Woodworking Blog

Your woodworking adventure starts here! The Bluprint Woodworking Blog covers everything from the best tools and how to handle them, to different types of woods, techniques including cuts, drilling and sanding, and tutorials for impressive projects.

Tage Frid walnut three-legged stool

Making a Tage Frid-Style Three-Legged Stool

By Mitch Roberson

Building the Tage Frid three-legged stool is a challenging project that serves as a miniature course in furniture making. Read along as I tackle angled dovetails, a four-shoulder mortise and tenon joint, several wedged tenon joints and lots of shaping and working with curves.

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dovetails coming together

Dovetail Joinery: Fitting the Joints Together

By Rob Porcaro

Is it time to see if all your work has paid off in a set of tails and pins that actually fit together? Almost! But adding a few critical nuances can make the difference between struggling toward a disappointing joint and delighting in a sweet fit.

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The Longest Day Logo

Craft to Stay Sharp & Craft for a Cause

By Craftsy

Today, in the United States alone, there are five million people living with Alzheimer's disease, a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. See how you can help by participating in The Longest Day, "where teams from around the world will come together to honor the strength, passion and endurance of those facing Alzheimer's with a day of activity."

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Things to Consider When Designing Turned Furniture Legs

By Ed Pretty

There are so many considerations when designing a piece of furniture. Does it have to match other pieces? Is it to conform to a particular genre? Ornately carved? Simple, yet elegant? In any of these, turned legs may be part of the picture. If the design includes turned furniture legs, here are a few things you should consider.

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scribing the pins

Dovetailing: How to Mark the Pins From the Tails

By Rob Porcaro
At this point in our dovetail joinery journey, the tails will be used as a template to mark out the pins, which are the sockets into which the tails will fit. This is a critical step that must be done accurately to have any hope of a well-fitting joint. Read more »
Screw chucks require a starting hole in the work piece

Helpful Tips for Mounting Work in a Chuck on a Lathe

By Ed Pretty
Chucks are one of the handiest ways of holding work on the lathe. There are a few types of chucks but the most common and versatile are the 4-jaw, self-centering chucks. Let’s talk about things to be aware of in general use and ways of taking advantage of that versatility. Read more »