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The Maple Leaf Forever

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  “In Days of yore, from Britain’s shore Wolfe, the dauntless hero, came And planted firm Britannia’s flag On Canada’s fair domain. Here may it wave, our boast, our pride And,  joined in love together, The lily, thistle, shamrock, rose, The Maple Leaf Forever!”  …


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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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The Autodidact’s Chair part five

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This segment of ‘The Autodidact’s Chair’ picks up with rough dimensioning the poplar for the lower frame. The stock is ripped,  crosscut, and then dimensioned square before the frame parts are laid out.                   I  hope everyone…


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DNF-2

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This weeks installment of ‘definitely not furniture‘ features a few examples of the wooden card holders/wallets I’ve made over the past month. Simple and clean, they’re a great way to use up those little offcuts around the woodshop. These ones have a leather strap that’s…


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The Autodidact’s Chair part four

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After the bent laminations are cut to length and smoothed, the rails are made up from solid poplar. The parts are dimensioned and the joinery begins. I decided to use twin tenons on the corners for some extra strength and glue surface. The parts are…


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The Autodidact’s Chair part three

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After the laminations are complete, the lengths and edges need to be defined. The chair stiles are a little awkward to work due to their shape but a hold-fast comes in handy and helps keep them in place while I crosscut them to length. Once…


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Definitely Not Furniture

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Welcome to the Unplugged Woodshop- where THINGS are made by hand. So, that said, and this being Friday,  I’d like to start a new series to showcase some non-furniture projects I’ve been working on. Working wood and building furniture is obviously my passion, but I…


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The Autodidact’s Chair part one

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As mentioned, this design was inspired by the ‘scoop chair’ I hold in my memory. The bent seat was a given, but I wanted to re-design the frame as well as incorporating a woven leather seat. I want this piece to have a contemporary feel…


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The Autodidact’s Chair

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“What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.” – Aristotle Autodidacticism is self directed learning and an autodidact is a self-teacher. I think this suites me to a tee. From writing and playing music, to boat building and onto working wood, I’ve…


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Skinny Legs Texas style

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I received a letter from Dan in Conroe, Texas ( just outside The Woodlands) about 30 miles north of Houston. He recently completed his version of my Skinny Legs and all, side table. Dan used cherry for the table with walnut drawer fronts and custom…


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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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Ain’t no Feathers…

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I just received an email from Greg in Glastonbury, CT. He just finished the second project from Made by Hand, the dovetailed wall shelf. Here is his letter and some pics. Great job Greg! And thanks again for sharing~; )          …


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A Toolchest from Hartford

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Last night I received a letter from Greg in Hartford, CT. Greg just finished a version of my cabinetmakers tool chest and I wanted to share it with you. The tool chest is made out of walnut and maple with a simple finish of Danish…


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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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the Gorman bench Video

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This is a custom design I fell into this past summer, 2011.
The Gorman Bench.
The music is something I just came up with and will also call the Gorman bench. Thanks for watching. Cheers!


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Hand Made Modern- The Gorman Bench Final

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In my last post I finished bending the arms and the main double  tenon joinery complete on the cherry bench. The good thing about this design is that there is really only 6 major joinery ‘intersections’ on the entire piece and the double tenon method…


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