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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  • Elliott Timms on Toolbox Build UpdateTool storage has become a real problem for me, since getting the woodworking had tool bug I'm fast upgrading storage of the ever increasing collection of previously unloved and neg…
  • Michael on Toolbox Build UpdateI have been doing this for years. Most of my wife's garden tables and potting tables are made of pallets, some with rollers mounted to move around. In this country (the Netherlands…
  • Jeffrey on Toolbox Build UpdateHi Paul What fits in the toolbox, exactly? Certainly not a full size saw? Pax, Jeff
  • Stephen McGonigle on Toolbox Build UpdateI have the tops from 15+ oak drop leaf or gateleg tables. A wonderful source and cheap if they're stained or marked. Seasoned for 80-100 years! I bought a 7' ash wardrobe at auctio…
  • Stephen McGonigle on Toolbox Build UpdateDennis, have a look at Paul's videos. There's a lot of information sharpening, all given in Paul's inimitable no nonsense style. If you haven't got his Essential Woodworking Handbo…
  • Thomas on Toolbox Build UpdateI can't believe how quickly you get these things done. Can't wait to see the videos!
  • Darren K Lee on Update on My Book- Essential Woodworking Hand ToolsWe had a saying in the Army that when training Soldiers, you had to show them what "right" looked like. Thank you, Mr. Sellers for showing what right looks like. Doc Lee in Arkansa…