Kansas City Woodworkers' Guild February Open Shop Schedule

January 31, 2012

It was only a year ago that the Kansas City Woodworkers’ Guild moved to a bigger, better space that they now call home. They came a long way in just a year, and the shop now located at 3189 Mercier Street has been up and running smoother than ever! Here are the days and times that

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Woodworking Network to Launch New Webcast Series

January 30, 2012

According to a recent article, Woodworking Network has announced the schedule for the 2012 webcast series. As the most visited site in the professional wood manufacturing industry, the Woodworking Network’s new series is building on two years of successful educational online programs. The series will consist of six one-hour educational events that will focus on

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A Look at the Top Power Tools of 2011

January 26, 2012

As the first month of the New Year comes to a close, the 2012 National Hardware Show, which takes place annually at the Las Vegas Convention Center, is now only about 4 months away. While we wonder what the 2012 show will bring, we thought it would be appropriate to look back at the highlights form

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How to Stabalize Irregular Shaped Blanks for Turning

January 23, 2012

Sometimes the most beautiful turned pieces can come from the most oddly shaped blanks. That’s why it’s important to know how you can stabilize irregular shaped blanks, such as sow’s ears, onto your lathe. First, you will want to cut the blank to fit on the lathe and to expose any cracks that may exist

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Time to Plan Gardens, Landscapes & Outdoor Living Spaces in Time for Spring

January 18, 2012

Cabin fever got you down? Change your mood by envisioning your spring garden or landscape. There are plenty of ways you can begin to prepare for the warm weather with improvements to your garden and outdoor living spaces. We came across two recent articles in Kansas City Homes & Gardens that shed light on the ways

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How to Get the Best Brushed Finishes

January 12, 2012

After you have properly prepared your wood surface, how can you ensure you get the best results with a brushed finish? We found a fantastic article from Popular Woodworking Magazine that breaks through the convoluted, counter-intuitive methods and gets back to the basic rules of thumb when it comes to brushing. The first and foremost trick to achieving

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Wood of the Month: Hard Maple

January 10, 2012

For the month of January, we are going to take a closer look at hard maple. This popular woodworking species grows in trees that average up to 90 feet tall with diameters of 20 to 30 inches. Similar to yellow birth, hard maple is a heavy, strong hardwood that resists shock and abrasion. Its natural

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The Inspiring Story of One Colorado Woodworker

January 6, 2012

As a third-generation master woodworker, Samuel Gonzalez has found great success in something he truly loves. As a recent article in The Aspen Times accounts, Samuel sees woodworking as more than a craft. “It has to come from you,” he said. “We do it because we have this calling to work with wood. We see figures in

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