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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.


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.


Flatsawn Lumber Is Not So Flat: How To Fix Cupped Wood, Pt. 2

By Scott Wunder Posted: 01/14/2015 9:00AM

Now, let’s say your panels developed a cup in them. They were planed and sanded flat and ready to be put into the door frame before you left the shop, but when you returned the next morning they had a noticeable rock. What options do you have? Part 2 of 2.




Japanese Carpentry: Profiling New York City's Miya Shoji Woodshop

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 01/11/2015 2:01PM

Building Without Nails: The Geniue of Japanese Carpentry is a 25 minute documentary on New York City's Miya Shoji, a traditional Japanese woodshop in the heart of Manhattan. Owners Zui Hanafusa and his father show their techniques.


Patching over a Knot: How To Make the Best of It

By Randy Maxey Posted: 01/09/2015 6:04AM

By the time I routed the profile along the edge, I saw a knot would be visible on the finished project. So here's a fix you can try when you encounter a board like that.


Flatsawn Lumber Is Not So Flat: How To Fix Cupped Wood, Pt. 1

By Scott Wunder Posted: 01/07/2015 9:36AM

Quartersawn lumber stays flat, but flatsawn lumber does not (ironic, I know). Flatsawn lumber cups during the drying process and it even cups after it’s dry if not cared for properly. Today, we'll look at ways to avoid and deal with this issue in Part 1 of this series.


How To Patch Over a Knot: Wunder If This Will Work

By Randy Maxey Posted: 01/06/2015 6:04AM

Like most woodworkers, I've used the old recipe of mixing sawdust with glue, using the fine dust from my random orbital sander. But one problem with mixing with glue is that it’s hard to sand.


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