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Heartwood: Woodworking by Rob Porcaro

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inside the woodshop 2017-11-01T12:18:40Z
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Domino dilemmas

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 8:59pm
Domino joints
The Domino sure makes joinery easy: fast layout, cutting parts directly to length, mortises in a flash, no fussy trimming of tenon shoulders, and no trips to the sharpening bench. This may come at a price, however, if you fall into the seductive trap of machine woodworking, which is letting the limitations of the machine […] 0
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Wedges in multiple through-mortise-and-tenon joints

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 8:23pm
Wedges in multiple through-mortise-and-tenon joints
The usual directive is to flare the end grain mortise walls and wedge the tenons against those walls, as in the photo above. With the opposite configuration, which has the side grain mortise walls flared, there is reasonable concern that the wedges might exert pressure across the grain of the mortised board sufficient to split […] 0
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My favorite bandsaw blade

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 10:22pm
Supercut bandsaw blade
Readers of this blog know of my fondness for the bandsaw. More than almost any other tool in the shop, a fine quality bandsaw allows you to upgrade your range of designs and unlock the wonders of wood. With that in mind, here is my favorite bandsaw blade – the one that is almost always […] 0
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What is a fundamental skill set for a woodworker?

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 12:15am
woodworking skills
How would you reply if someone asked you, “Are you a good woodworker?” I think most of us seriously involved in the craft eventually ask ourselves this question. So, what might comprise a test of fundamental furniture making skills? Here is what I suggest as a basic skill set for making furniture and accessories. It […] 0
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Pat Warner 1943 – 2017

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 8:08am
Pat Warner
The passing of Pat Warner, July 28, 2017, should not go without tribute. His contributions to the techniques of woodworking is among the finest of our time based on his unsurpassed knowledge of the use of one of our most versatile woodworking tools, the router. He was truly an expert’s expert. Especially remarkable were his […] 4
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Router mortise jig, part 3: Improved wedge clamps

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 6:36am
mortise jig wedge clamps
In two earlier posts, I presented a router mortise jig. As writing is a good occasion to rethink matters, I have upgraded the clamping system on the jig. What’s more, this general design for a wedge clamp system can be applied to other shop jigs and fixtures to increase their holding range. The mechanical advantage […] 0
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DeWalt XL Trigger clamps

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 9:45pm
DeWalt XL trigger clamp
Of all the squeezy clamps that I have tried out in a store or used in the shop, this is the first one that I can reach for with confidence. The tightening handle is big and comfortable, making it pleasant to apply the rated 600 pounds of force. The bar is a sturdy I beam. […] 0
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Uses of jointer-planer combo and benchtop planer

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 10:32pm
Byrd Shelix on the DW735
Commenting on a recent post, a reader asked: Do you typically use your DeWalt 735 for planing, and your Hammer A3-31 for jointing? I am starting to look at combo jointer-planer units, and would be interested in knowing if you typically use separate machines for these two functions. You mentioned in a previous article you […] 0
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A2 steel plane blades are not all the same

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 10:29pm
A2 steel chipping
Before making my point, here is a synopsis of the differences between A2 and O2 blades, as I understand them, and have experienced in using them. Better however, you should also read a much more learned discussion by the Man of Steel himself, Ron Hock. In general, for comparable quality blades: O2 is finer grain […] 0
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CBN wheel for the Tormek grinder

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 10:42pm
Woodturner's Wonders CBN wheel for Tormek
I was pretty much content with my Tormek for grinding tools for 16 years. It sacrificed speed for relaxed and reliable grinding with excellent jigs, especially the SE-77. Though that tradeoff suits me, I like woodworking a lot more than sharpening, so a faster pace at the grindstone was always welcome. Thus I was drawn […] 0
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Tools that changed small-shop woodworking

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 8:39pm
small woodworking shop
Here’s a question just for fun. In the past 30-40 years, which advance in tooling has made the biggest practical change in small shop furniture making? An individual tool, a type of tool, or a major upgrade in a tool category, hand or power, all qualify. The answer will depend on the definition of “small […] 0
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