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 am officially set up now on my new website platform. There are new features and better functionality that I can see will help me to connect with the woodworkers to better share my experience and knowledge. THE BAD NEWS IS… Sadly, my workshop gallery is down for the moment. The new template was incompatible with previous gallery, so I will have to completely repost the shop tour. I know by the website stats, the workshop tour is the most popular feature and the pictures are dow...
Yeah, that’s right – 2 years… I plan on finishing this little cabinet up this weekend and I will post more details. The cabinet is made of black walnut and the drawers are made of curly ambrosia maple. This is a great combination. I started this project 2 years ago and I am finally going to cross it off the “unfinished projects” list. Today I got all the little drawers fitted and tomorrow I will cut the corners to add the contrasting keys. Then it wi...
I just got the workshop page on my site loaded with images for a good peek inside my shop. You get a good look at my various types of storage, workbenches, and layout. I also give a rundown of the shop stats Everybody’s shop space is different but I hope that it will inspire ideas for your workshop. Look for the new issue of America’s Best Workshops 2013 to be released at the end of March, my shop is among those featured with a 4 page spread. Check out my new shop page he...
Click HERE for Hi-Resolution Version This was posted this earlier on my blog The Folding Rule Show. The video highlights construction details of The Cooper House and some of Todd’s furniture. I just had the distinct pleasure of a cyber visit with Todd Clippinger, a talented designer and craftsman. I met Todd through one of the woodworking forums . . . well, the best woodworking forum; Lumberjocks.com! A first for me last night, but typical of Todd’s many talents and chara...
I ran into a situation where my clamping needs exceeded my clamp capacities. I did a quick video to share my solution because it might help someone else in their shop. This video is “quick & dirty” because I wanted to try recording it on my iPhone. I don’t see myself doing that again, but the information is still good and clear. I hope you find it helpful. Your friend in the shop, Todd A. Clippinger Share the Love ~ Share the Knowledge
Hey guys, I really should be out in the shop right now, I am waaay behind on my project. But I need to let you guys know that everyone is invited to the opening night of a Fine Woodworking Exhibition at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, MT. I will be there as I am participating in the exhibition with a new version of my prairie chandeliers. The Opening Schedule: Here is the opening show schedule: Friday, Oct 26th: 5pm Artisans’ Reception Saturday, Oct 27th: 11a.m.-2p....
There is a new series on PBS that focuses on the American craftsman and how they make a living with their hands titled “A Craftsman’s Legacy.”. In this video I talk to Eric Gorges, who is the host of the show. Eric gives us some insight to the meaning behind this series and why he wants to throw a spotlight on the under-appreciated craftsman and artisans in America. To find out more about the new series “A Craftsman’s Legacy” on your PBS station, you ...
Well, it’s finally here, the first installment of my discussion with fellow LJ member, Scott Morrison ~ Finewoodworker (he looks much better in person than in his avatar.) I had a great time talking with Scott and I hope that you enjoy sitting in on our conversation. I must admit that I thought of many more questions after I left Scott’s shop. That may be enough excuse to get with Scott in the future for another session;) In the first installment Scott shares his background in ...
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...
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