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Truegrit1

Using a really sharp plane blade, chisel or gouge is the best part of woodworking in my book. But for me, and I suspect many like me, sharpening hand tools is about as enjoyable as sanding. I hate it. However, like sanding, it is inescapable if you are going to get the results you want. Professional Tool Manufacturing, the folks that make the Drill Doctor, have taken a new look at this process and now offer Work Sharp, The Wood Tool Sharpener.

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I NEVER HAD ANY FORMAL WOODWORKING TRAINING – not even a high school shop class – so most of my knowledge comes from publications like this one. I’ve read several articles about making breadboard ends for tabletops, and the illustrations always show the boards that make up the field of the table cut with intermittent tenons – but without explanation.  

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Reminiscent of the Stanley 271, this small router plane features a stout ¼" square blade and is ideal for small relief and shallow mortise work. 

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Porter

A smaller-than-usual group of woodworkers gathered at Johnny Jones’ shop in Boerne, a small community just west of San Antonio, Texas. The sparse turnout was probably due to the San Antonio Spurs NBA playoff game against Denver that evening (the Spurs won).

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Featherboards, hold-downs and other jigs should be considered shop essentials. And with all the steel and cast iron around the average woodshop, magnetic force is a natural way to hold these essentials in place. Unfortunately, magnets powerful enough to stay in place are usually difficult to set in a precise spot.

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Asharpidea1

A couple of years ago,a small British manufacturing com-pany, M.Power Tools Ltd., decided to take advantage of the fact that diamond stones don’t change their shape during use.

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BEING NATURALLY VERY CHEAP, I buy rough-sawn hardwoods directly from the mill. It’s about one-third the cost of buying pretty boards from the big box stores, and it makes dozens of species and specialty cuts available that are not offered by the chains.

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Shakermakers1

Charlie Durfee and Peter Turner craft contemporary furniture that reflects the Shaker aesthetic – a philosophy rooted in simplicity.

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Outdoorprojects1

When it comes to outdoor projects, not all woods are created equal. Some resist decay and weathering better than others − and the right finish always helps.

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Warther1

Mooney Warther was a world-renowned carver who amazed people with his intricate trains and high-quality knives. Family members have preserved his legacy in an impressive museum while they continue to carve and to make fine cutlery.

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