Cloverdale Forge

MADE IN CANADA 

We're extremely excited to offer you these Canadian made holdfasts. Forged in Manitoba by internationally acclaimed, award-winning blacksmith Matt Jenkins, we're carrying both his traditional style, as well as a more contemporary design.

The traditional model is 15 1/4" long with a reach of 5 1/4" while the contemporary is 13 1/2" long with a reach of 6 1/4".

2017 Artisan Program Registration Now Open

Artisan Program: January 2nd, 2017 to March 10th, 2017  April 3rd, 2017 to June 9th, 2017, October 10th, 2017 to December 15th, 2017.

Maker Program: January 2nd, 2017 to March 10th, 2017.

Designer Program: April 3rd, 2017 to June 9th, 2017.

Hamilton Gauges

We're happy to offer these beautifully made, wood and brass marking gauges from Hamilton Woodworks. Finely crafted, they're precise in use and feel solid in hand. They have a brass wear strip across the reference fence making them much more stable for marking joinery then a standard round bottom gauge. We're carrying two sizes ( 4 & 6" ) in three select hardwoods.

New in the Tool Emporium

New in the Hand Tool Emporium!

MARCOU

LIOGIER

HNT GORDON

BAD AXE TOOLWORKS

Click below to check it out!

Sterling Roubo Curves

As Chris from Sterling Took Works says, the 'Roubo Curves® are metal french curves on “steroids”'.

Unlike french curves purchased at a craft store, the scale of the Roubo Curves® are meant for furniture. At 18", 9" and 8" you can layout directly on your workpiece and since they are made from 304 stainless steel, you can even clamp them down.

Large Curve: 18 1/8" x 6 1/4"

Medium Curve: 9 1/4" x 4 1/2"

Small Curve: 8 1/8" x 4 3/16"

Sterling Roubo Curves

As Chris from Sterling Took Works says, the 'Roubo Curves® are metal french curves on “steroids”'.

Unlike french curves purchased at a craft store, the scale of the Roubo Curves® are meant for furniture. At 18", 9" and 8" you can layout directly on your workpiece and since they are made from 304 stainless steel, you can even clamp them down.

Large Curve: 18 1/8" x 6 1/4"

Medium Curve: 9 1/4" x 4 1/2"

Small Curve: 8 1/8" x 4 3/16"

Saw Bench Kits Now Available!

Pre-Dimensioned and ready for joinery and final smoothing.

Available in assorted local hardwoods:

Ash $145

Maple $145

Walnut $170

Bird's Eye Maple: $185

A Toolchest in Vancouver

April 11, 2017

READERS PROJECT I received a letter from Steve in Vancouver this week and wanted to share it with you. Steve recently finished making a version of my Cabinetmaker’s Toolchest following plans in my book, Made by Hand. We went back and forth a bit via email, with some design and construction considerations and it looks […]

Cloverdale Forge

April 8, 2017

  MADE IN CANADA  We’re extremely excited to be carrying these Canadian made holdfasts! Matt Jenkins is a modern man practicing an ancient art. He’s also an internationally acclaimed, award winning blacksmith who has plied his trade from Europe to the United States, creating contemporary  designs with traditional tools and techniques dating back more than 2000 years. […]

Unplugged in Jerusalem

March 29, 2017

READERS PROJECT   I received a letter from Gil in Jerusalem this week and wanted to share it with you. Gil recently made a Kerfing Plane and Frame saw following plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. He made a few changes to the Kerfing Plane and incorporated cam-lock style hardware for the movable fence. […]

Tuesday Evening Open Classes

March 27, 2017

JUST ANNOUNCED    Hi folks! Due to popular demand, ( our Thursday night Open Classes are sold out until June ! ) we’re happy to announce we’ve added a second night of Open Classes. Join us every Tuesday, from 6-9pm at the Unplugged Woodshop.  In this class, students of all levels will be able to […]

Open House

March 8, 2017

  Hey folks! Join us this coming Saturday, March 11th from 1-5pm for our End of Semester – Open House. Say hello to our Resident Makers as they put the finishing touches on their projects. Check out the school and see all that we have to offer. Everyone is welcome- I hope you can join […]

Another Pochade Box in Germany

February 19, 2017

A READER’S PROJECT I received a letter from my friend John in Germany this week and wanted to share it with you. John recently completed another Pochade Box, ( his 2nd ) following plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. It’s nice when you can see work developing, while confidence and comfort creep into the […]

Sterling Tool Works

January 24, 2017

  I’m pleased to welcome our newest Hand Tool Partner at the Unplugged Woodshop Toronto. Sterling Tool Works LLC is a small, family run business in Northern Maryland, USA. Founded in 2013 by Chris Kuehn, Chris says:  “Sterling Tool Works is inspired by artisans that create fine work. Our vision is to bring highly refined tools […]

Ontario Antique Tools ~ UNPLUGGED

January 16, 2017

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 4th, 2017  11:00 – 3:00pm WHERE: The Unplugged Woodshop Toronto ( on the corner of Carlaw/Dundas in Leslieville ) WHAT: Antique Tool Show and Sale We’re pleased to welcome Ontario Antique Tools to the UW Toronto. Join us on Saturday, February 4th for this special event.  Ontario Antique Tools will be here […]

A Saw Bench in Texas

January 11, 2017

READERS PROJECT   Hey folks~ I received a letter from JD in Texas this weekend and wanted to share it with you. JD recently finished making a Sawyer’s Bench following the plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. Great job on the Saw Bench JD! ( and great job on the photos~; )  I love […]

Unplugged in California

January 9, 2017

READERS PROJECTS     Hey folks! I received a letter from Dodie out in California over the Holidays and wanted to share it with you. Dodie made a few projects from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. I always love seeing projects from readers and especially when they change things up a little and truly make […]

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From The Unplugged Woodshop book. Tom Fidgen, 2013

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Episode 317 – What’s Next?

By tom | April 29, 2017

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Episode 316 – Four Brass Feet

By tom | April 28, 2017

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Episode 315 – Out of the Clamps

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Episode 314 – The Glue-Up

By tom | April 26, 2017

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