Author Archives: fitz

About fitz

Woodworker, writer, editor, teacher, ailurophile, Shakespearean. Will write for air-dried walnut.

Dutch Tool Chest for Sale (No, Not the Exact One Pictured Below)

  Update: The chest is sold – thank you for your interest. (And keep an eye out for similar items if you’re in the market… I have a few other limbering-up pieces to build in the next few months.) Have … Continue reading

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‘I, one Snug the Joiner…’

I get a fair number of questions about my Instagram and Twitter handle, “@1snugthejoiner,” but fewer about the name of this blog,* Rude Mechanicals Press. I think that’s in large part due to Christopher Schwarz using the Twitter handle “@rudemechanic,” … Continue reading

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Two More Panels…or Not

I spent the weekend hanging mold-resistant drywall panels on the non-plastered walls in my bathroom (after hiring a pro to patch and finish-coat the two plaster walls). I can now barely shuffle to the coffee maker and ibuprofen cabinet after … Continue reading

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Tool List – What to Buy? (Or Wait to Try)

With a handful of classes coming up in the near and not-so-near future, I’ve been sending out tool lists. And given that some of the classes are beginner-oriented, I’m getting questions about what specific tools to buy as new-to-woodworking students … Continue reading

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Playing with Fire

As you may know from a Lost Art Press event (or at last summer’s Lie-Nielsen open house), I’m always delighted to light a torch and demonstrate shou sugi ban – the Japanese art of charring wood to preserve and protect … Continue reading

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Bad Case of the Piles

For about a decade, I had tools in two places. When I began buying nice tools about 12 years ago, I was diligent about taking the ones I needed back and forth between home and the shop at PopWood – … Continue reading

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A Long, Strange Trip

Today, I had the bittersweet task of picking up my “Gluebo” workbench, and the remainder of the personal tools and timber I had at the PW shop. (Many thanks to Christopher Schwarz for his truck and help, and to Brendan … Continue reading

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