Teri Masaschi writes that the fantastic array of finishing products on the market is what makes learning finishing somewhat complicated. To help the would-be finisher learn to control the outcome of his or her projects, Teri shares her experiences over 37 years of “falling into every pitfall and learning how to back out of them” in her book Foolproof Wood Finishing.
Sunday, August 9, is National Book Lovers Day. Reading and books are important parts of most people’s lives, especially in the current Coronavirus pandemic that calls for avoiding crowds and staying close to home. In observance of this event in 2020, we are revisiting a still relevant 2017 Woodcraft Magazine article by Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk about Best Books for Woodworkers.
Nothing says “I care” like a gift you make with your hands – from your heart. Woodcraft has an extensive selection of kits, plans and how-to videos and blogs to help the serious gift-giver create a present to remember. And, for the folks who don’t need a kit, Woodcraft offers all the tools, materials and supplies to create a gift “from scratch.”
“For me, woodwork has always been motivated far more by relationships than by finished projects. I’ve found the best way to get to know people deeply is by joining them doing something they truly love,” Anne Briggs, also known as Anne of All Trades, explains. Learn more about Anne, her path to award-winning blogger and woodworker, and her “just say yes” philosophy in this Woodworking Adventures blog.
Disabilities do not define the individual. JCDC Woodworks in Ravenswood, West Virginia, demonstrates this daily by providing meaningful employment and learning opportunities—through woodworking—to individuals with intellectual, physical and emotional needs. Live edge tables and other household furnishings are carefully crafted one at a time, maintaining the natural edges and wood grain textures found in the Appalachian Mountains. Sales of these pieces help sustain the services offered.
Make personal safety top priority for home improvement and do-it-yourself projects. Think each project through carefully to be aware of what machines and tools will be used and what protection will be needed to work safely. Then check out the many safety-related products at Woodcraft.
Brittany Bailey’s parents introduced her to tools and building during her childhood and instilled in her the belief that “I could do anything a boy could do—if not better.” As an adult, the Raleigh, North Carolina, licensed general contractor who renovates and sells houses, along with managing PrettyHandyGirl.com and a lot more, is passionate about breaking down the stereotype that women are not handy and that not everyone can “do it yourself.”