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January 2012


Sally

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My last post was written with a light heart- this one isn’t. It’s always hard to say goodbye so instead I’ll say thank you. Thank you for 12 years of love, loyalty and constant companionship. Waiting for me after endless hours in the wood shop,…


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Saw Stop

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I really don’t know what all the fuss it about- saws with automatic stopping mechanisms and the like. Not to brag but my antique Disston has been equipped with this so-called ‘new technology’ ever since I got it. Yesterday, while ripping some maple my thumb…


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Here comes the sun…

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…Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here Here comes the sun Here comes the sun, and I say It’s all right… Here Comes the Sun- LENNON/HARRISON/MCCARTNEY I begin the day with a strong…


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Waxed line

Waxed line holding a drawer together for a dry fit.

So some wood shop essentials eh? Jack plane- check. Panel saw-check. 24-in. steel rule-check. Waxed line-hmmm…?? A few years ago my Father-in-law gave me a spool of waxed line. I started using it for dry fits and other jigs and set ups around the wood…


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Crosscut saw to Rip wood?

A cross cut saw that rips a 36", 2" thick plank of walnut? Only from Bad Axe Tool Works.

So earlier this week I was working away in the wood shop and dimensioning some big planks of 2″ walnut for the second project in my book. I had just finished cross cutting the 13″ wide behemoth when my son yelled down with some pertinent…


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Scrub Plane or Rip Saw?

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I’m often asked about using a Scrub plane to remove material in a hurry or when I choose to saw away the waste instead. ” too much to plane and not enough to saw…” Where do you draw the line? How much material can you…


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Thanks to OBG

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I started using Old Brown Glue a couple of months ago. Why? I suppose initially I wanted it to be an introduction of sorts into the world of Hide Glue without having the start up cost of purchasing a glue pot. I like the idea…


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Speaking of Wood

speaking of wood

  Some thoughts from the Unplugged Woodshop…. ; )   Happy New Year ! Follow @TomFidgen


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