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New SketchUp Guide

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As you probably already know I’m a huge fan of sketching…by sketching I mean with a pencil on paper! But that is only the first step I take when designing custom furniture. I find that once ideas are quickly captured on paper, it can be…


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Making Magic

Expecto Patronum !

My seven year old son Nelson, recently watched the final part of the Harry Potter movies. He’s a bit of a book worm to say the least and ever since watching the series, he has been determined to make a magic wand. Yesterday, we spent…


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Hand Tool Events

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Well it seems the heat wave we’ve been having here in Ontario is finally ending and temperatures are going back to the normal seasonal range. Winter to summer is starting to feel like the norm around here. I took this picture in the back yard…


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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

Waxed line holding a drawer together for a dry fit.

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 Related posts: DANGER, DANGER… Autumn Classes Available On the Road Again… Waxed line Give the Gift YARPP powered by AdBistroPowered by


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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 Related posts: VERITASĀ® Detail Chisels Lee Valley News Handtools and Inspiration TIMBER. A Valet…


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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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