Month: October 2009

Bad Axe Bench Hooks

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 about my Bad Axe saws, although I could write about how easy they are to start and how fast and straight they cut, maybe a note or two about the fine detailed handles or the incredible etching in the saw plates but no, this post is about my friend down in La Crosse, Wisconsin...

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The Arts & Crafts Companion

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 hundreds of books published on the style but this one really stands out from the bunch. It’s a beautiful book and while most of you ‘manly’ woodworkers out there may walk past it on a book shelf, perhaps because of its pretty pink cover, I assure you it’s a great reference to the style....

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The Day the Music Died….

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 five now and having a child quickly changed my ‘musical career’ and I stopped touring and playing gigs and with that stopped promoting and selling copies of my CD. So as it goes I was left with a couple of boxes sitting in my basement collecting dust. When it was time to start the...

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Mixing traditional Skills with Modern Design

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 to make and will help you hone your dovetailing skills. If you’d like to learn the details on how I built it as well as a complete cut list and specs, you can pick up the next copy of Canadian Woodworking Magazine (Dec/Jan 2010, issue #63) It’s one of the featured articles. Speaking of...

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Tools for…

  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 fine tooth blade for my coarse one. The saw, made by Gramercy Tools in New York, came with an assortment of three 12″ long blades: 10, 18, and 24tpi. I needed the 10 tpi for this application. So away I go into the ‘ol tool cabinet to fetch it. Hmmmm, not in there; maybe...

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