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Bandsaw blade tracking

July 22, 20140 Comments

My post the other day about my recent experience with case hardened wood and the bandsaw got me to thinking about my own tool’s setup. I know I get a little lazy sometimes when it comes to readjusting the settings for a new blade, but I’ve learned to overcome my urge to be slothy and […]

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A case for “case hardening”?

July 21, 20141 Comment

Over the weekend I was resawing with my bandsaw, for the project video I’ll release later this week. All was going well until I noticed the blade started to make an unusual sound. The wood felt as if it had gotten stuck, then ALL OF A SUDDEN…BAM!!! the blade came off the wheels and it […]

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Shop Woodworking’s “Hand Tool Builder’s Collection” value pack

July 18, 20140 Comments

All month long the folks at Shop Woodworking have a fantastic deal on a value pack filled with tons of great information for the hand tool user looking to further expand their knowledge of how to get the best results from their tools with the “Hand Tool Builder’s Collection”. According to the description, you’ll save […]

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The business of podcasting “The Beginning…again”

July 16, 20145 Comments

I’ve been podcasting in one form or another for over 8 years, and in that time I’ve seen plenty of shows (both woodworking related and otherwise) come and go. I always tell the story that Matt’s Basement Workshop started for one simple reason, because there was nothing in the podcast directories that focused on woodworking […]

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The Hand Tool School “Remodel” discount

July 14, 20142 Comments

July is typically not the time of year that you’re thinking about school, but then again semesters at Shannon Rogers’ Hand Tool School is not your typical learning environment. If you’re not familiar with The Hand Tool School this is a great opportunity to visit and maybe take advantage of this great offer: 30% off […]

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Just in time for summer vacation “The Highland Woodworker” Episode No. 13

July 11, 20140 Comments

Are you still in summer vacation mode? Looking for something to kickback and watch while you’re relaxing poolside or out in the Adirondack chairs you built a while back? Charles Brock and the crew of The Highland Woodworker knew you would be, so they wrapped up filming and editing of the most recent episode just […]

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FullPro’s “SoundVision” eye protection

July 9, 20140 Comments

Protective eyewear is an important piece of equipment in the woodshop. We never think about it until it’s too late. I know I’m guilty of assuming my everyday glasses are more than sufficient protection, but there are definitely operations where you need more. And it’s not just in the woodshop that you need adequate eye […]

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Wood movement catastrophe averted

July 7, 20142 Comments

I’m sure you all remember the bedside tables I built for me and Samantha (if not, here’s a link where you can checkout the first episode in the series.) Many of you have asked what finish we went with, and I probably replied we plan to paint them…as soon as Sam figures out which shade […]

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Happy Fourth of July!

July 4, 20140 Comments

Happy Independence Day to my fellow US compatriots. I hope you’re day is filled with all the fun and frolic we’ve come to enjoy on this date. May your grills be hot, the beverages cool and the fun never-ending. Go forth and celebrate!

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More summertime woodworking suggestions…

July 2, 20140 Comments

It’s the first week of July and having grown up in the great state of Michigan it’s also the time of year most of the automotive industry gets a two-week furlough for changes to the assembly lines. Of course, I don’t work in the automotive industry so I’m at work and writing this post on […]

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