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A Lifestyle Woodworker
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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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How to Make a Half-lap Dovetail–A New Video and a New Method

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 3:38am

There are different preferences and traditional ways to make hand cut dovetails and then there is a way that adds one extra step but removes all need for the conventional use of marking or cutting gauges; methods normally associated with laying out both through and half-lap dovetails. When I first saw the video played back to me, …

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Quick Plane Tips (Pun Intended)

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 7:06am

I was a boy when I first saw it. George planed the board flat and it looked flat to me. What did I know? Life was different then I think. 15 years olds, in a workshop filled with adult men, I knew then I didn’t know anything; at least not much worth knowing. The oak …

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A Saw Binds

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 2:43pm

A saw binds in its cut and the man tugs it from the wood then throws it far across the shop like a Frisbee. Bouncing from the brick it lands deep in dust behind the strafe sander. He curses the saw and a big man walks over to him, grabs him by the throat and says, “Don’t …

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Aldi Drill-driver Under Test

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 9:59am

You don’t see me too often extolling the merits of power equipment but one piece of equipment i use enough in the day to day of life is a battery-driven drill-driver. I like them because they are a one hand operation, leaving my free hand to hold the work. It doesn’t mean I  am abandoning …

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Oxfordshire’s Artweeks is On

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 4:38am

Each May Oxfordshire holds its unique arts festival over a three-week span of total creativity. Artists and crafting artisans throughout the county open their studios and workshops to display their completed works and works in progress too; you might never get to see their work at any other time or indeed elsewhere so please follow the …

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Still Good Finds Around Thanks to eBay

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 10:48am

Back in the 1980s we were paying higher prices for secondhand and especially collectable woodworking hand tools than we might be today hence no sympathy with those looking to buy nowadays. In fact collectable tools were usually obtained primarily from specialist dealers who bought and sold as any antique dealer might. They advertised in magazines mostly, …

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It’s Black and White Woodworking Reality

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 12:33pm

I’ve given it my best shot so far. For 25 years and few more I’ve given it my best shot and I’ll keep giving it my best shot for as long as I can. Seeing things in black and white somehow dispenses with the peripheral and gets you to the core issues and that’s what …

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The Mary Rose Exhibit Makes Sense of History

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 1:17pm

Sunday 16th April 2017 Most metal had long since corroded in the rigours of a corrosive salt washing of 5 centuries or so, but handles are almost always obvious. Combine that with location and the pieces literally come together. Had it been for me to be a part of the discovery I’m sure I would …

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More on Mary Rose Treasures

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 1:42pm

Monday 17th April 2017 It would be too much to blog on the shipwright’s work when the ship is so large. Boats would be much easier. It wasn’t in any way nostalgia that called me to visit Portsmouth nor anything to do with a nautical life on the open sea. It was wood and its …

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The Mary Rose Emerges From the Deep

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 1:12pm

From my Journal Saturday 15th April 2017 I left for Portsmouth, which sits but 1 ½ hours from my home, for some private study and rest time bathing in the history of woodworking. Portsmouth is a port city and naval base on England’s south coast, mostly spread across Portsea Island. It’s best known for its maritime …

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