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How to Use a Marking or Mortise Gauge (reprise)

03/22/2017

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I try to write a new entry for my blog every week. I also try to make it useful or at least not boring. Sometimes I succeed. However because it's a weekly thing lots of content gets rolled under the covers and after a time lost. So this week I decided to take one of the earliest blogs I every wrote (#8 from a decade ago) and bring it current again. Yes I know everyone hates when magazines to a...more..
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How to Learn to Carve in the Modern Age - The Online Approach

03/15/2017

Tags:Product News, Sales, and Promotions,Woodworking Tools and Techniques
The traditional way of learning to carve was via an apprenticeship. Some kid who thought, or whose parents thought, that he had some talent for sculpture would be apprenticed at age 14 to a master carver. Ideally, seven years later the kid would be able to carve well enough and fast enough to make a living. Very talented youngsters, such as the young Grinling Gibbons, even had sponsors pay...more..
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 Classes & Events

The Huge Festool Roadshow is Coming to Visit!

Sat Apr 29 10:00 AM

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Tools for Working Wood is excited to announce the hosting of the Festool Roadshow on Saturday, April 29th from 10 AM - 2:30 PM at our showroom, 112 26th Street, Brooklyn. Festool is sending up a giant trailer full of tools and demonstration workstations. Try out the tools and get all of your questions answered by dedicated Festool trainers. This also a great opportunity to meet with our...more..
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Free: Sharpening Woodworking Tools 101

Sat Mar 25 12:00 PM

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Sharp tools are a requirement for woodworking enjoyment -- but many people have never used truly sharp tools. By popular demand, Joel is offering this free class in which he'll show what it means for an edge to be sharp, discuss the basic options for sharpening tools, and, most importantly, teach a simple technique for free-hand sharpening. Joel will also hang out after his presentation to answer...more..
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How To Grind Edge Tools

Sat Mar 11 12:00 PM

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We have always considered the grinder to be one of the most important tools in the workshop. Understanding how to use a grinder can save you hours of sharpening time. Many people are afraid of the grinder. Afraid that they will overheat, "burn", and destroy their tools. This fear exists because overheating a tool is easy to do unless you have good technique. With the right technique damaging a...more..
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 The Work Magazine Reprint Project

WORK - An Illustrated Journal of Practice and Theory

01/21/2016

Tags:Woodworking Tools and Techniques,Historical Subjects,Misc.
Tweet #TfwwWorkBlog!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); Greetings Workateers! Our fourth and final volume has come to a close and so has the Work...more..
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WORK No. 200 - Published January 14 1893

01/14/2016

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Tweet #TfwwWorkBlog!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); The editions of Work mag we have here in the shop often have the ads removed but the last...more..
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WORK No. 199 - Published January 7th 1893 NEW

01/07/2016

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Tweet #TfwwWorkBlog!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); ARTICLES FOUND IN THIS ISSUE: STENCILS FOR WALL DECORATION • THE ART OF...more..
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 The Build-It Blog

Marching On

11/30/2011

Tags:Misc.
This is not a spill your guts blog... unless you're tree, but lately the sky looks awfully grey. I've been spending most of my energy fending off doom, and because of this I haven't managed to finish nearly as many projects as I've started, and I haven't started as many as I hoped I would. But, as Metallica points out, Time Marches On . So what have I been doing?...more..
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Brooklyn Guild

11/07/2011

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Last week I took an hour off work to go down the street to Brooklyn Guild , a design/build collective with a shop in Brooklyn. I met Brooklyn Guild when they came to Tools for Working Wood for hide glue . They began casually with 5 pounds, but within a week had bought nearly my weight in granulated hide. I had to know what they were working on that used so much glue, so I asked if I...more..
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Working Hard? or Hardly Woodworking in America

10/06/2011

Tags:Product News, Sales, and Promotions,Misc.
I wrote this entry in an airplane cruising over the clouds as Tim and I headed home to Brooklyn from Woodworking in America . One week ago, after leaving work at midnight because we were finishing up the new Gramercy Tools Kings County Hammer, I rushed home to pack my underwater-camera and some socks before flopping into a cab for the ride to LGA. Tim and I arrived in Cincinnati a...more..
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Recent Blogs:
The Huge Festool Roadshow is Coming to Visit! - 04/29/2017
How to Use a Marking or Mortise Gauge (reprise) - 03/22/2017
How to Learn to Carve in the Modern Age - The Online Approach - 03/15/2017
Mitre Planes and the Finest of Mouths: Why? What Evidence? What to Look for When Shopping for Mitre and Shoulder Planes - 03/08/2017
Context! - 03/01/2017
Mitre Planes and an Observation about Maker's Marks - 02/22/2017
How To Grind Part 6 - How to Repair a Damaged Edge Without Burning the Steel - 02/08/2017
How To Grind: Part 5 - Grinding the Hollow - 02/01/2017
How To Grind: Part 4 - Dressing Your Grinding Wheel for Cool Running, Balance, and Convexity - 01/25/2017
How To Grind Part 3 - Grinding Wheel Chemistry and Nomenclature - 01/19/2017
How To Grind Part 2 - The Technology of Grinding -, Grinders, and Grinding Wheels - 01/11/2017
How To Grind - Part 1 - When To Grind - 01/04/2017
Happy New Year, A Great Experience, Ideas for the New Year, & News - 12/28/2016
Nail - 12/21/2016
The Gramercy Tools Saw Etch Story - 12/14/2016
Hayward vs Hasluck, Ellis, & Jones - 12/07/2016
A Failure to Communicate - 11/30/2016
Guest Blogger: Chris Pye - Get A Grip - 11/23/2016
New For The Fall and Other News - 11/16/2016
New Tools - Fall 2016 - 11/02/2016
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