Thursday, April 26, 2018

Pinholes: A Fairly Uncommon Problem That Can be Difficult to Fix

I get a lot of questions about finish problems, and, as you can imagine, they are often difficult to diagnose simply from the description. In these situations, a picture can really be worth a thousand words. Take the example shown here. How would you describe it? The situation really happened, but the picture is mine. It’s a picture of a flaw called pinholes. These are tiny bubbles in the finish […]

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Episode 4: Marc Adams

  The Marc Adams School of Woodworking, located just outside of Indianapolis, IN. celebrates its 25th year. Popular Woodworking video producer David Thiel took the opportunity to sit down with founder Marc Adams to chat about his decision to open a woodworking school. Hear Marc’s eye-opening story on why he became a teacher, rather than running a commercial shop. The Afterlife of Trees is Popular Woodworking’s podcast for woodworkers, artists […]

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Great Glue Test – Wood by Wright

Editor’s note: The following post is from James Wright of Wood By Wright on YouTube. He recently conducted a massive test of common wood glues and I asked him to share a few discoveries on the Popular Woodworking blog. Links at the bottom of the post are affiliate links that support James. Be sure to check out his YouTube channel that has his complete presentation of the results! – David […]

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Video: Folding the Folding Bookstand

The June 2018 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine features an article I wrote about making a folding bookstand using scraps and copper rivets. It’s a design based on 18th-century pieces that were popular among British military officers. Several readers have requested a video that shows how the bookstand folds and unfolds. So here you go. Though the mechanism looks complicated, it’s not. If you have a drill press, this project […]

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Dust-Free Bandsaw – Tricks of the Trade

We recently had a reader, Michael Wygmans, submit their build of the Dust-free Bandsaw article from American Woodworker. This article first appeared in 2004 as a solution to the anemic dust collection on 14″ Delta bandsaws. Michael mentioned that he designed his adapter to be  1 7/8″ wide rather than 1 5/8″ described in the article. If you build something from Popular Woodworking or American Woodworker Magazine, let me know, we’ll share it with our blog readers! […]

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Which Man-made Boards to Use?

I’ve been enjoying making the second blanket chest and the challenges of the glue up. because of the struggles I came up with a more foolproof way for gluing up and aligning everything so that the glue up could be done as a two step process. This took off the pressure of a large, single […]

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Make a Marking Gauge for Curves

If you work with curves, you need a marking gauge that can deal with curves. Me, I make chairs. So I need a gauge that can follow the curve of a seat so I can delineate the lines for the scooped-out saddle, the spindles and the “gutter” – a shallow and decorative channel on traditional chairs. I also need a gauge such as this for marking out the armbow and […]

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