Author: tom

Make Your Own Handplanes

“…my simple message is that if you’re going to approach woodworking with sensitivity and maybe refinement, planes are a good way to begin.” – James Krenov     The response you get from a wood plane is altogether different from when you are working with metal handplanes. The tactile feeling absorbed through the sole of a perfectly flattened and polished wooden hand tool you made yourself is a satisfying and liberating experience. Simply put, wood on wood just feels good. Join me in the first week of February and we’ll build a Jack and Smoothing plane, two of the...

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episode 128 – Tool Cabinet part 03

  Returning to the Tool Cabinet build, this episode finds us into dovetails. I start off with some final dimensioning and then we get into the process of through dovetails. From laying out the basic joint, to tips and techniques along the way. I decided to do half of the cabinet with my Western style, Bad Axe dovetail saw, and the second half with my Japanese pull saw, guided by the David Barron dovetail jig. Was one method any better than the other? You'll have to watch to find out! Grab a tea ( or something stronger ) as...

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The Man Who Sold the World

Monday mundane We passed upon the stair, we spoke of was and when Although I wasn’t there, he said I was his friend Which came as some surprise I spoke into his eyes I thought you died alone, a long long time ago Oh no, not me I never lost control You’re face to face With The Man Who Sold The World I laughed and shook his hand, and made my way back home I searched for form and land, for years and years I roamed I gazed a gazely stare at all the millions here We must have...

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An Architect’s Table in Illinois

READERS PROJECT I received a letter from Ron in Morris, Illinois yesterday and had to share it with you. Ron recently made himself an Architect’s table following the plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. Although he admitted to using mostly power tools, I still think he did an amazing job regardless of the tools used! I absolutely love the metal fabricated hardware. Really great job on the table Ron- thanks again for sharing this with us! Cheers~   Tom, I came across your work online and ordered a couple of your books. I like all of your projects, but...

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episode 127 – Tool Storage Cabinet- Part 02

  Continuing right along with the tool storage cabinet, in this episode I take some crucial measurements and then go on the hunt for suitable stock. Not always easy when you're using offcuts and left-overs! Some ripping and crosscutting with a few stories along the way, I eventually got the parts together and dimensioned. enjoy~   . . . To view the remaining content please login or register below. Become An Unplugged Life...

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