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Most of the Time

August 4, 2014

Do your projects work out OK some of the time, or most of the time? Do you saw straight and true some of the time, or most of the time? Does your joinery come together some of the time, or most of the time? Do you feel good and enjoy the work you do some […]

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The Gentleman’s Valet – Part Nine

August 1, 2014

I’m back on the East Coast after a great trip to Ottawa, where I was visiting the fine folks at Veritas/Lee Valley Tools. They have some exciting news coming your way in mid-September and I’ll share all the details with you at that time. All I will say is that it’s a real game changer! […]

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Unplugged Summer Update

July 28, 2014

Well here we are, already the end of July, already halfway through our summer vacation. It’s been an amazing month filled with lots of much needed rest and relaxation. I haven’t been doing too much in the way of wood work, but I have managed to finally get a start on another new project you’ll be […]

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The Gentleman’s Valet – Part Eight

July 24, 2014

We’re winding down in the Valet project, and here, in the second to last installment, I’m applying the molding. When you think of molding, you probably think of hollows and rounds. The truth is, moldings can be any shape or size, and you don’t need a dedicated plane to make them. These ones are pretty […]

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July 21, 2014

We spent this morning, paddling around on the Margaree River, taking in all of the sights and smells that nature has to offer. It’s nice to drift along, letting the river carry you along, with no time or destination in mind. We live in the time of speed. Instant messages and high-speed connections; Constant alerts […]

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Hammer Veneering

July 16, 2014

In the last video post, the Gentleman’s Valet part seven, the exterior of the drawer box carcase was veneered using hot hide glue and a veneer hammer. This method is known as hammer veneering and has been used for applying veneer for centuries. Hammer veneering is one of those techniques that may seem difficult, or […]

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The Gentleman’s Valet – Part Seven

July 15, 2014

In my last video post, the Gentleman’s Valet part six, the drawer pull was made using solid holly. This time around, the drawer box carcase is finally veneered. I’m using a store bought veneer that is sold as a ‘thick’ veneer. At 1/32-in., it is considerably thicker than the craft store, paper thin veneer you […]

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Miles from Nowhere

July 14, 2014

I stopped at Myles from Nowhere, a small antique store near my home, hear on Cape Breton Island, the other day. To my surprise and delight, he had some parts from a treadle assembly I’ve been searching for for some time. When I get back to the city shop in September, I’ll finally get back […]

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The Gentleman’s Valet – Part Six

July 6, 2014

In the last video post, the Gentleman’s Valet part five, the drawer front was inlaid with holly stringing, and a cock-bead was applied around the perimeter. This marked the end of the drawer box construction and from there it was onto the drawer pull. I had a plank of holly ( the same stock I […]

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Navigating Hurricanes

July 5, 2014

I’m sitting at my sisters cottage, in rural New Brunswick today, listening to the rain and the wind outside, testing the newly renovated work they’ve done on the place since the winter. Hurricane Arthur is making his way up the coast, dropping 100-150 millimeters of rain, with winds gusting up to 120 kilometers. Our annual, […]

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