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How to Build Pecky Cypress Shelves

Let me tell you a story. A couple months ago my girlfriend and I decided that we wanted to have the family over for Christmas. While I’m not a drinker, her family is. And with the new place we wanted to make sure to include a small bar area. Now of course, I didn’t want it to just be any …

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What Kind of Hand Tools To Look For In Yard Sales

Yard sales are held by people and organizations for getting rid of excess items that are no longer serving them any purpose. These sales offer great products with even greater bargains, making it an amazing opportunity for shoppers. Products that are sold at yard sales may be something as mundane as comics, as advanced as electronic gadgets, and everything in …

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Where to Sell your Woodworking Creations

Do you enjoy creating woodworking masterpieces? Have you ever thought about selling those creations to make a little (or a lot of) extra money? If you are a woodsman, carpenter, carver, furniture maker, artisan, or cabinet maker, be your creation big or small, there is a huge opportunity for income. Take a look at… Etsy Local Craft Fairs Local Stores/Consignment …

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Practicing Hand Tool Safety: A General Guide for Woodworking

Hand tools, like most sharp, pokey, metal things can cause some significant bodily damage if used incorrectly. To stay safe, you should prepare and practice a number of basic habits. These habits will become preventative measures which will give you the best chance at avoiding missing fingers and huge splinters. Below is the general categories that most of your safety …

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Is a Japanese Polishing Plane Better Than a Western Smoothing Plane?

While doing some research on wood finishing, I came across an article praising wood planes from the far off country of Japan. I was intrigued. This article enumerated some interesting points. One of which I wanted to address here. The Japanese Polishing plane is objectively better than the Western Smoothing plane. For the skilled woodworker, the Japanese polishing plane is …

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Why Wood Warps and How to Prevent and Fix It

So I’m sitting here, staring at a pile of lumber. I made a stack of it a couple months ago before I got pulled off on another project. It now looks like fun house boards. Twisted and sprung. About as useful as a $3 bill. As I stand here looking down at my useless Lumber I ask myself one question. …

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Woodworking without Power Tools or Electricity

You know what? I get it. Wood projects capture the imagination. After browsing Instructables you got excited. Start way to many projects. You have an unfinished Jelly Bean dispenser, German beer mug, or maybe even a Cigar Box Ukulele taunting you on your Work Bench. But every time you get started you run up against the same problem. You don’t have …

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4.5 Ways to Drill a Hole without a Power Tools

As I started this site I’ve really made it a priority to minimize the amount of Power Tools in my life. Even drills! I even learned to drill a hole without the telltale whir of a power drill. That may sound strange but after years of a high-stress job I decided to pick up a hobby that would force me …