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Give the Gift

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After the unending barrage of weekend activity, (cyber this and thanks for that) and the looming holiday attack on the senses; I thought it may be a good time to mention the perfect gift for all the wood workers in your life. The Unplugged Woodshop…


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Wednesday Update

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Here’s a quick mid-week update for you- First mention is this weeks issue of Woodworkers Journal eZine. They run a column called Today’s Woodworker and I was happy to tell them my story. You can see the full article if you follow the above link….


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6 Ways to Cut a Rabbet

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A reader recently asked which tools he could use to cut a rabbet joint. Truth is, there are many ways to execute this joint. Here are six methods along with his original question: Hi Tom. In my next project I need to make a Rabbet. …


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The Air of September

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Well- it’s been awhile since I’ve been on ‘the blog‘ but now that summer is over and we’re all settled back into the routine of city living, I’ll have more time to spend here on the site. I know many of you have been asking…


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Speaking of Toolchests…

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Speaking of toolchests,  I’m putting the finishing touches on the one I’ve been working on lately and still have some videos to edit when I can. I’ll try to get the next one posted later this week. Classes have been insanely busy lately and now,…


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In Good Company

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Hey folks- I just found out that the Unplugged Woodshop, along with some other well known wood working blogs, is on the top 101 Handy Sites for Conscientious Wood Use. Nice to be noticed and in such good company. “Our readers have vested interests in…


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Hollow out a little history…

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Speaking of treadle machines, ( DNF-4 ) over the holiday break I found some time between book editing and holiday cheer, to set up my CME Handworks Inc. treadle lathe and it just so happens, I ordered myself a set of Easy Wood Tools which…


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Landfill Harmonic

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“My life would be worthless without music.”   A friend posted this video clip on one of the social networks and I had to share it. This is one of the most inspiring things I’ve seen in a long, long time. Watch and you’ll see…


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1% for the Planet

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The Unplugged Woodshop is proud to announce a partnership with 1% for the Planet ! By doing so, the Unplugged Woodshop pledges to donate 1% of annual sales to support non-profit organizations focused on sustainability. ”Signing on to 1% for the Planet shows The Unplugged…


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The Gentleman’s Guide to Amputation

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What more can be said? Had to share. via http://dangerousminds.net/ Follow @TomFidgen Related posts: TIMBER. Here comes the sun… The Air of September Give the Gift Six Days in May YARPP powered by AdBistroPowered by


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Wood Working Classes

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While I’m putting the finishing touches on the book projects I’m ready to start scheduling classes again. It’s been awhile and I’m excited to welcome students back to the Unplugged Woodshop. If you’ve never picked-up a hand tool or are an experienced wood worker who…


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The Creative Touch

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      I received a letter from this fellow in Montreal who has been developing a media project for the last year and a half. The project mandate is to tell stories whenever hands, tools and materials converge. He believes that using our hands…


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Hands as hands…

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“It is a tragedy of the first magnitude that millions of people have ceased to use their hands as hands.Nature has bestowed upon us this great gift which is our hands. If the craze for machinery methods continues, it is highly likely that a time…


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The Giving Tree

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My six year old daughter, Piper, invited our entire family into her bedroom this evening for what she called a ‘book club’. We were given strict instruction to choose a book from her book shelf and in turn, read it aloud to share with the…


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