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An Interview with Tom Fidgen

Woodworking author and instructor Tom Fidgen is the mastermind behind the Unplugged Woodshop web site, the online hand tool woodworking school An Unplugged Life, and author of two bestselling books: “Made by Hand” (currently available at ShopWoodworking.com) and “The Unplugged Woodshop” (Taunton). He teaches woodworking with hand tools internationally. This September Fidgen will be teaching at Woodworking In...

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Domino Table – Fast & Easy

  I’ve finally put the last piece on the kitchen puzzle in place; the rehab project is now officially done. It was this small table in a curved corner. I wanted something that continued the countertop run from the right side of the stove, but was moveable and more open than another boring base...

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Japanese Dozuki Saws

Japanese Dozuki Saws A terrific precision saw can cost as little as $25. By Tom Caspar What’s the point of a handsaw in a shop full of power tools? If the saw doesn’t cut worth a darn, not much at all. But if it’s a Japanese dozuki saw, you’ll wonder how you ever got...

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Dados for Lunch – Yum!

I got a good start on my kitchen island over the weekend…but then Monday came along and work intruded. Loath to let my momentum falter, I decided on sawdust for lunch instead of my usual diet of Diet Coke and pretzels. So I headed to the shop to cut the dados for the two...

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12 Rules for Tool Chests

Christopher Schwarz has produced some terrific blog posts recently on the topic of hand tool storage. For those of you who read those posts and decide to build a traditional tool chest, the following excerpt from the Chris Schwarz archives may be very helpful. It provides some additional depth on each of the key...

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Lie-Nielsen Open House (and a Crazy Dutch Chest)

Last weekend I attended the Lie-Nielsen Open House at the company’s factory in Warren, Maine, and got to hang out with a lot of contributors to Popular Woodworking Magazine and work together on an unusual Dutch Tool Chest. What’s a Dutch Tool Chest? Check out the October 2013 issue to find out. Every year,...

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In the Arms of the Angles (Rake, That Is)

Even if you care nothing for backsaws, I urge you to watch the video below to the sad, bitter end. And as you do, imagine Sarah McLachlan’s plaintive voice saying, “Won’t you help?” (To see the actual promo video for “Super-tune Your Backsaw with Matt Cianci,” visit ShopWoodworking.com.) — Megan Fitzpatrick

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Free Video of the Month – How to Use a Bench Hook

Christopher Schwarz begins this classic, free and highly necessary instructional video by saying, “If you have a backsaw, you need a bench hook.” Take a few minutes to watch and learn the following details on using this basic hand-tool jig: 1. Make accurate crosscuts 2. Use the bench hook fence properly for western backsaws...

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3-Legged Stool in 2 Days (or 1.5)

Bob Lang’s “Make a 3-Legged Stool” video shoot and class is moving along at breakneck speed – not because we need to rush through it, but because all the class participants are doing so well. Yesterday, Bob walked the nine students through the layout – which is in my opinion by far the trickiest...