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

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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4 Tips for Choosing Woodworking Hand Tools

4 Tips for Choosing Woodworking Hand Tools

Being a woodworker, whether as a professional or a weekend hobbyist, makes you an important part of a rich, long-lasting tradition of art and culture. Since the dawn of time, wood has been used to create shelter, boats, farming implements, household items and art. As civilizations around the world advanced, existing tools were improved and new tools were invented to …

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Clear Coats Demystified!

Clear Coats Demystified!

If you’re working with wood, you’ll want to apply a clear coat to protect it. This advice applies whether you’ve decided to color the wood by adding a stain or prefer to leave it the natural color. Why Add a Clear Coat? Stain is meant to add pigments to the wood in order to darken it. The shade you choose …

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Prepping Reclaimed Materials for Woodworking

Prepping Reclaimed Materials for Woodworking

Working with reclaimed materials for a woodworking project is a great way to incorporate the three “R’s” into your lifestyle: reduce, reuse and recycle. You’ll want to keep in mind that using salvaged lumber is not the same as buying new wood from a building supply store. Be prepared to expect to run into one or more issues when working …

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Use Software to Design Your Next Project

Use Software to Design Your Next Project

Woodworkers craft furniture, artwork and often whimsical wonders out of wood and other wood-based materials. Some of these items are mass-produced, but many are custom made – designed in the mind of a craftsman and brought to life by hand. Some of the most beautiful woodwork in the world – architecture, furniture and musical instruments – were designed, crafted and …

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