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About johnjoiner

Computer nerd by day, Dad and woodworker by night. Woodworking blog at

Handworks 2017

I was on a roll for a couple months, doing more woodworking than I had in a while.  Then the end of April I accepted a new job at Penguin Computing and I have done no woodworking since.  That is … Continue reading

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Fun With Tenons

I’ve resumed working on my Roubo workbench, which means timber frame-sized mortise and tenons. I recently sold my rabbet block plane. I bought it hoping it would do double duty as both a block plane and a shoulder plane. It … Continue reading

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Band Saw Tires

My 14″ band saw threw the lower tire the other day. The tire balled up in the lower corner and jammed up the whole works bringing the motor to a stop. I’ve thought about replacing the 3/4 hp motor with … Continue reading

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Anarchist’s Bookcase

I got back to a little woodworking last week.  I built a bookcase from Lost Art Press’s Anarchist’s Design Book (ADB) to go into my son’s dorm room.  It took a fairly big mental hurtle to convert my shop from … Continue reading

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Fluffy Hair And Tight Handles

I’ve been tuning up some large mortise and tenon joints lately. It’s probably the dry February air, but I was having a heck of a time with the handle of the 3/4″ chisel staying in it’s socket. In his post … Continue reading

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Wall shelves

Quick little wall shelves in pine, cut nails, and finished with shellac.  The dados were fun – it was the first time I’d cut them with a back saw, chisel, and router plane.  Lesson learned from this project: put the … Continue reading

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Period Windsors, and more on The Adze

I caught up with Jim Van Hoven recently when he held an open house at his shop in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. He has a nice setup in a building that used to be a restaurant. From back to front … Continue reading

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