Monthly Archives: April 2013

Hand Tools, the Hybrid Shop, and Making the Best

Up until the past few months I owned a home in Maryland and had my own dedicated shop space. I was also doing a fair bit of subcontracting work with a cabinetry shop in Baltimore which allowed me access to … Continue reading

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Anachronistic Creativity – A Workchest

I’m stuck. I have immediate access to a “work space” for sawdust therapy, but it’s a far cry from being anything useful. The landlord has a carriage house stuffed with various tools, from vintage to just plain garbage. There are … Continue reading

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Sacred Cows are sometimes tipped

During the rise of the University in Medieval and Renaissance Europe, a student earned his degree not by regurgitating the facts taught to him by his professors but by disproving the “facts” as taught. Rote education was the mainstay of … Continue reading

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The Fourth Post in the Trilogy, Frame Saws: Before They Were Cool

Final assembly, or “the moment of truth” were one to be dramatic, was more marred by wrangling knots out of the cord than anything else. A granny knot at one end, a bit of wrapping, granny with a half-hitch to … Continue reading

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Sloppy Tenons. Frame Saw, Part Three

If you are really bad at cutting mortise and tenon joints, making frame saws is a great way to put your lack of skill to use. There are only two things to worry about when cutting the tenons – the … Continue reading

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