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  • How to Apply Mitered Edge Banding

    Mitering the corners on banding that’s being applied to all four edges of a table top can be extremely frustrating. The length of each piece has to be perfect, and each angle needs to be just right. This process calls for a methodical approach, and Charlie Kocourek has that technique nailed down. Follow his recipe,…

  • Setting up a Table Saw Taper Jig Properly

    A taper jig is an effective tool to use in your shop to create perfect and consistent tapers on projects such as table legs that require a precise angle to achieve the look that you are going for. Setting up a taper jig, on the other hand, can be a frustrating experience. They often have…

  • Hammock Frame

    A good book, a tall glass of iced tea, and the gentle swaying motion of a shady hammock on the patio, next to the pool, or out in the yard. Sounds like paradise, doesn’t it? With a few basic tools and some inexpensive materials, any woodworker with a free weekend can create a place to…

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  • Build a Live Edge Table: Part 3

    This is Part 3 in our three-part series on building a live edge table. In this installment we’ll flatten the slab, apply finish, and install our legs. The legs we chose are steel hairpin legs, which really complement the design. Flattening We’re working with a maple burl, which means the grain is going in many…

  • Build a Live Edge Table: Part 2

    This is Part 2 of our three-part series on building a live edge table. In this installment we’ll look at bookmatching our pieces, design considerations when working with slabs, and getting the slabs joined using steel pins. Beauty in the eye…. There’s no one right way to put projects like this together. Be ready to…

  • Build a Live Edge Table: Part 1

    Live edge projects (also called natural edge) can be absolutely stunning. The slabs are typically not square or rectangular, so working with them can be a little tricky. In this three-part project series we’ll take you through the steps we followed to make a gorgeous live edge table. Material A variety of species and looks…

  • Furniture Leg Repair – How to Fix a Broken Leg

    Once people know that you do woodworking, they probably ask you if you can fix broken furniture, like a furniture leg repair that recently came into George’s shop. While every repair is different, here are some tips that will help you the next time a repair comes into your shop. Them’s the breaks Your first…

  • Essentials of Good Design Part 3: Steps in Making Furniture

    If you are following along in our design series, you know that we’ve covered some fundamentals of design, as well as some specific details on the wood furniture design process. Now we take our designs into the shop and talk about some fundamentals of making furniture as Willie Willette of Willie Willette Works shares some…

  • Essentials of Good Design Part 2: Furniture Design Process

    As we explored furniture design process in part one of this series, we learned about some of the basics of wood furniture design. Now as we continue on into part two, we get into more of the detail of the furniture design process as Willie Willette of Willie Willette Works shares some of the expertise…

  • Essentials of Good Design Part 1: Wood Furniture Design

    Unfortunately nobody is born with standout capabilities in wood furniture design. Many of us have developed our skills in the shop to form whatever joinery is necessary for nearly any given project, and apply a beautiful and durable finish to serve as the perfect complement, but one area where many of us admit to struggling…