Category Archives: Woodworking Classes

The Year of the Ankle-biters

The state of Maine has some amazing wildlife. And it, whatever it is, is biting me. This week I’m in midcoast Maine to film a DVD on building a Dutch Tool Chest and attend the Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Open House on … Continue reading

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The Canadian Gravity Latch

Ric “Formerly Anonymous” Archibald made a cool little locking system for his Dutch Tool Chest. He calls it the “Gravity Latch.” Ric, like a fair number of students, made a Dutch tool chest before taking the class on making the … Continue reading

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18 Chests, 144 Dovetails and 0 Clamps

Today we had to assemble 18 dovetailed Dutch tool chests during a two-hour period. We had glue. We had mallets. But we didn’t have any clamps that were long enough. So we fetched the hammers and the nails. When you … Continue reading

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Hello, My Name is Ipe

The only thing that is tougher on my tools’ edges than ipe is students. — Christopher Schwarz, who has been grinding and sharpening all morning.

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Another Dang Dutch Chest (for a DVD) and the Lie-Nielsen Open House

Call me sick (or call me “cute as a button”) but I enjoy breaking down rough stock with a handsaw. Part of it is necessity. I don’t have a miter saw, and many boards I work with are outside their … Continue reading

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Dutch Tool Chest Meets the Anarchist’s Square

Woodworker Aaron Marshall took my Dutch Tool Chest class at The Woodwright’s School this week and added a slot in the shelf to hold his English Square, which is featured on the cover of “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest.” The slot … Continue reading

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Bench Building: A Team Sport

Last night I dragged myself home after five days of building 16 workbenches at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. All of the benches turned out fantastic for two reasons: 1. Wonderful (yet inexpensive) material. We used Horizon Wood Product’s … Continue reading

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Hardware Choices for the Dutch Tool Chest

If you are building a Dutch Tool Chest, you have a number of good choices when it comes to the hardware. Here is some of the hardware I’ve had success with. Black Bear Forge. John Switzer, the blacksmith at Black … Continue reading

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Quick – 2 Spots Open in My Dutch Tool Chest Class

Because of some military redeployments, there are two spots open in my Dutch Tool Chest class at Roy Underhill’s The Woodwright’s School on June 18-20, 2014. If you can skip out of work (or are lucky enough to be an … Continue reading

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French Workbenches: Old and in the Birth Canal

Jameel Abraham at Benchcrafted has been scouting in Georgia to see if there’s enough massive old French oak to put on another French Oak Roubo Project (aka FORP) in fall 2015. Jameel’s account of his visit to Georgia with photos … Continue reading

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