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A Card Catalogue – Part Seven

A frame and panel back for the cabinet.

  Well it’s another busy week here in the Woodshop. Unpacking boxes, and setting up the new basement shop is exhausting! Both mentally and physically. I can’t wait to give you the tour of the new space- hopefully by next week if all goes well….


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“Was that Magic?”

Around the campfire.

“If you learn the alphabet, you’ll be able to read books!”

That sounds like magic to a child.

“Really?

I could learn to read books?”

“Indeed, but only after you learn the alphabet.”


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Innovation in Tools

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  In early July, ( about 10 weeks ago ) I was invited to the head office of Lee Valley & Veritas Tools in Ottawa, Ontario. I was told it was to be a kind of “secret meeting“.   But why all the secrecy? Why…


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Inspiration in the Wood-Pile

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  …The wood was gray and the bark warping off it And the pile somewhat sunken.Clematis Had wound strings round and round it like a bundle….                                       …


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Feathers in Georgia

David's cabinets

  I received a letter from David in Georgia the other day and wanted to share it with you here- David recently completed a pair of cabinets using my “Ain’t no feathers around here boys…” project as inspiration. He made one for a friends wedding…


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A Card Catalogue – Part Six

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  In my last video post, the interior components of the Card Catalogue were finished. Front and back stretchers, drawer dividers and runners were all crafted and carefully dry fit inside the carcase. In this new video, the carcase is disassembled so that stopped rabbets…


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Tell Your Story

Misty morning funeral chair.

  The story ~    ( Tweet that ) Maybe it’s wrapped up in a knitted garment, or maybe they can tap their foot to it. Maybe they can put in their living room and store a wine or stamp collection inside. Is it wrapped…


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Summertime Handtool Essentials

Crosscutting some rough Spruce in the summer shop.

  Each and every year, I travel 2500 kilometers to my summer home on Cape Breton Island, in Nova Scotia. Leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the city life, we never make too many plans for our summer vacation. We prefer to let things…


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A Card Catalogue – Part Five

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  It’s been a busy few days here in Toronto. Unpacking the house and getting the kids back into the swing of another school year. I’ve been working on some content for the new Member site as well as getting things together for WOODWORKS 2014….


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A Kerfing Plane in Winnipeg

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  I received a letter from Shane a few weeks back and wanted to share it with you. Shane recently completed a Kerfing Plane following the plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. He used Quarter Sawn White Oak on the project and I think…


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Only Three Weeks Away

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  Hey folks, With the kids off to school this morning for another year, I wanted to take a minute to remind you of the WOODWORKS CONFERENCE 2014. It’s only three weeks away and filling up fast! This year has an amazing lineup of personalities,…


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Try Something

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  Have you ever tried freehand sharpening? Have you ever attempted to saw hounds-tooth dovetails? Have you tried wood turning? How about on a Treadle lathe?   Have you ever tried inlay work or marquetry? Have you ever made a laminated table top? How about…


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A Card Catalogue – Part Four

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  After two amazing months on the East Coast, we’re finally back in the city. For better or worse, the summer came and went, and now we’re gearing up for one of our busiest Fall & Winter seasons to date!   My short list looks…


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BACK STORY : The Card Catalogue

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  A Card Catalogue I love writing that word. Catalogue. Not, catalog _ _ . ; o     So, the card catalogue. From the time I understood the concept that learning the alphabet would enable me to read books, I’ve kind of had a…


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