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Part 3: A Violin is Born at Fine Woodworking

Part 3: A Violin is Born at Fine Woodworking

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In part 3 of an ongoing series on building a violin from scratch. I cover the initial contouring of the instrument's top.

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Used Japanese Tools

Used Japanese Tools

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Recently I received a box full of used Japanese carpentry tools from my Aikido teacher in Japan. In this post I list the tools by their Japanese names and describe their basic functions. I also discuss how I cleaned up of the 30 mm carpenter's chisel. I plan to cover the rehabilitation of other tools in future posts.

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Building a Cherry TV Cabinet - Part III

Building a Cherry TV Cabinet - Part III

In the final installment of this 3-part series, it's time to glue the case up, fit the doors, and apply a finish

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Part 2: A Violin is Born at Fine Woodworking

Part 2: A Violin is Born at Fine Woodworking

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With all the rib pieces glued up and faired smooth, the violin is ready for a spruce top and a maple bottom

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A Violin is Born at Fine Woodworking

A Violin is Born at Fine Woodworking

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Tiny handplanes, figured woods, and beautiful form: this woodworker just can't resist the temptation to build a violin.

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Building a Cherry TV Cabinet with Hand Tools - Part II

Building a Cherry TV Cabinet with Hand Tools - Part II

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This post covers in detail how I created the half blind dovetails that join the cabinet sides to the top. Below are ample photos and discussion of the process from laying out to sawing, chiseling and final fitting of the joints.

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Building a Cherry TV Cabinet with Hand Tools - Part I

Building a Cherry TV Cabinet with Hand Tools - Part I

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Learn what's involved in building a Cherry entertainment center using Japanese handplanes for super-smooth stock preparation in part one of a three-part blog series

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A Small Stool for a Tiny Girl

A Small Stool for a Tiny Girl

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A weekend project with minimal tools

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Tool-shopping tips for flea market fanatics

Tool-shopping tips for flea market fanatics

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Here's a few quick tips on shopping for chisels and other hand tools at flea markets and garage sales.

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The Perfect Marking Knife, at Last!

The Perfect Marking Knife, at Last!

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Collaboration with a blacksmith yields a beautiful, functional marking knife

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