Month: November 2011

2B or not 2B

Remember you’re grade school teachers saying you’d get lead poisoning if you didn’t keep your pencil out of your mouth? Well, they lied. In 1564 an enormous deposit of graphite was discovered in Borrowdale, England and pencils have been made from this non-toxic material ever since. Up until that point however, writing implements were indeed made of lead and would carry a justified warning of ingestion but once graphite was discovered the scribbles became much more user friendly and I’d guess a bit  tastier as well.   Originally, thin sticks of graphite were wrapped in string to keep these...

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‘Tis the Season…

“Well it’s beginning to look a lot like...” Hey folks, the 2011 Lee Valley Tools Christmas Catalog arrived in the mail today. ; ) How time flies while you’re working wood! This year it’s full of great gift ideas for the wood worker on your shopping list and maybe a little something for yourself? A Miniature Router Plane you say ? Not only for decorating the tree but fully functional like it’s full size counterpart. A great stocking stuffer but why not make it a trio of miniature planes? The router, shoulder and miniature edge plane all say Joyeux...

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True ‘Half Blind’ Dovetails

I was over visiting the LumberJocks website this evening where I’ve been a proud member now for the past four years. Seems I never find the time these days to browse around the forums but tonight I stopped in for a little while and I’m happy I did. While strolling through the recent projects area I stumbled on this ‘familiar’ toolchest by Adam Scudder. Here’s his write up: I modeled this box after Tom Fidgen’s, I just used sliding dovetails instead of dados. The dovetails are mitered on the inside so that the tails and pins appear to be...

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and so it begins…

It’s November 10th, 2011 and I have some exciting news to share. I’m happy to say I just signed a new publishing deal with none other than the Taunton Press. The company that brings us Fine Woodworking Magazine, Fine Home building, Fine Gardening and Fine Cooking. I consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to work with a world class establishment regarded as the leader in its field for more than 30 years. The new book will be jammed packed with new projects for both the wood shop as well as the home. From shop made hand tools...

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Lee Valley on You Tube

Hey folks, sorry I’ve been under the radar as of late but things around the wood shop are as busy as ever. Classes have been taking up most of my time and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and teaching a wide range of students over the past month and a half both Canadian students as well as two International students. From basic sharpening skills to sawing dovetails as well as two sisters who after buying a house in the South of Italy want to gain the knowledge and skills to tackle basic renovations themselves. It’s November already and...

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