WoodWorkers Guild of America https://www.wwgoa.com Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:40:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 WWGOA LIVE! February 2017 https://www.wwgoa.com/article/wwgoa-live-february-2017/ https://www.wwgoa.com/article/wwgoa-live-february-2017/#comments Wed, 01 Feb 2017 19:59:25 +0000 https://www.wwgoa.com/?p=837706 One of our best WWGOA Live shows ever. There were a lot of great questions, thanks to our wonderful viewers. From finish for lathe work to choices for outdoor woods, we covered a lot of ground. Thanks to all who tuned in. 0:43 Turning finishes 3:05 Mortise a leg before or after a taper 3:40... Read more »

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One of our best WWGOA Live shows ever. There were a lot of great questions, thanks to our wonderful viewers. From finish for lathe work to choices for outdoor woods, we covered a lot of ground. Thanks to all who tuned in.

0:43 Turning finishes
3:05 Mortise a leg before or after a taper
3:40 Removing PSA sandpaper
5:40 Mitered corners and glue strength
8:25 Benchtop tool stand
12:08 Projects to advance woodworking skills
16:00 Second coat of stain didn’t come out well
17:47 Fastening rubber feet to a finished piece
20:36 Bandsaw or scrollsaw
24:03 Ridges on dado bottom
27:16 George’s necklace
30:13 Gluing stained wood
31:02 Woods for outdoor use
32:30 Brushless drivers
33:47 Good projects for using up redwood
34:10 Fret work in thin stock
36:20 Router and router table advice
38:40 Blade for resawing
40:10 Classes at Vondriska Woodworks
42:10 Long bow class
42:55 Inline sander for flattening?
44:32 Angle gauge for grinding chisels
46:00 Good material for cutting boards
47:00 Are parallel jaw clamps worth it?
49:55 Gluing veneer to sheet metal
52:45 Storing lumber
53:30 Dust collection on miter saws
54:54 Recommendation for sliding miter saw
56:39 Starter pins on router tables
1:01:30 George’s upcoming on the road schedule

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WWGOA LIVE! January 2017 https://www.wwgoa.com/article/wwgoa-live-january-2017/ https://www.wwgoa.com/article/wwgoa-live-january-2017/#comments Tue, 03 Jan 2017 22:20:16 +0000 https://www.wwgoa.com/?p=812881 We had one little technical glitch, but overall the WWGOA Live went great. Thanks to those who joined us. Here’s what we covered. 0:45 Aspen cupped when sealed with water based finish 4:15 How smooth should tenons be? 7:13 Quartersawn four sides 13:46 Bandsaw box blanks 16:20 Reducing hose size on a shop vacuum 19:15... Read more »

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We had one little technical glitch, but overall the WWGOA Live went great. Thanks to those who joined us. Here’s what we covered.

0:45 Aspen cupped when sealed with water based finish
4:15 How smooth should tenons be?
7:13 Quartersawn four sides
13:46 Bandsaw box blanks
16:20 Reducing hose size on a shop vacuum
19:15 Acrylic finish over tung oil?
20:35 Securing wood on a lathe
25:20 Paddle bits, forstner bits, holes saws
27:56 Internet outage Oops!
30:06 Social media platforms for WWGOA and George Vondriska
32:00 Bandsaw blade tension
35:52 Bandsaw upgrade. 14” and riser, or larger saw?
38:00 Guitar George built Kit company U.S. Guitar Kits http://usguitarkits.com/
40:10 Working with cottonwood
41:53 Finding glue residue before finishing
45:45 Answering Live questions
47:51 Dust collection pipe recommendations
55:34 6” jointer… Good choice?
58:44 Belt sander buying advice
60:00 George’s upcoming teaching schedule

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WoodWorkers Guild of America – Delta Power Equipment Sweepstakes
Official Rules


NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

1. Sweepstakes Entry Period/Sponsor: The WoodWorkers Guild of America – Delta Power Equipment Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) begins at 12:00:01 AM Central Time (“CT”) on 12/28/16 and ends at 11:59:59 PM CT on 1/11/17 (the “Sweepstakes Entry Period”). Sponsor: TN Marketing LLC (“Sponsor”), 1903 Wayzata Boulevard East, Wayzata, MN 55391. Sweepstakes is governed by U.S. law. Void where prohibited by law.

2. Eligibility: The Sweepstakes is open to individuals who are: legal residents of the 50 United States or District of Columbia age 21 or older. Employees of Sponsor, Delta Power Equipment Corporation, and their respective affiliated companies and its advertising and promotion agencies and anyone involved with the Sweepstakes (collectively, “Sweepstakes Entities”), and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each are not eligible to enter or win.

3. How to enter: To be eligible for the Sweepstakes, all entries must be received during the Sweepstakes Entry Period. To enter go to the WoodWorkers Guild of America – Delta Power Equipment Sweepstakes entry form page (http://go.wwgoa.com/b6757/) fill out the entry form, and submit. Only one (1) entry per person/email address during the Sweepstakes Entry Period; entries with duplicate email addresses or multiple entries using different email addresses for a single individual will be disqualified. All entries and requests become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. Entry materials/data that have been tampered with or altered, or mass entries or entries generated by a script, macro or use of automated devices are void. In the event of a dispute over the identity of an online entrant, entry will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider, or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.

4 Prize: Delta 36-6020 Portable Table Saw with Stand (Value: $349.00). Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received during the Sweepstakes Entry Period. Winner is responsible for all local, state and federal taxes and fees, if any. No substitution permitted or cash equivalent, except in the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Prize will be awarded to the individual who submitted an Entry and is non-transferrable. If the prize value awarded is $600 or over an IRS form 1099 will be filed in the name of the winner as required by law.

5. Selection of Winner: The winner will be determined in a random drawing from all eligible entries received on or about 1/12/17. Sponsor’s decisions are final and binding in all matters relating to this Sweepstakes.

6. Winner Notification: The potential winner will be notified via the email they provided at entry. The potential winner will be required to execute an affidavit of eligibility and release (“Release”) within 7 days of the date on the Release to be eligible to be awarded the prize. If a potential prize winner does not respond to the winner notification email (email will be sent 3 times over a 5 day period), or if said email is returned as undeliverable, or if the potential prize winner does not return the completed and executed Release within 7 days, or if an entrant is otherwise found to be ineligible, does not provide required information, or if the selected winner cannot accept or receive the prize for any reason, the potential prize winner will forfeit the prize and an alternate winner will be selected from among the remaining eligible entries. The Sponsor reserves the right to modify the notification procedures in connection with the selection of an alternate winner. All decisions and results of Sponsor are final and binding. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use each winner’s name, prize won, town where winner is located and likeness for promotional purposes without further compensation. Delta Power Equipment Corporate will be sending winner the prize to the address provided on the Release.

7. General: Entrants agree to these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, and on their behalf, and on behalf of their respective heirs, executors, administrators, legal representatives, successors and assigns (“Releasing Parties”), release, defend and hold harmless the Sweepstakes Entities, as well as the respective employees, officers, directors and agents of each (“Released Parties”), from any and all actions, causes of action, suits, indirect or direct damages, including consequential damages, incidental damages, punitive or exemplary damages, judgments, claims and demands whatsoever, in law or equity, whether known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen, against Released Parties which any one or more of the Releasing Parties ever had, now have or hereafter can, shall or may have which in any way arise out of or result from entrant’s participation, acceptance and use or misuse of any prize. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the Sweepstakes or in the announcement of any prize. The Winners acknowledge that the Sponsor and all other businesses concerned with this Sweepstakes and their agents do not make, nor are in any manner responsible for any warranty or representations, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relative to the quality, conditions, fitness or merchantability of any aspect of the prize except that such prize shall be subject to manufacturer’s standard warranty. Sponsor will not be liable if Sponsor is prevented from continuing with the Sweepstakes as contemplated herein by any event beyond its control, including but not limited to fire, flood, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, satellite or equipment failure, riot or civil disturbance, terrorist threat or activity, war (declared or undeclared) or any federal, state, or local government law, order, or regulation, or order of any court or other cause not within Sponsor’s control. Entrants assume all liability for any injury, including death or damage caused or claimed to be caused, by participation in this Sweepstakes or use or redemption of any prize. Entry materials/data that have been tampered with or altered, or mass entries or entries generated by a script, macro or use of automated devices are void. The Sponsor is not responsible for: (i) lost, late, misdirected, illegible entries; (ii) error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate transmission of or failure to receive entry information by Sponsor on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site or any combination thereof; (iii) any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in the Sweepstakes, or (iv) the failure of any third party to comply with the instructions and proper administration of this Sweepstakes. Sponsor reserves the right to permanently disqualify from any sweepstakes it sponsors any person it believes has intentionally violated these Official Rules; and terminate the Sweepstakes if it becomes technically corrupted (including if a computer virus or system malfunction inalterably impairs its ability to conduct the Sweepstakes), or to select winners from among all eligible entries received prior to termination. This Sweepstakes shall be governed by and interpreted under the laws of the State of New York, U.S.A. without regard to its conflicts of laws rules which could cause the application of the laws of any other jurisdiction. Any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with this Sweepstakes, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action. ANY CLAIMS, JUDGMENTS AND/OR AWARDS SHALL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH ENTERING THIS SWEEPSTAKES. ENTRANT HEREBY WAIVES ANY RIGHTS OR CLAIMS TO ATTORNEY’S FEES, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ENTRANT, WHETHER FORESEEABLE OR NOT AND WHETHER BASED ON NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE. ANY ATTEMPT BY AN INDIVIDUAL, WHETHER OR NOT AN ENTRANT, TO DELIBERATELY INTERFERE WITH THE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES, IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL & CIVIL LAWS AND SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND DILIGENTLY PURSUE ALL REMEDIES AGAINST ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. SPONSOR’S FAILURE TO ENFORCE ANY TERM OF THESE RULES SHALL NOT CONSTITUTE A WAIVER OF THAT PROVISION.

8. Winners Name: For the name of the winner (available 30 days after the Sweepstakes ends) send a self-addressed envelope no later than 90 days after the Sweepstakes ends to WoodWorkers Guild of America – Delta Power Equipment Sweepstakes c/o TN Marketing LLC., 1903 Wayzata Boulevard East, Wayzata, MN 55391.

9. Privacy: By entering, you agree that Sponsor may collect, use and share your information pursuant to its privacy policy found at http://www.tnmpolicies.com/terms/.

This Sweepstakes is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, nor is Facebook, Instagram or Twitter associated with the Sweepstakes in any way. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the Sweepstakes must be directed to Sponsor and not to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Facebook is a trademark of Facebook, Inc. Instagram is a trademark of Instagram, Inc. Twitter is a trademark of Twitter, Inc.

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In the Shop: Loom Sketches https://www.wwgoa.com/article/shop-loom-sketches/ https://www.wwgoa.com/article/shop-loom-sketches/#respond Mon, 19 Dec 2016 21:41:34 +0000 https://www.wwgoa.com/?p=797525 Every once in a while we like to check in on the WWGOA editors to see what they’re up to in the shop. Here’s your chance to get to know the faces and personalities behind WWGOA and take a peek into their own worlds.

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Every once in a while we like to check in on the WWGOA editors to see what they’re up to in the shop. Here’s your chance to get to know the faces and personalities behind WWGOA and take a peek into their own worlds.


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I get a few commissions – the latest is from my wife’s surface design guild, SD8. They have an exhibition coming up in January and asked for a couple displays. One is a collection of simple display stands for 3D works. The other is a “loom”.

Here is the sketch they provided – I’ve made some mental upgrades – the most significant is using a trestle-style base instead of the box. I’ll also replace the solid wood vertical columns with lighter-weight columns from the WWGOA video on face grain columns. You can learn more about SD8 at their Facebook page.

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9 Last-Minute Woodworking Gift Ideas https://www.wwgoa.com/article/9-last-minute-woodworking-gift-ideas/ https://www.wwgoa.com/article/9-last-minute-woodworking-gift-ideas/#comments Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:05:55 +0000 https://www.wwgoa.com/?p=785167 If you’re in need of a last minute gift idea, then put your woodworking talents to use and handcraft something valuable. For inspiration, we have compiled a collection of nine woodworking projects perfect for gifting when you don’t have a lot of time. These step-by-step demonstrations provide all the information you need to whip up... Read more »

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No-Miter Picture Frame

This picture frame may be easy to make, but that doesn’t mean it will look easy. This tutorial demonstrates one the easiest ways to make a wood picture frame without the need for cutting miters. Once you’ve gathered your supplies, you’ll be able to make multiple frames in an instant. Print off some photos of family and friends to gift and display them in this custom handcrafted wood frame.

Find the project here: Post-Haste Project: No-Miter Picture Frame


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Box with Barrel Sides

This small wooden box makes a perfect gift for storing keepsakes, jewelry, or other small trinkets. It looks complex with its barrel sides, but follow along with the steps in this tutorial and you’ll be able to easily build this charming little box. This is a two-part video, so be sure to catch both parts to get all of the instruction.

Find the project here:


Building a Box with Barrel Sides: Part 1

Building a Box with Barrel Sides: Part 2


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Upcycled Wood Boxes

Using salvaged wood in projects has become increasingly popular. This upcycled wood box is a great way to give old wood a new life. Using salvaged wood can be fun to work with, but it may be beneficial to do some research on working with reclaimed wood before you start. Give it a try and surprise someone with this upcycled rustic box.

Find the project here: Cool Upcycle Wood Boxes Using Salvaged Wood


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Kitchen Tongs

Kitchen utensils are practical gifts for the home. One simple woodworking project in that category is a pair of kitchen tongs. Learn about the planning and building process for making a pair in this tutorial. Gift these kitchen tongs and if you’re lucky, maybe they will invite you over for dinner.

Find the project here: Simple Woodworking Projects: Kitchen Tongs


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Handcrafted Wood Pens

Crafting a handmade pen is one of the more challenging projects to take on, but makes for an impressive gift. This tutorial takes you through the basics of woodturning and pen-making. Watch for tips and tricks to master the skill.

Find the project here: Pen Turning Basics


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Balancing Wine Bottle Holder

In three easy steps, you can craft a mystifying wine bottle holder to give as a gift. This particular bottle holder is called the Houdini because it’s self-balancing and appears as if it’s floating. You can sand the board and add finish to spruce up this project.

Find the project here: Wooden Houdini Wine Bottle Holder


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Personalized Jigsaw Puzzle

Personalized photo gifts are always a big hit. Learn how to transform a meaningful photograph into a wood jigsaw puzzle in this tutorial. You’ll learn which blade you should use depending on the thickness of your material and techniques for cutting out the pieces.

Find the project here: Make a Picture Into a Wood Jigsaw Puzzle


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Wood Travel Mug

Learn the basics of stave construction and apply your skills on the lathe while making this wooden travel mug. This project calls for a high quality metal insert to contain the liquid, which you can find in most woodworking stores or online retailers. This popular travel mug project is not only beautiful but durable as well, and makes for a great gift idea for anyone on your list.

Find the project here: Custom Wood Travel Mug Using Stave Construction


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End-Grain Cutting Board

Learn how to build a long-lasting end-grain cutting board in this tutorial. This cutting board is not only practical, but also pleasing to the eye. Gift this to someone and they’ll want to display it in their kitchen as a beautiful focal point.

Find the project here: End Grain Cutting Board Plans


Handcrafting a gift with your own two hands can be an incredibly rewarding experience, especially when you can complete them in no time at all!

If you’re looking for even more great gift ideas, you can download the 10 Quick and Easy Woodworking Gift Ideas project guide. Get your copy here.


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WWGOA LIVE! December 2016 https://www.wwgoa.com/article/wwgoa-live-december-2016/ https://www.wwgoa.com/article/wwgoa-live-december-2016/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:10:53 +0000 https://www.wwgoa.com/?p=784489 Winter has taken hold in the north, making it a great time to be in the shop. But when isn’t it great to be in the shop? Enjoy our December Live, and have a great holiday season. 0:20 Welcome to WWGOA Live 0:35 The guitar George is making 3:15 Air drying vs kiln drying. Advantages/disadvantages... Read more »

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Winter has taken hold in the north, making it a great time to be in the shop. But when isn’t it great to be in the shop? Enjoy our December Live, and have a great holiday season.

0:20 Welcome to WWGOA Live
0:35 The guitar George is making
3:15 Air drying vs kiln drying. Advantages/disadvantages
6:15 Top coating over Mylands Friction Polish
8:10 Perfect 45 degree cuts on the table saw
16:13 Forcing boards straight in a glue up
17:10 Router lift in a router table
21:18 Drywall screws vs wood screws
27:23 Christmas joke
28:40 Flattening boards on a planer
31:41 Using up wood scraps
33:50 Polyurethane and construction adhesive as outdoor glues
36:55 Router bit coming loose?
39:10 Jointing; getting a wedge shape
44:32 Dadoes on a shared wall
47:45 Stave construction
49:36 Tear out on routing
51:22 Lathe buying advice
53:45 Spar varnish, lacquer over shellac?
55:28 Two-part epoxy finish
56:45 Tear out on finger joints
57:40 Making secret compartments
58:56 Dust collection pipe sizes
1:00:02 George’s holiday greeting

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Meet the Woodworker: Charlie Kocourek https://www.wwgoa.com/article/meet-woodworker-charlie-kocourek/ https://www.wwgoa.com/article/meet-woodworker-charlie-kocourek/#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:27:16 +0000 https://www.wwgoa.com/?p=778146 Meet Charlie Kocourek, winner of the “Best Furniture Making Blog” and “Best Cabinet Making Blog” categories in the 2016 WWGOA Blogger Awards! This October, WWGOA hosted a competition dedicated entirely to all those talented woodworkers out there who share their work with the blogosphere. We asked you to nominate and vote for your favorite bloggers,... Read more »

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Meet Charlie Kocourek, winner of the “Best Furniture Making Blog” and “Best Cabinet Making Blog” categories in the 2016 WWGOA Blogger Awards! This October, WWGOA hosted a competition dedicated entirely to all those talented woodworkers out there who share their work with the blogosphere. We asked you to nominate and vote for your favorite bloggers, and now we’re thrilled to be able to announce the winners!

Charlie runs the Jack Bench Woodworking website and blog. The site gets its name from Charlie’s famous Jack Bench, a versatile and customizable workbench he’s designed for all types of woodworkers. In addition to his own website and blog, Charlie has also made an appearance on WWGOA. He has a great tutorial for flattening wood slabs with a router, which you can watch here.

We asked Charlie to share a little about himself, his blog, and his work so the WWGOA community can learn more about this talented woodworker. Read on.

Q: When did you first begin woodworking?

Charlie Kocourek: My first exposure to woodworking was working alongside my father on home improvement projects. 

Q: Who taught you how to woodwork?

I gained confidence and familiarity with the equipment from my early experiences in junior high shop class and working with my father. Later I learned a lot about woodworking through my involvement with the Minnesota Woodworkers Guild. I have also been fortunate to be able study with some very high end woodworkers; Tom Caspar, Tom Schrunk, Mark Laub, Fred Cogelow, and Michael Fortune are a few that come to mind. In addition, I look for inspiration through books and magazines. Today, I look more and more toward online resources like YouTube and the WWGOA. 

Q: What was your first project?

My first real woodworking project was a trestle style coffee table that I made in 7th grade shop class. I really enjoyed making that table and I was especially encouraged when I won an award for it. That really made an impact on me.

Q: What is your favorite type of project to make in the shop?

I enjoy working on things that are precise and decorative, like veneering and carving.

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Q: What is your shop like?

I have a 400 square foot space in the basement of my home. It has two 220v circuits, two 20 amp 110v circuits, and a 9 foot ceiling. I managed to fit all the major power tools into that space: an industrial table saw, a 16” bandsaw, drum sander, two planers, a 6” jointer, router table, drill press, and a lathe. I have a dust collector that is hard piped to each of these. I also have an assortment of hand planes, routers, drills, chisels, and carving tools. One thing I especially like about my shop is that it has a sink!

(You can see a video tour of Charlie’s shop here.)

Q: What are you currently working on?

Currently, I am working on a table with a 4-way book matched walnut burl top. 

Q: What project have you been most proud of? I am proud of most of my projects, but I would have to say that the Adjustable Height Workbench (the famous “Jack Bench”) that I designed and built a few years ago is the one that I am most proud of.

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Q: What woodworking tool could you not live without, and why?

If I had to choose just one tool then it would be a bandsaw because it is so versatile. I can make straight cuts, curved cuts, angled cuts, and resaw with just that one machine. 

Q: What’s your favorite species of wood to work with, and why?

My favorite woods are the ones with red tones like mahogany and bubinga. Mahogany is easier to work with, but I think bubinga is more beautiful so I would have to say that bubinga is my favorite.

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Q: What’s your favorite thing about woodworking?

I enjoy making furniture and I get lost in all aspects of woodworking. Designing and problem solving are my favorite parts of the process.

Q: What would you say to someone who is just beginning woodworking?

I would offer three things to anyone just starting out:

  • Just do it. Get out in the shop and start making stuff and don’t wait for the perfect set of tools. You can do amazing work with limited tools.
  • Find a community. Whether it is WWGOA, a local guild or club, or a Facebook group. Woodworking is generally a solitary endeavor and it really helps to have some kind of community to rely on.
  • Learn all you can and try to stretch your abilities. As you learn more about woodworking your work not only gets better, but it also gets more interesting.

Learn more about the other WWGOA Blogger Award winners here:

“Best Plans and Projects” Blog – Steve Good


“Best Hand Tool Work” Blog – Paul Sellers

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Meet the Woodworker: Paul Sellers https://www.wwgoa.com/article/meet-the-woodworker-paul-sellers/ https://www.wwgoa.com/article/meet-the-woodworker-paul-sellers/#comments Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:00:10 +0000 https://www.wwgoa.com/?p=777432 Q: What is your shop like? It’s simple enough. As 95% of my work is with hand tools the whole process is simplified. Though I have many hand tools I rely on only two or three dozen in the everyday of my work. Q: What are you currently working on? I am making a cherry... Read more »

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Meet Paul Sellers, winner of the “Best Hand Tool Blog” category in the 2016 WWGOA Blogger Awards! This October, WWGOA hosted a competition dedicated entirely to all those talented woodworkers out there who share their work with the blogosphere. We asked you to nominate and vote for your favorite bloggers, and now we’re thrilled to be able to announce the winners!

Paul has been woodworking every day for 49 years, and has spent much of his time teaching. Originally from the UK, where he apprenticed, Paul has also lived in Texas for a number of years. It was there he taught his first woodworking class, and he’s been dedicated to educating other woodworkers ever since. Find more of Paul’s work on his website and blog, PaulSellers.com.

We asked Paul to share a little about himself, his blog, and his work so the WWGOA community can learn more about this talented woodworker. Read on.

Q: When did you first begin woodworking?

Paul Sellers: I began woodworking in school in 1963. That’s where I developed my first projects. From there I knew I wanted to be a woodworker when I left school, and at 15 I started my apprenticeship.

Q: Who taught you how to woodwork?

After school I apprenticed a man named George Mycock, a master joiner.

Q: What was your first project?

After learning the basic joints I made a wall-hung shelf in mahogany.

Q: What is your favorite type of project to make in the shop?

I don’t really have one. The projects are more the vehicle for me to be creative so it is always the process I love rather than the project. That said, I have enjoyed everything I ever made from the simplest to the most complex. My favorite project of all though was making a cello for and with my son Joseph.

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Q: What is your shop like?

It’s simple enough. As 95% of my work is with hand tools the whole process is simplified. Though I have many hand tools I rely on only two or three dozen in the everyday of my work.

Q: What are you currently working on?

I am making a cherry dresser with three drawers. All of my work will be hand work only.

Q: What project have you been most proud of?

I designed two credenzas for the Cabinet Room of the White House in 2008-2009. I felt very proud of them.

  Q: What woodworking tool could you not live without, and why?

This is always a tough one because all tools do different tasks so your favorite one will usually be the one you rely on in the task. But my son Joseph made me a spokeshave once from bronze and I would hate to lose it. Then on the other hand I have a Stanley 4½ I bought as an apprentice and still have that after over 50 years later, so that too is one I would hate to lose.

Q: What’s your favorite species of wood to work with, and why?

Mesquite will always be my favorite because I have harvested so much of it, and it is a phenomenal wood in so many ways. It has stunning character, beautiful rich grain and is probably the most stable wood in the world in that once dried and seasoned it seems never to distort. It also reminds me of over two decades working with it in Texas. They are some of my fondest recollections in woodworking.

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Q: What’s your favorite thing about woodworking?

The reality that I can only make something from wood but I cannot make the tree. This limitation humbles me.

Q: What would you say to someone who is just beginning woodworking?

Choose lifestyle woodworking as I did. A way of life that revolves around this being your calling in life rather than some kind of money spinner. Ignore those who say you can’t make your living from it and be prepared to work twice as long to make it all happen. Don’t let anything get in your way and just live for the day.

Learn more about the other WWGOA Blogger Award winners here:

“Best Plans and Projects” Blog – Steve Good

“Best Cabinet Making” & “Best Furniture Making” Blogs – Charlie Kocourek

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Meet the Woodworker: Steve Good https://www.wwgoa.com/article/meet-the-woodworker-steve-good/ https://www.wwgoa.com/article/meet-the-woodworker-steve-good/#comments Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:47:06 +0000 https://www.wwgoa.com/?p=777413 Meet Steve Good, winner of the “Best Plans & Projects Blog” category in the 2016 WWGOA Blogger Awards! This October, WWGOA hosted a competition dedicated entirely to all those talented woodworkers out there who share their work with the blogosphere. We asked you to nominate and vote for your favorite bloggers, and now we’re thrilled... Read more »

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Meet Steve Good, winner of the “Best Plans & Projects Blog” category in the 2016 WWGOA Blogger Awards! This October, WWGOA hosted a competition dedicated entirely to all those talented woodworkers out there who share their work with the blogosphere. We asked you to nominate and vote for your favorite bloggers, and now we’re thrilled to be able to announce the winners!

Steve’s blog, Scrollsaw Workshop, is dedicated to using… surprise! The scroll saw! He’s made a vast amount of patterns and projects since he started blogging in 2007, and continues to provide the online woodworking community with quality scroll saw information and education.

We asked Steve to share a little about himself, his blog, and his work so the WWGOA community can learn more about this talented woodworker. Read on.

Q: When did you first begin woodworking?

Steve Good: I am 58 years old. Like so many of my generation I watched Norm Abram on the New Yankee Workshop. I drooled over the power tools he used to create those fantastic projects. It amazed me he could build a Queen Anne Highboy in 30 minutes. In the mid-1980s I started to buy what tools I could afford. That was the beginning of a hobby that would last a lifetime.

Q: Who taught you how to woodwork?

With the help of Norm and other TV personalities like Roy Underhill and Scott Phillips, I slowly started to understand how little I knew. I bought books and sought the help of friends to advance my skill. This was before the internet. We had to actually leave the house and go to a bookstore, library, or local woodworking group to feed our desire to learn. I guess you would say I am self-taught but the reality is I am still just starting to learn.

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Q: What was your first project?

The memory of my first project is lost in the cobwebs of time. More importantly to me is the first project I made for my blog. On May 1, 2007 I posted my first project/pattern online. It was an all wooden decorative handsaw with a patriotic scrolled theme. That first post started something that would change my life forever. I never imagined at the time that nine years later I would have produced thousands of patterns with tens of millions of downloads. I get to converse with people all over the world and have a blast every day.

Q: What is your favorite type of project to make in the shop?

Obviously the answer to that question is scroll saw projects. I spend more time in front of the computers designing patterns than I do in the workshop but I still love making saw dust. Other than designing and making scroll saw projects it’s always rewarding to make a toy box for a child in the family. I have made wedding gift boxes and other personal family and friend projects that I enjoy.

Q: What is your shop like?

A mess right now! I have full use of a two-car garage, and it is wall to wall tools. Because I am primarily a scroll saw pattern designer my shop is geared toward that work. My scroll saws are the Excalibur EX21, Jet JWSS-22, DeWalt DW788 type 1, and a DeWalt DW788 type 2. The rest of my tools are all geared toward taking rough lumber and turning it into scroll saw ready boards, with the exception of my CNC machine. It is a fairly complete workshop with table saw, 14″ band saw, 6″ jointer, 12″ planer, floor model drill press, and router table.

I also have a full assortment of sanding machines. I enjoy all the tools in my shop but they all have to take a back seat to my collection of computers. For a blogger and content producer these machines are my connection to my online presence. I sit in front of six 24-inch monitors attached to three high end computers. All the computers are network connected with one keyboard and mouse. This setup allows me to edit video, write a blog post, and design a pattern all at the same time without having to wait. The more content you produce, the more hours it takes. Having the computer resources available to multitask those jobs is critical.

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Q: What are you currently working on?

I am currently in the holiday season. The last three months of the year are everything in my niche. Many of my daily patterns are holiday themed. I also design a set of custom name Christmas ornaments every year. I take orders for those and customize the pattern with customer’s names. They are a huge hit every year and take up quite a bit of my time.

Q: What project have you been most proud of?

That is a very difficult question! I have designed and built thousands of projects. Some are more successful than others. I recently designed and cut a pattern of the Statue of Liberty, which is a current favorite. I also design and sell two books of Wooden Vases built with the scroll saw. Both of these eBooks are self-published and have done extremely well. I am proud of that project and the many hours I spent making it successful.

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Q: What woodworking tool could you not live without, and why?

For me that’s an easy question. It’s the computer. Without my ability to be very prolific with my designs my blog would not exist. I produce a new project almost every day. I can and have designed patterns by hand with pencil and paper, but trust me when I say it is way easier with a computer! My workflow is designed at every step to be quick but not rushed. Almost all the time spent on a new pattern is in the concept stage. Once I have the idea I can design the pattern in 30 minutes to 3 hours.

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Q: What’s your favorite species of wood to work with, and why?

I have used many different species of domestic and exotic woods. I guess if I had to pick a favorite it would be walnut. I also like to use soft maple as a contrast to walnut. They may not be the most sought after woods but they are easy to find, cut great, and look nice when finished. For scroll saw projects you need to pick woods a little differently than traditional woodworkers do. Most of the time we are not as concerned with the beautiful grain pattern, instead we look for color and contrast. If you buy a board with incredible grain then cut it all away with fret work you have not used that wood to its fullest. If I build a fretwork box with contrasting walnut and maple then that wood is shown in its best light for that project.

Q: What would you say to someone who is just beginning woodworking?

Wow, I could write several paragraphs on this subject. I promise I won’t. As bloggers we get email questions by the hundreds a week asking for help. I get way more email than I can answer so I tend to triage them. I always try to answer questions from people who are just getting started. That is simply the most rewarding part of being a blogger to me. It’s also the hardest because of time. One theme that runs through many of those questions is the fear of taking on a project they think to too difficult. If you want to get better you have to push yourself past your comfort level. Don’t be afraid to fail. Failure almost always teaches you something. Look at a perceived failed project as a question. What could I have done better? Study the parts that you think are not right. Make a plan to change those areas and try again. One nice thing about most scroll saw projects is they don’t require large amounts of expensive lumber. Starting over on a scroll saw project is usually not a financial disaster.

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Q: What’s your favorite thing about woodworking?

I am a maker at heart. I have a never ending desire to make something new. It is my passion. Wood is a building material; it just happens to be the most beautiful material there is. Wood is the most basic stuff on earth to make something from. Think about it. If you have a block of clay you can make a beautiful sculpture. If you have a slab of wood you can do the same. If you lay each side by side the block of clay looks drab and cold. The slab of wood looks beautiful with all its colors and grain on display. I just prefer to start with wood.

I want to thank the WoodWorkers Guild of America for sponsoring this Blogger Award. In my case it is especially important to see the scroll saw niche recognized. The scroll saw can be a very creative and rewarding machine. There are many scroll saws sitting in the corner of a workshop not being used to their fullest. I just want to challenge all the woodworkers out there to take a closer look at the potential of the machine.

Last I want to thank all the people out there who voted for my blog. All of the blogs are winners. It’s very nice that you took the time to vote for me. The bloggers in this contest put in endless hours to produce great content. I follow almost all of them. The few I did not follow I do now. I encourage everyone to bookmark all of these blogs.

Learn more about the other WWGOA Blogger Award winners here:

“Best Hand Tool Work” Blog – Paul Sellers

“Best Cabinet Making” & “Best Furniture Making” Blogs – Charlie Kocourek

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In the Shop: Biscuit Jiggery https://www.wwgoa.com/article/shop-biscuit-jiggery/ https://www.wwgoa.com/article/shop-biscuit-jiggery/#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2016 21:32:54 +0000 https://www.wwgoa.com/?p=773641 Every once in a while we like to check in on the WWGOA editors to see what they’re up to in the shop. Here’s your chance to get to know the faces and personalities behind WWGOA and take a peek into their own worlds. This month I’m making boxes. Lots of them. In my book,... Read more »

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Every once in a while we like to check in on the WWGOA editors to see what they’re up to in the shop. Here’s your chance to get to know the faces and personalities behind WWGOA and take a peek into their own worlds.

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This month I’m making boxes. Lots of them. In my book, doing the same task over and over means dusting off an old jig or building a new one. Jiggery time.

The corners of my boxes are mitered, and I’ll strengthen the joints with biscuits. Biscuits also prevent the joints from slipping when I use a band clamp to glue the pieces together.

This jig makes cutting biscuit slots a breeze. It’s sloped at 45 degrees, so the mitered edge of the workpiece sits at 90 degrees to the plate joiner.

The jig is made from MDF, glued and screwed together. A wood strip along the front edge automatically aligns the workpiece.

I’ll be using #20 biscuits, which require a pretty deep slot. To cut that deep into 3/4″ stock, I have to locate the slot near the inside edge of the miter. Placing a piece of plywood under the plate joiner positions the slot in just the right place.

What are you working on this month?

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