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The clip begins with installing elevated bench dogs into the existing holes on my bench top.
You’ll find detailed plans to make a set of your own elevated bench dogs on pg. 40 of my new book-
The Unplugged Woodshop – Hand Crafted Projects for the Home and Workshop
The elevated bench dogs allow you to hold work off your work bench surface.
This makes it easy for shaping parts and planing bevels and/or chamfers along the edges of small parts.
These could be turned out on a lathe, but I enjoyed shaping them with a hand plane.
Like all things custom made, these chair parts could be left square, tapered, or any other design element you may think of.
The book offers one way, use your imagination and try to adapt the design to suit your own style.
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I was cutting some dovetails recently. Here are the tools that I use when I cut them with hand tools.
The Shakers had this diminutive design pegged
Fast, fun approach to making a comfortable, casual seat
In this video Michael finishes the first of the three boxes. Gluing-up, planing, sanding and finishing bring a new piece of art to the world.
In this video Michael starts work on the second box, a carved and painted Saddle lid box.
Michael begins carving the saddle lid box with his ripple pattern along the top. Then turns to his 5/30 gouge to texture the sides of the box. This isn't work…
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