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April 2009


Continuing Education

Don

This past week I’ve been watching some new DVD’s I recently ordered from Lie Nielsen Toolworks. I’d like to share some thoughts specifically on Don McConnell’s Traditional Molding Techniques: The Basics If you’ve ever wanted to replicate an heirloom molding perhaps from an antique furniture…


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Sawing out the Waste

bow saw

This post was inspired by Chris Schwarz’ blog this morning dealing with the plus and minus’ of using a Fret saw or a Coping saw for removing the waste between dovetails. I too have struggled with the thicker blade of the coping saw and the…


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Shaping Wood

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This past week I’ve been working on a bench that is destined for my dining room on one long side of the trestle table I built last year. The lawn furniture my kids have been sitting on up until this point has been re-possessed…hee-hee; you…


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More on Shop Made Tools

sanding planes

In my last post I featured the new Large Spokeshave from Veritas tools here in Canada. The fact that I had an idea for a tool very similar in design to this makes me pleased that a company like Veritas is now manufacturing it. It’s…


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From Tool to Toolbox

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Have you ever been working on a project and wished you had a certain tool to make your job easier or more efficient? More specifically a tool you already know does not yet exist? The ‘inventor’ side of most wood workers I know have this…


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A Note on Chisels

chisels

I got a letter today from a fellow wood worker asking my thoughts on Chisels. Thought I’d share my long-winded reply with you.   Tom, Learning more every day. Question. I need a quality set of bevel chisels that will be passed down to grand…


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La Bella Mona Lisa

A good friend of mine back home on Cape Breton Island just launched his new web-site and with Spring finally in the air he’ll be opening his doors for another season. La Bella Mona Lisa is a beautiful little gallery on the West side of…


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