The IWF Diary

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Our managing editor, Rodney Wilson, recently wrote about his experience of IWF 2016 (which you can read here). So I thought I would let our readers hear about my experience. We went to IWF to introduce ourselves, hand out business cards, sign autographs and kiss babies (OK, we didn’t do those last two). It was a new experience for me and it was really surreal to meet the men and women […]

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Woodworking in America: An Interview with Zachary Dillinger

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Zach Dillinger specializes in building 18th century American furniture with hand tools and period appropriate techniques. He is a member of the Great Lakes Chapter of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers, and the Mid-West Tool Collectors Association. He’s written for numerous publications and websites including his own, The Eaton County Woodworker. His work has been adjudged to be Museum Quality by Early American Life and has been juried into […]

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Tip: Wipe it Where You Store it

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I know a woodworker who said he saved himself hundreds of steps a day merely by moving his pencil sharpener so it is under his table saw. I had a similar “duh” moment today when I was wiping down a handsaw to put it in my tool chest. For the last 15 years I’ve kept an oily rag hanging on the frame of my articulated bench light. The position of […]

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Stripping with Only Solvent

To test whether a finish is shellac or lacquer, dab alcohol or lacquer thinner onto the finish to see if the solvent makes the finish sticky or removes it

With shellac and lacquer finishes, which are the finishes used on almost all old furniture and woodwork, you can use their solvent for stripping instead of a paint-and-varnish remover. Depending on the object being stripped, I often find this method easier in the sense of spending less total time. It’s also less messy. Use denatured alcohol for shellac and lacquer thinner for lacquer. You can test the finish to find […]

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IWF is HUGE

International Woodworking Fair

On Tuesday online editor Jon Russelburg and I piled into a rented red Ford and drove from Cincinnati, OH, to Atlanta, GA, for the 2016 International Woodworking Fair at the Georgia World Congress Center. If you’ve never been (and this was a first for both Jon and me), let me summarize the event for you in one word: HUGE. In a professional capacity, I made sure to stop by some […]

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How to Start a Woodworking Myth

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There are so many old wives’ tales in our craft that you could write an entire book that lists and debunks them. Students constantly bombard me with them, and it makes me wonder: How do these begin? After a slip of the tongue the other day, I think I have a good idea. This week I’m assembling a Roman workbench and had a couple woodworking friends over as we drove […]

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