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Mark Arnold on North Bennet, SAPFM & Sgraffito – 360w360 E.229

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Mark Arnold on North Bennet, SAPFM & Sgraffito – 360w360 E.229

In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking Mark Arnold of Boston Woodworking discusses his time at North Bennet Street School, editing and writing for American Period Furniture and a woodworking technique known as sgraffito, which he’s teaching at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking in late June 2017.

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.

Continue reading Mark Arnold on North Bennet, SAPFM & Sgraffito – 360w360 E.229 at 360 WoodWorking.

These Are Drying Times

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 5:31am
These Are Drying Times

Many of us woodworkers experience low humidity in Winter – ever listen to your furniture pop and snap as the wood gives in to the dryness? As we move into Spring, the air again gains in moisture and often you can hear your furniture swell back toward fullness. These are drying times.

The same thing happens in the shop. Although because most shops are not as airtight as our living spaces, the trip from overly dry to moisture-laden can be more dramatic.

Continue reading These Are Drying Times at 360 WoodWorking.

Milwaukee’s M18 7-1/4″ Circ Saw

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 4:10am
Milwaukee’s M18 7-1/4″ Circ Saw

Right at the top I’m going to say that this tool is not cheap. It is, however, a fantastic tool to have in the shop. I used a Milwaukee M18 7-1/4″ circular saw to breakdown sapele boards as I began a fireplace frame-and-panel wall. It is so nice to simply grab the saw and get to it – no extension cords to hassle needed. And I have yet to slow or stall the saw.

It was even better when one of the guys in for a class purchased a load of lumber and needed to shorten the lengths for the long ride home.

Continue reading Milwaukee’s M18 7-1/4″ Circ Saw at 360 WoodWorking.

Asa Christiana & Woodworking From the Start – 360w360 E.228

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:10am
Asa Christiana & Woodworking From the Start – 360w360 E.228

In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking Asa Christiana talks about his upcoming book, and his class at Marc Adams School of Woodworking, both of which focus on woodworking from the start.

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. But the conversation is always information packed and lots of fun.

Continue reading Asa Christiana & Woodworking From the Start – 360w360 E.228 at 360 WoodWorking.

It’s Time to Think Woodworking Classes

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:00am
It’s Time to Think Woodworking Classes

Moving into warmer Spring and Summer breezes causes many to think about taking woodworking classes – who wants to bet on the weather in January and February, unless you’re south of Cancun? Plus, it’s often the best time to steal away a few days to pump up your woodworking skills.

Classes at 360 Woodworking are often geared toward projects – you learn techniques throughout the week-long class as you build a project such as a Mission desk or oxbow chest.

Continue reading It’s Time to Think Woodworking Classes at 360 WoodWorking.

Maneuver Monster Machines

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 8:58am
Maneuver Monster Machines

You used to hear that if we used more of our brains, we could move mountains – thanks, Lucy for making us bust that myth. While a 12″ jointer at 700+ pounds is not quite a mountain, hustling it around a one-man shop is a bit taxing. Using your brain beats using your brawn when you have to maneuver monster machines.

This past Friday I cleared the shop floor to make room for 35 woodworkers from the Cincinnati Woodworkers Club, who were coming in to talk joinery.

Continue reading Maneuver Monster Machines at 360 WoodWorking.

Slip Seats Don’t Have to be Uncomfortable

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 4:10am
Slip Seats Don’t Have to be Uncomfortable

We have all sat upon those metal folding chairs with the a plywood insert covered with a thin piece of cheap foam and vinyl (Fig. 1). Most times we’ve gotten up wishing we hadn’t because those seats are so uncomfortable. It isn’t so bad if it is just a short visit.

Unfortunately, there are a great many uncomfortable dining, side and occasional chairs out there that leave us with a similar feeling.

Continue reading Slip Seats Don’t Have to be Uncomfortable at 360 WoodWorking.

Ron Herman on How To Saw Straight – 360w360 E.227

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 4:10am
Ron Herman on How To Saw Straight – 360w360 E.227

In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking we catch up, once again,  with Ron Herman. The topic is how to saw straight.

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. But the conversation is always information packed and lots of fun.

If you have topics you’d like covered in future episodes, click here to send 360woodworking an email.

Continue reading Ron Herman on How To Saw Straight – 360w360 E.227 at 360 WoodWorking.

Elevate Your Work

Sun, 04/09/2017 - 7:50am
Elevate Your Work

This is not about how to elevate your work by taking a class with 360 Woodworking, or learning new skills as you delve into a subscription to 360Woodworking.com – although I’d be happy if you did both or either. (C’mon. I have to do the plug, right?)

This is about a simple, inexpensive way to raise your work when finishing. And it’s done with pieces from the scrap bin and a few brads.

Continue reading Elevate Your Work at 360 WoodWorking.

Asa’s Fault

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 9:17am
Asa’s Fault

After talking with Asa Christiana for a few 360 Woodworking podcast about building projects using minimal tools and things found on the shelves of home-center stores, I decided to test his beliefs. (The first podcast went live today.)

I strolled up to my local store to walk the isles taking in what was there and what I could put to use in my woodworking or shop. Yea, that’s right. I don’t have anything else to do with my time!

Continue reading Asa’s Fault at 360 WoodWorking.

Asa Christiana Talks Changes in Woodworking – 360w360 E.226

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 4:10am
Asa Christiana Talks Changes in Woodworking – 360w360 E.226

In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking we catch up with former Fine Woodworking Magazine Editor, Asa Christiana.

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. But the conversation is always information packed and lots of fun.

If you have topics you’d like covered in future episodes, click here to send 360woodworking an email.

Continue reading Asa Christiana Talks Changes in Woodworking – 360w360 E.226 at 360 WoodWorking.

A Departing Founder

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 6:12am
A Departing Founder

It’s inevitable that people change positions in the work world – desires change, drive fades or new ideas beckon. And so it is with 360Woodworking.com.

As of April 1, 2017, Chuck Bender, a founding member of the team, has moved on from 360Woodworking. As you may expect, I’m saddened by his departure. I’ll miss – hell, we’ll all miss – his camaraderie and his vast woodworking knowledge. I’m sure that whatever he chooses to do as his next step in life will be special.

Continue reading A Departing Founder at 360 WoodWorking.

Accuracy Counts

Sun, 04/02/2017 - 3:52am
Accuracy Counts

A few weeks back in Ron Herman’s video presentation, “Quick Joinery Using Sticks,” Ron talked about making a set of shop-made spacer blocks out of hardwood. His premise was that when you’re setting up a saw cut, say at your human-powered miter box, if you hit an aluminum spacer with your saw blade you can damage your blade. I get that. But while working on a contemporary table for a presentation later in the month, I found a place where I needed to set my router depth of cut at 1/2″– a place where accuracy counts.

Continue reading Accuracy Counts at 360 WoodWorking.

Ron Herman Talks Saw Blades – 360w360 E.225

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 4:00am
Ron Herman Talks Saw Blades – 360w360 E.225

In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking Ron Herman kicks off a new interview/discussion podcast format.

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. But the conversation is always information packed and lots of fun.

If you have topics you’d like to hear covered in future episodes, click here to send an email to the guys.

Continue reading Ron Herman Talks Saw Blades – 360w360 E.225 at 360 WoodWorking.

Easy, Peasy Diamond Inlay

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 3:45am
Easy, Peasy Diamond Inlay

The woodworking world in which I participate is slowing moving toward minute measurements – everything needs to be precise. Users of handplanes brag about shavings in the thousandths of an inch, and calipers in some woodworking shops carry measurements three decimal places or more. We are trying to work in exacting dimensions using a medium that does not support infinitesimal details. Wood moves. The idea in woodworking today – as it was in the previous centuries – should be to make it fit.

Continue reading Easy, Peasy Diamond Inlay at 360 WoodWorking.

Aluminum – It Cuts Like Butta!

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 2:18pm
Aluminum – It Cuts Like Butta!

I’m working on a contemporary project that uses aluminum angle as its legs. I decided to taper the legs, along with another embellishment. The metal then has to be smoothed with files and sanded for a cleaner look and better feel.

Because I’m using multipurpose 6061 aluminum, I knew cutting it would be more easy than difficult. But what would be the best method to make the cuts? My first thought was to purchase a metal-cutting blade for my jigsaw.

Continue reading Aluminum – It Cuts Like Butta! at 360 WoodWorking.

Spread Glue On Thick

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 12:58pm
Spread Glue On Thick

A couple of weeks back, I wrapped up a three-presentation series on curved components. The last of the series covered bent laminations. (Other parts of the series discussed brick laying and stacked laminations.) Glue application is key. You have to spread glue on thick.

Bent lamination work is a bit more involved because you have to have a form to bend your thin laminations around or against. Also, you’re working with six to 10 laminations, depending on the thickness of your end part.

Continue reading Spread Glue On Thick at 360 WoodWorking.

Magnetic Two-stage Bit-tip Holder

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 3:48am
Magnetic Two-stage Bit-tip Holder

Last week I was in the shop and a friend had to reach a skosh farther into a cabinet than he anticipated. The screw he was after was just beyond the reach of his drill/driver and its magnetic, bit-tip holder. I had a longer holder, but it was clear across the shop in the cabinet – that was at least 20 feet away. (Sad, huh?)

What I had within reach, however, was a second short, bit-tip holder.

Continue reading Magnetic Two-stage Bit-tip Holder at 360 WoodWorking.

Looking For A Podcast?

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 4:45am
Looking For A Podcast?

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve heard from a number of regular listeners about the missing 360 With 360Woodworking podcast. Just to calm some of the talk, 360 Woodworking is working on new ideas concerning the podcast. There are a few announcements to be made after a couple of details get worked out. A couple of snags have developed.

Fear not regular listeners. The 360 With 360Woodworking podcast will reappear in the next week or two with a new format and new concept, but with the same great woodworking information.

Continue reading Looking For A Podcast? at 360 WoodWorking.

Monarch Introduces Bandsaw Precision

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 4:50am
Monarch Introduces Bandsaw Precision

There’s a new woodworking tool company emerging to the world. Monarch Industrial has just launched a new product that is the answer to the most-often asked question in bandsaw setup. How do you accurately adjust the tension on your bandsaw blade? With the release of its new Tension Gauge, Monarch introduces bandsaw precision. Every woodworker now has the ability to set the perfect tension in his or her blades, and that’s way better than the on-board gauges found on most bandsaws – we know how those lack credibility.

Continue reading Monarch Introduces Bandsaw Precision at 360 WoodWorking.

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