Archive

How to Test for Case-hardened Lumber

maple_IMG_5156

Thanks to the long-term relationships I’ve made with lumber merchants, I have little trouble with them sending me crappy stock. But even after 20-something years of buying wood from my suppliers, there are times when I get a bogus load of wood. Most problems can be solved by knowing what is standard in the industry. About 15 years ago, I bought 200 board feet of cherry from my dealer that […]

The post How to Test for Case-hardened Lumber appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

 

How to Test for Case-hardened Lumber

maple_IMG_5156

Thanks to the long-term relationships I’ve made with lumber merchants, I have little trouble with them sending me crappy stock. But even after 20-something years of buying wood from my suppliers, there are times when I get a bogus load of wood. Most problems can be solved by knowing what is standard in the industry. About 15 years ago, I bought 200 board feet of cherry from my dealer that […]

The post How to Test for Case-hardened Lumber appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

 

Don’t Forget the Quality of the Kiln

FM_oak_IMG_5133

While I prefer to work with air-dried lumber, that’s not always possible for woodworkers who use a lot of wood or don’t have access to a dealer who air-dries stock. One of the major problems with kiln-dried lumber is that it is sometimes rushed through the kiln to get it to market. As a result, the stock can become case-hardened (among other defects). You can’t tell a piece of lumber […]

The post Don’t Forget the Quality of the Kiln appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

 

Free Download: ‘Atkins Saw Book for Home Craftsmen’

atkins_cover

Shortly before my friend Carl Bilderback died last year, he gave me a carload of woodworking books, catalogs and other ephemera that he had amassed during a lifetime of tool collecting and woodworking. His instructions: Distribute the books to young woodworkers who can’t afford them. Since his death, I’ve done just that. And all of his books are in the hands of people who need them and will use them. […]

The post Free Download: ‘Atkins Saw Book for Home Craftsmen’ appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

 

Pocket Screws: The Mightiest Little Clamp

bow_screwed_IMG_5084

I don’t have enough elitism in my bloodstream to poop on pocket screws too much. For starters, they are incredibly ingenious and allow people to build things with only a handful of tools and almost no clamps. And they have been around for a long time – I’ve seen pocket screws in many piece of 19th-century furniture, including Shaker stuff. But when the joinery is exposed, it’s quite ugly. And […]

The post Pocket Screws: The Mightiest Little Clamp appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

 

Woodworking Advice from the Food Industry

roorkee_front2_IMG_7819

Making good food is a lot like making good furniture – you need good raw materials, skill and a decent set of basic tools. Last weekend I was talking to my brother-in-law about his job, which is supplying high-quality ingredients to restaurants. He’s been in the business long enough that he ends up mentoring young restaurateurs. When he works with them in developing menus, he gives them this advice: “Look […]

The post Woodworking Advice from the Food Industry appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.