Michael Dunbar

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Avoiding Mistakes

Improve your accuracy by changing your marking, measuring and working habits. In short: Be bold and consistent. By Michael Dunbar Pages 73-77 From the October 2006 issue #157 Buy this issue now After seeing me help a student recover from a mistake while building a chair, someone in the class will usually take me...

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Out of the Woodwork: Turning Pro

No sick days, no paid vacations and no IT department – but it’s worth it. By Michael Dunbar Page: 96 From the October 2007 issue #164 Buy this issue now Ah, going pro – telling your boss to take your day job and stick it in his ear while you go off to earn...

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Handplanes for Beginners

Once you understand the anatomy of a handplane, you’ll be well on your way to using it with success. By Michael Dunbar Pages: 70-77 From the June 2007 issue #162 Buy this issue now Handplanes are the king of woodworking tools in that they are the most versatile tool in a shop. They do...

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Sharpening for the Sensible

Michael Dunbar distills three decades of sharpening into a simple, inexpensive and do-able system. By Michael Dunbar Pages: 38-44 From the April 2007 issue #161 Buy this issue now This is a subversive article. Woodworking gurus and companies that make expensive sharpening equipment don’t want you to read this, because when you discover that...

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Understanding Handscrews

These oft-forgotten clamps are capable of finesse, great force and securing work at odd angles. By Michael Dunbar Pages: 80-84 From the February 2007 issue #160 Buy this issue now Woodworkers use clamps for all sorts of purposes – to create pressure when gluing, to secure parts during assembly, to hold parts while working...

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Drawknives & Spokeshaves

These once-standard tools have a place in the modern shop. By Michael Dunbar Pages: 72-76 From the December 2008 Issue #173 Buy this issue now When the last grains of sand run through my hourglass, I know how I want to check out. I want to drop on the shop floor in the middle...