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June 2010


Travel Arrangements

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I spent my day today making two dovetailed boxes. In my last post I mentioned the saw bench I want to build but decided it would make more sense to build it when I get out East next week where I’ll need it the most….


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BENCH HOMECOMING

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It’s a gorgeous day in north Oxfordshire, England; the sun dapples my back garden lawn through the honey scents and warm buzzing bees covering an arched Ceanothus in full blue bloom on the way to my shop.

Today is a great day…all is right with the world…


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A Better Sawbench

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This week I began designing and building a ‘new and improved’ saw bench. As you know, I build furniture using ‘only hand tools’  and hand saws and sawing are a very large part of the routine here in the wood shop. I built a saw…


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Backsaws- this is what you need to know!

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Last week I received some samples of the new line of Back Saws from Bad Axe Tool Works in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Mark sent me two of his new 14″ Sash saws, two of the new 12″ carcase saws as well as ‘The Beast master’ – his new and even larger 18″ rip saw that comes with a thicker saw plate (at .0315) and has a full 5″ under the back.


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Bad Axe Bench Hooks

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This week I received a couple of parcels all the way from La Crosse, Wisconsin- yup, a few new products from Bad Axe Tool Works. I’m still ‘test driving’ the really cool items and will fill you in on all the details next week but…


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the de-construction stages

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a quick update –
it was a productive weekend of fitting drawers and finalizing door hardware options..
two more drawers to make today- then tomorrow it’ll be the doors.
a few interesting design options developed – the best part of all of this right?


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