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Don’t push them into the shop!

February 29, 201613 Comments

Usually I save this conversation for closer to Father’s Day, but recently I’ve been feeling like I need to bring it up sooner than later. A frequent question I’ve received over the years, and a topic I see come up all the time in forums and on social media, is fellow woodworkers asking how they […]

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MICROJIG Celebrates 15 Years with $15 Rebate on GRR-RIPPERS!

February 21, 20160 Comments

Without a doubt, in my opinion, one of the best safety tools in my shop are my GRR-RIPPERS! They’re extremely diverse in the way I can configure them for the tool I’m using, and give me a peace-of-mind like no other pushblock I’ve used in all my years in the shop. Some woodworkers are thrown […]

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Old tools made new

February 15, 20163 Comments

It’s been a while since I’ve picked up an “old tool” and made any attempt at restoring it. Early in my woodworking career it was a great way to outfit my shop with tools I either needed, or thought I needed (in other words, feed my addiction!) One problem I ran into frequently was that […]

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A Decade of Matt’s Basement Workshop?

January 26, 201610 Comments

As I’m sitting here trying to come up with something to say about the 10th anniversary of Matt’s Basement Workshop Podcast I’m finding myself entirely at a loss for words. For those of you who know me, that never happens! I’ve told the story a thousand times, but the show was never meant to last […]

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25 Best of 2016 list from Drum Sander Specialists

January 24, 20163 Comments

The other day the folks at Drum Sander Specialists posted their “25 Best Woodworking Blogs for 2016” listing. There’s some mighty fine blogs listed there, and right smack in the middle is Matt’s Basement Workshop. A huge thanks to the staff for including me! Take a moment and checkout the list by clicking here to […]

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Digital plans from Brian Benham

January 17, 20160 Comments

A question I get asked all the time is “where do you buy digital project plans?” I have to admit I don’t normally purchase plans, since I usually draw my own, but when I needed help creating some for the Tall Dresser Project last year my good friend Brian Benham stepped up and knocked it […]

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Turning lessons by the masses

January 6, 20167 Comments

It’s only been a few days since I released the small bowl project and I’ve already been getting some great tips and advice from many of you on how to improve my turning. Considering I’m very open about the fact I have a lot to learn yet, I really appreciate them! So for those of […]

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554 Small bowl for holding stuff

January 4, 201611 Comments

I can’t believe this is happening to me, but I’m getting bit by the turning bug and it’s obvious it’s contagious! Now that my time in the shop is currently less than it use to be, I really want to be able to knock out a project or two from start to finish, and the […]

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Merry Christmas!

December 24, 20152 Comments

Merry Christmas everyone, (and a Happy Kwanzaa, Festivus, post-Hanukkah, and any other celebration(s) with family which I may have overlooked!) A lot of amazing things have happened for the Vanderlist family this year, but regardless of how it’s impacted our day-to-day lives, Christmas is the time of the year we slow down and enjoy being […]

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My Final Wood Talk

December 21, 201537 Comments

It’s never easy to say goodbye to something you love doing, especially when you get to do that something with your best friends! Unfortunately there comes a time when you have to make the decision to step back for the sake of your family, your friendship, and even yourself, and that time has finally come […]

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