Jim Tolpin

This small stool, designed by eye and built by hand, satisfies my four criteria: Sized to fit my foot and step; stable for all potential foot positions; durable and strong enough to support more than my weight; and offering a non-slip step surface.

Designing by Foot, Hand & Eye

Empirical, not Imperial, is the measure of the pre-industrial maker. by Jim Tolpin pages 46-51 August 2010, Issue #184 In 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 tools to build...

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Standing Desk Build on Deck

Clearly, Jim Tolpin has let a lot of folks know that he’s writing about his standing desk (perhaps you’ve seen it on his Instagram feed?) for an upcoming issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. I know this, because a lot of folks have emailed to ask when it will appear. The answer is: In the...

Woodworking Fun with Jim Tolpin

I’m pleased to announce that we’ve just contracted Jim Tolpin for an upcoming article on building a beautiful standing desk. I’m not quite ready to show it to you…but I do believe you may be able to find it online, or see it in some of Jim’s Instagram shots, wherein he’s doing a great...

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The New Traditional Woodworker

Here’s a gift idea that every woodworker will appreciate. On sale, saving you 34 percent!   Working Wood, Not Machining It If you’re more interested in working with wood rather than machining it, you will be relieved to learn that expensive powered machinery isn’t required to build furniture. You can also forget the dust...

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This One Goes to 13

Jim Tolpin’s article “Secrets of the Sector” in the June 2011 issue has stirred up a lot of interest and discussion among our readers. A sector is a way to eliminate arithmetic, especially division (multiplication’s tricky friend). To help readers understand the sector, I made a couple short videos: Video: Jim Tolpin’s ‘Secret of...

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Make a Sector From a Crappy Folding Rule

As Jim Tolpin’s article on sectors from the June 2011 issue is getting into the hands of readers, we have had a few questions about the tool. One question is, of course: “Where can I buy one?” I don’t recommend you try to purchase a real sector. They are small affairs that were intended...

Video: Jim Tolpin’s ‘Secret of the Sector’

In the June 2011 issue we have Jim Tolpin building the “Ultimate Router Table.” Nah, just yanking your chain. He’s actually building a wombat house. Ha. Got you. In truth, Tolpin wrote a great article about how to build and use a “sector.” What’s a sector? It is like magic wands that have been...

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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:40-45 From the June 2011 issue #190 Buy this issue now If 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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Designing by Foot, Hand & Eye

Empirical, not Imperial, is the measure of the pre-industrial maker. By Jim Tolpin Page: 46 From the August 2010 issue #184 Buy this issue now In 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...