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In and Around the Woodshop


American Pattern

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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…


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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

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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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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

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


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and so it begins…

Publishing Deal

It’s November 10th, 2011 and I have some exciting news to share. I’m happy to say I just signed a new publishing deal with none other than the Taunton Press. The company that brings us Fine Woodworking Magazine, Fine Home building, Fine Gardening and Fine…


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DANGER, DANGER…

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Hey folks- we’re going through the ‘anti bug’,  server-change-over this week !! ; o – so ,the ‘web site’ may be a little confused. But on the upside, I should have an announcement in the next two weeks about a new project…maybe a few new…


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Autumn Classes Available

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I wanted to post a quick note about classes this Autumn season. I offer 3 hour private classes here in  my work shop and topics can range from a basic hand tool introduction to more advanced  sharpening skills and onto hand planing and sawing. You…


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Downtown Train…

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‘Outside another yellow moon punched a hole in the nighttime, I climb through the window and down to the street I’m shining like a new dime’ Downtown Train by Tom Waits…from the album Rain Dogs, 1985. Hello to all- I’m back in the big city…


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Monday Woodshop Update

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Happy 4th of July to all of my American friends. It’s been another busy few days in the wood shop and I wanted to post an update before we head to the Coast for another Unplugged Summer on Cape Breton Island! The Queens Wharf cabinet…


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Bent Laminations and the Path of Least Resistance

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In my last post I made a coopered door for a new cabinet I’m building. The design features two curved doors, the one coopered and the other a bent lamination and mirror image, although taller version of the first. ( coopered on left hand side…


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Hemlocked

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These reclaimed planks of Hemlock were once part of the Queens Wharf here in Toronto, Ontario. The original structure was built in 1833 and cost then, the town of York about £ 4600. Incredible. Named for Queen Victoria, it stood for generations until quite literally,…


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monday morning

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When your weekend begins in Utopia, ( seriously, have a look for yourself ) and ends in a Fathers day on Sunday, you’ll find that life is good indeed. But man if an extra hour would fall my way this week I’d be grateful. Sometimes…


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A Toolchest from Estonia

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I received a letter from Tõnis Arjus in Estonia this past week and included were these great shots of his new tool chest. I absolutely love what Tõnis did with the design. It looks like he took some of the aesthetic elements of my Cabinetmakers…


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TIMBER.

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Inner city lumberjacks? Purveyors of history using wood as their medium? Sure, that sounds about right and will suffice as an introduction for now. I’m sure I’ll be mentioning them more often now that I finally found them and stopped in ! If you frequent…


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Squarely

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NEW FROM LEE VALLEY TOOLS Do you keep a 6″ inch metal rule close at hand while in the wood shop? I do, every minute. There’s one in my tool tray, one in my apron pocket, another one over on the sharpening bench for the…


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