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Plate 11 Bench Co. at Woodworking in America 2014

September 21, 20140 Comments

This year at Woodworking in America I had a chance to visit with Mark Hicks of Plate 11 Bench Co.. We talked before at a Lie-Nielsen Tool Event at Jeff Miller’s in Chicago so it was great to see him again. As part of my adventure with the folks at Highland Woodworking, we shot some […]

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Woodworking in America 2014 Here I come!

September 11, 20141 Comment

The wait is finally over! As this post is going live I’m close to boarding a plane heading to Woodworking in America 2014 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. A full weekend of nothing but full-immersion into woodworking goodness and overload with some of my closest friends from around the country, and even internationally (it’s just Canada, […]

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“Wood Durability Guide” infographics from Gate Expectations

September 9, 20144 Comments

Choosing the right wood for a project is probably one of the hardest things a woodworker has to do. Typically for myself, the process of elimination comes down to which color and grain pattern. But occasionally I need to consider durability, and that’s when I need a little help. Recently the folks over at Gate […]

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“Back to School Sale” at Shop Woodworking

September 8, 20140 Comments

When I was growing up, just about the only thing I liked about going back-to-school at the end of the summer was getting school supplies. A backpack full of new pencils, binders and paper was the signal of a new beginning. Of course by day two, the euphoria was over. Now that I’m older and […]

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This Built America presents “The Great Alaskan Bowl Company”

September 6, 20141 Comment

Everybody loves a success story, especially one that involves a boyhood dream and a relentless drive to turn moments of near-failure into that success. Thanks to shows like This Built America (a new multimedia platform from AOL) we have a chance to explore the companies and people re-imagining American manufacturing. In other words, the rebirth […]

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Woodworking in America 2014 is almost here!

September 5, 20140 Comments

As many of you know, I had originally announced I wouldn’t be in attendance this year at Woodworking in America. But thanks to the folks over at Highland Woodworking I will now! I’m so excited to be going that I know it’ll be impossible to sleep over this last seven days until I’m off the […]

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New tool announcement coming soon…starting with Tormek

September 3, 20140 Comments

Frequently I receive press releases and updates from manufacturers about tools and services they’re rolling out. I’ve always wrestled with whether or not to say anything about them, but then I’ll hear from someone asking if I was aware of it and why I didn’t say something? So after giving it some thought, I figured […]

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Two NEW DVD titles from Hendrik Varju “Making Drawers” & “Making Frame and Panel Doors”

August 25, 20140 Comments

Have you been looking for great information and tutorials on the construction of furniture components such as drawers or frame and panel doors? Look no more! Well, actually DO TAKE A LOOK! Take a look at the two new DVD titles released recently from woodworking expert Hendrik Varju of Passion for Wood. Both titles are […]

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“Woodworking burn out” can happen!

August 23, 201412 Comments

Several times a year it’s inevitable I’ll get asked if I ever experience “woodworking burn out?” So let me state without a doubt “YES!” At some point we need to step back and do something different. It happens in all aspects of life, with a variety of activities, so it only makes sense it’s going […]

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