Posts By: Paul Mayer

Paul Mayer lives in Lakeville, Minnesota where he designs and builds furniture. He seeks inspiration from many art forms and has been taught by the work of others. Paul welcomes new obsessions that lead to unexpected projects, ranging from carved spoons to armoires. Get more from Paul on Google+

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SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers – My Journey Learning SketchUp

Most of the woodworking that I do is custom, requiring original design, or at minimum a bit of modification of an existing concept.  Prior to learning SketchUp, I had developed my designs over the years using pencil and paper, as well as a couple of general purpose computer applications that were not specifically intended for… Read more

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Hand Plane Starter Kit: Four Planes for Hybrid Woodworking

While hand planes are alluring to many woodworkers, getting started can be confusing since there are so many options. If you ask 100 hand plane enthusiasts which planes to start with, you might receive as many answers. Based upon my 15 year love affair with hand planes, the following is my suggested approach to help… Read more

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Box Joint Grill Scraper

The CDC issued a warning against using metal wire brushes on a grill due to the risk of ingesting a wire as it falls off the brush and attaches itself to an unsuspecting burger. It sounded farfetched, but it’s actually real. The natural solution for any woodworker is to make a grill scraper out of… Read more

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3 Must-Have Woodworking Apps for your iPhone

In the earliest days of woodworking (or even just a few years ago for that matter), who would have ever thought that we would be talking about how to best utilize our telephones in the woodworking shop? Well, times they certainly are a changin’, and smart phones are capable of performing tasks that we would… Read more

Laguna 1412 Band Saw Product Review

Laguna 1412 Band Saw: A Cut Above

I’m not the most patient soul, but after a long search for a band saw upgrade I finally found the one that I wanted; the Laguna 1412 Band Saw. The problem lied in the fact that it was still in prototype phase when I learned about it, and would not ship for another year. Could… Read more

Woodworking Bench Plans: Entry way Bench

Sturdy & Modern Entryway Bench

A bench that will be placed in a home’s entryway is an important project for a couple reasons. First; visibility. It will be one of the first things that visitors see when they arrive, and so it will help to set the first impression of the overall home. Second, it is likely to receive a… Read more

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The Big Green Egg Cart

I occasionally like to take on unusual woodworking projects, so when my friend asked if I would help him build a rolling cart for his new “Big Green Egg” grill, I didn’t hesitate to dive in. My only concern was that putting wood so close to a source of fire gave me the “willies”, but… Read more

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The Case for Cordless Nail Guns

Photos by Author I have been a big fan of pneumatic nail guns for years, and like many woodworkers I have an arsenal of guns that can shoot anything from a tiny pin to nearly a railroad spike. I marvel at the power and precision of these tools, but like anything they have their downsides…. Read more

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