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  • Video How to Make Half-blind dovetails for drawers with James Huggett

    How to Make Half-blind Dovetails for Drawers with James Huggett

    In this video James Huggett shares a very detailed tutorial on how to cut a  half-blind dovetail joint with hand tools, for use on drawers and case pieces. Jim has cut many dovetails over the years, and here are some of the lovely dovetailed drawers that Jim has made using this half-blind dovetail joint: Notice the deeply scribed layout line on these drawers. That, along with irregular and more delicate pins, are a sure sign

  • James Huggett's custom furniture woodworking shop in the woods of Earlysville, Virginia

    James Huggett’s Dream Woodworking Workshop

    In the above video James "Jim" Huggett shares a recent tour of his Furniture Making workshop in Earlysville, Virginia, just a few miles from the Wood And Shop Traditional Woodworking School. Jim reached out to me over a year ago, after he learned that my shop & school were just down the road from him. I dropped by his workshop (J.F. Huggett Custom Furniture), and was amazed that such an accomplished and skilled furniture maker

  • Make a Tusk Tenon Joint with Hand Tools (Part 1/5)

    In this video, hand tool woodworking expert Will Myers shows his method for making the strong and attractive wedged tusk tenon (or keyed tenon), and he demonstrates it during his building of a Moravian Workbench at Roy Underhill's Woodwright's School. A tusk tenon is especially great for furniture that needs to be collapsible. A wedge is tapped down into a mortise, and tightens the mortise and tenon joint right up. And tapping the bottom of the wedge

  • Ervin and Willie Ellis sitting on a woodworking shaving horse at Wood And Shop woodworking school

    Shave Horse for Green Woodworking with the Ellis Bros.

    Recently my friends Ervin & Willie Ellis came to visit my school, to plan out an upcoming class called “Make a German Shave Horse with Ervin & Willie Ellis”. In the above video they demonstrate how to use a shaving horse for making timber frame pegs, a tomahawk handle, and traditional roof shingles. You can learn more about their two day shaving horse class here. There are no openings for the July class, but the October

  • Stack of thick slab lumber for workbench tops

    How to Find Large Wood Slabs for Workbench Tops

    Last year I bought six large slabs for workbench tops in my school, and I've had a lot of readers and students ask me where they can purchase beefy slabs like these. I can certainly share my source for people who live within reasonable driving distance to my school, but for everyone else I'll just have to tell you what to look for in your area. Almost without exception the least expensive way to find slabs like these, is

  • Introduction to Hand Tool Woodworking Class

    I recently taught a three day "Introduction to Hand Tool Woodworking" class here at my traditional woodworking school in Virginia, and want to share the experience to give you an idea of what the class is like. The first thing students do in this class is learn about & try out workbenches and all the different hand tools in the shop. Then they jump in and use a folding rule to measure out a length

  • Which Affordable Dovetail Saw is Best? Lie-Nielsen vs. Veritas

    In the above video I discuss backsaws, and what to look for when you're buying a back saw. I focus on comparing two of the most popular mid-priced dovetail saws, the Veritas dovetail saw (by Lee Valley) and the Lie-Nielsen dovetail saw. What is a Back Saw? A back saw is a hand saw that has a stiff metal back (brass, steel, or plastic) that rigidly holds a thin saw plate for use in cutting accurate furniture

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