• 15:47

    Build a Countertop

    It’s likely that every woodworker has had the idea, at one time or another, to build a countertop. Maybe it’s for a kitchen, or a shop fixture, but the idea of extending those woodworking skills by incorporating in some high quality laminate materials is appealing. While it might seem like it requires a completely different…

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  • 4:08

    Homemade Wood Finish

    George has developed a homemade wood finish that he has been using for decades. His homemade wood finish puts a great layer of protection along with warm, lustrous glow onto his turned pieces. He uses this homemade wood finish for bowls as well as spindle projects, and has had great success with this approach. The…

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  • 6:28

    Read the Log Before Milling

    Milling a log into lumber isn’t as simple as just throwing it on a sawmill and making cuts. Well, it can be, but if you go that route you may not get the best possible pieces out of the log. Reading the log means having a good look at it and positioning the log on…

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  • 3:44

    Cabinet Doors Without Striped Panels

    Have you ever seen a cabinet door that had an awful looking unfinished stripe on one or both sides of the door? Yuck! Striped panels appear because wood expands and contracts due to seasonal fluctuations in humidity. One important piece of knowledge that every woodworker has to have is that this seasonal movement is unavoidable,…

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  • 4:35

    Logs to Lumber with a Chainsaw

    Many woodworkers are intrigued by the idea of going from logs to lumber using a chainsaw. It can reduce or even eliminate your materials cost, as well as allow you to gain access to many species that are not commercially available. Going from logs to lumber requires you to put a bit of “sweat equity”…

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  • 9:48

    Huge Log, No Forklift, No Problem

    Good news: I have a sawmill. Bad news: I don’t have a forklift. The platform for the sawmill is about 36 inches above the ground. If I were using the sawmill all the time, I might invest in a forklift or a front end loader, but since I only use the Logosol mill every once…

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  • 6:05

    Air Drying Wood Slabs

    Logs are cut and converted to lumber while the log is still wet, commonly referred to as green, and the material needs to be dried before it can be used in your shop. Air drying wood slabs is a really low tech way to dry lumber. Prep Before stacking the green wood paint the end…

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  • 2:52

    Build a Wood Box Storage System

    Who doesn’t need some box storage in their shop? And who doesn’t feel like their shop could be better organized? We all seem to accumulate a bit of clutter at times, and sometimes we have to admit that we spend more time looking for things in our shop than actually building our projects. Here we…

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  • 5:57

    Turning an End-Bored Wood Handle

    Turning a wood handle for an ice cream scoop, bottle opener, or similar project is a great way to provide beauty to an otherwise mundane piece. For the most part, turning a handle is a basic spindle turning project, but how do you bore the hole? And what’s even trickier, is how do you finish…

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