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Hearing Protection for the Woodshop

hy Hearing Protection is Important My first job out of college was framing houses. The contractor I worked for was ‘old school.’ Protective gear like gloves, earplugs or safety glasses were generally viewed as signs of weakness. For a long time I tried to be a tough guy. After an afternoon of air-nailing fire blocking… Read more

Self-Centering Dowelling Jig Review

Self-Centering Dowel Jig – An Old Favorite Gets Better

I use dowels to assemble parts quite often; things like face frames, table bases, and chairs. Trying to drill and align the dowel holes without a decent dowel hole drilling jig is futile. This dowel jig (see Source below) is the latest version of a long-time favorite of mine. It has 4 threaded holes and… Read more

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SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers – My Journey Learning SketchUp

Most of the woodworking that I do is custom, requiring original design, or at minimum a bit of modification of an existing concept.  Prior to learning SketchUp, I had developed my designs over the years using pencil and paper, as well as a couple of general purpose computer applications that were not specifically intended for… Read more

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Carry-along Wooden Camping Chair

I’ve been through the gambit of store-bought collapsible chairs to bring along on my canoe trips and none of them have really grabbed me. until I came up with this one. I ran across a photo of a two-piece chair similar to this in a book about ancient Vikings and was inspired to modernize it…. Read more

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Rockler Signmaker’s Interlock Templates: Product Review

Rockler’s Signmaker’s Interlock Templates provide a kit of letters that allow you to rout through the template and into the stock below. The letters assemble like a jig saw puzzle and are then taped to your work. When I first saw this demonstrated I was amazed by the simplicity of the system and wondered if… Read more

Outdoor Bench Plans

Curvy Cedar Outdoor Bench Plans

I designed these outdoor bench plans to be simple and fast to build. I wanted it to have lots of curves with minimal templates, and I wanted it to have very few screw heads exposed on the outer surfaces. My wife loves it! I made it using construction grade cedar and finished it with a… Read more

Osborne Miter Gauge Review

Osborne EB-3 Miter Gauge Review

It’s not news that standard-issue table saw miter gauges are often sub-standard.  The bar wiggles in the slot and it can be nearly impossible to accurately set the head.  That’s why woodworkers upgrade their miter gauges. I recently tested the Osborne EB-3 miter gauge, $120.  Here’s what I learned. Product overview The EB-3 uses a… Read more

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How to Make an Outdoor Table (4-Person)

We needed a new table for our small patio. I designed this DIY outdoor table to be simple, easy to build, rock solid, and to last a lifetime. It’s made of construction grade cedar and finished with a clear exterior sealer. Cedar is great for outdoor projects since it’s rot and bug resistant. I bought… Read more

How to Make Cabriole Legs

How to Make Cabriole Legs

If you think cabriole legs are out of reach, think again. With a few hand tools and a little hand/eye coordination, you too can make these beautiful traditional treasures for your furniture projects. In this story I make Queen Anne style cabriole legs out of walnut. The legs were part of a recent jewelry chest… Read more

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