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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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Finally, I have a motorized plane

Finally, I have a motorized plane

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Check out the my latest plane acquisition. It has a motor! This could be the coolest tool I'll ever own. What is it? The Hitachi Super Surfacer.

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Homemade Hand Tool Cuts Leather Clean and True

Homemade Hand Tool Cuts Leather Clean and True

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I recently began using leather for accents in some of my furniture but needed a way to chop the material cleanly, rather than cut it with a knife. Learn how to build a simple tool for cutting leather clean and true.

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Inside the shop at Old Street Tools

Inside the shop at Old Street Tools

A recent trip to Eureka Springs, Ark. gave me the chance to visit the shop at Old Street Tools. Here is what I saw.

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10,000 tiny pieces of wood make one impressive bit of woodworking

10,000 tiny pieces of wood make one impressive bit of woodworking

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I stumbled across this amazing bit of woodworking in our Readers Gallery. There are more than 10,000 pieces of wood in it. Never mind the skill it took, what about the patience?!

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