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A slightly, moderately-more-complex planer sled

June 22, 20160 Comments

If you’re the type of woodworker who really loves to build a complex jig with all the bells and whistles, then I have a feeling you were already trying to figure out how to modify my simple planer sled. In 2005 the folks over at Fine Woodworking shared Arlington, Texas, woodworker Keith Rust’s sled, which […]

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556 Simple Planer Sled Q&A Follow Up

June 20, 20160 Comments

You have questions and comments about the simple thickness planer sled? I have answers; although I can’t guarantee they’re the ones you want to hear. Thanks to everyone who wrote in! Episode available for download in the following formats: |720HD Video||SD Video||Mobile Video|

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Happy Father’s Day 2016

June 19, 20160 Comments

Let’s keep it simple today, after all being a dad means we have a lot on our plates (hopefully it’s mostly BBQ!) Here’s two of my favorite videos that exemplify the Dad-life. In this situation, it didn’t choose me, I chose it, and LOVE IT! Happy Father’s Day to all the dads (and quite a […]

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555 A simple planer sled

June 12, 20165 Comments

For the past several months while I’ve been on the road for work my wife Samantha has been tackling a kitchen project. I’ve been helping out where, and when I could, but for the most part it was all her sweat and effort going into it (and before anyone asks, no, I didn’t build any […]

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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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