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Heartwood: Woodworking by Rob Porcaro

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inside the woodshop 2015-03-01T04:47:31Z
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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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The strength in a mortise and tenon

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 12:43am
The glue line of a properly constructed mortise and tenon joint will almost never break from external load. Other things might break but not that. To get a good sense of this, let’s think about what’s going on in just a small joint with a tenon 3″ wide by 1″ long. There are 6 square […]
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A wood floor for your workshop

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 8:29pm
If you are working in a shop with a concrete floor, such as in a basement, consider installing a wood floor. It may be easier than you think. If you are working in the garage, consider coming indoors and using your hard-earned living space for what really matters to you. For example, banish the TV […]
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Vise jaw liner

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 1:15am
The jaws of the traditional tail vise on my old Ulmia workbench seem to the eye to meet accurately but there must be a minute misalignment because in use the grab on the work piece was slightly inconsistent across the full area of the bare jaw surfaces. Paring or scraping tiny corrections on the end […]
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Workbench and assembly bench covers

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 10:59pm
As the parts of a project approach completion, dings and scrapes are increasingly interrupting and protection becomes a greater issue. For relaxed efficiency it sometimes helps to cover the workbench or assembly bench with cushiony material during glue ups or other work toward the end of a project. Over the years, I’ve tried various materials […]
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Good stuff at Craftsy

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 3:40pm
Dear Heartwood readers, have I ever asked you for anything? No? Well, here then is my first small request. As you know, I have been writing for Craftsy, the excellent online video craft instruction site since April. There I’ve posted more than 33,000 words and 260 original photos of genuinely useful woodworking information. Now Craftsy is […]
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