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Heartwood: Woodworking by Rob Porcaro

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inside the woodshop 2018-02-16T06:38:29Z
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Sandpaper upgrades

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 10:29pm
3M sandpaper
Sanding doesn’t get a lot of respect in the woodworking world, perhaps because it is a rather boring job, and hand planing seems, by contrast, so refined. Nonetheless, sanding is an important step in building many projects, so it pays to take advantage of technological advancements. 3M’s Pro Grade Precision sanding sheets seem to cut […] 0
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Plane iron adjustment hammer

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 10:58pm
brass plane iron adjustment hammer
This modified brass hammer is superb for adjusting plane blades. It shares the functional advantages of a small Japanese octagonal steel hammer, but the brass is kinder to blades. I created the quasi-octagonal shape from the original cylindrical head of a Grace USA 8-ounce brass hammer using an 80-grit belt on the Ridgid oscillating vertical […] 0
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Ruler Trick trick

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 2:19pm
ruler trick
A strip of 0.20″-thick plastic shim stock, about 1/2″-wide and the full length of the stone, facilitates the Ruler Trick. The plastic is the same thickness and width as the 6″ steel ruler I had been using, but the blade slides on it more smoothly, and it allows use of the full length of the stone. […] 0
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Tenon shoulder jig for the table saw

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 9:47pm
tenon shoulder jig
This simple jig makes it easy to produce highly accurate tenon shoulders on the table saw. Admittedly, it is a nicety, not a necessity, but I have been delighted with the consistently excellent results from it. The special feature is that both edges of the fence are used, in turn, to register the work piece. […] 0
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Tenon shoulder trimming jig, revised

Sun, 01/28/2018 - 6:34pm
tenon shoulder jig
Tenon shoulders must meet stringent standards to produce a good joint – straight, at the correct angle to the length of the rail (usually 90°), accurately paired on both sides of the joint to meet the surface around the mortise, and in position to make the length of the rail fit the overall structure. Thus, […] 0
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Highly accurate squares at a nice price

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 8:41pm
Kinex squares
Kinex squares are a fantastic value. Not well known to U.S. woodworkers, Kinex’s website states, “Swiss quality made in the Czech Republic.” Their tools are made to German DIN standards for accuracy. That’s the Deutsches Institut für Normung, which just sounds accurate to my ears. Their all-steel “Precision Universal Squares,” which are designed much like […] 0
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Curved cork sanding blocks

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 3:34pm
cork block
Customized shaped blocks are a must for properly sanding concave curves. They are a key player on the Tools for Curves team. Cork has the ideal flexibility and resiliency for backing the sandpaper. Lately, I have been making the blocks entirely from cork. These work better and are easier to make than what I formerly […] 0
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Donate your excess tools to the Krenov Foundation

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 6:16pm
Krenov Foundation
You have some tools hanging around your shop that you don’t use or need. I know you do. It’s inevitable. You’re a woodworker, so more times than you might care to admit, you’ve bought a tool that seemed so shiny and necessary at the time but now sits untouched. Maybe you’ve upgraded your chisels or […] 0
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Some good reading

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 9:00pm
Porcaro magazine articles
If you enjoy and find useful the material here on the Heartwood blog, here are some offerings by your devoted keyboard warrior that I think you’ll also like. As with all my woodworking writing, it comes from the “sawdust and shavings of my shop.” No armchair pretensions, I write what I do. I hope these materials […] 0
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Record #146 holdfast

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 5:08pm
Record #146 holdfast
Some readers have asked about the blue ring in the top of my workbench. It is the collar for the Record Bench Holdfast #146 (Marples M146). The #146 is an excellent tool. It holds more firmly than any other holdfast that I’ve tried, due to the grip of the notched stem in the collar, as […] 0
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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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