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A Card Catalogue – Part Twenty

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  Finish and Hardware Here we are, the final part of the last project from The Unplugged Woodshop book. A card catalogue. Such an iconic piece of furniture, as useful as it is beautiful. From my earliest memories, visiting my Mothers library when I was…


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An Architect’s Table in California

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  I received a letter from Dan this weekend and wanted to share it with you. Dan recently finished making an Architect’s Table following the plans in my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. Dan sent us these pics last year, and it’s nice to see some…


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The Inter-NET

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    The internet.     Don’t get caught in it.   UNPLUGG.     Perfect irony this way…   An Unplugged Life.com     Follow @TomFidgen Related posts: Not Everyone Will What’s Your Style ? Eat, Sleep and be Merry Go and Build One……


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A Kind of Blue

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  I received a letter from Dyami Plotke, a well known woodworking blogger in Long Island this week. ( Check out his blog at The Penultimate Woodshop. ) Dyami recently finished making some Funeral Chairs following plans in my book The Unplugged Woodshop. I was…


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I’ve got the Remedy

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  Do you ever get stuck? Feeling uninspired? Wheels spinning? Unmotivated? Of course you do – in fact, we all feel this way from time to time. It’s normal. Would you like me to tell you a sure fire way to fix these down-trodden moods…


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“La Bambane” in France

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  I received a letter from Aymeric in France a few days ago and wanted to share it with you. If you remember, Aymeric made a beautiful kerfing plane a few months back and shared it with us here. I’m happy to see that he…


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Ockham’s Razor

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“All things equal, the simplest solution is usually the correct one.” William of Ockham (c. 1287–1347), was an English Franciscan friar and scholastic philosopher and theologian. William of Ockham What do you think what would happen if we applied this rule to all of our…


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A Card Catalogue – Part Nineteen

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  Here we are, with the second to last of the Card Catalogue series, and what a trip it has been!     Not just through this series, but all of the videos posted over the last year and a half, since The Unplugged Woodshop…


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Unplugged in the Channel Islands

Kerfing Plane

  I received a letter from a reader this morning in the Channel Islands and thought I’d share it with you. Now where are the Channel Islands you ask? In the English Channel of course! ( Just off the Coast of Normandy ) Stuart made…


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A Valet in Michigan

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  I received a letter from Dan in Michigan yesterday and wanted to share it with you. Dan recently finished making a Valet stand for himself, following the plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. I think he did an amazing job on the project…


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You’ve gotta Love it

Resawing the Maple Leaf Forever

  Over the past two days, I’ve been doing some sawing. In fact, I’ve been doing a lot of sawing. Specifically, I’ve been resawing a slab of maple that’s just under  13-in. wide! That’s a lot of wood~        ( Tweet that )…


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Do You Wanna Make some Hand Tools?

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  If you’d like to make some hand tools, specifically designed for shop sawn veneer, then join me for a week in June, at DICTUM GmbH Woodworking School in Munich, Germany. I’ll be teaching two classes over the run of a week.     In…


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Another Funeral Chair in the Netherlands

A Funeral Chair in the Netherlands

  I received a letter from a reader in the Netherlands this week and wanted to share it with you. Hugo recently completed a funeral chair following plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. He used oak and ash for his chair project and I…


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Pith Side…

The Maple Leaf Forever Project

  ” Pith side, plane with the points… ” A rule I always remember, to help determine the grain direction in wood. This week, while working on the Maple Leaf Forever projects, I couldn’t follow this rule. Why ? Because clearly, no one told the…


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