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Made by Hand


There Ain’t No Feathers in Florida

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  I received a letter from Robin in Melbourne, Florida over the weekend, and wanted to share it with you. Robin recently completed a version of the wall/tea cabinet from my first book, Made by Hand. Great job on the cabinet Robin, and thanks again…


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Where do the Hunters Heal ?

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Last week I received a wonderful letter from Sarah, a wood worker in British Columbia, Canada. Sarah built a fantastic version of the hunt board project from my first book, Made by Hand. She used a nice combination of wood species and added some textured…


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True ‘Half Blind’ Dovetails

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I was over visiting the LumberJocks website this evening where I’ve been a proud member now for the past four years. Seems I never find the time these days to browse around the forums but tonight I stopped in for a little while and I’m…


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Thank You – Ref ” Made By Hand”

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You may be wondering why I am thanking you for subject book that I purchased Sunday at the 20th Annual NWA Woodworkers Showcase from the Lie-Nielsen booth. I was finishing up from a tremendous weekend of lectures (Yup, I caught Chris’ “How to grind your tools” – Great…


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Made by Kindle

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Here we are on the edge of a new year and what a year 2010 has been. I was just over visiting www.Amazon.com and noticed that Made by Hand-Furniture Projects from the Unplugged Woodshop is now available for Kindle.

What’s Kindle you ask?


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Well who would have thought ?

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A friend just sent me a link to Popular Woodworking’s Top 10 books from 2010- you’ll never guess who made the cut?


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Feathers Finished

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I meant to post this a few weeks ago but in all of the running about I totally forgot.

This is a great version of the wall cabinet from my book sent in by Chris Griggs from New Orleans, LA. Chris and I have been corresponding back and forth for the past year or more and I was thrilled to see his version of ‘Ain’t no feathers around here boys…’


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Made by Hand

Highland Woodworking started out as Highland Hardware in 1978 and for over 30 years they’ve been ‘fanning the flames of interest and excitement in the craft of woodworking…’ In 1980, they began weekend woodworking seminars with names like Tage Frid, Sam Maloof, Roy Underhill and…


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SHIPPING BEGINS….

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My book shipment has arrived. Now, if you’ll excuse me… I must go lick the feather. Wish me luck! Follow @TomFidgen


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Last Chance to Pre-Order

I can’t believe tomorrow is the 6th of November already. The main shipment of books should be in Ohio and I’ll be receiving my copies asap! I’ll be signing them and sending them off in the next two weeks. If you’d still like to pre-order…


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SKETCH-UP

  This past week a fellow East Coaster has been putting together some Sketch-Up models for the book projects. They’ll all be available at my new website when the book is launched in November but I thought I’d show you some shots of the first…


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Updates and Appreciation

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  I want to start off with a big THANK YOU to everybody that has pre-ordered a copy of Made by Hand:Furniture Projects from the Unplugged Woodshop; the response and positive feedback has really made my week and I wanted to say again how much…


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A first look Inside Made by Hand:

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The following images are excerpts from my new book. The introduction as well as a sneak peak at three of the six ‘furniture project chapters’. The book also features five more plans for workbench appliances; a shooting board, bench hook, miter hook, winding sticks and…


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128 Joints

I just finished up another project for my book and wanted to share a bit of the details. The piece is a simple enough form, 2″ square legs with a kind of post and panel design for the sides. One door and six drawers make…


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Another One Down

Here’s a sneak peak at the latest project from my upcoming book. It’s a small book case with doors featuring through mortise and tenon joinery. I had some beautiful Flame Birch sitting on my shelf for the past few years and decided this was the…


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Working wood…lots of it!

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Well it’s been an incredibly busy few months since the summer came and went. A few custom pieces of furniture designed and commissioned. The bulk of my time though has been spent on my book. Writing, designing, constructing its been an incredible journey thus far….


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