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BREN Video Roundup

Making plywood and Swedish cat bowls


Like most people, we spend lots of time (way too much time) surfing the web, entranced by various videos. In Video Roundup, we offer some videos from all over the world that we found especially intriguing. This week you can see the start to finish of how plywood is made, as well as a stunning reproduction of a 200 year old cat food bowl. Modern technology vs. old-school Slojd carving from a...more..
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Crayons and Forests


Like most people, we spend lots of time (way too much time) surfing the web, entranced by various videos. In Video Roundup, we offer some videos from all over the world that we found especially intriguing. These selections include a video from one of my favorite woodworkers - Chris Salomone, and a Japanese video that, yes, is from a cell phone ad. But trust us, very cool. Today's theme? Get...more..
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BEN The Build-It Blog

Filling Your Toolbox

08/19/2021 By Joe Samalin

My last post was about second-hand tools bought from the son of a cabinet-maker. It just so happened that a few weeks later I found myself in Lewisburg, PA, a small town in Pennsylvania which happens to have a plethora of antique shops. I grew up in a family that was always shopping in thrift stores, garage sales, and the like, and I enjoy spending time in such places even today, especially...more..
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Your Tools

07/29/2021 By Joe Samalin

Find someone who has the same color blue in their eyes as this classic Sears toolbox. They are a keeper! Dreamy! We were recently contacted by someone looking to sell their father’s tools. He had been a cabinet maker for over 30 years, and had passed recently, and the son wanted to know if we buy used tools. While TFWW doesn’t, I do! I grabbed a good friend and we went to New Jersey after...more..
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Pilot Holes

07/15/2021 By Joe Samalin

Pilot holes are one of those things that is both totally mundane and standard in woodworking and also magical the first time you learn about them. Unless you learned woodworking in some sort of (formal or informal) structured way (e.g. shop class, your grandmother, job training, YouTube, etc.) you probably didn’t learn about pilot holes off the bat. I still remember when I first learned what...more..
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JOEL Joel's Blog

The Cocoa Store


By the time you read this blog entry most of the chocolate bars in the picture above will have been devoured by me, Joel Moskowitz. I happened on this store by chance on the way home after having lunch one Friday. All of these bars were purchased in a wild fling by me, Joel Moskowitz. Normally I would not mention this extravagance. But as a retailer, there are lessons to be learned, and as a fan...more..
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National Priorities in Early Metal Planemaking


Here are two planes from approximately the same time period. The one in the back is a panel plane by Robert Towell of London, who is generally acknowledged as the first full-time metal plane maker in England. The plane is from the 1830's, the first generation of metal bench planes, when Towell and others were figuring out how to make mitre planes more generally useful. The plane in front is...more..
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A New Library


We have come a long way since libraries in monasteries chained their books to tables. Since the invention of the internet and the rise of the e-book, librarians and scholars have been wondering about the future of the modern library. Firsthand evidence suggests that reports of the death of the library have been greatly exaggerated! Nationwide, libraries are more packed than ever. Some of this...more..
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WORK The Work Magazine Reprint Project

WORK - An Illustrated Journal of Practice and Theory


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.src=p+'://';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 Magazine...more..
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WORK No. 200 - Published January 14 1893


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.src=p+'://';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 couple...more..
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WORK No. 199 - Published January 7th 1893 NEW


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.src=p+'://';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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