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The History of Wood, Part 19

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Quick Video: Maison de l’Outil (The House of Tools)

I’ve long known about the Maison de l’Outil in Troyes, France, but I have not had the chance to visit. Yet. Reader Sebastian Gonzalez found this short video – in English – about the history of the museum, its collection … Continue reading

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Would You Like to Smell my Strobus?

I don’t wear cologne. But I might start if I could buy cologne that smelled like fresh-cut Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) or American white oak (Quercus alba). However, Katy, my 13-year-old, thinks l’eau du alba smells like Starburst candy. … Continue reading

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Open-Source Woodworking

I get asked regularly for permission to use my plans and writings for the following things: The basis for a woodworking class. The foundation for a presentation to a woodworking club. To make a commercial product to sell – a … Continue reading

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This is Not for You (Mostly)

I’ve never been a fan of battery-powered woodworking tools – except for a begrudging acceptance of cordless drills. (And only because of their clutch technology.) Tool manufacturers, however, have been trying to introduce cordless everythings – routers, sanders, jigsaws, nailers, … Continue reading

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Play Dead, Wally. Good Boy

I know that this blog entry will tick off some people because of this first line: We have someone clean our house. I know, I know. It’s bourgeoise. But it’s the nicest anniversary present my wife and I ever gave … Continue reading

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The History of Wood, Part 18

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