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October 2009


Bad Axe Bench Hooks

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In case you haven’t heard, there’s a new breed of hand saws on the market today and they’ve been completely blowing wood workers away. Do a quick search for Bad Axe Tool Works on Google and you’ll see what I’m talking about. This post isn’t…


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The Arts & Crafts Companion

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My wife gave me this book as a birthday present a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to let you know about it. If you search Amazon for books on Arts and Crafts then you’d better start building yourself a new library! There are…


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The Day the Music Died….

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If you’ve already pre-ordered your copy of Made by Hand: Furniture Projects from the Unplugged Woodshop then with your pre-order you’ll be getting a free copy of my last CD, Beyond Before. I recorded the CD the year before my son, Nelson was born. He’s…


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Mixing traditional Skills with Modern Design

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I built this wall shelf a couple of years ago using hand cut dovetails and solid Mahogany. The drawer is Flame Birch and made using half blind dovetail joinery incorporating side runners to give the appearance of it ‘floating’. It was a fun little project…


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Tools for…

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  Last Sunday I was all set to cut out the scroll detail on the heritage door project so I went down into my shop, took out my bow saw and because I’m sawing a piece of 3/4″ white oak needed to change out the…


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SKETCH-UP

  This past week a fellow East Coaster has been putting together some Sketch-Up models for the book projects. They’ll all be available at my new website when the book is launched in November but I thought I’d show you some shots of the first…


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Tools of the Trades

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  It’s Sunday afternoon and I spent the morning out in Pickering, Ontario at the Tools of the Trades Show. It’s a really nice gathering of vintage and antique tool dealers peddling their wares to wood geeks like me! I would have posted some info…


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