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Flying High

Flying High

A childhood passion for aviation inspired Bill Hanes when he returned to carving after a 20-year hiatus By Kathleen Ryan As a young boy, Bill Hanes built plastic model planes and hung them from his bedroom ceiling. Decades later, he combined that childhood fascination with his love of woodworking to […]

by February 8, 2017 Features
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Pinewood Derby

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Pinewood Derby

By Bob Duncan & Mindy Kinsey It sounded like an easy project: we were asked to turn our Pinewood Derby magazine into a book featuring “fast and furious” speed secrets. With a few cosmetic changes, some new cars, and an update on the tools, we thought we could get it […]

by January 13, 2017 Features
Handmade Tools

Handmade Tools

Jeffro Uitto crafts his tools as carefully as he does his furniture By Kathleen Ryan Jeffro Uitto both creates beautifully sculpted furniture from recycled wood and forges his own handmade tools. “I love creating something functional. It’s so satisfying to work with tools that you’ve made yourself,” Jeffro said. The […]

by January 13, 2017 Features
Woodcraft’s QuikBench

Woodcraft’s QuikBench

By Bob Duncan While some carvers have the space for a full-sized stationary bench, many work in any available space. Woodcraft’s QuikBench provides a strong, stable clamping surface that folds up to fit under a bed or alongside a freezer. The QuikBench has a 24″ by 30″ working surface and […]

by December 23, 2016 Product Reviews
Rockler’s Silicone Project Mat

Rockler’s Silicone Project Mat

By Bob Duncan Rockler’s Silicone Project Mat is one of those products that makes you ask, “Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before now?” This mat will protect your work surface from … well … everything. The 15″ by 30″ mat gives you plenty of space to work. The 1/8″-thick […]

by December 23, 2016 Product Reviews
Arbortech TurboShaft

Arbortech TurboShaft

By Bob Duncan If you have an angle grinder, you need the new Arbortech TurboShaft. It will speed up almost any carving you do. I find the TurboShaft easier to control than the traditional router carvers usually use to remove the background for a relief carving. It will not fit […]

by December 23, 2016 Product Reviews
Kutzall Grit Hand Rasps

Kutzall Grit Hand Rasps

By Bob Duncan Even expert carvers find themselves in situations where it’s challenging to get a clean cut. Either there’s a bad spot in the wood or you can’t get a tool into the area. The best tool to reach for in these situations is often a rasp, but the […]

by December 23, 2016 Product Reviews
SawStop Jobsite Saw

SawStop Jobsite Saw

By Bob Duncan The SawStop Jobsite Saw is my top choice in table saws for the hobby woodworker. This saw combines portability, accuracy, and safety into one package. Admittedly, it costs around $1,300, which is more than most other portable-style saws. But you are paying for a solidly made saw […]

by December 23, 2016 Product Reviews
Klingspor’s Sandflex Hand Block

Klingspor’s Sandflex Hand Block

By Bob Duncan Imagine combining an eraser with a sanding sponge—the result is the Klingspor Sandflex hand block. I use these blocks to literally erase rust anywhere. The blocks come in three grits: coarse, medium, and fine. Choose a coarse or medium grit based on how much rust you need […]

by December 23, 2016 Product Reviews
Arbortech Contour Random Sander

Arbortech Contour Random Sander

By Bob Duncan Arbortech’s new Contour Random Sander dramatically reduces the sanding time for any size carving. The sander, which attaches to an angle grinder, allows you to quickly sand all but the smallest of carvings. The soft rubber base of the sander adapts to the contour of the carving […]

by December 23, 2016 Product Reviews