Hand Saw Cross Cut Jig

I must admit that although I constantly use hand planes and could not live without one in the shop, I rarely use hand saws.  Part of this is to be honest because I don’t use them a lot and...
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Sharp’s Automatic Framer!

The name reminds me of something from a snake oil medicine show…..come see Sharp’s Automatic Framer! A few weeks ago my dad was visiting his old high school shop teacher Mr. Buckner’s...
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Greene & Greene Inspired Hand Plane

A while back I ordered two books, one Greene & Greene Furniture: Poems of Wood & Light by David Mathias the other Making Traditional Wooden Planes by John M. Whelan.  The books...
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Safety Week!

My work, the one that actually pays the bill is as General Contractor. Along with quality, schedule, and budget a major issue that we deal with on a daily and even hourly basis is safety. We constantly...
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Biltmore Estate Visit

For years now my wife and I have been visiting the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.  This year for Easter we brought our daughters there for the Easter egg hunt on the front lawn of the house,...
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Burl Bowl Anyone?

My father, ever the mountain man, is amazing to walk through the woods with.  He can point out every tree, bush, or plant by name and if he doesn’t know it he examines it to get clues and...
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Tips on Starting a Woodworking Blog

I am constantly amazed by the number of woodworking blogs out on the web. A quick search around or flipping through the woodworking tags on a site like Stumbleupon reveals more reading material than...
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Amateur Woodworker or Professional Woodworker?

I have been thinking a lot about the term “amateur woodworker”.  The word “amateur” makes you sound like well…..an amateur.  I know technically it means simply that...
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Wormy Chestnut and Wenge Hand Plane

For some time now I have wanted to build a hand plane but have always had some other project I need to finish first, well I decided that I would always have some other project to finish and just jumped...
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Dealing with Toxic Wood Dust

There are moments in woodworking, just like in everything else we do in life, that we look back and say why didn’t I think of that before I started? I have a tendency to just jump and get me feet wet...
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