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STL 92: Please CLOSE the Bathroom Door

STL 92: Please CLOSE the Bathroom Door

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Big questions on tablesaw alignment are answered by Roland Johnson. Plus weird stories from the road concerning workbenches, potty breaks, and a whole lot more.

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Drawing a Compression Spring

Drawing a Compression Spring

A friend of mine e-mailed me asking for some help on how to draw a small compression spring. He's working on a detail sketch of a small latch and wanted to add the spring. The basic process is to...

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Beautiful Works of Art

Beautiful Works of Art

Check out these wild sculptures (and furniture) made by South Korean artist JaeHyo Lee from discarded wood.

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Using a Keyhole Router Bit

Using a Keyhole Router Bit

A simple solution to firmly affix a mirror or frame to a wall

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Book Giveaway: Making Wood Tools with John Wilson, Second Edition

Book Giveaway: Making Wood Tools with John Wilson, Second Edition

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Leave a comment here for a chance to win a copy of Making Wood Tools - 2nd Edition

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Drawing a Live Edge Slab

Drawing a Live Edge Slab

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The other day a woodworker sent me a photograph of a live edge slab of walnut. He wanted to know if it could be drawn in SketchUp. Here's what I came up with.   The image he sent me was a JPG file...

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A Kissing Gate at Hadrians Wall

A "Kissing Gate" at Hadrian's Wall

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We just returned from a hiking trip along Hadrian's Wall in England at the border of Scotland. This is a stone wall built long ago during the reign of the Romans. We only did about 25 miles of the...

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STL 91: Best Way to Destroy Furniture

STL 91: Best Way to Destroy Furniture

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Norwegian officials teach a harsh lesson regarding a protected chair design

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Dont Mess with the Maker

Don't Mess with the Maker

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Chinese knock-offs of an iconic Danish-modern chair are intercepted by customs officials. What happened next was quite unexpected.

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STL 90: Gorilla Glue for Fine Furniture

STL 90: Gorilla Glue for Fine Furniture

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Is Gorilla Glue a viable option for furniture makers? Or will it amount to a sticky, foamy, nightmare-of-a-mess?

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UPDATE: The Kaleidoscopes of Steven Gray: A Journey of Fantasy by Vince Cianfichi

UPDATE: The Kaleidoscopes of Steven Gray: A Journey of Fantasy by Vince Cianfichi

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See who won a copy of The Kaleidoscopes of Steven Gray

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Hank Gilpin: Practicality with Zing

Hank Gilpin: Practicality with Zing

This audio slide show presents a bounty of woodwork by the Rhode Island furniture legend Hank Gilpin, whose waterfall armchair is on this month's back cover.

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Furniture Drawing Styles - Old vs. New

Furniture Drawing Styles - Old vs. New

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I'm continually interested in furniture drawing styles. I admire many of the older styles (pre-computer) for their beauty and efficiency. It's hard to imagine how they were able to get so much...

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Drawing Roundovers on Intersecting Parts

Drawing Roundovers on Intersecting Parts

This is a model based on a stool designed by Pierre Jeanneret and manufactured in the 1950's in both France and India. I came across a couple of photos of an original and decided to use it for my...

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Turned Cylinder or Paper Towel Roll?

Turned Cylinder or Paper Towel Roll?

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I rarely use Materials and Textures in my SketchUp files. While these are critical features for many SketchUp users, I'm not so motivated to make the hardware and wood look more realistic. Im...

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STL 89: Workbench Wisdom

STL 89: Workbench Wisdom

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This week on Shop Talk Live—plenty of questions on workbench construction and bench vise basics

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Using Follow Me--Some Setup Considerations

Using Follow Me--Some Setup Considerations

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Follow Me is one of the most useful native tools in Sketchup for creating complex shapes. If the tools in SketchUp have analogues in the shop, Follow Me can be thought of as a router or shaper as...

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Angled Dovetails - Knife Tray - Third Phase

Angled Dovetails - Knife Tray - Third Phase

This is the third in a series on modeling this 18th C. Williamsburg Knife Tray. In this episode I show the making of the angled dovetails in the corners. As you might expect, the splayed angle in...

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STL 88: Marquetry Master Craig Thibodeau

STL 88: Marquetry Master Craig Thibodeau

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Furniture maker Craig Thibodeau sits in for an interview on this week's edition

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A Different Take on a Pie Crust Table

A Different Take on a Pie Crust Table

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How to make a pie crust edge on a mid-century modern side table with a "guitar pick" shaped top.

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