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Six Days in May

Plowing a groove for a drawer bottom.

  Well here we are, almost the end of April and with that, about three weeks before I head to Rosewood Studio, in Perth, Ontario. If you haven’t heard, I’ll be there teaching a six-day course I’ve titled,  “It Starts with a Box“, beginning on…


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The Good Dr.’s Medicine Chest – Part Seven

Fitting a leather square to a carcase bottom panel.

  In the last video post, the Good Dr.’s Medicine Chest part six, the fret work was completed on the interior panels. That was the last of the details required, before the interior leather could be attached. Had this cabinet been a little larger, the…


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What Gets Measured, Gets Managed

The Good Dr.'s Medicine Chest

  Getting back to the rules of change for a moment, in order to change something, we have to take note of where we are in relation to where we’d like to be. Once we observe, and set those two parameters, how do we know…


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A Kerfing Plane in Hong Kong

kerfing plane side arm

  I received a letter this week from Will, in Hong Kong. Will recently made a Kerfing Plane following the plans in my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. He used quarter sawn beech for the body, and the fence is trimmed with reclaimed teak from an…


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Don’t Fret, it’s Just a Saw

Fret sawing the interior panels.

  In the last video post, the Good Dr.’s Medicine Chest Part Six, the interior panels were sawn using a Fret Saw. Fret saws, and fret sawing, are one of those mysterious techniques that until you try it, may seem a little daunting. Sure, we’re…


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A Funeral Chair in Atlanta

A Funeral Chair in Atlanta

  I received a letter from Wallis, in Atlanta, GA last night- Wallis recently completed this folding chair, following my Funeral Chair design, and I wanted to share it with you. I absolutely love seeing readers projects and this is a really great example of…


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A Little Bit on Bits

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  In the last video post, the Good Dr.’s Medicine Chest Part Six, I cut out the ‘windows’ for the interior panels of the chest. But before I reached for the fretsaw, and started sawing out the profiles, I pre-drilled some holes using a small…


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The Good Dr.’s Medicine Chest – Part Six

Interior fret work complete.

  In the last video post, The Good Dr.’s Medicine Chest Part Five, the interior panels were veneered using a technique known as hammer veneering. If you watch closely at the end of that video, after the panels were cleaned off with a card scraper,…


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The First Rule of Change

"On the road to Tarascon" Vincent van Gogh

  What’s the first rule of change? Take note. It’s stopping and acknowledging what you’d like to change in your life, your work, or in many cases, in both.   ( Tweet that )     You may say to yourself,  ” I want to…


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A Kerfing Plane in Florida

kerfing plane illustration

  I received a letter from Matt, in Florida, who made himself a Kerfing Plane following my design. Matt wrote me a note saying he kind of, Frankensteined the body, arms and fence, but I wanted to re-iterate that it’s not about the wood species…


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Make a Veneer Hammer – Part Two

Veneer hammer complete.

  In yesterdays post, the veneer hammer head and handle were shaped and the brass blade was cut and dry fit. Once the parts were ready, I went over all the edges with some light file work to clean things up. I should also mention…


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Make a Veneer Hammer – Part One

Veneer Hammer Detail

  “A worker may be the hammer’s master, but the hammer still prevails. A tool knows exactly how it is meant to be handled, while the user of the tool can only have an approximate idea.” -Milan Kundera   A veneer hammer is one of…


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Hammer Veneering

Veneer hammer, hot glue pot and finished panel.

  In the last video post, The Good Dr.’s Medicine Chest Part Five, walnut veneer was applied to the interior plywood panels. Using a technique known as ‘Hammer Veneering‘ the veneer is applied using hot hide glue and a veneer hammer. So, what exactly is…


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A Toothing Tale

A block plane fitted with knob and tote and a toothed blade makes a great toothing plane.

  In the past few years, I’ve seen a growing interest in vintage toothing planes really taking off. Woodworkers trolling around Flea-Bay and rummaging through online antique dealers, searching for that special hand tool. I was never one to do much veneer work, and dealt…


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The Good Dr.’s Medicine Chest – Part Five

hammer veneer, the good Dr.'s medicine chest, the unplugged woodshop, tom fidgen

  Rolling right along with the Good Dr.’s Medicine Chest project, this is already Part Five in the series! In this video, we’ll see the rear box panel assembled using a sandwich method of construction. This sandwich method, went a little bit like this – Begin…


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A Way of Living

the arts...

The Arts aren’t a way to make a living, they’re a way of living…


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