• Home for a little while; bowls & spoons
    I got home from Maine trip #2 on Sunday night. Monday kinda floundered, then on Tues it was off to a small island off the coast of America to see Heather & Pat. Heather’s show was outstanding as usual. Here’s one of my favorites, but the web doesn’t do it justice by half. The light in it is amazing.  (go to Heather’s blog and click on the paintings to see ‘em larger, then click the quill/feather in the teacup to... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notes | Published on 2014-07-25
  • Another Greenville, Another Magic Mart
    People gripe about traveling abroad, especially for work. I don’t get it. Here is how it’s done. 1. Take yourself on a “date.” Jet lag is easy to conquer with modern chemistry. I tell people that I give myself a “roofie” before I fly across the globe. First I take myself out for a nice dinner – in this case an overheated Mexican craphole in a New Jersey airport. And I order extra salsa – in this case they brought... read more
    Source: Lost Art Press | Published on 2014-07-25
  • Scrub Planes From Common #4 Smoothing Planes
      Special planes developed for roughing off coarse, rough-sawn, undulating surfaces were developed by the Stanley Rule and Level Company in the late 1890s. This short-lived, little-needed development resulted in a series of planes known as firring planes and scrub planes. The more commonly used of the two plane types is one we know as the scrub plane. This plane is no longer made by Stanley but it was most likely one of the crudest and skimpiest bare-bones plane Stanley... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ Blog | Published on 2014-07-25
  • A Couple of Photos
    The first leg set is ready, there is a slight pull of the lamination on the right leg, it's not deep but I will watch it and see if it increases. If not I'll add some epoxy to make it look better. The second leg set is on the bench with the tenon bores marked and I've checked it for fit and square. After I finish this cool off break I will pin it together and let it set for... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUY | Published on 2014-07-25
  • Recent Pipes
    I’ve spent quite a bit of time this summer making more pipes.  I learn a little bit (and sometimes a lot) with each one I’ve made recently. I’ve been experimenting with layering different stains on top of each other, and I think I’ve finally found a process that works.  The idea is to sand the wood to a fairly fine grit, apply a dark dye, and then once it dries, sand back the wood evenly but not too much.  Then... read more
    Source: The Literary Workshop Blog | Published on 2014-07-25
  • Zouk in progress part 3
    As promised earlier in the week, here is part 3 of Adrian’s Irish Bouzouki build.... read more
    Source: A Luthier’s Blog | Published on 2014-07-25
  • Hewing Day
    I received an email from a friend earlier this month. Tom Latane was interested in gathering a small group of like-minded folks to spend a day hewing wood with adzes. How do you say no to that?So two weeks ago, on a cloudy, slightly stormy Saturday morning I gathered a couple axes, wedges, and a thermos of coffee and drove to Tom's shop in Pepin Wisconsin and met the two other gentlemen who decided to join us that day. From... read more
    Source: Inside the Oldwolf Workshop | Published on 2014-07-25
  • Hi there, what’s the best site to identify Japanese chisel black smiths and the makers ? Hope ...
    Japan Tool and Iida Tool have good high quality pictures of a number of chisels. Daiku Dojo has a gallery of Japanese planes identified by maker. This gallery is for planes, so this probably won’t help you with chisels. But beyond that, there’s not much in the way of a field guide to Japanese tool stamps. I always keep in mind that back in Japan and historically, there are a lot more blacksmiths than we see here in the U.S.,... read more
    Source: Giant Cypress | Published on 2014-07-25
  • how I am to teach them.
    I did a sketchup illustration of the steps involved in marking and making a sphere, though when workin gwith hand and knife, actual handwork is not as precise as is shown in the illustration.Readers frequently ask if I have a set curriculum for them to follow. I wish it could be as simple as that.There are actually three things that  I try to balance in developing woodworking lessons for kids... what I want the kids to learn to do, what... read more
    Source: Wisdom of the Hands | Published on 2014-07-25
  • WORK No. 123- Published July 25, 1891
    I've spent a good chunk of the day asking myself if we have a bona fide tool mystery on our hands or if I'm just stupid, or both, or all three. Either way, I can't find anything representing this tool in Salaman's Dictionary of Woodworking Tools which is my go-to volume for solving these kinds of riddles.Having access to as-yet un-PDF'd originals, I sped through the upcoming SHOP sections to see if there was a reply from any of the... read more
    Source: The Work Magazine Reprint Project | Published on 2014-07-25
  • Lifestyle From a Lifestyle Woodworker
    Lifestyles Encompasses Work I have always pursued work as a lifestyle, partly because I always needed to work to earn a living and partly because I always need to work – there’s a difference. I need work because I love it, I don’t love work because I need it you see. Getting up in the morning and going to work stimulates much of my early morning before I leave for the shop. As a boy I rode my bike or... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ Blog | Published on 2014-07-25
  • follow up on the MK II ………
    I wasted a lot of time after work making a few pit stops and I came away from them with nothing. Well almost nothing, I did buy a toothbrush. I stopped at Wally World and 3 drugstores looking for a Bio Swiss fine diamond dusted stainless steel file.At work while searching for this file it said Wally World had this file but when I searched my local Wal-Mart it didn't have any. It did have a big surform looking file... read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker | Published on 2014-07-25
  • First Set of Legs Pinned
    I pinned the first set of legs tonight. I decided on belts and suspenders, I used hide glue on the tenons and draw bored 'em as planned. Those suckers are solid.I made a couple of photos, here is marking the tenon for drilling. The mark is about 1mm towards the shoulder from the center of the mortice bore:After drilling the tenon, checking that every thing lines up, the view inside the draw bore:My draw bore pins are too small, so... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUY | Published on 2014-07-25
  • The Charles W. Morgan sails again – the trip home
    When there is breaking action in the traditional / classic / historical boat world, you can expect Chine bLog to be on the scene. Well, sometimes. We may even write a timely post about it. It so happened, though, that when the last surviving whaling vessel and oldest commercial ship still afloat (launched in 1841), [...] No related posts.... read more
    Source: Chine bLog | Published on 2014-07-25
  • New English Workshop Summer School with Christopher Schwarz
    Today I visited Warwickshire College and the first ever New English Workshop Summer School, where 18 worthy souls are building 'the Anarchist's tool chest' under the expert guidance of Christopher Schwarz.Despite 30 degree temperatures, the team spirit and general camaraderie of all involved was overwhelming; people are waiting at the door to get cracking in the morning and have to be reminded to stop and eat! The tool chest is a wonderful project, nothing incredibly complicated so any one element... read more
    Source: Matthew’s Blog at Workshop Heaven | Published on 2014-07-24
  • Business of podcasting “What make’s a good topic?”
    The subject of topics is a popular discussion in correspondences I’ve had over the years. It’s kind of funny when I think about it, because the awesomeness of having your own show or blog is that the topic is whatever YOU want it to be. image courtesy blogthemeplates.blogspot.com First of all, it’s your show, so that means you have more say in the topic than anyone else. I’ll be the first to admit it’s hard not to let others steer... read more
    Source: Matt’s Basement Workshop | Published on 2014-07-24
  • Thoughts on Design from a Letter Carver
    It’s really special when an artisan can design something profound in a tight discipline. In a world where bling draws the spotlight, I’m always thankful for someone who can craft an extraordinary wine, shotgun, handplane, or chair. Here’s a short video about Martin Wenham, a letter carver who offers some insights about design. Take a moment to savor his thoughts and work. I’d like to thank Dave Fisher for sending me this link.    ... read more
    Source: Design Matters | Published on 2014-07-24
  • Part 3: Filling the guts of your Dutch Tool Chest-Lid panel saw fixtures
    I created two fixtures similar to Christopher Schwarz in order to dock two panel saws (rip and XC) to the inside lid surface. After trial and error, I came up with these fixture dimensions: The rip saw’s handle faces to the left while the XC saw’s handle is located to the right-hand side of the lid. When the lid is open, the teeth face upward. Since each saw is wider toward the handle than the toe, the groove to house... read more
    Source: Hand Tool Journey | Published on 2014-07-24
  • Stock preparation for chairbuilding extravaganza
    The summer holiday is upon us with all that it means = not too much time for woodworking. Next time I get home from the ship the plan is to have a chairbuilding extracaganza meeting, where a couple of woodworkers will try to make a Welsh stick chair.The meeting is going to be held at my place, and I am going to supply the elm for the seat blanks.This means that for once I actually have a purpose for sawing... read more
    Source: Mulesaw: Being old fashioned, the cool way. | Published on 2014-07-24
  • Shrink Pots and Birch Bark Containers
    Some random projects of this summer.The shrink pot is made out of Chinese Elm and to my surprise is water tight. The spoon is carved out of apple wood.Of course all of this had to be approved by my dog who is in charge of all snacks containing meats and gravies as well as anything photographed in her yard. She also loves to have her picture taken.... read more
    Source: Frontier Carpenter | Published on 2014-07-24
  • From Picture Frames and Making Wood Work
    Today I made picture frames with different moulded shapes using moulding planes, smoothing planes, rebate planes, scratch stocks, screws and tenon saws of different types and sizes. The work was different using so many tools for so small a project. The demands were high, tight tolerances essential and I felt the tension build until alI the parts came together in exactness. The tools were cast iron and steel as well as wood and steel. I used dedicated tools and improvised... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ Blog | Published on 2014-07-24
  • Knives, sheaths or boxes?
    I have come to the conclusion that boxes are better than sheaths for storing knives in, this includes hook knives. This is because most of my carving takes place in the workshop, at shows, or at home. These tools don't do bushcraft. Knives rarely go back into the sheath when carving, but they do go back into boxes. This way I am less likely to have accidental nicks in the blade.Made entirely with hand tools, axe, plane, saw, chisel, knife... read more
    Source: Sean Hellman | Published on 2014-07-24
  • Is That Fret Slot Deep Enough?
    More than once I had found myself perplexed by a fret that would not gracefully seat itself completely in a fret slot. More often than not the problem was the slot being too shallow for the tang on the fretwire. I saw the slots to an appropriate depth when making a dulcimer fingerboard but by […] The post Is That Fret Slot Deep Enough? appeared first on Doug Berch.... read more
    Source: Doug Berch | Published on 2014-07-24
  • Marking The Tenon
    Ralph asked if I would document the draw bore of the base.I drill the mortice draw bore holes before chopping the mortices. The next step is dry fitting the stretchers to the legs, making sure everything pulls up tight and square. I like to clamp once I'm happy with the dry fit.I drilled the mortice holes with a brad point drill, using the same drill I insert it into the mortice draw bore holes and spin a little to make... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUY | Published on 2014-07-24
  • Cleaning a record with wood glue, with impressive results. Props…
    Cleaning a record with wood glue, with impressive results. Props to the maker of this video for using Miles Ahead for this demonstration. This demo uses Titebond II. Being a fan of hide glue, I wonder if hide glue would work as well. But since hide glue dries harder than PVA glues, I would guess that peeling the glue layer off might be harder with hide glue as opposed to PVA glue.... read more
    Source: Giant Cypress | Published on 2014-07-24
  • 0600 and Sweating Like a Pig
    I'm truing the last of the shoulders on the bench legs, just a couple to go but......The sun is barely peeking over the mountains and I need a break. That is Monsoon in the desert, during most of the year once the sun goes down the desert cools into the 70Fs or below and it doesn't really heat up until after 1000.Not so during Monsoon, the RH is so high the temperature will stay high all night, the last two... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUY | Published on 2014-07-24
  • Help for teachers…
    This is the time of year when teachers contact me about planning their programs for the next year, so it is also a good time for me to dig through the blog and answer questions. How to secure a piece of wood to a be worked on if you don't have a vise? The following is from an earlier blog post. Tomorrow I will tell just a bit about planning curriculum in collaboration with other subject teachers, and matching the... read more
    Source: Wisdom of the Hands | Published on 2014-07-24
  • The Gentleman’s Valet – Part Eight
      We’re winding down in the Valet project, and here, in the second to last installment, I’m applying the molding. When you think of molding, you probably think of hollows and rounds. The truth is, moldings can be any shape or size, and you don’t... read more
    Source: The Unplugged Woodshop | Published on 2014-07-24
  • back to cursive…
    Students now tell their teachers when they've been told to read something written by the human hand, "I don't do cursive." What a dumb thing schools have done to eliminate hand writing from our student's educations.The value of learning cursive is revisited in this article, Cursive is ready for a comback. Its not that cursive is really ready for a comeback, but that it should be. Unfortunately, reading and writing cursive is not an easy thing to adopt once its... read more
    Source: Wisdom of the Hands | Published on 2014-07-24
  • Why I Lay Out Dovetails with Dividers
    Rob Cosman showed me how to lay out dovetails using dividers about 12 or 13 years ago, and I have never looked back. I’ve caught a lot of crap for using the divider method from fellow hand-tool woodworkers who say that laying them out by eye is much faster. I don’t disagree. However, there are some advantages to taking the extra time and use dividers. 1. My work looks more […] The post Why I Lay Out Dovetails with Dividers... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine Weblog | Published on 2014-07-24