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What a Week!

My, my! I could hardly believe it. Finally settled buying the house for building the house-full-of-furniture venture; the next stage in our online teaching and training. On Friday I took the house keys from the previous owners and I couldn’t think of anything else but a dream is finally coming to pass! Walking around the…

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Plywood Workbench Episodes 2 & 3 out now

Today times are changing. People have questioned my using plywood for a lifelong workbench but believe me, plywood is a well proven material. I have total confidence that a well made plywood workbench will stand the test of time. Would you believe me if I tell you that Plyscrapers are currently under design in Japan…

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Common Woodworking?

Why Common Woodworking came about is because I felt we needed something that could build yet another bridge. I wanted to span the ever-increasing gap between those who only ever reach for the on/off buttons and those who’ve discovered skilled methods of working wood that are not in any way primitive or out of date.…

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Don’t Gang Up On Me

From time to time, whether in a class or online, someone asks the age old question, “Can’t you put several dovetail pieces together and cut several dovetails all at once?” I usually ask them why they would and the answer’s are always the same. “Speed! Saves on repeat layouts. Gets the job done!” That sort…

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Happy New Year Everyone!

I sincerely hope we all enjoy the coming year and anticipate a changing way we look at the whole world we share.  This year I look to an unfolding future that will embrace an ever-widening audience who will build their projects alongside me. I have new ideas, new designs and new methods of building and…

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What’s My Worth—Part II

There is work for which one charges a fair price and then there is work for which you can add a design fee. Don’t forget such things. A fair price would not be a good guide for me if I spent several weeks developing an idea to make a design come to reality that I…

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Filling in the Blanks

It was not all easy Gradually the workshop has, well, fallen into place. The motivating factor all along was to be able to work efficiently and create the extra time we needed to not only make efficiently but film too. Filming pretty much triples my time because not only do I have to make a prototype,…

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Bandsaw Set Up

I finally got my bandsaw set up this week and the bandsaw blades came in too. I have ordered a variety of blades ranging from 1/4″, 4 tooth skip tooth to 3/4″ fast cuts with a variety in between in both variable tooth patterns and widths. The first blade I tested is a thin kerfed,…

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My Garage Workshop Excites Me

It’s coming together. We have already filmed several videos and I’m adding the missing bits as we go. This week I have been building my shelves for the wall behind me whenever I had a free minute or two. It’s hard to workout why it’s called work. I have it together and now I am…

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High-Five to All of YOU!

We sailed right past the 275,000 mark on my YouTube channel in a matter of a few hours when the call went out thanks to you being there with us. It’s been fun for all of us here and everyone out there too to see the comments and the support you always give. Remember that…

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