• Tumblehome sea chest
    During the building of the small fairy tale bed, I found myself dreaming of making something real again. I know that a doll bed is for real, but somehow I found myself constantly drawing small tumblehome sea chests on every scrap piece of paper lying around.The other day we received some stainless steel tubes that came strapped to a nice wide board, so suddenly I had 18' of a 6" x 1" spruce board at my hands..The board was transformed... read more
    Source: Mulesaw: Being old fashioned, the cool way. | Published on 2014-04-23
  • side braces cooking…….
    The only thing I accomplished in the shop tonight was cooking the side braces. I got the last clamp on around 5PM, which is the time I try to never work past on a weekday. This handtool thing is very relaxing not to mention it's a whole quieter then my electron munching machines.  I can't think of better to unwind from the hospital than the hour or so I get in the shop after work. I didn't forget I didn't... read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker | Published on 2014-04-23
  • Moulding Planes and Associated Things….
    Hi Folks Been pretty crazy here at the Philly Planes Workshop - we took delivery of a trees worth of quarter sawn Beech last week! There are planks of it everywhere and I've spent hours breaking it down into plane sized billets. Every nook and cranny of the 'shop has blocks of Beech  pushed into it!Why have I bought so much? It is extremely difficult to find quartered stock (which is vital for wooden planes as it means the stock... read more
    Source: Philsville | Published on 2014-04-23
  • Tools for curves team
    As I said, I’ll use whatever tool it takes to get the desired result for a particular curve in a particular wood. So let’s take a look at the available players and which make the cut (pun intended). Most of the game is won or lost on concave (inside) curves; the outside curves are easy. Spokeshaves perform well on relatively narrow work with cooperative grain, but they can disappoint on highly figured woods, even using a skewed attack. The round... read more
    Source: Heartwood Blog | Published on 2014-04-23
  • Cherry Trestle Table Making Progress
    This table is almost completed but here are some shots from a week or so ago.  I like to have a breadboard end on my Trestle Tables but they are a lot of work to make. The full width tenon is a job to do.  The table which is quite heavy must be flipped over and back countless times in order to properly fit the breadboard end.  The "end" before trimming to size.  The extra length makes it easier to... read more
    Source: What’s New at TimothyClark.com | Published on 2014-04-23
  • Diamond Willow Roorkee – Part III: Complete
    Completed chair The chair is done.  I told Dad it would be a two-day project we could do during my vacation at home.  It turned out to take a total of six days.Well, some things are more important.  We put in two good days of work on the chair, and the next few days we snuck in time when when we could.  This morning, Dad pounded the rivets on the back, and we were done by 9:30 or so.In the... read more
    Source: Toolerable | Published on 2014-04-23
  • Full-size Leather Lips for Your Stool
    The leather “lips” for the seat on the stool in “Campaign Furniture” have stymied a few readers. Their exact shape isn’t critical, but I should have provided a gridded diagram to make things easier. Reader Glenn Frazee has made it super-easy to cut out your leather lips. He generated the following full-size pattern in pdf format for you to download. Simply print it out (with no scaling) and use it to make a wooden template for your lips. folding_camp_stool_lips_cutting_pattern Thanks... read more
    Source: Lost Art Press | Published on 2014-04-23
  • Designing Exceptional Furniture
    If you want to understand how to balance form, texture and colour to absolute perfection, study the work of Irish designer maker John Lee.The difference between good furniture and truly exquisite furniture is the way that these three factors work together. In the example above, the oval form of the table and the highly detailed carved texture on the outer surfaces are very strong. To balance the strength of these two elements, he has bleached the colour out of the... read more
    Source: Matthew’s Blog at Workshop Heaven | Published on 2014-04-22
  • When to Fix and When to Burn?
    I was turning another file handle on my pole lathe on Sunday when I discovered a worm hole that only got bigger the more I turned away. Check out this short video to see what I mean: Apr 20, 2014 | Amazing appearing wormholes. Dangit! by RenaissanceWW on Keek.com Over the subsequent few days since I posted that Keek, I have gotten no fewer than 50 emails telling me I’m crazy for giving up and pitching that piece of Cherry.... read more
    Source: Renaissance Woodworker Blog | Published on 2014-04-22
  • Drips
    Richard As the lunchtime rain drips from the lathe handle, I wonder. Not much use for the hob nails in the treadle this mild Winter passed.   I wonder when the felled beech tree that forms one leg supporting the lathe bed will become so rotten  that it no longer will support the lathe. The other end which lives indoors under the tarp still looks pretty solid. The lathe looks and works pretty well. Wonder when that lady is coming to... read more
    Source: Flying Shavings | Published on 2014-04-22
  • Carving without a plan
    Sometimes it's good to grab some scrap wood and just whittle away. Here I took an irregular chunk of scrap, and wound up with five faces (two on one side, three on the other.)... read more
    Source: Wonderful Whittlin’ | Published on 2014-04-22
  • Bench Dog Kits to Complete your Bench
    A good workbench is a necessity for working with hand tools and dogs make it easy to keep your workpiece from moving around on the bench. To take advantage of our 3/4″ Wooden Bench Dogs, you simply have to use a 3/4″ diameter bit in your drill and bore holes spaced at regular intervals, or wherever a dog might be useful, right? Not so fast. When I drilled the holes in my bench, I found out that the seemingly-simple task... read more
    Source: Time Warp Tool Works | Published on 2014-04-22
  • Peter Galbert on Practicing Mistakes
    Editor’s note: Peter Galbert’s upcoming book on chairmaking is filled with stuff I have already begun to put into practice in my shop. Check out this short passage. While learning techniques for turning specific details is important, I’ve found that having a process to practice and improve them is critical to mastering them. I remember learning to turn and feeling like mistakes and catches came out of nowhere, like a mugger in the night. But turning is simple physics, and... read more
    Source: Lost Art Press | Published on 2014-04-22
  • I have 4 spinning wheels in my shop right now!
    With a couple in the queue, so I need to get busy.  Here is one I just recently completed, a kit wheel, very well made in the style of the 1850′s.  It was in need of lubrication, a tune up and a new drive band.  The customer also ordered 5 additional bobbins for hours of uninterrupted spinning. The bobbins are made of cherry, glued together with hide glue and finished with Moses T’s Gunstocker’s Finish.  The weather has turned nice... read more
    Source: Full Chisel | Published on 2014-04-22
  • Hell’s Teeth!
    Having past my 60th birthday a couple of years ago, I'm delighted and just ever-so-slightly bowled over to have been headhunted.   There can't be many folk who've started their retirement and then find that totally new career path opens up in front of them. More details to follow. ... read more
    Source: The Blokeblog | Published on 2014-04-22
  • The Piltdown Cabinet
    Most woodworkers become adept at hiding repairs on their furniture or antiques. But some use this skill to fool a buyer into paying much more for a piece that is actually modern or has been cobbled together from several antique sources. The forgery trade employed many famous woodworkers, including Charles Hayward (by his own admission in his short biography). And there are many written accounts that explain the forgery trade. And it still goes on today quite actively. One common... read more
    Source: Lost Art Press | Published on 2014-04-22
  • A Place to Call ‘Hone’
    When I think of all the things that improved my sharpening skills, two things loom large. No. 1 is practice, of course, but close behind that is a dedicated sharpening tray. About 14 years ago I built a shallow tray from scrap plywood, nails and glue. No fancy joinery, no water-resistant materials and no finish. The tray sat beside my bench and contained all my sharpening mess, keeping it off […]The post A Place to Call ‘Hone’ appeared first on... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine Weblog | Published on 2014-04-22
  • Happy Earth Day!
    I took part in the very first Earth Day, April 22, 1970 as it was celebrated on my college campus. Our gathering was very small and lasted only a few minutes, but I thought to myself, "finally." To celebrate the earth gave me hope. We celebrate nearly everything else (mostly money) and it seemed significant to celebrate the planet upon which we stand and that should no longer be simply taken for granted and used for our own personal monetary... read more
    Source: Wisdom of the Hands | Published on 2014-04-22
  • Happy Earth Day!
    I took part in the very first Earth Day, April 22, 1970 as it was celebrated on my college campus. Our gathering was very small and lasted only a few minutes, but I thought to myself, "finally." To celebrate the earth gave me hope. We celebrate nearly everything else (mostly money) and it seemed significant to celebrate the planet upon which we stand and that should no longer be simply taken for granted and used for our own personal monetary... read more
    Source: Wisdom of the Hands | Published on 2014-04-22
  • The Good Dr.’s Medicine Chest – Part Seven
      In the last video post, the Good Dr.’s Medicine Chest part six, the fret work was completed on the interior panels. That was the last of the details required, before the interior leather could be attached. Had this cabinet been a little larger, the... Related Posts The Good Dr.’s Medicine Chest – Part Five Rear Panels and Interior Veneer The Good Dr.’s Medicine Chest – Part Six Interior Fretsaw Work The Good Dr.’s Medicine Chest – Part Four Making... read more
    Source: The Unplugged Woodshop | Published on 2014-04-22
  • This video shows how a pair of large Japanese crosscut saws are…
    This video shows how a pair of large Japanese crosscut saws are made. These are not your typical Japanese saws that are seen in woodworking catalogs and stores. These saws are used more for crosscutting timbers. I’m really impressed by how fast the hammer setting of the teeth goes.... read more
    Source: Giant Cypress | Published on 2014-04-22
  • ready to mop up…….
    There isn't that much left to do on Pleasant Hills stool #2. I was a bit hurried in the shop tonight because the contractor is stopping by. Usually me being in a hurry equates to mistakes but that wasn't so tonight. No mistakes and I got more done than I thought I would.  If I haven't forgotten any upcoming steps I only have 3 more left and then it's painting time. my new old #80 I have got a bad... read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker | Published on 2014-04-22
  • Frames for the Merlin Yawl – an exercise in lamination
    The onset of the U.S. tax season brought on the worst procrastinatorial tendencies here at Chine bLog Central, causing the main body of the editorial staff to shun the computer for weeks. This ordeal astern, however, I can report, at last, on another day building the Merlin Yawl at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s [...] Related posts: Planking the Merlin Yawl – another day apprenticing at CBMM Last Sunday I got out to the Chesapeake Bay... Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’, plane... read more
    Source: Chine bLog | Published on 2014-04-22
  • 1961 Robert Bouchet Guitar Model For Sale – New Video
    Here it is! My first video on YouTube of me playing the 1961 Robert Bouchet Sitka Spruce/Walnut guitar.I shot this with my iPhone this afternoon, and after several takes I got what I was after.Now, if I could only make time to practice on a regular basis, I might do this guitar justice.It really is a fine guitar-good separation and evenness of notes, a wonderful singing voice - this is the kind of guitar that makes you want to practice... read more
    Source: Brokeoff Mountain Luthierie | Published on 2014-04-22
  • Teaching & lecturing, rest of 2014
    owlet   Although I can recite my travel schedule like Rain Man, fat lot of good that does folks out there looking for it written down. so now, 4 months late, I have updated the list. here’s the link, in case you’re looking for something to do. http://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2014-workshop-schedule/   If you want to skip the details, here’s the Readers’ Digest version Apr – Rochester Woodworker’s Society May – Lie Nielsen – spoon carving June – SAPFM mid-year lecture/demo June –... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notes | Published on 2014-04-22
  • Make the Connection
    Tools are meant to be used by humans. I think that we learned to think by using them. By using tools, our hands made a connection to our brains and then our curiosity gene dove in and our minds grew because of this. We discovered so much about the world poking about in it with our hands. And by using the power of the wedge, we learned to do all sorts of things from carving to cleaving to sawing and... read more
    Source: Northwest Woodworking Studio | Published on 2014-04-21
  • Apothecary Chest
    A while ago I mentioned building an apothecary chest based on a design from a book about their history. I learned a great deal in building it, but was not satisfied with the end result. Part of the carcase shifted during glue-up (It was square, I swear!!!) and so despite tweaking the hinges, planing the bottom, and other emergency fixes, the thing was just frustrating. I shrugged and promised myself to rebuild it someday.In the meantime, the cabinet just languished.... read more
    Source: The Joiner’s Apprentice | Published on 2014-04-21
  • Meet Elia Bizzari
    Meet Elia Bizzari, Windsor chairmaker and prolific instructor. He teaches both online and at woodworking studios throughout the country. He will be teaching two classes for us this summer, the Continuous Arm Windsor Chair and the Sack Back Windsor Chair. About Elia:  Considered by some to be a chair-making wunderkind, Elia had his own hand tools at age 10 and wood shop at age 15. Early on, he trained under master crafstman Curtis Buchanan (who still outsources some of his work to Elia) and... read more
    Source: Northwest Woodworking Studio | Published on 2014-04-21
  • today in my wood shop…
    I am at home today in my own wood shop, packing an order to ship and applying finish to boxes so they will be ready to sell in a weekend craft show. This time of year is incredibly busy for me, as I'm getting ready for the month long May Festival of the Arts, getting products sold, preparing for shows and finishing the school year.This week our high school students are off on a week long trip to Chicago, and... read more
    Source: Wisdom of the Hands | Published on 2014-04-21
  • Questions Answered – Why Bevel-up, Bevel-down, Low-angle, High-angled Planes are Equal to Task
    Question: Paul, I know you have mentioned that jointer planes aren’t needed much anymore due to milling being done by machines, however I have read some blogs where you mentioned how you like your Veritas low-angle jointer plane. Can you explain what you like about it vs a standard bevel-down no 7 Stanley? Answer: To prepare for this answer we worked with several bench planes including a wooden jack and several metal jacks by various makers. The effort was well... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ Blog | Published on 2014-04-21