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woodworking techniques

Upside Down Tool Usage

***previously posted to Popular Woodworking’s Blog***  We have these adages in the woodworking world: Hand-tool woodworkers prefer taking the tool to the wood, power-tool users prefer taking the wood to the tool; Westerners operate on the push, Easterners on the … Continue reading

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Get in Touch with your Woodworking Feelings

***previously posted to Popular Woodworking’s Blog***   Today I want to talk about feelings. The warm fuzzies we get from our craft. The soul-lifting, Ch’i enhancing, conscious-expanding personal development we get from woodworking. How the mere act of taking what … Continue reading

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Making a Try Square

Follow along as I go thou making a French Style Try Square out of curly maple and cherry. You can make your own or support this little woodworking school by purchasing one on our website ‘wortheffort.com’ or visiting our relocation … Continue reading

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Garden Bench Build

Get an entire one-day beginning woodworking course in a hour that could also challenge the experienced as we build a garden bench using one main tool, a hand saw. Proper body mechanics and techniques are the key to success.

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Tops, Leverage, Newton & Telekinesis

Turning a Spinning Top to learn basic turning techniques, explain Newton’s Laws of Motion and experiment with Leverage. Along the way we discuss human evolution, beeswax, gear ratios, radius’s, fulcrums, levers, leverage, and Telekinesis.

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The Most Under-Appreciated Joint in Woodworking

A thinly veiled infomercial disguised as a education video over making grooves. Covered are power tools (table saw, router, router table), hand carving with a chisel, using a combination plane, and using a dedicated plow plane. Then we make a … Continue reading

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Dovetails Demystified

Dovetails are a joint anybody can learn to make and in this video we show you two methods in addition to discussing tool options and methods of repairing errors.

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Taping Off Milkpaint

Wasn’t sure it would work with milk paint due to it ‘soaking in’ but the wash coat of red seemed to do the trick.

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Woodturning Demystified – a turning overview

My Dad and I have been making a lot of wooden mallets these past weeks for an upcoming school fundraiser. In live demo’s I usually take this opportunity to explain what I’m doing and encourage the audience to give it … Continue reading

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111 Days to go… TABLE TOP TIME

Since I found a location and signed the lease for the school in San Marcos it has been a mad dash to get prepared. Every moment besides promotional opportunities like Barton Creek Artist Market at the Barton Creek Mall in … Continue reading

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