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May 2011


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NEW FROM LEE VALLEY TOOLS Do you keep a 6″ inch metal rule close at hand while in the wood shop? I do, every minute. There’s one in my tool tray, one in my apron pocket, another one over on the sharpening bench for the…


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THE Dovetail Saw

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If you’ve been reading my blog here you already know the Bad Axe dovetail saws have been in the works for the past year or so and it’s no secret Mark Harrell and I have been fans of each others work for a few years now. If you click through the ‘Hand Saws’ tab over there in the sidebar you’ll find…


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To the Teeth…

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This week I’m shipping saws and receiving saws, some for review and some for wood class work and student aids. I’ve been teaching sawing techniques this week and last, ( thanks again Dave ), reading about saw design through history and into more recent years,…


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In Stages

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Tom.

I was wondering what sharpening kit you use? I have the shapton glass-ceramic stones and although I love them I have gone through two of the 1000 grit stones in the last few years. Do you use or know anyone that use the professional shaptons?


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‘Arts Weeks’ in England

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Hi Tom,
I’ll be fascinated to see how all your shop changes materialise in time, new bench and tools etc, good to hear.
On my own front I’ve been making a few visits in the Cotswold hills and villages to a selection of furniture makers, one particular being Waywood Furniture…


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Sunday Sunrise

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Now where did the week go again?

It began at the bench with new hand tool ideas and designs dedicated to the sole purpose of working and sawing shop veneer;

‘real veneer’ as JK wrote.

The wood shop is in desperate need of an over haul and that starts at the work bench.


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It’s in the Intonation

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Most of the woodworkers I meet know how to play a musical instrument.

From string to wind and wind to wood, what ever.

Point is most woodworkers seem to naturally have or gain through repetition, a sense of rhythm while we work with hand tools, we’re musical even if we don’t actually play instruments.


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When the Bow breaks

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Not so long ago I took apart my bow saw to transport it and when I reassembled it and put tension back on –
SNAP !
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Damn…

always right in the middle of a project.

Well, I better fix it.
It went something like this.


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