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UPDATE: Anchoring a newel post

By Randy Maxey Posted: 01/21/2015 9:00AM

In my previous post, I promised to provide an update on how my plan worked for using a threaded rod to anchor a newel post. Overall, my plan worked, but not without some minor nuisances that always seem to happen in a home improvement project.


Flatsawn Lumber Is Not So Flat: How To Fix Cupped Wood, Pt. 3

By Scott Wunder Posted: 01/21/2015 9:00AM

Remember, wood moves and changes size all of the time. It is your job as a woodworker to understand how these changes happen, how to prepare for them and how to control them. Here's Part 3 in this series.


Anchoring a Newel Post

By Randy Maxey Posted: 01/20/2015 9:00AM

I got a call from a family that needed to know how to fix a loose newel post on their stairway. This is the post at the bottom of the stairway that anchors the handrail. It’s a pretty important structural component in the handrail and baluster assembly.


Don’t Be Afraid of Using Hand Tools

By Randy Maxey Posted: 01/18/2015 9:00AM

I remember the day like it was yesterday. I took those first few swipes on a piece of scrap wood and discovered the magic. I was able to get thin, whispy shavings. That day changed my woodworking forever.




Pay Attention During Assembly and Glue-Up

By Randy Maxey Posted: 01/17/2015 9:00AM

I’m in the middle of repairing an antique table. There’s nothing really broken, but most of the joints are loose. So I’m carefully prying apart the old doweled joints and removing the old glue, then reassembling the joint with Titebond wood glue.


5 Principles for Any Woodworking Shop

By Randy Maxey Posted: 01/16/2015 9:00AM

Steve Maxwell in the Ottawa Citizen wrote an article a while back (unfortunately the link has expired) about 5 basic principles that apply to anyone in a shop. It’s well worth the read and I have to agree with him. Here’s my summary of what he said:


Gluing Joints: It's A Surface Thing

By Bernie Bottons Posted: 01/15/2015 6:02PM

"In coatings, we preach the need to get the coating onto the wood as soon after the final sanding is completed as is absolutely possible. Obviously, as wood is a material that is susceptible to humidity and temperature change, one can see the logic in that concept."


How to Remove Glue Squeeze-Out

By Randy Maxey Posted: 01/15/2015 9:00AM

I remember when I first started woodworking my dad would come up behind me as I was gluing up a project. “Got enough glue on that?,” he’d say. Glue was everywhere. I guess I was afraid of starving the joints of glue. I needn’t have worried with the amount of glue I was using.


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