Could you in a Box?

JUNE 20TH-24TH    

Hand tool techniques, design, joinery, and finish…we’ll cover them all in this course.

Most of the furniture projects we make are based on a basic box form. A blanket chest, a chest of drawers, a sideboard, an entertainment unit, bookshelves, wall cabinets, even side tables with drawers - they’re all boxes of one form or another.

Hand Tool Bootcamp

JUNE 11TH

The day rolls three of our most popular Intro Classes into one day.

Intro To Hand Tools

Intro to Sharpening

Intro to Hand Planes

MakerSeries - Open Course

In this class, students of all levels will be able to create their own projects, with the help and guidance of our Instructors along the way. Be it something you’ve seen in a magazine, an existing plan on the internet, or one of the furniture or tool projects from my books, we’re here to help you achieve your goals.

May 31st Start

June 2nd Start

June 4th Start

10 Week Programs NOW OPEN!

Semester 1 - Artisan Program

Semester 2 - Maker Program

Semester 3 - Designer Program

From the historic methods described by André Jacob Roubo in the 1700’s, you’ll study tools and techniques used centuries ago. We’ll then fast forward three hundred years, and find inspiration and motivation from the impractical teachings of James Krenov.

Saw Bench Kits Now Available!

Pre-Dimensioned and ready for joinery and final smoothing.

Available in assorted local hardwoods:

Ash $145

Maple $145

Walnut $170

Bird's Eye Maple: $185

Meditating for Better Dovetails?

May 23, 2016

MONDAY MUNDANE   Meditating for better dovetails? Sure- meditation creates a calm inside your brain. When you’re calm, you can focus and make better decisions. If you can’t focus and think clearly, you can’t work with precision.   Practice meditating- Learn to quiet the mind. Learn how to empty the garbage bins inside your brain […]

An Unplugged Interpretation

May 20, 2016

READERS PROJECT I received a letter from Josh in Illinois this week and wanted to share it with you. Josh recently made a sideboard using two of the designs from my book, Made by Hand. He mixed my ‘Hunter’s Heal” side/hunt board with elements of my “Skinny Legs and All” side table, and came up […]

A Jack Plane in Illinois

May 18, 2016

READERS PROJECT Once again, the Unplugged Woodworkers group on Facebook has pointed me to another one of my Unplugged Woodshop book design/readers project. This time it’s a Razee Jack plane by Darren in Illinois. Darren recently completed his plane and I think he did an amazing job! He was also gracious enough to share his […]

Focus

May 16, 2016

MONDAY MUNDANE fo·cus  ˈfōkəs noun 1. the center of interest or activity. 2. the state or quality of having or producing clear visual definition. verb 1.( of a person or their eyes ) adapt to the prevailing level of light/able to see clearly. 2. pay particular attention to.   Focus~ not only on the knife […]

A Sawyer’s Bench in Oregon

May 14, 2016

READERS PROJECT     Someone pointed me to a FaceBook post a few weeks ago called #lowcostSawyersbench. It was posted by Brett, in Aloha, Oregon, and showed his project using my Sawyer’s Bench design from The Unplugged Woodshop book.  I contacted Brett and asked if we could share it here and he was kind enough to write me this letter, and send a […]

A Pochade Box in Indiana

May 11, 2016

Readers Project   I received a letter from Don in Indianapolis, Indiana USA this past week and wanted to share it with you. Don recently made a Pochade Box following plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. Great job on the project Don- thanks again for sharing it with us!     Hi Tom,     My […]

Common Sense or Common Practice?

May 9, 2016

MONDAY MUNDANE   We know we need to practice sawing to a line in order to execute great dovetails… but often times we simply don’t practice. We know that in order to perfectly smooth difficult grain we need a razor sharp plane iron- but we don’t ever sharpen enough. It’s common sense right? We know […]

Skinny Legs in the UK

May 5, 2016

Readers Project   I received a letter from a reader in Peterborough, United Kingdom, and wanted to share it with you. Lucian recently finished making a side table, following plans from my book, Made by Hand. I think you did a great job on the table Lucian- thanks again for sharing these images with us!   […]

Joinery Boot Camp

May 2, 2016

    Hi folks! We’ve had an overwhelming response to our Intro to Hand Tools and Hand Tool Boot Camp classes here at the UW-Toronto, and thought we’d put together a nice continuation on that theme. This Saturday,  May 7th, we’re offering a Joinery Boot Camp, where students can spend the day with us, learning […]

EELS of Inspiration

May 2, 2016

‘EELS’ Epiphany    Eureka    Lightbulb    Spark All of these words are used to describe the moment of clarity, when we’re struck by the hand of inspiration. You have an epiphany and suddenly you spring into action designing or working on a new project or idea. You have that eureka moment and feel this […]

Installing a Nicholson Style Bench Vice

April 29, 2016

    When we started the Unplugged Woodshop – Toronto, it was important to keep the student to teacher ratio low. Most of the schools I teach at Internationally have 8 workbenches which seems to work quite well. I decided to follow that model and made 6 Nicholson style workbenches, and 2 Roubo. Over the past […]

It Starts with a Box

April 27, 2016

Rosewood Studio – May 9th to 14th, 2016. Perth, Ontario   As Spring time s-l-o-w-l-y unfolds here in Southern Ontario – I’m really looking forward to my annual excursion up to Perth, where you’ll find Rosewood Studio, a school for fine woodworking. Once a year, I spend a week in the picturesque town of Perth, Ontario, where we […]

To Be Great

April 25, 2016

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great” A member of the Unplugged readership sent this quote to me this past week. He said as soon as he read it he thought of Monday Mundane. Reading it, I immediately thought about a few of the greats we acknowledge in our wood working world –

Some Common Ground

April 18, 2016

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”  -Albert Einstein   Over the past few years, I’ve been extremely fortunate to be able to travel all over the world, teaching people about something I truly love- working wood by hand. From East to West, […]

Meet me in Munich

April 15, 2016

I’ve just returned from Australia, after 18 days of teaching my box making courses and already looking ahead to the end of May, when I’ll be travelling to Munich for a week of tool chest building. The Cabinetmaker’s Toolchest is a 6 day course where students will learn how to build a custom chest that […]

18 Days Down Under

April 13, 2016

Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong Under the shade of a coolibah tree, And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled: “Who’ll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me?” ~ Waltzing Matilda, traditional   I’m home and it sure feels good to be here. I arrived in around 10pm last night, […]

UW Bench Kits

April 5, 2016

– An Apprentice’s Journey –  BY JUSTIN STARR UW Bench Kit Build Video – Part 1 UW Bench Kit Build Video – Part 2 DOWNLOAD PDF PLANS DOWNLOAD SKETCHUP PLANS What do you get when you combine home centre pine, an old piece of plywood, 4 dovetail joints and 1 coat of General Finishes Enduro-Var? With the right […]

A Reason to #getwoodworkingweek

March 26, 2016

– An Apprentice’s Journey –  BY JUSTIN STARR It’s #getwoodworkingweek 2016. Here are a few tips that helped me get started in woodworking. If you want to know more about how Get Woodworking Week started, click here. Set a Timeline Sometimes it’s easier to work to a timeline. You may find it easy to complete projects you are […]

Unplugged in Germany

March 23, 2016

READERS PROJECT I received a letter from a former student in Germany this week and wanted to share it with you. John recently finished a smoothing plane following plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. He used Ash for the body and a reclaimed iron. I love how he made the plane somewhere between the […]

Doing the Best You Can

March 21, 2016

MONDAY MUNDANE   No, let me rephrase that; doing the best YOU can. ( see the difference? ) I read a quote by Albert Einstein and it inspired me to write today’s journal. This is what he said: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, […]

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

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Episode 173- Toronto to Munich

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