Custom Woodworkers Liked How-to Video Stories in 2012

By Bill Esler | Posted: 12/20/2012 9:09AM


Saturn Design Seattle, Capstan Table VideoCustom woodworkers flocked to reports on portable sawmills, active wood design, unique joinery, drag knives for inlay and marquetry, and videos that tell things like how to make a spiral table leg or steam bend oak for a bench.

Phoebe's Table Dance by Saturn Design Woodworking posted in November was among the most popular. It showed a round table that unfurls through artful hardware and wood cutting by Robert Huskey, owner of the Seattle shop. The table is composed of up to 24 leaves that can be set on each other within a 30 degree range of arc. Huskey plans to patent the design. Watch now

The quality of Huskey's video is very good - he accompanies it on guitar. Another awesome video that proved popular was made by Brian Grabski, master wood craftsman at Designed and Made Custom Woodwork, Minneapolis. His raises contemporary woodworking video to a level of art on a parallel with the best photography, and finest examples of woodcraft itself. Mike Jarvi also produced an amazing video, taking an oak log and converting it to his signature design bench showing how he saws, mills, resaws, sands, steams and bends the oak.

Most important to woodworkers is how to adapt technology to make money - a fact reflected in many of the most viewed items in 2012:


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Swiveling CNC Razor Drag Knife Cleanly Cuts Acutes Angles
By Michael Springer | Updated: 12/07/2012 6:20:00 PM
This drag knife cuts square corners or sharp acute angles with no over-cutting into the adjacent material. It fits into the CNC collet, and mimics moves of a swiveling chair roller. Read more

 Hamilton CNC Wood Cutting

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Hamilton Scenic Specialty bought a CNC router to increase production while building stages for theaters and a growing museum display business. Read more


Portable Sawmills let Woodworkers Cut Their Own Lumber
By Dave Boyt | Updated: 12/05/2012 5:29:00 PM
Portable sawmills allow woodworkers to experience every part of the process from cut to finish. Woodworker Boyt says a good way to see if a bandsaw is right for you is to hire a sawyer with a portable saw. Read more

 Just Moulding residential woodwork

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Custom Victory Woodworks Takes on OSHA and Wins
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 03/02/2012 10:09:00 AM
Victory Woodworks of Sparks, NV, recently victorious defending itself against a "serious" OSHA violation involving a job-site table saw, is now preparing to sue the safety agency to recoup its defense costs. Read more

 New Breed Furniture Contract line

Unique Joinery Wins Deal for New Breed Furniture
By Bill Esler | Updated: 11/03/2012 11:51:00 AM
New Breed Furniture Network says it has won its largest contract furniture sale: outfitting new offices for a digital giant in Chicago. The wood production firm will scale up operations to handle the work. Read more

 Island Cabinets

Island Cabinetry & Millwork Builds Mouldings Quicker
By Bill Esler | Updated: 01/10/2012 2:34:00 PM
Island Cabinetry and Millwork, Patchogue, NY produces residential custom cabinetry, arches and millwork. Software-driven CNCs now let it produce 3D millwork for complex arch and beam ceilings. Read more

 Mike Mahoney Honey Skateboards hardwood

Advanced Wood Laminates for Skateboards
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Honey Skateboards, Grand Junction, CO, has developed a thriving business custom crafting long board skateboards around cores of laminated hard rock maple.
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 Bernhard Woodwork wood doors

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Below: Bill St. Pierre shows how to cut and turn a tapering spiral wood table leg using a drill press, Jet lathe, grinders and sanders.


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Bill Esler, Woodworking Network, WMS

Bill Esler

Bill Esler, Editorial Director, Woodworking Network Bill is responsible for overall content at Woodworking Network magazine, and related newsletters. Bill also manages event programs for Woodworking Network Live conferences at the Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Expo in Toronto and Cabinets & Closets Expo. He developing audience engagement programs using custom digital printing, live lead-generating events, custom websites, and custom digital and print content. Read Bill Esler's woodworking blogs. He can be reached at or follow him on Google+.

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