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11-26-2010 07:02 PM

On “Tommy MacDonald’s” website <http: /> he has a video on building a toolbox in which he uses a hand-held wooden jig that I think he calls a “Perry Block”. Between my loss of hearing & his southern accent, I can’t quite catch the correct name and googling various spelling versions did not work. This jig is used to mark/saw cut dovetails. Can someone tell me the correct name/spelling of this jig is? It sure looks like a nice jig for this kind of work!



-- Kit, Paso Robles, CA,

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#1 posted 11-26-2010 07:12 PM

Did he say “parring block”?

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#2 posted 11-26-2010 07:14 PM

Paring block? for guiding chisels while paring/trimming. I think it’s a Boston accent, not southern. I can’t understand anything with background noise, so I’d imagine accents are are harder to understand.

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#3 posted 11-26-2010 07:38 PM

If Tommy Macdonald is “southern” I must be hearing things! I believe he’s from Baaaaaaaaston. You know, over by Haaaaavard…

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#4 posted 11-26-2010 09:24 PM

His speech presentation is very choppy.
He needs to work on his modulation and slow it down a notch.
He’s stiil you and going to be an asset to weekend woodworkers.

Is it just me or are younger people talking too fast?

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#5 posted 11-26-2010 11:00 PM

First – let me say that I really like Tom’s show. He is absolutely the best at blending together the right balance of power tool and hand tool.

However, he does talk fast and a little bit choppy. He always comes across as being a little over excited. I always record him on my TiVo so that I can review each show and repeat portions as many times as necessary to make certain I get everything correct.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 11-27-2010 06:09 AM

Okay. . .the answer was here all the time <g>


-- Kit, Paso Robles, CA,

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#7 posted 11-28-2010 06:59 AM

Wish they would put Tommy on here in Water World; aka, Western WA. Glad you found your parring blocks.t

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 11-28-2010 02:19 PM

Since his showes are taped there isn’t anything that can be done about the fast speech until new showes are taped. I’m sure as time goes on the presentation will improve(everyone has mentioned it) and his show will become an asset to woodworkers. I’ll admit the first couple of showes I watched I didn’t think much of, but he is growing on me and I’m starting to look forward to his next show every week.

Top: Have you tried his website to watch any of his episodes?

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