Category Archives: Experts

My “Naked Woodworker” Bench

Work on the garage finally reached a point where I could start work on assembling my workshop. As mentioned in the last post, I put together my father’s workbench. Last Saturday I also purchased the lumber and began work on … Continue reading

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The Anarchist’s Design Book

I just finished reading Christopher Schwarz’s latest, The Anarchist’s Design Book. I won’t give a full review, as even though this is a work of non-fiction I don’t want to offer any spoilers. What I will say is this: if … Continue reading

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Saw Sharpening with Mike Siemsen

On Saturday I took my first woodworking class. Mike Siemsen’s School of Woodworking is located just North of the Twin Cities, a little over two hours from me. With all these saws I’ve come into and been cleaning up, it’s … Continue reading

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The Problem with Wearing…

Not that I wouldn’t still recommend this book, but… Below is an excerpt from Robert Wearing’s The Essential Woodworker: Skills, Tools And Methods. To learn to gauge, first put a length of wood in the vice, projecting about 50mm (2in.). … Continue reading

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The Beginner’s List

My beginner’s tool list: Workbench Panel cross-cut saw Two back saws, one rip, one cross-cut Stanley No. 5 Jack plane, or non-Stanley equivalent One 3/4″ chisel One 1/4″ mortise chisel [edit: go with a 3/8″ not 1/4″] A Mallet Two … Continue reading

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A Different Type of Bench Hook

I was just looking over the content over at Sawdust and Woodchips and ran across this page about bench hooks. He shares a video featuring Roy Underhill (courtesy of Lie-Nielsen) about how to build a bench hook that puts the … Continue reading

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