The Roubo (it’s not what you think)

As a bench builder, and fanatic the name Roubo holds a special place in the heart of my shop. Heck the first bench I built was a Roubo and I loved the heck out of that thing. I use a French tool rack, and the next shop I have I'll line the walls with them …

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When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present deilight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us think , as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will …

Wooden soul

There is something to be said about wooden planes; they sing when on the stock, when placed on the bench they seem to catch the light just so as to seem to glow, and every single one of them, old and new, has personality. Sometimes their tongue is muted, gagged in a foul mouth waiting …

Shaker Sideboard

This winter I built a wonderful shaker side table or writing desk. The piece is made from clear pine and Douglas Fir. Working with these material was a pleasure; the pine was beautifully grained and came shooting out of the smoothing plane like streamers. The tapered Douglas Fir legs are rock hard, and straight-grained. The …