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Various methods may be used in cutting a blood groove or juice channel in a cutting board.  Here is one way it can be done.  This cutting board was created with some exotic woods about 6 years ago and found in an attic.  At the time there were no handles or blood grooves cut into the board.   It found it’s way to my desk after handles were added with a request to add a juice channel for meat cutting.  It was decided to add the channel on one side only, leaving the opposite side for vegetable cutting use.

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Paulownia wood is available from time to time at your local Woodcraft store and online at Woodcraft.com.  Paulownia was named after Queen Anna Pavlovna of Russia (1795-1865), is sometimes called Royal Paulownia or Princess Tree, and is known in Japanese as Kiri.  In Japan it is customary to plant a Paulownia tree when a baby girl is born and then to make it into a dresser as a wedding present when she marries.  Paulownia seeds were originally used as packing material for shipments from Japan, and have spread prolifically across the U.S.  blooming annually.

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Handplane

Woodcraft has added three planes to its private label WoodRiver® line that was first offered to customers in 2009.

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Comedian, George Carlin said it best, “The whole meaning of life is trying to find a place to put your stuff!”  Do you have a place to put your stuff?  You know, the stuff you need to organize, transport, store, work with, move from job site to job site, or from the basement/garage to project area around the house.  Don’t just throw your stuff in the corner of your garage or woodshop.  Stop grabbing handfuls of tools, dropping them on the way to your project location!  Get your piles of stuff organized into these new TANOS Systainers.

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Structurally sound and beautiful in appearance, wood is the ideal raw material. Woodworkers know that moisture content is the single most important factor affecting the quality of their project. To ensure quality, from the mill and dry kiln to the finished project, moisture meters help minimize defects such as shrinkage, cracks, and splits. Years of experience, high-tech tools, controls and premium grade lumber cannot make a difference if moisture content goes unchecked.

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 You’ll want to start building or improving your shop, starting with this Rust-Oleum based nonslip, epoxy paint and sealed floor.  Great for resurfacing a concrete floor, this project will allow for easy clean-up leaving a show room finish.  But don’t keep it clean, fill it with sawdust made from your handiwork and enjoy it!  Create a two-wall workshop and outfit it with four outstanding shop projects using the Cut Lists and Convenience-Plus Buying Guides, all in the August/September Issue #54 of Woodcraft Magazine.  We’ve never packed this much information all in one publication, so this issue is a must have!

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In our previous blog covering the introduction of Paulownia Woodwe had several inspirational examples by some very talented woodworkers.  In this follow-up blog, we will cover the “How-To” on building the Japanese-style Toolbox we showed you from that article with our product manager, George Snyder.  This ultra-feather weight wood is the key factor in using Paulownia for this build.  The box with shelves, weighs less than 8 lbs, making it an amazingly lightweight yet strong toolbox, despite loading it with various tools when completed.In our previous blog covering the introduction of Paulownia Wood, we had several inspirational examples by some very talented woodworkers.  In this follow-up blog, we will cover the “How-To” on building the Japanese-style Toolbox we showed you from that article with our product manager, George Snyder.  This ultra-feather weight wood is the key factor in using Paulownia for this build.  The box with shelves, weighs less than 8 lbs, making it an amazingly lightweight yet strong toolbox, despite loading it with various tools when completed.

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Continuing our woodworking adventures into Alabama, we arrive at the home of Woodcraft Magazine senior editor, Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk to cover his 20′ x 22′ interior garage space morphing into an extreme workshop makeover. The 2011 October/ November Issue #43 of Woodcraft Magazine features a special topic on this floor to ceiling, wall to wall transformation with detailed projects, providing instruction on turning any garage, basement or outside structure into a viable workshop. Joe is tasked with converting his 20′ x 20′ two-car attached garage into an organized, fully functioning, safe workshop. The “BEFORE” photo below will give you an idea of what Joe started with.  If the clutter and disorganization looks similar to your work area, then perhaps this information may help you build a workshop makeover too.

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The USS North Carolina was the lead ship of the North Carolina Class of fast big gun warships and the first newly constructed American battleship at that time to enter service during World War II.  Nicknamed Showboat, because of all the media attention she received as she was being built and tested, the USS North Carolina was a true naval marvel and the fastest most heavily armed ship (carrying sixteen 400 mm guns) in the fleet at the time of her commissioning in 1941.  The North Carolina took part in every major naval offensive in the Pacific area of operations, often protecting aircraft carriers, to become the most highly decorated American battleship of World War II by accumulating 15 battle stars.

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In this upcycle project, we had the opportunity to bring in a jewelry armoire from one of our Woodcraft marketing team members, Lori Haught.  Lori decided rather than putting this in her Spring yard sale, why not refurbish it and give her bedroom decor an added useful piece to match other items therein.  So, it was off to the Woodcraft product development department for a plan of action!

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