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How many are we?

The question has come to my mind lately as to how many woodworkers there are who are focused on using hand tools eschewing the use of power tools. Defined in the strictest sense and including only those who do so by choice as a hobby and have a reasonable collection of tools (eliminating kids with…

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Book review: Workbenches: From Design And Theory To Construction And Use

Workbenches: From Design And Theory To Construction And Use by Chris Schwarz is a book that every amateur hand tool woodworker should study thoroughly. For most hand tool woodworkers, there is no more important tool in our shop than our workbench. I just don't know how I can overemphasize the significance of this book. If…

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New feature – classified ads

**Edited: This feature was never used and has been removed due to lack of interest.** I am offering registered users the chance to post ads and notices for free. Registering is also easy and free. Currently, the functionality is very simple and straightforward. Ads are good for 30 days and are renewable by going in…

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Over 10,000 pageviews!

Unpluggedshop.com is continuing to attract more and more users. In the last month, we had over 10,000 pageviews, over 3,000 visits, and more than 1,500 absolute unique visitors! The average time spent on the site is 3 minutes and 47 seconds or about one minute per page. Thanks for stopping by, and as always, let…

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Is technology where it’s at?

In the US, there is a current discussion about a presidential candidate who apparently doesn't know how to used email. The question raises an interesting point. Without going into the politics of the whole thing, which is a subject much better suited for other blogs, let's just look at the question of whether or not…

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The plug is pulled

My dream is to one day have a shop that is “powered” by hand tools. Why hand tools? Well, for starters, I always seem to do things the hard way. Aside from that, there just seems to be a superior level of craftsmanship that those who work with fine tools seem to be able to…

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