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A Little Bit on Bits

The Forstner bit cuts clean holes in the veneered panel.

  In the last video post, the Good Dr.’s Medicine Chest Part Six, I cut out the ‘windows’ for the interior panels of the chest. But before I reached for the fretsaw, and started sawing out the profiles, I pre-drilled some holes using a small…


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The Good Dr.’s Medicine Chest – Part Six

Interior fret work complete.

  In the last video post, The Good Dr.’s Medicine Chest Part Five, the interior panels were veneered using a technique known as hammer veneering. If you watch closely at the end of that video, after the panels were cleaned off with a card scraper,…


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The First Rule of Change

"On the road to Tarascon" Vincent van Gogh

  What’s the first rule of change? Take note. It’s stopping and acknowledging what you’d like to change in your life, your work, or in many cases, in both.   ( Tweet that )     You may say to yourself,  ” I want to…


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A Kerfing Plane in Florida

kerfing plane illustration

  I received a letter from Matt, in Florida, who made himself a Kerfing Plane following my design. Matt wrote me a note saying he kind of, Frankensteined the body, arms and fence, but I wanted to re-iterate that it’s not about the wood species…


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Make a Veneer Hammer – Part Two

Veneer hammer complete.

  In yesterdays post, the veneer hammer head and handle were shaped and the brass blade was cut and dry fit. Once the parts were ready, I went over all the edges with some light file work to clean things up. I should also mention…


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Make a Veneer Hammer – Part One

Veneer Hammer Detail

  “A worker may be the hammer’s master, but the hammer still prevails. A tool knows exactly how it is meant to be handled, while the user of the tool can only have an approximate idea.” -Milan Kundera   A veneer hammer is one of…


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Hammer Veneering

Veneer hammer, hot glue pot and finished panel.

  In the last video post, The Good Dr.’s Medicine Chest Part Five, walnut veneer was applied to the interior plywood panels. Using a technique known as ‘Hammer Veneering‘ the veneer is applied using hot hide glue and a veneer hammer. So, what exactly is…


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A Toothing Tale

A block plane fitted with knob and tote and a toothed blade makes a great toothing plane.

  In the past few years, I’ve seen a growing interest in vintage toothing planes really taking off. Woodworkers trolling around Flea-Bay and rummaging through online antique dealers, searching for that special hand tool. I was never one to do much veneer work, and dealt…


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The Good Dr.’s Medicine Chest – Part Five

hammer veneer, the good Dr.'s medicine chest, the unplugged woodshop, tom fidgen

  Rolling right along with the Good Dr.’s Medicine Chest project, this is already Part Five in the series! In this video, we’ll see the rear box panel assembled using a sandwich method of construction. This sandwich method, went a little bit like this – Begin…


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A Way of Living

the arts...

The Arts aren’t a way to make a living, they’re a way of living…


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The Sawyer’s Song

The Sawyer's Bench and the Frame Saw.

  I had a few more questions recently about my Kerfing Plane and Frame Saw designs so, I thought it may be helpful to post another quick note to address them together.   First off, I’d like to say a big ~THANKS~ to the dozens…


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A Frame Saw in South Africa

A Frame Saw in South Africa

  I received a letter from Simon, in South Africa yesterday. Simon recently completed his frame saw and I wanted to share it with you here. Thanks again for sharing this Simon, I hope you get as much use out of your saw as I…


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The Good Dr.’s Medicine Chest – Part Four

kerfing plane, the unplugged woodshop, tom fidgen

  In my last video post, The Good Dr.’s Medicine Chest Part Three, the carcase panels were rabbeted in such a way that it left a small 1/8-in. void at the corners of the assembled boxes. This void was filled with walnut banding and making…


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A Cabinetmaker’s Toolchest in Ontario

Toolchest top/front view

  If you remember this post, you’ll know that David in Bradford, Ontario sent me a letter about his plans to build a version of my Cabinetmaker’s Toolchest. I just received another letter from David informing me that his toolchest is complete! Here’s a quick…


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What’s Your Style ?

The Good Dr.'s Medicine Chest

  When you first get started in wood working, begin by learning the basics; sawing, sharpening, planing and chiseling. Then, learn a little more. Learn some of your favorite joinery techniques and work towards mastering a handful of them. ( you can’t be great at…


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The Good Dr.’s Medicine Chest – Part Three

medicine chest part 3

  If you’ve ever made a small box or cabinet, you’re well aware of the endless options you have when it comes to joinery. The Good Dr.’s Medicine Chest was no exception. I considered many joinery options but eventually decided on a kind of lapped,…


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