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BREN Video Roundup

Bring the Shine with Osmo Gloss


Like most people, we spend lots of time (way too much time) surfing the web, entranced by various videos. In Video Roundup, we offer some videos from all over the world that we found especially intriguing. In our own Osmo Polyx video, Eddie O'Donnell demonstrated how he used Polyx Gloss on his guitar. This video takes the buffing to an even glossier level. Perfect Finish in a Dusty Shop...more..
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Restoring a Vintage Walnut Side Table & Refinishing with Odie's Oil

02/27/2024 with Transcend Furniture Gallery

Like most people, we spend lots of time (way too much time) surfing the web, entranced by various videos. In Video Roundup, we offer some videos from all over the world that we found especially intriguing. Angie of Transcend Furniture Gallery rescues bunnies and furniture. That is, she operates a rabbit rescue in Nova Scotia and refurbishes damaged, neglected and battled-scarred pieces of...more..
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JOEL Joel's Blog

Two Chairs


Last week I wrote about different styles of traditionally made chairs . But that history gets upended in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I left out possibly one of the most important modern types of chair. The desk chair. Before you can invent the modern desk chair, you needed to invent the modern office. That happened in the middle of the nineteenth century. While certainly...more..
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Three Kinds of Chairs (Or Two) (Or Four)


Early American Chairs including two "Brewster Chairs" You could argue that there are really two styles of chairs. Or should I accept that there are maybe three or four? I am envisioning a grouping of chair styles that is based upon the tools needed to make each style of chair. First come "Stick Chairs," which are made of sticks of wood with legs, arms, and backs inserted into holes drilled...more..
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Manufacturing Specialization


A specialized veneer gluing machine in a shop that just does one thing - match, glue, and cut to size high end veneer panels Here's a tale that you might have heard when you learned about the Industrial Revolution: supposedly the early industrialist Eli Whitney (1765 - 1825) brought six guns made by his new mass-production method to Congress, disassembled them; mixed up the parts; put them...more..
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BEN The Build-It Blog

A Turned Milking Stool

03/30/2023 By Joe Samalin

Variations on a theme. Mine is on the far right. I will just assume it is your favorite of the four. For 5 years I lived in Bloomington, Indiana, quite a change for this born-and-raised New Yorker. It was while living there I was first introduced to woodturning. Just before moving back to New York I bought myself a lathe, a really nice medium-sized benchtop JET that I had saved up for. Of...more..
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Pre-Summer Inspirations

05/26/2022 By Joe Samalin

From the article "Artists’ Frames in Pâte Coulante" by Peter Mallo Summertime tends to slow down for us here at Tools for Working Wood, giving us that rare chance to take a quick deep breath and look around for a moment. And to break out the big fans. It gets hot here in Brooklyn. And so as part of taking a breath, we wanted to share a bit of what is inspiring us at the moment, in the...more..
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Carving Japanese Chashaku (tea scoop)


One of the perks of living in a place like New York City is access to a very wide range of people and experiences. This last weekend I was able to enjoy just such an experience - a four hour class on carving traditional Japanese bamboo matcha (powdered green tea) scoops, or chashaku. The class was led by a master of the Japanese tea ceremony, Nagano Yoshitsugu , and that is who carves...more..
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WORK The Work Magazine Reprint Project

WORK - An Illustrated Journal of Practice and Theory


Tweet #TfwwWorkBlog!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=p+'://';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); Greetings Workateers! Our fourth and final volume has come to a close and so has the Work Magazine...more..
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WORK No. 200 - Published January 14 1893


Tweet #TfwwWorkBlog!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=p+'://';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); The editions of Work mag we have here in the shop often have the ads removed but the last couple...more..
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WORK No. 199 - Published January 7th 1893 NEW


Tweet #TfwwWorkBlog!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=p+'://';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); ARTICLES FOUND IN THIS ISSUE: STENCILS FOR WALL DECORATION • THE ART OF...more..
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