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Heartwood: Woodworking by Rob Porcaro

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inside the woodshop 2014-07-13T07:11:33Z
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Jointer-planer combination machines, part 2

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 12:07am
In the previous post in this series, I recounted my stock preparation history culminating with the Hammer A3-31. Prior to discussing the ins and outs of the Hammer machine, let’s look at the rationale for a combination jointer-planer in the small shop. I’m guessing most of us share the following woodworking profile. We have: A […]
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Visit me at Craftsy – a new woodworking resource

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 10:39am
Heartwood readers, I invite you to check out Craftsy, an online craft instruction site that has recently added woodworking to its blog repertoire, with your devoted scribe as one of the authors. Craftsy offers hundreds of extensive videos on many crafts. I have just completed a series of nine posts on the Craftsy woodworking blog […]
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How Mark Harrell restores a vintage backsaw

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 4:03pm
Here is an excellent resource for every woodworker by the maker of Bad Axe saws. It will, of course, be extremely valuable if you have plans to restore a backsaw, but just as much if you want to improve the performance of any backsaw, or if you simply want to expand your understanding of hand saws. With photos […]
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Jointer-planer combination machines, part 1

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 7:48pm
Stock preparation is the essential foundation for any woodworking project, and there are three keys to doing it well: accuracy, efficiency, and knowledge. A jointer-planer combo machine can be a big help. There are countless pitfalls in stock preparation that can haunt even the most skillful woodworking that may follow. Twist, convex edges, and bowed […]
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Woods I love: Ash

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 12:48pm
From baseball bats to crates to tool handles, ash certainly earns its keep as a versatile workhorse wood, but how about for fine furniture? For this discussion, ash, as a furniture wood, refers to what is generally sold as “white ash” or just plain “ash,” most of which is Fraxinus americana, though there are several […]
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Using your brain is not optional

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 1:43am
Readers of this blog may have noticed that the author has a few pet peeves. Among them are the belief in magic, pretending that woodworking is quick or easy, and purporting perfection. Here’s another one. We contemporary woodworkers have a lot of advantages. We benefit from access to lots of excellent instruction, centuries of accumulated […]
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Adjusting tenon cheeks to fit

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 4:43pm
A good fit of the tenon to the mortise can be described as a comfortable swish fit. You should not need to pound the joint together, nor should the tenon simply drop into the mortise, nor should the tenon wobble in the mortise. This matters because a mortise and tenon joint derives its strength from […]
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