• Dovetail Joints: How Tight is Too Tight?
      Last weekend I built a dovetailed campaign-style officer’s trunk for the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association and several of the members were shocked when I drove the carcase dovetails together. What was shocking to them was how tight my fit was between the tails and pins; it required a few hard whacks with a dead-blow mallet to seat the tails into the pins. The members asked me a lot […] The post Dovetail Joints: How Tight is Too Tight?... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine Weblog | Published on 2014-09-15
  • The Kids Do Woodworking in America 2014
    Attending the Woodworking in America conference was a little different for us this year.  My wife and I were both running cameras for various sessions (which got us in free!).  On the first day, my wife ran cameras for Graham Blackburn, as well as for Brian Coe, a joiner who supervises all the costumed interpreters at Old Salem.  Meanwhile, I took my own kids down to Old Salem to see the sights. (Note to self: if there is water, the... read more
    Source: The Literary Workshop Blog | Published on 2014-09-15
  • Black and White Woodworking
    I have countered the prevailing culture of machine only woodworking for two decades and more now; proactivity gets results as long as there is consistency. It’s not always been easy, in fact I’d say it’s been a difficult passage in many ways, but if I were to take a sector of my life and say which has been the most rewarding I would have to say it’s been  this last decade. I have never felt more fulfilled than seeing the... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ Blog | Published on 2014-09-15
  • It’ll look something like this
    When I left Plimoth Plantation in June, I wrote that I would be pursuing other aspects of woodworking beyond 17th-century joined oak furniture. But I also laid out that I wasn’t giving up the oak stuff, just adding to it. Bowls, spoons, baskets, weirdo boxes (coming soon) and more… And I have had the best summer ever, picking away at aspects of woodworking both old and new to me…but now it’s time to bring back to the blog some joined... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notes | Published on 2014-09-15
  • Murphy’s law, spring joints and skottbenks
    Every once in a while, you have a project that “goes South” and then “goes South” over and over again.  Ergo, the reference to Mr. Murphy and his law.  The dining table I’m currently building is just such a project.  The base is well on its way to being finished (another post on glazing is just around the corner).  But when it came time to finish up to top, I was given quite a big surprise.  The glued-up top had... read more
    Source: A Woodworker’s Musings | Published on 2014-09-15
  • book giveaway…
    You can enter to win a copy of my new book on the Fine Woodworking website.... read more
    Source: Wisdom of the Hands | Published on 2014-09-15
  • At Woodworking in America, a Jet bandsaw was raffled off to a…
    At Woodworking in America, a Jet bandsaw was raffled off to a lucky attendee. Since I was lucky enough to be a presenter, I was asked to sign it along with the other presenters. I couldn’t help adding a little extra note. I blame Patrick Edwards. You can see what he wrote in the top picture, just to the left of my note.... read more
    Source: Giant Cypress | Published on 2014-09-15
  • Wooden Spoons in The Woodworker Magazine
    Now that spoon carving has supplanted pen turning as the latest woodworking craze (and it’s about time), you might enjoy this article from The Woodworker magazine, which was likely written and illustrated by Charles H. Hayward. Hayward had excellent contacts among British museums, especially the Victoria and Albert Museum. So the magazine is peppered with his drawings of early work, including this collection of interesting wooden spoons. I’ve not been bitten by the spoon-carving bug, likely because of a psychic... read more
    Source: Lost Art Press | Published on 2014-09-15
  • Scorcese.
    Scorcese.... read more
    Source: Giant Cypress | Published on 2014-09-15
  • CT Valley Open House/ L-N Event
    I just got home from WIA and I’m tired, but because I have low self-esteem and don’t want Bob Van Dyke to not like me, I have committed myself to attending this Saturday’s Annual Open House at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. If you’ve never been, then you should lay your head down flat on your SawStop and slide it gingerly into the spinning blade as punishment. Once the blood clots and you’ve placed an order for your new... read more
    Source: The Saw Blog | Published on 2014-09-15
  • in the midst of an uncontrolled experiment…
    Today my wife and I go to Little Rock for the Arkansas Quality Awards banquet, in which the Governor's Quality Awards will be presented. This is the 20th year of Arkansas Quality Awards. I was designer of the award base, and each year make one or two as required.In celebration of the 20th year, my wife and I were invited to attend.This article from Columbia University sheds light on the development of the brain in relation to  our uncontrolled experiment... read more
    Source: Wisdom of the Hands | Published on 2014-09-15
  • Snap, Crackle, Pop
    I got a couple of hours in the shop before it got too hot to work today (when is the weather going to break anyway?), and made good progress on the stained glass for the Thorsen cabinet door.  If I could get a solid day in the shop I’d be long since done I think. Anyway, I started by re-making two pieces of the top pane with a different color for more contrast.  I think it will look better this... read more
    Source: McGlynn on Making | Published on 2014-09-15
  • “Was that Magic?”
    "If you learn the alphabet, you'll be able to read books!" That sounds like magic to a child. "Really? I could learn to read books?" "Indeed, but only after you learn the alphabet."... read more
    Source: The Unplugged Woodshop | Published on 2014-09-15
  • Precious.
    Precious.... read more
    Source: Giant Cypress | Published on 2014-09-15
  • mopping up and some extras……..
    I've settled into the slow phase of corner cupboard #2. I got the last coat of paint on it this afternoon and tomorrow I'll start the mopping up to finish it. I'm thinking that I may be done with it on wednesday or thursday. I started working on my new face vise and I got one box of two done to store my shelf pins and sleeves in. I'll be doing the second box tomorrow.ebonizedI let this maple knob soak... read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker | Published on 2014-09-15
  • first impression on the Lee Valley shooting plane track…….
    Overall I am impressed with the newest offering from LV. This is a thick, but light aluminum extrusion with applied UHMW tape strips that fits my LN 51 like a glove. I have used it a lot since I first made it last week. I will not be going back to my old shooting board.I don't have a power miter saw and I rarely crosscut on the tablesaw. 99.9% of my crosscuts I make with a handsaw and then I... read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker | Published on 2014-09-15
  • Boxing Up the Scrap Pile
    The HB Tansu project that I just finished, made good use of the lumber that I purchased.  I designed it so that it would generate a minimum of scrap based on what is available at the Big Box stores.  Even so there is a certain amount of inevitable scrap.  Of course, in reality, I don’t consider any piece of wood as scrap.  Consequently my pile of pieces has grown to be far too large.  I decided that before I begin another tansu... read more
    Source: GREG MERRITT – BY MY OWN HANDS | Published on 2014-09-14
  • Making T-squares… “what do I do next?”
    Prepared stock Last Thursday I guided my students, 5th through 11th grades in making "T" squares, they each came up to me, one at a time, asking "what do I do next?" Making T-squares was their idea and was a way that I hope they can carry some of their interest in mechanical drawing home with them for further exploration.There are three important standards in making a T-square.The blade  must be straight. I took care of that standard by carefully jointing... read more
    Source: Wisdom of the Hands | Published on 2014-09-14
  • Getting Ready for the Tool Chest Build
    I picked up the tool chest yesterday and slipped it in place by my workbench. I own so many chests it could be embarrassing were I not using them to store the tools we do our research and revision in. Many of the ones I own now are still stateside USA, but one day we will auction them off I am sure. I have decided to replicate this one as a pattern for making one because it seems like a... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ Blog | Published on 2014-09-14
  • Otis A. Smith Plow Plane, Fales Patent 1884
    Fales' Patent Variable Bench Planer: Constituting Plow, Dado, Filletster, Matching Sash, Hollows, Rounds, Beads, Rabbets, Nosings, Case Mouldings, Quarter Rounds, Bevel Planer, Snipper Bits, etc., etc. The greatest time and labor saving combination of tools ever invented. Universally endorsed by carpenters.Otis. A Smith advertisement in Carpentry and Building Magazine, December 1888This plane has been in my mother's family for years. I used it once, when I was a teenager, to cut the groove in the bottoms of some "long board"... read more
    Source: Brokeoff Mountain Luthierie | Published on 2014-09-14
  • Farewell, old friend
    In every life there comes a time to cast off most of the material things that we labor to gain and maintain, those possessions that, ultimately, possess us. Pretty philosophical, right?  Well, the truth of the matter is that I need space.  Anyone who has walked into my little shop in recent months has found it more cramped than ever.  I’ve just got too much stuff in there.  So I decided to take an inventory and get rid of things that... read more
    Source: A Woodworker’s Musings | Published on 2014-09-14
  • Organizing the kid’s clothes
    The eight- and five year-old girls living next door love to play make believe. True to their art, they make several costume changes during each “show.” From princess dresses to butterfly wings, their theatrical wardrobe is extensive. So much so, that their Mommy asked me to build something to organize their apparel. Considering the number of times our household has benefited from Mommies’ cake-baking skills—mmmmm, yummy Mommy birthday cake—I was only too happy to return the favor. Here’s what Mommy... read more
    Source: Hand Tool Journey | Published on 2014-09-14
  • Stained Glass for the Thorsen Cabinet
    Before it got too hot yesterday and I abandoned ship to go buy a new TV (and ultimately returned to the shop to knock together a kludge to hold the TV and related paraphernalia) I made a credible start on the stained glass for the door of the Thorsen Cabinet. I started by setting up a wood frame to hold the two copper surrounds I made earlier.  The intent with the pattern board is to hold the two copper frames... read more
    Source: McGlynn on Making | Published on 2014-09-14
  • Beaming About Benches
    I am too poor and unfortunate a man to be included in the great bench building ventures of our time. Namely the French Oak Roubo Project (FORP) which is now in the start up of its second iteration while I jealously watch from the digital sidelines.For, at least the last year I have been seriously weighing my options when it comes to building a new work bench. I built my current bench at a transition point in my life. Tired... read more
    Source: Inside the Oldwolf Workshop | Published on 2014-09-14
  • Art Trends ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2014
    Had some great news these past few days. The Art Trends organization holds an annual competition for Artist of the Year. Each category has nominees which are juried in. Of these nominees, a winner is voted on. I had the privilege of being a nominated in last year's competition. This year I have been nominated in 2 different categories. The categories, sculpture and photography, are near and dear to me. I often work with different mediums although recently focusing on... read more
    Source: The Refined Edge | Published on 2014-09-14
  • C-Art Sprint Mill Exhibition
    Following the success of last year, I am once again exhibiting during C-Art in Cumbria as part of the Sprint Mill collective open every day 13-28 Sept 11:00-16:30. The photos give you a taste of what's on offer but the Mill and the work within needs to be seen in person. Continue reading →... read more
    Source: Steve Tomlin Crafts | Published on 2014-09-14
  • got a lot done today…….
    I finished the table and all the woodworking on corner cupboard #2. I also did the final steps on the new shooting board I made a couple of days ago. I am not sure what I'll be starting next. I have my stock for the new face vise I want and I have the stock to fix my wife's old victorian side table. I also have not made a box in a while and I do need one to store... read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker | Published on 2014-09-14
  • A funny thing happened on the way home from the electronics store
    We splurged today and replaced our 20 year old, 28″ CRT TV with a modern HD setup.  But of course the new behemoth won’t fit on the existing stand, and to keep things interesting no place in town had an base that was big enough for it.  Honestly, I’m glad.  The ones they wanted to order for me were UG-LY, and cost almost as much as the TV did. So I poped over to Home Despot and picked up a... read more
    Source: McGlynn on Making | Published on 2014-09-14
  • A coffin full of donuts
    So I haven’t been able to blog much.  Its been time to replace my computer so I got a new one and then went on vacation for two weeks (more coming on that).  Now I’m back only to find that my new computer is malfunctioning and I have to send it back.   So, I’ll […]... read more
    Source: She Works Wood | Published on 2014-09-14
  • Arts and Craft Side Table – Lower Rails
    The table is held together with a pair of lower and a pair of upper rails. The previous post shows the through tenon attaching the lower rails to the legs. The rails are held together by a cross over lap joint. Making a joint like this requires me to carefully lay out and think through how it fits together. The number of times that I have cut this joint on the wrong side is embarrassing. Today with care I was... read more
    Source: orepass | Published on 2014-09-14