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So what’s the big deal about CNC carving, anyway? In the early days of the technology, it was big, heavy and expensive stuff – if you wanted precision and reliability. But today things are very different thanks to the Oliver Intellicarve, which is a table top sized CNC carver that’s quite affordable, surprisingly simple to use,
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width=”800″ height=”450″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> Tropical walnut might be a new wood to you, and that’s okay. This is a type of walnut that grows in Ecuador, Peru and Colombia, and happens to be a close relative of American black walnut. The two woods have similar color, hardness, and general working characteristics – they’re both rather nice
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width=”800″ height=”450″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> You have dozens, maybe hundreds, of ways to finish mahogany for your woodworking projects. That’s part of the beauty of the wood; you can apply nearly any finish to it and it’ll look wonderful. So there’s no way to make a definitive declaration about the best finish for mahogany. But I can pass you a
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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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If there’s one thing to understand about creating a rustic or distressed finish in alder woodworking projects, it’s this: there is no wrong answer. But still, maybe you want a handful of ideas to get your creative gears greased up. Indeed, of all wood finishes, rustic/aged techniques are probably the most fun to do – perhaps
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width=”800″ height=”450″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> Since European beech is very close-grained and dense, you can get a wonderfully smooth and flawless finish on the wood with very little trouble. Prepping the wood goes quickly, too, as abrasive sandpaper cuts this wood fast – unlike hard maple, which shares a similar density and light color. However, European beech is a
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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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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.

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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height=”422″ width=”750″ allowfullscreen=”” frameborder=”0″> Covering the edges of plywood or melamine on your woodworking project can be done several ways. One of the most favorable is to use solid wood edging, and there are multiple ways to do this too. A straightforward method is to glue 3/4″ x 1-1/2″ strips to the plywood edge and
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