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Simultaneous glue-up concerns

March 2, 20150 Comments

It’s not unusual in the basement workshop to find myself doing simultaneous glue-ups on identical components, in fact I do it quite frequently. Typically the reason is because of a lack of clamps, and a strong desire to make progress on the project as quickly as possible. If I stepped back and paid close attention […]

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540 Madison’s Dresser Pt 4 “Drawer Frames”

February 27, 20150 Comments

We’re making progress with the 8 drawer tall dresser I’m building for my daughter Madison. In today’s episode we’re moving on to building the drawer frames for the dresser. Drawer frames are a crucial component in the overall body of the dresser, and while most probably won’t notice them in their entirety (other than the […]

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Shop Woodworking’s “Arts & Crafts Ultimate Collection”

February 22, 20150 Comments

It’s nearly the end of the month and I just realized I forgot to mention that this month’s Shop Woodworking Value Pack is the “Arts & Crafts Ultimate Collection” According to the description on Shop Woodworking’s website: “Get 110+ Arts & Crafts furniture projects in this ultimate collection! Start off with basic, easy-to-build pieces in […]

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539 Madison’s Dresser Pt 3 “Sides, sides, everywhere are sides”

February 19, 20156 Comments

It’s time to get started with the actual building of Madison’s tall dresser, and the first steps in the process is making the sides for the body. These consist of two wide, solid-wood panels just over 49 inches in length and 19 inches in width. In order for us to attach the drawer frames (which […]

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Get Woodworking Week 2015

February 18, 20150 Comments

We’re now right in the middle of “Get Woodworking Week” 2015 and it’s off to a great start! A huge thanks to Tom Iovino of Tom’s Workbench for taking the time every year to plan it and put it together. If you’re not familiar with Get Woodworking Week head over to Tom’s website at www.tomsworkbench.com […]

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Christophe Pourny’s “The Furniture Bible”

February 17, 20150 Comments

I’m so far behind on getting something posted about Christophe Pourny’s new reference book “The Furniture Bible: Everything You Need to Know to Identify, Restore & Care for Furniture” that I’m surprised the publisher hasn’t shown up in my shop to beat me with it! And with good reason too, because after finally sitting down […]

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Cutting dados and rabbets in the basement workshop

February 16, 20154 Comments

Later this week I’m releasing the first of the construction videos for our current project build “The 8 drawer tall dresser.” Among the topics you’ll see in the video I’m sharing my current technique for plowing out dados and rabbets in my projects. As you’ll see, the technique is pretty simple. Whenever possible I like […]

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538 Madison’s Dresser Pt 2 “Sorting the Stacks”

February 12, 20154 Comments

Now that the design, and dimensions of Madison’s Dresser have all been worked out in the planning process it’s time to order the lumber, and sort through the stacks looking for just the right pieces for each component. Given the fact this project is being painted, I’m far less worried about matching colors or grain […]

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Festool’s 2015 Video contest

February 11, 20150 Comments

Festool’s Connect 2015 Event was just announced the other day and their searching for Festool users to submit videos featuring them using their Festool tools in the following categories: Testimonial Instructional / How-To Share Your Shop Share Your Festool Project Shop / Vehicle Organization with Festool 2014 Entries and winners According to the Festool Connect […]

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Am I overlooking something?

February 9, 20159 Comments

It might not come as a big surprise but over at Wood Talk we get a lot of questions throughout the year. Sometimes they’re repeats of old topics (occasionally almost word for word,) others are brand new, and once in a while they’re complete stumpers. On the most recent episode I decided to take a […]

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