The Topic:
Woodworking

Easier -Woodworking is the art or craft of making things of wood. The craftsman uses woodworking tools to shape the wood.
 
Harder - Woodworking, one of the world's the oldest crafts, is the forming and shaping of wood to make useful and decorative objects. Today, woodworking is a popular hobby and an important industry. A skilled woodworker with access to a well-equipped workshop can build items as simple as a birdhouse or as complicated as furniture. The tools needed can be purchased at hardware and department stores. Wood materials can be purchased at lumber retail stores and hobby supply shops.
 
rec.woodworking FAQ's
http://www.cs.rochester.edu/u/roche/wood.html
This links-site connects to several FAQ and other websites on woodworking.
Related Website:
2) 101 Woodworking Tips & Techniques from Woodsmith, ShopNotes, and Workbench http://www.woodworkingtips.com/woodtips/
 
Sawdust Making 101
http://sawdustmaking.com/
This is an online guide for beginning woodworkers.
Related Website:
2) New Woodworker http://www.newwoodworker.com/
 
Women in Woodworking
http://www.womeninwoodworking.com/
This site is designed for the growing number of women woodworkers, as well as craftswomen and home improvement enthusiasts.
 
WoodCentral
http://www.woodcentral.com/
This site offers offers expert advice, an interactive forum, and more for amateur and professional woodworkers.
Other Comprehensive Woodworking Information Sites:
2) WoodNet http://www.woodnet.net/
3) Woodworking.com http://www.woodworking.com/
4) Woodworkers Central http://www.woodworking.org/
5) Woodworking on the Web http://www.woodworking.co.uk/
6) Wood Zone http://www.woodzone.com/
7) Woodweb http://www.woodweb.com/
 
After visiting several of the woodworking websites, complete one or more of the following activities.
 
Receive a Weekly Woodworking Tip. Sign up to receive a free weekly woodworking tip via email. All tips are provided by by the editors of Woodsmith, ShopNotes, and Workbench magazines. If interested, go to Woodworking Tips (http://www.woodworkingtips.com/). You may also want to sign up for Woodshop Tips (http://www.woodshoptips.com/) from Shopsmith.
 
Try Your Skills in the Woodworker's Maze. Go to the Maze (http://www.woodworking.org/maze.html) and choose the old or the new version. The Old Maze is the one from last month which has the answers highlighted to the end. Recommend that you read the Introduction: The Woodworkers Maze (http://www.woodworking.org/Mazes/intro.html) first. Both mazes have over a hundred - - or are there two hundred questions? A hint, you can get through the Maze by answering less than 20 questions correctly. Just as in a real maze, you won't know exactly where you've missed an answer (made a wrong turn) until you've answered one or several more questions (hit a dead end). At that point you have to go back and try to pick up the trail. Final warning - - the maze is hard; it is for advanced learners!
 
Classify Hand Tools. Visit sites like Millers Falls Company (http://www.public.coe.edu/~rroeder/mf.htm) and Electronic Neanderthal (http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~alf/en/en.html) to learn about hand tools used in woodworking. Using information found at Simple Machines (http://www.42explore.com/smplmac.htm) another 42eXplore project from eduScapes, classify each of then woodworking hand tools by the type of simple machine(s) that it employs.
 
Develop a Safety Guideline List. Create your own list of safety instructions for using tools in woodworking. You may want to focus on a tool group or a specific power or hand tool. Share your list with others.
 
Build a Birdhouse. Various species of birds prefer birdhouses of certain sizes. You can check some of the recommendations at (1) All the Specs for Building Birdhouses (http://birding.about.com/library/blhousespecs.htm?once=true&) from About.com and (2) Feathers & Flowers 2000: Build Birdhouses (http://birding.about.com/library/weekly/aa022800a.htm?once=true&). Use the information to select or modify the plans found at the following websites; find the wood projects:
(3) Bluebird House Plans by M. Brain http://www.bygpub.com/bluebird/
(4) How to Build Birdhouses http://birding.about.com/hobbies/birding/msub12-houses.htm
 
Equipment, Supplies, and Tools Sites
Constantines Wood Center
http://www.constantines.com/
This is the website of a leading provider of wooodworking supplies.
 
Delta International Machinery Corporation
http://www.deltawoodworking.com/ and http://www.deltamachinery.com/
This is the website home of a manufacturer of woodworking equipment.
Other Woodworking Equipment Websites:
2) Dewalt Woodworking (Includes an Ask-the-Expert Section) http://www.dewalt.com/us/woodworking/
3) Porter-Cable http://www.portercable.com/
 
Millers Falls Company
http://www.public.coe.edu/~rroeder/mf.htm
Site is devoted to a study of the hand- powered woodworking tools once manufactured by the Massachusetts-based Millers Falls Company.
 
Mimwax
http://www.minwax.com/
This company manufactures products to beautify, protect and restore wood.
 
Museum of Woodworking Tools
http://www.antiquetools.com/
The aim of this site is to provide a knowledge-base of museum quality tools and a description of tools and techniques that once existed but are now gone.
Related Websites:
2) Antique Tools FAQ by V. Miller http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~alf/en/antique-tool-faq.txt
3) Electronic Neanderthal http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~alf/en/en.html
4) Hand Tool FAQ by K. Smith http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~alf/en/htfaq.txt
 
Powermatic
http://www.jettools.com/PMWood/PMWoodIndex.html
This is the website of another company with a long history of industrial quality woodworking machines.
 
Ramco
http://www.ramcosanders.com/
Since 1963, Ramco has provided wide belt sanding equipment to the wood and metalworking industries.
 
Rockler Online
http://www.rockler.com/
This is the website of a source for woodworking supplies and hardware.
  
Shopsmith Woodworking
http://www.shopsmith.com/
Here you find information about the popular Shopsmith equipment and accessories.
 
Skil Power Tools
http://www.skil.com/
Skil Power Tools are products of the Robert Bosch Tool Corporation.
 
Stanley Works
http://www.stanleyworks.com/
This website will soon feature the complete line of Stanley hand tools.
 
Thermwood Corporation
http://www.thermwood.com/
Thermwood is currently the oldest CNC (computer numerically controlled) router company offering products for the woodworking, plastics and aerospace industries.
Related Website:
2) ShopBot Tools http://www.shopbottools.com/
 
Tool Survey at Woodworkers Central
http://www.woodworking2.org/toolpage.htm
Before you purchase that new tool, you might want to check these searchable tool reviews;ones that were submitted by woodworkers just like you!
 
Wood Clamps, Hand Screws, Related Tools
http://members.aol.com/ClampGuy/index.htm
This site from the 'clamp guy' has lots of information about holding devices for woodworking.
 
Woodcraft
http://shop.woodcraft.com/woodcraft/assets/html/homepage.asp?URLCheck=1
This is the website of one of the nation's oldest and largest suppliers of quality woodworking tools and accessories.
 
More Lessons, Tips, and Techniques for Woodworking
Guide to Honing and Sharpening by B. Mathison from The Museum of Woodworking Tools
http://www.antiquetools.com/sharp/index.html
The goal of this site is with a minimum of equipment for you to be able to produce razor sharp cutting edges on any tool blade consistently.
Other Useful Sites from The Museum of Woodworking Tools:
2) Short Guide to Carving Tool Terminology
http://www.toolsforworkingwood.com/Merchant/merchant.mv?Screen=NEXT&Store . . .
3) Short Guide to Chisels
http://www.toolsforworkingwood.com/Merchant/merchant.mv?Screen=NEXT&Store . . .
 
Guide to Machine Optimization: Making and Improving Machinery and Accessories
by J. Swensen
http://www.tdl.com/~swensen/machines/index.html
Here are tips and instructions for making and improving woodworking machines and accessories.
  
Scrollsaw Resources at Quality Wood Products
http://www.geocities.com/PicketFence/Garden/5194/scrollsaw/scroll-resources.html
Here you will find hints, tips, and techniques page for scrollsawing plus several links to related woodworking sites.
 
Woodshop
http://www.thewoodshop.20m.com/
This site provides detailed reviews of new and popular woodworking tools, a variety of how-to and general woodworking articles, and other woodworking resources.
 
Woodworker's Bench Notes
http://www.benchnotes.com/
This site has a a collection of plans, jigs and information for woodworkers.
 
Woodworking Guide: Beginner's Toolbox from Popular Mechanics
http://popularmechanics.com/home_improvement/furniture/1998/11/tools_for_beginners/ind . . .
This article on woodworking tool selection is from the long-running magazine.
Other Woodworking Guides from Popular Mechanics:
Basic Joinery
http://popularmechanics.com/home_improvement/furniture/1998/11/basic_joinery/
Everything About Abrasives
http://popularmechanics.com/home_improvement/furniture/1998/11/abrasives/
Finishing Techniques
http://popularmechanics.com/home_improvement/furniture/1998/11/finish_techniques/
Getting Started in Furniture Making
http://popularmechanics.com/home_improvement/furniture/1998/11/start_furniture_making/
How to Sharpen Dull Tools
http://popularmechanics.com/home_improvement/furniture/1998/11/sharpening_dull_tools/
Understanding Different Types of Glue http://popularmechanics.com/home_improvement/furniture/1998/11/types_of_glue/
Understanding Lumber and Plywood
http://popularmechanics.com/home_improvement/furniture/1998/11/understanding_plywood/
 
Woodworking Magazines Online
Lots More Sites
Andrew's Workshop by A. Silvestri
http://www.andrewsworkshop.com/
This site from a woodworking enthusiast provides tips, information, and advice.
Related Website:
2) Earl's Woodworking http://user.icx.net/~ayers/
3) Jeff Greef Woodworking http://www.jeffgreefwoodworking.com/
4) Mike Scalora - Woodworking Page http://woodworking.scarynet.com/
 
Better Woodworking
http://www.betterwoodworking.com/
Here you can find links and information for tools, accessories, supplies, woodworking tips, how-to articles, project plans, and much more.
Similar Website:
2) Internet Woodworking http://www.internetwoodworking.com/
 
Furniture Restoration Supplies and Advice from Furniture Knowledge
http://furnitureknowledge.com/
This site contains lots of advice and information on furniture restoration.
 
Hardwood Handbook from Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association
http://www.hardwoodhandbook.org/
This resource provides information on hardwood lumber and its uses
Related Wood Site:
2) Wood Sampler at Woodworkers Central
http://www.woodworking.org/WC/woodsampler.html
 
New Yankee Workshop
http://www.newyankee.com/
This is the companion website for the popular woodworking series that is cast on Public Television and the Home and Garden Television networks.
Related Television Programming Websites:
2) American Woodshop http://www.americanwoodshop.org/
3) Router Workshop from Woodgrain Productions, Inc. http://www.routerworkshop.com/
4) Woodwright's Shop from PBS http://www.pbs.org/wws/
 
Oak Factory by K. Yeager
http://theoak.com/
At this website, visitors can download project plans, read woodworking articles, and use the 'Woodworkers Guide to Suppliers.'
  
Jointer's Bench
http://jointer.oldetoolshop.com/
This website is 'chock-full' of woodworking information including workbench and tools, woodworking trades, tips and hints, projects and links to other sites.
    
Woodturner's Workshop
http://www.turningtools.co.uk/
This website is provided as a resource for woodturners, especially beginners.
Other Woodturning Sites:
2) Woodturning Online http://www.woodturningonline.com/
3) Woodturning Plus http://www.woodturningplus.com/
4) Woodturning Reference and Information http://green-alan.tripod.com/main_index.htm
 
Wood-Working from Regia Anflorum: Anglo-Saxon and Viking Crafts
http://www.regia.org/woodwork.htm
This brief site tells a bit about woodworking in ancient times.
Related Websites:
2) Millwright History by R. Oliver http://www.unionmillwright.com/history.html
3) Woodworking of the Roman Period http://www.unc.edu/courses/rometech/public/content/artsandcrafts/ - - - of_the_Roman_P.html
 
WoodWeb
http://www.woodweb.com/
This huge site is the information resource for the woodworking industry.
 
Woodworking, Carpentry, and Furniture Links
http://moas.atlantia.sca.org/topics/wood.htm
The primary focus of this links-collection is woodworking techniques during the Middle Ages.
 
WoodWorking on the Internet for the World by R.J. Brown
http://www.kiva.net/~rjbrown/w5/wood.html
This links-site features reviews of new websites, lots of links to everything woodworking, helpline, magazine rack, bookstore.
Related Websites:
2) All Wood Work http://www.allwoodwork.com/
3) Allan's Wood Miser's Workshop http://members.aol.com/woodmiser1/
  
Woodworking Page by S. Marino
http://members.aol.com/woodinfo1/salpage.htm
This website has information about veneering, wood finishing and refinishing.
Other Related Websites:
2) Finishing Articles & Information http://www.woodfinishsupply.com/articles.html
3) Tips on Finishing Wood Furniture http://www.unfinishedfurniture.org/finish.html
4) Wood Finishing Tips http://www.furnitureunfinished.com/Finishing_Tips.htm
  
Project Plan Sites
 
Websites for Teachers
Building Bigger Things from National 4-H Wood Science Series
http://www.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/4cj/4cj03po/4cj03po.pdf
This unit plan helps youth learn how to use tools and machingery to construct items of wood.
 
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Created by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson, 6/00, Updated, 7/03.