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 for pre-order, 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.

Only 4 Spots Remaining

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).

Foundations in Traditional Cabinet Making

10-Week Artisan Program: October 10th 2017, January 2nd 2018 and April 3rd 2018.

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

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".

New in the Tool Emporium

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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 […]

A Funeral Chair in Denmark

April 30, 2017

READERS PROJECT   I received a letter from Rud in Denmark yesterday and wanted to share it with you. Rud recently completed a Funeral Chair, following plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. He used steamed beech for the body and fumed oak for the seat slats. A nice touch! Thanks for sharing these with […]

A Toolchest in Vancouver

April 11, 2017

READERS PROJECT I received a letter from Steve in Vancouver this week and wanted to share it with you. Steve recently finished making a version of my Cabinetmaker’s Toolchest following plans in my book, Made by Hand. We went back and forth a bit via email, with some design and construction considerations and it looks […]

Cloverdale Forge

April 8, 2017

  MADE IN CANADA  We’re extremely excited to be carrying these Canadian made holdfasts! Matt Jenkins is a modern man practicing an ancient art. He’s also an internationally acclaimed, award winning blacksmith who has plied his trade from Europe to the United States, creating contemporary  designs with traditional tools and techniques dating back more than 2000 years. […]

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 356 – Elevations & Beginnings

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Episode 355 – A Carver’s Bench Part 05

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Episode 354 – The Carver’s Bench Part 04

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Episode 353 – the Carver’s Bench Part 03

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