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Heartwood: Woodworking by Rob Porcaro

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inside the woodshop 2015-04-06T18:38:03Z
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New steel expected to change woodworking

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 9:35pm
A new steel developed at the Japanese Institute of Engineering and Metallurgy holds tremendous practical promise for all who use sharp blades, including busy woodworkers. Though not yet ready as a marketable product, it appears to have the potential to be a complete game changer. Here’s the details. The key feature of this steel is […]
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Mystery and mastery

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 4:58pm
Early on the long road to proficiency in a craft or any serious skill, there are many mysteries to solve. In this first stage, there are countless individual elements that are difficult to master and all together they can seem overwhelming. For example, the vast range of tools can be paralyzing for a novice woodworker, and […]
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Corner blocks

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 10:40pm
Corner blocks (corner braces) are a practical, effective way to strengthen furniture, particularly post and rail assemblies. As previously discussed here, a properly designed and executed mortise and tenon joint will itself rarely fail but the wood around the mortise still can break. Two feet of leg extending below a table apron can impose huge […]
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Dust collection setup with the Mini Gorilla

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 12:16am
My small shop requires making efficient use of every bit of floor, wall, and air space, including for dust collection. The setup described here has proven convenient and effective. The Oneida Mini Gorilla is set on the “mobile” stand but since it will not be moved, I took off the wheels and attached wooden blocks […]
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Oneida Mini Gorilla dust collector

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 11:41pm
For many years, dust collection in my shop had been the basic bag-over-bag single-stage collector familiar to most of us small shop woodworkers. A few years ago I upgraded to the Oneida Mini Gorilla, a cyclone collector, and it has been excellent. I’ve received many inquiries about it from woodworkers considering upgrading their dust collection system, […]
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Washers for wood expansion

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 8:45pm
These are so eminently practical that it seems they should have been around for a century but it has been just several years since Lee Valley started manufacturing Chris Becksvoort’s clever idea. Since then, I’ve been using them whenever there is a need for a substantially long slot to accommodate the movement of a screw […]
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