What Are You?

Perhaps I should say, “Who Are You? Periodically I wrestle with the terms adopted to describe a certain category of woodworking and then other crafts generally too. Somehow it’s an effort to slot people into a more suited category, you know, to match their skill sets. On the one hand you have professional and master […]

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Space I Make

My workbench has always anchored me. It’s the epicentre of my work, the hub from which all of the pieces I ever made came from. The designs for US senators and then too even a US President and the Permanent Collection of the Whitehouse pieces I designed came from no place fancy at all. Mostly […]

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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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Common Woodworking?

Why Common Woodworking came about is because I felt we needed something that could build yet another bridge. I wanted to span the ever-increasing gap between those who only ever reach for the on/off buttons and those who’ve discovered skilled methods of working wood that are not in any way primitive or out of date. […]

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Don’t Gang Up On Me

From time to time, whether in a class or online, someone asks the age old question, “Can’t you put several dovetail pieces together and cut several dovetails all at once?” I usually ask them why they would and the answer’s are always the same. “Speed! Saves on repeat layouts. Gets the job done!” That sort […]

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What Does Woodworking Mean?

So vast a topic, does the term ‘woodworking‘ state much of anything definitive when you say the word? Talk to woodland workers weaving hazel stems and weavers into a panel of fencing and you have one kind of worker of wood but in the raw as it were. Another bends a springy sapling attached to […]

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Plywood Workbench Update

I actually made two workbenches to the pattern we’re giving in the video series. It follows the same principle pattern as my earlier models made from solid and laminated wood because my research via questionnaires and such showed that we had hit the mark with regards to the important factors. Three decades ago we tackled […]

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Garden Bench Finishes

Finishes come in many different forms. The confusion is great and opinions based only on opinion and little more serve to make things worse. I’ll try not add only opinion but tell from my personal experiences. It might work. Oils intended to soak into surface fibres are supposed to, as they seem always to say […]

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Milling Oak…

…For My Garden Bench Parts So it’s oak. It’s 5″ thick and you need 3 1/2″. There is no doubt that the bandsaw makes shorter work of ripping it to size but there is still plenty of labour surface planing and squaring up adjacent faces. My hands slowly and tentatively slide over the surfaces of […]

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