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  • Make Curly Maple POP

    Have you ever seen a piece of curly maple with a flat surface that looked like it was actually sculpted and contoured? This curly maple finish effect is caused by the way that light interacts with the different grain patterns in the curly material, and many woodworkers agree that is one of the most spectacular…

  • Shou Sugi Ban: Using Fire to Preserve Wood

    Have you ever built an outdoor project and wondered what your options were for protecting it against the elements? To keep outdoor pieces looking their best, it’s important to finish them in a way that will prevent deterioration that can often occur through prolonged exposure to moisture. There is a wide variety of commercial product…

  • Easily Transfer Pics to Wood

    Wouldn’t it be nice if you could run a nice chunk of wood through your ink jet printer to lay down a color image onto your project? Of course it would, but most of us have enough problems with our home technology as it is without trying a stunt like that. Fortunately, there is a…

  • Hand Chamfering Wood Drawer Pulls

    Chamfering wood with a hand plane is a great way to coax the wood into a more interesting shape, removing the harsh crisp edges that have been left behind by cutting tools. The chamfer creates a more inviting texture on the wood, and also brings out visually pleasing variations in how light reflects off the…

  • Installing Drawer Fronts

    We’ve all seen it: a stack of drawer fronts that are installed with uneven spacing, or perhaps with an annoying tilt. It’s disturbing, and once you see it, that’s all you will see every time you look at that cabinet. You can build the world’s great cabinet carcase, cut perfectly fitting dovetails on your drawers,…

  • George’s Upgrade to LED Lights

    The lighting in George’s shop was due for a change; an upgrade to LED lights. This video isn’t meant to be a comprehensive how-to. It’s more of a 100,000’ view of the decisions George made about his new LED workshop lights. Looking at upgrading George’s shop has 8’ fixtures that take two T12 bulbs, and…

  • Locating Drawer Slides in a Case

    We’ve all been there. You’ve built a beautiful set of drawers and it’s time to install them into the case using drawer slide hardware. How do you know where to put them so that the spacing is even between each drawer as well as the top and bottom of the case opening? You know that…

  • How to Repair a Cracked Bowl by Stapling

    If you turn enough bowls, you are bound to have one crack on you as it dries. What should you do when you have a cracked bowl? Some people might throw away the bowl, but I say that’s crazy talk! Think of the cracked bowl as the starting point for a new art project. There…

  • Antiquing Hardware

    Have you ever built a project where you wanted to use hardware that has the patina of a 100-year-old piece? You can use shiny brand-new hardware on a project like that, but it might stick out like a sore thumb, and nothing screams “rookie woodworker” like using hardware on a woodworking project that doesn’t align…

  • Drilling Angled Holes

    If you build a project that requires angled legs, such as a bench, stool, or similar, you will have to come up with a method for drilling angled holes to receive the angled legs. While it might be tempting to just “eyeball it” I wouldn’t recommend that approach because it is difficult to establish accuracy…