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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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Day 2- Building a Workbench: Mortises and Tenons

Day 2- Building a Workbench: Mortises and Tenons

Come along to see the second day of workbench class at Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. Today we glued up the end vise, made twin mortises and tenons to join workbenchtop parts, and got a portion of the first workbench top dry fitted together.

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Day 1 Building a Workbench: Benchtops and Bench Dogs

Day 1 Building a Workbench: Benchtops and Bench Dogs

Follow along as I build a woodworkers workbench at Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking in a week long class. The bench we are building is similar to the Lie Nielsen workbench and uses the Lie Nielsen vise hardware.

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Building a 300 lb. Solid-Maple Workbench

Building a 300 lb. Solid-Maple Workbench

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This week I'm taking the class; Build a Traditional Cabinetmaker's Workbench. I'll report on my progress each day and give you the inside scoop on what its like. I'm really excited about building a real cabinetmakers workbench with Lie Neilsen vise hardware and solid maple construction.

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Spalt Your Own Lumber: Lets Talk About Health

Spalt Your Own Lumber: Lets Talk About Health

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Once a year or so, its nice to remember why we should be level-headed about spalted wood and its so-called health impacts.

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Play Fine Woodworkings Game: Against the Grain

Play Fine Woodworking's Game: Against the Grain

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Play Fine Woodworking's game of what "not" to do.

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Weird Woodworking Tools

Weird Woodworking Tools

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This tool kit from the biology lab fits right into my tool bag and works great for veneer repairs. The doctor is IN.

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Cerritos College Woodworking Celebration

Cerritos College Woodworking Celebration

Annual woodworking event shows off student work

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How much camber should be in plane irons?

How much camber should be in plane irons?

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Bench plane blades are sharpened with a slightly curved edge or "camber". Why? How much? Is it different for a bevel-up vs bevel-down plane?

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A Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers Show

A Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers Show

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A summer show by about 20 members of the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers in Burlington, Vermont

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A Table With Self Storing Leaves

A Table With Self Storing Leaves

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A trestle table with pull out leaves

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L-Shaped Supports for Carving on Turned Spindles

L-Shaped Supports for Carving on Turned Spindles

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Whether It's spindles you've turned yourself or if you have purchase them from a supplier, I have found it's easer to carve them by making two L shaped supports. It provides much more...

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Miter Saw Acute Angle Jig

Miter Saw Acute Angle Jig

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I’ve been thinking about making this jig for years. Since nice weather has arrived I have to make a picket fence. All slats will end to a sharp point, meaning I have to cut them at an acute angle. I used to do that on the tablesaw but each time I got several cutoffs flying around my head. No more !!!

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Teaching My First Carving Class: An Ornamental Sunflower

Teaching My First Carving Class: An Ornamental Sunflower

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I'm very excited to be teaching my first carving class, starting on Saturday, May 15th I was asked by Gerry Phelan the owner of, “Midwest Woodworkers,”a well known woodworking store here...

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Wood Shop Al Fresco Redux

Wood Shop Al Fresco Redux

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Almost one year ago, I wrote about plans for my outdoor workshop. Here's what worked... and didn't!

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Spalt Your Own Lumber: Fungus of the Month - Arthrographis cuboidea

Spalt Your Own Lumber: Fungus of the Month - Arthrographis cuboidea

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Arthrographis cuboidea is the best pink stain to use when spalting. Learn how to find it, culture it, and get it growing in your spalting tubs at home.

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Spring Joints: An Edge Glue-Ups Best Friend

Spring Joints: An Edge Glue-Up's Best Friend

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For truly solid edge joints, try putting a little spring in your boards' step.

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