CAST RESIN Turning

Keith Lackner - 03-15-2017

My introduction to turning began with small projects. Turning wooden pens helped me learn basic skills, and I used some of the money from selling pens to fund my hobby. Before long, I started to buy resin pen blanks because of the amazing variety of colors that are available. It took a few years fo...

DISTRESS Done Right: 3 great ways to add years of character (in about a day) with Black Dog paints

Susan Hudson - 01-19-2017

Not too many years ago, if an old piece of furniture started to show its age—a few too many scrapes, scars, or some patches of peeling paint—it was dunked in a dip tank, stripped bare, and completely refinished; or tossed to the back of the barn. Times have certainly changed. Today, designers se...

A Pro’s Guide to CUT LISTS: This list of parts and sizes can hinder or help you, depending on the information you put into it

Paul Anthony, senior editor - 01-19-2017

It’s a classic beginner blunder: you follow a published cut list for a project, carefully sizing all the parts as stated. Then, when you go to assemble them, you find that a lot of them don’t fit. This can be an expensive mistake if you’ve miscut premium lumber, and it’s a perfect example of...

Get A Smart Start In Woodturning: For $800, you'll have everything you need to work wood in a revolutionary way

David Heim - 11-04-2016

For less than the price of a good bandsaw and less space than you need for a planer, you can set up a great basic woodturning center. Spending about $800 on a small lathe and some versatile turning tools will let you greatly expand your woodworking horizons. You can make unique spindles and legs for...

Make a Locking Drawer Joint: Ideal for small drawers, this joint is easy to make on the tablesaw

Jim Probst - 11-02-2016

There are many joinery options for drawers. Choosing what’s right for a particular drawer project involves a number of factors: appearance, durability, the equipment you have available, and the number of drawers you need to make. Dovetails will always be popular, of course. (See p. 40.) But for t...

Joinery Class: Tongue and Groove

Andy Rae - 09-01-2016

With its relatively short tongue that fits into a shallow groove, the tongue-and-groove joint is woodworking’s diminutive cousin to the mortise-and-tenon. Thankfully, it’s much easier to make, in large part due to modern routers and router bits. The shorter tongue is a good choice for registerin...

Resawing At The Tablesaw: It's often the perfect tool for the job

Paul Anthony, senior editor - 09-01-2016

The technique of resawing refers to slicing wood across its widest dimension. It’s basically a form of slabbing done to make thin stock from thick stock. It’s also used to create book-matched figure, where resawn pieces are edge-joined to create a mirrored pattern for use as a door panel, box li...

Joinery Class: Loose Tenon Joinery

Paul Anthony, senior editor - 05-04-2016

Despite its odd name, “loose-tenon” joinery is one of woodworking’s tightest methods of joining parts. It’s also one of the most versatile. Structurally, a loose-tenon joint resembles a traditional mortise-and-tenon joint, and it’s every bit as strong. Both joints gain their strength from ...

10 Tips For Turning Tricky Wood: Imperfections provide the perfect opportunity to create unique vessels

Phil Gautreau - 03-22-2016

My specialty is turned wood bowls and vases made from highly figured, visually interesting wood. I’ve come to enjoy the challenges presented by blanks with unusual characteristics–bark inclusions, burl, spalting, quilting, voids, birds-eye and other figured grain conditions. The tips explained h...

Joinery Class: Half Blind Dovetails

Chris Hedges - 03-22-2016

Considering that examples of dovetail joinery can be traced back to ancient Egyptian times, it’s fair to say that woodworkers have been arguing about the best way to cut dovetails for thousands of years. Today’s version of this debate often boils down to whether or not the “best” dovetails ...

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