Monthly Archives: August 2017

How to tell if your combination square is square.

… or when it’s not. Arghh! That photo is a teaser. The square I made those beautifully parallel lines with looks like it was in the ocean for a few centuries. Anyhow, the story in a second. The traditional method … Continue reading

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How to chop out the pin board.

… cause I still don’t like my coping saw skills. I follow the Paul Sellers method and I have ok results. Any errors are mine. Step 1. Mark out the tails. I have a long side that didn’t fit on … Continue reading

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How to chisel out dovetail waste.

Or how much I hate my coping saw and my inability to saw with it.  I really have tried the coping saw method. It’s just not for me. I also refuse to buy a 100 plus dollar fret saw, which … Continue reading

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How to gang cut case dovetails 

Or… how I sort of did it. I had not intended on attempting to gang cut the dovetails. I was simply trying to mimic Paul’s method for using one set of layout lines to ensure the exactness of the others. … Continue reading

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How to layout any number of dovetails with dividers and a diagonal line.

So tonight I had one of those moments. I’ve been struggling to figure out how to layout the dovetails for my laundry cabinet. I was inspired to build it after watching Ralphs build over at the accidental woodworker blog on … Continue reading

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Bookcase finally done

Just need some help cleaning the stacks of books and loading it up. Glued it up yesterday. Didn’t have enough clamps. Used screws on middle shelves to hold while the glue dried and than took them out and patched them … Continue reading

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How to cut a long grain dado for bookcase kick plate.

Or. How I cut it adapting Paul’s method of using knife walls to cut dados. Tools used, knife, chisel, router plane.  Step 1. Layout the dado and put a knife line on the front face line only. Pencil in the … Continue reading

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The best strop I’ve ever seen.

http://contrib2.wkfinetools.com/priceJ/articl-new1/19cLeatherStr/19cLeatherStr-01.asp In case you have gotten strop fever like the rest of us, but still have some leather duck taped to a pine cut off like I do, check out this 19th century master piece. Another shop project to add … Continue reading

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Paul Sellers inspired bookcase kick plate Dado done.

One more to go. I wasn’t prepared for how much different it is to try to cut a Dado along the grain. The fit is snug thanks to Paul’s cut the face and then measure the back line of the … Continue reading

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Back in the shop. Finally!

Been a long time coming. Been a long year with many distractions from my Paul Sellers inspired bookcase I started a year ago. I was so close back then. Had all the shelves made and hand cut the dados and … Continue reading

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