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Unplugged Update 2015

A perfect fit.... Skinny legs et all.

    It’s been a busy few weeks/months here in the woodshop, and I wanted to take a moment to say thanks- and let you know that changes are coming. The plan is to combine the Unplugged Woodshop website, with an Unplugged Life, into one…


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You Deserve It

Cherry and spalted beech

There’s something to be said about the environment we put ourselves in-

think about it…

For the most part, we’re the masters of our own reality-

we can get up and move around, or we can stay put and wither.

“A rolling stone gathers no moss.”

The road less traveled.


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A Saw Bench in the Channel Islands

saw bench 1

  I received a letter from Stuart in the Channel Islands this past week and wanted to share it with you. Stuart recently completed a sawyer’s bench, following plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. He also documented the build on his website – Goatboy’s…


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The First Step

Kerfing Planes

This may sound obvious, but it’s really good advice – take the first step!

I see it all the time,

a student will ask, “How do I cut dovetails by hand?”

Well, dovetails start with proper layout,

but you can’t properly layout joinery until you carefully prepare your materials.

Preparing material starts with six siding a board…


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A Kerfing Plane in Pennsylvania

kerfing plane 1

  I received a letter from Nick in Pennsylvania this past week and wanted to share it with you. Nick recently finished a Kerfing Plane following plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. I’m impressed to read how he stuck to a strict budget, yet…


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A Frame Saw in Germany

Frame Saw

  I received a letter from Tom in Germany the other day and thought I’d share it with you. Tom recently made a Frame Saw, following plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. He made a few changes to suit his own body type and…


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Looking

looking

  I received an email from a reader in Thunder Bay, Ontario a couple of weeks ago and wanted to share it with you. It’s interesting to note what one may see when we take the time to look. Thanks for sharing this Butch, all…


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Your Rhythm

Kerfing Planes

Rhythm is everything.

The pulse of light from a sun,

the ebbs and the flows of an ocean,

the beating of our heart.

The constant, repetitive vibration bringing life.
From the time before we were born,

we spent the better part of a year listening to the rhythm of our mothers heart.


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Pennsylvania Spice Cabinet – Part 13

intro

  This is the final installment of our Guest Post from fellow woodworker, Jeremy Pringle. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to use the forms below this entry. Thanks for sharing your project with us Jeremy!     After letting the shellac…


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A Saw Bench in Brazil

Sawyer's bench in Brazil

I received a letter from Cosme in Brazil this past week and wanted to share it with you. Cosme recently finished building a saw bench following plans in my book, the Unplugged Woodshop. Great job on the saw bench Cosme, thanks for sharing it with…


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Rosewood Unplugged

ROSEWOOD UNPLUGGED

  Last week, I was back at Rosewood Studio, in the small historic town of Perth, Ontario. I was there teaching my six day course called “it starts with a box…“ and as it turned out, it was one of the best teaching experiences I’ve…


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The Destination

Local cherry for a student's box at Rosewood

    Where’s the destination? Is it made out of wood? Is it shaped like a cereal box? Does it have a glossy finish? Perfect joinery? The finest hardware?   Ask yourself where your destination is. Is it happiness? Satisfaction? Success? Fulfillment?   Is reaching…


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The Right People

around the woodshop

We often hear that to get the right answers, we need to ask the right questions. While this is true, there’s one thing we have to remember; we have to ask the right people! If you want to learn a specific technique, or special skill, should you go to a random forum and ask a general question?


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Pennsylvania Spice Cabinet – Part 12

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This is a Guest Post from fellow woodworker, Jeremy Pringle. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to use the forms below this entry. Thanks for sharing your project with us Jeremy!     One thing that I did not mention in last…


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