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January 2013


A Cabinetmaker’s Toolchest part three

Interior Grooves

Here’s the third installment to the Cabinetmaker’s Toolchest series- dadoes, rabbets and grooves. This video begins with the long tenon on the rear carcase panel being cut with a skew rabbet plane. A great tool for this type of joinery. I find I use the…


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A Makers Mark

Custom stamp by Infinity Stamps, Inc.

I just received the new custom stamp I ordered from Infinity Stamps Inc. and am extremely pleased with the results. Seeing as I’m going to start offering products for sale here at the UW, I figured I’d better get something to leave a mark. This…


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A Cabinetmaker’s Toolchest part two

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Continuing along with the toolchest build, this video shows the process of cutting the through dovetails for the carcase front and sides. I begin with the ’140 trick’, a technique where a small shoulder is cut into the back of the tail board before the…


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In Good Company

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Hey folks- I just found out that the Unplugged Woodshop, along with some other well known wood working blogs, is on the top 101 Handy Sites for Conscientious Wood Use. Nice to be noticed and in such good company. “Our readers have vested interests in…


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A Cabinetmaker’s Toolchest part one

A Cabinetmaker's Toolchest

I was recently asked by a gentleman in the USA if I would build him a toolchest- more specifically, a ‘cabinetmaker’s toolchest’. If you know my first book, ‘Made by Hand- Furniture Projects from the Unplugged Woodshop‘ you’ll remember that this is the first project…


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The Autodidact’s Chair part nine

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Monday morning wake up call- the last installment of the autodidact chair series. The finish is well, finished, the leather is attached and I’m sitting on it right now typing this! It’s an extremely comfortable chair, nestles you in almost like a hammock. The weave…


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DNF-5

wood and leather laptop case

Well another week came and went. A few great classes and an exciting new commission that will re-visit an old design. And just like that it’s Friday. I started to rough out some cherry for the commission yesterday and will fill you in on the…


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Hollow out a little history…

Easy Wood Tools

Speaking of treadle machines, ( DNF-4 ) over the holiday break I found some time between book editing and holiday cheer, to set up my CME Handworks Inc. treadle lathe and it just so happens, I ordered myself a set of Easy Wood Tools which…


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Travel La Crosse

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My eight year old son has surgery this week- nothing too serious but something I wouldn’t miss for the world. As it turns out, if I was able to travel this week, it would be to La Crosse, Wisconsin. My friend, Mark Harrell at Bad…


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The Autodidact’s Chair part eight

Water-based stain and shellac.

Back again with the second to last installment of the Autodidact’s Chair. With the wood work complete, it’s time to stain. I’m really not a fan of staining wood and this project re-affirmed that again in me. But, that said- I knew going into this…


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