A stool with a back


Another prototype I continue my quest for the perfect stool. So over the holidays I set out to make another stool prototype. This time with four legs and a back. Over all this stool is basically the same as the other four legged stool I made however I wanted a stool that provided some support …

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Building a Moxon Vise

Finished Moxon Vise

Before Moxon vises were all the rage I used to make vises as I needed them. I would make them from pipe clamps and threaded rod. For example when I needed a long vise to hold the sides of the chest I was building for my grandson below, I made a vise to hold them. …

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Building a Set of Kitchen Chairs

Chairs 1

It all starts with a prototype Before I started on the project of building a set of kitchen chairs for my son I thought I better build a prototype. Since I had never built a chair before I thought I had best start simple. And what could be more simple than this chair. Four legs …

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Building a compass plane

A compass plane is a tool for carving out concave surfaces, like chair seats and boat parts. However, until recently I have not really considered buying or making one because I was always able to find a workaround. When I started building stools and chairs though, I got more serious about adding some tools to …

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Examining Stool Samples

Lately, I have been making stools. As I mentioned in a previous post, staked furniture is something I had not done. So I tried it, and as is often the case one thing leads to another and now I have done four of these. With the last three being variations on a theme. So I …

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Building a White Oak Sideboard


On a recent trip home to visit, I ended up coming home with a trunk load of home sawn White Oak. (Too bad I was not driving a truck 😉 After staring at it for several months in the corner of my shop I finally determined that I would build a small sideboard with it. …

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The "right" amount plane iron camber


Not another article on plane sharpening! Sharpening a plane, or sharpening anything for that matter is always interesting to talk about. This is because so many people are so sure they have in fact reached sharpening Nirvana. And they can’t wait to tell you about it, and why your way is silly. Nevertheless, I think …

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Three Legged Staked Stool


My first staked furniture Over the years I have made many stools and such, but up until recently, I have never made anything with staked leg construction. After receiving a Lee Veritas reamer and taper tenon cutter for Christmas (very nice) I had to make something with it naturally so I made a small table …

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Never practice your mistakes

  Things music taught me Before I was anything else, I was a musician. My mother was a church organist and a choir director. Some of my earliest memories are of sitting on the end of a pipe organ bench looking up at all those pipes listening to my mother practice. When I came of …

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Building a small frame saw

frame saw parts

I have a great rip saw. It is an old Disston that has been re-sharpened almost out of existence. But it has the cool tote with the hole for my index finger, it feels good in my hands and cuts like crazy. However, there are jobs that are better done with other types of saws. …

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