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    Simple Sanding Jig Solves a Big Problem on Custom Box

    It’s fairly common to mount hinges in a box with the hinge barrel being located in such a way that it is bisected by the box side.

    StartWoodworking | May 15, 2014
    Simple Method for Squaring a Case

    If you're a budding woodworker, you know the importance of measuring a case--be it a cabinet, box, drawer, whatever--for square.

    Ed_Pirnik | May 5, 2014
    Hardwood Edging—Twice as Fast

    If you ever find yourself having to apply hardwood edging to several shelves—say for a bookcase built using furniture-grade plywood, you could rip each 1/4-in.

    Ed_Pirnik | Jan 23, 2014
    Burnish Your Woodworking Projects for More Luster

    I am by no means an expert turner b

    Ed_Pirnik | Aug 29, 2013
    How to Tune-Up a Spokeshave

    Well, I went and did it again. Browsing the tables at a local flea market, I stumbled upon a nice vintage Stanley No. 52 spokeshave.

    Ed_Pirnik | Aug 21, 2013
    Quick Trick for Jointing Boards by Hand

    Eventually, as most budding woodworkers progress up the technique ladder, they'll reach a point where the siren song of handplanes just can't be ignored.

    Ed_Pirnik | Aug 14, 2013
    New Line of Benchtop Tools Save Space and Cost Less

    The biggest hurdle for anyone coming into woodworking is the cost involved in getting a functional workshop up and running.

    AsaC | Jul 31, 2013
    Build a Flush-Trim Base for Your Router

    Most woodworkers are inveterate tinkerers.

    Ed_Pirnik | Apr 17, 2013
    Accurate Cuts on Long Workpieces

    The simple stop block—when coupled with a well-built crosscut sled—excels at making repeatable cuts to a consistent length.

    matthewknight | Apr 3, 2013
    Simple Tip for Accurate Joinery Marks

    What's the most accurate way to mark up a workpiece for joinery?

    Ed_Pirnik | Feb 28, 2013
    Build a Simple Tenoning Jig for the Tablesaw

    While building a small cherry cabinet recently, I decided to construct a simple door using bridle joints.

    Ed_Pirnik | Jan 16, 2013
    5 Tips for Better Cabinets

    At some point, just about every serious budding woodworker will tackle the construction of a cabinet—most likely with a door.

    Ed_Pirnik | Dec 20, 2012
    Build a Portable Router Table

    StartWoodworking | Dec 6, 2012
    Secrets to Mitered Box Making

    Dovetailed boxes are beautiful but let's face it: dovetails are difficult to cut.

    StartWoodworking | Nov 20, 2012
    Dowel Joints Without a Dowel Jig

    dowel centersThe conventional dowe

    Ed_Pirnik | Oct 25, 2012
    Book Giveaway: Woodworking FAQ
    ***UPDATE, September 20, 2012***
    Congratulations to our lucky winner, Wolf Lahti. His comment was chosen at random.
    StartWoodworking | Sep 13, 2012
    Choosing the Right Furniture Finish

    Learn how to choose the best finish for all your woodworking and furniture projects

    StartWoodworking | Sep 7, 2012
    How to Revive an Old Furniture Finish

    StartWoodworking | Aug 23, 2012

    Easy Arts and Crafts Finish

    By combining water-based dyes with oil-based stains, you can mimic the rich, warm look of antique Arts & Crafts furniture, without dangerous fuming techniques.

    StartWoodworking | Apr 25, 2012
    Box Joint Jig Handles Drawer Joinery with Ease

    Learn how to build and use a clever tablesaw jig for perfect box joints.

    StartWoodworking | Apr 19, 2012
    Simple Trick for Filling Holes in Hardwood

    Ed_Pirnik | Apr 12, 2012

    Woodworking 101: Free Chapter Download

    In this free chapter download from Taunton's new book, Woodworking 101, learn how to bu

    StartWoodworking | Feb 29, 2012
    Woodworking Book Giveaway

    ***UPDATE, March 1, 2012***

    Congratulations to our lucky winner, Jim Crockett. His comment was chosen at random.

    Leave a comment for a chance to bring home a copy of "Routers and Router Tables."

    Ed_Pirnik | Feb 23, 2012
    Book Giveaway: Woodworker's Guide to Joinery

    Leave a comment in this blog post and you could be the winner of a copy of the Woodworker's Guide to Joinery.

    Ed_Pirnik | Dec 28, 2011
    How to Build a Simple Router Table

    Learn how to build a simple router table using a sheet of scrap plywood or MDF, a few screws, and a single piece of hardwood.

    Ed_Pirnik | Dec 28, 2011
    Hardwood Edging for Small Boxes

    Learn how to add hardwood edging of a contrasting color for more beautiful boxes.

    Ed_Pirnik | Dec 14, 2011
    Drill Guide for Super-Straight Holes

    Recently, while building a Shaker writing table, I needed to drill dowel holes in the front faces of my table's legs, after the table

    Ed_Pirnik | Nov 9, 2011
    How to Build a Router Jig for Perfect Dadoes

    A handheld router is an incredibly versatile tool, and when you're just starting out, it's among the four most useful handheld power tools you can have in your arsenal.

    Ed_Pirnik | Nov 9, 2011
    Simple 3-Part Furniture Finish

    Learn how to apply an easy three-part finish to your furniture projects.

    Ed_Pirnik | Nov 2, 2011
    Tell Us What to Build Next!

    Following the wonderful response we received from the third season of our Getting Started in Woodworking series on building a Shaker nightstand, we got right to wo

    Ed_Pirnik | Oct 27, 2011
    Woodworking without a Tablesaw

    Learn how to build basic furniture projects without a tablesaw.

    Ed_Pirnik | Oct 26, 2011
    How to Hide Flat-Sawn Wood Grain

    About a week ago I began construction of a Shaker-style writing desk in pine. For anyone just starting out in woodworking, I can't recommend pine and poplar enough.

    Ed_Pirnik | Oct 12, 2011
    Screws and Plugs for Rock-Solid Joinery

    Using screws to reinforce dado joints in bookcase shelves is a great way to ensure your furniture lasts a liftime, but how do you hide those ugly screw heads?

    Ed_Pirnik | Sep 27, 2011
    Shaker Cabinet Breaks the Rules

    I often find that beginner woodworking books feature plans that while easy, are...shall we say..."less than stellar" in their appearance. OK, I'll say it: they're often ugly.

    Ed_Pirnik | Aug 1, 2011
    The Vasa: Salvaging the World's Largest Woodworking Blunder

    If you visit the most popular tourist attraction in Sweden, you won’t find yourself in the midst of an amusement park, strolling through a 20 acre shopping mall or standing atop an 80 stor

    spikeradio | Jul 19, 2011
    Refinement to a simple jig

    I loved seeing my jig design for cutting miter spline slots used in making Ed Pirnik's Beaufiful Re

    DougStowe | Jul 8, 2011
    Getting Started: Build an Oak Bookcase

    How to build an oak bookcaseNow that the third season of Getting Started in Woodworking has come to a close and I've got a nice little Shaker nightstand doubling as a side table in my living room, it's time for Asa and I to take a breath, come up with our next video series, and bring to your attention one of our previous projects. Actually, I shouldn't use the term "our," since Matt Berger, a former Fine Woodworking staffer, built this beautiful oak bookcase with Asa.

    Ed_Pirnik | Jul 7, 2011
    "How did you learn all that?"

    After awhile, when you've been doing woodworking for some time and have learned a few things, people start to ask "How did you do that?

    DougStowe | Jul 7, 2011
    New Getting Started in Woodworking Video Series in the Works

    Cast your vote and let us know what our next video project series should be.

    Ed_Pirnik | Jul 5, 2011
    The Mysterious Case of the Exploding Shellac Can

    Two reasons you should always check the date of manufacture when purchasing shellac.

    Ed_Pirnik | Jun 27, 2011
    Complete Workshop in One $200 Tool?

    Rockwell's new Bladerunner can make all types of cuts, from curves to rips and crosscut, for under $180

    AsaC | May 26, 2011
    Draw It Full Scale

    Whether one is drawing a project by hand or on the computer, drawing to scale is very important.

    Chad_Hill | Mar 11, 2011
    Basics of Dovetail Joinery

    Dovetails are the classic way to join fine furniture.

    AsaC | Oct 23, 2010
    General Woodworking Safety

    10 rules of thumb for avoiding injury in the woodshop

    AsaC | Oct 23, 2010
    How to Use Chisels

    All about chopping and paring with chisels

    AsaC | Oct 18, 2010
    Handplane Primer: What's the difference between bench and block planes?

    Demystifying the differences between hand planes

    MKenney | Sep 15, 2010
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