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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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537 Madison’s Dresser Pt 1 “Design Talk”

February 5, 20151 Comment

I’m only a few years behind finally building a dresser for my daughter, but it’s just in time for her to graduate from High School in a couple of years and head off to college. In this first episode of a multi-part build series we talk about my own design process, starting from the rough […]

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SketchUp presents “Visiting Connor Wood Bicycles”

February 4, 20151 Comment

I’m a huge fan of SketchUp for a long list of reasons. At the top of that list is that it helps me to quickly workout some ideas for projects I’m about to build or ones I’m trying to decide if I want to build. The other day I received an email from the SketchUp […]

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Patreon Campaign News and Updates

February 2, 20150 Comments

I really want to tease this out a little bit more, maybe even build up some drama, but there’s no way other than just coming right out and saying it. I’m making some changes to the Patrons of Matt’s Basement Workshop Campaign and I think you’ll like them! If you were already a Patron of […]

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I have no style!

February 2, 20153 Comments

The title of this post doesn’t comes as a shock to anyone who knows me, especially when it comes to fashion. It’s obvious I’m stuck in a rut and couldn’t be less current on hip clothing if I tried. But in this case I’m referring more specifically to my lack of style when it comes […]

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8 Drawer Tall Dresser Downloadable Plans

February 1, 20152 Comments

Coming up this week I’m releasing the first episode of a multi-part series on the construction of my daughter Madison’s 8 drawer dresser. It’s been a long time coming, so I’ve had plenty of time to plan out the details. Frequently when I build projects I get a lot of requests for measured drawings & […]

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Furniture design and television

January 30, 20152 Comments

I’m slightly addicted to reality TV, I completely blame my wife for it, but the fact is I keep coming back week after week to tune in. My favorite reality shows these days have more to do with competition than showing simply showing off for the cameras. I can’t recall if it was the first […]

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Quick and easy read for better sanding

January 26, 20150 Comments

If it wasn’t for the fact that I hate applying a finish MORE than I hate sanding, sanding would be hands down the one step in the building process that I’d loathe the most. The more I think about it, maybe the reason I despise finishing more is BECAUSE there’s sanding involved between coats? But […]

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