• 4 – Initial Sharpening of the Nonpareil Saw.
    I have progressed through describing how I have taken an old hand saw – well, it is thirty or forty years old – and remodeled the handle to suit me. Next is how I set up the business-end ready for work. At this point I’m going to state that I’m not a saw-doctor. Old fashioned …... read more
    Source: All Hand Made | Published on 2014-08-30
  • cum se, cum sa
    From the french, so so or a little this, a little that. It depends upon who you ask as to what the translation is.  I happen to like a little this and a little that because that is what I did in the shop tonight. I think I definitely finished one, worked on another, made a iffy maybe on needed project, and started something new. I'll be busy this weekend if the thumbs don't act up.finally doneThis is the view... read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker | Published on 2014-08-30
  • HB Tansu Progress-10
    I took a day of vacation today so that I could squeeze out a four-day weekend with Monday’s holiday.  Today’s plans included only two things.  Install the handles and build the sliding doors for the HB Tansu.  Simple and easy….not so much. I have been working on the handles over the past several evening and finally finished them last night.  So I took them out into the shop this morning at 7am and started the installation.  Pretty straight forward stuff, thread the... read more
    Source: GREG MERRITT – BY MY OWN HANDS | Published on 2014-08-29
  • Elm is Awesome – Stick Chair Build – Day 2
    Elm is a pain in the neck.Elm is easy to plane, and then all of a sudden it tears out just as you do one too many swipes.Elm is gorgeous.  It is strong, resists splitting, and is a traditional wood for these kinds of chairs for these properties.One of the interesting parts of my seat blank. Today was a productive day for Olav, Jonas and I.  Jonas and I decided we wanted to try to get our seats saddled today in... read more
    Source: Toolerable | Published on 2014-08-29
  • Welsh stick chair build day 2
    Another day of the epic chair building arrangement has come to an end.Today we worked on stuff that ended up looking like parts for a chair, which was a great leap forward compared to the various #$£% ups yesterday.I started out trying to make a nice round dowel for my final attempt of steam bending. I had done some of the job yesterday with one of Brian's spokeshaves, but it needed some more work to look really nice.After a short... read more
    Source: Mulesaw: Being old fashioned, the cool way. | Published on 2014-08-29
  • Forensic Examination – Unlocking Past Treasures
    Dismantling furniture gives meaning to the present and so we better understand out craft and piece together the missing pieces in the puzzle of what has gradually disappeared. I like finding chisel cuts and plane marks because they reflect a richly textured craft culture evidenced in honest workmanship. It’s something machines will never leave or if they do it will likely be in burn marks in saw kerfs and routed moulds and dadoes. I watch a machine cut the wall of... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ Blog | Published on 2014-08-29
  • Birds finally (Hey Marie – I swiped some photos)
    Business first = I spent part of a recent evening blabbing about me & woodworking to Cory Mickelson  http://craftsmansroad.com/ . I understand why it’s a “-cast” but I don’t know what the “pod” part is… I couldn’t get to it from the website; and used Itunes to hear it. Once it started, I shut it off. I can’t listen to me. Cory was very nice – some of you might want to hear it. for some reason.    But finally – birds.... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notes | Published on 2014-08-29
  • Emma International Collaboration 2014: Part Three…
    Bridge Citizens Far and Wide: If you haven’t read the first two installments of this totally awesome experience – shared on this totally awesome and worthless blog – then shame on you. Here are more pics with as few captions as possible. OH, and in case you are wondering, there are six total installments…. Basket making is the world’s oldest craft/art… the work is tedious and it really is not hand friendly over decades. One maker from Denmark commented that... read more
    Source: Bridge City Tool Works | Published on 2014-08-29
  • Blacker Serving Table Design Completed
    I’ve reached a state of equilibrium with the design for my semi-reproduction of this Greene & Greene serving table from the Blacker house.  Which almost guarantees that I’ll think of three changes I want to make before I finish writing the blog post… Blacker house serving table – Final Design? There were some missing details that I needed to fill in, including joinery and embellishments.  I think I have those done now, but I’d appreciate feedback on goth the aesthetics... read more
    Source: McGlynn on Making | Published on 2014-08-29
  • RWW 182 Hybrid Milling
    HYBRID??? Did you just read that on this site? What twisted alternate dimension is this? Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria! Ok there I said it before some of you get a chance. Yes I have a power planer in my shop and this video will give you a good idea why and how well it works with my hand planes. Typically if a board is in the 5″ range in width, I will just use my hand planes... read more
    Source: Renaissance Woodworker Blog | Published on 2014-08-29
  • Time to Replenish the Tool Fund – I’ll Have Some Eccentric Saws for Sale at WIA This Yea...
    Never really used this blog to sell anything before, but my tool fund is low and with me not able to work for a while now, I think it's best to sell off some of the tools that I just  don't use to get money for some tools that I "need". So, with that being said, I'm going to be bringing 4 Andrew Lunn saws and one Ron Bontz saw with me to WIA this year to sell if anyone... read more
    Source: Plane Shavings | Published on 2014-08-29
  • Devil in the Detail
    In this brave new world where Big Brother doesn't just watch us but offers us recommendations on what to do next, it's true that my somewhat eclectic approach to Google can lead to some unusual suggestions. This recent one, though, I found just a tiny bit disturbing... Inevitably, aside from the "Hang on, why are you recommending this to me?!" reaction, I find myself wondering what he/she did... read more
    Source: Musings from the Workbench | Published on 2014-08-29
  • Building 3D with Ikea
    Building 3D with Ikea: One of woodworking’s enduring running jokes is about how Ikea furniture is made from termite barf. As it turns out, 75% of the furniture in Ikea catalogs isn’t even real. Kirsty Parkin: Every year, CGSociety goes to SIGGRAPH, one of the premier conferences on innovation for the computer graphics and VFX industries in the world. In 2012, we watched as Martin Enthed, the IT Manager for the in-house communication agency of IKEA, gave a short presentation.... read more
    Source: Giant Cypress | Published on 2014-08-29
  • connect with learning the old fashioned way
    NBC news finally did a program on hands-on learning, as though it's new news. Program Encourages Kids to Build, Play the Old-Fashioned WayThanks to David for alerting me to it. Building things is an important component of hands-on learning. Taking things apart, dissecting, mixing, baking, and music are also important building blocks for engagement. And yet, in American education, we allow students to remain bored and complacent, rather than actively learning. This is the first day of the 14th year... read more
    Source: Wisdom of the Hands | Published on 2014-08-29
  • First Review of ‘The Naked Woodworker’
    Veteran woodworker Jeff Branch has reviewed our new DVD, “The Naked Woodworker” with Mike Siemsen. Jeff has 30 years of woodworking experience but is just entering the world of handwork – so he’s not a babe in the woods. Be sure to check out the review so you know what to do when your spouse walks in on you watching “The Naked Woodworker.” All I can say is that it’s a good thing we used an Americana soundtrack for the... read more
    Source: Lost Art Press | Published on 2014-08-29
  • WORK No. 128 – Published August 29, 1891
    Whether or not you intend to get knee-deep in circuit-bending or you just find yourself dabbling with a soldering iron once in a blue moon, circuits like the Wheatstone Bridge seem to be major cornerstones to understanding, as well as sophisticated tools in their own right. I know there are plenty of readers and resources out there in a better position to explain the the construction and application of the Wheatstone Bridge using modern components. By all means consult and... read more
    Source: The Work Magazine Reprint Project | Published on 2014-08-29
  • More on Making – Design Concepts
    I think that sometimes I have been grateful for machines and I realise their real value when woods have difficult grain. I remember one time passing a most beautiful treasure of mesquite burl into my planer for a second pass of 1/64th. Not a heavy cut at all. The first pass had worked fine and I was passing it through oriented the same way as previously. The piece entered fine and then suddenly exploded every bit of it somewhere into... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ Blog | Published on 2014-08-29
  • The Naked Woodworker…..
    is a DVD hosted by Mike Siemsen and produced by the Lost Art Press. If I read the release correctly this is the first DVD done by them. It's a two disc set that I bought as soon as it was offered for sale. The cost was $22 plus the obligatory S/H. I think the cost is worth it just for disc 2 so this is an attractive price for a 2 DVD set.What I am calling disc 1, is about Mike buying... read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker | Published on 2014-08-29
  • 530 Small turned mallet or “My first turning project!”
    I knew it was eventually going to happen, the temptation is far too great to avoid. Don’t worry, I’m not talking about turning to the darkside and taking up knitting (although I wouldn’t mind making my own matching wool scarf and woobie set for winter, especially if it’s as cold as last year.) Instead, I’m talking about another blackhole of woodworking that I’ve been very vocal about avoiding for years…WOODTURNING! Sure I’ve had the lathe for awhile now, and yes... read more
    Source: Matt’s Basement Workshop | Published on 2014-08-29
  • new shop
     I have my new wood shop/classroom almost ready to go and will have my first class in the morning. I particularly like my new pegboard tool carts, that allow me to put tools aside when not in use,  and to make the best use of a smaller space. I still have my desk, upper unit, and cabinets to move next week, but had to get things organized to this point first. Moving shops from one space to another is like... read more
    Source: Wisdom of the Hands | Published on 2014-08-28
  • Modern Danish Welsh Stick Chair Build by an American living in Germany, Day 1
    I made it to Denmark!  Last night after a drive only a little more than twelve hours, I pulled into the Mulesaw compound when the weather and the light were just perfect.The Mulesaw Family Compound.What a beautiful place this is.I actually beat Jonas home.  When he finally got home from work, we went out to the shop and spazzed out over tools and chairs and stuff until early in the morning.After a few hours sleep, we got up and got... read more
    Source: Toolerable | Published on 2014-08-28
  • Shine on
    Saw this picture on a temple carpenter's blog, showing a stage for what look to be a Nō drama (能楽殿), set up for a town festival to honor a historical event, the departure of an emperor:Here you see some of the core elements of what makes Japanese traditional architecture beautiful, at least to me: stout pillars, wooden floor, exposed rafters, kaeru mata (frog leg struts seen at the mid-span of the beams), finely finished soffit, the kōran (lit. orchid railing)... read more
    Source: The Carpentry Way | Published on 2014-08-28
  • Welsh stick chair build day 1
    Brian arrived last night, and so did I. After a quick hello and a hug to my wife, we headed to the workshop for looking at the wood and each others tools.We managed to stay in the shop until 1 o'clock testing out various tools and talking.Today we started by bringing out the elm slabs and marking out where we could fit a sat blank. We cut those pieces out with a chainsaw. I have decided that I want to... read more
    Source: Mulesaw: Being old fashioned, the cool way. | Published on 2014-08-28
  • Blacker Table Design
    I want to thank John Vernier for his comments.  John always has valuable input and has shared some great insights on both history and techniques.  Yesterday I mentioned that there were two versions of the table — I was alluding to two different sizes that were produced, but John clarified that there were also two of the smaller version of this table produced for the Blacker house originally: You are right that there are two versions of the table. There... read more
    Source: McGlynn on Making | Published on 2014-08-28
  • Hello Kitty is not a cat, plus more reveals before her L.A. tour
    Hello Kitty is not a cat, plus more reveals before her L.A. tour: Hello Kitty turns 40 years old this year, and there’s a retrospective which opens in October at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. Carolina Miranda, in the L.A. Times: When [Christine] Yano was preparing her written texts for the exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum, she says she described Hello Kitty as a cat. “I was corrected — very firmly,” she says. “That’s one correction... read more
    Source: Giant Cypress | Published on 2014-08-28
  • Jennie Alexander’s Bench Hook
    Jennie Alexander requested that I show a photo of her bench hook (aka planing stop) that is made with a bit of saw steel. If you look close you can see the mortise she cut in front of the wooden pillar to prevent someone getting bit by the “toothy critter.” Earlier this year I visited Jennie in Baltimore to interview her for an upcoming feature article I am writing about her life’s work – green woodworking and chairmaking. We also... read more
    Source: Lost Art Press | Published on 2014-08-28
  • Vise advice, or lack there of.
    I am currently working on building the base for my workbench, but I have been thinking a little ahead to how I will mount and install the vises.  I am going to use four Grizzly H7788 Cabinetmaker’s Vises on the bench, so I will need to find a way to accurately drill the holes for all of them. I already have the vises, so I opened one of the boxes to see what the instructions say. A Grizzly H7788 Cabinetmakers... read more
    Source: The Bench Blog | Published on 2014-08-28
  • circle maker is done…….
    The last few days have been on the toasty side with today being the hottest. And the most humid. The days before this were real nice with warm temps, low humidity, and cool breezes blowing. Tomorrow and the next day is supposed to be cloudy with a 80% chance of rain. If that happens my fake window install will be postponed a day.my old circle makerI like the length of the pivot on the old maker. It is long enough... read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker | Published on 2014-08-28
  • Picture This XXXII
    “Yes…I’ll have a pound of glue please, and one of your finest four-foot long London-pattern in-cannel gouges.” Lot 166 in Christie’s Out of The Ordinary Sale (South Kensington, London, on the 3rd of September, 2014) is this rather large trade … Continue reading →... read more
    Source: Pegs and ‘Tails | Published on 2014-08-28
  • Four great new boats from the desk of Klaus Schmitt
    Our friend Klaus Schmitt wrote again with four new boats showing his delightful ability to blend traditional workboats and yachts. This collection includes a sweet little cruiser he calls “34′ Double-ender,” a catboat done for a friend called KAT (quick: guess the friend’s name!), a tug-yacht and a trawler-yacht. Great, great stuff, as always. [...] Related posts:The Charles W. Morgan sails again – the trip home When there is breaking action in the traditional / classic... Great-sounding trip for teens... read more
    Source: Chine bLog | Published on 2014-08-28