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Wood Finishing Tips for Woodworkers
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    The best way to get a grip on the furniture that woodworkers build is to get up close to the work. But because each piece ends up in a living room or home somewhere, you’ll only run into a fine piece every once in a while. We wanted to see what’s happening, see what customers […]

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    Entry 43 by John Anderson***We’re turning the voting to you, our website visitors, to choose a “People’s Choice” winner in our table making contest. Check out the entries below.*** In our latest woodworking contest, there were 74 entries. The constraints on the showdown were simple: build an occasional table no larger than 32″ in length width or height of […]

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    ipe-cutting-board-thSometimes, an idea for a project just jumps out at you when you see a piece of wood. That’s what happened when we brought in a small load of dimensioned ipe (ee-pay) lumber that was cut into uniform sizes of 3/4″ x 5.5″ x 72″.  I made a small bet with myself that I could […]

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    stool-progress-003bUPDATE: We Have a Winner Congratulations to John Beck, creator of Stool 101! He’s won this “round” of voting in the stool contest. Tonight we’ll have a separate vote during the reception which will decide the winners of the tool packages and other prizes. Come to Practical Art at 7:00 pm (late is okay, come […]

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    308-stool-002For five months, nearly 100 woodworkers have been working on custom hand-made wood stools to submit to our woodworking contest. It came due on November 8, and in the end 38 pulled through. On Friday November 14, we held reception and awards ceremony at Practical Art in downtown Phoenix. The folks who came got to see […]

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    Selecting wood3 Steps to Estimating Board Feet for a Project Start with a plan Break the project into its parts, and determine the board footage of each part Add it up, then estimate a waste factor *** Click here to download a Project Planner worksheet (.xlsx file) >>> In an ideal world, you

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    Man measuring wood in wood shopAround the world, there are over 32,000 Little Free Libraries installed in 70 countries – this is the remarkable story about the very first one and how it ignited a worldwide thrill for sharing books and expressing creativity. A Little Free Library™ is just a neighborhood book box for free book

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    Little Red Book Barn by Dr. Clyde PerryDid you know that one out of six children who do not read at age level by the end of third grade will not graduate from high school? In fact, in middle income neighborhoods, there’s a ratio of 13 books for every child. Regretfully, in low-income neighborhoods the ratio is alarmingly backwards:

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    custom-wood-serving-trayPublic Viewing & Voting November 7 – 12, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Reception & Awards Night November 12, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Woodworkers Source 18115 N. Black Canyon Hwy Phoenix, Az 85023 Map It Public Show Consider this your official invite to come on down to our store to browse through the 200-or-so entries in our ...
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    walnut-top-screenwidth="853" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"> Wood finishing is a mystery to many woodworkers. But I think this video above will help communicate the essentials to the craft of applying a nice, smooth, clear protective finish on a piece of furniture. What Are The Basics of Getting a Fantastic Wood Finish? Apply several light coats rather than thick, heavy coats Let ...
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    When:February 18 & 19, 2017 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (both days) Where: Southwest School of Woodworking (downtown Phoenix) What’s Included: Materials Shop & tools instruction by Gary McCaslin You keep the project and enjoy the satisfaction of building a project Register $379 (register at Southwest School of Woodworking) Book Case Workshop by Southwest School ...
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    When: 3 Days of Instruction! Friday, March 17 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Saturday, March 18 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday, March 19 9:00 am- 5:00 pm Instructor Doug Forsha Where Southwest School of Woodworking (downtown Phoenix) 621 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007 Register $479(register at Southwest School of Woodworking) Wall Cabinet Workshop by ...
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    When: Saturday, April 1 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday, April 2 9:00 am- 5:00 pm Instructor Doug Forsha Where Southwest School of Woodworking (downtown Phoenix) 621 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007 Register $359(register at Southwest School of Woodworking) Jewelry Box Workshop by Southwest School of Woodworking In this workshop, Doug will take you through the ...
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    width="853" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"> 1. Start with your project idea It can be a full plan or just a simple sketch 2. Make a parts list Then determine the board footage of each part 3. Add it up Then estimate a waste factor for some margin to work with Don’t Like Math? Here’s An Easier ...
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    Public Viewing & Voting March 27 – April 1 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Reception & Awards Night April 1 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Woodworkers Source 18115 N. Black Canyon Hwy Phoenix, Az 85023 Map It Public Show Consider this your official invite to come on down to our store to browse through the 100-or-so entries ...
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    Those who build projects out of mesquite may appear a little nuts to woodworkers who are used to the likes of cherry, walnut, oak, and similar woods. Mesquite’s beauty comes from a different breed of criteria other than clear wood.  Namely the worm holes, splits, checks, knots, and bark inclusions that characterize the tree and her ...
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    dry mock up jeep bedWhen you enjoy woodworking, a lot of your projects are gifts for friends or commissions for clients.  No surprise – if you own some tools, word gets out.  It’s another experience all together to take a friend into your shop and show him how to build a project from the ground up. No doubt, it ...
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    Public Viewing & Voting November 6 – 11, 2017 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Reception & Awards Night November 11, 2017 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Woodworkers Source 18115 N. Black Canyon Hwy Phoenix, Az 85023 Map It     Public Show Consider this your official invite to come on down to our store to ...
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    frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen>     1. Cut Some Strips In this video, we started with an assortment of boards in various widths but each one 20″-or-so long 3 boards of walnut 2 boards of mahogany, and 1 board of hard white maple So we cut each board into strips 1-1/4″ wide.  This dimension will ...
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