Hand-tool Cleanup

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Most of my good woodworking tools have sat idle since April 10 or so, when I packed them up to move out of my old house, then hauled them to the Popular Woodworking shop for storage and safekeeping during my brief period of relative homelessness. (I was living at a friend’s house, and only until I could find a new place to buy – no sense in hauling my tools […]

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Creating SketchUp Models from Pictures

here's a sketchup tutorial for woodworkers who want to model from pictures

The ideal way to create SketchUp models of furniture from pictures is to take front-on and end-on views with a digital camera. Also take overall measurements. Then the .jpg images can then be imported to SketchUp and placed on the Red/ Blue and Green/Blue planes and scaled. From there it is a simple matter of drawing over top of the images and reconstructing the furniture piece. One of my students sent […]

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Woodworking in America 2015 Message Board

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I’ve had a barrage of questions lately (not a surprise, given that we’re at T-28 days and counting) about how folks can get in touch with others who are attending Woodworking in America 2015 (Sept. 27-27, in Kansas City, Mo.). So, for lack of a better fast and effective way to do it, I’ve created a “sticky post” atop Popular Woodworking’s Facebook page – it will stay there until the […]

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Taking Woodworking Classes on what You Already Know

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Continuing education should be a priority in your life – especially in areas such as favorite hobbies! The longer you travel down the path of a particular subject, however, you gain more knowledge and might feel a bit more advanced than available offerings. Many classes seem targeted toward beginners. But as woodworkers, I think we’re lucky because in addition to raw knowledge, there is a kinetic aspect to our education. […]

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Upside Down Tool Usage

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We have these adages in the woodworking world: Hand-tool woodworkers prefer taking the tool to the wood, power-tool users prefer taking the wood to the tool; Westerners operate on the push, Easterners on the pull. I’m here to say we need an adage for a technique I’ve been finding extremely useful. Let’s call it the Australian way: Using tools upside down. These past weeks I’ve been making lots of small […]

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Making & Fitting Doors

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Imagine walking up a path to a beautiful home, only to see that the front “door” is actually a moldy shower curtain nailed to the frame. Or compare the sound of a door closing on a 1987 Yugo versus a  2015 S550 Mercedes. A door is a first impression – so make yours a good one. “Making & Fitting Doors,” a new digital magazine featuring eight articles from the Popular Woodworking Magazine […]

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