• day 3 complete
    This was my third day of box making at Marc Adams School of Woodworking. Students are doing well. Today I demonstrated wooden hinges and barbed hinges, making bases and lids, and mitered box joints. I think I covered a few other subjects, but I'm too tired at this point to recall.It is so much fun to watch so much growth.Make, fix and create... read more
    Source: Wisdom of the Hands | Published on 2014-07-31
  • Are Small Saws Kid’s saws or is There More to It?
    Last week I bought a 12” handsaw with 9-ppi but not just because I wanted it. I thought you might be interested in it. Not a serious saw? Oh, I think so. What use can that be? To be frank, I wish that someone would make saws this size for serious users and uses. I am not a small man but I would use one. If I were small I would make one from a bigger one. It’s all too... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ Blog | Published on 2014-07-30
  • A Simple Looking Glass Molding
    The following write-up describes the making of a conventional looking glass molding that can be scaled up or down to suit the size of the frame. For better examination click on any of the images for an enlarged view. Generally I find it easier to work a molding on the edge or face of a larger piece of stock, and saw it off when done. It’s more convenient to hold in the vice or down on the bench. It always... read more
    Source: Anthony Hay’s, Cabinetmaker | Published on 2014-07-30
  • A Simple Looking Glass Molding
    The following write-up describes the making of a conventional looking glass molding that can be scaled up or down to suit the size of the frame. For better examination click on any of the images for an enlarged view. Generally I find it easier to work a molding on the edge or face of a larger piece of stock, and saw it off when done. It’s more convenient to hold in the vice or down on the bench. It always... read more
    Source: Anthony Hay’s, Cabinetmaker | Published on 2014-07-30
  • The Last Bench Photo
    Ok guys no mas, no mas, this is the last bench photo for now. It is a working bench with dog holes, stops, split fill and tool holder....it's done, stick a fork in 'er. The only thing left is a lower shelf and right now because I have a shelf on the other bench I'm leaning towards no shelf on this bench. It is much easier to clean under without a shelf.I whacked the top with a hammer and there... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUY | Published on 2014-07-30
  • Landscspe magazine article (spoons)
    The latest copy of Landscape magazine featuring an article on my work is out now.I was approached by the magazine last year about running an article on my spoons.It was an interesting day being interviewed whilst going through the process of my carving.I'm pleased with the article and impressed with the photographs.The magazine can be viewed online but unfortunately it's only 16 pages and I don't think I'm on there.Here's some pics from the magazine.It's good that craft is getting... read more
    Source: Simon Hill Green Wood Carving | Published on 2014-07-30
  • Obsession No. 212. Umbrella Chairs
    When I wrote “Campaign Furniture,” I tried to avoid some of the “camp” campaign pieces – mostly pieces of furniture that had been adapted to plastic modern versions and available for sale at Bed, Bath & Beyond. But this week, I call uncle. One of the students in my New English Workshop class at Warwickshire College had spent most of his life in the tropics and collected a good deal of portable furniture, including a set of “umbrella chairs” he... read more
    Source: Lost Art Press | Published on 2014-07-30
  • Wooden spoons at Spoonfest 2013
    This weekend I’ll be at Spoonfest 2014 so here’s some of the work which was on display last year, hope to see you there.       Robert Nicholson; Fritiof Runhall; Nigel Leach Simon Hill; Alastair Dargue Jarrod Stone-Dahl; Steve Tomlin; Sean … Continue reading →... read more
    Source: Steve Tomlin Crafts | Published on 2014-07-30
  • A few spoons and a dissection…
    I was trying to close the upper portion of a window a couple of days ago and couldn't quite reach it.  I grabbed my workshop spoon, paused for a moment, and then pushed up on the window with the back of the handle.  I gave it a good shove and half of the bowl split off.I was never satisfied with that spoon, which is why it never made it out of the workshop.  But I immediately saw new value in... read more
    Source: Tim Manney Chair Maker | Published on 2014-07-30
  • The History of Wood, Part 13
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    Source: Lost Art Press | Published on 2014-07-30
  • Bob Van Dyke doesn’t know which end is up
      Bob Van Dyke’s Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking is a mecca for period furniture makers. http://www.schoolofwoodworking.com/ Great classes, great instructors – it really is a first-rate place to learn the ins & outs of period style furniture in depth. But Bob himself doesn’t know which end is up – to some of my carvings, I mean. He sent me this picture, asking “where’s the top again?” He’s notoriously freaked out by the images he thinks he sees. I see... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notes | Published on 2014-07-30
  • King Lear and the Common
    Last Saturday I went uptown to see King Lear (w. John Lithgow and Annette Benning) in Central Park. It was a wonderful evening and as I walked to the theater I marveled at New York City's implementation of the age old idea of a public common. A Common, a patch of land, open to all to graze their livestock, and to walk alone amid the crowds. It is both social and private at the same time. People reading, people playing,... read more
    Source: Joel’s Blog at Tools for Working Wood | Published on 2014-07-30
  • stress free glue up…..
    I have few more things to mop up and I'll be done with the corner cupboard. One of them done today was doing the glue up. I was going to put it off and do it later in the week but I decided to go for it. This was one of the most stress free and easy glue ups I have ever done.  I may make more of these cupboards as Xmas presents if the glue ups go as good... read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker | Published on 2014-07-30
  • end of day two..
    I am at Marc Adams School of Woodworking, and have finished my second day of box making class. My students are all doing challenging work and learning. I have demonstrated four kinds of corner joints, and most students are testing each kind of joint in their own boxes. I demonstrated my technique, using the flipping story stick for installing butt hinges, and my students have been pleased with their own success.Marc Adams School has become a major learning center, and... read more
    Source: Wisdom of the Hands | Published on 2014-07-30
  • New Planes Added This Week!
    As we promised last week, we would be keeping you informed of new plane releases as they happen. This week, we have added for your shopping pleasure a selection of 3 – #10 Hollow & Round molding Plane sets. Are you working on some ideas for larger molding profiles? Now is the time to expand your plane set! Check out what we have on our In Stock page! These birch plane bodies have great grain and color, take the time... read more
    Source: Time Warp Tool Works | Published on 2014-07-30
  • Bridge City Updates and News…
    Drivel Starve Nation; Guilty I am for ignoring this totally awesome and worthless blog for so long. All I can say is I have been busy. Here is a production update for the end of July; CT-18: All orders on record have been filled. This tool came out absolutely fantastic. It was an ordeal as you all know, but the results are stunning. It is the first Bridge City tool that my wife said; “This is going on display in... read more
    Source: Bridge City Tool Works | Published on 2014-07-29
  • I Have A Working Bench
    While the new bench is not 100% finished it is a working bench. The things left are the split "fill and tool holder", the shelf on the lower stretchers, some dog holes, and a coat of BLO.The dog holes will come as needed and I expect to start making the split fill tomorrow. If things go well I might even get the lower shelf done but I expect things will not go well, SWMBO announced over morning coffee and tea... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUY | Published on 2014-07-29
  • Craftsy Post on Spoonmaking
    Here’s my new Craftsy post about my first foray into making a wooden spoon. I’m not sure it was wise to write a post about my first effort but I tried to illustrate my learning process. Spoonmaking seems to be huge right now. Here's a link to the #spoonmaking tag on Instagram. Crazy! I'll do a post on spoonmakers soon. I love that people are making all kinds of stuff. ... read more
    Source: Furnitude | Published on 2014-07-29
  • This doesn’t Dovetail
    Visiting a house in Connecticut the other day, I came across a coffee table:A standard type of commercially produced furniture, with the drawers being continuous from one side to the other. Nothing special. A little expressed joinery at the table top corners is a nice touch.At first glance the corner blocks are dovetailed together:Looking closer though, only one board is dovetailed:I understand that someone might want to simulate dovetails in some manner, to give the look but at a cheaper... read more
    Source: The Carpentry Way | Published on 2014-07-29
  • Steve Carmichael’s “Whac-A-Woodworker” Whirligig
    I’ve heard of “Storage Wars”, “Locker Wars”, “Shipping Wars”, and even “Star Wars!” But “Whirligig Wars” is a new one to me. Actually that’s not true, I have heard of it and I’ve just chosen to pretend it’s fallen on deaf ears because I don’t want to embarrass myself attempting to enter a competition with guys like Steve Carmichael of the “The Carmichael Workshop.” This could explain the pounding in my head lately! To learn more about the 2014 “Whirligig... read more
    Source: Matt’s Basement Workshop | Published on 2014-07-29
  • Four years ago, I wrote how the oft-mentioned adage…
    Four years ago, I wrote how the oft-mentioned adage “Shiny=sharp” might not be the best method of achieving a sharp edge. Also, in sharpening demonstrations that I’ve given over the years, I mention that the best and most direct way to see what you’re doing is to use a magnifying glass to check your edge as you go along. This photo is from the current issue of Wood magazine. I’m not saying that I was the source of these ideas, but... read more
    Source: Giant Cypress | Published on 2014-07-29
  • corner cupboard VIII…….
    Made good progress on the cupboard tonight after work. I cleared another hurdle with the bevels on the sides (I was concerned about doing them). Had a hiccup with the corner board and once I resolve that, it's putting the bottom and top fronts on and calling it done. But before I started playing with that I made detour.the detour is my eventual face viseRight now it has that classic bow tie shape that draws a lot of oohs and... read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker | Published on 2014-07-29
  • Coping Saw Blades from Pegas
    I pretty much eat coping saw blades for breakfast. Just about every piece of casework I do involves dovetails (sometimes more than 100 in a single piece such as a tool chest), so a coping saw is almost always on the bench to remove waste. For years I have used the Olson coping saw blades and been quite happy with them, especially compared to the home-center dreck. My only complaint […] The post Coping Saw Blades from Pegas appeared first... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine Weblog | Published on 2014-07-29
  • indulgence in the improbable…
    I am in Indiana, and have completed day one of box making at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. I will have 18 students in this week-long class in box making, and then will have an equal number of students the following weekend for a class in making small cabinets.I also brought David J. Whattaker's book The Impact and Legacy of Educational Sloyd along so that I can write a review of it for British Woodworking Magazine in my spare time.... read more
    Source: Wisdom of the Hands | Published on 2014-07-29
  • Sticks and Stones and Naked Gnats
    In our household, we have offered the following guideline to our young girls: Words are not weapons. The only way that words can hurt you is if you let them hurt you. So, as you can imagine, we allow complete freedom of speech within our walls (though we caution them to take great care with people outside our family). This is the same policy I follow on this blog. I will never write any words here that I would not... read more
    Source: Lost Art Press | Published on 2014-07-28
  • More weight for smoothing better
    Some time ago, while surfing the net,I found and purchased this infill smoother.  It has no marks on the body, the blade is a tapered one type (more thick at cutting edge) and may be is not the original iron, as these planes often had a parallel iron (constant thickness).  The infills are rosewood, the anterior one shows evident signs of a customer repair. The iron is marked I & HSorby, the cap iron has "Dell Bros Cast Steel" on the... read more
    Source: Woodworking by Hand | Published on 2014-07-28
  • Concluding the Scrub Plane Series
    Metal and Wooden Scrub Planes Both Work Fine We have seen that the cast metal scrub planes originating in the Western world started only a little over a century or so ago; and that these dedicated roughing planes found their origins from an early wooden counterpart. Metal versions were never as accepted in mainland Europe, however, I saw that the younger men I worked with felt that this was a flawed perspective reflecting a resistance to change. I don’t think... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ Blog | Published on 2014-07-28
  • Part 7: Filling the guts of your Dutch Tool Chest-Spacer and drawers
    The last few items to deck out the tool chest are optional. And fortunately, they aren’t nearly as difficult to position and dimension. Top-section Fixture: pencil holder/spacer The plane divider lattice for the jointer includes a large gap in front of it. So to fill this space, and to keep the plane from sliding back and forth like a dinner bowl in the galley of a ship in high seas, I made a spacer. But rather than simply cutting a... read more
    Source: Hand Tool Journey | Published on 2014-07-28
  • Benches in Place
    I did some pushing and shoving and the benches are in place. Other things need moving such as the drill press and the swamp cooler but the shop is useable so I can finish the bench. First up will be pegging and Spaxing the slabs to the base followed by making a split "fill and tool holder". I expect I will cut the slab to length before installing the lower shelf on the stretchers and someplace in there will be... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUY | Published on 2014-07-28
  • Unplugged Summer Update
      Well here we are, already the end of July, already halfway through our summer vacation. It’s been an amazing month filled with lots of much needed rest and relaxation. I haven’t been doing too much in the way of wood work, but I have... read more
    Source: The Unplugged Woodshop | Published on 2014-07-28