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In and Around the Woodshop


Not to be Outdone

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After seeing her big brothers magic wand we made last week, my 5 year old daughter Piper decided she needed a little magic of her own. We followed the same basic steps, from spokeshave to sandpaper, saw to finish. She chose an off-cut of aromatic…


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Making Magic

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My seven year old son Nelson, recently watched the final part of the Harry Potter movies. He’s a bit of a book worm to say the least and ever since watching the series, he has been determined to make a magic wand. Yesterday, we spent…


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Marching On…

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“Slayer of the winter, art thou here again? O welcome, thou that bring’st the summer nigh! The bitter wind makes not the victory vain. Nor will we mock thee for thy faint blue sky.” – William Morris This past week I had three people ask…


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Mitre Shooting Board

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Its been a very busy week here in the wood shop. Some shop made tools were at the top of my list both new book projects as well as a few made out of necessity. A furniture project that incorporates a mitered box with splines…


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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

Waxed line holding a drawer together for a dry fit.

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 Related posts: DANGER, DANGER… Autumn Classes Available On the Road Again… Waxed line Give the Gift YARPP powered by AdBistroPowered by


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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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