• Bench Stool Finished
    When I completed my tool chest over a year ago I purchased a can of paint which has stayed on the corner of the kitchen counter.  Red chili did not seem to be right for the chest so I submit it here as a possible color for the completed stool.  A couple of thoughts as I finish this project. 1. How in the world did it take this long? 2. I don’t really like working in soft woods! 3. It... read more
    Source: orepass | Published on 2014-09-01
  • Now In Stock – The New Glide and More.
    Here at Benchcrafted we're always tweaking our designs to make them as sweet as we can. Of course the dilemma in all this is that we risk slighting past customers when we change a product. Here's how we see it. Our past offerings were the best we had to offer at the time. There are companies out there (big ones usually) where planned obsolescence is part of day to day business. Not us. Here, we design and build for the... read more
    Source: Benchcrafted | Published on 2014-09-01
  • jumping once again on the Bowl Lathe bandwagon
     I took a break from basket making last week to finally build myself a dedicated lathe for turning bowls. Mine is based on the ones we used when I was a student this spring in Robin Wood’s bowl-turning course at North House Folk School in Grand Marais, MN. http://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2014/06/05/bowl-class-tip-of-the-iceberg/ I think I first saw this style of lathe in the book Wood and Woodworking in Anglo-Scandinavian and Medieval York, by Carole A. Morris (York Archeaological Trust/Council for British Archeaology, 2000), then... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notes | Published on 2014-09-01
  • New Bandsaw (and a free workbench)
    You know one of my favorite things about hand tools?  When they arrive they are pretty much ready to work, other than a bit of sharpening.  And of course they don’t take up a lot of space. But being a card-carrying member of Toolaholics Anonymous (“Hi, my name is Joe and I’m powerless over tools”) I’ve been wanting to get a bandsaw for my wood shop for a while.  Mostly I wanted it to do accurate resawing, both for making thin... read more
    Source: McGlynn on Making | Published on 2014-09-01
  • Caleb James’s Knockdown Nicholson Workbench
    Caleb James, a planemaker and chairmaker in Greenville, S.C., built a very cool knockdown Nicholson workbench earlier this year that inspired me to design a version for myself. His breaks down into fewer pieces than mine, but what is most interesting about Caleb’s design is his face vise that is powered by holdfasts. While I am sure this has been done before, I can’t recall seeing this on any workbench, old or new. It’s definitely worth checking out all the... read more
    Source: Lost Art Press | Published on 2014-09-01
  • Try Something
      Have you ever tried freehand sharpening? Have you ever attempted to saw hounds-tooth dovetails? Have you tried wood turning? How about on a Treadle lathe?   Have you ever tried inlay work or marquetry? Have you ever made a laminated table top? How about... read more
    Source: The Unplugged Woodshop | Published on 2014-09-01
  • Join the Search for a Piano H.O. Studley Built
    In planning and preparing for the upcoming book “Virtuoso” and the accompanying exhibit of H.O. Studley’s magnificent tool cabinet and workbench (May 15-17, 2015), I invariably get the question, “Is it possible to have a piano built by Studley in the exhibit?” My typical response was, “I have no way to know if any particular Poole Piano was built by Studley.” Studley’s job was to build the “actions” or complex mechanism of levers, pivots, rods and hammers that connect the... read more
    Source: Lost Art Press | Published on 2014-09-01
  • Happy Labor Day!
    Happy Labor Day!... read more
    Source: Giant Cypress | Published on 2014-09-01
  • labor day…
    It is odd that we celebrate labor by taking a day off from it... whereas those who do not labor might better celebrate labor by doing some more of it for a change. Those who live in the purely academic realm or are concerned only with the theoretical and political ought to know that where the hands are engaged greater intelligence and character arise in the individual, and greater health arises in human culture. No nation can be strong in... read more
    Source: Wisdom of the Hands | Published on 2014-09-01
  • New Windsor Chair Design and Happy Labor Day
    Well I am finally getting to the end of a big backlog of work.  I had many chairs that are over-due but they are finally all built have been shipped.One Cod Rib Rocker went to Germany.8 New Waltham Arm Chairs and a Cod Rib Rocker went to Washington state.2 Waltham Arm Chairs and a 5' Waltham Bench went to Missouri.1 New Waltham office chair went to Ohio.And this latest design went to Nova Scotia, Canada.It is an adaptation of my... read more
    Source: What’s New at TimothyClark.com | Published on 2014-09-01
  • A look back post #3 of et al………
    The desk my wife has been using is a table that my last place work place was throwing away. I brought it home and my wife used it as her desk for several years. Last week she decided she needed a change and a smaller desk. She asked if she could use mine and I said yes. My desk was sitting unused in the boneyard; might as well be put back to use.underneathI made this desk in the early 90's... read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker | Published on 2014-09-01
  • post #2 of et al……
    My wife asked me to make a power/charging station for her desk at home. She has dual monitors and other toys plugged in but once in while she needs electrons for something else. That means she has to unplug something and crawl underneath the desk to swap plugs. At out age gravity is not a friend but an evil demon. So I brainstormed some, got a headache, and I think came up with something plausible.$97 at Home Depot 3 wooden... read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker | Published on 2014-09-01
  • corner cupboard post #1 & et al…….
     I had a very busy day in the shop today. The hot and sticky weather came and most of the day was cloudy with intermittent sunshine but no rain. I paid no mind to the weather and chugged away at what I was working on.I got pulled in a lot of different directions today. I worked on the corner cupboard for most it but I did a few other things too. I went to Home Depot at 0800, stopped a... read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker | Published on 2014-09-01
  • More on Forensics and M&T Joinery
    I dismantled another piece this week and that was an oak fall-front writing desk I bought a few weeks ago. The desk is simple enough and made from solid oak and that was why I bought it. If I don’t like the desk or the style then the oak was worth the price I paid and more. I felt the desk worthy of saving and restoring and the top portion of you recall was made with mitred dovetails that hid... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ Blog | Published on 2014-09-01
  • Building Two Saws: Part 3
    Although I usually feel like a competent woodworker, any time I am faced with metal work I feel like I’ve gone back to kindergarten.  This project has, however, forced me to get a little more comfortable with metal working. But first, one important photo I forgot to share last time around: Work holding isn’t always easy when working with an irregularly-shaped piece.  That’s where a handscrew held upright in a bench vise gets really, really handy.  I place a spacer... read more
    Source: The Literary Workshop Blog | Published on 2014-09-01
  • Progress
    Made some progress on the pantry. Needed two more trips to Home Depot for three total so far, must mean I'm closing in on half way to finishing the job. I would have finished the trim but the shelf has to go in before the last couple of side trim pieces and I ran out of good light for cutting the shelf.I'll take care of the shelf first thing in AM, finish the trim and then start on the drawers.... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUY | Published on 2014-09-01
  • Leopold Chairs
    I recently finished a couple of simple outdoor chairs that follow the “Leopold Bench” design made famous by the late conservationist and writer Aldo Leopold. He is credited with this simple design, and although none of his originals are still around, you still see versions of them scattered about parks and nature centers all across the United States, not to mention countless back yards. As a piece of furniture, they are quintessential utilitarian, and are simply meant to be strong... read more
    Source: BreenBush Design | Published on 2014-09-01
  • Bench Stool in one piece
    With all of the parts complete, I attached a couple of pieces for the screws and attached the seat. Next the back support was attached with glue. I am still not sure of the size and shape of the back support but it is now attached. Fin Finally the seat is attached using screws. Of course who could forget the little repair needed when I sent the chisel through the leg.... read more
    Source: orepass | Published on 2014-08-31
  • HB Tansu Progress-12-Completed
    Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye.  On this, the 31st day in the year 2014, the first iteration of the Hillbilly Tansu has been completed.  :) I started with an idea born from my admiration of the Japanese frame and panel tansu.  After hours of searching and coming up empty as to how these tansu are constructed, I elected to develop my own joinery for constructing a cabinet that mimicked the Japanese form.  From there the project became a quest for... read more
    Source: GREG MERRITT – BY MY OWN HANDS | Published on 2014-08-31
  • Need a Knockdown Workbench?
    In the coming week we’ll post the free SketchUp drawing for the knockdown Nicholson workbench I built earlier this month. But if you need an inexpensive and portable workbench, this one is for sale for $400, cash and carry. I built the bench to prove the design concept, and also we needed a fourth workbench for my coffin-building event this weekend. I didn’t expect the knockdown bench to be this good – I thought I’d have to tinker with it... read more
    Source: Lost Art Press | Published on 2014-08-31
  • Emma International 2014; Part 5.
    Drivel Starved Nation; This is the last installment before I share a few of the finished pieces. If looking at these pictures doesn’t inspire you to go make something, nothing will… The picture below is a northern spruce beetle. it is two inches long and when it bites, it takes out a dime sized chunk of skin. I woke up one morning and one of these was trapped in my tent. Good thing I don’t smell like a spruce tree…... read more
    Source: Bridge City Tool Works | Published on 2014-08-31
  • A Simple Painting In Wood Etude
    Always Start With The BasicsWhen I decided to open up my marquetry workshop to students, I had to decide what kind of curriculum to follow, knowing that I would have a wide range of students with a wide range of abilities and experience.Therefore, I followed the musical format which I learned during the decades I was involved with classical music.  At the age of 12, I saw a kid playing the violin on the Ed Sullivan show on TV.  I... read more
    Source: WPatrickEdwards | Published on 2014-08-31
  • Step 1, Build Coffins. Step 2…. Step 3, Profit!
    This weekend I built three coffins with the help of some friends and wrote a blog post about the experience over at my blog at Popular Woodworking Magazine. Check it out here. Special thanks to John Hoffman, the other half of Lost Art Press, Dr. Tim Langlitz, Raney Nelson of Daed Toolworks, Megan Fitzpatrick of Popular Woodworking, Sean Thomas and Andrew Lunn. These coffins and the details of their construction will be featured in the forthcoming “Furniture of Necessity” book.... read more
    Source: Lost Art Press | Published on 2014-08-31
  • A Coffin-building Party
    When I die, I want to leave this world in the same way I lived in it. As a woodworker who has spent his entire life building furniture for myself and others, I couldn’t imagine being placed into a box that someone else made. In 2005, I read this article in TheNew York Times about Chinese coffins that were made much like a dugout canoe (and were banned by the […] The post A Coffin-building Party appeared first on Popular... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine Weblog | Published on 2014-08-31
  • The Card Catalogue – Part Four
      After two amazing months on the East Coast, we’re finally back in the city. For better or worse, the summer came and went, and now we’re gearing up for one of our busiest Fall & Winter seasons to date!   My short list looks... read more
    Source: The Unplugged Woodshop | Published on 2014-08-31
  • spooky talk and kerf bent boxes…
    This article on ancient American woodworking tools, has a small section kerf bent boxes as made by tribes in the Pacific Northwest. Using hand tools, they were made tight enough to hold boiling water and in a variety of sizes. This article also sheds light on the process.I am planning my Tuesday morning introduction to woodworking for my 5 first grade students.My wife and I went for a walk yesterday morning and the reason for my having dreamed that I... read more
    Source: Wisdom of the Hands | Published on 2014-08-31
  • Kanna help you, perhaps? (VI)
    Last post in this series was on May 21st, so I must say I've dropped the ball. It ain't over yet though! Welcome back.In that last post from so very long ago I described dealing with issues of the fixing pin, osae-bo, being misaligned to the upper surface of the sub blade, or osae-gane. With that out of the way, the next step is to fit the main blade to the dai.The process I use is not too different than... read more
    Source: The Carpentry Way | Published on 2014-08-31
  • Kanna help you, perhaps? (VII)
    A series describing the set up of a new plane, from the ground up.----One trick I forgot to mention in my previous post was a method to compensate for the tendency of a blade to damage the osae-mizo when it is tight down low in the mouth. If you're not careful when tapping the blade down in the fitting process, the edges of the ground corners, mimi, will tend to dig in and cut their own way:As the osae-mizo ramp... read more
    Source: The Carpentry Way | Published on 2014-08-31
  • More About Inlay
    I’m reading everything I can find about inlay these days, and thinking about doing a simple piece to get a feel for the process soon. First, for inspiration, take a look at the detail on this inlaid Koi from a tabletop by Hudson River Inlay: Spectacular inlaid Koi by Hudson River Inlay I also found a great “instructibles” tutorial that covers the basic steps for inlaying a design cut from shell: http://www.instructables.com/id/Handcut-inlay/?ALLSTEPS Guitar head inlaid by “Jimmi” And I’ve started/finished watching these... read more
    Source: McGlynn on Making | Published on 2014-08-31
  • corner cupboard #2 pt?……
    Today was a gorgeous day. It was not overly warm, lots of bright sunshine, and a cool breeze blowing. Tomorrow is supposed to be hot, sticky, and humid. This is the exact opposite of what the weather forecast app I have my computer desktop says. It said today would be overcast and possibly have intermittent thunderstorms. That app was also dead wrong last week too. It is now residing in the WWW black hole of crappola.did the glue gods smile... read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker | Published on 2014-08-31