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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A Tool-Drawered Unit

At what point something becomes a chest I am not sure. Probably more than two drawers I seem to remember from my early days with George. I made this one well over two decades ago and now find it an indispensable place for my special tools and equipment. It’s one of those pieces where simplicity […]

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Strategy for Making Draw-Bore Pegs

Smaller draw-bore pegs are unlike timber-framing pegs, primarily because of size. On a timber-framed structure for a building the pegs can be from 3/4″ on up to 1 1/4″ depending on where the pegs are used–main frame posts, collars, tie beam, brace and so on. Draw bore pegs for buildings are typically shaped and sized […]

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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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A Plain Bullnose

I have several bullnose planes. Too many. I’ve used and tested all of them. These low-angle bevel-ups stolid and unpretentious planes are the handiest little tenants on my shelves and in my tool chests. There is no equal for a variety planing tasks because when you need them there is no other plane or indeed […]

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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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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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My Plywood Workbench

There are some things to explain:Is Paul just trying to be different? Is he bending to pressures? Bending the rules? Well, no, I’ve never really bent to pressure unless I found myself flat wrong and I don’t do things just to please others either. My mind never stops looking, searching what surrounds me, looking at […]

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