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  • 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…

  • cabiole legs

    Making Cabriole Legs

    If you think cabriole legs are out of reach, think again. The graceful S-curve and pad foot of these iconic eighteenth century furniture legs may look hard to make, but you’ll be surprised how simple they can be with a few hand tools and a little hand-eye coordination. This plan provides you with the templates…

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  • Trimming Dovetails

    Trimming Dovetails with Your Router

    After assembling a dovetail joint and allowing the glue to cure, the next step will be to trim the pins and tails so that they are flush with the sides of the box. There are many ways to accomplish this task. Some woodworkers tackle this with a belt sander or random orbital sander, which can…

  • Breadboard Ends

    How to Glue Breadboard Ends

    Breadboard ends are attractive, and functional. They cover the end grain of a panel and, because they’re applied long grain to cross grain, they help the panel remain flat. However, the long grain to cross grain connection can create a problem, if the ends aren’t properly applied. Seasonal changes Even after a tree has been…

  • Curved Hall Table

    If your to-do list includes building a hall table, and you are looking for a simple way to “get out of the box” by adding some simple curves to a furniture project, this project just might be for you. Our curved hall table plans will give you everything you need including step-by-step instructions, a how-to…

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  • How to Make a Three Legged Stool: Accurate Legs | WWGOA

    Make a Three Legged Stool: Create Circles for Accurate Legs

    Have you ever wondered how to make a three legged stool so that the leg spacing is perfectly even? As part of teaching you how to make a three legged stool, George shares a simple foolproof method for dividing a circle into three or six even increments, which gives you the fundamental skill needed for…

  • How to Cut Grooves in Wood for a Perfect Fit

    Perfect Grooves for Plywood with a Table Saw

    Not a huge surprise, but 1/4″ plywood isn’t really 1/4″ thick. It’s typically undersized. If you use a dado head or router bit to make a groove to receive the plywood, it’ll probably be too big. Learn how to cut grooves in wood to receive plywood with a perfect fit. One saw blade, two passes,…