piece of wood to something solid, especially if you prefer working with hand tools. You have two choices: buy a pre-made bench or make your own. Whether you’re a master woodworker or a weekend warrior, …

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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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Safety Tips for Working with Table Saws

Safety Tips for Working with Table Saws

More than 60,000 table saw injuries occur every year. About half of those are from hobbyist woodworkers and half are on-the-job injuries. While not every accident may not be avoidable, observing good safety practices when working with a table saw can save a lot of pain, lost hours and possibly limbs. Make a Habit of the Obvious The basics of …

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Does Your Shop Need a Kiln?

Does Your Shop Need a Kiln?

Allowing lumber to sit outdoors or inside to reach the desired moisture content before working with it may be the easiest, least expensive way to season wood, but it’s also the slowest. And drying times can differ significantly depending on wood types, the primary moisture level in the green wood, its thickness and density, drying environments and processing methods. On …

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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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Features of an Awesome Shop Router

Features of an Awesome Shop Router

A badly-chosen shop router can leave you with a hollow feeling inside – and lead to frustrations about time, effort and even the quality of your work. Choosing the best router for your shop doesn’t have to be a nightmare, though. There is a wide selection of models at different price points with different features available on the market. Plunging …

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Establishing Your Woodworking Niche

Establishing Your Woodworking Niche

When you’re starting out as a woodworker, it can be tempting to create a body of work that covers broad areas so you can show clients you’re able to do anything. In woodworking, it can be more helpful to find a niche and focus on it. If you like building cabinetry, become the best cabinet maker ever. Allow your work …

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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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