Gift Guide for Mere Mortals!

Our friend Steve Ramsey over at Woodworking for Mere Mortals put together this helpful video intended for the spouse of the family woodworker struggling for gift ideas. Steve's suggestion? Leave this window open on your computer for the ...
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Two New Table Construction Videos

Be sure to check out the two new videos on the Basic Table Construction project page! In the videos, Tommy walks us through cutting a nice curve into the rail for the table and using a tapering jig ...
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Steve Brown to Hold Demo at Boston MFA Sunday

Steve Brown will be holding an Artist Demonstration tomorrow (Sunday) at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, from 12-3pm. Steve is the Head of the Cabinet and Furniture-making Department at the North Bennet Street School, Tommy's alma mater ...
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Tommy Featured in Fine Woodworking Magazine

Congrats to Tommy for making the cover of next month's Fine Woodworking magazine. Subscribers will be greeted by Tommy's mug in the mail around December 21st. The cover story delves into Tommy's Early American Blanket Chest project with ...
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Growing as an Amateur Woodworker: Chapter 3

Chapter 3: Researching Full Blind Mitered Dovetails The Internet has lots of information out there on cutting Full Through and Half-Blind Dovetails. Tommy’s “How To” has a nice tutorial on the subject within his videos for the Step ...
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What Does a Chair Know?

I stumbled upon this editorial piece on the Furniture Society website that I thought worth sharing. The writer ponders the question,"What do artists know?" but the more interesting notion explored is that of the artist passing on knowledge ...
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Up From the Ashes

Like the phoenix she is rising. In an earlier Blog post I recounted my episode with oily rags and the damage the resultant flames cast upon my garage workshop. It’s been four months now and things are starting ...
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Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving with family, friends or both. Remember: You're carving the turkey, not milling it. And there's no need to have a #4 bench plane at the dining room table. It has no ...
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Growing As An Amateur Woodworker: Chapter 2

Chapter 2: Self-Imposed Limitations Have you ever had the thought,“If I had this particular tool or this size shop, I could build this project?” I know that I have. Many times I delayed or decided to not build ...
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Woodworking and the Dunning-Kruger Effect

Originally I had planned this blog post to be about the Dunning-Kruger effect and how it manifests itself in woodworking forums and woodworking conversations in general. (Before you continue reading, check out the above link for a quick ...
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Glass Panel Contest – Win a Trip to Italy

Want to take a paid trip for two to Italy? All you need to do is win the Woodcraft and Freud Creative Glass Panel Contest. The contest entry must be a customized glass panel rail & stile project ...
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Growing as an Amateur Woodworker: The Comfort Zone

Chapter 1: Stepping out of the “Comfort Zone” Are you stuck in a rut? Do you build the same thing over and over again, using the same joinery techniques, afraid to venture into uncharted territory? Are you resting ...
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Happy Veterans Day

A quick note to wish everyone a Happy Veterans Day. A big Thank You to all the men and women who served, and continue to serve, in our armed forces. If you missed the latest episode of Rough ...
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Tommy Visits Woodcraft Store Opening

While in Ohio for the WIA, Tommy found time to check out the grand opening of a new Woodcraft store in Cincinnati. Surrounding him are store staff members. That funny wood carving on his left leg is a ...
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