Monthly Archives: December 2014


A new month is nearly upon us, and I need to decide how I’m going to invest my woodworking money. I try to spend somewhere between $100 and $300 each month, influenced by that month’s budget, on “woodworking stuff.” The … Continue reading

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Dovetails on the Ugly Moxon

After spending more time than I’m proud of getting the layout for dovetails correct, and the further embarrassing amount of time spent scratching my head, spinning boards around trying to figure out which side was up, I’m putting the Ugly … Continue reading

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Card Scrapers

I still haven’t decided: is this a tool of mystical powers when in the hands of a master? Or is it a brilliantly conceived hazing ritual? a great practical joke on the uninitiated? I could go either way.

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Putting No. 4 Through its Paces

Unfortunately I don’t think the photo does it proper service, but I’ve been giving my new No. 4 smoothing plane a workout tonight. Still using the stock blade, and I bet I could make it a little sharper. I’ll probably … Continue reading

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Time to get some sharpening done. My geek side gets interested in sharpening, and I want to experiment with different methods. Currently I’m using a sheet abrasive system. The abrasive sheets I purchased from Tools for Working Wood here. I … Continue reading

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Shaker Step Stool, getting started

This will be my next project. As a beginner, this project is a bit intimidating. Central to the piece are 16 dovetails. Those 16 dovetails represent – if I’ve counted correctly – 92 different surfaces that must be cut precisely … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays

Look what I got this year from my Dad: It’s a Stanley No. 4 smoothing plane, in excellent shape. After some investigating online, I believe it is a Type 18, which were manufactured between 1946 and 1947. I don’t have … Continue reading

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Lumber Delivery

Color me excited: an order of lumber has arrived. This is 20 board feet of Cherry that I ordered from Woodworkers It’s the second delivery I’ve received from them. Last month I ordered 20 board feet of Soft Maple, … Continue reading

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Saw Storage

I’ve been trying to figure out how to store my back saws. There’s a lot of information out there right now on how to build tool boxes. I don’t (so far) travel anywhere with my tools, and think I prefer … Continue reading

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(Before) My First Project: Getting Started

I was mulling it over, thinking I might enjoy woodworking for a couple years before I got started. I can’t remember who I mentioned it to, but they said to me that the first thing I’d need was a bench. … Continue reading

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