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New Tools

I bought a new tool today. It might sound strange but that is unusual for me. I don’t buy many tools anymore other than replacement blades when I wear them out. I did pick up a 30 year old lunch … Continue reading

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Pegging Dovetails

Peg a joint and you add a mechanical lock. It’s why so much was pegged in situations where the antique glues would fail. Pretty much all joints can be pegged and there are numerous methods and materials used in pegged … Continue reading

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Build on the Shoulders of Giants

You can always tell a new motorcyclist. They are hyper focused on the controls, the machine and what’s in their front tires path. They’ve learned about shifting gears (one down, five up, neutral in-between) but haven’t experienced the toe force … Continue reading

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Turning Creativity into Process

A general truth in the engineering world is if you’re making one then just make it. If you’re making two then it’s dealers choice. But, if you’re making three or more it’s time to start building templates and jigs. Woodworkers … Continue reading

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YouTubers are not Teachers

Book writers, magazine writers and YouTubers are not teachers. And if you think that as a creator/consumer that you/they are then you’re doing a massive disservice to all the great teachers out there. Granted if you take those creators out … Continue reading

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Most Common Market Advice

I get several emails a week asking for advice for  working markets. Be it a retiree wanting a new hustle or a college student needing to earn food/rent. People want to know what to make, where to sell, how much … Continue reading

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Why We Build the Way We Do

I like to think I’m above average in the amateur enthusiast level of woodworker (don’t we all.) Still, even at my level of expertise I recognize a bit of snobbery in myself. Last weekend I tried a new market to … Continue reading

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Top Tips for Teaching Woodworking – Get away from your bench/desk (7 of 12)

Be it a visit to your garage shop, a middle school shop class, a woodworking store, or a paid for class you have got to offer one-on-one education to any student in front of you. Most woodworking classes are going … Continue reading

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Top Tips for Teaching Woodworking – Student Should Teach Students – (6 of 12)

If there is anything that will turn a group of students into an intelligence consuming cohesive monster of a learning mob then it’s getting students to teach other students. When answering a question or walking around if you see one … Continue reading

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Top Tips for Teaching Woodworking – Don’t Give Answers – (5 of 12)

One of the differences between a demonstrator and a teacher is that a teacher guides a student to discovery because they know an answer given is worth a fraction of one discovered. It’s that ole “give a fish or teach … Continue reading

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