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Five Key Trends from KBIS 2015 - It's a Hardware Show

By Bill Esler Posted: 01/22/2015 8:06AM

KBIS, a hotbed of finishes, color, and design trends, also reflects both changing lifestyles, and creative possibilities of functional hardware and LED technologies released in the past two years.


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.


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.




2015 KBIS and Builders' Shows May Draw 120,000 Attendees

By Bill Esler Posted: 01/20/2015 5:45PM

Kitchen and bath cabinetry, windows, flooring, doors and millwork are a major focus of Design & Construction Week. The mammoth show here in Las Vegas is expected to draw 120,000 construction and remodeling pros.


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.


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