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Blue Tape Rules

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 5:07am
Blue Tape Rules

Many of you know or have discovered that I have a passion for blue painter’s tape. I think blue tape rules in the woodshop. Here’s a bit of history.

In the 1920s Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing (known today as 3M) hired Richard Drew to travel around promoting the company products to automobile shops. The product he was pushing was sandpaper. Drew noticed that many of the shops struggled with different tapes. The sticky tapes of the day would not hold enough or would hold so much that paint was removed when the tape was peeled off the cars.

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Steve Latta Dishes on Fine Woodworking

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 3:35am
Steve Latta Dishes on Fine Woodworking

In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking writer, furniture maker and instructor Steve Latta is back to talk about Fine Woodworking Magazine.  Listen as he talks about the various editors he has worked with at the magazine throughout the past 30 years, and learn about a few of the articles he is most please with writing. Plus, he shares his method of work. Are you “process” oriented, or “project” oriented?

Join 360 Woodworking every Thursday for a lively discussion on everything from tools to techniques to wood selection (and more).

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Veritas Surface Clamp Does More

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 5:06am
Veritas Surface Clamp Does More

In 2006 when I built my Shaker-style workbench, I installed holes along the front edge of my top to help with work-holding. I could hold one side of a wide panel in my vise and clamp the opposite edge using a Veritas Surface Clamp. Slip the clamp into a 3/4″-diameter hole, tighten the wedge adjustment feature, swing the tilt arm over the panel and thumb-screw the clamp tight.

Over more than a decade of using the bench, I’ve employed my pair of surface clamps many, many times.

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Greg Pilotti On Thaddeus Stevens Woodworking Program – 360w360 E.252

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 4:10am
Greg Pilotti On Thaddeus Stevens Woodworking Program – 360w360 E.252

In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking we meet Greg Pilotti of GPFurnituremakers.com. He’s also a graduate of the woodworking program at Thaddeus Stevens College (from podcast #248 with Steve Latta). What better insight into the teachings (and benefits) of the program than to talk to one of its graduates who is running a successful and profitable woodworking business. He was voted one of the “40 Under 40” up-and-comers in woodworking for 2017.

Join 360 Woodworking every Thursday for a lively discussion on everything from tools to techniques to wood selection (and more).

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Braces & Drills with Ron Herman

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 4:10am
Braces & Drills with Ron Herman

Ron Herman discusses woodworking braces, including terminology, sizes and chuck designs. Plus, he shares his take on hand-powered drills as he identifies a small assortment of tools still available at garage sales, flea markets and tool swaps.

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Forums, Magazine Misinformation & Screws with Dale Barnard – 360w360 E.251

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 4:10am
Forums, Magazine Misinformation & Screws with Dale Barnard – 360w360 E.251

In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking I asked Dale Barnard to join us again to talk about his (and some of my) pet peeves. He’s written blogs on many of these topics. We discuss woodworking forums, some misinformation found in woodworking magazines and screws. He likes drywall screws. Me, not so much. But we reach a mutual understanding.

Join 360 Woodworking every Thursday for a lively discussion on everything from tools to techniques to wood selection (and more).

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Funky Woodworking Brace

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 12:23pm
Funky Woodworking Brace

As I was editing a video presentation about woodworking braces with Ron Herman (yes, woodworkingwithron.com Ron Herman) I was enamored with a funky woodworking brace that he shows and describes in one section of the video.

As you probably know, hand tools are not a huge part of my woodworking – certainly not old braces, but I do have a couple of examples. One is from my Dad, which he used in business and I played with as a boy.

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Weekend with Wood 2018

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 11:07am
Weekend with Wood 2018

It’s OFFICIAL! I am a presenter at the 2018 Weekend with Wood woodworking event hosted by Wood Magazine at its Des Moines, Iowa classrooms and shops. The event is held May 17th through the 20th, so make your reservations now. Listed as teachers at next year’s event are names such as Gary Rogowski, Jeff Miller, Vic Tesolin, Steve and Jeremy Stevenson, George Vondriska, the staff at Wood magazine and others.

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Woodworking Tips With Asa Christiana – 360w360 E.250

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 4:10am
Woodworking Tips With Asa Christiana – 360w360 E.250

In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking Asa Christiana drops back in to talk about woodworking tips published in his book, “Build Stuff with Wood.” Topics include how to improve acid brushes to what are the best castors for shop carts. Plus, the the idea of moving woodworking beyond a solo event, and the benefits thereof are discussed.

Join 360 Woodworking every Thursday for a lively discussion on everything from tools to techniques to wood selection (and more).

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Frankly, These Guys Are Kicking A@$

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 4:47pm
Frankly, These Guys Are Kicking A@$

This week, beginning on Monday, I have a couple of woodworkers in the shop building Pembroke tables. Frankly, these guys are kicking A@$. It’s been only three days and the Franks – that’s right, both guys in the class are named Frank – are owning these tables.

As you can see in the photo, the tables, complete with oval drop-leaf tops and fly rails with knuckle joints, are all but finished. Because they plan to breakdown the tables to transport them back to their shops, they decided to build without assembly, which is why the aprons are not yet installed.

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Great Tips Get Passed On

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 7:04am
Great Tips Get Passed On

This past week I spent an hour talking with Asa Christiana for Thursday’s 360 W/ 360 Woodworking podcast. Thanks for your time, Asa.  He’s a former editor of Fine Woodworking Magazine (FWW) who is now running his own gig at Christiana Creative, and he’s the author of the new woodworking book “Build Stuff With Wood” (Taunton Press).

In earlier podcasts, we talked about his book, the concept behind the book and about some of the projects in it (podcast #228 and #230).

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Dale Barnard Talks About Woodworking Classes – 360w360 E.249

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 4:42am
Dale Barnard Talks About Woodworking Classes – 360w360 E.249

In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking woodworker, author and woodworking instructor, Dale Barnard, talks about his path to woodworking, his early education and the many ways he’s attempted to schedule classes for his woodworking school in southern Indiana.

Join 360 Woodworking every Thursday for a lively discussion on everything from tools to techniques to wood selection (and more). Glen talks with various guests about all things woodworking and some things that are slightly off topic.

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Another Hot-Sand Inlay

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 6:07am
Another Hot-Sand Inlay

In the last online course released from 360 Woodworking (Inlaid Tea Caddy), hot sand was used to shade pieces of veneer to make rays for quarter, round and oval fans. This past week I was back at it to make a different hot-sand inlay for an upcoming project, a Pembroke Table. The legs of the table are strung, have a small inlaid circle to cover a pivot point for the stringing and have a cuff band, in addition to the sand-shaded inlay.

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Steve Latta: Woodworking at the College Level – 360w360 E.248

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 4:10am
 Woodworking at the College Level – 360w360 E.248

In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking we hear from a woodworking professor at Thaddeus Stevens College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. You may better know him as Steve Latta, woodworker, Fine Woodworking contributing editor and the guy who, in my opinion, brought inlay back to the forefront of woodworking. Steve is in his 20th year teaching this craft to those in college – and he’s doing a damn fine job if you look at the results.

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Fly Rail

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 6:48am
Fly Rail

Last week I wrote about how you could use a simple jig setup to begin the steps to make a knuckle joint for a Pembroke table – same jig used to make box joints and moldings. After you have your knuckle joint constructed, what do you do your the “fly” rail to make it work? The rail should swing out to support your table leaf. And while not at work, it conceals the the fixed apron set behind it.

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It’s All About Backboards – 360w360 E.247

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 4:44am
It’s All About Backboards – 360w360 E.247

In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking as the Labor Day Weekend holiday approaches and we plan time with our families, I decided to revisit an “Around the Shop” podcast that discussed backboards. It’s solid woodworking information with an eye toward historically accurate work.

Join 360 Woodworking every Thursday for a lively discussion on everything from tools to techniques to wood selection (and more). Glen talks with various guests about all things woodworking and some things that are slightly off topic.

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Dentil Molding, Box & Knuckle Joints

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 5:52am
Dentil Molding, Box & Knuckle Joints

What do dentil molding and box and knuckle joints have in common? If you look at the opening photo, you’ll get a hint. What do you see?

I’ll tell you what I see. I see a woodworking jig that is super easy to make in the shop, and is extremely accurate when properly constructed. And better yet, this jig is multi-purpose in so far as it is used to produce each of the items mentioned in the post’s title.

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Bradley McCalister Talks Wood & Tools Used When Turning – 360w360 E.246

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 3:38am
Bradley McCalister Talks Wood & Tools Used When Turning – 360w360 E.246

In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking, Bradley McCalister is back to talk about his favorite woods to work with on the lathe, and we discuss various tools used when turning, including scroll chucks, traditional turning tools and turning tools that have interchangeable cutters.

Join 360 Woodworking every Thursday for a lively discussion on everything from tools to techniques to wood selection (and more). Glen talks with various guests about all things woodworking and some things that are slightly off topic.

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Tip For Lathe Work & Elsewhere

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 6:50am
Tip For Lathe Work & Elsewhere

If you’ve been reading my blog recently, you are sure to have noticed that I’ve been working at my lathe – it’s a Minimax T-124 Copy lathe – quite a bit. My inherited version of this lathe does not have an indexing head. I don’t know if other versions of this lathe have an indexing ability or not. While no index abilities generally are not a problem, there are times when it’s a huge disadvantage.

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Bradley McCalister’s Views on Woodturning – 360w360 E.245

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 4:10am
Bradley McCalister’s Views on Woodturning – 360w360 E.245

In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking, Bradley McCalister shares his views on woodturning, including a bit of his history and the path he traveled to become a woodturner, his opinion on why working on a lathe has grown in the past decade and what trends are showing up in the craft at this time. Then we turn the discussion to how to get started woodturning – his answer may not be what you expected.

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