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Back Issue Library

Back Issue Library

03-23-2012 02:04 AM by Karson | 31 comments »

I just received the Woodsmith Back Issue library. I gave it a 4 stars because it doesn’t give you full search capability of all issues. When you start it on your computer it comes up in a window in your browser. On the first page is all of the 200 covers for all 200 issues. You can click on a cover and go to that issue. Once you are there you have to go through it page by page, and there is no search capability when in an issue. On the main page is a search section and you can ...

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Classic Roy for the diehard fan

Classic Roy for the diehard fan

07-05-2012 11:16 PM by jjw5858 | 8 comments »

Ok here it is….we have waited and waited and then that great day came when we finally got the news…..the Woodrights Shop is finally going to be released on dvd!!!!! Before I even review this first installment I want to say in my opinion this set may only be for the diehard Roy Underhill/Woodrights shop fan only, in regards to if you are wondering if the marked down $39.99 to $29.99 price tag is worth your money for each double disc dvd package. The shows content….is pr...

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Great video on saw sharpening

Great video on saw sharpening

11-14-2012 01:59 AM by Kreegan | 7 comments »

This afternoon I finished watching “Sharpening your handsaws with Ron Herman” on Shop Class on Demand from Popular Woodworking. It’s an online streaming version of the DVD of the same name. I enjoyed it so much and feel like I learned so much from it that I’m going to order a copy of the DVD to keep when my subscription runs out. Ron Herman is a traditional housewright in Columbus, OH, and the owner of Antiquity Builders. They specialize in period accurate home buil...

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There is more here than meets the eye

There is more here than meets the eye

03-28-2013 01:19 PM by Ken Fitzpatrick | 5 comments »

I’ve always admired Chris Schwartz so when his new DVD came out I ordered it. I have never built anything exclusively with hand tools. Could be laziness or not enough confidence it would be worth my efforts. When I started watching the DVD, little subtleties crept in that really didn’t make any difference whether you were building with hand tools or “the new technology”. Those subtleties have certainly added to my knowledge on how to choose, lay out and and jus...

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Woodworking Techniques

Woodworking Techniques

01-18-2008 05:10 AM by Mike Lingenfelter | 9 comments »

This is the latest DVD I’ve purchased by Christopher Schwarz. The DVD covers a way of working with your tools, either hand tools or power. In his demonstrations on the DVD he uses hand tools, but I talks about where power tools can or should be used. His approach of Course, Medium and Fine when it comes to: dimensioning lumber, cutting joints and shaping curves isn’t an earth shattering concept. Although I think most of us are guilty of skipping one of these steps at one ti...

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Excellent primer on how to take advantage of your hand planes.

Excellent primer on how to take advantage of your hand planes.

01-20-2008 06:28 PM by ben | 1 comment »

Rather than re-summarize, I will simply agree with the first review about the content and utility, and note that while there’s no earth shattering information, it’s an excellent combination of common sense and history. The video covers plane usage, including the history, the mechanism and the results, as well as discussing plane irons and other details in moderate depth (for example, why some irons have more camber). I have 3 Schwarz videos, and this is probably my favorite. ...

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Review of the Video "Sam Maloof: A Fine Woodworking DVD Profile"

Review of the Video "Sam Maloof: A Fine Woodworking DVD Profile"

01-20-2008 12:26 AM by Mark A. DeCou | 6 comments »

Wow, want to feel overwhelmed, and very inadequate? Sort of like being the last kid to get underarm hair in gym class. I am in the process of building three more Maloof-Inspired Rocking Chairs. Two for a commission, the third as a piece for speculation sale. I have been working through my notes from the last one and preparing wood, and I ran across the Sam Maloof DVD as a recommended Amazon item. You know, those annoying multi-week advertisments from Amazon that keeps track of ever...

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*Lots* of practical advice on --- wait for it --- building furniture with hand planes.

*Lots* of practical advice on --- wait for it --- building furniture with hand planes.

01-20-2008 06:41 PM by ben | 4 comments »

Like everything else I’ve ever read or seen from Chris Schwarz, this is chock full of practical advice and tricks, combined with a good bit of useful history. This video reviews some of the techniques used in ‘Course Medium and Fine’, but often takes the details a step or 2 deeper. Also, they differ in that this video generally assumes you begin with a board that’s been machine planed, and needs finishing. This video also covers the block plane extensively. Sharp...

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Just love Rob's DVDs

Just love Rob's DVDs

03-21-2008 05:41 AM by Mike Lingenfelter | 15 comments »

I watch a lot woodworking DVDs and Rob Cosman’s are some of my favorites. If you are just starting out with your dovetail education, I recommend that you start with this DVD first. Rob doesn’t show how to cut dovetails in this DVD, it’s all about the dovetail saw. This DVD if very unique in that regard. There aren’t any other DVDs out there, that I have found, that are dedicated to a topic like the dovetail saw. Rob covers just about everything you need to know about the dovetail saw an...

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Like we've come to expect, an A+ DVD!

Like we've come to expect, an A+ DVD!

06-14-2008 10:00 PM by teenagewoodworker | 0 comments »

as the title states this is an A+ DVD. as we’ve some to expect it is very thorough also. one thing that the DVD talks about is lumber selection. about knots, working with them, the boards themselves, the grain and everything in between then preparing the lumber, and don’t get worried that it will all be big tools. Charles uses only a tablesaw and planner for most of the milling process. he also uses a drum sander but that can be substituted for a planer. then with all the...

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