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530 Small turned mallet or “My first turning project!”

August 28, 20149 Comments

I knew it was eventually going to happen, the temptation is far too great to avoid. Don’t worry, I’m not talking about turning to the darkside and taking up knitting (although I wouldn’t mind making my own matching wool scarf and woobie set for winter, especially if it’s as cold as last year.) Instead, I’m […]

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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, 201410 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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“How to Build a Guitar in 3 Easy Steps” Infographic from M&M Tool Parts

August 20, 20141 Comment

I’ve always wanted to learn how to play the guitar, but I have ZERO musical talent (ever hear me attempt to “sing” on the show? Not pretty!) The next best thing for me might be making one instead. But where do you start? Looks like the folks over at M&M Tool Parts have been asked […]

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Business of podcasting – audio equipment

August 18, 20140 Comments

Before we delve deeper into the topic of podcasting we need to discuss equipment. Depending on the podcast format of your show; video, audio or both, will dictate the equipment you’ll need. Let’s start with a simple audio podcast (I say simple, because as far as I’m concerned they’re the least complex to produce compared […]

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529 Scrap wood magnet clips

August 15, 20140 Comments

If you haven’t noticed yet there’s a bit of a theme to my videos this summer. Have you figured it out? It’s “Scrap wood projects!” Continuing along with the last couple of episodes this one is no different. For today’s project all you need are some Metal Hinge Clips, Magnet discs, and scrap wood. What […]

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Saw blade 101 with Rockler

August 12, 20140 Comments

Are you ever confused about which saw blade is the right one for your table saw or miter saw? With all the different tooth configurations, hook angles, or thin kerf versus wide it gets confusing right out-of-the-gate. Personally I’m a fan of a 40 tooth combo blade on my table saw and preferably a 60 […]

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Woodworking in America 2014

August 11, 20140 Comments

Woodworking in America is turning 6 this year and to celebrate they’re moving the entire show east to Winston-Salem, North Carolina! Okay, they’re not actually moving because it’s their sixth year, it’s moving because the Winston-Salem area is an amazingly beautiful destination and has a ton of variety to offer attendees. Not familiar with Woodworking […]

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Sawdust and gas appliances, an accident waiting to happen?

August 7, 20149 Comments

Since my workshop is located in the basement it makes sense that I might be a little concerned about the potential for explosions or fires due to the exposure of sawdust, woodchips & shavings to pilot lights from our gas furnace and water heater. But I’m not! Am I being cavalier about the topic?…Maybe. Do […]

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