Month: February 2012

Mitre Shooting Board

Its been a very busy week here in the wood shop. Some shop made tools were at the top of my list both new book projects as well as a few made out of necessity. A furniture project that incorporates a mitered box with splines to hold a drawer is next on my list. It’ll eventually be veneered but the long grain miters is the reason for this new, ‘old’ bench top appliance. Mitered boxes are usually  manufactured on a table saw but here in the Unplugged Wood shop I wanted a method for making them accurately and efficiently...

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American Pattern

In the Autumn of 1949, a pattern maker named Ashley Iles began making and selling tools in a small workshop in Sheffield, England. Today, the family run business is still making and selling finely crafted tools in a factory now located in Lincolnshire. I had been shopping around for a quality set of bench chisels without wanting to break the bank and this set I purchased at Tools for Working Wood fit the bill to a tee. They have nicely shaped and very comfortable Bubinga handles with a brass ferule. The overall lengths are between  7 1/2″ – 9...

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There must be something in the water

I recently volunteered on my sons Grade 2 class visit to the ROM and a funny thing happened. The ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) is a spectacular way to spend a day if you’re ever in Toronto. The big-draw no doubt are the dinosaur displays but for some reason, on this day, the group I had wanted to keep moving past and we ended up making our way through areas I had never been before. When I first moved back to Toronto, a family membership to the ROM was a must and it  quickly paid for itself during that first...

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Ain’t no Feathers…

I just received an email from Greg in Glastonbury, CT. He just finished the second project from Made by Hand, the dovetailed wall shelf. Here is his letter and some pics. Great job Greg! And thanks again for sharing~; )             Dear Tom, I’m really enjoying your book, and I’ve worked through project number 2.  I made it pretty much the way that you described.  I went with different hinges and a slightly different take on the front curve, but other than that, it’s about the same. I did take a stab at french...

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