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Our biggest project ever – A new kitchen!

This week, we have embarked on the biggest project in the history of Sawdust Inn –  a complete kitchen and dining room remodel for Mrs. Sawdust Inn. But unlike television, we won’t be able to finish our…


The smartest way to increase output in your woodworking shop

A stitch in time saves…seven? I remember my grandmother saying “let me get that tear sewed up before it gets worse!” A native of the backwoods hills of Arkansas, she was putting a country spin…


Replenishing your wood supply on a budget

When I first began woodworking in 2002, every bit of the experience I had with wood and wood tools would fit inside the collet of a small flush trim router. Prompted by watching Norm Abram’s New Yankee Workshop on PBS, I jumped…


5 small shop tools to add to your Christmas list

With Christmas just around the corner, my wife and three daughters know that dear old dad isn’t about to let a golden opportunity pass him by. I don’t ask for much. But once a year, I…


The easy way to fix dings in your unfinished furniture project

Every woodworker strives to produce the perfect project. We want our joints to be tight, our measurements dead-on and our cuts clean and crisp. But no matter how careful we are, wood parts will inevitably suffer an accidental…



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3 Common Myths About Woodworking

When most people think “woodworking,” the first mental image is usually a hammer in one hand, a nail in the other, and at least two pieces of wood. But for those of us who build fine furniture,…


A must-have Router Table – Free Plans!

Next to the table saw, the router table is the workhorse of any woodworking shop. While machines like the planer, jointer and drill press are specifically purposed to perform just a few woodworking applications, the…


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Grandfather Clock Build – Part 5, the crown

One distinction that makes the grandfather clock highly admired is the bonnet and crown, the elegant curved piece at the top. There are many different styles and designs, but all capture attention to their detail and complexity. Our Columbia…


Grandfather Clock Build – Part 4, fluted columns

Remember, you can click on any photo for a full-size view. One of the more challenging aspects of the clock build turned out to be one of the most rewarding thus far – the fluted columns that…