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Hand Made Modern…Take 3

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O.k. so my last few blogs have been about other people’s handy work, hand tools and the like and I’m happy to say that I’m back in the wood shop working again on my own projects. These last few weeks have been busy with life…


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Rob Cosman Dovetail Saws

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Rob Cosman is a well known Canadian ‘hand tool coach’ offering DVD’s and books on wood working for the past 10 years or more. When it comes to sawing dovetails he’s absolutely incredible. I’ve watched pretty much all of his videos and can honestly say…


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Purchasing Handtools

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Over the past few weeks I’ve been surprised at how many new hand tool manufacturers are popping up on the Internet and all of the well known manufacturers are offering new and exciting product. This is nice but I’m sometimes weary…it either takes someone with…


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Safety Week 2009

  BE CAREFUL NEAR MACHINERY Better yet, Unplugg the Woodshop! -just kidding Work safe and use your head. Cheers! (but not until the sharp tools are put away…) Follow @TomFidgen


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La Bella Mona Lisa

A good friend of mine back home on Cape Breton Island just launched his new web-site and with Spring finally in the air he’ll be opening his doors for another season. La Bella Mona Lisa is a beautiful little gallery on the West side of…


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Wood Moves…

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Last summer I built a trestle style table using some reclaimed Angelique for the base frame and some wide Mahogany for the top. Traditional bread board ends were tenoned to the main table top surface glued with walnut dowels added as fasteners. The three tenons…


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Admiring the Work

After a long and rather fulfilling day in the woodshop, Glue Bear takes a step back to admire some of his handy work. Stay tuned… Follow @TomFidgen


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Looking into the Face of Reason

A shot of my new glue bottle… ‘Glue Bear’ I finally have a mascot- Just thought I’d share that. Cheers! Follow @TomFidgen


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Techno Ya-Ya!

What more can be said. I recently shipped off four old ‘beaters’ to Mark Harrell of TechnoPrimitives.com. There Mark will clean, sharpen and over-haul any old hand saw you may have. The four I sent were your typical garage sale variety, old worn-out, dull and…


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One Mans Treasure is Another Mans…

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A few weeks ago I was walking along our street here in Toronto and noticed this old wooden door on the curb side of a neighbours house. They were throwing it out so I decided to take it home. I’m just finishing off a modern…


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Will…

  This small oak tree was featured in an earlier posting a little while back. I planted it in my garden back on Cape Breton Island. Two tiny saplings were a gift from a friend who passed away suddenly this past week. When I was…


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Tool Tip

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  If you use a sandpaper on glass sharpening method you’re well aware of the process involved in maintaining the sandpaper. From often changes to tiny tears due to ripples created when tiny pockets of air get trapped underneath the paper. I’ve discovered a few…


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The good, the bad and the…

  I ordered a couple of new hand saws a few weeks ago from Tools for Working Wood, a great company with a nice web site. I’ve ordered a few items in the past and have never had an issue, professional across the board. Since…


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Apple Blossom Time

  “Fame is but a fruit tree So very unsound. It can never flourish Till its stock is in the ground. So men of fame Can never find a way Till time has flown Far from their dying day. Fruit tree, fruit tree No-one knows…


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Lobster, Butterfly and Dovetail Soup

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~ Upbeat, with feel ~   A quick note now to demonstrate the evolution of the Lobster tail into the so-called Butterfly or Dovetail….follow me? Start of after you’ve cut out your butterflies by squaring up the ends. I like to run my Smoother over…


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Little Wings

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Now that the headboard is complete other than I have to still apply a finish; I move on to the inlaid butterfly keys at the bottom of the bed. These will be both structural and visual in design. I’ll start off by making a full…


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