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Days Gone…

…Never to Return It’s a simple truism in every sense. An era has passed, never to return. Look into any past culture anywhere on the globe and you can trace perspectives on art of the day for that era. Each continent has expressed who it is in multidimensional works of art crafted by the human…

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My Week’s Working

In fact every week works for me, mostly. When problems come, then i can learn from them. Turning negative into positive is more than positive thinking, it’s more embracing opposition and turning it to an advantage. Of course that doesn’t mean that there aren’t struggles, just that when you marry your craft you know it’s…

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Reading My Book

I started reading my book this week; just a couple of pages a day. I wrote in between 2014/16. It’s called Essential Woodworking Hand Tools. Reading it is like reading something someone else wrote. I daren’t say I’m enjoying it for fear of reprisals. Reading along the lines reminded me that the original manuscript was…

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I Had a Bad Day…

…But it’s better than a bad year or worse still a bad decade. Last week I invaded my wood storage. That’s wood I’ve gathered at different points in pockets of madness and good deals or good choices. Most of it I have had around for a decade or more and less but I lose track…

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No Question! George Knew

There are quick ways to check accuracy in measurements in dovetailing. You can measure them, of course, you can gauge them by eye, very quick and equally accurate if you don’t need measurements, and then there is George. I’d laid out my dovetails for the drawer I was making ready to cut. Three of equal…

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Making Another Bench…

… A Garden Bench I’m making a garden bench. So far it’s taken me a day to cut all the wood, plane it, cut the parts out, joint the 10 2″ deep mortise holes and cut and fit each of the tenons. I know! It’s pine, but making the joints should be easier in the…

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My Garage Workshop’s a Fit

Yep! I love it! What would I change at the end of eight months here? Not a thing. I’ve set up enough workshops in my time to know what I want and what I want is what I need and nothing more. In times past I needed to expand to accommodate additional people to work…

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Joseph’s right!

“You have never been able to resist taking an otherwise useless hand tool and making it work, nor a vise or any other piece of woodworking equipment.” Rusted scissors are lifted from the bottom of an old basket in a junk shop and the name searched out with a scratch of a thumbnail. I had…

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Plane Handling—Squaring the Edge

I think it’s true that when you first start to handle a plane you might feel more a bit like a juggling klutz than someone fully controlled and conversant with its idiosyncrasies to smooth and refine wood with. Jerks, jams, stammers and stutters usually trip up our intent on straightening, smoothing and squaring wood. So…

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I Use Two Spokeshaves

If you’ve read passed blogs you’ll know I often use two tools alongside one another at the same time meaning saws, planes scrapers and such. Using two planes alternately and then two or three card scrapers and even two #80 scrapers in quick succession one after the other leads to economy of time and effort,…

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  • Paul Sellers on Pallet Wood, Trash Wood, TreasureGood question. I mostly cut them out but I won't waste a longer length for the sake of a nail hole. Someone in a comment rightly said he tended to make the project fit the wood whi…
  • Paul Sellers on Pallet Wood, Trash Wood, TreasureAh, now I see it. These are simply laminated pieces glued together with strips in the centre forming the striped area. In other words they are all the same thickness but cut to dif…
  • sla on Pallet Wood, Trash Wood, Treasurehow you deal with holes from nails?
  • Loxmyth on Bits and BracesI have a decent brace, but no proper auger bits to go with it. I need to fix that. But I just haven't had the time or patience to wrestle with eBay over tools recently. I'm actuall…
  • Don Hummer on George Leaves…"George was a moral man." Can you really get any better than that?? When I am laid out in the funeral parlor may they say, " He was a good and moral man, fair, honest, God fearing,…
  • Keith on Pallet Wood, Trash Wood, TreasureI wish I knew more people in my area that made small projects. We fill a dumpster with rips and off cuts every couple days. We can’t seem give the stuff away and end up burning a l…
  • Jeff Rogers on Pallet Wood, Trash Wood, TreasureI love the hidden gems that can be found by taking pallets apart and planning off the rough fibers and be able to find quarter sawn material or burl or any other unique grain. Most…
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