Article Index Jim Tolpin

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Secrets of the Sector

Just 2 sticks and 1 hinge will eliminate both math and errors from your layout work.By Jim Tolpin Pages:40-45From the June 2011 issue #190 Buy this issue nowIf you haven’t heard of the sector, it probably means you aren’t an artisan or a ship’s navigator living and working in the 17th and 18th centuries.An invention attributed...

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Jim Tolpin’s Universal Rip Fence

A simple fixture lets your table saw cut curves, patterns and tenons in one pass. By Jim Tolpin Pages: 84-90 From the February 2004 issue #139 Buy this issue now My universal fence fixture – the heart of my table saw system to which an entire galaxy of accessories can be attached – greatly...

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Out of the Woodwork: Small Shop, Big Lessons

Many woodworkers dream of ‘going pro.’ Before you take the leap, read this. By Jim Tolpin Page: 104 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now It’s now been more than three decades since I began to work wood for a living. In the beginning, I operated alone out of a one-car...

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Designing by Foot, Hand & Eye

Empirical, not Imperial, is the measure of the pre-industrial maker. By Jim Tolpin Page: 46From the August 2010 issue #184 Buy this issue nowIn this article I’m going to show how I design a simple piece of furniture whilst immersed in the mindset of the pre-industrial, hand-tool artisan. Because I’m not going to use power...

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Out of the Woodwork: Fighting Evil Alien Technology

Beating it requires knowing the right way to nail a board. By Jim Tolpin Page: 104 From the December 2004 issue #145 Buy this issue now When I was about 8 years old, I decided that I needed to construct a sturdy fort to protect myself from the army of aliens (who cleverly had...

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Out of the Woodwork: To Rip or to Split?

Sometimes sawing isn’t the smartest solution. By Jim Tolpin Page: 108 From the November 2004 issue #144 Buy this issue now When I lived in Pennsylvania, an Appalachian furniture maker I met gave me this mystery to solve: “Back near the turn of the last century, the new fire chief of Cumberland, Md., decided...

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3 Most Essential Tools

You can’t buy them, but you already have at least two. By Jim Tolpin Pages: 102-103 From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now When I started woodworking in New Hampshire with my fellow over educated woodbutcher buddies in the late 1960s, one of the most alluring aspects of working wood for...