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In the Balance

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” The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price has been forgotten.”¬† Benjamin Franklin Well in case you haven’t heard, Veritas has released their new line of Bench Chisels. I first laid my eyes (and hands) on them back in…


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Teak Legs From Burma

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I was thrilled to receive a letter from a reader in Burma this past week who made a version of my side table – Skinny legs and all… In case you don’t know, Burma is in South East Asia and lies between Bangladesh and Thailand.The…


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A New Review

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I just received the new issue of Wood News Online, the monthly newsletter by Highland Woodworking. I always like reading this newsletter as it’s been full of great information. The new video series, The Highland Woodworker has also been great to watch. Only two episodes…


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Happy Bang-7 Day

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Follow @TomFidgen Related posts: Around the Woodshop Treasures From the Far East Lobster, Butterfly and Dovetail Soup Safety Week 2009 The Day the Music Died…. YARPP powered by AdBistroPowered by


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30 Craft Market

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Hey folks, I just received an email about the 30 Craft Market in Peterborough, Ontario and thought I’d pass it along for any Ontario readers. These are the details- Vendor Call: ¬†Saturday, Dec 1st, 2012. 12 – 5 pm All items must be $30 or…


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In the Field

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So before I even begin, let me say this post isn’t really wood working related. This is just me venting some thoughts on how cool I think Field Notes are. Field Notes? C’mon- you know. Those little pocket ledgers that people, who still remember how…


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Count on it…

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The more I do woodworking the more I realize I’ve developed a kind of compulsive obsession to count…I mean I count almost everything! Maybe it started at a young age first learning to play music? Of course you have to count. Count in a tune,…


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The Soundtrack of Life

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When people ask me what I do for a living I tell them I’m a wood worker…sometimes. Sometimes I say I’m a musician. Sometimes I say I’m a Dad. Sometimes worlds collide and I’m able to do a project that mixes mediums and over the…


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The English Woodworker

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I just received a letter from Richard Maguire in the UK and thrilled to report he has joined the online blogging community with his new blog The English Woodworker. You may remember seeing a guest blog here last year about one of Richards incredible workbenches….


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Not to be Outdone

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After seeing her big brothers magic wand we made last week, my 5 year old daughter Piper decided she needed a little magic of her own. We followed the same basic steps, from spokeshave to sandpaper, saw to finish. She chose an off-cut of aromatic…


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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

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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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