Early on in my career, when I took an interest in building furniture, I took a good look at antiques to get an idea of how furniture was constructed. One of the biggest surprises to me, was to find that it was not uncommon to see dovetail joinery and box joints falling apart. This really surprised me until I came to understand the reasons why. Through my study and observation of antique furniture, I also came up with a simple, yet ingenious solution to lock the dovetails and box joints ...
I have seen the SawStop demonstration with the hot dog a dozen times. But I always felt that it was done under premium conditions to ensure that it worked properly with optimal results. At several of the demonstrations I had questioned the demonstrators and requested that they place the hot dog in a glove so we could see the results. My request was always denied and I was always told, “You shouldn’t wear gloves at the table saw.” Well, I live in the real world wh...
I have seen the SawStop demonstration with the hot dog a dozen times. But I always felt that it was done under premium conditions to insure that it worked properly with optimal results. At several of the demonstrations I had questioned the demonstrators and requested that they place the hot dog in a glove so we could see the results. My request was always denied and I was always told, “You shouldn’t wear gloves at the table saw.” Well, I live in the real world wh...
In this video I share how I cut small parts on the miter saw. I am sure this one will be cause for active commentary from the safety police and maybe the hand tool junkies for not using a fancy hand saw to cut small pieces. Well, this is the way I do it in the American Craftsman Workshop. Because if the tool doesn’t make any noise and throw a rooster tail of sawdust, how am I supposed to know that any work is getting done? I hope you enjoy the video and find it helpful;) Rem...
When it comes to sharing woodworking with my grandkids, I keep it simple. In fact, I really don’t care if they take a shine to woodworking, I would just rather they get the opportunity to be creative. When they come over for a visit, they don’t ask if they can do woodworking, they just ask, “Can we build?” At this point, I have done very few structured projects, I usually just let the kids have at it with the bin of wood scraps. Kids don’t need to be to...
I Really Quit! Since I made my announcement to quit working as a contractor, I have been working my butt off to finish up the projects that I have obligations to. I really did quit taking new jobs as a contractor, and I dropped other projects that I had been looking at, but had no legal obligation to. The other day I finished installing a 17’ banquette for a new restaurant in town. It was the second one I have done for them, and the project had been in the pipeline for a couple of mo...
My Birthday: A Catalyst for Change I just turned 50. Yeah, that’s right – 50. Hitting this benchmark in life, has made me take a look at where I am at, where I am going, and if I am on course to achieve my goals. The fact is, I am not, and I realized that I need to do something radical to change my direction in order to meet my goals. Hooked From the Beginning I made my first post on the LumberJock community in May 2007 and I posted my first YouTube video at the end...
This has been a long time coming, but I have been gearing up to produce more woodworking video. I just released a video announcing the new channel HERE. My new YouTube channel: The American Craftsman Workshop Open Question: Is it no longer possible to embed video here? I hope you check out the new ACW channel and subscribe! Your friend in the shop- Todd A. ClippingerShare the Love-Share the Knowledge
I love talking to other woodworkers and hearing how their journey in the craft started. I recently met Madison Swords, and I just loved his story of how he got started in woodworking, so I had to share it with you. Madison is a self-taught woodworker and he learned everything from YouTube. I was not only impressed with that, but the fact that he choose to go the hand tool route, and his for his first furniture project, he choose to tackle a Greene & Greene side table. I was absolutely ...
I rarely get time to participate in the movements of the woodworking community at large, as everything seems to hit right at the worst moments with my business schedule. But this year, for Get Woodworking Week I was able to crank out a video to share some thoughts on getting into the shop and starting your woodworking journey. Check it out HERE. I hope you enjoy! Your friend in the shop,Todd A. ClippingerShare the Love – Share the Knowledge
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