Category Archives: woodworking

Swing for a friend.

I took a break from my projects to start to knock together a 2 seater Adirondack 2 seater swing for a friend. It’s a birthday present for his wife. I’ve built a few chairs so not too worried. The hardest … Continue reading

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Check out this set of Holtzapffel tools in a very familiar looking case.

I had to post this. The first thing I thought of was HO Studley. The description at Jim Bode says that Holtzapffel was a high end tool and lathe maker that sold it’s last lathe in 1928. Does this case predate HO … Continue reading

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I humbly say thank you.

It’s just one of those things …   Its taken me a few days to get my thoughts together to write this post. I want to start by saying thank you to the anonymous person(s) that recommended my little blog … Continue reading

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How to make a French marking gauge out of Southern Yellow Pine

… or how I made a sort of ok prototype, I’m really proud by the way, of instead of using the other awesome hardwood I have that would have worked much better but I didn’t want to screw up since … Continue reading

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Hurricane’s a coming …

All the prep is done, now I’m trying to distract myself by making a french marking gauge. It’s hard, since a giant hurricane is bearing down upon us. Oh, well. Anyhow, I’m making the prototype out of a 3 year … Continue reading

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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 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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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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