Category Archives: Woodworking Classes

When the Nicholson Bench is Not a Time-Saver

The Nicholson-style workbench is a great choice for a woodworker who is short on time or materials – I can usually build one of these benches in half the time of a French bench and this English form requires half … Continue reading

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Democratizing Furniture Conservation at Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

Antique furniture is a portal to the past and these surviving artifacts are the keys to the fading artisanal knowledge of our furniture making forefathers. By being intimately acquainted with the ins and outs of the work of their hands, … Continue reading

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Another 16 Tool Chests are Born (It was a Difficult Labour)

When people who teach woodworking get together for a beer, there is an inevitable discussion that is about as fruitful as the pins-first or tail-first dovetail debate. Here’s the teachers’ debate: Should woodworking classes focus on building skills or instead … Continue reading

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Tool Chest for New An@%*#!$ (Free Download)

Tomorrow morning I start a class I’ve been waiting a long time to teach through the New English Workshop: “The Tool Chest for New Anarchists.” It’s a low-cost class (I don’t think either N.E.W. nor I am making a dime … Continue reading

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Last Chance to Join ‘The Dovetail Death March’ followed by ‘The Veneering Can Can’

Yes, you can still do this. It’s getting close, but two weeks hard work is still available to you. Chris has agreed to come to Rowden Workshops in beautiful Devon in England on Monday 24th August until Friday 4th September. … Continue reading

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The Naked Woodworker’s Mighty Hammer

Mike “The Naked Woodworker” Siemsen made mallets for 18 students in my upcoming “Hand Tool Immersion” class at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. This low-cost class is aimed at beginning woodworkers with young families who have few tools, money … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life

Some day I will count up all the tool chests that I have built and those that have been built during classes I’ve taught. In the meantime, here’s an important thing I’ve observed when building tool chests. I can build … Continue reading

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