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Catching up with Toshio Odate

Catching up with Toshio Odate

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Considered to be the original ambassador of Japanese woodworking tools to the West, the master woodworker and sculptor shares tea, tool advice, and thoughts on the social responsibility of woodworkers.

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Make Your Own Leather Chisel Roll

Make Your Own Leather Chisel Roll

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Sure, you could spend $75 on a nice leather chisel roll, but if you've got access to some castaway cowhide, why not sew up your own?

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Segmented Turned Feet are Easier than You Think

Segmented Turned Feet are Easier than You Think

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These turned feet looked stunning when all was said and done—and the process is more straight-forward than you might think!

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Bending Dovetails

Bending Dovetails

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OK, so I'm not technically "bending" these dovetails, but I've come up with a quick trick to fool the eye.

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Spalt Your Own Lumber: Yellow Zone Lines on Aspen

Spalt Your Own Lumber: Yellow Zone Lines on Aspen

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A continuation on our look at colored zones - investigate the yellow zone lines of aspen and help speculate on what fungus could be responsible.

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Carved, Methodist Flames 3thick x 4-0 wide x 14-0 long

Carved, "Methodist Flames" 3"thick x 4'-0" wide x 14'-0" long

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Carving, with a "Power Grinder"

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The 3 Hour Cabinet

The 3 Hour Cabinet

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Sometimes utility trumps ultimate beauty. Learn how to build a cupboard with a deliberate effort to not clean up machine marks and put it right to work.

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Spalt Your Own Lumber: Outdoor Spalting

Spalt Your Own Lumber: Outdoor Spalting

We all know that outdoor spalting works, but can be unreliable. Learn a few tricks to help direct the process.

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Roland Johnson heads for Costa Mesa, California

Roland Johnson heads for Costa Mesa, California

I will be giving finishing seminars throughout the weekend at The Woodworking Shows in Costa Mesa, California.

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Spalt Your Own Lumber: Fungus of the Month - Violet Toothed Polypore on Birch

Spalt Your Own Lumber: Fungus of the Month - Violet Toothed Polypore on Birch

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Some fungi work best on a very specific host. Check out the incredible zone lines created by the Violet Toothed Polypore on birch!

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Roland Johnsons Complete Illustrated Guide to Bandsaws hits the stands!

Roland Johnson's Complete Illustrated Guide to Bandsaws hits the stands!

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Roland Johnson's Complete Illustrated Guide to Bandsaws is at the bookstores!

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Roland Johnson andThe Woodworking Shows in Dallas, Texas

Roland Johnson andThe Woodworking Shows in Dallas, Texas

I'm on the road with The Woodworking Shows again this season and it starts this weekend (Oct. 22-24) at the Big Town Exhibition Hall in Mesquite Texas, a suburb of Dallas.

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Day 7 Building a Workbench: Finishing Up

Day 7 Building a Workbench: Finishing Up

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See the finished bench! we complete the base and assemble it to the benchtop. Options for a finish coating are discussed.

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Day 6 Building a Workbench: Legs, Feet, Braces and Stretchers

Day 6 Building a Workbench: Legs, Feet, Braces and Stretchers

Do you want to know how to make a really strong base for your workbench? I'll show you how!

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Video and Poll: Building a Workbench: Tips and Tribulations

Video and Poll: Building a Workbench: Tips and Tribulations

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A video diary from Bill Peck’s workbench class at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. Met woodworkers from three different states (only two non-engineers) and put together this short video report. Get a Bob Van Dyke tip on tapping holes and learn about some of the "challenges" of building a workbench.

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Day 5 Building a Workbench: A Date with the Sander

Day 5 Building a Workbench: A Date with the Sander

We finished the benchtops by installing the front vise and tail vise. Then we took them across town to have them sanded. The tail vise installation was difficult due to a procedural issue but we finally resolved it.

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Spalt Your Own Lumber: Fungus of the Month - Fomes fomentarius

Spalt Your Own Lumber: Fungus of the Month - Fomes fomentarius

Fomes fomentarius loves birch like rabbits love carrots! Learn how to get some serious zone lines with this fungus.

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A Better Stop-Block (with Micro-Adjust!)

A Better Stop-Block (with Micro-Adjust!)

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In this quick cut video, Bob shares his secret for accurate repeatable cuts--a stop block where you butt the workpiece against a round-head screw for precise measurements. The screw lets you fine tune cuts.

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Day 4 Building a Workbench: Vises and Videos

Day 4 Building a Workbench: Vises and Videos

Come see how we installed the vises on our workbenches while we were visited by a Fine Woodworking web producer.

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Day 3 Building a Workbench: Hardware Prep

Day 3 Building a Workbench: Hardware Prep

See today's progress in building a cabinetmakers workbench at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking.

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