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Blog entry by tomfidgen posted 09-22-2009 03:52 PM 6534 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey Lumberjocks,

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Been pretty busy these past few months and wanted to let you know why.
Made by Hand: Furniture Projects from the Unplugged Woodshop (hardcover) is now available for pre-order at my site:
Hope you stop by to have a look.

” The definitive book of how to build woodworking projects using hand tools. While there are a number of books on hand tools for woodworkers that provide information about hand tools and their individual uses, no one has put these tools to use on a project. In that regard, this book is unique and will fit in perfectly with the rapidly expanding category of hand-tool woodworking. The six projects and companion DVD offer excellent views of the hand tools in use, and the critical body positioning necessary.”

The following images are excerpts from my new book. The introduction as well as a sneak peak at three of the six ‘furniture project chapters’.
The book also features five more plans for workbench appliances; a shooting board, bench hook, miter hook, winding sticks and Krenov inspired saw horses. Take a look inside and see what you think. You’ll also get a free DVD that will walk you through all of the hand tools I used in these projects; from Lie Nielsen to Lee Valley we’ll take a close look at the more popular manufacturers on the market today and I’ll discuss the pros and cons of each. This will really help out the beginner who can sometimes feel overwhelmed when starting the journey into wood working.

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I’m more than willing to help you out along the way when you start making these projects yourself through e-mail as well as my blog.

Thanks for reading and happy shavings!



-- tom fidgen,

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 09-22-2009 04:28 PM

Published a Book! Sweet!

I am very impressed!

Congrats and I hope it is a sell out man!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 09-22-2009 05:12 PM

Thanks Todd.

-- tom fidgen,

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#3 posted 09-22-2009 05:47 PM

Very very cool! A must read.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 09-22-2009 05:51 PM

Sweet! I love project books.

-- My Etsy store:

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#5 posted 09-22-2009 07:06 PM

what a great project…i to love project books…and a book that helps newcomers to woodworking is what we need more of…cheers also…grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 09-22-2009 07:23 PM

Congrats. quite an accomplishment. You should be very proud.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 09-24-2009 05:52 PM

Thanks for the positive feedback everyone!

-- tom fidgen,

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#8 posted 09-24-2009 06:47 PM

You have some nice design’s there well done I will buy this and when I read it probably give it ten out of ten.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#9 posted 12-05-2009 01:17 AM

Congratulations on having your book published Tom. Good stuff.
I’m not a frequent poster, yet I’ve been a fan of your work since I first observed it on this forum.
I’ll have to get a copy of the book when I’m able.
Looking forward to reading it.


-- Gary, Florida.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 12-27-2009 02:11 PM

I’m sorry I missed this earlier.

Thanks to Blake for waking this thread up.

Your book looks very eye appealing. You did a great job.

It’s nice to know that we have a famous author with us.

I’d like to suggest that you enter your address in this format, so it will open instantly.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#11 posted 12-27-2009 04:55 PM

I like Disk, missed this post earlier. And I also want Blake to know he brought another one of us to your post.

Congratulations on your completed book. Great work.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 12-27-2009 05:15 PM

I too missedthis earlier. Just shows you we can’t get to them all anymore. This place is getting so big. But I do like what I see and I too will be putting this on my order list. CONGRATULATIONS ON PUBLISHING THIS BOOK.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#13 posted 12-27-2009 07:20 PM

Missed this, and have given the link to my wife for my birthday. Your book is on the LJ booklist as of today in two places, Hand Tools and Woodworking – General….......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#14 posted 12-27-2009 07:26 PM

Looks like a great book congrats on it’s release

-- Custom furniture

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#15 posted 12-27-2009 08:08 PM

Great concept for the book, I’m off to check it out.

-- Dave, See some of my creations at:

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