Category Archives: Projects

Linseed Oil & Wax – Another Fine Finish

Today I applied the finish to my latest Welsh stick chair and opted for a blend of linseed oil and beeswax made by Swede Paint Enterprises. During the last year it has become one of my favorite finishes for traditional … Continue reading

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Pressing the Clutch on this Chair Design

One of the advantages (or curses) of studying a lot of old furniture is you can feel certain designs tug at you as you work on a piece. This weekend I got a little time to work on this Hall’s … Continue reading

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Just in Time for Christmas!

This chest is a close reproduction of a traditional joiner’s tool chest. Chris designed the chest and constructed the box portion during a course he taught with us several years ago. I (Jim Tolpin) finished it by building the lid … Continue reading

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The Train Wreck is Behind You

I don’t sleep as well when I have French workbench in pieces in my shop. Even a little wood movement in the joints can make assembly a bear, or at least a ticked-off warthog. Yesterday I fit the legs in … Continue reading

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Oh Yeah, the Japanese Toolboxes

Sometimes I forget the unwritten rule of woodworking blogging: If you don’t show the finished project then everyone assumes you failed and threw the thing in the trash. Earlier this year I wrote about some Japanese sliding-lid boxes I was … Continue reading

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Holiday Spatulas (From Scraps)

Only once in the last 21 years have I gotten my act together during the holidays and made woodworking gifts for friends and family. Except for that “cutting boards Christmas” I’ve been too swamped with making a living to do … Continue reading

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Invent Nothing: Volume II

In my early days at Popular Woodworking magazine, we would draw up the projects we wanted to build for an upcoming issue and present them to the other editors for review and comment. On the one hand, it was a … Continue reading

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