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When you get the hang of it, your skew will leave a surface so nice and slick that 600-grit sandpaper would mess it up
Nailer lets you lose the compressor
When crosscutting with the miter gauge, you have to turn off the saw and let the blade come to a full stop in order to accurately align it with a…
When five furniture makers with distinct styles of their own get the same assignment, the result is a lesson in design. We asked Fine Woodworking’s contributing editors to make a…
A bandsaw that does everything right
Shaker-inspired design is comfortable and practical
A strong joint that’s widely used in door and face frames, the bridle joint is simple in its anatomy and execution. A tenon on the rail fits an open-ended mortise…
David Lamb produces marquetry patterned after a winter frost. See how he chooses the wood, cuts it into billets, and then slices it into veneer. Then he uses a pattern…
I really like my 75-year-old bandsaw, but changing the blade is another matter. I used to hang it on the top wheel only to have it fall off every time…
What clamps to have and why you should have them
Precision jig eliminates gaps and headaches
There’s more to selecting boards than counting board feet
Expert tips and tricks for cleaning up glue
Cut nails and a clever lid clinch a traditional Japanese toolbox
Five ways to keep your top tight and flat through the seasons
Fast, fun approach to making a comfortable, casual seat
Old panes bring vibrancy to new furniture
Once you master the basics, the only limit is your imagination
Like many amateur woodworkers, I use my garage as a shop, so tools and machines must be pushed out of the way when not in use. I bought commercial mobile…
When a tenon loosened and broke on a favorite stool in our house, I wasn’t sure how to fix it. I don’t have a lathe, and it looked difficult to…
When doing curved stringing, I lightly clamp a Teflon-coated curling iron in my vise and use it to bend the strings before gluing them into place. The curling iron works…
Given the choice between a fixed-base router and a plunge model, Jeff Miller will take the plunge router every time. Because it can plunge in and out of the work,…
Eliminate tearout, banish snipe, and get smooth results every time
Take a look at the painstaking process that goes into turning one of Pascal Oudet’s wafer-thin disks--from flattening, to turning, to sandblasting.
Give your joinery skills a workout
Build an attractive finish in three easy steps
Make your cabinets stand out with clean, attractive through-tenons
The last of the three boxes is started with the cutting and assembly of the two walled box. The simple form exemplifies the elegance of Michael's technique for these beautiful…
In the final episode of the series Michael Cullen finishes the two walled box with a carving marathon adding his signature texture the this beautiful box.
In this video Michael finishes the first of the three boxes. Gluing-up, planing, sanding and finishing bring a new piece of art to the world.
In this video Michael starts work on the second box, a carved and painted Saddle lid box.
Michael begins carving the saddle lid box with his ripple pattern along the top. Then turns to his 5/30 gouge to texture the sides of the box. This isn't work…
Avoid construction mishaps by looking at mistakes from the past
In my imagination, all of my tools are sharp
See how Robert and Tor Erickson made the strong and stunning connections between wrought steel and solid wood in their trestle table.
Robert Erickson’s trestle table was his first time marrying metal and wood, and he sought inspiration from the California Arts and Crafts-era designers Charles and Henry Greene for this first design.
Contemporary Chest with Colonial Roots
Woodworkers in search of a perfect union of materials
Make a functional and beautiful bowl from a chunk of green wood
Two block planes are better than one
Make an elliptical tabletop
Demystifying one of woodworking's oldest traditions
Custom-made sanding drums let you smooth any curve
Shopmade L-shaped tenons create a powerful joint
From repairs to assembly to finishing, how to get the most from this versatile shop helper
These tiny tools will have a big impact on your furniture
Clean, sleek, and contemporary, Brian Hubel's recessed pulls can work almost anywhere.
Matthias Pliessnig employs boatbuilding techniques to craft his curved seating.
Clean, versatile design offers easy access to what’s inside
Gate-leg design expands from small to large in a jiffy
Proud joinery and playful shadows take center stage
Simple project works as a sharpening station and storage box
Quick-to-make, casual seating designed to beat back the elements
This small project features stout joinery and angles that will challenge your skills
Make something fun while learning new skills
Grids and cutouts define a practical piece
The Shakers had this diminutive design pegged
A delight to make, they're also a lasting pleasure to use
With a stout base, thick top, and abundant tool storage, this is one bench you’ll never outgrow
Build it by hand and enjoy the benefits
Smart design reduces clutter and expands your work area
An iconic Shaker cabinet gets a face-lift
With a big top and vise, this easy-to-build table gives you more space to work
It is difficult to drill a perfectly centered hole in the end of a round dowel, but this drill guide solves the problem. Choose a Forstner bit the same size…
When I reach for my glue bottle, I don’t like having to shake it and wait for the glue to drip down to the tip. So I keep the bottles…
I often make boxes with miter joints reinforced by small splines, or keys. After glue-up, while trimming the keys, I sometimes got a little careless with my Japanese saw and…
On many routers, it’s hard to be sure template guides (also called router bushings) are perfectly concentric with the bit. And if the bushing isn’t centered, it can lead to…
When my pipe clamps aren’t working as clamps, they double as versatile shop stands. To create a broad, stable base, I glue up a stack of 12-in.-dia. disks of 3⁄4-in.-thick…
For fast, accurate cuts in plywood and more, these compact saws are hard to beat
After 36 years editing and illustrating Methods of Work, Jim Richey will step down with issue #254.
Because the chuck key is so small and short, releasing a bit from my drill press stresses my wrist and fingers more than anything else I do in the shop.…
Some of my power tools require moving the drive belts by hand to change the speed. This is fine with me, except on some tools, like my lathe, I almost…
Nicely fitting dowels need at least one slot down the side to release air and excess glue when you drive them in. To quickly make a few slots, grab a…
I’ve made several cabinets with side-hung drawers like the ones Michael Cullen demonstrated in Master Class, FWW #247. rather than using wood for the slides, however, I use ultrahigh molecular…
In FWW #248, Dean Hedstrom suggested using a ball-nose plunger to hold a dust-collection blast gate open or closed without having to loosen and tighten the locking knob. My variation…
I wanted a dedicated support for long boards on my miter saw, but also needed it to move out of the way when not in use. This sturdy folding support…
I needed to lay out a very accurate 45° cut recently. The most accurate 45° layout tool in my shop is a plastic architect’s triangle, but it is difficult to…
Cabinet door pulls can be difficult to install in line across a number of doors. This simple drilling jig, made from a scrap block and three fender washers, guarantees perfect…
If you install a blank insert in your tablesaw’s blade opening, and bring the spinning blade up through it (making sure to hold down the insert in the process), you’ll…
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