Author Archives: Chris Schwarz

About Chris Schwarz

Publisher of woodworking books and DVDs specializing in hand tool techniques.

Knowing Your Onions

Part 3 of a British Introduction to Japanese Planes This is the third in a short series on Japanese planes. I am doing this to get to the bottom of an interesting, very simple but highly developed tool for creating … Continue reading

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Dilated 10 cm but Not Completely Naked

Last night I processed image files until the wee hours as I waited for word that Mike Siemsen’s new DVD “The Naked Woodworker” was ready in our warehouse. We’re still working out a few little bugs, but it will go … Continue reading

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Crap Wood for Good Workbenches

A common bench-builder’s lament: “My home center stocks terrible dimensional wood. I went to every store in a 20-mile radius and didn’t find a single board.” This blog entry is my retort to that complaint. I’ve bought dimensional stock in … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Team, DZ-015

I avoid dealing with large organizations whenever possible, and that is because I am not Chinese. Somewhere, somehow, some nutjob in the Cincinnati medical community put a note in my file years ago that my preferred language is “Chinese (Mandarin).” … Continue reading

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For 2015 (and this Weekend): The Knockdown Workbench

I’ve built a lot of knockdown workbenches in the last 15 years, but I’ve never been 100-percent happy with my knockdown mechanisms. The problem: barrel nuts, bedbolts or whatever you want to call the cross-locking nut. When installed, these things … Continue reading

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Why Our Books are Sewn and Casebound

In one word: Charlie. We will let furniture maker Christopher Scott explain: “This was the work of my workshop dog Charlie, a curly retriever x lab. I have to admit this book not only got read by Charlie, but it … Continue reading

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A British Introduction to Japanese Planes, Part 2

Japanese planes and the surface they promised to give. That is the goal. The shimmering hand-wrought surface that only a cutting iron in a handplane can give. I am hanging on for this, as it fits my need to put … Continue reading

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Studley Tool Chest Exhibit FAQs

With the exhibit of the Studley Tool Chest and Workbench only nine months away (May 15-17, 2015, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa), I find myself fielding a lot of similar questions in email and conversations. So I took the time to … Continue reading

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The Anarchist’s Tool Chest of Marco Terenzi

I keep every Anarchist’s Tool Chest photograph that readers have sent me through the years. I’ve seen my tool chest designs painted with flowers. I’ve seen it painted electric purple. With a Kleenex dispenser in the front wall. But that … Continue reading

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Aug. 23. Be in Cincinnati. That is All

Without exaggeration, I have at least 10 blog entries I need to post. What with my trip to England, some new Lost Art Press products and a short journey to Charleston, S.C., I have a lot to tell you about. … Continue reading

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