Blog Posts by Jim Tolpin

Special Plane from Across the Room

  A visit to a retired shop teacher/avid boatbuilder locally yielded a look at this plane. I knew from across the room that there was something special about…

Thanks Theodorus

Theodorus of Samos of a very long time ago in the golden age of the Grecian Geometers: Where would we be without you?  Historians attribute him with the…

Let the Log do the Talking

Here's my take on what to call the different lumber grading by end grain configuration.  In my opinion, I say let the wood and the geometry provide the…

Best Joint in the Joint

    It’s all about the joint. The best joint in the joint (or at least in the furniture piece you are building) is the joint that will…

Ex Nihilo

The ancient “geometers” believed that geometry was the key to comprehending the incomprehensible; that an understanding of its inherent truths was the key to unlocking the mystery of…

The Ellipse Stick Trick

Here's a really quick way to layout a good-enough ellipse using just a batten: Ellipse from a Batten from Jim Tolpin on Vimeo.

The Truth About Planes

The truth about planes from Jim Tolpin on Vimeo.

Sizing Workbenches

Sizing Workbenches from Jim Tolpin on Vimeo.

Height by Hand and Eye

  An astute follower on Instagram mentioned that an old-school forester could easily get the height of a tree using only a stick the length of his arm.…

If a Tree Falls in the Woods…

  ...does it make a difference? Where it lands that is.  If it does, you likely want to know how far it will fall in order to move…