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

A Woodworker’s Guide to Table Saws

A Woodworker's Guide to Table Saws

If you’re interested in woodworking, you may want to consider buying a table saw. This style will offer you the advantage of speed and accuracy when working on your projects. Before you make a decision about buying one, though, consider your choices carefully. Decide What Types of Projects You’ll Be Working On How often will you be using the table …

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Is There a Place for 3D Wood Printing in Woodworking?

Is There a Place for 3D Wood Printing in Woodworking?

The popularity of 3D printing continues to grow, with companies competing to create printers capable of making more and more professional-looking prints with very little margin of error. While most of the popular 3D printers use plastics, there are a wide variety of materials that these printers can use. If you search, you can find 3D printers that print using …

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9 Tips and Tricks for Woodburning

9 Tips and Tricks for Woodburning

Woodburning can be a great skill to master, as it has a number of different uses in woodworking projects. You can burn your initials into the handles of your tools to easily identify them, can sign larger woodworking pieces with your name or a symbol and you can even create wholly original artwork with nothing but woodburning. If you’re just …

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A Guide to Choosing Straight Lumber

A Guide to Choosing Straight Lumber

When you’re buying lumber for a project, it’s easy to assume that it’s going to be straight and relatively easy to work with. After all, that’s the point of buying milled lumber instead of using rough-cut lumber or pieces you’ve cut yourself. Unfortunately, even milled lumber can have flaws that will cause you headaches once you start working with it. …

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Turning Your Woodworking Hobby into a Side Business

Turning Your Woodworking Hobby into a Side Business

Woodworking can be a very fulfilling hobby. Not only are you creating something unique, but in many cases you’re also making something functional. Other people may start to notice your work and you might even get asked if you take commissions. While it’s easy to regard this question as a fluke the first time you hear it, don’t sell yourself …

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The Right Sandpaper for the Job

The Right Sandpaper for the Job

Sanding is the first step in creating a finish on any woodworking project. It gets rid of rough edges, removes gross imperfections and gives the wood a smooth surface that’s pleasant to the touch. The array of sandpaper choices can be confusing – grit size, materials, closed vs. open coat – but each one has its own particular uses. Sure, …

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7 Tips for Better Clamping

7 Tips for Better Clamping

If you work with wood, you’re going to have to deal with clamps. That’s not a bad thing, though. Clamps are very useful tools and proper clamping will ensure that you get a better end product than you might otherwise produce. But just slapping some clamps on without thinking about what you’re doing can cause more harm than good to …

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The Advantages of Owning a Small Drying Kiln

The Advantages of Owning a Small Drying Kiln

One of the great things about working with wood is that nature itself provides you with plenty of raw materials for your projects. Collecting your own wood gives you a wider variety of choices beyond what’s available at your local mill or lumber supplier and the shapes and sizes of the wood you collect can even inspire your work. You …

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Exotic Woods to Try with Your Next Project

Exotic Woods to Try with Your Next Project

Pine, oak, and maple are perfectly serviceable woods for most woodworking projects, but sometimes you want to create something a little special. Even the most basic design can be transformed into high-end pieces with the right kind of wood. Take your next woodworking project to the next level by choosing one of these exotic woods. Most exotic woods are harder …

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Comparing Wood Sealants Side-By-Side

Sealant

Wood is a beautiful material to work with and the right stain or sealant can really bring out and enhance its beauty. Not all sealants are created equal, though – using the wrong one can leave you with an effect other than what you intended. If you want to make sure that you use the best sealant to protect your …

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