Clary Lake Woodworking School News Page

Welcome to our new web site!  We are excited to share all the news from Clary Lake Woodworking School.  We hope you will be motivated to share your interest in current or future classes.  Feel free to cruise around on the site and take a tour.  Rick Gallion is ready to speak with you personally about your interests, projects, and skill building opportunities. 

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New Clary Lake Wood Working School Video

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Clary Lake Woodworking School Gets New Mortiser

When I saw this machine in the Woodsmith magazine last year I knew I had to build it.  It uses a router motor, and I just happened to have a Porter Cable motor in a fixed base just sitting on its duff and not earning its keep, so it was a perfect fit.  Using a brand new set of spiral upcut bits, it can do 1/4″, 38″, and 1/2″ mortises. What this machine gives is the clean walls of a router cut mortise, plus the visibility and ease of set up of the hollow chisel mortiser, and does it almost twice as fast.  Does this mean I’m getting rid of my Delta Hollow Chisel mortiser I’ve had for over 20 years, not on your life.

The field tests are continuing, but I am very pleased with the results so far.  For those who worry about the rounded ends of router cut mortises, you may relax.  First off it only takes a couple of minutes to round over the tenons (there goes the time you saved cutting the mortis), secondly I had a brain storm the other day that I have yet to try, but will soon –  use this machine and the hollow chisel mortiser together.  A square hole at each end of the mortis then use the new machine to quickly mill out between them.  Cool, huh?  I’ll let you know how it works.

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Website Launch

20130630-0456The Clary Lake Woodworking School of Jefferson, Maine announces the launch of its new website, built by George Fergusson and Rick Gallion.  The website will provide information about the school, courses offered, registration, information about lodging at the on-site B&B and places of interest in the Mid-Coast Region of Maine.

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Router Table Project

Router Table built by…


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New Saw Stop

your new saw stop.


Rick demonstrating the use of a chisel.


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