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Goodbye “Audio-only” Feed

September 21, 20151 Comment

When I started Matt’s Basement Workshop in January 2006 audio-only podcasts were the norm, and for certain there weren’t any podcasts dedicated to woodworking (trust me, I searched high and low.) Eventually it was obvious there were a few short-comings to an audio-only woodworking podcast, so I dabbled a little in producing videos and the […]

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Two videos featuring Toshio Odate

September 19, 20150 Comments

Very early in the beginning of my woodworking experience I remember seeing Japanese woodworking tools and being in awe of their delicate appearing details and wondering what exactly made them so different from Western tools? The obvious characteristics stood out, especially when it came to saws, the pull stroke felt more natural and yielded what […]

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One Rabbeting Bit to rule them all?

September 8, 20152 Comments

When it comes to plowing out material for a rabbet joint I almost always do the job on my table saw using a stacked dado head cutter. Why? Not sure really, force of habit I’m guessing? Actually, it’s probably more to do with a greater sense of safety I have at the table saw than […]

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September 2, 20150 Comments

Another one of the most frequent questions I’ve received over the years, and one I see all of over social media is “Where can I get plans to build ___?” As someone who’s drawn, and built from his own plans I don’t find myself asking this question all that often, but I understand why others […]

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Griffon Ramsey – chainsaw carver extraordinaire

August 30, 20153 Comments

Even though my day job is based in science, I’m still in love with art in it’s various forms and dream of a day when I can dive headlong into pursuing it in one form or another. An obvious medium I’m drawn to is furniture, wooden furniture to be more specific. I have dabbled with […]

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Farewell Patreon, hello future?

August 20, 20150 Comments

For years I toyed with the idea of creating premium content, and back in October, 2014 I dipped my toes in the water by creating my Patreon Campaign. It’s been a lot of fun creating exclusive content that I know people enjoy and see the value in it (and hopefully are learning something too!) But […]

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Scars and Patina with Age versus Designed

August 17, 20151 Comment

The topic of distressing furniture is a frequent one in the Vanderlist Household, and judging by the number of emails asking about distressing techniques over the years I’d say it’s a hot topic in other woodworkers’ homes too. I appreciate the beauty of an aged piece of furniture. The scars from years of wear and […]

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Momentary hiccup coming soon

August 13, 20152 Comments

In January 2016 I’ll have been podcasting in one form or another for 10 years. Ordinarily this is where I insert some sort of self-defeating comment like “I’m sorry,” but I’m not going to, because in reality I’m rather proud of it! But this isn’t an anniversary post. Instead, it’s a heads up to anyone […]

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The Latest from Hendrik Varju

August 8, 20150 Comments

Have you been wondering what Hendrik Varju of Passion for Wood has been up to recently? Well wonder no more! Hendrik recently released two new titles to his popular “Private Woodworking Instruction in a Box” series: Handcut Dovetails “The DVD starts by reviewing some of the equipment you will need to cut dovetails by hand, […]

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Mallory’s tool tips on Miter Saws

July 25, 20150 Comments

One reason I haven’t been posting a lot of content this month is due to a recent project I’ve been working on for a client (friend/boss.) It was a big project, and I still have one more piece to build, which I plan to share more about soon. Because of the overall size of the […]

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