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There must be something in the water

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I recently volunteered on my sons Grade 2 class visit to the ROM and a funny thing happened. The ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) is a spectacular way to spend a day if you’re ever in Toronto. The big-draw no doubt are the dinosaur displays but…


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Sally

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My last post was written with a light heart- this one isn’t. It’s always hard to say goodbye so instead I’ll say thank you. Thank you for 12 years of love, loyalty and constant companionship. Waiting for me after endless hours in the wood shop,…


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Saw Stop

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I really don’t know what all the fuss it about- saws with automatic stopping mechanisms and the like. Not to brag but my antique Disston has been equipped with this so-called ‘new technology’ ever since I got it. Yesterday, while ripping some maple my thumb…


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Here comes the sun…

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…Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here Here comes the sun Here comes the sun, and I say It’s all right… Here Comes the Sun- LENNON/HARRISON/MCCARTNEY I begin the day with a strong…


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Waxed line

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So some wood shop essentials eh? Jack plane- check. Panel saw-check. 24-in. steel rule-check. Waxed line-hmmm…?? A few years ago my Father-in-law gave me a spool of waxed line. I started using it for dry fits and other jigs and set ups around the wood…


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Thanks to OBG

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I started using Old Brown Glue a couple of months ago. Why? I suppose initially I wanted it to be an introduction of sorts into the world of Hide Glue without having the start up cost of purchasing a glue pot. I like the idea…


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Speaking of Wood

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  Some thoughts from the Unplugged Woodshop…. ; )   Happy New Year ! Follow @TomFidgen


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Happy Holidays

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Wishing you all health and happiness in the Holiday Season~ let’s raise a glass to the New Year and all it brings!   Peace. Tom Fidgen @ The Unplugged Woodshop   PS. Did Santa have a Roubo? ha- see you in 2012!! ; ) Follow…


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Everything Old is New Again.

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Once again Joel Moskowitz’s blog over at Tools for Working Wood has got me extremely excited. ( that just sounds wrong but please, humor me ) Joel posted a link to an absolutely gorgeous 1869 Franz Wertheim tool catalog that had been acquired by Princeton…


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Amolador

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I stumbled on this video this morning and had to share… KNIFE MAN ( AMOLADOR) by Matt Quann …I wonder if he’ll do plane irons ? ; )   Follow @TomFidgen


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Speaking of Sketching

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Last week I noticed on Joel Moskowitz’s Blog over at the Tools for Working Wood website he had a pdf. for Isometric Drafting Paper available for free download. I meant to mention it when I saw it but totally forgot until today when he blogged…


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2B or not 2B

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Remember you’re grade school teachers saying you’d get lead poisoning if you didn’t keep your pencil out of your mouth? Well, they lied. In 1564 an enormous deposit of graphite was discovered in Borrowdale, England and pencils have been made from this non-toxic material ever…


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‘Tis the Season…

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“Well it’s beginning to look a lot like…” Hey folks, the 2011 Lee Valley Tools Christmas Catalog arrived in the mail today. ; ) How time flies while you’re working wood! This year it’s full of great gift ideas for the wood worker on your…


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and so it begins…

Publishing Deal

It’s November 10th, 2011 and I have some exciting news to share. I’m happy to say I just signed a new publishing deal with none other than the Taunton Press. The company that brings us Fine Woodworking Magazine, Fine Home building, Fine Gardening and Fine…


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Lee Valley on You Tube

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Hey folks, sorry I’ve been under the radar as of late but things around the wood shop are as busy as ever. Classes have been taking up most of my time and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and teaching a wide range of students…


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Dear Matt,

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I get asked fairly often What inspires me.
what books I read, what blogs I follow.
To answer in detail about my source of inspiration you’ll have to wait until my next book is finished but for now here’s some dialogue between a reader and I this afternoon.


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