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The Oddest Cut Nails I’ve Seen

I’ve seen wrought nails made by a blacksmith. Cut nails made by a steel-gobbling machine. And wire nails snipped from enormous coils. But I don’t think I’ve seen nails that have been “stamped.” I think “stamped” is the right word. … Continue reading

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The History of Wood, Part 10

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Jonathan Fisher. Begin the Begin

People often ask: “Where do you get your ideas?” And people often ask: “Do you really like to travel so much?” The answer to each question is wrapped up in the other question. Then dipped in batter. And deep fried. … Continue reading

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The History of Wood, Part 8

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Small Dutch Tool Chest Cutting List

Like a sharp knife, cutting lists are helpful when used properly but downright dangerous in the wrong hands. Case-in-point: In the 1990s I wrote an article on building a Limbert bookcase and had an error in my cutting list. I … Continue reading

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The History of Wood, Part 7

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Power Bench

I recently found myself in immediate need of a couple of simple benches. So, I sat down and sketched up the quasi-Shaker-esque bench that you see here, sizing it so all of the parts could be cut from one 1″ … Continue reading

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The History of (Late)Wood, Part 6

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About Me & Woodworking in America

It’s a strange world where I need to write a blog entry about this topic. Recently Editor Megan Fitzpatrick and I have been getting e-mails and phone calls with this basic question: “Why isn’t Schwarz going to Woodworking in America?” … Continue reading

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The Benchbuilder’s Poker

In “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” I call out the thickness planer and the band saw as the two most useful pieces of machinery in a shop that is focused on furniture. But as someone who builds lots of workbenches, I … Continue reading

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