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In and Around the Woodshop


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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Sunday Sunrise

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Now where did the week go again?

It began at the bench with new hand tool ideas and designs dedicated to the sole purpose of working and sawing shop veneer;

‘real veneer’ as JK wrote.

The wood shop is in desperate need of an over haul and that starts at the work bench.


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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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