When I was a lad working as an apprentice, many woodworkers didn’t have hand routers and machine router salesmen were often laughed out of the shop because a skilled craftsman could set hinges much faster than a router back then. We made any router we needed from a scrap of pine like this one here…

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A more refined ‘not-so-poor man’s router.   This is my suggestion for a simple but more advanced not-so-poor man’s router that comes from a small scrap-sized piece of harder wood, oak, (could be softer wood like pine or poplar too) 5-6″ long and using only a 1/4″ diameter Allen wrench (hex key US) and a…

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…or tenon and housing dado trimmer par excellence. I say Paul’s because I developed it to work so effectively. Many routers are highly effective at perfecting a chiselled out housing or dado joint and the faces of tenons. They have been used for such for centuries now. The idea is of course that they span…

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Poor man’s router Someone recently shared with me a jobsite poor man’s router he uses regularly and I tried it out in an inspired moment recently. It’s made from a #14 (about 44mm shank it looks like) screw and block like the poor man’s beading-cum-marking gauge I have posted on in the recent and distant…

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To form the roundovers With all of the joinery completed, I now focus on design concepts I want to soften the hard corners with a bullnose edge to the top and bottom pieces of the clock. I also want to introduce a method that slims down the appearance of the sides and rails because  think…

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Benchtop insertion dogs  Round or dowel dogs work best in the bench top if you insist on having dogs at all. Metal dogs tend to mar the wood, especially on softer woods, so wooden dowels absorb some of the pressure and reduce this risk. I made some dogs at the show because I felt that…

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I just watched the current edition and final episode in the series on making breadboard ends on woodworkingmasterclasses.com and thought that I should post a quick blog on the poor man’s dowel maker I find delivers the goods. As a boy we drilled holes in pennies for washers because the boss, Bert Pickford, said he…

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The poor man’s ticket to burnishing Two weeks ago I discussed another Fine Woodworking article, which I thought complicated sharpening, burnishing and setting up the #80 type cabinet scraper to create a keen blade edge and indeed we showed that many erroneous statements soon become accepted as absolutes when no one counters what’s being said…

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  • Mike Kuhn on Diminishing Craft ValueMy dad started his woodworking career as a cabinetmaking apprentice in 1945 or ‘46, at an architectural millwork shop. His leadership skills quickly moved him to a supervisor and s…
  • Graham Ward on Autism Support in WoodworkingWell done! It takes a very patient person to take on a task like this. Wish you were in Canada so our autistic children could take part.
  • Paul Sellers on Diminishing Craft ValuePersonally things were simpler back then, in spite of some fathers being around in some cases. I don't think at all that young people are not willing to have a go but `i do think t…
  • Ben Tyreman on Autism Support in Woodworkingthis is amazing thing you are doing Paul, I have always liked autists and often find they are brilliant people, we should never be too quick to judge them.
  • tayler whitehead on Diminishing Craft Valuei find the discussion around the youth of today and their practical skills interesting. i read in the aa magazine last year (here in nz) that over half of todays young drivers cann…
  • Dean Eric Peterson on Following the DreamJust a note of thanks for the work you do and the way you present it. Keep up the great work - it makes a difference!!
  • Keith on Diminishing Craft ValueA few years ago, I found myself transported back to 7th and 8th grade math class and refreshed my memory and added to it by studying "straightedge and compass" geometry. I find mys…