Author Archive for Matt

Upland Film Co. presents “Manny”

July 6, 20151 Comment

Woodworking bucket lists are a frequent topic of conversation amongst woodworkers. Inevitably the subject comes up when we get together and we’ll find ourselves comparing notes as to what’s on it and why. I know I’ve shared my own a few times, including on episode 71 of Wood Talk back in 2010. Projects that almost […]

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Samantha Talks Woodworking

July 3, 20150 Comments

After the dust settled and Samantha’s brunch table was completed she sat down with me for a little Q&A on the topic of woodworking with a non-woodworking spouse. If you have a spouse who isn’t interested in building projects, or woodworking in general then you know those awkward moments when they approach you to build […]

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This old sofa table

June 25, 20150 Comments

Coincidentally, the next project on my list to revisit and share from back in the beginning of my woodworking adventures is this old sofa table (I’ll explain the coincidence at the end of the post.) Similar to previous projects from this time, I built it entirely out of dimensional lumber from my local home center. […]

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Isn’t pockethole joinery bad for wood movement?

June 22, 20154 Comments

In the short time since I released the video for Samantha’s table I’ve had a few people asking why I didn’t use a different method for attaching the table top to the apron. Apparently there’s a lot of concern centering around the use of pocket hole joinery this way, more specifically a concern it isn’t […]

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548 Samantha’s Brunch Table “Woodworking with spouses”

June 18, 20154 Comments

It’s pretty much next to “NEVER” when Samantha wants to work on a woodworking project with me. So when she asks about us building a large table together I didn’t quite jump at the chance at first, I kind of carefully asked some probing questions before I agreed to anything. Don’t get me wrong, if […]

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“Handplanes Ultimate Collection” at Shop Woodworking

June 11, 20150 Comments

If there’s one thing I know about all of you, it’s that you love handplanes. Even if you’re just like me and only use them mostly for finesse work they’re still invaluable. That’s why the folks over at Shop Woodworking have put together this collection of DVDs, eBooks, video downloads and digital downloads dedicated entirely […]

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Nail Gun Depot Unleashes the “Bleed Orange Giveaway”

June 9, 20151 Comment

Who doesn’t love an opportunity to win tools? That’s why when this announcement dropped into my inbox I knew it was something that needed to be shared with everyone. Nail Gun Depot, an e-retailer of nail guns, staplers, screw systems and fasteners, is celebrating a milestone with the launch of its 15th Anniversary Giveaway. The […]

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547 Sharpening station upgrade “no more chasing the stones!”

June 5, 20152 Comments

I don’t which I’m more excited about, the new and improved work surface I’m using for my sharpening station or the little addition I just added the other day? Sharpening my hand planes and chisels has always been one of those things I begrudgingly did. It’s not that I didn’t get good results, it’s just […]

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“A Sight for Saw Eyes How to Safely and Effectively Use a Handsaw” by Derek Olson and Fix.com

June 4, 20150 Comments

Still not sure if you’re ready to take the plunge with a handsaw yet? Or maybe you already use one and want to improve your results? The folks over at the Fix got together with Derek Olson (author, furniture maker and blogger at oldwolfworkshop.com) to produce this great infographic, along with an equally great article […]

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Platform Bed project plans now available

June 3, 20150 Comments

Once again, thanks to Brian Benham of Benham Design Concepts we now have a full set of detailed plans and drawings so you can build the stylish platform bed featured on the show in 2014. Click on the images below for a sneak preview of the plan. These plans are for building a platform bed, […]

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