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Pennsylvania Spice Cabinet – Part 11

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  After last week’s debacle of using power tools, it’s back to my hand tools. There were a few final details to finish up the door. I needed to decide on the panels. Since the entire cabinet is made from curly maple, I decided to…


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You Probably Aren’t

A couple of Kerfing Planes

      The Best…. ( fill in the blank ) A Better…. ( fill in the blank ) A Faster…. ( fill in the blank )   When it comes to wood working techniques and quality hand tools, methods and methodologies, there’s a silent…


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Pennsylvania Spice Cabinet – Part 10

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  Now that the drawers have had all the joinery cut, the next step was to fully complete them. Because I did all the dimensioning by hand, the drawer fronts are still a little too thick. So I needed to size them all and make…


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The Architect’s Chair part seven

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  After the center hub/dovetail joinery is complete, I dimensioned the stock for the cross members on the lower frame. These were mortised into the legs with a half lap joint in the middle where they cross one another. A sliding bevel gauge was helpful…


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Muscle Memory

Bridle Kerfing Plane - Certificate of Authenticity

        “It’s a wonder you’re not a waif with all the exercise you get!” That was a comment left over on my Membership site a few days ago. This is something I hear fairly often, but the truth is, the more you…


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Pennsylvania Spice Cabinet – Part Nine

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  Getting back to making some progress on the cabinet after last week’s rant, it’s time to make 14 drawers. I like to make sure all the required tools are close at hand and ready to go. Notice that almost all of the tools below…


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Spring Time Update

Boxed and ready- a Bridle Kerfing Plane

  “That is one good thing about this world… there are always sure to be more springs.”                                                                            – L.M. Montgomery     And then there were none… Bridle Kerfing…


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The Architect’s Chair – Part Six

Sawing the dovetail sockets in the middle, walnut hub.

    Continuing along with the lower chair frame joinery, this video shows a little more dovetail work on the legs, sawing out the 8/4 stock for the hubs, and making the dovetail sockets in the hubs. From there the hub was tapped using a…


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Which Path Will You Follow?

Two Axis

    **I received a letter recently, asking my thoughts on building original projects vs. copying historical pieces. And what the possibilities are, making wood working a career? Here are some thoughts based on my own experiences, as well some other, outside views. These ideas…


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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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