MKenneyMatthew Kenney, Watertown, CT, US
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Here are the 5 things that have helped me improve my dovetails the most.
Doug Stowe is an Arkansas Living Treasure, and the foundation that awards that distinction recently produced a short film about him. Watch it. It's good.
A visit to Hancock Shaker Village inspired me to rethink a box design that I had been making for many years.
Make a zero-clearance sled that makes both square and miter cuts.
Progress on the traveling tool cabinet is great. Here's my solution to securing the planes in place on the till ramp.
A simple wedge is the solution to cutting angled mortises and tenons to fit them.
Planing thin boards can be difficult. Clamp them between a pair of dogs and their likely to bow up. A stop attached to a plywood base is the perfect way to hold thin boards for planing.
I recently bought a nearly 100 year old Oliver jointer. Check out what I've done to restore it.
Ukrainian carpenter Valerii Danevych makes wrist and pocket watches from wood. The entire watch, except the spring, is wood.
Master furniture maker Phil Lowe discusses block planes, pencils, and sail boats.
Learn one way to make shopsawn veneer without the use of drum sander, something most folks don't have in the shop.
This past weekend I was called into action to help my daughter make a prototype of her invention for her schools "Invention Convention." She had designed a box with compartments to hold craft...
I recently used an old metal filing cabinet from a factory to make a cool cabinet. Take a look at the completed piece and learn about how I did it.
So, you think you can really sharpen your plane iron? I used to think that too, until I watched a Japanese planing contest.
Check out the first real workbench I made. And get a peek at the next one I'll make.
I picked up this technique from Mack Headley, master cabinet maker at Colonial Williamsburg's Hay Shop.
Kaare Loftheim, a journeyman cabinet maker at Colonial Williamsburg, offers some good tips on how to mortise thin stock without blowing out the sides of the mortise or the end grain.
It was a busy day at the Working Wood in the 18th Century conference: a lot of joinery was cut with several different techniques.
If anyone ever tells you that some woodworking technique (probably one for joints) is cheating, ignore that person. It's ridiculous. There is no cheating in woodworking.
Learn how I used shopsawn veneers to make a table top that won't expand, contract, or warp.
When it came to woodworking technology, the Shakers were right at the forefront
In my next video workshop, I'm going to make a bow front wall cabinet. I've come up with two designs. Tell what you think about them.
Watch tool maker John Neeman at work forging a timbler slick with a traditional socket handle.
This video is pure eye candy. Watch for enjoyment as a turner takes a big chunk of pine and creates a thin lampshade.
One of the things I like about being an editor at Fine Woodworking is that every article I edit is like a one-on-one woodworking class. When it comes to articles that demonstrate a technique, I...
Veritas has introduced a new tool steel for plane blades and chisels. Is it the next big thing in hand tools?
I stumbled across this video while reading the woodworking subreddit on reddit. Bob Taylor, a co-founder of Taylor Guitars, provides a unique perspective on the availability of ebony and explains what role he has in providing it to instrument makers. It's not clear if this is where our ebony comes from, too.
Inspired by a sideboard that appeared on Fine Woodworking's back cover, I used end grain veneers on some small drawers for a cabinet I made recently.
Houston furniture maker Clark Kellogg is in the midst of a 100 day project. He's turning 1 bowl a day. The 100 bowls will be sold and the money goes to Houston Food Bank.
On a recent trip to Michael Fortune's shop, I picked up a cool way to make a sacrificial fence that partially buries your dado set.The best part about it is that the blade never cuts into the fence.
I recently bought a T-shirt from cafepress.com. I wore it to work today and it was a big hit with the other editors here. Take a look to see why.
You can now go read "The Deltagram," a woodworking publication put out by Delta from 1932 to 1972. They're mini-magazines containing plans, tips and techniques. They available for download (in PDF) from the website ThisOldWorkshop.com
The Sawstop controversy has made it to late night television. Noted conservative pundit Stephen Colbert takes on the saw and it's finger hugging inventor, Steve Gass. (Of course, it's all satire, so Colbert is implicitly endorsing the Sawstop.)
It wasn't until I started to load up the lumber rack I recently built that I realized that I had a lot of lumber, most of it bought simply because it was a great piece of wood. That has forced me to accept that I have a small problem.
Lately, I've been thinking about why I make furniture. It's because I enjoy making and creating--and wood is the medium I enjoy most. Why do you like woodworking?
Learn how Chris Gochnour inlaid stringing into the top of his curved front desk featured in Fine Woodworking #225.
R. Bruce Hoadley, legendary author of "Identifying Wood" and "Understanding Wood" and a former Fine Woodworking contributing editor, is now an internet meme.
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.
I first made this cherry cabinet as a prop for an article about mortising for hinges. Since then, it's been in the magazine several times. And then I decided to put a finish on it and hang it in my house.
A simple curved cradle lets me cut accurate rabbets in curved drawer fronts.
I've shown how I rout the grooves in the back of drawer fronts that have a radius curve. But the fence I make to do that won't work with some curves, like asymmetric ones that have numerous radii, some much smaller than others. Check out how I handle those.
A woodworker and inventor in New England has developed a blade guard that doubles as a sensor for a table saw safety device. When it senses flesh, the blade stops in about 1/8 of a second.
Good joinery starts with good layout. That's why it's important to have great layout tools. I've found that the one's that work best for me are all small and the perfect scale for furniture.
Case miters, the kinds used on mitered boxes, can be a pain to cut accurately, but this simple tablesaw sled cure. It's easy and fast to make and dead accurate.
Learn how to build a simple crosscut sled that guarantees perfectly square crosscuts every time.
Not only is a butterfly leaf a cool way to make an expanding table, it's also versatile. Check out some of the tables author Michael Fortune has made.
Check out the my latest plane acquisition. It has a motor! This could be the coolest tool I'll ever own. What is it? The Hitachi Super Surfacer.
Curved drawer fronts can be a pain to work with, especially cutting them to length and routing a groove in their backs for the drawer bottom. See how a simple fence design lets me do both without any fuss.
About two weeks ago, I was rounding over some edges with my trim router and I somehow put a finger directly into the spinning bit. The injury wasn't too bad, but I got a big reminder of woodworking's inherent danger.
A recent trip to Eureka Springs, Ark. gave me the chance to visit the shop at Old Street Tools. Here is what I saw.
Edge gluing thin boards, like these 3/16 in. thick re-sawn veneers, is basically impossible with bar clamps. So, instead of breaking out the parallel jaw clamps, I rigged up a simple clamping jig that uses wedges to apply pressure to the joints. Read the step-by-step account to learn how I did it.
A Yale undergraduate died this past week when her hair became tangled in a lathe.
I came upon a small design challenge when making a box recently. Fortunately, I have some great designers and makers here in the office, so I just asked for help. See how things turned out.
Brian Havens was one of three lucky readers to have Hank Gilpin critique a piece of furniture that he made. Havens to the advice to heart and made a second cabinet. Check out the improvements.
I stumbled across this amazing bit of woodworking in our Readers Gallery. There are more than 10,000 pieces of wood in it. Never mind the skill it took, what about the patience?!
Enter our latest caption contest for a change to bring home a matched set of handmade grooving planes.
It's been a while since Stanley first notified the woodworking public that they were going to reintroduce the beloved 750 chisel line. A set of eight chisels, with leather roll, arrived in our office unannounced this week. Here is a sneak peek at them.
Clark & Williams has changed its name to Old Street Tool, Inc. after one of the partners, Bill Clark, left the company.
The Messler Gallery at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is hosting a juried furniture exhibition. One of the criteria is that the piece needed to have been made in Maine and primarily from wood.
On my last day at the 2011 Working Wood in the 18th Century conference. I took a walk over to the Anthony Hay cabinetshop and took some photos. Take a look.
Cutlists are great when you're buying lumber and rough out parts, but after that they're more trouble than their worth. And they're definitely not a good way to spend precious space in a woodworking magazine.
See what happened when I was a bit careless when pulling apart a dovetail joint that was part of a frame saw I once made.
The Anthony Hay Cabinet shop at Colonial Williamsburg has a blog now. Check it out. It is pretty cool. It's focused on what it's like to work in the shop (as a 21st century person).
Here is what really struck me on the first day of session 2 at Colonial Williamsburg: Andrew Hunter, an expert with Japanese tools, doesn't work wood like I do. Why? Because his tools require him to work differently.
Houston furniture maker and Fine Woodworking author Clark Kellogg was recently interviewed by his local NPR station. Why? Because a sitting bench he made received an Award of Merit (one of three given) at the Craft Texas 2010 show.
Learn Geoffrey Carson's method for cutting curved wide bevels using a modified panel-raising fence on the tablesaw. Watch the short video...
This is a variation on another box I made. It's 2 in. tall by 5 in. wide by 8 in. long. The sides are cherry, the top is reclaimed spruce, and the lifts are cocobolo. The inside is fitted out with a...
Check out this nice little box I recently made and discover what I learned about box making exclusively with power tools.
We've all had some finishes go terribly wrong. Share your worst story and you might win a finishing DVD by Hendrik Varju.
One of the questions that I'm asked most often is which plane to use with a shooting board. Here's how I answer that question.
WoodRiver has released two full-size block planes based on Stanley's venerable #18 block plane with a knuckle-joint lever cap. I've had a quick look and now they're out for a tough test.
A reader wants help with an old Stanley bench jig, but before I can help I need to know its name. I'm sure one of you will know, so take a look and pass along your knowledge.
I recently built a Hock shoulder plane kit. It was easy to make and offers great value.
I was bored on a recent Friday night, so I went into the shop. A few hours later I had nice little box done.
We recently received seven paring chisels from Blue Spruce Toolworks. My first reaction: My lord these are beautiful. My second reaction: I can't wait to use them.
Steve Knight used to make completed wooden planes for sale. Now he only makes kits. Read on to learn about his history as a plane maker and why he no longer makes completed planes.
Evidently the folks at Highland Woodworking in Atlanta thought it a good idea to let Roy Underhill test the flesh sensing technology of a SawStop. Watch the video to see what happens.
Take a look at the wall cabinet I made to store my routers and router bits. It's made from scrap plywood I had. I was tired of bare wood in my shop (a bench, a router table, etc.), so I decided to paint it. And maybe I put too much effort into the paint job.
Fine Woodworking editor Matt Kenney is teaching a class on shooting boards at the Norwalk, CT Woodcraft on November 11. Join him and learn how to make one and ask as many questions as you can. It's a great chance to hands on experience with a versatile shop aid.
I've made a few hand tools and want to see the ones you've made. Post photos and give a quick story about them in our new gallery.
I made this pair of planes to cut grooves to hold the drawers in small drawers and trays.
Designing attractive furniture isn't easy. If you have a question about how to get it done, let us know for a chance to have your question answered by one of Fine Woodworking experts in the Q&A section of the magazine.
The first episode of Rough Cut: Woodworking with Tommy Mac has aired in at least some PBS markets around the country. Have you seen it? Did you like it? Could it use some improvement? Let us know what you think.
Fine Woodworking has introduced a new section of the magazine and a new blog devoted to hand-tool use. The emphasis is on practicality, so that it will be relevant to the modern woodworker.
I get one question over and over again: Why doesn't a plane continue to cut into a shooting board when you're using it? That's a good question. The plane itself prevents it.
I recently upgraded the rip fence on my Unisaw, installing a Delta Unifence with 50 in. of rip capacity. The fence has made such a huge improvement, it's like I bought a new saw.
Four tool makers have introduced CNC machines sized for the small shop. They're cool, but do they make sense in a hobby or small professional shop?
Woodlinks USA hosted a student contest at the 2010 IWF in Atlanta that challenged student woodworkers to design and make a piece of RTA furniture.
Fine Woodworking editor Asa Christiana interviews Tommy MacDonald at the 2010 IWF. They discuss how Tommy got into woodworking, his new show, Rough Cuts, and Norm Abram.
Rikon's 12 in. jointer/planer combination machine has big capacity and faster turn over. Watch contributing editor Rollie Johnson review its highlights.
When they first came out, WoodRiver planes had a few problems. But Woodcraft, the company behind them, has made an effort to improve the manufacturing process. We'll have a review of them soon.
Amana has a new set of very small bearing-guided router bits (the bearing is just 3/16 in. diameter) that cut profiles proportioned for boxes and other small pieces.
Recently, I was making new counters for my kitchen and ran into a problem. The cherry edging wouldn't bend around two tight curves at one end, so off I went into the shop to give steam bending a try (for the first time). Watch the video to see how things went.
WGBH has posted a preview of Tommy MacDonald's new woodworking series, Rough Cuts. Watch the video here at FineWoodworking.com
Former Center for Furniture Craftsmanship student Georgia Dent practices her dovetails in the kitchen using apples and sweet potatoes, and her mortise-and-tenons with watermelon. This is a great video.
I stumbled across a parody of The New Yankee Workshop on YouTube. It's called The Old Crankee Workshop, and I found it mildly humorous. I hope it brings a smile to your face.
Frequent contributor Doug Stowe has found that sawdust absorbs water-borne oil, making it easy to scoop out of the water. Is this the solution BP needs to clean up the mess they've made in the Gulf of Mexico?
In this video, which I first saw on Charles Neil's blog, is a riot. Two guys use explosives (denoted with a rifle) to take down two trees in the Texas wilds.
Woodcraft has agreed to be the sole sponsor of the show for three years. Filming has already begun and should debut (nationwide) in the Fall.
There are over 3700 pieces in our online Readers Gallery. It''s a good place to go for inspiration. Here are some of my favorites.
We get some pretty interesting items in the mail, but this homemade horizontal router table really takes the cake!
The International Contemporary Furniture Fair is this weekend at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. The Furniture Society will be there. So too will upcoming Fine Woodworking author Judson Beaumont.
I helped my son (4 yrs. old) make his first woodworking project over the weekend. What was it? A workbench for his favorite baby.
Whoever writes the best caption for a photo of FWW author Gregory Paolini (as decided by me) wins a copy of "500 Tables: Interpretations of Function and Style."
Take a stroll down memory lane with vintage FWW articles outlining how to build your own power tools.
My recent blog about the possibility of a new woodworking show provoked a lot of comment. Here's your chance to have a say about what the show should be named.
Mattias Wandel strikes again. You've seen his amazing jigs, now see the 18in. bandsaw he made.
Through the years, Fine Woodworking has published many articles detailing how to make some common woodworking machines, from bandsaws to drum sanders to tablesaws to jointers. Here's a chance to learn how to make a bandsaw.
The Messler Gallery in Rockport, Maine will display work by students of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship from April 16 until May 27. The opening reception is April 16 between 5:00 and 7:00 pm and it's open to the public.
Wired magazine has a photo gallery of the 12 oldest trees on earth. As a woodworker, I find the trees impressive and humbling.
Tommy MacDonald, host of the T. Chisel web videos, has struck a deal with WGBH in Boston to host a new woodworking show.
The New England chapter of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPFM) will meet at the Connecticut Valley of Woodworking in Manchester, Conn.
I'm about to make some boxes from some fantastic wood I found while hunting at two local lumber yards. Watch a short video that shows the beauty of these pieces of English elm, Claro walnut, and English brown oak.
I recently discovered two blogs, both by Jamon Schlimgen (a furniture maker). In one, he is post a new design every day for a year. The other is a community blog, where all are welcome to post their designs and get feedback.
Since the beginning, the editors of Fine Woodworking have done all of the photography for the articles that appear in magazine. Get a glimpse of what a photo shoot is like in this time-lapse video.
We've all seen bamboo cutting boards and bamboo flooring. The wonder grass is also strong enough to be used for bicycle tubing.
Lie-Nielsen tools will no longer be sold by Woodcraft, but the Maine toolmaker has begun to set up authorized dealers where customers will be able to use the tools before buying.
I needed to groove the back of some curved drawer fronts. Check out the solution I came up with.
I built my tool cabinet with the intention of hanging saws in the doors. Now, many years after finishing the cabinet, I've finally hung my saws. Take a look at how I've done it.
Most woodworkers consider dovetailed drawers the pinnacle of design and joinery. I like them too, but other joints are just as "fine" and you shouldn't be afraid to use them.
We were sent a link to this video of a homemade carving machine made by a fellow in Germany. It is set up to carve copies of an original, using a router as the carving tool.
I just bought my first jointer, a 6-in. Delta made in 1959. It's a real cast iron beauty.
I needed to rough out some curves recently, but I don't have a bandsaw. See how I turned a jigsaw into a bandsaw using a few screws and piece of plywood.
I don't like grooving small drawer and tray parts at the router table or tablesaw. So I made a pair of small grooving planes to do it instead.
Four readers will have their designs critiqued by furniture designer and maker Hank Gilpin. Do you want to be one of them? If so, send us pictures of your work.
The box I've been working on is finally done. Take a look at how it turned out.
I recently bought a needle nosed glue squeeze bottle and it's turned out to be more useful than I anticipated.
Construction the box and trays is done. See how I made all of the small parts for the trays, and get a preview of my latest shooting board.
I've made the box and the first tray. Watch the tray float down into the box.
Follow along as I make a box using lumber reclaimed from a stud in my 100 year old house.
I recently spent a day with Roy Underhill, taking photographs for an upcoming article. And I got to use a treadle tablesaw.
Let's say the brushes on your router's motor are shot. What do you do: replace the brushes or buy a new router?
A reader sent us a letter complaining about the cover of Fine Woodworking #205. He thinks that the bloke pictured, me, is a dandy and not an accurate representation of woodworkers.
Take a look at this innovative trestle table joint that does the work of a wedged through tenon but is much easier to make
Take a look at what happens behind the camera when we film a video workshop. In this case, it's for a garden bench of my own design.
The Vermont welcome center in Guilford (I-91) is the best one I've ever been to. It's clean, gorgeous, and has custom furniture on display.
Check out this massive piece of Kauri. Not only is it 4 in. thick, 5 ft. wide, and 40 ft. long, it also is around 50,000 years old!
Check out this movie that explains various fields in "woodworking." Seems to have been shown in shop classes well back in the day.
Some of my favorite pictures never made it into the pages of Fine Woodworking. Take a look at a few of them.
A recent NY Times article discusses the importance of working with your hands, and Doug Stowe is quoted by the author.
Take a look at my first woodworking project, and then my latest.
While working on an article, I found a few guys selling Cuban mahognay. I bought two pieces and they arrived this week. This is a truly spectacular wood.
Editor Matt Kenney has opened a Twitter account to give an inside view of what it's like to work at Fine Woodworking, to get ideas for articles, and to discuss woodworking generally
I like my woodworking functional. No seats that can't be sat in for me, thank you. But these walls sculptures have opened a whole new arena of function for me: enjoyment.
Although still young, these two furniture makers produce stunning pieces. One does period and period inspired work, the other contemporary.
Hank Gilpin does more than design and make beautiful furniture. Take a look at this tunnel under a road he designed. That's right, a tunnel under a road.
Check out this silent film of Swedish woodworkers making wooden shoes, a spoon, and a chair.
Tony O'Malley's 1940s Oliver jointer is proof that woodworking machines can be works of art.
Take a peek at my new workbench. You can get a better look at how I built it in an upcoming Video Workshop on Fine Woodworking Online.
Take a look at how I spent my weekend: rewiring my tablesaw, which is more a job than you might think.
Take a look at how this guy starts his tablesaw, and then crosscuts some plywood. It's scary.
Tell the editors at Fine Woodworking about your favorite low-price furniture woods.
I bought a new router, and it's not as powerful as the box claims.
I've built things from wood most of my life, but it wasn't until I met Joe Mazurek, a self-proclaimed ugly man, that I really learned how to make furniture.
Sometimes, woodworking makes you so hungry you'll eat anything, perhaps even a doughnut with bacon on it.
Take a look at this little vase I turned recently.
Spike Carlsen's new book is a collection of interesting stories about wood.
Find out about some nice old tools I picked up on a recent trip to Maine.
I made this table from my own design, but it's clearly Shaker influenced. In these photos, both leaves are in. I made the slides too (they're like big sliding dovetails). The base was my first...
I built this on the 2 ft. by 10 ft. balcony off the back of the apartment we used to live in. I used a plunge router and benchtop tablesaw. I designed it myself. I bought the maple surfaced on both...
After my daughter's crib, this was the first piece of furniture I ever built. It has my first dovetails and first verneer work. It's walnut, ash, and maple burl veneer. The secondary wood is poplar...