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Garden Benches & More Beyond

The weeks pass quickly as I make, write, film, draw, plan and design. Behind the scenes other things go on too. I design for other situations too. A birdhouse here, possibly other simple things for others to make there. Across from me someone is making a table, beautifully, like poetry. Someone else new to woodworking…

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How To Make Change

In my early days of trying to correct what went wrong, I tried to engage with so-called professional woodworking entities like woodworking magazines, woodworking outlets like Woodcraft and Rockler in the USA and my own woodworking schools Stateside and here in the UK. I soon realised that such entities had their own agenda of making…

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Announcement!

When I think of the many thousands following this blog and the online work we do training through video, I have to say I do feel quite stunned. It’s no small thing that Joseph and I have brought about a training and teaching program for woodworkers and furniture makers that now reaches around the world.…

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A Vlog for Today

I thought that you might like to know my latest vlog is up on YouTube. I spent a little time going back to Stockport and my boyhood to look at what informed me back in the 1960s. I hope you enjoy it.

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Purpose of a Stopped Housing Dado?

There are good but perhaps somewhat hidden reasons that we use stepped housing dadoes that may or may not be obvious, especially not to a new woodworker. Actually, many seasoned woodworkers are more likely not to know than know. There are three types used mostly and then variations on the theme that are scarcely used.…

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(About George) Then There Was Bill

Bill was a very old man. No one really knew how old and he gave us three ages that I knew of. Pensions were small and many woodworkers as furniture makers working for themselves had not additional pension to pad out the state version. Bill had to work to keep the comforts he was used…

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This Week’s Vlog is Out

Stepping out of our own familiar comfort zone can be a challenge yet I have always encouraged everyone to do it so that they grown in pursuit of their passion. Well, I like my comfortable feeling with the things I am or have become familiar with, I hear. OK, this week it’s been Paul’s turn.…

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The Stanley 151 Spokeshave Works Great

I was a little surprised that the Stanley 151, red and black version, could still be had new. I’m not sure why but Stanley upped the anti with their most basic spokeshave. Following the poor work of Draper spokeshave I asked Izzy to buy in a new Stanley. People new to woodworking need a good…

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Destressing Your Bandsaw Ways

Many things influence the performance of your bandsaw and the outcome varies according to any one or many of those influences. The outcome is of course reflected in the quality of the cut left as the wood progresses into, along and through the cut. Identifying what causes poor cutting is often problematic because the variables…

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