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"

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.

New in the Tool Emporium

New in the Hand Tool Emporium!





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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

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 […]

NOW AVAILABLE: Mortise & Tenon Issue 02

January 3, 2017

  We’re pleased to announce the arrival of Mortise & Tenon Magazine – Issue Two! Edited by Joshua A. klein, this annual magazine celebrates the preservation, research and restoration of historic furniture. Its multi-disciplinary approach brings together the perspectives of furniture makers, conservators and scholars to span woodworking past and present, with a special focus […]

Make A Wooden Hand Plane

January 2, 2017

Monday, January 9th to Friday, January 13th, 2017 “My simple message is that if you’re going to approach woodworking with sensitivity and maybe refinement, planes are a good way to begin.”  – James Krenov   Happy New Year! What better way to begin a new year than making a wooden hand plane? The response you get from a wood […]


December 15, 2016

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17TH, 10AM – 3PM Hey Folks! You’re invited to the Unplugged Woodshop Toronto for our first ever Open House.  Just in time to see our Residents projects as they’re finishing off their 10 Week Artisan Program. The Unplugged Woodshop is a School, Store, MakerSpace and Studio- join us this Saturday to see what all […]

A Pochade Box in Germany

December 14, 2016

Readers Project I received a letter from John in Germany last week and thought I’d share it with you. John recently finished making a Pochade Box following plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. It’s a Christmas gift for his Mom but I’m pretty sure she doesn’t read my Journal posts so no danger of […]


Life is a story, and we're all writing our own chapters, what will you decide to say?"

From The Unplugged Woodshop book. Tom Fidgen, 2013

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Episode 299 – Finishing the Drawers

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Episode 296 – The Front Panel

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