Author Archives: The Write Biz

About The Write Biz

By day, I'm a mild-mannered copywriter who harnesses frontal-lobe creativity (right brain) to help B2B marketers generate leads and sales. By night I pick up hand tools to create wooden masterpieces...and give my black lab Bella the "red dot" laser to chase after.

How to tune a try plane woodie for use

It takes a lot to get me up at 7:00 a.m. on a Saturday morning. But the “Barn sale. Tools…” ad worked like three cups of coffee. Still, my lady doesn’t share my enthusiasm for rust hunting, so to entice … Continue reading

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My “Over the Rainbow” Panel Gauge

For Dorothy, the key to getting back to Kansas was tapping her red-slippered heels three times. For me, the key to keeping my small workshop clutter free is to make myself “wish” for a tool three times before buying it. … Continue reading

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Into the Beech: My first foray into molding planes–Rehabbing a side-bead plane

Don’t get me wrong—I like my router table. But moulding planes offer a silent and safe alternative to add decorative details to projects. So rather than continue pouring money into the router-bit pit, I decided to dive into molding planes. … Continue reading

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Part 7: Filling the guts of your Dutch Tool Chest-Spacer and drawers

The last few items to deck out the tool chest are optional. And fortunately, they aren’t nearly as difficult to position and dimension. Top-section Fixture: pencil holder/spacer The plane divider lattice for the jointer includes a large gap in front … Continue reading

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Part 6: Filling the guts of your Dutch Tool Chest-Tool rack

For those of you who enjoy making lots of mistakes and finding out after hours of work that your tool placement won’t work, I highly recommend that you dive right in to making your rack and don’t bother with a … Continue reading

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Part 3: Filling the guts of your Dutch Tool Chest-Lid panel saw fixtures

I created two fixtures similar to Christopher Schwarz in order to dock two panel saws (rip and XC) to the inside lid surface. After trial and error, I came up with these fixture dimensions: The rip saw’s handle faces to … Continue reading

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Part 4: Filling the guts of your Dutch Tool Chest-Plane dividers lattice

Fixtures really make this chest an excellent storage space. And since I intend to travel with my chest, I want it to travel well. By “well” I mean that I don’t want tools to be damaged in transit. As is, … Continue reading

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Part 2: Filling the guts of your Dutch Tool Chest-Finishing details

Spicing up your buildThe chest is pretty plain Jane as far as designs go. To spice it up, I used a few techniques that others around the Net have turned to. Bead details break up monolithic panels. To make the … Continue reading

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Part 1: Filling the guts of your Dutch Tool Chest-What I wish I knew before my build

Chris Schwarz’ plans for building a Dutch tool chest in Popular Woodworking Magazine are pretty straight forward. It’s an easy build. I would have loved more detail on making the lid. And if by “more” you take that to mean “any”, … Continue reading

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REVIEW of a Stanley No 60 Miter Box

A review of the features and benefits of the vintage, Stanley #60 miterbox and saw. Continue reading

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