Understanding Wood

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  • 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…

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Hardwood and Sheet Stock

    A common woodworking question is, “Where should I buy my material?” This is a great question. Home centers are not always the answer. Hardwood suppliers are often a better source for material for your woodworking projects. The difference Once you start shopping for and using hardwood suppliers instead of home centers for your project material,…

  • Cool Upcycled Wood Boxes Using Salvaged Wood

    Contributing Editor A.J. Moses makes a business out of using salvaged wood. In fact, he calls his company Castaway Woodworks because so much of the material he uses has, literally, been cast away by someone else. He takes a lot of pride in giving those materials new life. Working with reclaimed wood Using salvaged wood…

  • Q&A with Roger Break

    Roger Break recently stopped in during one of our video shoots. It was very interesting to talk to him about his woodworking. He’s got a typical garage shop, and lots of his woodworking entails working with pallet wood. Knowing that a lot of people are interested in including pallets in their woodworking projects, we took…

  • What is reclaimed wood?

    Working With Reclaimed Wood

    Upcycling is all the rage today, and you may have wondered, “What is reclaimed wood?” Reclaimed wood has lots of features that make it worth bringing into your shop; its history, the wood’s character, and availability of species you may not be able to get otherwise. This instructional video from WoodWorkers Guild of America explains…

  • Hiding Pocket Holes with Pocket Hole Plugs

    Screw pockets are a great way to put projects together, but are unsightly. If the pocket holes on your project are going to show when it’s done, there’s a great (and easy) way to hide them. All it takes is glue, dowels and some hand tools. You can even turn pocket holes into a decorative…

  • 5 Strategies for Choosing Reclaimed Wood

    Upcycling, or turning old materials into new projects, is all the rage these days. With the cost of lumber rising, it’s never been a better time to jump on the bandwagon. Multiple sources for reclaimed lumber exist, especially if you know where to look for them: recycling centers, Craigslist, the classifieds, the junkyard and friends.…

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  • Chemically Stabilizing Green Wood

    Chemically Stabilizing Green Wood

    There are advantages to working with green wood, but its tendency to crack as it dries is a definite down side. One solution for this is chemically treating the wood to stabilize the material. Related Videos: Time For Green Wood Turning Drying Wood In A Microwave

  • Drying Wood in a Microwave

    Drying Wood in a Microwave

    If you don’t have the patience to wait for your green wood bowl blanks to air dry, you can quickly dry them in a microwave. It takes some experimentation to get this right, and this video provides a jumping off point so you can try this procedure in your shop. Related Videos: Time For Green…

  • Time for Green Wood Turning

    Time for Green Wood Turning

    There are some distinct advantages to turning green wood instead of dry wood, especially for bowls. Although working with green wood can make the cutting process easier, there are some downsides you need to know about. Watch to see if green wood turning is right for you. Related Videos: Drying Wood In A Microwave Chemically…