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On blogging

First off, a note of gratitude to and Paul and Joseph Sellars for this aggregate site that we go to daily. It has been a vital way for me to connect to the world of woodworking enthusiasts.

Next, I want to thank the many bloggers for their inspiring posts through the years. You deserve […]

A nice video from WIA 2016.


I am pleased with the video on Popular Woodworking’s blog about shooting boards. It was filmed at my booth at Woodworking In America in the quiet before the doors opened.


Shooting Boards: Must-have Appliances

Planing Stop from Vogt Toolworks

The Planing Stop from Vogt Toolworks is an excellent addition to work holding hardware at the bench. The wedges support boards up to 1 1/8″ thick for edge planing, providing more stability than trapping between bench dogs.

A simple clamping block secures it in either a shoulder or leg vice.The screw-on clamping […]

Universal Drill Press Table for the Vogt Drill Press Fence

The Universal Table, made of ¾” Europly, is designed to allow the Vogt Drill Press Fence to work on many differently sized and shaped metal tables, round, square, and rectangular, steel or aluminum. Tool Steel plates create tracks that align with the two Magjig 150s on the fence. For drill press columns with rack […]

G is for…

In addition to the classic cabinetmaker’s triangle, acronyms and numbers, carpenters bird beak mark, and hatch marking used to identify wood parts and joinery, I’ve added the letter G to my marking system. It’s especially useful when applying adhesive to long edges of tapered parts during production runs where one edge remains dry and the […]

Dog Attacks Table for its Hide Glue

Can you imagine this sweet dog attacking a table? That’s what she did, viciously ripping a leg off and chewing away the mortice cheeks. The table had been near a pellet stove which warmed the animal protein glue and made an irresistible fragrance.

Repairing furniture isn’t my bag but the challenge in […]

Building Bridges

It doesn’t take the earth long to fill in a bare landscape. When we began building our house in 1980 farming activity ended in a two acre area that had been part of a thirty five acre tract, a certified wetland, it turned out. In this picture it is in the foreground behind the flowering […]

Unsolicited Praise for the Vogt Shooting Board System

“Hi Tico, I received the order in good condition and am already using the shooting board. Your workmanship is excellent. I am very glad I did not spend the time trying to do this myself.” RB

While it is true that “historically, most shooting boards were disposable items built from available materials” ( Christopher […]

Getting a Handle On Childhood Hammers

I was introduced to tools by being given, not a knife for whittling, an axe for chopping, or a saw for pruning, but hammers for, in my case, causing damage. It was with hammer in hand that I ventured forth in the world to discover many things, for example, how unmelodious is a struck garbage […]

This Past Winter

This past winter of 2015-16 was the warmest ever recorded. It isn’t necessary for me to deduce that from meteorological data, I simply need to look in the checkbook under “snowplowing-driveway” and see a fat 0. Since snow related sports aren’t my thing but being outside and working on woodland projects are, I was, therefore, […]