Author Archives: Chris Schwarz

About Chris Schwarz

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

The Brides Have Hit Glass

For the last six months, my teaching schedule has been light – I’ve had to cancel a bunch of trips to assist with some serious medical issues in my immediate family. As an odd result, I’ve had a luxurious amount … Continue reading

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A Campaign Stool Mystery

While teaching at The Furniture Institute of Massachusetts this week, Phil Lowe pulled out an interesting conservation (or restoration) project he was working on for a customer. It was a footstool that was in pretty bad shape because the joints … Continue reading

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It’s ‘Be Kind to Hammers Week’

If you told someone you like to restore hammers, they might think you lazy. Aside from tightening the head on the handle, what else is there to do? Today during a lull at The Furniture Institute of Massachusetts, I spied … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life

Some day I will count up all the tool chests that I have built and those that have been built during classes I’ve taught. In the meantime, here’s an important thing I’ve observed when building tool chests. I can build … Continue reading

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45-second Furniture

My youngest daughter, Katy, has been taking art classes at the Cincinnati Art Academy this summer, so I have been duplicating some of her interesting exercises while she’s in bed or not watching. Last week, her instructor made them engage … Continue reading

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An Old Woodworking Crank

On Tuesday, for the first time ever, I felt my hand skills fade a bit. I was chopping half-blind dovetail sockets and I could not get the tail board to lock smoothly and at 90°. I looked down and noticed … Continue reading

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Patterns for a Camp Stool Seat

If you own “Campaign Furniture,” you might want to visit my other blog where I posted some free full-size scans of the patterns I use to make the seat and the three “pockets” for the stool. This is made with … Continue reading

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