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width=”853″ height=”480″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> The Basics: Start with a project idea, plan or simple sketch Break the project into its parts, 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
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When you spend $2000 on a new a table saw, chances are it will come with a mediocre blade. And you’ll probably endure that blade until it’s too dull to tolerate, then you’ll finally decide to dip into the lumber budget to buy a new one. That’s when you’ll discover a sea of choices, and the experience will probably
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Here are three nice ways to help give walnut its best finish possible. Each method produces beautiful color without making the wood look unnatural.

When we say walnut looks great with a finish, you’re probably asking, “Um… which finish?” Good question. However the answer isn’t exactly a simple one because you can apply dozens of techniques to walnut and the wood will . . . look great. But here are three really good ways to give walnut a nice appearance in
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width=”800″ height=”600″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> Yep, that’s Norm Abram. You’re going to want to watch this. No doubt about it, with a table saw and a router, a modern day woodworker is an unstoppable force. But the table saw is the most ubiquitous woodworking tool of our age. Indeed, it’s what separates woodworkers from, well, their neighbors-who-need-a-favor. If
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Sometimes, an idea for a project just jumps out at you when you see a piece of wood. That’s what happened when we brought in a small load of dimensioned ipe (ee-pay) lumber that was cut into uniform sizes of 3/4″ x 5.5″ x 72″.  I made a small bet with myself that I could
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Adirondack chairs

  Years ago I wanted to build my first jewelry box. So I tried to buy a little bit of hardwood lumber, which seemed like a simple thing to do. But I was wrong. Here’s the story: In the late 1960s my wife, Betty, and I were newlyweds just out of college. I was a
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Every month we feature a different hardwood by stocking up with fresh new inventory and by slashing the price by 25% or more. But did you know that every month we also provide a chance for you to test out the wood and get a feel for it yourself?  In every one of our stores you
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Knife sharpening with the Tormek sharpener

FREE Woodworking Demonstration: June 11, 2014 | 11:00 am & 2:00 PM Woodworkers Source Phoenix 18115 N. Black Canyon Hwy   We could tell you about the wonders of good sharp chisels, knives and plan blades until we’re blue in the face. But instead, why don’t you come on down to our Phoenix location on
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Hardwood lumber comes in thicknesses measured in quarters of an inch. 1″ lumber is called 4/4 (four quarters). 2″ lumber is called 8/4 (eight quarters). Here’s how they compare.

What do these lumber fractions mean? 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 8/4, 10/4, 12/4 In short, these fractions are the names for the thickness of hardwood lumber. The thickness is expressed as a fraction, and goes in increments of quarters of an inch. However, this is a name only. It’s not a precise measurement.

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Over the last few months, I’ve whittled up a healthy number of Baltic birch sheets to build a wide array of projects. A router table and fence, several drawer boxes, a craft table. In the same months, I’ve seen my colleagues use Baltic birch to make a table saw cross cut sled, a glue rack,
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width=”800″ height=”600″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> So you want 1/8″ thick exotic wood, or maybe thinner? Or slice a 3/4″ thick board into some 1/4″ thick pieces? It’s a common question from our customers.  “Can you slice a thicker board into numerous thinner boards?”  It’s a sensible question because it seems like a big waste of wood
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