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Draw a Dodecahedron

Draw a Dodecahedron

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A friend of mine periodically sends me e-mails asking how to draw this, that or the other thing. He often surprises me with some sort of off the wall request. I always enjoy getting those emails...

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a patchwork claro walnut blanket chest

a patchwork claro walnut blanket chest

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a claro walnut veneered cedar chest

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STL 99: Waterstone Detectives

STL 99: Waterstone Detectives

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Woodworking sleuths solve the case of the unmarked waterstones. Plus a planing sled for small parts, tips for wheeled workbenches, fixes for resaw wrongs, and more boneheaded smooth moves.

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UPDATE: End Grain Table Tops and Cutting Boards by Hendrik Varju

UPDATE: End Grain Table Tops and Cutting Boards by Hendrik Varju

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See who won a copy of End Grain Table Tops and Cutting Boards

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Metamorphosis: Ron Layports Carved Vessels

Metamorphosis: Ron Layport's Carved Vessels

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Ron Layport transforms trees bound for the chipper into remarkable vessels composed of animal imagery. In this audio slide show Layport describes turning and carving his pieces and explains how a long-time ad man became a full-time woodworker.

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The Carcase Dovetail - Another Beginning Exercise

The Carcase Dovetail - Another Beginning Exercise

Sideboards, cupboards, desks, lowboys, highboys, and chests of drawers have legs or posts that continue up to the top, and a special lapped dovetail joint is needed (the carcase dovetail). This video...

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Methods of Work

Methods of Work

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Recently I was doing an online SketchUp tutoring session with a woodworker. It started as a tutorial on drawing frame and panel doors but very quickly changed course and we spent most of the time...

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Oak Leaf Theme, Dining Table

Oak Leaf Theme, Dining Table

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The theme of this dining table is based on the fall season with oak leaves and acorns. The table size is 31" tall x 51" wide x 93"long. Designing and making this table took me a little over 1800...

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52 boxes, 52 weeks: 3 more boxes done

52 boxes, 52 weeks: 3 more boxes done

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Since I last posted about my efforts to make 52 boxes in 52 weeks, I've made three more. That's 34 boxes made and 18 to go.

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STL 98: Mikes Stick Trick, and the Fabric of Matt

STL 98: Mike's Stick Trick, and the Fabric of Matt

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Rust-prevention advice for a reader readying to move his shop. Matt shows his eye for fashion with fabric-lined boxes. Plus Mike chats about his stick trick, and Tom comes to terms with a drawknife.

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Toothpick World: From Sliver to Skyline

Toothpick World: From Sliver to Skyline

Imagine 1:164 models of the Taj Mahal, Fenway Park and St. Basil's Cathedral made entirely of toothpicks. Artist Stan Munro began his toothpicking hobby when he was in the fifth grade and 30 years...

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SketchUp 2016 Released Today

SketchUp 2016 Released Today

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SketchUp 2016 just released. This will be a key release for many folks because it is designed to work with Windows 10 and Mac's El Capitan operating systems. In addition to the OS support, there are...

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A Japanese Box Using Photo Match

A Japanese Box Using Photo Match

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In the following video I show an example of using the Photo Match feature in SketchUp. This involves importing a photo and making sure that you click on the third option Use as a New Matched Photo...

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Hand Tool Heaven

Hand Tool Heaven

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Jim Tolpin's new workshop was designed specifically to suit hand tool woodworking. Based in part on shops at Colonial Williamsburg, it packs enormous productive capacity in a snug space. In this slideshow Tolpin gives a guided tour of its features.

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Working Out Dimensions From a Photo

Working Out Dimensions From a Photo

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During a recent presentation I made to a SketchUp users group, I was asked to provide some strategies for working from photos. There are a few different methods available including Match Photo. I...

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STL 97: The Guys are Toast

STL 97: The Guys are Toast

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Why you don’t need dog holes in your workbench. Plus, get the lowdown on left- vs. right-tilting tablesaws, spokeshave starter tips, and Mike’s take on toasters (yup, we went there!).

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52 boxes, 52 weeks: Another 2 boxes made

52 boxes, 52 weeks: Another 2 boxes made

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Check out boxes 30 and 31. I spoke about box 30 on a recent Shop Talk Live podcast.

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Get inspired by guitar maker Dan Krugman

Get inspired by guitar maker Dan Krugman

Get inspired by a guitar maker who started his luthiery career because he wanted a guitar that he couldn't afford to buy. He made it instead.

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Dovetails - A Beginning Exercise

Dovetails - A Beginning Exercise

Last time I showed an exercise in making the most used joint in woodworking - the mortise & tenon. In this exercise, I show how to make another very popular joint - the dovetail. The dovetail is the...

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UPDATE: Fine Woodworking Best Workbenches

UPDATE: Fine Woodworking Best Workbenches

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See who won a copy of Best Workbenches

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