Check Out the ACW in WOOD Mag's Workshop Jigs, Tips & Ideas 2014

I was standing in the checkout line at Lowe's the other day and picked up a copy of WOOD Magazine's latest special publication "Workshop Jigs, Tips & Ideas 2014." While perusing through, I found myself on page 58 giving some tips from my shop! 

This is actually an article that I had written for an earlier issue of WOOD Magazine and they had recycled it into a special publication issue focusing on tips & ideas for the shop (just as the title describes of course.)

I like the special publications various woodworking magazines print even though they are simply recycling the articles. The reason I like them is, if you are not a subscriber to any certain magazine, it is a good way to get information focused on a single topic, just as this one offers a nice collection of tips for the shop.

The special publications often focus on a single style of furniture such as Shaker or Craftsman, or it may be a type of furniture such as built-ins and bookcases. It does not matter that the article was published in a previous issue, the information is still relevant and you are getting a series of articles focusing on a single topic rather than having the information spread out over several issues. 

In this issue I am part of a larger article where 4 of us in small, one-man shops give tips that we really use everyday. As I was reading through the rest of the issue, I did note that there actually was a lot of good information on finishing, storage, and using the main tools such as the table saw and bandsaw.

So, as I was reading it in the checkout line, by the time I hit the cash register I decided to buy it and finish reading it at home. I think you will enjoy it if you can find one. I am on page 58 but there is also whole magazine of great information if you check it out for yourself.

Your friend in the shop,

Todd A. Clippinger

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An Informative Surprise in the Mail

Things have been crazy with my business schedule and I just got around to tending my email this morning, which has been building up over the last couple of weeks. Occasionally I find interesting things in my email, and this morning I got one that I thought would be great to share with you guys. It is an infographic about wood shared by Furniture UK. It is pretty informative on the topic of wood and I think you will enjoy it. 

One thing I have noted, is that when information is coupled with good graphics, not only is it more interesting to read, but it makes the information stick a little better in my cluttered head. This infographic is both visually and intellectually interesting. 

I hope you enjoy this infographic titled "Wood's The Difference?" 

I have another video in the hopper that has been recorded and I have been trying to edit. My schedule is very dynamic, sometimes it slows down and sometimes it speeds up so fast I can't keep. Right now things are crazy and I have been working insanely long hours, so stay tuned and I will try to get the video out in another week...or so;)

Your friend in the shop-

Todd A. Clippinger

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Keep Your Eye on 360 Woodworking

It was a major coup, 3 editors, 3 big names in the world of woodworking, leaving Popular Woodworking at the same time and it has really stirred up the woodworking community. 

After a few days of speculation, Bob Lang, Chuck Bender, and Glen Huey released an official statement which I posted in the previous blog entry here.

Along with their statement was a tantalizing link to a new website under construction for 360 WoodWorking. This has generated a lot of buzz among the woodworkers. It is obvious the three kings of woodworking have joined forces to start a new website, but what will it offer and what is it's goal and focus? 

Well, the obvious answer is that it's focus will be on woodworking and woodworkers are their intended audience. But to get more specific answers, the Modern Woodworkers Association interviewed Bob, Chuck, and Glen in their most recent podcast: Meet 360 Woodworking. 

In their interview, the guys share what the goals are for their new venture and what they hope to bring to the woodworkers as they take full advantage of the digital medium and eschew the printed page. 

To find out what they have to say, check out the Modern Woodworker's podcast Meet 360 Woodworking. Also be sure to stop by the 360 Woodworking website where you can sign onto their email list. There are also links on the landing page where you can find them on Twitter and Google+ to follow their updates.

I can hardly wait to see what "woodworking information unleashed" looks like:)

Your friend in the shop-

Todd A. Clippinger

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A Message From Bob Lang, Chuck Bender, and Glen Huey

Over the last few years it has become obvious that the values we have for the craft of woodworking, creating and marketing content, and relations with the audience are not shared by the management of Popular Woodworking and its parent company. When you realize that the boat you’re on isn’t ever going to sail in the direction you want to go to, it is best to get off. And, as when any relationship comes to an end, the public discussion of the details serves no purpose.

There is enough spin and speculation online regarding our departure to warrant a response. To clarify, we resigned our positions as a team and going forward we will be working together as a team. Our decision to leave was not a hasty one, it came after a year and a half of discussing our concerns regarding the brand’s editorial direction and marketing policies with management at all levels of the company. The “restructuring” occurred several months ago, with the departure of Kevin Ireland. While that was a factor, it was not the sole cause. While we have been asked to submit contributions in the future, none of us has accepted that invitation.

We want to thank each and every one of our readers who have taken the time to express their appreciation for our work. We are honored, humbled and dedicated to living up to the things you have said about us. We have decided to move on and we hope that those who enjoy our work will find the next phase of our careers as interesting and exciting as we do. We can be found online at and if you visit the site, you will be in the front row as our plans unfold.

 — Bob LangGlen Huey & Chuck Bender

Nick Pancheau's CNC Table

In this video we visit my good friend Nick Pancheau. Nick has taken one of his side table designs to the next level by adding a textured pattern with a CNC machine and he explains to us the inspiration and process in creating the design. 

You can see Nick's work at Pare Furniture+Design and you can follow him on FaceBook and Instagram.

The project design was inspired by Jeff Martin, a furniture maker from Vancouver,  British Columbia, Canada. Jeff has a great portfolio and is getting awards for his designs. You can check out his work at Jeff Martin Joinery. 

You can also follow Jeff Martin on Instagram. 

I hope you enjoy!

Your friend in the shop,

Todd A. Clippinger

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