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  • The Unplugged Woodshop

Unplugged – no power tools needed! For the growing number of woodworkers who are opting out of power tools and returning to hand tools, The Unplugged Woodshop is a refreshing concept and a welcome change. Written by custom furniture maker and hand tool expert Tom Fidgen, this new book promises to be as successful as his first book, Made by Hand.

Handcrafted projects with a distinctly retro look.Recycling designs from our not-so-distant past, this collection of projects has been repurposed for use today and includes:

•A classic library card catalog converted to use as kitchen storage
•A medicine chest that does double duty as a four-bottle wine tote
•A gentleman’s classic valet that becomes an elegant clothing stand

Get some useful pointers from a popular blogger. Founder of, Tom offers savvy advice for working with and sharpening hand tools. He also delves into glues, finishes, and even how to make hand tools using only hand tools.

Visual inspiration. Practical instruction. The Unplugged Woodshop takes you on a fascinating adventure back to a simpler time when everything was made by hand. It’s a refreshing experience that takes you far away from today’s hi-tech, fast-moving world. And it shows you how to handcraft some handsome projects you’ll find satisfaction in making – whether or not you choose to use only hand tools!

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“Amid the current flurry of excellent books on hand tool woodworking, it is hard to say that one or the other stands out from the rest. And yet, as I see it, this one by Canadian woodworker Tom Fidgen does. The Unplugged Woodshop is a stimulating source of ideas and techniques that will help any woodworker build her or his hand tool skills, all the while creating beautiful and useful projects for the home and woodshop.

The Unplugged Woodshop is a great resource and learning opportunity for any woodworker who is beginning or continuing the hand tool journey. More advanced hand tool woodworkers will find the project ideas stimulating and educational. And all woodworkers will find this book to be a fun read.”

 - J. Norman Reid, Highland Woodworking

Additional Information
About No
Issue Number No
Cover 132
Publication Year 2013
Photos 498
Drawings 23
Other Formats 77641
Isbn 978-1-60085-763-8
Author Tom Fidgen
Dimensions 8 1/2 x 10 7/8
Pages 240
Format Hardcover
Toc [1] Dimensioning Rough Lumber
[2] Glues and Finishes
[3] Sawyer's Bench
[4] The Architect's Table
[5] A Funeral Chair
[6] Lying Press
[7] A Pochade Box
[8] Wood Planes
[9] Kerfing Plane
[10] Frame Saw
[11] The Good Dr.'s Medicine Chest
[12] A Gentleman's Valet
[13] A Card Catalog
Intro No

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The Unplugged Woodshop

  • by Tom Fidgen
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