• that settles it…
    In my poll at right the vast majority chose the veneered box with the matching lid over the one that was purposefully mismatched. I should have known that would happen, and I believe you all with the exception of two brave souls gave the more conservative answer. I'll dial back my own adventurous creativity in the hopes that one or both boxes will sell. Today I applied a second coat of Danish oil on boxes I am preparing to ship... read more
    Source: Wisdom of the Hands | Published on 2014-04-20
  • My Brother the Artist: Steve Clark
    My Brother Steve has worked as an architect for the past 30 years or so but long before that he was a very skilled artist.  For some reason he has the ability to draw what he sees or imagines. I am very envious of that skill as drawing does not come easy for me.  Don't tell him I said that.  I am the little brother and competition is rooted deep from our younger days.  These few samples of his work... read more
    Source: What’s New at TimothyClark.com | Published on 2014-04-20
  • Rose Tools scanned catalog archive added to Articles
    Rose Tools put an extraordinary amount of time and effort into scanning a number of catalogs over the years. While the original website hosting this resource has been taken down, Rose Tools has given permission to host them on the Articles page of my website (and elsewhere). Donna Rose Allen still maintains an active website devoted to quality new and old tools. The scanned catalogs represent a large sampling of tools from approximately 50 different companies, and spans nearly a century of manufacturing.... read more
    Source: Blackburn Tools | Published on 2014-04-19
  • I do it wrong
              There. I said it. I file saws the wrong way. I  feel better. You must be wondering what the heck I’m talking about. Let me catch you up… Some history: The old texts on saw filing are clear. They indicate you should never file a saw only from one side. They all unanimously say that you should file every other tooth and then flip the saw around in the vise and file the teeth you... read more
    Source: The Saw Blog | Published on 2014-04-19
  • Don’t Fret, it’s Just a Saw
      In the last video post, the Good Dr.’s Medicine Chest Part Six, the interior panels were sawn using a Fret Saw. Fret saws, and fret sawing, are one of those mysterious techniques that until you try it, may seem a little daunting. Sure, we’re... Related Posts... read more
    Source: The Unplugged Woodshop | Published on 2014-04-19
  • Yesterday…
      …You know the rest. We had a plane take (blast) off yesterday as we closed the week’s work for a UK Holiday Weekend. Penrhyn Castle was brimming with holiday people coming to the beautiful North Wales mountains and seaside and many stayed here at the Castle all day long. We inside the Castle and in between bouts of filming and spreading the good news about our work to visitors, peeled off shavings with the different trial planes we prepped... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ Blog | Published on 2014-04-19
  • Router Plane Fix
    Worked like a charm. The old Stanley router plane turned up in the mail from a colleague in the States a while back, the box a little crunched and the threaded adjustment shaft was bent. Not a huge problem, but the thing was that it made it impossible to set the iron for anything less than about 3/8” (9 mm). The question was; leave it as is, or try to bend and risk breaking the shaft? Not needing the plane... read more
    Source: Lost Art Press | Published on 2014-04-19
  • one mortise of four done……
    My thumbs will not stop aching. This is the first time that they have carried on their song for a week.  Maybe that is a good for me because it is making me slow down. This week I've done less than I would normally do each night in the shop. I've scaled back on what I expect to accomplish each night. Tonight I did what I thought I could do in about an hour or so. I got the apron... read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker | Published on 2014-04-19
  • Byrdcliffe-ish Cabinet Finished
    Like everything lately, this project seemed to take me FOR-EVER!  But it’s done now, and I think it came out great.  It’s square, solid and straight.  The proportions work, the finish is a great color and has a nice warm glow, and the stained glass panel work nicely in the door. It’s completely different in character than the Byrdcliffe cabinet, definitely squarely in the Mission vernacular.  I installed it in the guest room, perhaps a skosh too high in retrospect.... read more
    Source: McGlynn on Making | Published on 2014-04-18
  • Problematic Pistons
    On Monday I shared a pic of a piston filler suffering a little seepage where it should not, and given the resulting flood of interest... Er, yes. Anyway, I thought I'd give the interweb the benefit of my experience in the fixing of Indian-made "Serwex" brand piston fillers. The interweb doesn't want it? Too bad. It's a saga, I warn you. So I fairly recently took delivery from India of a "new... read more
    Source: Musings from the Workbench | Published on 2014-04-18
  • Folding Campaign Bookcase Complete
    For the last seven weeks I’ve been building this folding campaign bookcase using sapele I purchased from the dearly departed Midwest Woodworking. My logbook says I have about 50 hours in the project. It took seven weeks because I was interrupted by travel, teaching and taxes (to name a few things). Some details: Overall dimensions (open): 37” long, 27” high, 10-1/4” deep.Hardware: Most of the hardware is from Lee Valley. The corner guards, brackets and campaign pulls were vintage stuff... read more
    Source: Lost Art Press | Published on 2014-04-18
  • Oregon Art Beat Exhibition Celebrates 15 Years Of Creativity
    Northwest Woodworking Studio Director Gary Rogowski will be featured in the Oregon Artbeat Exhibition. From Art Beat’s Facebook Page In honor of Oregon Art Beat’s 15th season, OPB is excited to present the Oregon Art Beat Exhibition: Celebrating 15 Years of Creativity. Opening April 19 to the public, the exhibition will feature hundreds of Oregon Art Beat alumni artists and brings together paintings, metal work, sculpture, calligraphy, pottery, music and more from across the region. The exhibition will take place... read more
    Source: Northwest Woodworking Studio | Published on 2014-04-18
  • So close I can taste it…
    I’m not talking about BBQ this time.  I am that close to finishing the cabinet I’ve been working on.  I was sure I could finish it yesterday and get it installer.  After all, all I had left to do was rub out and wax the finish and do the final assembly. I rubbed all of the parts out with 0000 steel wool, then top coated with dark brown wax.  I like the end result a lot, and it wasn’t that much work.  I... read more
    Source: McGlynn on Making | Published on 2014-04-18
  • Signing and finishing…
    I use  fine line Uniball black pen to sign the undersides of my boxes. Where there is enough room for it, I also write the names of the woods used, and with some of my inlaid boxes, that means writing the names of 5 or 6 different woods. My hand cramps after a time, so I try not to do too many at once. The identification of species of wood is one of the things that the buyers of my... read more
    Source: Wisdom of the Hands | Published on 2014-04-18
  • Upcoming Posts and Videos
    We have been busy creating new input for training and of course our outreach is far bigger than ever before. Your requests for specific videos and blog posts really is taken seriously so please keep the requests that interest you coming in. We have new posts and videos emerging on the following over the next few weeks. This is a partial list: Bevel-up and bevel-down planes – What’s the difference? Moulding planes – What they do and how to sharpen... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ Blog | Published on 2014-04-18
  • WORK No. 109- Published April 18, 1891
    Foundation learning this week in Work. Bone up on knots & splicing as well as screw threads for metalwork. Perfect for anyone working on a sail-driven engine lathe. You know who you are.As long as we're at it, check out the thread pattern on our Milwaukee Quick-Release Bench Vises. It combines the features of the "square" and "trapezoidal" patterns and usually called a Buttress thread. Compare this to the pure trapezoidal thread of Joel's antique Record vise below. Bear in... read more
    Source: The Work Magazine Reprint Project | Published on 2014-04-18
  • Jackie Chan. Chopsticks. Woodworking. What’s not to like?
    Jackie Chan. Chopsticks. Woodworking. What’s not to like?... read more
    Source: Giant Cypress | Published on 2014-04-18
  • treads done….
    My thumbs have been acting up lately and won't quit singing songs to me. Even pulling a staple out of paper at work hurts. At times my left will hurt more then my right, which is my master hand. It doesn't bother me that much as I'm working but when I'm done and not doing anything it does. In spite of this annoyance, I still got a few things accomplished tonight. legs ready to clean up not much proudness to... read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker | Published on 2014-04-18
  • Split and Sawed Shingles
    I have been interested in the communications of your correspondent in regard to shingles. I have had over thirty years’ experience in building and repairing roofs. I have taken rifted pine shingles from off several roofs that were worn entirely through, at the line where the water falls from one shingle upon the next one below, while underneath the courses the shingles were as bright as when first laid. Such is not the fact with sawed and cut shingles, from... read more
    Source: Lost Art Press | Published on 2014-04-18
  • A Barrel of Shavings
    A Carpenter can no longer be judged by his shavings. Machinery and improved tools is knocking to pieces the old-fashioned mechanical way of lots of sawdust and any amount of shavings in housework. On this point the Springfield Republican remarks: “A prominent city landlord, who is putting up many of the wooden houses in a district which is being rapidly filled, when asked by an old resident for a few barrels of shavings the other day, replied: We don’t have... read more
    Source: Lost Art Press | Published on 2014-04-18
  • A Barrel of Shavings
    A Carpenter can no longer be judged by his shavings. Machinery and improved tools is knocking to pieces the old-fashioned mechanical way of lots of sawdust and any amount of shavings in housework. On this point the Springfield Republican remarks: “A prominent city landlord, who is putting up many of the wooden houses in a district which is being rapidly filled, when asked by an old resident for a few barrels of shavings the other day, replied: We don’t have... read more
    Source: Lost Art Press | Published on 2014-04-18
  • Diamond Willow Roorkee – Part II: Joinery
    I'm pooped! We got all of the joinery for one chair done today, and have parts roughed out for a second. I'm too tired to write too much tonight, so here are a bunch of photos for the day instead.All I will say is we wanted some stock that was a bit thicker than the stuff Dad usually uses for his walking sticks.  It turned out he didn't have much, so we used what we had including some stock that... read more
    Source: Toolerable | Published on 2014-04-18
  • When Good Tools Go Bad.
    I get the idea that for some woodworking is mostly about accuracy. Accuracy is important but it has it's place. I have never worried about how infinitesimally thin I can get my #4 to take shavings, There are times and places I take thick groatish shavings, even with my #4. Instead I worry about the line I'm shaving to and the surface left behind. Who cares how gossamer the shavings are on my shop floor and under my feet. I... read more
    Source: Inside the Oldwolf Workshop | Published on 2014-04-18
  • heyhowareya
    or… screw and tape it or… Cut-perfect-print it. Let’s move on! These are the kind of things you hear on a job site, a real-world job site…if you can hear anything at all. There are a lot of moving parts at the place where we’ve been working. It’s a little distracting, but that’s to be expected when our little timber-framed bridge is spanning the gulf between a brand new inn and spa. The bridge is right there in the middle, a... read more
    Source: BLUE OAK | Published on 2014-04-18
  • good bye, john henry
    please impart whatever good luck remains in your engine to Mr Lowden... read more
    Source: Manual | Published on 2014-04-18
  • On the Stump and the Axe
    For some reason I never considered a tree stump as essential workshop equipment until I met Richard Maguire. Maguire, a lifelong furniture-maker and bench-builder, uses a stump and an axe in his shop and counts it among his essential workshop kit. I’ve always favored sawbenches (yup, I hew on them), but I am coming around to Richard’s way of thinking. Especially after playing a few (OK, 126) rounds of the Hammer Schlager game, the best stump game ever. This week... read more
    Source: Lost Art Press | Published on 2014-04-17
  • A use for young beech leaves
    There's more to trees than just wood - the bark, sap, fruit, seeds and roots are all useful. Yesterday I was out collecting leaves for a project I've been wanting to do for a few years. Continue reading →... read more
    Source: Steve Tomlin Crafts | Published on 2014-04-17
  • Spring Bowl Turning in the Never Ending Winter Wonderland
       Spring.....well I guess it could be called that. This morning we woke up to another 12 inches of fresh snow. At this point I'm not convinced winter will end. This is the time of the year when you get to witness the most hardened north woods loggers tear up when they reflect on the weather. I've seen it. It's disturbing, but we are all feeling it up here in the North. Maybe a winter support group is in order.... read more
    Source: Jarrod StoneDahl | Published on 2014-04-17
  • Starting from Photos
    I've often been asked about starting a project from a photograph. I made my first chair that way, as a copy of one of Curtis Buchanans chair in a magazine. When I saw it in person, I was surprised by how far off the mark I was. Not only did I get just about every shape and proportion wrong, but the magazine had made his yellow chair look quite green. That was a lucky break for me as the green... read more
    Source: Chair Notes | Published on 2014-04-17
  • Fueling up the hand tool woodworker
    So, a guy’s gotta eat, right? With the advent of Spring I decided to make pork ribs for dinner yesterday.  Having grown up in Missouri I have a natural tendency toward good BBQ.  Although, “grown up” might be a stretch.  Let’s just agree that I lived the first 30 years of my life there and not digress into discussions of my maturity, ok?  OK. Ribs need to be a balance of textures and flavors.  You don’t really want “falling off... read more
    Source: McGlynn on Making | Published on 2014-04-17