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  • My First Woodworking Project!

    by Tim Johnson     Wednesday, February 18, 2009
    When I completed this letter holder in 7th grade woodshop, I had no idea that I'd end up as an editor at a woodworking magazine. In those days, woodshop was one of three manual training classes that all boys in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa public schools...
  • Finish First

    by Tim Johnson     Sunday, February 15, 2009
    Discovering this mid-19th century piece in an Iowa antique shop reminded me how important it is to think about the finish for a piece early on, during the planning stage. The builder of this cupboard sure understood this notion. At first glance, it appears...