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New Tool, New Projects

New tools and projects go hand in hand. A new project unleashes a dream into the world. It is what a honeymoon is to the wedding ceremony, what putting up a tent is to a camping trip; it is cutting wood after drawing a plan.This month saw the start of a new stairway for the loft in our house. After reviewing many space saving stairway plans on the internet (a.k.a. Pinterest) I decided on purchasing a stair kit (Arke Karina). The stairs are in place and I am adding handrails now.

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Tools of the Trade

The right tool for the job never fails. It just needs the right hands.The right tool for the job never fails. It just needs the right hands.The right tool in the hand of a skilled, practiced woodworker turns a beautiful act of nature into a wondrous work of art and function. So let me be the first to say I appreciate the skilled and industrious people who make the best tools for those of us who are learning the craft of wood.

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Hitting the Nail on the Head!

It’s a little embarrassing, but back when I was a young pup at the carpentry, I was once told to nail the back panel of a kitchen cupboard in place. The nail was 3mm long and the wood was 10mm thick, yet I still managed to nail the 3mm nail clean through the wood. I not only put a hole right in the middle of the back panel, but I destroyed the smooth paintwork! We had to fix, strip and …

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Cleaning and Keeping Bits Rust Free…

Considering I’m a new blogger here, I thought I’d start off with a helpful hint from way back when I was a young apprentice in my first, neighborhood carpentry.  One of the first jobs I was assigned was to clean up and organize the storage shed and, thinking back, I now imagine the carpenter that gave me that job was having a bit of a chuckle!  Years of neglect, saw dust and grime waxed so thick I could barely pick …

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Building Backyard Furniture

As usual, summer has snuck up on me. I keep finding myself in the backyard, fiddling with two old bird feeders, looking out past the hedges to the where the river starts, or just sitting on the steps enjoying the warm breeze with the dog. Even my wife, who has not been overly pleased with the weeds and some of the sandier parts of the yard, has found herself outside. Unfortunately, our outdoor furniture, a good 10 years past its …

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Use Forstner Bits, Combinations Blades and Other Tools to Organize Your Shop

As a woodworker, we often amass large amounts of tools – both big and small. While I have seen some very well organized shops, I admit that I am not the most organized person. I try to keep my router bits, saw blades and hand tools in their set places, but there have been numerous times that I had to spend more time that I’d like to admit searching for specific router bits and other tools when I needed them. …

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Looking Back in Time for Inspiration

As a furniture maker, it is always an interest of mine to gain inspiration wherever I can. Sometimes it is looking up at the skyscrapers in the city and using architectural designs for ideas, other times it comes from looking at a suspension bridge. But, my favorite source of inspiration is to look back in time. My favorite activity, aside from creating pieces of furniture for family and friends, is to take a Sunday drive into the country and walk …

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How Does One Know What to Buy When Opening Up a Shop?

So the dream has come true. Since you have been 15, you always dreamed of opening your own woodworking shop in your home. Now, you can move the 2 cars out of the garage to set up a shop to create those beautiful pieces you have been planning in your head for years. You have a good job which pays well and the kids are old enough that your spouse does not need you in the house helping as much. …

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One of My Favorite Tools on Toolstoday.com

Now, I may be a bit biased towards Toolstoday.com, but let’s be clear that they do provide us all with a great service. Not only do they sell great products which are guaranteed and tested, but for someone without the full knowledge of exactly what they need, their customer service is very helpful. As a customer, I was looking to replace and upgrade circular saw blades. I tend to like buying products which are the best quality that I can …

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No Substitute for a Hammer Drill

One of the most common mistakes I see, and have admittedly done in the past, is trying to get away with using a wood bit to drill through concrete. I know, it is not the smartest thing to do, but we justify it by saying, well…it’s an old bit anyway, I just need to drill just one hole, or even, I have no choice since I don’t have the proper tools to drill through concrete. Whatever the reason, it is …

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