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Outside Your League

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 2:11pm

At this stage in my life, I cannot take woodworking classes. I have the will and the money, but I also have kids, a wife with a crazy job and my own endeavors – a publishing company, a custom furniture business and (oddly enough) a teaching schedule. So until I can make our home life look like Lake Placid, I am always looking for other ways to improve my work. […]

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A Simple Steam-bending Setup

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 5:27pm

Once you set up a steambox, bending furniture parts is almost too easy. I’ve been bending wood using a variety of methods for the last 11 years. When I use steam, here is my current rig. The steambox can be almost any box. You want it to leak steam and water so it doesn’t become a bomb. So simply screwing together some scraps of CDX plywood makes a great steambox. […]

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5 Good Articles for $3.99

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 1:39pm

The Popular Woodworking Magazine editors have assembled a short “e-mag” of five of my most popular articles from the magazine that you can download for $3.99 from ShopWoodworking.com. Titled “The Best of Christopher Schwarz,” here’s what you get: The Dutch Tool Chest (small and large versions) This is a fantastic tool chest that I’ve used all over North America. It holds a shocking amount of tools, keeps them handy to […]

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A Home Made Centreing Tool

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 6:29am

Author’s note: No, I haven’t gone all English or Canadian on you. The above headline is from the April 1925 edition of The Woodworker, my favorite old woodworking magazine. I enjoy reading magazines that were printed when hand tools still held sway in the home workshop. Below is a fantastic little centreing jig you can build in a few minutes from shop scraps. — Christopher Schwarz A CENTREING TOOL — […]

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The Best Tool Roll Yet from Texas Heritage

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 10:59am

I have more than a dozen tool rolls I’ve bought over the years to store rasps, wrenches, auger bits, carving tools and so on. They are my favorite way to protect edge tools in a tool chest – and they are essential for traveling and site work. I’ve never bought the same brand of roll twice because I’m always looking for one that is better-made. Yesterday, I think I found […]

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Galbert Drawsharp in Use

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:18am

Before you read beyond the first few sentences of this blog entry, there a couple things you should know: I have no problems sharpening a drawknife. Never have (except that time in the 1990s where I ended in the ER for seven stitches). One of the first tools I inherited from my grandfather was his old drawknife, which I still use. I have just finished editing a chairmaking book by […]

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The Modern High-traction Doe’s Foot

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 1:14pm

The notched batten – also called a “doe’s foot” – is a great way to restrain your work on the bench without a tail vise. With a holdfast and a doe’s foot, you can even work across the grain aggressively and the work will stay in place. During the last couple years of using this appliance, mine have evolved. They started as mere pieces of solid wood. Then I added […]

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Improve Your Tool Chest Hinges

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 10:32am

Old tool chests typically have two weak spots: the bottom and the hinges. The bottom gets rotted out because tool chests end up in unfriendly, poorly drained areas. That’s why many tool chest bottoms are merely nailed on – so they can easily be replaced. The hinges usually fail because the screws come loose. Many tool chests are made from pine and the lids get a lot of abuse. When […]

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Band Saw Buying Advice (Cheap & Easy)

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 5:32am

When the history of 20th-century woodworking machinery is written, someone will compose a poem, ode or opera to the Delta 14” band saw that was made in the United States. There are many flavors of this band saw depending on who owned Delta at the time the machine was made, and machinery collectors make fine distinctions about which era was the best. But for users, I think the decision is […]

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Scoop a Chair Seat Without Specialty Tools

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 6:16pm

One of the barriers to making a Windsor chair are all the specialty tools, including the adze, scorp and travisher to scoop out the seat. Though I own all these tools and have used them for more than a decade, I sometimes wonder if they are all necessary. How would you make a comfortable and sturdy chair if you didn’t own specialty tools? This week I’m building a primitive three-legged […]

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The Artisan’s Security Blanket

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 11:41am

Some shop practices are so obvious that they hardly merit discussion. But every time I think that about some routine I have been taught, I am stunned by the blind spots of many of my students. (I am aware that I have blind spots, as well). I’m always curious about shops that don’t have moving blankets lying around. How, I wonder, do they protect the work from becoming shop-worn? The […]

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Staked Sawbenches, Day 2

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 7:57am

Building staked furniture sometimes feels a lot more like an episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” than a typical day in the shop. At assembly-time, the legs have to be knocked home hard to firmly seat the the conical tenon in its mortise and make a bit of a mechanical interlock. I’ve been making sample joints all year and sawing them apart to see what is going on inside. The […]

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Building Staked Sawbenches at Highland Woodworking

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 4:57pm

This weekend I am experimenting on guinea pigs. Scratch that. I’m experimenting on American pigs. Wow. That’s doesn’t sound good, either. OK, I’m teaching a new class on a new topic that has been bottled up inside me for four years now. You’ve probably never heard the term “staked furniture,” but that’s because the term and the joinery technology behind the furniture has largely been shoved to the side or […]

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