Monthly Archives: October 2014


Here is a collection of miscellaneous tips to help you be a more eco-conscious woodworker: Dust control Controlling the dust in your shop not only improves the quality of the air you breath but also makes it easier to collect sawdust for mulch and other eco-pursuits. Poor dust collection can lead to health problems that […]

Eco-Woodworking Tips


Shellac flakes
The next time you’re preparing to finish a woodworking project, take an eco-moment to consider the environmental friendliness of the finishing materials you use. Conventional solvent-based finishes such as nitrocellulose lacquer and varnishes provide a durable, high quality finish at a reasonable cost. However, they can also be significant sources of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) […]

Eco-Friendly Wood Finishes



Homasote panels
No, we’re not talking about unseasoned lumber. In this case, “green” refers to reconstituted wood products that have recycled content, low toxicity or other eco-friendly qualities. These products include formaldehyde-free composite wood panels, bio-panels made from agricultural fibers such as sunflower hulls, wheat straw, and sugar cane fiber, arsenic-free pressure-treated lumber, engineered structural wood, and […]

Green Wood Products


FSC certified wood
As a woodworker, you can do your part to support environmentally responsible sustainable forestry practices by purchasing certified woods. Certified woods come from “well-managed” forests in which the long-term health of the total forest ecosystem is emphasized – the trees, under-story plants, water resources, wildlife habitats, recreational pursuits, and employment opportunities for local communities. A […]

Certified Wood



Reclaimed barn lumber
Reclaimed, rediscovered, recovered, recycled, and reused are terms that refer to wood that has been given a new lease on life. The category includes: 1) timber recovered from river beds, lake bottoms, swamps, and the forest floor; 2) wood previously used in industrial mills, warehouses, barns, homes, boats, wine tanks, railroad ties, fences, furniture, and […]

Reclaimed Wood


Worn out dowel hole 1
It’s not uncommon for dowel joints in older furniture to fail over time. In some cases, the dowel will snap off. In other cases, the hole may become oversized so the dowel will no longer fit snugly into it. Once a dowel hole starts to wear, it just gets worse over time because the loosened […]

Repairing a Worn Out Dowel Hole