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Paul Mayer is a guest blogger. He operates under the name "ToolMetrix" (because of his passion for detailed tool analysis) and his work can be found on his: YouTube Channel: (youtube.com/c/ToolMetrix) Instagram Feed: (instagram.com/ToolMetrix) Facebook Page: (facebook.com/ToolMetrix)
Block Plane Trash to Treasure in 30 Minutes
By Paul Mayer on March 7, 2022

Even the most hard core power tool woodworker needs a couple good block planes; one standard, and one low angle for planing end grain. I use mine for...

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Berry Bowl Straining: A Simple, Useful and Unique Turning Project
By Paul Mayer on February 21, 2022

One of the most heavily used projects that I’ve ever made is the berry bowl which I use every day, often multiple times. In all of my years perusing...

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Finding your Woodworking Inspirations
By Paul Mayer on February 7, 2022

As with any art or craft, good woodworking design doesn’t happen in a vacuum. We often start by being inspired by someone else’s work, then add our...

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Starter Set of Traditional Spindle Turning Tools
By Paul Mayer on January 24, 2022

Contrary to the title of this blog, I think actual starter sets of spindle-turning tools are a terrible idea. If you go that route you will end up...

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From Garage Woodworker to Shark Tank to International Furniture Success
By Paul Mayer on January 10, 2022

Like many successful woodworking business owners, Kiersten Hathcock started out with a mission. But Kiersten’s mission was surprisingly modest when...

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Turning a Snowman Bottle Opener
By Paul Mayer on December 29, 2021

Sometimes I like to find a project that is whimsical and well-suited for mass production. This snowman bottle opener hits both of those marks. It...

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Turning a Winged Bowl in Red Mallee Burl Cap
By Paul Mayer on December 13, 2021

Late night shopping in the burl section on Ebay can be an expensive folly for a woodworker. When I found a spectacular Australian Red Mallee burl...

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Turning a “Monster Mesquite” Live Edge Bowl
By Paul Mayer on November 29, 2021

Living up in Minnesota, I have rarely seen mesquite wood, much less had any to work with in my shop. Ever since watching Norm Abram build his iconic...

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Five Pen Turning Tips From Brandon Branch
By Paul Mayer on November 15, 2021

Turning pens is a favorite pursuit of many craftsmen for a number of reasons:

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Treating Combat Stress with Woodturning
By Paul Mayer on October 25, 2021

All of us who partake in the hobby or profession of woodturning know that there is an undeniable element of relaxation that goes along with it.  In...

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