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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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Freeze your beetles

Freeze your beetles

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If treating an infestation with heat or chemicals seems too pricey and inconvenient, consider cold storage.

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Making a Crematory Urn Box, Part 2

Making a Crematory Urn Box, Part 2

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Use a story stick to design miter key placement, cut the lid from the base and finish the crematory urn box.

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Making a Crematory Urn Box: Part I

Making a Crematory Urn Box: Part I

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The same techniques used in building this specialty box can be used in any box-making project

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Designing around the lumber you  have

Designing around the lumber you have

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I recently made a small wall shelf with drawers from some air-dried lumber I picked up from friends. Having a limited quantity forced me to design the materials at hand rather than designing the piece and looking for lumber afterward.

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Best pieces from the biggest woodworking club in America

Best pieces from the biggest woodworking club in America

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Each year the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association holds its annual show at the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar, Calif., drawing as many as 400 pieces from all around the U.S. This year was another wonderful outpouring of woodworking passion and talent.

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Hardwood selector is free and fantastic

Hardwood selector is free and fantastic

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The Hardwood Manufacturers Association has a free, easy-to-use wood selector online, with all the info a woodworker needs, including working properties, design ideas, and images of each wood with various finishes on it.

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Maple Table ( Nakashima Inspired )

Maple Table ( Nakashima Inspired )

This is one of the tables I will be showing at the Fine Furnishings Show this weekend. The base is ebonized Ash and stainless steel. I used steel wool soaked in vinegar to ebonize the Ash. Finish is...

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My Strategy with SketchUp

My Strategy with SketchUp

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There are a number of ways SketchUp is used in woodworking including:1. The development of a conceptual design2. Creating views and images for client review3. Working out a complex joint4. Estimating...

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Bending a Continuous Bow

Bending a Continuous Bow

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While struggling to steam bend fresh ash lumber in the shop, I'm also striving for better and easier methods of bending on the computer in SketchUp. For "real" bends, I'm learning to appreciate key...

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skinny legs and all

skinny legs and all

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I designed and built this small side table over the past winter, it's main body is Ash. A log that my wife and I literally stumbled over a few years back on the shore of Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada. I had a freind with a bandsaw mill rip it down and left it to air dry for three years. The drawer fronts are made from Angelique, again another 'sea-faring' wood species...This was reclaimed from an old barge that sat in Marthas Vineyard for the better part of 100 years! This table was completely made by hand using only hand tools. The finish is Tried and True oil/varnish mix. Reclaimed wood, no power tools used and a food grade all natural oil for finish...what could be any greener than that? Cheers! www.tomfidgen.blogspot.com

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More on Mirroring with Flip Along

More on Mirroring with Flip Along

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Last week I showed how to mirror table legs using the Flip Along feature of SketchUp. As pointed out in comments to the post, there are conditions which will affect the results of Flip Along. In my...

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Inexpensive furniture woods

Inexpensive furniture woods

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Tell the editors at Fine Woodworking about your favorite low-price furniture woods.

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Blanket Chest is on The Move

Blanket Chest is on The Move

Peter Turner's blanket chest was recently sold

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Celebrity blanket chest for sale

Celebrity blanket chest for sale

Hickory and ash chest appeared on the cover of issue #203 of Fine Woodworking

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Making a Bail for a Shaker Chip Box

Making a Bail for a Shaker Chip Box

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In starting the design for a Shaker Chip Box, I thought how easy it looked -  but soon was surprised by the complexity of the bent handle or Bail. This component is not so simple with its right...

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Continuing on Ladder Back - The Centerline Framework

Continuing on Ladder Back - The Centerline Framework

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About two weeks ago, I showed the beginning steps involved in making the SketchUp model of a Ladder Back Chair - mainly the creation of the Back Posts. In this post, I will continue the modeling...

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Organizing, Bundling, and Printing Full-size Templates

Organizing, Bundling, and Printing Full-size Templates

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I've emphasized often, the benefits in the shop of having full-size templates as an output from the SketchUp model. Until now, I've created these templates one-by-one, printing as jpgs or pdfs on a...

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Making a Tapered Bend

Making a Tapered Bend

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Following my last post, I felt somewhat uncomfortable about taking a short-cut with the Back Post. Rather than executing a bowed bend for the upper section of the Back Post, I simply rotated the...

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