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Inlaying Pearl, and Abalone

Inlaying Pearl, and Abalone

    Cutting out the Pearl and Abalone and inserting into this marquetry panel was a little time consuming but very enjoyable. Using basically the Window Method for cutting in veneer. Cutting out...

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Dust Revisited

Dust Revisited

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Dust is a constant battle with that little annoying pile, and I never quite getit all. My visit to teach in Sao Palo, Brazil reminded me to rethink how I handle dust and have a spotless shop.

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A Lazy Suzan for Zeus Himself

A Lazy Suzan for Zeus Himself

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How do you pass meat and cheese around a 7-ft. round, timber-framed table? You build a giant Lazy Susan, set into the tabletop, and running on invisible bearings. And then you invite the Gods to dinner.

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Router Accident is a Great Lesson in Climb Cutting

Router Accident is a Great Lesson in Climb Cutting

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Nothing except my ego was hurt, but this little incident is a heck of a good teaching aid

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Does The Tree In My Front Yard Have Value?  Part One: No and Yes

Does The Tree In My Front Yard Have Value? Part One: No and Yes

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Before you consider turning your yard tree into a piece of furniture, be sure you know what you’re in for.

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The Funeral Chair Part Seven

The Funeral Chair Part Seven

Part seven of the funeral chair series. In this video, the chair is finished and assembled.

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The Funeral Chair Part Two: Preparing the Stock

The Funeral Chair Part Two: Preparing the Stock

The second video installment for the funeral chair project from my new book- The Unplugged Woodshop.

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Website: A craftsman's marketing should adequately represent the quality of their work

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A craftsman's marketing should adequately represnt the quality of their work.

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Making a Crematory Urn Box: Part I

Making a Crematory Urn Box: Part I

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The same techniques used in building this specialty box can be used in any box-making project

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Speaking of Wood

Speaking of Wood

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Author, musician and custom furniture maker, Tom Fidgen shares his thoughts on working wood at the Unplugged Woodshop.

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Fixing my miscut, dovetailed rail

Fixing my miscut, dovetailed rail

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Working through a mistake while building the Shaker side table from FWW 210.

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New Segmented Cutterhead Changes My Woodworking Game

New Segmented Cutterhead Changes My Woodworking Game

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I upgraded my DeWalt thickness planer with the Byrd Shelix cutter head almost a year ago. Now it's time to evaluate the results.

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2B or not 2B

2B or not 2B

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Furniture maker Tom Fidgen shares some thoughts about this all to often, overlooked tool in the wood shop. Good design starts right here.

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Join the club

Join the club

Woodworking clubs can be one of the very best ways to improve your work and have a great time with others who share your interests. Teaching Box Making to clubs, has been a great way for me to get to know some of the most avid woodworkers in the US.

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Recycled Chestnut Cabinetry Dresses up a Formal Fireplace

Recycled Chestnut Cabinetry Dresses up a Formal Fireplace

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Bookending a stone fireplace with recycled chestnut cabinetry

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the Gorman bench

the Gorman bench

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This was a custom design I fell into this past summer, 2011. The Gorman bench. Tom Fidgen. The music is something I wrote for the piece. www.theUnpluggedWoodshop.com

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Something skilled, beautiful, useful and lasting...

Something skilled, beautiful, useful and lasting...

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Every student should have the chance to make something beautiful, useful, and lasting. Our future depends upon it. How about a wooden box?

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Backyard Rock Makes a Fine Furniture Accent

Backyard Rock Makes a Fine Furniture Accent

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A scrap of wood from a bathroom vanity project, a rock from the yard, and a few coper nails make a great weekend "rock and roll" project.

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Peter Shepard Turns the Page

Peter Shepard Turns the Page

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Peter Shepard made a career switch at 40 from publishing to furnituremaking. It's clear in this slideshow that he hasn't missed a beat.

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Spalt Your Own Lumber: Whats In A Name?

Spalt Your Own Lumber: What's In A Name?

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Names and marketing have a strong hold over us. With all the 'specialty' woods out there, how do you know what is spalting, what is tree color, and what is made-up to increase sales?

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