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Re-veneer An Antique Table Top

A recent restoration job required that I replace the badly damaged oak veneer on the top of an antique table. The piece was an old salesman sample of a sewing table. Back in the day,salesmen would bring these scale models on sales calls. This sample was from the White Sewing Company but the quartersawn white… Read more

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Hooking up your Tools for Better Dust Collection

Where the proverbial “rubber meets the road” in dust collection is where the ductwork ties into the tool to extract dust while the tool is in operation. In my opinion most tool manufacturers treat dust collection as an afterthought, and do not design the tools to provide adequate removal of dust and debris. To put… Read more

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D.O.G. Simple Approach for Dust Collection Ducting

If you have made an investment in a powerful dust collector, that is a great first step toward creating a healthy shop environment. For purposes of this article I will assume that you have worked with your vendor to choose a dust collector that is capable of delivering enough air flow (ideally 1000 cubic feet… Read more

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Logs To Wood Flooring: Installation

My flooring project started over a year ago when a pile of pine logs was dumped in my yard. Those logs were milled into planks, dried, and converted to tongue and groove flooring. You can see those stories here: Kiln Drying Milling The wood flooring was milled into 3″, 4″, 5″ and 6″ widths, in… Read more

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Build a Cajon Drum Like a Pro

Cajon drums produce a professional percussion sound and are easy to build in a typical hobbyist woodworking shop. Joe Cruz is a professional Cajon builder and provides the basic information needed to build one including a scaled drawing.The Cajon (pronounced ka-hone’) is a wooden percussion instrument that is simple to make, can be played as… Read more

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New Life for Connecticut Trees

The Connecticut Historical Society Museum recently opened an exhibition called New Life For Connecticut Trees: furniture by City Bench. The show focuses on the rich history of Connecticut trees through photos and text as well as the furniture making process of City Bench, a wood reclamation and furniture fabrication organization based in New Haven, CT…. Read more

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The Digital Revolution Finally Hits the Woodshop

My “day job” in the software industry hits me with a constant barrage of innovation, at an exhilarating pace that I enjoy for the most part. In stark contrast, I have found the rate of innovation in woodworking to be, frankly, a yawner. For example, if you compare a table saw, band saw, jointer, etc…. Read more

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Office in a Closet: Part 4 of 4

Time to wrap this office project up by finishing and installing the components. Finish and cabinet assembly: Apply finish to all components. I used a water based poly acrylic product to provide a nice looking durable finish. Set cabinets in place. Be sure they are level, and use shims if necessary. Scribe your face frame… Read more

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Long Distance Custom Cabinetry

A Perfect Wood Project for a Rarely Used Fireplace If you are like me, you get calls from friends near and far for woodworking and construction advice. I got such a call from my old pal Michael just the other day. He had a fireplace in his living room that he wanted to convert to… Read more

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11 Easy Woodworking Projects and Woodworking Gift Ideas

Looking for last minute woodworking gift ideas? Check out these functional and easy woodworking projects for all on your holiday list! 1. Elegant Tissue Box Cover A beautiful, yet functional way to house your tissues. Related Video: Make a Tissue Box Cover 2. Keepsake Silhouette Ornaments Homemade ornaments add a personalized touch. 3. Dresser Tray A… Read more

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