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New Sawmaker Builds Ancient Saws

New Sawmaker Builds Ancient Saws

Anyone who has ever read Joseph Moxon’s “Mechanick Exercises” (1678) has puzzled over his pictures of saws. There are some frame saws, a whipsaw and a fancy handled saw without a back that Moxon, as far as I know, doesn’t discuss in his text. That fancy saw has always caught my eye. What was it Continue reading»
 

What Type of Woodworker Are You – Honestly

What Type of Woodworker Are You – Honestly

Years ago I was asked to judge a building contest put on by Bosch that pitted young technical students against one another for a big cash prize and a whole bunch of tools. For the contest, the students were given a plan, some wood, some tools and a certain number of hours to get it Continue reading»
 

Make a Joint Stool in New Jersey

Make a Joint Stool in New Jersey

With the release of the long-awaited book “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree,” I hope to get many more reports like this one from woodworker Wilbur Pan in New Jersey. He and some fellow members of the Central Jersey Woodworkers Association (cjwa.org) started in on building joint stools last weekend at a woodlot owned Continue reading»
 

How to Drive Brass Screws with Care

How to Drive Brass Screws with Care

There is some good advice out there on how to drive brass screws when installing furniture hardware. To recap: 1. Use the right-size pilot holes. The bit should be the diameter of the un-threaded portion of the screw. 2. Use good screws. If your brass screws are soft, you should first cut the threads in Continue reading»
 

The Best Shop Wastebasket

The Best Shop Wastebasket

I spend a lot of time in my shop, so I’m picky about what I put in there, from the bench to the tool cabinet, the wooden floor or even the wastebasket. Last week I decided I needed a wastebasket by the door of my shop. I have a huge bourbon barrel by my bench Continue reading»
 

David Charlesworth Returns to Teaching

David Charlesworth Returns to Teaching

After being clobbered by bacterial pneumonia in 2011, woodworker, Popular Woodworking Magazine author and teacher David Charlesworth is again teaching classes on tool tuning, dovetailing and drawer making at his school in Devon, England. Charlesworth was struck ill while teaching at the Dictum workshops in Germany, was hospitalized and later returned to England to complete Continue reading»