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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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Attaching Walnut Headboard

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  In my last post I showed the procedure of cutting a half-lap dovetail into the top rail of the headboard. Now I’ll demonstrate how using similar techniques I’ll attach the rail to the top of the headboard for a joint that is strong, easy…


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Platform Bed in Walnut

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The head board is a vital component to the over-all design of the Platform Bed I’m in the middle of building. Visually and aesthetically, the top of the head board can make a good design great, or a mediocre design poor. I chose to show-off…


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Thinking Outside of the, half-blind, houndstooth, imported, spalted hardwood totin’, Dovetailed Box

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Penicillin, gravity, marsh-mellows…..all kind of ‘just happened’ didn’t they? Walking down a straight path leading you to some bright and shiny, safe haven ahead; great. No worries, perfect. A classic you might say… Working wood, I sometimes fall into this fuzzy place as I’m sure…


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FINISHING SECRETS-UPDATE…

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O.k. so the phony headline on the last post was a little mis-leading. You thought you were going to find out some top-secret finishing techniques I have locked away in some old turn of the century wood working encyclopedias, but no, you only got a…


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THE SECRETS OF FINISHING WOOD – REVEALED !

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O.k. now that I’ve got your attention…what’s up with the screws in my ECE (Primus) Block Plane.? Not a straight head or flat head, a square head er,,…a Robinson here across the border. No. It has two, sort of ‘softish’, poorly machined metal Phillips style…


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Earning their Keep

This morning while working on a rabbet and dado joint cut using power tools, I discovered the fit to be a little too tight. It would have taken me hours to re-set my Table saw and start to fine tune this fit; instead I reached…


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