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Registration for the Crucible Tool Event Opens Monday

We will open registration for the Crucible Tool launch event at 9 a.m. (EST) Monday (Aug. 22). We can accommodate only 100 attendees at the event because of fire codes, so don’t dally if you want to attend. We’ll have … Continue reading

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Raney’s Take on Crucible’s Manufacturing

Raney Nelson, the denizen of the Crucible Lab, wrote an article on his blog about the manufacturing side of Crucible Tool and why it took a Haas CNC mill to get us started. Check it out here. — Christopher Schwarz

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The Second Roman Workbench Begins

While I call this bench a Roman model, perhaps I should call it a Holy Roman Empire workbench. It comes from a 1505 drawing in a Nuremberg codex, which discusses tools, weapons, clever doorways, instruments of torture and a love … Continue reading

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John Hoffman, the Backbone of Crucible Tool

While Raney Nelson and I could gin up some pretty good tools and get them made, we’d quickly become overwhelmed by all the other parts of the tool-making business – warehousing, fulfillment, returns, customer service, accounting, taxes, permits, fees and … Continue reading

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The Softer, Stranger Side of Schwarz

This week I’m the guest on a podcast that is less about woodworking and more about life in general. “A Life Well Designed” is a website, blog and podcast that are aimed at simply making your life better, saner and … Continue reading

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Bootstrapping – End game

The bench is finished. It’s not the prettiest bench around, but I think it will get the job done (and it only has to last until December, anyway). The top is 6′ long and 21″ deep. I had planned for … Continue reading

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Raney Nelson, Crucible’s Machine Head

Crucible Tool simply wouldn’t exist without Raney Nelson. Raney, a planemaker and woodworker who works under the name Daed Toolworks outside Indianapolis, approached John and me last September about starting some sort of tool-making enterprise. After talking about it for … Continue reading

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