The English Woodworker’s Bag of Tricks


Every woodworker, I don’t care whether you have 50 years of experience or 2 weeks, has a bag of tricks. These are the little “a ha” moments you have at the bench that help you through a task and make it easier. Over the weeks and months and years you stash these away and use […] Read more »

RWW 196 The Peach Crate

hand made peach crate

This is a simple project that I built over the course of a few hours including the drying time for the decoupage paste. I think I actually used my hand planes too much on this and could have left all the lumber rough sawn. But sometimes I just can’t help myself and end up making […] Read more »

A Peg Making Hook and Shooting Board Addition

peg making bench hook

Snick, thump, snick, thump, snick, thump, mother friggin $#@o0%!!!, snick, thump… Do you have those little nagging things in the workshop that you keep meaning to fix or improve but just never get around to it? Usually I’m in the heat of a project and I just don’t want to stop and fix something or […] Read more »

A Design is Born From Ugly

Lingerie Chest design

I finished a bed recently for my guest room. I’m really happy with the build but now more than ever I really hate the flanking Lingerie chests that my wife and I bought decades ago. Truthfully I didn’t much care for them when we bought them but this was before I became a woodworker and […] Read more »

No Woodworking on this Vacation…Maybe

City of Salzburg

I spent a week abroad in Austria this month with my wife as we followed in the footsteps of her favorite composter, Mozart. I thought briefly about bringing along a camera and capturing some footage for this blog. I mean Austria and Germany are full of woodworking right? Well, I ditched that thought and decided […] Read more »

Outsourcing Part of the Job

danish modern rocker

How many of us got into this because we saw a piece of furniture and thought, “I can make that better myself” Once you make the decision to build your own furniture you get this feeling that your projects don’t have to be limited by anything other than your imagination. There is also a strong […] Read more »

Is My Blade Really Sharp?

Chips N Tips 1 Strop

Yesterday I told you that all your questions could be answered with the simple act of sharpening your blades. “Sharpening is as simple as rocket science performed in an Afghan cave with shrapnel in your heart” -Woodworking Forum Curmudgeon (possibly also Iron Man) So if a sharp blade is the answer to all woodworking’s problems […] Read more »

Improve Your Hand Tool Skills with One Thing

ovolo moulding plane

I get a lot of questions about hand tools. When you get past the “should I buy this or that” or “what should I get first” questions and get down to the usage questions where a woodworker is struggling with a tool or getting uncertain results, invariably they can all be answered the same way: […] Read more »