Jim Tolpin

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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...