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November 2009


A Dedicated Sharpening Bench – part 3

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With the bench top work surface squared on six sides I’ll measure and lay out the rabbets for the bread board ends. Deep scribe lines will help eliminate cross grain tearing and when I clamp the piece into my shoulder vise I’ll again add my…


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A Dedicated Sharpening Bench – part 2

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Working off of my sketches and existing examples of trusted, work bench construction methods, I come up with a plan and begin adding up the numbers. This is generally how I approach a new design, from the sketch I mock up some shapes and sizes…


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A Dedicated Sharpening Bench – part 1

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“The best hand tools in the world are worthless in the hands of the woodworker who cannot sharpen them.” DOWNLOAD FREE PLAN After reading and experimenting with, practicing and then studying the different techniques of sharpening I’ve come to settle on a system that is…


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A Review

Hey everyone- sorry the posts have been a little slack lately but I’ve been over the top busy with the book shipping and all of the other outside activities a time and space explorer must deal with through the day to day. I’m working on…


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Lee Valley News

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Lee Valley Tools offers a great monthly newsletter that if you currently don’t subscribe to, maybe you should consider. It’s always packed with how-to style articles and has some pretty cool monthly side bar columns like: From the Collection, From the Archive and my favourite,…


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SHIPPING BEGINS….

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My book shipment has arrived. Now, if you’ll excuse me… I must go lick the feather. Wish me luck! Follow @TomFidgen Related posts: The Art of Restoration and so it begins… Another Toolchest Begins YARPP powered by AdBistroPowered by


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Last Chance to Pre-Order

I can’t believe tomorrow is the 6th of November already. The main shipment of books should be in Ohio and I’ll be receiving my copies asap! I’ll be signing them and sending them off in the next two weeks. If you’d still like to pre-order…


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Around the Woodshop

Well another October came and went without so much as a pandemic -my kids and I lurked about seven blocks on Halloween before they started to burn out. Three steps away from a flu bug we called it a night. A crisp Autumn wind was…


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