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In and Around the Woodshop


It’s in the Intonation

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Most of the woodworkers I meet know how to play a musical instrument.

From string to wind and wind to wood, what ever.

Point is most woodworkers seem to naturally have or gain through repetition, a sense of rhythm while we work with hand tools, we’re musical even if we don’t actually play instruments.


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working wood…

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it’s been pretty busy around the wood shop and i’m getting closer and closer to some new projects i’m looking forward to sharing with everyone -

something soon i hope !

from saw benches to wood classes, magazine articles and new CD promotion followed with another wave of wood classes and magazine articles and new…


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wood E

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My six year old son Nelson and I completed his project yesterday after my wood class with Rob- ( thanks again for the Cinnamon – Pear preserve !! ) Nelson has been working on ‘ wood-E’ for the past while and finally decided to call…


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38 days, or was it 38 ways ?

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38 days of winter to go ?

c’mon, that’s nothing.

we’ve got it licked- spring’ll be here before you know it…

just-a-saunterin’ back through the inner city slumber … sure i get it,

some mornings feel like those halloween eyes and cracker jacks winkin’~


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CD’s Now Available

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I had a few inquiries about when and where you can get ‘a boy called fish’ in CD format. Good news is they’re finally in and if you’d like to order a copy then you can do so here. Just click the paypal button below…


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One more for the Road

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Hi Tom,
I thought I should share with you my toolbox that I made based on reading your book. Although my joinery skills need some work, I learned a lot and had a blast making it (especially using dowels). Black walnut is definitely my favorite type of wood, the colors and grain patterns are simply divine.


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the de-construction stages

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a quick update -
it was a productive weekend of fitting drawers and finalizing door hardware options..
two more drawers to make today- then tomorrow it’ll be the doors.
a few interesting design options developed – the best part of all of this right?


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The Event

My first Lie Nielsen Hand Tool Event-
what can I say?
in one word-
fabulous.
If you’ve never been then you should really try to make it out to one- it was a great two days


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Side Rabbet Plane(s)

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a week of ‘processing lumber’
3 days of joining and panel work,
2 days of dovetails…

Hand tools may or may not save you any time in the woodshop…
but they may just save your soul.


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A Blast from the Past

The new newsletter from Lee Valley Tools is now available and for me it was a nice surprise… The trestle table you may remember seeing buried under the heavy oak timbers while I worked my way through the  exterior heritage door project last year or…


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House Cleaning

Just a bit of house keeping I wanted to take care of… especially for readers who never journey past the first page- a little bit of Spring cleaning perhaps? First off is in the Readers Gallery We have a new project from Chris Paluch in…


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FRame to FRame

Wood shavings

in like a lion and out like a lamb ? we had some light snow the other day- 1st day of spring my arse! dimensioned the stock for the side table- ripping, cross cutting and resawing by hand- lots and lots of wood shavings but…


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A few of the Curly Details

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I had some comments about the laminated top and thought I’d post some more pics of the process. The strips started a little better than 1 1/4″ square; I laminated them up in smaller ‘batches’ ending up with four larger pieces between 6″ and 8″…


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I think I can- I think I can…

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Curly maple table top- when I designed this piece I originally thought about using three large maple planks, flat sawn and about a days work to finish. Quick n’ easy with a pleasant enough look it would only be three boards to work after all….


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30 Hours later

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Back to the shellac attack, I let the freshly mixed shellac sit for about 30 hours. When ever I walked past it over that 30 hour period I gave it a little shake to upset the flakes sitting on the bottom of the containers.


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Shellac Attack

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While working with solid cherry wood as well as a quality veneer cherry plywood for the carcass of my current project, I wanted to use a natural finish that would not only bring the two wood types closer together aesthetically but also compliment the piece as a whole.


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