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The Down to Earth Woodworker Archive
Articles by Steven D. Johnson, Racine, WI


Partial List of Past Columns

Who is the "Down to Earth Woodworker?"
5S Your Workshop for Efficiency, Comfort, Safety, and Fun
Justifying Your New Tool Purchase
So You Want to Turn Pro – Be Careful What You Wish For!
A Reverence for Wood
NoRust Non-Slip Drawer Liner
Lie-Nielsen Medium Shoulder Plane
The Future of Woodworking — Part 1
Torsion Box Bench Hook
Sound Safety Tips — Noise Abatement
Major Milling — Step 1 to New Office Furniture
Reader Feedback
Check Out my New Catty Shack
How to Create Extra Space in Your Shop
The Future of Woodworking, part 2
Is Your Shop Prepared for a Disaster?
The Future of Woodworking – Conclusion & Prequel
Oh, Those Legs...
The Old Magnolia Tree
A Few of "My Favorite Things"
Measuring and Marking Out Desk Joinery
DTEW Quick Hits — Money Saving Quick Tip
2010 — A Look Back
Veering From the Path We Set
The Unhandy Handyman (or Handywoman)
The Unhandy Legacy Lives On
New Down To Earth Workshop!
Call It a Vacuum Cleaner!
My Love Affair With The Dump
This Ain't Furniture
The Dunning-Kruger Effect
Festool Follow-up
The Entrepreneurial Spirit
New Festool CT 36 Dust Extractor - More Impressions
Measuring and Marking
Stairs and Dovetails
Make Your Own "Go-Bag"
Building Codes - A Brief Primer
Wood Is A Pleasant Thing
Cleaving to Homonyms
Fifty-Seven Hundred Pounds of Equipment – One Big Box
Building the NEW Down To Earth Workshop, Part 1 - Wiring
Summertime Woodworking
Festool Trion D Handle Jigsaw
A Brief Word on the New T-Loc Systainer
Building the NEW Down To Earth Workshop, Part 2 – Insulation & Wall Covering
Deteriorating Skills
Emergency Sharpening
Building the NEW Down To Earth Workshop, Part 3 – Stairs, Door & Windows
When Is “Done” Really Done?
Floored By The Questions
Another Enlightening Question
Goodbye Drafty Garage Door
The New Down To Earth Workshop is Done (Almost)
Pegboard Racks & French Cleats – A Down To Earth System
Workshop Lighting – The Science Simplified by the Newest Scion
A Horizontal Pipe Clamp Rack
Random Acts of Woodworking
How To "Work" A Trade Show
The JDS Air-Tech HP Air Cleaner
Shop Desk/Bench Update

Drawings, Charts, etc.

Miter Saw Station
Mobile Sanding Center
Shooting Board
Decision Matrix
Pet Steps Project
Glue-Up / Clean-Up Center

Steven Johnson is retired from an almost 30-year career selling medical equipment and supplies, and now enjoys improving his shop, his skills, and his designs on a full time basis (although he says home improvement projects and furniture building have been hobbies for most of his adult life).

Steven can be reached directly via email at


1045 N. Highland Ave. NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30306
Tel. 800-241-6748

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