Foundations in Traditional Cabinet Making

10-WEEK PROGRAM: October 10th to December 16th, 2017

“To educate and inspire students in the fundamental skills of traditional furniture and cabinet making, using only hand tools.” -Tom Fidgen

Two Handed Rasp

"Boat builders and luthiers, saw makers and furniture makers will love using these tools. With comfortable, locally sourced walnut handles and fine brass ferrules, they’re available individually or as a set of three.

The Unplugged Woodshop Two-Handed Rasps are now available and once again, they’ll change the way you work wood."

- Tom

A Weekend of Japanese Woodworking

Saturday & Sunday September 16 to 17 from 10am-6pm.


Special Guest Instructor: Andrew Strome

Over this 2 Day Course, you will learn how Japanese woodworkers built secure sturdy boxes that would last for generations. This box is ideal for your woodworking tools, painting supplies, knitting or any other special possessions looking for a new home. On Sunday we dive into the traditional art of Kumiko; a delicate technique of assembling wooden pieces without nails. The “Kumiko” woodwork technique was developed in Japan in the Asuka Era (600-700 AD).

Cloverdale Forge


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".

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Fall 2017 – Classes and Courses

September 11, 2017

  It’s that time of year again, when the days start getting shorter and the air gets a little cooler. It reminds us that the Fall is fast approaching and we’ll have much less time to sit on patios, enjoying that warm summer sun. That said, there’s still plenty to do indoors, especially if you’re […]

The Tale of the Two Tool Chests

August 22, 2017

  Hey folks! Here’s another video from the Unplugged Summer shop~ Thanks for the positive feedback on the last video of the Boat Shop tour and the questions about An Unplugged Life, the membership area of the Unplugged Woodshop website. This video will answer some of the questions about the projects we’ve been building this […]

FREE EPISODE – Wooden Boats

August 14, 2017

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain   And we’re back~ after a few days off […]

A Round Bottom Plane

July 16, 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   Hey folks! Just thought we’d let you know about our latest YouTube video, A Round Bottom Plane. Justin and I shot this in the last week of June, […]


June 26, 2017

  The UW-Toronto feels passionately about the preservation of the arts and crafts through woodworking and hand tools. If you love woodworking and hand tools, but don’t have the space for a shop of your own, the Unplugged Woodshop MakerSpace may be just what you’re looking for. Students of all levels will be able to create their own […]

Two Handed Rasps

June 9, 2017

NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER   We’re extremely excited to finally introduce you to our newest offering here at the Unplugged Woodshop- Two-Handed Rasps. “For years I’ve been watching boat builders and luthiers, furniture, chair and cabinet makers use traditional style rasps for shaping their work. I’ve also noticed that we tend to hold the rasp […]

Unplugged in New Zealand

June 6, 2017

READERS PROJECT   I received a letter from Danny in New Zealand this week and thought I’d share it with you. Danny is a member of our online community, An Unplugged Life, and recently completed this nice little box project. Thanks again Danny- great job on the box! Dear Tom, I hope this email finds […]


June 5, 2017

END OF THE YEAR CELEBRATION Join us this Saturday, June 10th from 10am – 2pm for our End of the Year Open House! Come and see what our Residents have been up to and check out the shop. Everyone is welcome, hope we see you there~    

A Sawyer’s Bench in Finland

May 26, 2017

READER’S PROJECT I received a letter from Jani this week and wanted to share it with you. Jani recently finished making a sawyer’s bench following plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. You can read his wonderful letter below. Thanks again for sharing this with us Jani- your saw bench really turned out great! All […]

A Sawyer’s Bench in Toronto

May 8, 2017

READERS PROJECT   I received a letter from John in Toronto this week and wanted to share it with you. John recently made himself a Sawyer’s bench, following plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. He used walnut throughout and did an excellent job. Thanks again for sharing these with us John, and all the […]

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

GPS Address: 1 Thackeray St Toronto, Ontario

An Unplugged Life

An online membership site that will inspire you to get offline, slow down, & work smarter with your hands & heart.

  • Weekly Episodes
  • Exclusive Projects & Plans
  • Detailed Instruction
  • Fundamental Hand Tool Skills
  • Tips & Tricks to finish each project

Here on, we proudly welcome tens of thousands of visitors each and every month, from 146 Countries worldwide! While teaching both Nationally and Internationally, I realize that some people will never have a chance to take a class with me, face to face, at the UW - Toronto or abroad.

The internet had leveled the playing field and by joining our Member Only area, AN UNPLUGGED LIFE, you can see what I do on a daily basis while I teach furniture design and hand tools, regardless of where you are on the planet. If you have access to internet-you can study the fine art of furniture making with me from the comfort of your own home. Members will not only learn how I do the work I do, but more importantly, I'm going to teach you why.


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Episode 377 – to the teeth

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Episode 376 – Composing the Grain

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Episode 375 – The Cut List

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episode 374 – A Japanese Woodworking Weekend

By tom | September 18, 2017

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