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Are there no women?

Are there no women?

1208 days ago by BlueHatMan | 34 comments »

I just received my June issue of Popular Woodworking. I have come to enjoy this magazine, propelled by Schwartz, Lang, and Huey. But I have to wonder if a bad case of the dumb ass hasn’t overtaken the editorial staff. Consider the story, “The 130 Best Books on Woodworking”. It looks like a lot of care and effort went in to compiling a list of books the staff could agree on. But then they upped the ante by going to the field, to the annointed experts for their personal favori...

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Popular Woodworking The New Traditional Woodworker by Jim Tolpin

Popular Woodworking The New Traditional Woodworker by Jim Tolpin

1201 days ago by WayneC | 9 comments »

I recieved this book in the mail after pre-ordering on Amazon.com. It is all I hoped it would be. The book is well written and full of great photography. It covers the workshop, workbenches, hand tools, and runs you through a set of projects to make shop aids while demonstrating techniques for use of a very wide range of hand tools. I’m sure I will make a number of the projects in the book before it is all said and done. The book was released on May 4th and you can find it at ...

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An excellent guide - even for a beginner

An excellent guide - even for a beginner

1120 days ago by Jon Spelbring | 2 comments »

So, do you want to play in the yard with the big kids? Impress The Schwarz? Follow in the footsteps of St. Roy, or just be able to actually use that saw that grandpa left you? Then I would recommend this DVD highly. As a disclaimer, I’m no saw expert, and in fact, apart from my trusty dovetail saw, I haven’t had that much experience with other hand (panel) saws. I’ve never sharpened a saw before. So, look for a blog entry next week on how my first sharpening went. R...

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Popular Woodworking Easy to Build Birdhouses A Natural Approach

Popular Woodworking Easy to Build Birdhouses A Natural Approach

792 days ago by Daris | 1 comment »

I love all things BIRD.  There, I said it.  I like birds, birdhouses, bird feeders, bird baths, bird stores, and most of all I enjoy making some of these things.  Surprisingly though, I’ve never bought a project book of just bird houses(although many of the books I have include some plans).  I picked up the book Easy to Build Birdhouses - A Natural Approach: Must Know Info to Attract and Keep the Birds You Want (Popular Woodworking) at Amazon for a really reasonable price.  I have thoro...

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Bait and switch sales tactics?

Bait and switch sales tactics?

786 days ago by TroutStalker | 13 comments »

Shopclass on Demand is a webiste that contains a number of woodowrking videos. I signed up in March during a promotion that promised 1/2 price access for life. That is I paid $25 for six months access and would be allowed to renew for the same price for life. Seemed like a good deal at the time. I was initially happy with the deal. They had seeded the site with a number of good videos that they typically sell as DVDs for $25 or so. Since then they have added 2-3 more videos each week....

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Discount code makes it well worth the price!

Discount code makes it well worth the price!

559 days ago by StumpyNubs | 14 comments »

I’ll keep this simple. Popular Woodworking is running a special deal on their online e-book subscriptions. For ten bucks a month (half off) you get full access to back issues of both Popular Woodworking and Woodworking magazines, plus tons of great books that usually cost a bundle. I subscribed because I learn a lot from reading stuff like this, and the price was too good to pass up. It’s a limited time thing, so if you’re interested, you’d better get on it! Here...

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My opinion on two digital downloads from Popular Wodworking website

My opinion on two digital downloads from Popular Wodworking website

496 days ago by JuanGatico | 5 comments »

Hi LJs! Since I live in Colombia it’s rather difficult and expensive purchasing books, DVDs and tools in general to be shipped this part of the continent. For that reason I tried some digital downloads, specifically Christopher Schwarz’ video Handplane Basics – A Better Way to Use Bench Planes and Jim Tolpin’s The New Traditional Woodworker. Handplane Basics – A Better Way to Use Bench PlanesAfter waiting nearly an hour I started watching the video and what...

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You can't go wrong with this one

You can't go wrong with this one

268 days ago by JuanGatico | 1 comment »

Hi LJs! I took advantage of the nice price and purchased the digital download: I couldn’t be more satisfied watching it, being able to see somebody who masters his craft in such impressive way is delicious to say the least. In the compass Peter builds in the video, one of the legs is “inside” the other one, that is, to form the pivot joint, well, the way he gets this left me with no words, he doesn’t use sofisticated tools, CNC or fancy devices, ONLY his blacksmi...

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Forging A Custom Hinge with Peter Ross DVD from Popular Woodworking Blacksmith F+W Media

Forging A Custom Hinge with Peter Ross DVD from Popular Woodworking Blacksmith F+W Media

154 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 1 comment »

Mr. Ross’ style is perfect for me, calm, peaceful, he even makes hammering metal feel and sound good on video. He aptly demonstrates how to make a forged iron (might have been steel) hinge out of sheet metal, using basic hand tools, a heat forge and anvil, all of which I have already. My goals for buying this video were to learn the process and apply the concept to making hammered copper hinges for a project in the Charles Rohlfs style, which always had exceptionally made hammered- ...

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