In the Shop: Cremation Urns

Curly maple cremation urns with wedge accent keys. I sell a few cremation urns each year – mostly by word-of-mouth and nearly always on short notice. (I keep a few in inventory.) Sometimes I get a request in advance of actual need. That sure works better for me! I recently received a request from a

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Ask WWGOA: Bread Board Ends Pinned

Question: If you are doing breadboard ends on a project that will only be viewed from one side, say perhaps a sofa table or hall table that you never see the back side of the top with any regularity, could you glue instead the front third or so, so that you don’t get the misalignment

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Tips for Building and Hanging a Bat House

Quite possibly, no creature is more misunderstood than the bat. An important part of our ecosystem, bats do a number of useful things for humans. According to BCI (Bat Conservation International), there are more than 1,300 species of bats, and they all help us in different ways. Insectivorous bats keep the bugs at bay and

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What Our Members Are Working On

We love hearing about what our members are working on in their shops. When we asked on Facebook to share a photo of your most recent woodworking project, we got a bunch of great responses! Here are some of our favorites. What’s keeping you busy in the shop this week? Leave a comment and let

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In the Shop: Where’s Bruce?

What am I working on currently? Well today I needed to do some house repairs. One project was to fix a kitchen cabinet door hinge where the screw holes were stripped out from excessive use. No problem. I filled the holes with glue, hammered in some round toothpicks, let the glue dry, flushed the toothpicks

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Pony Tools

Visiting Pony Tools

One of the cooler parts of George’s job is visiting tool manufacturers. He recently spent a morning at the Pony Tools factory and warehouse in Chicago to see how Pony products go together and learn more about the company. You may know them as the Adjustable Clamp Company or Jorgenson, but the company is officially

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Ask WWGOA: Dust Collection Size

Question: I’m setting up a new shop and I’ve read everything I can get my hands on about dust collection. Now, I’m more confused than I was before doing the research! My shop is about 300 square feet; the third stall in my three car garage. Can you point me in the right direction on

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In the Shop: Turning Bowls

I have dabbled a bit with woodturning over the years, but in the past 6 months I added a nice new lathe to my shop and really got into it. I’ve now turned over 40 bowls, mostly green but a few dry ones as well. I’m learning a lot about bowl gouge technique, sharpening, proper

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In the Shop: Catchin’ Up on Stools

I teach a lot of woodworking classes at the Nature Center in our community. Mostly the classes involve pre-cut kits from my shop. Students range in age from about 8 to 80. At the end of each class I generally have 2 or 3 “spare” kits left over. They tend to accumulate and go unassembled

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In the Shop: It’s All Greek to Me

Now that Christmas has come and gone I can reveal what I’ve been working on in my shop. Since these were gifts, Santa had to stay mum. I made this on the ShopBot. Don’t get confused, it’s in Greek. It means “A heart with love stays young.” Birdseye maple veneer over walnut makes the lettering

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