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Time to end the hand vs. power battle

Time to end the hand vs. power battle

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Some have created a false divide between hand tools and power tools. The best woodworkers I know simply pick the best tool for the task at hand. It's the same thing the old masters did.

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Computer Desk

Computer Desk

A friend of the family does home schooling and she needed a desk for the kids to use. With casters on the bottom, its mobile and sturdy. Made 100% from recycled pallet wood.

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Humboldt Hardware

Humboldt Hardware

Reclaimed tool boxes. https://www.facebook.com/HumboldtHardware

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New tool cabinet packs in a lot of storage

New tool cabinet packs in a lot of storage

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A full-size mock up ensured that all my tools would fit in my new tool cabinet.

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Tool Chest

Tool Chest

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I needed a modest-sized tool chest to transport tools I will be using at a workshop this summer.  I wanted something fairly compact, not a "master craftsman" chest (another project for another...

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Shoulder plane

Shoulder plane

  The only wood I had available for this was a chunk of 8/4 white oak.  Most annoyingly it was almost perfectly rift sawn, instead of quarter.  Not to be deterred, I marked out the...

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Safety Lights Blink When Band Saw blade is in Motion

Safety Lights Blink When Band Saw blade is in Motion

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When using my band saw, I wear ear protection and the saw dust vacume is "ON" so one is not sure if the blade is moving, or I am not wearing the right glasses. On top of that, when I shut the saw...

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New Hand Tool Panel and Router on Tablesaw Wing

New Hand Tool Panel and Router on Tablesaw Wing

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I finally got around to making a Hand Tool cabinet for my small shop, modifiying the design by Jan Zoltowski that FWW offers. It has really helped get things organized! I have also added a new MLCS...

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Antiquarian Woodworkers: Get Ready To Download

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Tools for Working Wood founder is re-releasing 19th-century woodworking how-to magazine, Work.

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Upgrade your clamps, the simple way

Upgrade your clamps, the simple way

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  Often, when you need to clamp two pieces of wood, you need to put the clamps next to a surface, where you cannot easily turn the handle and put the pressure on the clamp. I made a small...

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My first CNC Machine

My first CNC Machine

This was my first design for a home built CNC router. The project took about 4 months to complete and a little longer to create my first project which was a simple address plaque. There were small...

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ToolBox - From FWW Plans - Tim Killen Design

ToolBox - From FWW Plans - Tim Killen Design

I thought I would post this since I just saw Tim Killen's post in the Design/Click/Build Blog where he used this plan of his to demonstrate how to draw a Craftsman style chamfered peg in...

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Lazy Stephen Tool Turntable

"Lazy Stephen" Tool Turntable

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I call this the "Lazy Stephen". It's a modified version of a turntable plan I came across. I don't think I have followed ANY plan to the exact "jot or tittle". I tend to find ways to wrest the...

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Champfer / Bevel Adjustable Planer Jig

Champfer / Bevel Adjustable Planer Jig

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I needed away to put a slight bevel on a wide board to taper from 3/4" thickness to 1/4" or anywhere between.  I came up with this solution for about $30.  I wanted to be able to adjust the...

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Router table

Router table

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Oak router table with box-jointed drawers & raised panel drawer fronts.

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My Garage in a perfect world

My Garage in a perfect world

This would be the layout of my shop, if I were to miraculously win the lottery...and if we decided not to move afterward. :-)  The Shop Planner is a pretty neat tool to help you visualize how...

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Scrub Plane, Wooden Bodied

Scrub Plane, Wooden Bodied

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  For Christmas I had a scrub plane blade on my list from Ron Hock.  Santa gave me the 1 1/2" wide x 4 1/2" long, radiused blade that Ron sells on his website.  I used parts of his...

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Shop-made Combo Drum Sander

Shop-made Combo Drum Sander

What more can you ask from an home-made drum sander that reduces stock very fast, sands surfaces and edges very flat and smooth with little dust problems. Full details, lots of photos, some...

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Garage Shop

Garage Shop

A great shop layout for a double car garage

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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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