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Where the Krenov sings…

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  Where the Krenov sings, it must be spring – The wooden throat waving these less-than-paper-in-thickness curls of soft maple. Almost dancing, the tiny, transparent ribbons – an origami sway you might say… “Well it’s not always like that… ’the throat can be a cranky…


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Working (ply) Wood

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Working with plywood is an altogether different animal than with solid wood. Given the choice, I’d prefer solid wood but sometimes solid wood isn’t the best option.  When I worked in the Set Design Industry we worked with plywood almost exclusively- these past few years however, in my…


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Tools of the Trades

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  It’s Sunday afternoon and I spent the morning out in Pickering, Ontario at the Tools of the Trades Show. It’s a really nice gathering of vintage and antique tool dealers peddling their wares to wood geeks like me! I would have posted some info…


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Krenov

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I’m saddened to write that James Krenov passed away this week at the age of 88. “When we discover what wonderful things our eyes and hands are as they seek fine lines and use sharp tools, when we listen to wood and not just use…


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A Good Road Trip

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  This past Saturday turned out to be a good one for me; first off I finally made it out to A & M Wood to pick up my order of Quarter Sawn White Oak. Terry Johnston did a fantastic job finding some of the…


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Planes in the Mail

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Just got another update from Phil Edwards regarding my hollows and rounds…they’re complete and should be in my grubby little hands by the end of next week. I love it when manufacturers give updates of their work while it’s being done, it makes parting with…


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David Charlesworth Comments

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In a previous post I was looking at some edge jointing techniques David Charlesworth uses and a few readers made some comments and posted a few questions. I thought it would make much more sense to ask David himself, instead of carrying out another online…


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Philly Plane Update

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Last week I blogged about some new hollows and rounds I ordered from Phil Edwards in England. He makes beautiful wooden bodied hand planes in Broadstone, Dorset and is sending me pics as they’re coming along, a nice touch when ordering custom tools. After posting…


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Road Maps in the Edge Grain

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This morning, while edge planing a piece of Cherry I decided it would be a good time to demonstrate a trick I frequently do to determine the ‘flatness’ of the surface being worked. In the next photograph I’ve just taken a few through shavings down…


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PHILLY STYLE

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I’m getting geared up to start production of an Exterior Wooden Door for a client here in Toronto. The house is located in the historic neighbourhood of Cabbagetown and is declared a Heritage Property. The existing door was put on about 25 years ago, so…


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Continuing Education

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This past week I’ve been watching some new DVD’s I recently ordered from Lie Nielsen Toolworks. I’d like to share some thoughts specifically on Don McConnell’s Traditional Molding Techniques: The Basics If you’ve ever wanted to replicate an heirloom molding perhaps from an antique furniture…


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Resurrecting ~Jack~

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One cold evening, this past November I was taking a break from writing; surfing around the web, from E-Bay to Kijiji through Craig’s List and the like. I stumbled over an add that simply read ‘Old Tools’. I clicked on the add and viewed the…


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A Low-Angle and So Much More…

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What you see here is the Veritas Low-Angle Block plane-yet so much more. To start off I replaced the standard blade with a heavy-duty 1/8″ thick, 50 degree iron. To that I added a secondary bevel bringin’ this little baby just under 55 degrees! Amazing!…


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Shooting Down the Planes

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Sometimes I’ll meet fellow woodworkers who don’t yet utilise a shooting board in their workshop arsenal. In my mind I think that they don’t fully understand how much this simple appliance can help hand tool users accurately perform tasks in woodworking. This article is not…


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Sanding Planes

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This is a shot of a few ‘sanding planes’ I made over the past year. They’re a great shop made tool that puts a little pleasure into the dreaded task of sanding. I’ll do all I can to leave these things sitting on my shelf;…


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Two Krenovs

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A while back I went to visit the shop of a good friend of mine and fellow wood-worker, Mike Morrison. In my hand I held one of my prized possessions, my James Krenov Smoothing plane. I had purchased it a year or two ago, the…


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