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How To Make a Profile Sanding Pad for a Power Sander

By Bill Esler Posted: 05/08/2015 1:19AM

Here's a step by step for making a sanding block to match a profile. This is for the snap-on blocks that fit the Festool sander, with air holes to allow sawdust to be vacuumed into a dust collector as you work.


When You Need a Hickory Buckboard, Who You Gonna Call?

By Bill Esler Posted: 05/07/2015 12:35AM

Though wooden coach building was supposed to go the way of the buggy whip, J. Wilson Stage Coaches has a healthy business building hickory buckboards, Roman chariots, stagecoaches, with clientele that includes Wells Fargo Bank and director Quentin Tarantino.


Welterweight Boxers Spar on 36 Plywood Panels from Everlast

By Bill Esler Posted: 05/02/2015 5:09PM

Tonight, two welterweight boxers step onto a rope-ringed canvas covering 36 plywood panels and foam for a $300 million purse. Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s bout is the 20th on the boxing ring, made by Everlast.


Selling Al Capone's Gnarled Wood & Tree Root Chairs

By Bill Esler Posted: 04/18/2015 11:32AM

A pair of gnarled wood and tree root chairs from Al Capone's northern Wisconsin hideout is among items by be auctioned by Wright Chicago auctioneers, in conjunction with Blackman Cruz, a Los Angeles dealer.




Design-driven Woodworking Business, Enabled by Technology

By Bill Esler Posted: 04/17/2015 10:14AM

Closets companies and custom woodworkers who let their designs lead their marketing efforts will be the most successful. But, we learned at Cabinets & Closets 2015, you have to automate the production side.


Game of Thrones Furniture Trends from Westeros to Houzz

By Bill Esler Posted: 04/16/2015 5:54AM

Game of Thrones furniture designs could be trendsetters, though everything about it runs counter to current tastes. The baroque pieces, stained dark, suggest in Westeros there lived a vast class of turners, carvers and joiners well trained in classic carpentry.


Shade-grown Cocobolo: Cage-free, Organic, Gold-plated Wearables

By Bill Esler Posted: 04/03/2015 11:19AM

Woodcraft copywriters scored a great one with organically grown, cage-free Cocobolo wearables for an April Fool's day spoof. It deserves a look and a laugh if you missed it.


See Blade-stopping Bosch Safety Saw Piston Activate

By Bill Esler Posted: 03/20/2015 12:34PM

Bosch flesh-sensing table saw safety technology, available now on its $1,499 Reaxx job site tablesaw, is the first direct competitor for SawStop in this space. It spawned a lot of discussion after Woodworking Network's Ethan Abramson said, "It's the real deal."


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