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A Cool Idea



I just noticed a cool thing being done with a bench hook.

One of the handiest tools to have in a hand tool shop is a bench hook..  In its simplest form, it serves as just a backstop to hold a piece while sawing or otherwise working on it.  There's a fence on each side, one to hold against the bench and the other to hold the material being worked on.  It's a simple tool, a fence, one easily constructed from scraps in the shop.  Indeed, over the years I have constructed many - none really worthy of showing here, and the last I had was long ago used up as material in another project (something that seems to happen to the jigs in my shop all the time...).

For a great deal of the work one does, it doesn't have to be anymore than that.

A few days ago, the latest Evenfall Woodworks blog entry went through the old Norsewoodsmith aggregator caught my attention.  He is showing off his latest offering, a bench hook.  I know, I know - but here was a real cool idea - a new twist on a simple tool. Read more about A Cool Idea

Saw Handle Templates available online


A short public notice for all you sawmaking-types out there - Dominic, a saw-making enthusiast for some time now and one of the moderators over at the Woodnet Hand Tool Forum along with his partner Mike have put together a web site where he has PDF's of several classic saw handles available, as well making available for purchase some of the materials you may need.  Take a look!

TGIAG (Two Guys In A Garage) Toolworks

Read more about Saw Handle Templates available online

House Cleaning

<p>Apologies to anyone out there trying to read this site in the last week. &nbsp;After a disastrous failed first attempt at upgrading the site software, I&#39;ve been able to restore most of the functionality to the site. &nbsp;The kicker is the upgrade was supposed to make things easier for me....</p> <p>Sorry for the inconvenience! &nbsp;I will be working on updating and adding graphics along with adding additional functionality in the near future.</p>

A Reminder for the 4th

In Praise of Trees


Cell phone photos from an early morning hike along a popular trail near where I live in North Idaho.

Every woodworker should spend time among that which they lay claim to knowing.  It is as important as developing your skill to know what it is you are working with. Read more about In Praise of Trees


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