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For many woodworkers, Claro walnut is the connoisseur’s walnut — and it's easy to see why. Claro is a medley of subtle intermixed colors — browns, reds, black, purple, yellows — and beautiful figure.
Rob Porcaro
Finishing is possibly the most gratifying part of any woodworking project — and potentially the most stressful. You’ve put a lot of time and effort into what you're making, and the pressure to get the finishing touches just right can be intense.
Wilbur Pan
The way two pieces of wood fit together is a thing of beauty — and a great way to spot a quality piece of furniture. So nailing dovetail joints is a must when you're looking to up your woodworking game.
Rob Porcaro
Think about the last time you looked at a basic wooden picture frame and thought, "That thing is perfect!" Never? Yeah, probably never.
Chris Wong
A good woodworker knows dozens of different types of joinery. The hard part is knowing what to use, and when.
Kate Taylor
A while back, we looked at how a bandsaw can affect how you use and design with wood. If that didn't inspire you to buy one, this guide to choosing a bandsaw for a small woodshop should do the job.
Rob Porcaro
It doesn't take much time or money to make an edge grain (edge grain = just the edge strip of the wood, like the side of a 2 x 4) cutting board yourself. Plus they make awesome gifts for just about anyone old enough to be trusted with a knife.
Mitch Roberson
Old-world hand crafting comes naturally to Anna Warren and Sarah Kirkham, whose brand, Tactile Craftworks, is known for gorgeously embossed and tooled leather pieces. But you might be surprised to learn that digital technology is essential to everything they do and make. Working with the Dremel DigiLab digital laser-cutting tool, the pair has found a sweet spot between handcraft and high-tech — and built a successful business in the process.
Bluprint
Suddenly succulents are everywhere, and so are planters that give them a happy home. No surprise, since succulents are so easy to take care of, don’t need much water, and will grow in the tiniest of openings.
Mitch Roberson
Learning how to use food-safe finishes is a must for woodworkers, whether you're creating a dining table, a cutting board, or even just a decorative object. That's because many finishes contain toxic drying agents, not to mention that many people are sensitive to chemicals.
Patrick Harper
Handsaws: the most iconic, and yes, hardworking of the woodworking tools. But sometimes it seems like there are as many kinds of saws as there are teeth on the things. Let's narrow it down a bit to the most useful ones you'll encounter.
Rob Porcaro
For clean and accurate wood cuts, you've gotta have the right drilling tools. Here's a rough sketch of some items to have handy in your woodworking studio as you start tackling basic projects.
Rob Porcaro
Her Instagram feed is a wall of wood, tattoos, carvings and the occasional bloody finger. Her Twitter bio reads: Chainsaw artist seeking a life of travel, freedom and inspiration. When she's not working in the workshop, professional chainsaw artist Griffon Ramsey is a big-time influencer who shakes up assumptions about women artists and the world of wood-carving. Her art is definitely not about happy wooden bears lingering at tourist traps — though she does have a magical story about a roadside attraction.
Lisa Shroyer
Typically things turned on a lathe are round because they are shaped while they rotate around a single center. While I always have enjoyed the shapes that are produced on a lathe, I also find using a single center constraining. Why limit yourself to something that is purely round when you can incorporate many circular elements in your design by using multiple sets of centers? I enjoy creating shapes that look like they were made on anything BUT a lathe. Let's have a look at one method of creating such a form.
Ed Pretty
Joining wood can be one of the tougher parts of creating beautiful wood creation, so we're always looking for quick and easy joinery techniques. That's exactly what makes pocket hole joinery so appealing.
Kate Taylor
In my last post I pointed out a few design considerations for turned forms. One primary consideration was that bowls will appear much lighter if the curve profile appeared to complete itself above, on or slightly below the surface upon which it sits. The bowl will have a lighter appearance if it does not have an overly wide base relative to the diameter of the bowl. I turn a series of forms which I call "Zen Candles" that present a problem as far as the required diameter of the base.
Ed Pretty
When woodworkers talk about the most important tool in their shop, often they will mention a machine, like a table saw, or a hand tool, like a plane. Either way, it’s arguable that the most important tool in any woodworker’s shop is not a hand tool or a machine, but a workbench. If you took away a woodworker’s machine or tool, the woodworker could probably figure out another way to accomplish the task at hand. But without a workbench, it becomes difficult to work on the individual pieces of a project, to assemble the piece, and to apply the finish.
Wilbur Pan
One of the most fun and varied items you can turn on a lathe is a lidded box. In the photo below you can see that there are several designs, usually related to how the lid fits to the box. There are an almost unlimited number of designs when creating a turned, lidded box. Not bad for such a simple little project. Lidded boxes are also a quick seller at everything from craft fairs to art galleries, so they can also be quite profitable.
Ed Pretty
Starting out in woodworking, as in any craft, is full of excitement, hope, and, yes, a degree of bewilderment. In the quest to put one's heart, mind and hands into making things, it helps to have some guidance. I humbly offer these tips, most of which are really applicable to all crafts.
Rob Porcaro
Bandsaws are terrific tools to use, and can be very versatile in cutting wood. But for a bandsaw to be at its best, it needs a sharp blade. Many problems with using a bandsaw can be traced to using a blade that is too dull for the task at hand.
Wilbur Pan
In my last post about cutting perfect miter joints, I covered the fundamentals. However, that's only half the battle. Those slick 45-degree mitered corners coupled with slippery glue are enough to stress out any unwary woodworker.
Chris Wong
To choose the right wood for any project, you need to know how it will perform, not just how it looks. One of the key considerations in performance is wood movement. You'll need to predict how the particular species and cut of wood that you choose will change over the seasons and years. Ignore this and even the prettiest wood could turn out to be a pretty big disappointment. 
Rob Porcaro
When I make a table or bench, I like the added elegance of tapered legs. You can taper them on a jointer or a bandsaw, but I prefer to make them with a jig on the table saw. There are several commercial jigs available, but I haven’t found one I’m happy with, so I made my own. It is easy to make and so simple to set up and use.
Kate Taylor
Understanding how wood moves as it exchanges moisture with the air is some of the most important knowledge a woodworker can have. Here is lifetime information for all woodworkers.
Rob Porcaro
Push sticks and hold downs are essential safety tools for any shop. You could buy them, but once you start making your own, you will love using your custom pieces so much that you never want to go back.
Kate Taylor
If you ask a woodworker what tool he or she would love to have more than any other, the answer would probably be a board stretcher. You could use a board stretcher for those times you need a board that is, say, 12” wide, and you only have one that is 10” wide.
Wilbur Pan
Are there no shortcuts in woodworking? Is there really no crying in baseball?
Rob Porcaro
Working in solid wood is a joy but wood movement must always be taken into account. Ignoring it is no solution but understanding it is. Here are five things every woodworker should know.
Rob Porcaro
Wood-bodied hand planes can do as good a job as metal planes but you can customize them however you want. There are just a few more steps left to do before my Krenov-style smoother plane is ready to go. The hard part of setting the bed and ramp angles is over, and the next steps bring out the plane’s character. Let’s finish this plane and put it to work.
Mitch Roberson
In a recent post, I talked about four simple woodworking joints. Here I am going to go into some more complicated joinery, starting with locked joints, where the wood itself makes up part of the strength of the joint.
Kate Taylor
Unless all of your tenons fit perfectly right from the saw, you need reliable ways to adjust the final fit. Whether you make tenons by hand or machine, these hand tool techniques will do the job efficiently and precisely.
Rob Porcaro
There are many excellent reasons for learning how to mill lumber by hand — even if you primarily work with power tools. Sometimes your power tools just aren't big enough. Besides, working with hand tools will expand your understanding of wood.
Patrick Harper
The most important tasks in building a wood-bodied plane are cutting the bed to an accurate angle and setting the mouth. With the bed and ramp blocks cut, it’s time to put everything in position, set the mouth and glue-up the plane. After this next set of steps, our smoother plane will start looking like an actual plane!
Mitch Roberson
Welcome to the last in this series on green spoon carving! Are you ready to finish your spoon? A quick recap, in the preceding weeks we have covered safety and sharpening your axe, sharpening your hook knife, and shaping your spoon. At this point, you should have sharp tool, a split log with a flat face and a creative spoon design penciled in. Now, we're finally ready to carve our green wood spoon out of the log, and do some much-needed refining.
Anne Briggs
I still remember the first time I attempted to dimension a board with hand tools. I watched hundreds of videos that all made it look easy. I convinced myself that I would have a four-square board within minutes. I put my Stanley jack plane to the board, and off I went.
Patrick Harper
The last few weeks we have been getting prepped to start green spoon carving. In previous posts we went over safety and sharpening your axe and sharpening your hook knife. In this post, we're going to get out our axe and put together the perfect piece of wood from which you can carve out a beautiful green wood spoon!
Anne Briggs
Safety equipment is essential in any shop but it can be expensive to buy. Fortunately, you can often build your own. In this blog post I will show you how to make a feather board to use on your table saw or any tool with a miter gauge.
Kate Taylor
You have to draw a curve before you can build it in wood. Including fascinating curves in furniture designs is fun, and when done well adds memorable distinction to your work.
Rob Porcaro
Making your own wood-bodied planes teaches critical woodworking skills and leaves you with a tool you’ll love to use. Since we've already discussed the first steps to making a Krenov-style plane, let’s get going with milling the wood, drawing the plane and cutting the parts for this wooden smoother.
Mitch Roberson
Having a sharp tool set is an essential part of being able to safely and effectively carve. Today we will continue our green carving series with instructions on how to sharpen your hook knife.
Anne Briggs
Bowl design is a very subjective thing so what pleases the eye of one may not for another. That being said, there are a few conventions that generally hold true and are at least a good starting point when coming up with a design that will suit your esthetic and practical objectives. Once you get comfortable with these rather pliable tenets, you will have also learned when and where to break them.
Ed Pretty
An easy way to spice up an otherwise ordinary box is to add dividers.
Kate Taylor
A bandsaw is one of the most useful machines you can have in your shop. It can make straight cuts, it can make curved cuts, it can make long rip cuts more safely than on a tablesaw, and it can be used to resaw a board into thinner pieces. In fact, there’s no other machine that is as well-suited for resawing a board than a bandsaw. Today, we’ll learn how to set up and use a bandsaw for resawing.
Wilbur Pan
I love displaying photos of family, friends and fun times. I also like to switch the photos to keep up with growing children and new events. By creating a frame with a thin metal background and coordinating magnets, it's easy to change photos as often as you'd like. Scroll down to see how I did it and learn how to make your own DIY photo frame.
Michele Boyer
A lot of time in most woodworking projects is spent on the unglamorous task of sanding. Choosing and understanding the right wood sanding tools will greatly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your efforts.
Rob Porcaro
Spoon carving is an immensely popular pastime these days. It has a pretty steep learning curve, but with a few good tips and some practice, you'll be carving your own spoons in no time.
Anne Briggs
One of the most influential woodworkers of the 20th century was James Krenov (1920-2009). His legacy has to do not only with his style of woodworking, which was an exploration of form, proportion and the unornamented beauty of wood, but also with his approach to teaching.
Mitch Roberson
Bandsaw boxes are a fun way to exercise your imagination and it all starts with a simple block of wood.
Kate Taylor
In a nutshell, hide glue has been used as an adhesive for as long as humans have been trying to glue things together. As the name suggests, hide glue is made from animal products. Skin and bones, tenon and tissues.
Tom Fidgen
Any discussion of sharpening woodworking tools is likely to generate plenty of disagreement among woodworkers. This is partly because it is difficult to comprehend exactly what is happening at the microscopic level as hard steel meets abrasive particles, but also because there is a wide variety effective tools and methods for achieving sharp edges.
Rob Porcaro
Book matching is the process of cutting a board through its thickness, then folding the two boards open as if opening a book. This gives a mirror image of the grain pattern. It's an easy way to get fascinating grain designs and all it takes is an interesting board and a way to resaw.
Kate Taylor
One thing I really like about the lathe is that beginner woodturning doesn’t have too steep a learning curve. In one afternoon you can master enough skills to turn out a simple, yet beautiful project. I also love simple lathe work because you can often start and finish an entire project in one day. Turning green wood bowls is also a lot of fun, and an added bonus is that the wood for these projects is usually free, so it’s a lot easier to justify plenty of practice.
Anne Briggs
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