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Pennsylvania Spice Cabinet – Part Eight

Dovetail marking

  As promised, this week is all about dovetails. For some reason, this topic generates more interest than almost any other hand tool topic. More ink has been spilt, YouTube videos made, woodworking show demo’s, woodworking classes attended, and blog entries have been written about…


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The Architect’s Chair – Part Five

Four legs dovetailed into the middle walnut hub. This is only a dry fit and the tops will be planed flush later on in the project.

  I managed to complete the chair seat, the upper hub and support arms, when I returned to my Toronto shop and continued working on this project. Upon my arrival back to the city, I roughed out the legs to begin the lower joinery. With…


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Every Step an Artist

Stained maple stringing - The Maple Leaf Forever

    If I told you my story, and you told me yours, what would be the common thread? Creating. The creative process.   That’s the real magic. That’s the reason we do this.   Even if we never made a dime – the process…


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Pennsylvania Spice Cabinet – Part Seven

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Leaving off entry #6, I finished dry fitting the drawer blades/dividers using poplar as the secondary wood. I used poplar as my supply of the figured maple was limited and I did not want to use it up making parts that were almost never going…


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The Architect’s Chair – Part Four

Maple dowel after threading.

  Continuing along with the Architect’s Chair, the four legs will eventually get dovetailed into a center hub made from the same 8/4 walnut. The hub will be drilled and tapped to receive a threaded dowel that will serve as the main post for the…


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Someone Has To.

BJS Infill Plane on the Maple Leaf Forever

    If you could choose to make a dozen good projects this year, or one really great one, which would you choose? When is good enough, good enough? And when is great the only option? There are indeed times when good enough is good…


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Pennsylvania Spice Cabinet – Part Six

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  After last week we should be done with drawer dividers.. right? HA HA HA… wrong! We only made three of the horizontal dividers. So today we are going to make the vertical dividers. Once again I turned to my dividers to get the sizing…


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Another Cape Bretoners’ Saw Bench

Sawyer's Bench

  I received a letter from a fellow Cape Bretoner yesterday and wanted to share it with you. Rodger recently made a Sawyer’s Bench following plans in my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. He added a nice design change in his removable fence, but kept true…


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The Architect’s Chair – Part Three

Eying across the seat from the back after the shaping is complete. I gave it a light coat of oil to seal it until I brought it back to the city shop in Toronto to complete.

  After the inside of the seat was smooth, I marked the outside profile. You’ll notice at these early stages I left the front corners, or ‘horns’ on the chair. I couldn’t commit to the final shape while I was out East and away from…


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Wu Wei

wuwei

      Wu wei ( pronounced woo-way ) is known as the practice of non-doing or non-action. “The art of non-doing.”   This concept comes from Lao Tzu’s methodology, In order to do, we must not-do. Sounds counter intuitive but let’s dig a little…


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A Sawbench in New Mexico

A Sawyer's bench in New Mexico

  I received a short note from Rob in New Mexico and wanted to share it with you- Seems that Rob is finding his new sawyer’s bench quite useful these days. He made his bench by following the plans in my book, The Unplugged Woodshop….


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Pennsylvania Spice Cabinet – Part Five

Tools

  Well, now that we have done some marking and measuring, and some sawing… we can now cut some joinery. Finally, some dovetails right? WRONG! Dovetails are so boring… and everyone does them. Besides, we have not done any chiseling exercise yet. (I promise, I…


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The Architect’s Chair – Part Two

Scraping complete on the inside.

  Before you begin to make a seat, there’s a few things to think about. First off- who are you making it for? If this chair is for you then sit your derriere down somewhere and trace the outline of your backside! Seriously – do…


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Unplugged in the Yukon

Totem in White Horse

  “This is the law of the Yukon, that only the strong shall thrive; that surely the weak shall perish, and only the fit survive.”                                           …


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