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In and Around the Woodshop


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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Fine Plywood Dining

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Dining Room?

“Hey Hon- what’s for diner ?”

‘Plywood sandwiches’ crosses my mind but my throat doesn’t summon the words. It’s a surreal feeling working through the big build these past two weeks- from paper to plywood…


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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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New Projects on the Rise

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The wood shop has been busy these past few weeks with magazine articles and private wood working classes to new projects, designs and commissions on the rise.


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Turning Wood

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Of all the skills associated with woodworking and furniture making, there is an argument to be made that woodturning is among the most intuitive and, many would say, the most immediately satisfying


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CME Handworks Inc

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I’m going to make an assumption here- if you read my blog then you’re probably into hand tools and if you’re into hand tools then you’re probably like me and spend some time browsing the Internet looking for things like vintage planes and hand drills,…


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Spring Cleaning

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After a long winter of work shop projects and now coming to the end of a wet Spring here in Southern Ontario it’s time to do a little ‘spring cleaning’ around the wood shop. I’ve been putting this off for far too long and before…


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More on Shop Made Tools

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In my last post I featured the new Large Spokeshave from Veritas tools here in Canada. The fact that I had an idea for a tool very similar in design to this makes me pleased that a company like Veritas is now manufacturing it. It’s…


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From Tool to Toolbox

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Have you ever been working on a project and wished you had a certain tool to make your job easier or more efficient? More specifically a tool you already know does not yet exist? The ‘inventor’ side of most wood workers I know have this…


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A Note on Chisels

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I got a letter today from a fellow wood worker asking my thoughts on Chisels. Thought I’d share my long-winded reply with you.   Tom, Learning more every day. Question. I need a quality set of bevel chisels that will be passed down to grand…


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Beebe Knives

I’ve been using a Beebe carving knife to mark out my dovetails quite successfully for the past few years now. The knives are hand made by Canadian knife maker Paul Beebe and sold through Lee Valley Tools. I’ve seen and read enough articles and information…


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Veritas® Surface Clamp

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Every once and awhile a new tool comes along and once you have it and use it you ask yourself Enter the Veritas® Surface Clamp. I’ve been meaning to write a short post about it for awhile now but have been so busy as of…


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When the city seeps in…

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Three weeks to the day; the time it took for the city to seep in. I recently met a great couple and they asked me to design and build a piece of furniture for their home here in Toronto. The only two guidelines they had…


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New Digs

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  Do you remember the story about the city mouse and the country mouse? Seems these days I’m feeling like one of their offspring. So here it is, my new shop; my new ‘hand tool shop’ to be specific. It’s a small space in the…


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Workbench Zen

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I find it rather ironic to see a beautifully made piece of furniture come out of a wood shop only to discover that the wood shop looks like a bomb went off inside of it. Tools left out everywhere, saw dust piled high, glue and…


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