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Finishing Your Wood

It’s the number one fear for most woodworkers, a little agitated skip from foot to foot as you toss the rag from hand to hand. I understand this. Mostly it’s because it’s an area of work that is indeed the least predictable for a guaranteed outcome and especially if your read up on the subject…

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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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More On a Saw

I don’t know if another maker did it but it was a good idea. We often fail to realise that contrary grain gluing can indeed constrain wood to prevent it shrinking or expanding and it can do that without the grain splitting. You see using thin wood like with veneering and also narrow components allows…

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Making Mock-ups

Sketch drawings reflect my gathering of thoughts. They may not exactly match my idea on paper but they will record that genesis and any discrepancy will be corrected as my brain fills in the blanks. It’s a bit like placing a ruler along the top or bottom half of a line of text and you…

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The Hand Made V Mass Made

Passing around Texas this week I ended up sitting in the ever-famed Cracker Barrel rocker. Cracker Barrel is a Southwest style restaurant with a sales area selling everything associated with southern living. I first saw these rockers when they were selling for $99 back in the late 80s. They’ve been a consistent seller and though…

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A Snow Day With George

Yes, we Brits can be wimps. An inch or two of snow and snow stops everything. “The Beast From the East” headlines warn us for weeks of impending snow-and-ice doom and our resident media fear-mongers in smart suits and ivory towers continue to invent news rather than report it win out once more. One of…

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George and Maturing Men

George leaned over the bench to get my attention, jerking his head to one side and slightly back to make sure I understood. “It’s brew time!” he said. The clocking in clock was wrong and I was behind time. In one minute there would be a cry from the men and I would be given…

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When You Start..

…a new year Yesterday was the first day of the year but of course we all took the day off to celebrate its new beginning. I find nothing daunting about the new year though it hinges on the past ones. I think that that is important for all of us. In some ways its like…

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When Someone Asks How Do You Hold a Plane…

…You Will Say Some say this way is correct. It’s the only way… …Then you will say but I have been taught that this is a better way… …and then this way, now this, and this, and this, and this, and this……. But when the wood takes me in a different mood I can adopt…

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George Turns the Tables

Window of Opportunity I was trying. All the time it was a challenge and woodworking did not come naturally to me, especially with the standards at the bench. We were in the middle of making a mix of a hundred window frames, many with four opening sashes. Jack, the foreman, did all of the layout…

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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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