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Fine Woodworking Matt Kenney

Matt Kenney has been making things from wood his entire life. About 15 years ago, when he was a poor and recently married graduate student with plans for a philosophy professorship, he began to make furniture. He was still bumbling along when a generous professional furniture maker in Camden, S.C., (Joe Mazurek) took him into his shop and taught him to cut dovetails, make doors, and hammer veneer. For the last six years, Kenney has been an editor at FWW. He lives in Watertown, Conn., with his wife, Janet, and two children.

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Show Schedule

Somerset, NJ

Session Times & Descriptions

7 Tips For Beautiful Boxes - Paid Seminar

SATURDAY: 9am - 10:30am
It is hard to make an attractive box. Because they are small, any design or construction mistakes are magnified. I’ll walk you through the entire process of making a box, from design and choosing lumber to cutting joints and applying a finish. Along the way I’ll explain several design guidelines that guarantee good proportions, show you the right way to re-saw boards for perfect four-corner matches, demonstrate a few simple jigs that guarantee accurate joints and perfectly fit parts, and tell you about the simple and quick finish I use.
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Essential Workbench Jigs - Paid Seminar

SATURDAY: 12:30pm - 2pm
It’s important to have a workbench in your shop, because they can be used for so many tasks: hand planing, sawing, routing, assembly and finishing—just to name a few. But that versatility comes at a cost. They’re nothing more than a flat surface and a vise or two. So, if you want to do something specialized, like shoot the end grain of a drawer front, you need a jig that converts the bench from an all-rounder to a tool optimized for the job at hand. I’ll demonstrate several bench accessories that I use with my hand tools (shooting board, saw hook, and planing stops for thin and thick boards) and two (bench horses and a bench stage) that can be used for sawing, routing, chopping dovetails, and more.
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7 Tips For Beautiful Boxes - Paid Seminar

SATURDAY: 2:30pm - 4pm
It is hard to make an attractive box. Because they are small, any design or construction mistakes are magnified. I’ll walk you through the entire process of making a box, from design and choosing lumber to cutting joints and applying a finish. Along the way I’ll explain several design guidelines that guarantee good proportions, show you the right way to re-saw boards for perfect four-corner matches, demonstrate a few simple jigs that guarantee accurate joints and perfectly fit parts, and tell you about the simple and quick finish I use.
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Essential Workbench Jigs - Paid Seminar

SUNDAY: 9am - 10:30am
It’s important to have a workbench in your shop, because they can be used for so many tasks: hand planing, sawing, routing, assembly and finishing—just to name a few. But that versatility comes at a cost. They’re nothing more than a flat surface and a vise or two. So, if you want to do something specialized, like shoot the end grain of a drawer front, you need a jig that converts the bench from an all-rounder to a tool optimized for the job at hand. I’ll demonstrate several bench accessories that I use with my hand tools (shooting board, saw hook, and planing stops for thin and thick boards) and two (bench horses and a bench stage) that can be used for sawing, routing, chopping dovetails, and more.
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7 Tips For Beautiful Boxes - Paid Seminar

SUNDAY: 12:30pm - 2pm
It is hard to make an attractive box. Because they are small, any design or construction mistakes are magnified. I’ll walk you through the entire process of making a box, from design and choosing lumber to cutting joints and applying a finish. Along the way I’ll explain several design guidelines that guarantee good proportions, show you the right way to re-saw boards for perfect four-corner matches, demonstrate a few simple jigs that guarantee accurate joints and perfectly fit parts, and tell you about the simple and quick finish I use.
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Essential Workbench Jigs - Paid Seminar

SUNDAY: 2:30pm - 4pm
It’s important to have a workbench in your shop, because they can be used for so many tasks: hand planing, sawing, routing, assembly and finishing—just to name a few. But that versatility comes at a cost. They’re nothing more than a flat surface and a vise or two. So, if you want to do something specialized, like shoot the end grain of a drawer front, you need a jig that converts the bench from an all-rounder to a tool optimized for the job at hand. I’ll demonstrate several bench accessories that I use with my hand tools (shooting board, saw hook, and planing stops for thin and thick boards) and two (bench horses and a bench stage) that can be used for sawing, routing, chopping dovetails, and more.
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