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Modular Cabinets are Key to Long-Term Organization

By Randy Maxey Posted: 02/12/2015 4:43PM

Whether you’re trying to organize a production shop, garage shop, or your home, consider a modular cabinet design. It’s flexibility means you aren’t locked into a permanent arrangement of cabinets or their contents. It offers the most flexibility, ease of reconfiguring, and options for future expansion.

Wireless Chargers, Laser Measures & Spade Bits at Bosch Tool Fest

By Ethan Abramson Posted: 02/10/2015 10:06AM

When you build furniture, you end up tired, dirty, and sweaty. So a media tool roll-out was a nice change. I saw great blades and bits, and an awesome tech idea: wireless battery chargers.

Creating a French-Style Hardwood Wine Room and Theater

By Scott Wunder Posted: 01/28/2015 8:59AM

Scott Wunder constructed a wine room and theater featuring abandoned hickory log beams, rift-sawn white oak cabinets, walnut countertops and stained poplar window woodwork, done in a French style.

How to Create Perfect Bonds on Wood Surfaces

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 01/27/2015 4:41PM

Bernie Bottens discusses the many factors that impact coating and gluing bonds on wood surfaces.

Youth in Woodworking

By Randy Maxey Posted: 01/24/2015 9:00AM

There’s been a fair amount of press lately about how difficult it is to pass the craft of woodworking down to a younger generation. High school woodworking programs are being cut in the interest of saving money, and our high-tech society doesn’t lend itself to crafts like woodworking.

Why I Like Working with Poplar

By Randy Maxey Posted: 01/23/2015 9:00AM

Of all the hardwoods, I think poplar is the most misunderstood. It has traditionally been used on insignificant internal components of furniture as a secondary wood. A lot of folks get turned off by the green and brown streaks sometimes evident in the wood. But this can be overcome.

Definition of Craftsmanship

By Randy Maxey Posted: 01/22/2015 9:00AM

I received a phone call the other day from a gentleman in his 70’s. He went into a lengthy discussion about how technology has replaced craftsmanship. To paraphrase his comments, “When I was working in the shop, we cut to fit. We didn’t need a measuring tape.”

Sawdust Block: Finding Inspiration Outside Woodworking

By Ethan Abramson Posted: 01/21/2015 11:54AM

Sometimes stepping outside your trade leads to your best results. When it’s not necessarily a technique issue and more writer’s block, or saw dust block, I turn to people in other industries to help see me through.

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