Once or twice

“Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All of life is an experiment! The more experiments you make, the better. What if they are a little coarse and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you fail and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice? Up again;…

For Sale

Florip Toolworks 9″ Dovetail saw I’m committed to having a small and useful set of tools, and that means from time to time I have to let things go. (If you buy a tool from me and are unhappy with it when you receive it, I will happily refund the purchase price minus shipping upon…

On a day with nothing else to do…

I decided to weigh my options, err, my planes, just to see how the woodies stacked up to the ironsides. First my coffin smoother. Vs. my Lie-Nielsen 4 1/2 Then my wooden jack Vs my Lie-Nielsen no 62. This one may not be a fair comparison, but it tells me one of the reasons why…

You’ve got to start somewhere

I was going through old photos and stumbled upon this picture of my first handplane in “as found” condition. I bought it for $15 at an antiques store, cleaned it up and the rest is history. I guess you can start from anywhere.

Cutting the apron strings

My grandmother made her own aprons. So did my mom. That’s just how we did things in our house. We’re makers. I believe that, while anyone can (and should) learn to make things with their hands, there’s a certain disposition among some of us that goes beyond that. I don’t know what to call it…

There was a point to all of this

For those of you who have been following along with the student bench build and wondering “why would he build a small bench when he has a perfectly good English bench right behind him?” the answer is this: I needed to design something small and easily reproducible to outfit the North Carolina Furniture School for…

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(Editor’s note: The following is a guest post by Nathan Breidinger who was kind enough to translate the student workbench into SketchUp and provide those files here for anyone interested in building one. Many thanks to Nathan. The files are linked below and are free for your use. We only ask that if you use…

The student bench takes shape

If I was a sketch-up wiz, you would all have measured drawings for this bench by now, but that’s one skill beyond me. In lieu of that, I thought I might offer a few snapshots of the process, and the decisions I made along the way. I should probably have begun by saying that this…

Go get ’em while you can.

Chris Black is an excellent craftsman, a heckuva nice guy and he makes these birdcage awls in his workshop in Rolesville N.C. That’s a hard combo to beat. I swear by mine, and $45 is an absolute steal. I just saw that he has some available through Craigslist at the moment (link here) He’s also got…