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

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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Pros and Cons of Woodworking with Manual Tools

Pros and Cons of Woodworking with Manual Tools

There are unlimited options for those who love working with wood. You can do amazing things with routers, CNCs and other machines, but there’s something to be said for working with manual tools as well. If you’ve been thinking of taking up manual woodworking, here are a few things that you should consider. Manual tools aren’t for everybody, but it …

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Safety Tips for Woodworkers

Safety Tips for Woodworkers

Staying safe is important when working with any tools, but it’s especially important for woodworkers. While you can suffer severe injuries with any tool, woodworking injuries have an increased chance of injuring your hands, which can obviously severely affect your ability to work on wood in the future. You probably know a lot of the basics of safety already, but …

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Woodworkers

Christmas Gift Ideas for Woodworkers

One of the best things about woodworking is that it allows you to express yourself in a number of different ways. This lets you customize your projects and make them a unique extension of yourself. This can be a great thing when making things for those you care about, especially around Christmas. Gifts that you’ve made yourself always have more …

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