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Movie: Cutting Saw Teeth on a Hand-cranked Retoother

Movie: Cutting Saw Teeth on a Hand-cranked Retoother

There is always something going on at The Woodwright’s School in Pittsboro, N.C. Today as Roy Underhill and I were rehearsing to shoot two shows of the “The Woodwright’s Shop,” Tom Calisto was teaching a class at the school on making a dovetail saw. During a break in the action, Tom show me how to … Read more »

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The Great Australian Tool Chest Experiment

The Great Australian Tool Chest Experiment

I’ve been teaching classes on building “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” for two years now, and with every class I find some way of goosing the students a bit further along. Last year at The Woodwright’s School we actually got two of the 12 students completely over the finish line. This week, I hope to shatter … Read more »

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Bottoms, Skirts and Pizza You Cannot See

At some point during a woodworking class, students, teachers and bystanders become a sort of ersatz family. It is not by design. It is despite my best efforts. Today at The Woodwright’s School, students dressed the shells of their tool chests and added the tongue-and-groove bottom boards (yay for cut nails). After that brief nailing, Continue reading»

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Build (Another) Tool Chest

Build (Another) Tool Chest

When you’ve worked out of a traditional tool chest for 15 years, you sometimes forget how excellent it is to work from. That is, until you teach others how to build the chest. This week, I’m at Roy Underhill’s woodworking school, “The Woodwright’s School.” This is the last class I’m teaching in 2012 (aside from Continue reading»

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Video: Sharpen the Tricky V-chisel

Video: Sharpen the Tricky V-chisel

I spent Saturday watching and photographing carver Mary May teach a class on ball-and-claw feet at the Woodwright’s School in Pittsboro, N.C. Mary, a traditionally trained professional carver, lives and works outside Charleston, S.C., and teaches carving classes all over the country – you can see her at Woodworking in America this year. And if Continue reading»
 

Make Wooden Chest Handles, the Woodwright’s Way

Make Wooden Chest Handles, the Woodwright’s Way

I have intended for 14 months to add handles to the chest I built for “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest.” And in fact, I had a pair of cool iron chest lifts that a kind reader sent me. But life and other projects kept getting in the way of making the gaping mortises for these cool Continue reading»
 

I Saw it. She Saw it. We all Saw it.

I Saw it. She Saw it. We all Saw it.
As instructors at woodworking classes, we spend most of our time sampling bon-bons and braiding each others hair while the students work away the last bits of their cartilage between their poor, overtaxed joints. Today was not so fun for the instructors. While the students merrily dovetailed away their carcasses at The Woodwright’s School, the Continue reading»
 

Build a Tool Chest at ‘The Woodwright’s School’

Monday's "Anarchist's Tool Chest" class "The Woodwright's School" was the first of five days of dovetailing. By the end of the week, everyone will be able to cut dovetails in their sleep. And we'll all be so tired that we might have to. Be sure to visit The Woodwright's School online. Click here to purchase Continue reading»