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Do you like Welsh wood working? If you do, you are in for a treat. Chris Williams, of WelshStickChairs is coming to the USA do discuss the life and times of John Brown. He’s writing a book on that real soon now, and wants to start the buzz now. Working with Chris is always a blast of chairmaking, stock prep, talking, planning, arguing, asking questions and generally giving each other the business about how the other makes chairs. Plus beer.…

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Click here to enlarge. This simple but effective push stick stores in the bandsaw’s miter slot—out of the way yet close at hand. A small rare-earth magnet keeps it from…

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Picnic Table Modifications It’s easy to modify this picnic table to different dimensions.  I do recommend working with your materials to minimize waste – for example, if you want a 5 foot long picnic table, simply purchase 10 foot long 2x6s (for the seat and top) and cut in half. You will need some center support if your 2×6 seat and tabletop boards span more than about 4 feet with no support underneath – so maybe keep that in mind…

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My Favorite Adirondack Chair Plans Of all the Adirondack chairs I’ve built, this one is my favorite. Because we use 2x4s for the legs (and add the back leg) this decreases the overall cost, but increases the strength and durability.  This also makes the chairs easier to build. But we don’t sacrifice comfort – with the deep recline and optional footstool plans, these chairs won’t disappoint.   Optional Footstool Plans I have also created a matching footstool plan (see below)…

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There was an awesome event on filing, honing and burnishing, and while Charles Shackleton also treated everyone to homemade pizza, it was really a time to share wood working skill building techniques. Friday and Saturday, October 7 and 8, I demonstrated hand tool techniques at the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event at Shackleton Thomas, in Bridgewater, VT, run by Charles Shackleton, furniture maker, and his wife Miranda Thomas, potter. Also at the event were Matt Bickford with his wonderful wooden molding…

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7 parts. Nearly 60 segments. 12 hours of video. I’m very pleased to announce that my 7-part course Intro To Hand Tools is now available in downloadable video form at Popular Woodworking Magazine’s ShopWoodworking.com. Each part consists of a series of segments, for a total of 12 hours of video instruction. Learn how to use these and other hand tools. Part 1: Welcome! is available for free on their YouTube channel. It covers general introduction, a quick summary of the tools, safety,…

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Cherry is notorious for blotching, with all sorts of methods suggested for preventing it. But it’s important to keep in mind that “blotching” is simply the opposite of “beautiful figure.” Source

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Jarvis Boards founder Tony Smith grew up making things – out of LEGOs, then model cars and rockets, and so on – with his brothers. Despite that lifelong interest in making things with his hands, as an adult, he ended up getting a job as a stockbroker. Until … One day when Tony happened across a book about building wooden canoes, purchased it on impulse, then followed up with purchases of a table saw and some wood. He built his…

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Recently, I had a hand in building a coffee table based on a George Nelson design. The top was created with solid walnut slats with about 14 cross-lap joints per piece. That turned out to be a stinking lot of joints to make. And each had to be placed properly. It occurred to me that, if I was off the mark on each joint by as small an amount as 1/64-in., by the time I was done making 14 cuts,…

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We’ve got dozens of articles on how to sharpen hand tools like a regular plane blade or a set of chisels, but what about the rest of your tool arsenal?…

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Peter Follansbee is a master wood worker who has a book out, “Joiner’s Work”, and in this post we’ll demonstrate what Peter can do with putting some decorative feet on a wooden box. The legs made here are done on a lathe, so you’ll need to have one in order to complete the wooden legs for a box project described here. The foot is a simple enough shape that I don’t make a pattern stick, but you certainly could. I just mark…

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DISCLOSURE: I WORKED WITH RUSTOLEUM, LIBERTY HARDWARE AND AMERICAN STANDARD TO BRING YOU THIS FREE PROJECT PLAN. ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE MY OWN. Do you need rustic bathroom vanities for your home?  You can DIY your own bathroom vanities and save a ton of money!  We built these from just common whitewood boards! It was difficult to find that perfect bathroom vanities for our master bath – especially since I needed a custom depth and wanted a top mount farmhouse…

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