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Michael Fortune conducts a lively discussion on the art of building custom made tables

5-Day Woodworking Class Build 2 Tables December 3 – December 7 (Saturday – Wednesday) 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Instructor: Michael Fortune & Kelly Parker Where: Southwest School of Woodworking (downtown Phoenix) Register $760 (register at Southwest School of Woodworking) Southwest School of Woodworking is pleased to announce another special class taught by master craftsman, Michael Fortune.
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Build This Elegant Custom Cutting Board In A Weekend December 17 & 18, 2016 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (both days) Class size: 5 min – 8 max Instructor: Doug Forsha Where: Southwest School of Woodworking (downtown Phoenix) Register $195 (register at Southwest School of Woodworking) Here’s a great way for you to broaden your woodworking skills
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Here’s another important set of projects that emerged in our Platters Trays & Trivets Woodworking Contest.  I like to call these the “Honorable Mentions,” which are a selection of 20 projects that stuck out to me for one reason or another but did not make the top 10 as voted by the public. How’d I
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The art and science of woodworking consists of skills and knowledge that neither you nor I will ever totally master. There’s a lot to know about sticking two pieces of wood together!  However . . . we can share what we know and learn from one another. Putting some projects on display for everyone to share,
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Public Viewing & Voting November 7 – 12, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Reception & Awards Night November 12, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Woodworkers Source 18115 N. Black Canyon Hwy Phoenix, Az 85023 Map It Public Show Consider this your official invite to come on down to our store to browse through the 200-or-so entries in our
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Learn the essentials of woodworking at Arizona’s only comprehensive woodworking school Open House – Free Event! Saturday, November 5 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Southwest School of Woodworking 621 North 7th Avenue Phoenix, AZ Map It If you want to get better acquainted with the skills and the craft of woodworking, consider taking a class
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Step 3: Seal the dye with a thin coat of Zinsser SealCoat or another compatible sealer. After it dries, check it for areas that need to be sanded smooth and sand carefully.

  If you’ve seen our other tutorial on three tips for finishing mahogany, you’ll start to notice a basic four-step formula I like to employ to arrive at certain colors and characteristics: Dye Sealer Glaze Clear finish That’s it. Does it seem like an arsenal of chemicals? Believe it or not, the steps go quickly, and it’s actually
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width=”720″ height=”540″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> The heart of your home is probably the kitchen. That’s where you greet the kids in the morning, toast to a new job, gather for Thanksgiving, brew the ever-important cup of coffee to kickstart your day. The kitchen is a special place because that’s where you talk and eat with the most important
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Sapele lumber with finish

width=”750″ height=”422″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> It’s easy to love sapele lumber, especially for furniture and cabinetry. The wood is well-mannered when it comes to machining and working it with hand tools, making it a pleasure to use in woodworking projects. But it’s also downright beautiful with flowing ribbons of stripy figure trailing from end to end
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width=”853″ height=”480″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> Start with a project idea, plan or simple sketch Make a parts list, and determine the board footage of each part Add it up, then estimate a waste factor Don’t Like Math? Here’s An Easier Way: Download our “Project Planner” worksheet (.xlsx file) In an ideal world, you wouldn’t buy lumber for a project
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width=”853″ height=”480″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> Wood finishing is a mystery to many woodworkers. But I think this video above will help communicate the essentials to the craft of applying a nice, smooth, clear protective finish on a piece of furniture. What Are The Basics of Getting a Fantastic Wood Finish? Apply several light coats rather than thick, heavy coats Let
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width=”853″ height=”480″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> I recently built my own standing height desk, and this video will show you a little more about it. Like many furniture projects I started out looking for one to buy. As you probably know, buying furniture is an uninspiring event in which you discover: nice furniture costs money sometimes more money
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