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So you want to be a Manly woodworker....

So you want to be a Manly woodworker....

09-16-2011 05:19 AM by WayneC | 13 comments »

I have been getting more interested in carving utilitarian items lately. I have been carving some spoons thinking of branching out some. I picked up this video to get a broader overview of working with green wood. First of all I would say this is an excellent video that exceeded all of my expectations. Jogge takes you through making a dough bowl and a wooden spoon from beginning to end. He demonstrates selection of materials and then takes you through every step demostrating tools, ...

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Hand tool book review

Hand tool book review

02-14-2008 02:59 AM by Betsy | 3 comments »

I just finished this book by Popular Woodworking. Like most of their books, this is a group of articles previously published in the various magazines they have a hand in. If you are a Christopher Schwartz fan, you won’t be disappointed – there are 15 articles by Chris, not including the book’s introduction. Overall this is a very good read. The “chapters” are small enough to make it an easy “pick up when I have a minute” type of book. It’s pa...

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Wooden Boxes by Dennis Zongker

Wooden Boxes by Dennis Zongker

03-04-2014 08:25 PM by BritBoxmaker | 3 comments »

A nicely varied choice of boxes, with a thorough and detailed explanation of construction techniques and excellent presentation make this one of those best buys amongst books on the subject of boxmaking. Easy to follow and not in the slightest verbose. You could do worse than treat it as a reference book for the many useful techniques it describes. Pound for pound it is one of the most valuable books on box making in my collection. Well done sir.

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Basic Box Making  DVD by Doug Stowe

Basic Box Making DVD by Doug Stowe

05-27-2013 02:26 AM by Dusty56 | 17 comments »

I’ve had this DVD in my collection for a few years and today was the rainy day that I guess I’ve been saving it for.Doug Stowe goes into great detail on making several different styles of boxes as well as many different joints , machine set-ups , jigs, sleds , etc., etc.. Full of useful tips and nothing is rushed : )I enjoyed all 120 minutes of the DVD including his way of finishing the boxes. I forgot where I got this copy , but it says $19.95 US and $24.95 CAN on the label....

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Combining Power Tools and Planes

Combining Power Tools and Planes

10-06-2011 04:08 PM by WayneC | 7 comments »

This DVD is another one filmed in the mid 90s and makes the argument of why would would want to use handplanes to augment your power tool woodworking. In the video he uses modern manufacture planes from the 90s such as a crappy stanley #4 stanely, #92 and 60 1/2 block plane. I was not really in favor of his advise and techniques and feel the video is so so. I would recommend videos from KingShott, Schwarz, Charlesworth and perhaps Cosman over this video. Topics coveredTuning a #4Sh...

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The New Turning Wood with Richard Raffan (2008)

The New Turning Wood with Richard Raffan (2008)

10-18-2012 03:51 PM by Kreegan | 3 comments »

I just recently purchased a lathe and have been looking at videos and tutorials online about turning. I went to the library closest my office to see if they had any good turning books and found a DVD instead. The DVD is put out by Taunton for Fine Woodwoorking and is called “The New Turning Wood with Richard Raffan.” http://www.amazon.com/New-Turning-Wood-Richard-Raffan/dp/1561589578/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1350571992&sr=1-1&keywords=turning+wood T...

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French Polishing. Finishing and restoring using traditional techniques. By Derek Jones

French Polishing. Finishing and restoring using traditional techniques. By Derek Jones

05-22-2013 11:54 PM by Jorge G. | 3 comments »

While I have done French polishing in the past, I would like to become more accomplished with it. I thought this book, given it’s name would be the one that would gain me that knowledge. Sadly this is not the case, if you are considering this book, do not waste your money! There are more in depth, better explained sources in the internet. I should have bought a Charles Neil book instead of this one. First, I do not know if it is because this is written by a British person, but the te...

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