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From Dovetails to Mortise & Tenon

From Dovetails to Mortise & Tenon

This model was made by a friend, David Heim. I will be using his model to create a multi-page shop drawing for my students. David created the model from sketches by Lester Margon in his book...

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Book Giveaway: A Lesson Plan for Wood Turning by James Rodgers

Book Giveaway: A Lesson Plan for Wood Turning by James Rodgers

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Leave a comment here for a chance to win a copy of A Lesson Plan for Wood Turning

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Michael Fortune Garden Chair Video Series

Michael Fortune Garden Chair Video Series

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Find out when you can get your hands on the DVD and project plan for Michael Fortune’s latest video series project

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Top Tips for a Wet Box

Top Tips for a Wet Box

Box building tips for a soggy environment

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How a big shop speeds up furnituremaking without compromising quality

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This short video from a 30-person custom furniture shop, The Joinery, in Portland, OR, shows how industrial machinery can speed up fine furnituremaking. It's really cool to see their setup in action.

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UPDATE: 3 Book Giveaway! Tauntons Complete Illustrated Guide to...

UPDATE: 3 Book Giveaway! Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to...

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See who won a copy of these 3 new paperback editions.

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Greg Klassen: Deep in the Grain

Greg Klassen: Deep in the Grain

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Washington State furnituremaker Greg Klassen describes his journey in woodworking--from working with scraps and two tools on his back porch to learning from superb teachers in California and Sweden. His work marks a journey, too, from formal cabinetmaking to a free-form style that celebrates the tree in its raw state.

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STL 56: James Krenovs Legacy Lives On

STL 56: James Krenov's Legacy Lives On

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This week we travel to James Krenov's College of the Redwoods as we interview lead instructor Laura Mays, and answer your woodworking questions.

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Time for a Little Turning

Time for a Little Turning

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When you don't have much time for turning, don't turn much.

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Drawing a Bin Pull

Drawing a Bin Pull

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I was asked about a method for drawing a bin pull type of of drawer pull. A long time ago I did a tutorial showing how to do that but that one seems to have evaporated into the ether so here we go...

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Lid Support for Stand-up Desk

Lid Support for Stand-up Desk

Dave Richards and I frequently encourage modeling new components in the context of the overall furniture assembly. This most likely results in more efficiency and accuracy. In the following video...

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How to Mount Side Rail Hinges

How to Mount Side Rail Hinges

Side rail hinges are a great choice for fine boxes

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Repair a power tool with a simple brush change

Repair a power tool with a simple brush change

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Over time I knew something was going wrong with my old chopsaw. First the automatic blade brake stopped working, then the motor wouldn't turn on sometimes, and then it quit altogether. I suspected that it was the motor's brushes, and I was right. Changing them turned out to be easy.

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Better than your vintage vinyl collection?

Better than your vintage vinyl collection?

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A new "spin" on wood turning: What happens when you translate wood into music?

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STL 55: Mikes Tool Chest Disaster

STL 55: Mike's Tool Chest Disaster

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Mike Pekovich comes clean about a recent tool chest disaster. Plus, your woodworking questions answered.

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STL 54: Greatest Hit and a Slight Delay

STL 54: Greatest Hit and a Slight Delay

This week, we're on vacation. So sit back and enjoy one of our greatest hits: it's our 2012 interview with Lee Valley's very own Robin Lee. Learn how your hand tools are made!

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UPDATE: Wooden Boxes, by Doug Stowe and Strother Purdy

UPDATE: Wooden Boxes, by Doug Stowe and Strother Purdy

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See who won a copy of Wooden Boxes

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Turning for Wounded Warriors

Turning for Wounded Warriors

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Woodworkers help heal local veterans through the art of turning.

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A Sculptured Stool

A Sculptured Stool

I've finished construction of the standup desk, and now need the stool to match. In this video I'll show how I created the shaped back piece in the stool. This will involve standard SketchUp tools...

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Save Your Components

Save Your Components

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I've written a number of times about strategies for working efficiently in SketchUp. One of those strategies is to use components. I've often demonstrated some of the power in using components such...

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