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Do You Wanna Make some Hand Tools?

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  If you’d like to make some hand tools, specifically designed for shop sawn veneer, then join me for a week in June, at DICTUM GmbH Woodworking School in Munich, Germany. I’ll be teaching two classes over the run of a week.     In…


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Another Funeral Chair in the Netherlands

A Funeral Chair in the Netherlands

  I received a letter from a reader in the Netherlands this week and wanted to share it with you. Hugo recently completed a funeral chair following plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. He used oak and ash for his chair project and I…


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Pith Side…

The Maple Leaf Forever Project

  ” Pith side, plane with the points… ” A rule I always remember, to help determine the grain direction in wood. This week, while working on the Maple Leaf Forever projects, I couldn’t follow this rule. Why ? Because clearly, no one told the…


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A Card Catalogue – Part Eighteen

card catalogue 18

  Hey folks, we’re moving right along with the Card Catalogue series, and here is the second part of the drawer front veneer work. This being a card catalogue, I wanted to maintain a traditional looking cabinet with three banks of 5, card-sized drawers. Having…


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Live Slow

The first cut - Maple Leaf Forever

Live slow and die old.

’nuff said.


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A Card Catalogue – Part Seventeen

Zebrawood veneer.

  It’s Thursday, November 6th and oh my, how time flies! I’m sure you’ve noticed the frequency of my posts slowing down a little over the last four weeks- it’s no surprise that the new website is also four weeks old~ absolutely no coincidence there….


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Believe

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  Believe- it’s easy to say, easy to understand, but until you have it, it’s only a word.     Belief comes from the German word for trust. Do you trust yourself? Trust is when you don’t need any proof- you only need to accept…


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A Card Catalogue – Part Sixteen

A 1/4-in. shim in the groove makes it easy to line up the parts.

  Happy Halloween! Here we are with part sixteen of a Card Catalogue and this one is all about dovetails! The components for the nine drawers were dimensioned, smoothed and plowed in the last video, and in this one, it’s traditional half blind/lap in the…


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A Saw Bench Down Under

Saw Bench top with fence

  I received a letter yesterday from Salko in Australia yesterday, he just finished making himself a Sawyer’s Bench following the plans in my book – The Unplugged Woodshop. Really great job on the saw bench Salko- Hope you find it useful in your work…


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Every Step Matters

Woodworks 2014. ( from left to right ) Chris Schwarz - Ron Barter - Linda Manzer - Mark Harrell  - Tom Fidgen - Garrett Hack

  Every step you take along the way matters. From the time you get out of bed, to the nutrients ( or lack thereof ) you put into your body, the music you listen to, the news station you choose to watch, the friends you…


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Kerfing Plane & Frame Saw in Costa Rica

Kerfing Plane side view

  I received a letter from Mark in Costa Rica this week and wanted to share it with you. Mark recently made a Kerfing Plane and Frame Saw following the plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. I loved the fact that although he wasn’t…


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A Card Catalogue- Part Fifteen

Drawer parts ready for joinery.

  You can’t have a card catalogue without the drawers! So in this video, we’re finally getting into the drawers- all nine of them. ( yes, it looks like fifteen, but I assure you, it’s only nine… )   ( Tweet that ) This video…


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Put it on the Page

Put it on the page.

  Do you wish you met the goals you made for yourself more often? Would you like to stay motivated in order to do so? Do you want to finish every project you begin? Then put it on the page.     It isn’t magic…


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The Good News and the Bad

  Here we are, already the middle of October. I suppose with the title of this post, it may have you wondering- well, don’t worry… I’m being a little mellow-dramatic. So being from the East Coast, I’ll keep the tradition alive and start with the…


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