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A Lifestyle Woodworker
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Two-Cherry Picking

16 hours 42 min ago

What’s saddest of all is what I said about new woodworkers picking up the saw. There is something thats true about all of us when we start any creative craft. We tend to think buying something less expensive will match our amateur-status skill level and that “it will do until we find out of we …

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Shame On You Two Cherries, Shame On YOU!

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 12:43am

This week I picked up a brand new gent’s saw straight from the pack made by the famous German tool makers Two Cherries. I noticed the unusual tooth shape, which strangely resembled the edge of a tin can when we used to open it with a multipurpose survival knife. I wondered how it would work …

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Building My Laptop Desk

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 1:34pm

I so enjoy designing and building pieces and, as I always have, it’s predictable that I always will. Whereas I always got a buzz from people choosing me to design pieces for their home or their office, and then of course making them too, I now have something even more special in my work. It’s …

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Father’s Day

Sun, 06/18/2017 - 7:15am

In my youth and from my background, Father’s day was never featured and really, I don’t remember any hint of it in the culture of my time. Perhaps that was a northern thing, perhaps the great divide between the haves and the have nots, the North and the South, the then Working classes and the …

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Planes to Buy and Planes You Best Avoid

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 1:34pm

My basic view of the smaller planes called block planes is that they might occasionally prove handy but they have only limited real value in terms of general woodworking use unless you are working on  smaller work at say finer levels where larger planes may perhaps be a little cumbersome or for some other specialist …

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Making Two and More

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 1:39pm

I am almost through the series on making a beautiful stepladder. What makes a stepladder beautiful? It’s beautiful because I made it with my own hands, my own power, my own strength, my own mind. It’s beautiful because it’s simple to look at. It’s simple because it’s functional and it’s beautiful because I see form …

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Sharp edges – Seeing, Feeling and Elevating

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 2:00pm

A chisel’s cutting edge doesn’t so much wear away only  but fracture out of sharpness. It’s funny that we think of it as wearing to dullness in the way river rock is rounded by  river run and beach pebbles and stones by tidal washes when in my experience, looking at the edge and magnifying it, the …

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How to Make Snap-to-line Templates

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 2:26am

I have used snap-to-line templates for my work for a number of years now and no other method of making templates comes close. They are accurate and long lasting too. We made a quick video to help you understand the techniques and I am sure you will enjoy this. Here is the video for my …

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It’s Not What the Boy Does to the Wood…

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 1:46pm

…but What the Wood Does to the Boy! On Saturday morning Hannah completed another box. I thought it was perfect. She didn’t. Not until it was done that is. Then she liked what she’d done. What makes the box as near perfect as possible in my consideration of the whole in not so much the …

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My Love For Wood

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 2:11pm

Mostly my working wood and my enjoyment of it still is the area surrounding joinery followed quickly by design. Generally, all designs are governed in great measure by the wood type, colour, grain configuration and wood strength. Wood density, flex, brittleness, porosity and other such wood characters pertinent to different wood types must also be …

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Lifestyle Woodworker. What?

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 1:11am

When I’m working at my workbench, whether at work or at home, I find myself. It’s a place where, in all things, no matter what, I seem best able to makes sense of what’s misunderstood in a highly confusing world and my personal saneness seems best able to thrive and survive in the entangled web …

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Guidelines Not Tramlines

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 5:36am

Old thoughts may not be current In many ways, in daily life generally, we unquestioningly adopt practices most of which make life run smoothly and efficiently. I suppose I’m talking about schedules, protocols and methods mostly. Part of the smooth flowing of life relies on interruptions. Those periodic stop signs, yield and give way signs interspersed throughout …

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Dismantling the Past Part II

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 12:00am

Holding the Future in Our Hands I hold wood in my hands and arms from a century and two past that, as I look at it, stops me and makes me think deeply. A sadness passes over me and part of me becomes melancholy. Rainforests aptly able to renew their growth and supply our needs forever are …

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Restoring a Shellac Finish

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 12:00am

My famous box got bashed about through the years of display and handling. Actually, apart from being dropped on concrete twice, it’s stood up very well, such is shellac. The coats have not worn through anywhere despite being well handled by visitors, but regardless, repairing and restoring  shellac is very quick and easy. Steel wool comes in …

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HVLP for spraying shellac and other finishes

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 11:28am

Contactless finishing I generally pick my weapons of attack to match the work battles I encounter so I have learned a few things about finishing through the years. There is no doubt that giving a good finish is critical in an age when furniture makers must no only make  but finish too. Just about the time when …

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Jigs, guides and templates articles

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 1:43pm

You can skip the next three paragraphs deliberating on freeform and conformity and get beyond my opening ramblings if you like. Boundaries and open territory undefined It’s funny how we live in cultures where on the one hand we want boundaries, you know, to know what the parameters and limits are, where we stand and …

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Dismantling the Past

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:57pm

As a general thing I find undoing another man’s work humbling. You tap parts apart, break glue lines a man joined together a hundred or two hundred years ago and there you find a chisel cut and a man’s name written in cursive script that flows in a way most young men and women no …

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Re Easy Angled Tenons Article In Fine Woodworking

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 9:41am

A few years ago a contributor to Fine Woodworking, Jeff Miller, made a horrendous blunder in stating that in-line tenons were commonly used in chair making by furniture makers because they were stronger. His assertion was untrue, and I felt I needed to help balance out the issue at the time. It’s this kind of flawed comment that shapes …

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Yellow Dusters-Don’t Believe the National Trust

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:12pm

Biting Back The yellow duster is unbeatable for trapping dust, taking it outdoors safely and shaking it out to the four winds. Its fibrous soft fibres are the very thing that make it work the best. I am guessing that these National Trust leaders and advisers are not of the generation that actually dusted much of anything …

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Inlaying With a Difference

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 5:12am

It’s not conventional but it works more quickly and effectively than any other method I know of. You can transfer the outcome to all manner of wood work for decoration or as in this case make it a standalone piece. We created a good-looking bookmark in minutes and without using anything more than handsaws, planes and a …

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