Recent comments

Re: Eight Tips for Securing Work to a Benchtop

Thank you for the article. Sometimes us beginning woodworkers can't initially afford a vise, so we look for ways to hold the work to a horizontal surface. Sometimes the horizontal surface happens to be a "woodworking bench" that is waiting for a vise to be attached.

By the way, the last picture did not have a larger view.


Re: UPDATE:French Polishing: Finishing and restoring using traditional techniques by Derek Jones

I would really like to have this book.

Re: UPDATE: The Foundations of Better Woodworking by Jeff Miller

This book would be great for my current position in learning woodworking. A wonderful book to own.

Re: UPDATE: Hand Planing Techniques by Hendrik Varju

I've entered to win many times to win a Hendrik Varju DVD set, both here at FWW and elsewhere, but have never won. Getting into hand tool woodworking and hoping I can win this one since it relates to hand tools.

Re: UPDATE: Routers & Router Tables from the editors of Fine Woodworking

Sounds like very useful book. I've never won before but maybe this will be the winning entry.

Re: UPDATE: Sharpening & Tuning Hand Planes and Chisels by Hendrik Varju

I've tried to win one of Hendrik’s DVD's several times, both here and on FWW and also other sites, but have yet to win. Maybe I'll win this one.

Re: UPDATE: Refinishing Furniture Made Simple (with DVD) by Jeff Jewitt

Looks like a finishing book worth having & a DVD too!

Re: Shopmade Tools: You have 'em, we want 'em

Elizabeth, while I certainly will enjoy seeing hand made tools in a FW gallery, I’d much rather see Fine Woodworking print one of their special publications on how to make some key hand tools (maybe 10 or 12). You may have to print two special editions, one for hand tools and one for power tools. I’ve seen quite a few power tools fabricated by fellow woodworkers. Many have published their work online, and would probably be happy to have their instructions published. Thanks.

Re: UPDATE: Arts & Crafts Style Coffee Table with Gregory Paolini

Arts & Crafts furniture has always been at the top of my list.

Re: UPDATE: Making Wood Tools with John Wilson

Maybe I'll be able to start my woodworking if I can make a few tools first. Yes, I know, it takes tools to make tools.

Re: UPDATE: Practical Furniture Design from Fine Woodworking

Much needed. Please send this book my way. Thanks!

Re: UPDATE: Dovetail Techniques with Stephen Hammer

Sounds like a good book to have before attempting my first dovetails.

Re: UPDATE: Windsor Chairmaking by James Mursell

Looks like a wonderful book. I don't have any books on chair making. I've always been interested in the construction of a Windsor chairs.

Re: UPDATE: Fine Woodworking Best Workbenches from the editors of Fine Woodworking and a special magazine issue, Workbenches.

I need to build a work bench. This would be a wonderful resource.

Re: UPDATE: Woodworking 101 by Aime Fraser, Matthew Teague, and Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk

"a great book for beginners." Sounds like it's describing me. Hoping to win.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Making Country Furniture by George Buchanan

Always interested in books on furniture making.

Re: Repairing a Checked Tabletop

You can by glue syringes. Just Google “glue syringes”. Here’s one example:,110,42967

Re: Fine Woodworking On the Road: Come out and see us

BetsyE said: “…most of our Contributing Editors are from the East Coast.”

Fine Woodworking should retain more “Contributing Editors” who live in a more uniformly distributed pattern across the U.S., from the West Coast through central America. It sounds like the East coast is already well represented.

Re: UPDATE: Using Your Router and Router Table Safely by Hendrik Varju

I would love to win one of Hendrik’s DVD’s. I’ve entered 3 or 4 contests to win one of his DVD’s but no win yet.

Re: UPDATE: Building Small Cabinets by Doug Stowe

Wonderful! Not only a second chance to win a copy of a book I really, really want, but a signed edition as well!

Re: UPDATE: 2011 Fine Woodworking Archive DVD-ROM (1975 - 2011)

That would be absolutely awesome to win!

Re: UPDATE: Building Small Cabinets by Doug Stowe

Great way to get into woodworking, and a wonderful end product.

Re: UPDATE: Building Doors & Drawers by Andy Rae

I would really like to have this book.

Re: UPDATE: Using and Tuning Your Bandsaw by Hendrik Varju

I've always wanted one of Hendrik's DVD sets, but could never afford them. Alas, an opportunity to obtain one.

Re: Caption Contest Winner!

I wished Rodin would hurry up and finish! Maybe I’ll just take a quick peek and see if he’s still there!

Re: Caption Contest Winner!

I wished Rodin would hurry up and finish! All this thinking is giving me a terrible headache!

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: 4 "issues" of The Missing Shop Manual series

I would greatly appreciate winning these books.

Re: Caption Contest Winner!

Okay, back to Exercises For Woodworkers! Now, let’s do the chin lift, 20 repetitions, begin…

Re: Fine Woodworking Magazine Goes Digital

It looks fine. Although, your Editors Mail Box article says “…and continue to download individual articles.” However when viewing in Paper view, I could not see how to save an individual article, nor in Magazine or Presentation view. I would like to know how to do that. I’m probably dreaming, but it would be nice to download all pages together and have a copy just like our “printed copy” subscribers.

Also, in Paper view, when I clicked on a page number in the magazine contents page I got an ISSUU message that says “Page Not Found”. I can manually enter the page number at the top and get there. I would like to see this fixed. It does, however, work in the Magazine and Presentation view once you get to (find) the contents page.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Acanthus Carving and Design by Bob Yorburg & Hans Sandom, Illustrator

Would love to learn how to carve acanthus scrolls and leaves.

Re: The $300 Woodworking Bench

For some reason the pictures of the workbench are quite small. It would be nice to have larger pictures as well as a few more pictures of Jerry's workbench. Otherwise, I enjoyed reading the article. Thank you, Dean

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Hand Planes in the Modern Shop by Kerry Pierce

A very relevant book for me. Would love to win it.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Working with Routers from Fine Woodworking

Sounds like a good book to have for a very important power tool.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Woodworker's Guide to Wood from Fox Chapel Woodworking

I need a book like that. Hopefully I'll be the "chosen" one.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Fundamentals of Model Boat Building by John Into and Nancy Price

At the rate my attempt to get into woodworking is going, this may be a good way to go. No large tool investment, and something I can do in my apartment without disturbing the neighbors. Now all I have to do is win the book!

Re: UPDATE: Back to Basics: Fundamentals of Sharpening from Fox Chapel Publishing

Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

Re: A Toolkit from Grandpa

Thanks Tom for the great article. As a grandfather myself, I was wondering if Mr. Smith shared what it cost to put such a tool kit together. I would like to do something similar but was wondering how much I would have to save to give my grandchildren a gift like this.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Woodworking Techniques from Fine Woodworking

Looks like a wonderful resource for the furniture maker.

Re: Homemade Slot Mortiser Has all the Right Moves

I think the most amazing home built machine that I've seen in Fine Woodworking magazine was on the back cover of the April 1994 issue (No. 105). Unfortunately, unlike the other articles, the only information on this machine (a belt sander), is in a side bar next to the picture on the back page.

By the way Ed, the link for the Thickness Sander under "More Homegrown Shop Tools" seems to be broken. I did a search and found an article at the link below. Is this the one?

Thanks, Dean

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Carving 18th Century American Furniture Elements by Tony Kubalak

I think this book should go to mcgtr555 even though this is a "contest". Just saying.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Carving 18th Century American Furniture Elements by Tony Kubalak

A desirable skill for a builder of classic furniture.

Re: Williamsburg, Day 2: Mind-Blowing 3-Way Miter Joint

Asa, I agree with Kidscientist. I too would like to see a Fine Woodworking article on how Andrew Hunter makes the 3-Way Miter Joint. Thank you.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: The Frugal Woodturner by Ernie Conover

Anything that would reduce the cost of getting into wood turning would be valuable.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Greene and Greene Furniture: Poems of Wood & Light by David Mathias

I would mean a great deal to me to win this book. Thanks!

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Making Wooden Chess Sets by Jim Kape

Now this is a book I would love to have.

Re: Video Tour: Garage Shop Makeover

Mike said: “As far as the cars go, they've always lived in the driveway. The snow is easy to sweep off, but the ice can be a problem...”

How about a folding garage? No, I'm not from the UK. Just an idea.

By the way, I’m curious about the foam spray. Is it open or closed cell foam?

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Esherick, Maloof, Nakashima: Homes of the Master Wood Artisans by Tina Skinner

Would love to have this book. Thanks.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Back to Basics: Setting Up Your Workshop from Fox Chapel Publishing

I hope I win this book.

Re: UPDATE: DVD Giveaway: Surface Preparation and Staining by Hendrik Varju

I've always wanted all of Hendrik Varju's DVD's. Since I cannot afford any of them, it would be great if I could win this one. Thanks, Dean

Re: Japanese Tools: How They're Made

"My enthusiasm was dampened only by imagining carrying in my already full pack anything more."

Garret, would it have been possible to have some select tools shipped home? ;-) Of course after paying, I imagine your wallet would have been so light, you would be in danger of defying gravity!

So, after reading your article, it makes me wonder why some of the Japanese chisels I see for sale have "Damascus" like steel, which I've heard is two layers of soft and hard steel folded and pounded multiple times to layer the steel like the old samurai swords. I’ve also heard that this does not add any functional benefit beyond the first two layers, but personally I wouldn’t know. The grain like pattern does look nice though.

Re: Here's why your plane doesn't keep cutting into your shooting board

zephyrblevins, I think you meant to reference NewGuyInMass who asked the shooting board plane question. FYI.

Re: Here's why your plane doesn't keep cutting into your shooting board

Thanks Matthew for the excellent explanation. I've read explanations before on this matter, but for some reason they never got around to explaining the "lip".

Just an FYI, the words in the magnified view of the picture of the shooting board lip can't be read. I'm sure they are well written, but the image got too soft by the time it hit the web page. However, after reading the text I understood what it was supposed to say.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Making Ladder Back Chairs with Russ Filbeck

I would love to have this book!

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Traditional Finishing Techniques from the New Best of Fine Woodworking

Sounds like a good book. I'm at the finish line.

Re: A workbench anybody can build

Holden, you can go to the website below, and plug in your zip code to see where the suppliers of Homasote are in your area.

The FW article specifies Homasote 440. I noticed a couple of places in my area that sell the 440 per the search. Two others said they would special order. Since Homasote is typically for commercial use some of the sellers may not sell single sheets.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: 1st five "issues" of The Missing Shop Manual series

I would love to have this set of books!

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: How to Make Picture Frames, from American Woodworker

I'd love to have this book.

Re: This one is still in process. My very first shop.

I can’t believe this is your first workshop! Impressive to say the least, and it looks great! This type of woodshop is something the average woodworker can only dream about, but love to look at and admire. It also is a resource to get ideas for our shops. Hopefully Fine Woodworking will allow you to submit a few more pictures of your progress to date, especially if the interior is done and tools, cabinets, etc. are in place.

By the way, I love the portico. Massive! Nice friend!

Thanks for sharing, Dean

Re: Jon Rael - Joinery-Design Shop

Jon, thanks for the information. Very helpful. Beautiful shop.

Re: Rob Hare Workshop

That's one amazing shop Rob. I would love to see some more pictures of the shop. Maybe some shots of the equipment areas and the office area and anything unique to your shop.

Unfortunately Fine Woodworking doesn’t publish very large pictures of the shop submissions, or a click for larger image link. I can see the over head crane which is a very nice feature. “beers” mentioned a power hammer. If I put my nose to the computer screen, I think I can make one out.

By the way, the walls look smooth and not faceted. What is the wall made of and how was it installed? I'm probably past my question quota here, but maybe you could share some of the other construction details, or maybe you have them posted somewhere.

Thanks, Dean

Re: Jon Rael - Joinery-Design Shop

Obviously a well equipped, well designed workshop, that is spacious and has a nice open feeling. I can only dream of such a thing.

I was curious about the plywood light wings. Would you please described the rough construction details? What type of fixtures did you use? The reflection panels look curved or is that just an illusion? I know that can effect the way the light distributes. Your furniture is very nicely designed. It looks well constructed.

Thanks much Jon for sharing.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Choosing & Installing Hardware by Robert J. Settich

Thank you for the chance to win a very nice book.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: How to Choose and Use Bench Planes and Scrapers by John English

I'm a new woodworker who's just starting to accumulate a set of bench planes. This book would be a great resource.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: 500 Tables (Updated with winner)

And I was sooo careful...

Re: my shop above L.A.

It's a wonderful looking shop building. Would it be possible to add some pictures of the inside of your shop? Thanks.

Re: Updated: Build-Your-Own Power Tool Plans

Oh, one other thing. Would it be possible to put the single picture (with text) of David Kuznitz Wide-Belt Sander in a pdf file as well? Thanks much, Dean

Re: Updated: Build-Your-Own Power Tool Plans

Matthew, thank you very much for posting the wonderful pdf's on the 6 machines. Please thank Gina and Ed for me also for their time and effort to make these available. Too bad there is no further information on how David Kuznitz built his amazing belt sanding machine!

Also, thanks for making Matthias Wandell's video available. I saw the earlier videos of his on the initial build but not the final results. I can only hope that I could become as capable as Matthias is.

By the way, I did notice that the Treadle Lathe article did not have a pdf available.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Woodworking Techniques, from Fine Woodworking magazine

I'd love to have this book. Good techniques are timeless.

Re: Need a bandsaw? Make it!

I picked up a few used FWW magazines last week. On the back of the cover of FWW #105 (April 1994) there is one of the nicest home made sanders I've seen. The title of the short article is called "Labor of Love". The maker is David Kuznitz of Mammoth Lakes, Calif.

It's a wide belt sander but the article doesn't say how wide. It does show a standard metal electrical outlet box on the front of the machine, so a little measuring, and knowing how long one of these boxes are would tell you how wide. It cost David $2,000 to build. It has 3 motors with the main motor being 7 1/2 horsepower. It has other bells & whistles also. I won't say anymore than that, but maybe Matthew could post the picture and the article here for others to see and read. It's a very short article since it's on the back page and the picture takes up most of the page.

Thanks for the great article Matthew!

- Dean

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Contemporary Hawaii Woodworkers by Tiffany DeEtte Shafto and Lynda McDaniel

I would love to have this book. Inspiration is always needed by a woodworker.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Wood Finishing Fixes by Michael Dresdner

After hearing an interview with Michael Dresdner I would definitely like to have this book.

Re: UPDATE: DVD Giveaway: Wood Science & Design by Hendrik Varju

This is one DVD set that I've coveted for a long time. Can't afford it, so winning this DVD would be wonderful! Now if I could just figure out how to win Hendrik's other 3 DVD sets. WOW!

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Tables You Can Make, from the editors of Woodworker's Journal

I don't have a resource for table building. This would be great!

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: The Chairmaker's Workshop by Drew Langsner

Chairmaking is a challenge. What a wonderful book to own! I hope I can become the owner of this copy.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Civil War Woodworking by A.J. Hamler

What a great find! I never really thought about woodworking in the Civil War era. Of course it’s obvious once it’s mentioned. I would really like to have a copy of this book, especially if it has actual projects to build.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Made By Hand by Tom Fidgen

When it comes to hand tool work, it doesn't get much better than Tom Fidgen. I would love to have his book.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: The Wood Finisher's Handbook by Sam Allen

I have this book entered in a list of woodworking related books I'm hoping to purchase one day.

Re: Bench Cookie Giveaway

I really like the idea of these bench cookies. Unlike a non-skid matt on the bench, these get your work up off of the bench top and allows you to do things like routing edges. Love to have a set.

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