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Saw Chocks Upgrade

I have clamped saws in a vise for four decades. This method holds the saws and keeps the plate firmly rigid to prevent flex and it works just fine. One thing that is irritating when it happens is that last split-second slippage when all three components slip the grasp of the vise as you cinch…

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Just Another Chair

Spindled chairs are not complex. Not really. In fact, though they mostly look it, they are truly simple. The chairs most predominantly used in public places relying on chairs for seating (taking out plastic ones of course) are mostly made of turned components. The reason of course is that they re surprisingly strong, easily jigged…

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Seeking Out Designs

When it comes to making your own furniture, new woodworkers and makers can find it difficult deciding on a piece that ticks everything you want by way of design. As you grow in your craft ability to become a maker there are many elements affecting designs. Go into a furniture store as a buyer and…

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George Gets Boring

One of my more senior apprentices was boring a 1″ hole every few inches as he made one aspect of a dog-leg element of a staircase string to receive some fanned out stair treads that went into the newel post. The posts were oak and George caught a glimpse of Ian struggling to get the…

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Cot’s Coming Close to the End

Today I was fully in the saddle to almost close out the baby cot project I’ve been working on. It went particularly well and the end result will indeed be the sturdiest take apart, knock-down, almost flat pack cot in existence. The fasteners facilitate taking a large rectangle of frames and panels apart into five…

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My First Day As a 15 Year Old Man

Ducking my way through the latch gate I knew nothing of what was on the other side, nothing. Crossing the high step was my first step into work life and a radically different lifestyle than anything I had ever known  or seen. It was a world of men and manliness. A world of former military…

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Come to Our Open House

Many of you on a more local level said that you hoped to come by and visit us when we were more settled and that’s just about where we are. Next weekend, Saturday 23rd, we are opening up the garage workshop and the studio in Abingdon, UK and we will be here to talk about…

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A Question On My Alignment System

Question: Paul, I don’t understand what the alignment pieces did. Their tenons are smaller than the mortises, so they don’t register the two sides vertically relative to each other. The two sides are rigidly clamped when we put in the alignment pieces, so it doesn’t seem they can move anything into position. Would you please…

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Workbench Videos 2 & 3 Are Up

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Yes, if you want to see episode two on YouTube you should go here. To see episode three now you will need to subscribe to woodworkingmasterclasses (free subscription) to see it now or wait two weeks when it will go up on YouTube. It has been tremendous to see the response to what I consider…

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Restoring a Shellac Finish

To read more about choosing a finish on our Common Woodworking site, click here. To read more about what finishes to buy, click here. 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…

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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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