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Blog series by Tim Dorcas updated 01-13-2008 06:42 PM 2 parts 6545 reads 8 comments total

Part 1: Basic Box Making with Doug Stowe - a review

12-17-2007 12:43 AM by Tim Dorcas | 5 comments »

I have watched this DVD about 5 times now. I will watch it another 5 times before Christmas. When it is all told, who knows how many times I will watch this. It’s that good. I like to make boxes myself and I am continually trying to refine my approach. This video really makes it all seem very doable. In his very plainspoken way, Doug takes us from stock preparation to jigs to the various ways of constructing the box. Miters, miter keys, finger joints, hidden splines, lap joints...

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Part 2: Lee Valley Bevel Up Smoother Plane - Heaven!

01-13-2008 06:42 PM by Tim Dorcas | 3 comments »

There was a recent thread where someone asked about buying used hand planes and refurbishing them to save some money. There was also some talk about buying inexpensive planes to do the same thing. I did both. First I bought some cheap Grotz planes. They were terrible. No matter what I did or how hard I worked to sharpen the blades, they would mark the wood or they would simply not feel good under hand. I had the same results when purchasing an old plane that I tried to refurbish. For the long...

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