• this makes me happy
    I was sent this gorgeous turned wooden artefact by a friend who deals in Chinese antiques. For much of it’s life it was a lunch box. It tells me much about the Chinese that a vessel of such small capacity serves for lunch. They are apparently filled with a ball of rice and taken out […] The post this makes me happy appeared first on Robin Wood.... read more
    Source: Robin Wood | Published on 2014-07-23
  • The best $1 you can spend on your workbench
    I recently finished off my never-ending project — building a proper workbench. I snapped some photos figuring it will never look this pristine again. Time to press the bench into service… Things started off great, but I wanted to set my jack plane to take a heavy cut and see how just how aggressive I could get before the bench started to move. I’m 6′-1.5″ tall and 240lbs, so if I really get going I’ve moved many a sizable bench... read more
    Source: Rainford Restorations | Published on 2014-07-23
  • new work
    Some exciting new bowls including replica Neolithic woodwork for Stone Henge Visitor Centre. Been too busy making and getting ready for SPOONFEST to update the blog but here are a few pics of new work. Three quaichs just finished, silver rims and sycamore bowls, perfect for the discerning whisky drinker.The first one went off in […] The post new work appeared first on Robin Wood.... read more
    Source: Robin Wood | Published on 2014-07-22
  • Supporting One Another Around the World
      I often look at our supporters following our various ways of reaching out to woodworkers worldwide and at one time only two or three countries were following our work. That’s massively changed; exponentially. Over the last two years we have seen an incredible increase to every continent and in the remotest of parts at that. The world seems suddenly to have become quite small as people interested in the simplicities and complexities of hand craft work are seeking international... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ Blog | Published on 2014-07-22
  • The quality of shavings
    Richard The quality of shavings is not strain’d, They drop as the gentle rain from the plane Upon the place beneath: they are twice blest; They bless the floor and the plane. (I notice the crooked, two-handed knife gets no mention – Ed)   Related articles The Quality Of Mercy By William Shakespeare Flying Shavings... read more
    Source: Flying Shavings | Published on 2014-07-22
  • corner cupboard pt V…….
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    Source: Accidental Woodworker | Published on 2014-07-22
  • Damn I Have a Flat Forehead
    My only excuse is most tenon cheeks I cut are not the size of the ones on the work bench. Without thinking when I went to saw off the tenon cheeks I did it as usual. Secure the leg to the bench, set the saw in the knife line and start sawing across the cheek....As posted earlier: Wrong move Bubba. So this morning I did it as if sawing the tenon, start the kerf across the cheek then down the... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUY | Published on 2014-07-22
  • Bandsaw blade tracking
    My post the other day about my recent experience with case hardened wood and the bandsaw got me to thinking about my own tool’s setup. I know I get a little lazy sometimes when it comes to readjusting the settings for a new blade, but I’ve learned to overcome my urge to be slothy and do the setup work anyways. I’ve learned to never assume that just because I’m swapping one blade for another of the same size and configuration... read more
    Source: Matt’s Basement Workshop | Published on 2014-07-22
  • Kezurou-Kai in Brooklyn, Sept. 6, 2014
    Kezurou-Kai in Brooklyn, Sept. 6, 2014: Yann Giguère is hosting a Kezurou-Kai at his shop, Mokuchi Studio, in Brooklyn on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. You may think of a Kezurou-Kai as simply a planing contest, or a demonstration of freakishly large Japanese planes, but it’s much more than that. It’s an opportunity for woodworkers to get together, talk about woodworking and tools, and to have a great time. I’ll be giving a talk on Japanese and western planes, sort of a condensed version... read more
    Source: Giant Cypress | Published on 2014-07-22
  • intermission
    now that the dining room is nearly completeI'm left with an overwhelming sense of absenceI no longer have something to work oninward I turn my bench was the first thing I madeand it has been set up backward since the beginningI'm not a leftybut my bench ismy future father in law had given me a pair of steel bench screws one of which just begged to become a leg viseI made the chop from a length of 2x6 in the... read more
    Source: Grain Damaged | Published on 2014-07-22
  • I can own an Atlatl…
    I can and do own a root burl war club, I own a Pueblo rabbit stick, I own a tomahawk, I own a bow and arrows, I own a 1842 Springfield musket, I own a 1848 Colt pocket pistol, I own a 1860 English double barrel 12 gauge shotgun, but I Can Not own a slingshot [county law].  Not sure about my David/Goliath sling? I made this from maple to match the tapered octagonal handles of the rest of my... read more
    Source: Full Chisel | Published on 2014-07-22
  • so far…
    Hand carve a sphere and cylinder? The three parts of gift number 2 are the symbol associated with Friedrich Froebel that was used as the marker on his grave. In this case both the ball and cylinder were carved by knife from blocks exactly like that forming the base.In contrast, Richard Bazeley is using a different approach with his students to make spheres. He reports that students hold blocks in the vise while they work with planes and chisels to... read more
    Source: Wisdom of the Hands | Published on 2014-07-22
  • and the Floor is Gray
    I mentioned in my last post that I intended to paint my shop floor a light gray color. The floor is now gray.We have red clay soil where I live and frankly the white floor looked pretty terrible. On Friday afternoon I looked around and estimated it would take me about 45 minutes to move everything out of the way and clean the floor in preparation of painting. Having tool chest on wheels greatly facilitated the process, even though it... read more
    Source: Brese Plane | Published on 2014-07-22
  • corner cupboard pt IV……
    Today was a glorious summer day. Bright sunshine, a slight breeze, not too warm, and there was low humidity. All of this is the opposite of the the weather forecast I got on sunday. Tomorrow is supposed to be hot getting into the low 90's and the humidity will be back. It starts then and is supposed to really be high on wednesday. We'll see what shakes out with my least favorite weather.R and L stilesThis is what I'm going... read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker | Published on 2014-07-22
  • A Hand Cranked Handy Andy
    I picked up a large hand cranked grinder when I was in PA last spring, and just finally got around to getting it set up.  Its marked Handy Andy by Pike.  It will take an 8″ wheel, although I had to turn a bushing to fit the 3/8″ shaft.  I used a piece of cutting […]... read more
    Source: The Alaska Woodworker | Published on 2014-07-22
  • A Hand Cranked Handy Andy
    I picked up a large hand cranked grinder when I was in PA last spring, and just finally got around to getting it set up.  Its marked Handy Andy by Pike.  It will take an 8″ wheel, although I had to turn a bushing to fit the 3/8″ shaft.  I used a piece of cutting […]... read more
    Source: The Alaska Woodworker | Published on 2014-07-22
  • Woodworking in Space
    In the future, when we colonize Mars, will we bring with us every possible thing we could ever need or will we make stuff we need? I should probably read up on the force of gravity on Mars, because gravity is why we make most furniture. We need something to hold us and our stuff off the ground. (OK, a short Google search later, and I found that gravity on Mars is only 38 percent of the gravity on Earth. For... read more
    Source: Furnitude | Published on 2014-07-21
  • Part 2: Filling the guts of your Dutch Tool Chest-Finishing details
    Spicing up your buildThe chest is pretty plain Jane as far as designs go. To spice it up, I used a few techniques that others around the Net have turned to. Bead details break up monolithic panels. To make the fall-front door stand out, I used my 3/8” side-bead plane to put a bead on the panels adjacent to it. The chest’s back panel also got the beading treatment. It consists of three panels joined via tongue and groove joints.... read more
    Source: Hand Tool Journey | Published on 2014-07-21
  • Congratulations
    Think about how you look at others’ work. You don’t look for every mistake. You look at the scope of the project, the effort required. You consider the time spent on design. You see the form, the choice of wood and think about the time taken to mill the lumber. The hours spent on joining pieces together and the detail in the joinery and the weeks spent on shaping and sanding and how the hardware is hung. You step back... read more
    Source: Northwest Woodworking Studio | Published on 2014-07-21
  • spoons on mine, felted stuff on hers
    Just back from Maine – the class was great. Lie-Nielsen is right up there as one of my favorite places to be. here’s a bunch 0′ carvers hunched down at work. I’m home now til Roy’s in 2 weeks. Lots to report, but first I must un-pack, then get to work on spoons & bowls & more. In the meantime, I posted most of what spoons I have left on the etsy site – and Maureen posted more felted stuff... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notes | Published on 2014-07-21
  • SLOW
      We spent this morning, paddling around on the Margaree River, taking in all of the sights and smells that nature has to offer. It’s nice to drift along, letting the river carry you along, with no time or destination in mind.     We... read more
    Source: The Unplugged Woodshop | Published on 2014-07-21
  • Finished scoops
    I started some scoops or sugar spoons a while back.A few folk wanted to see them finished so I thought that I would post them up.I managed to get some chip carving patterns of different basket weaves done on the handles. And the finished three.... read more
    Source: Simon Hill Green Wood Carving | Published on 2014-07-21
  • Last BBQ and a Little Base
    I lost a shop day yesterday but it was good to have friends over for food and drink. In this busy world we live in today it doesn't happen often enough. Life is totally out of balance with work dominance distorting our values and life. We started losing our way fifty or so years ago and I'm guessing most of my generational cohorts will need to die for a chance to regain some balance. Enough....When I think about it I... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUY | Published on 2014-07-21
  • A case for “case hardening”?
    Over the weekend I was resawing with my bandsaw, for the project video I’ll release later this week. All was going well until I noticed the blade started to make an unusual sound. The wood felt as if it had gotten stuck, then ALL OF A SUDDEN…BAM!!! the blade came off the wheels and it all came to an end. In a moment I went from happy woodworker, to a guy who was hurriedly hitting the stop button followed by... read more
    Source: Matt’s Basement Workshop | Published on 2014-07-21
  • Button, button…
    When I was writing my blog post yesterday morning I realized I’d forgotten to make a provision for attaching the top to the table base.  I kew I needed to do it, but in the excitement of getting close to glue-up I lost sight of it. So first thing, I drew up some quick dimensions for a batch of buttons to attach the table top, and headed out to the shop in search of a suitable off cut to use... read more
    Source: McGlynn on Making | Published on 2014-07-21
  • I had the pleasure of meeting Elaine Stritch thanks to my wife…
    I had the pleasure of meeting Elaine Stritch thanks to my wife many years ago. There won’t be another like her. Hope you enjoy yourself in Gay Paree, Elaine.... read more
    Source: Giant Cypress | Published on 2014-07-21
  • corner cupboard pt III……
    I got past the hurdle of the top and bottom angled boards in the cupboard project. The rest of the build should be easy compared to this. I still have to make the middle shelf but that won't be a problem. It doesn't have to match up with another one. I just have to size it to fit inside the cupboard and I don't anticipate any hiccups with it.the bottomI didn't do this in the sequence that Paul did it... read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker | Published on 2014-07-21
  • On Closing the Spokeshave Series – Last One for Now
    A difference between cast-metal spokeshaves and wooden spokeshaves is the dynamic of bevel-up and bevel-down cutting iron I spoke of in an earlier post in the series. The two differences may possibly appear to present the blade similarly but that’s not the case. Regardless of spokeshave type, the bevel forming the cutting edge will be ground and honed at 30-degrees. When the bevel-up iron negotiates the wood, the bevel being 30-degrees (or what is on the blade if ground and... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ Blog | Published on 2014-07-21
  • Four-Stroke Mortise And Tenon
    The tools and materials required: clockwise from left, two pieces of 2" wide pine stock perfectly squared around, mortising gauge, mallet, marking knife, crosscut and rip backsaws, pair of bench hooks, paring chisel, primary mortising chisel, narrow mortising chisel, chisel-pointed pencil, and square.This is a pre-proofread draft, but I wanted to get this out quickly. I'll clean it up tomorrow.In Four-Stroke Tenoning Exercise, I said that the method could be applied to mortises as well. Here it is, in obsessive detail.That... read more
    Source: Close Grain | Published on 2014-07-21
  • Bench work
    Richard Is this man: a) Sleeping on the job; b) dead in his own-made open-air coffin; or c) dreaming of his next blog post? Well, in July about a couple of hundred highly motivated chaps mount their bikes (and sometimes fall off them) and race them for three weeks around Europe, and this year they came almost past my front door, well, within two miles of it.  It’s not every day the Tour de France comes up Skipton High Street... read more
    Source: Flying Shavings | Published on 2014-07-20