Author Archives: Chris Schwarz

About Chris Schwarz

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

Free Shipping for ‘Virtuoso’ Ends Tomorrow

“Virtuoso: The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of Henry O. Studley” has just arrived in our Indianapolis warehouse, and all the pre-publication orders will begin shipping soon. Our offer for free domestic shipping ends May 13 at midnight. After tomorrow, the … Continue reading

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Full-size Chair Plans in the Works

In conjunction with Peter Galbert’s “Chairmaker’s Notebook,” we will soon be offering full-size plans of the two chairs shown in the book. The plans were hand-drawn by Peter at full scale. I’ve been scanning and piecing together all the bits, … Continue reading

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Where his Mouth was Full of Sawdust Instead of Grapes

“He is a writer for the ages – the ages of four to eight.” — Dorothy Parker When people ask us about the books we are working on, they usually say something like: “That’s nice, but you should really get … Continue reading

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On Your Feet, Peasant

I had an extra 60 minutes today so I leveled the tabletop, bored the mortises and reamed them. Part of me (the midbrain) likes the rough jack-planed surface now on the tabletop. But the rest of me knows I’m going … Continue reading

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More Chests than a Hooters and SAPFM Mash-up

I know it’s too late to convince you to come to Handworks. But it’s not too late to make you feel bad about skipping it to attend your daughter’s wedding. In addition to the H.O. Studley tool cabinet in nearby … Continue reading

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De Minimis Commercial Appeal

One of the quirks of writing for a woodworking magazine comes when you build a reproduction of a famous piece of furniture, such as Stickley’s #334 Morris chair. One of the typical lines in the story will discuss the original’s … Continue reading

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Straight Dope on Band Saws & Tapers

The most terrifying moment I’ve ever had in woodworking was using a commercial table saw tapering jig by following the jig’s instructions. The jig was exactly like this one, which is sold by a lot of woodworking stores. I hesitate … Continue reading

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