Category Archives: Books in the Works

Update on ‘The Naked Woodworker’

“The Naked Woodworker” DVD is off to the pressing plant in Virginia, and I am uploading the massive movie files to our store’s servers as I type. So here are details on the project, when it will be available and … Continue reading

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Coffin-making. For Reals

Judging from the e-mails I’ve received today, some readers thought I was making a macabre joke when I mentioned we’re having a coffin-making party in August. It’s no joke. And I’m dead serious about the project. Everyone has personal desires … Continue reading

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Set Up Shop With the Naked Woodworker, Part 2

In this segment, we visit The Naked Woodworker, the oracle of east-central Minnesota, to ask his advice on the following important questions. 1. Oh Naked Woodworker, tell us the truth about safety advice. It’s mostly legal, cover-one’s-behind stuff, no? The … Continue reading

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Scythe Beats Hammer Every Time

Jeff Burks turned up this fantastic image from the 1850 book “Bilder des Todes oder Todtentanz für alle Stände” (“Images of death or the Dance of Death for all classes”) illustrated by Johann Gottfried Flegel and written by Carl Merkel. … Continue reading

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Set up Shop with the Naked Woodworker, Part 1

I hate hearing someone say: “I would get in to woodworking but I can’t afford the equipment.” Woodworking does not have to be an expensive hobby. It can be, but it doesn’t have to be. A simple workbench can be … Continue reading

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Calvin Cobb: A Delightful Whiff of B.S.

Last week, I burned a passel of vacation hours from my day job so I could travel to North Carolina to hang out with Roy Underhill and Chris Schwarz (an excellent way to spend vacation hours), and take some time … Continue reading

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Other Clever Additions to a Dutch Tool Chest

If you want to get more tools into your Dutch tool chest, check this out. Mike Siemsen, host of the forthcoming “The Naked Woodworker” DVD, built a Dutch tool chest with (at least) two interesting twists. 1. He added an … Continue reading

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Hobo’s Personal Log, June 15

June 15 is the day when I take stock of everything that has happened in the last 12 months and think about what is coming in the next 12 or 120. It’s an important date because on June 15, 2011, … Continue reading

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The Great Handsaw Contest of Los Angeles County

Helpful people are starting to point out the senior discounts to me, and the AARP cards coming in the mail are reminding me of the first time I was a senior back at Venice High School. Go Gondos! This was … Continue reading

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Sociable Settles

When you come to think of it, settles were the only form of traditional oak furniture that were not used for dining; they were for resting, conversing and drinking. As such, they were sociable, not hierarchical. Unlike other forms of … Continue reading

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