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In the Time…

September 22, 2014

It doesn’t matter how many videos you watch, or how much you paid for your backsaw. It doesn’t matter how many wood working magazines you subscribe to, or how many blogs you follow. It doesn’t matter how tall or how short your work bench really is, or what kind of marking gauge you use. What […]

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A Dutch Funeral Chair

September 20, 2014

I received a letter from a reader in The Netherlands yesterday who wanted to remain anonymous, but shared this quick letter and a couple of pictures of a funeral chair he recently completed. He built this chair following the plans from my last book, The Unplugged Woodshop. I love seeing projects from readers and encourage […]

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A Card Catalogue – Part Eight

September 18, 2014

Moving right along with the Card Catalogue, I thought I’d post this next video while the last one is still fresh in everyone’s mind. It completes the back panel work and from here we’ll get into the main carcase glue up and the interior drawer parts. This clip starts with the panel groove- as mentioned […]

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Ukuleles Unplugged

September 17, 2014

I received a letter from a reader in Sweden the other day and wanted to share it with you. Sven Nyström builds Ukuleles under the working name – Argapa Ukuleles. I was thrilled to see him utilizing two of the tool designs from my last book in his work. He also blogs about his building […]

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A Card Catalogue – Part Seven

September 16, 2014

Well it’s another busy week here in the Woodshop. Unpacking boxes, and setting up the new basement shop is exhausting! Both mentally and physically. I can’t wait to give you the tour of the new space- hopefully by next week if all goes well. Speaking of next week,  the WOODWORKS CONFERENCE starts next Friday and […]

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“Was that Magic?”

September 15, 2014

“If you learn the alphabet, you’ll be able to read books!”

That sounds like magic to a child.

“Really?

I could learn to read books?”

“Indeed, but only after you learn the alphabet.”

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Innovation in Tools

September 13, 2014

In early July, ( about 10 weeks ago ) I was invited to the head office of Lee Valley & Veritas Tools in Ottawa, Ontario. I was told it was to be a kind of “secret meeting“. But why all the secrecy? Why was I going back to Ottawa, Ontario- mere weeks after arriving on […]

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Feathers in Georgia

September 10, 2014

I received a letter from David in Georgia the other day and wanted to share it with you here- David recently completed a pair of cabinets using my “Ain’t no feathers around here boys…” project as inspiration. He made one for a friends wedding gift, and kept the other for himself. I think they turned […]

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A Card Catalogue – Part Six

September 9, 2014

In my last video post, the interior components of the Card Catalogue were finished. Front and back stretchers, drawer dividers and runners were all crafted and carefully dry fit inside the carcase. In this new video, the carcase is disassembled so that stopped rabbets can be cut into the back, interior of the carcase. A […]

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Tell Your Story

September 8, 2014

The story ~ No matter what kind of creative you are – your customers are buying a story. Maybe it’s wrapped up in a knitted garment, or maybe they can tap their foot to it. Maybe they can put in their living room and store a wine or stamp collection inside. Is it wrapped inside […]

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