• 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
  • La Forge Royale Miter Jack Hardware Kits
    The La Forge Royale miter jack drawing is just about done. I've spent the last couple weeks taking it apart piece by piece and accurately measuring every part, to the nearest 1/64". This vise was very carefully crafted, and even after about 100 years or so (that's a wild guess, but probably fairly close) the things functions sweetly.We've decided we're going to make a short run of hardware for this vise. If you think you'd like one, post a comment... read more
    Source: Benchcrafted | Published on 2014-07-28
  • A Miter Jack Of Excellence
    Last month we received an email from a tool collector who sent us some pictures of a beautiful miter jack manufactured by the La Forge Royale company. The collector asked if we'd like to see the tool. We said, "absolutely". The gentleman replied, "I'm just up the street from you, I can come over at your convenience."I wasn't sure if he was pulling our leg. Turns out he wasn't actually just up the street. It was more like just across... read more
    Source: Benchcrafted | Published on 2014-07-28
  • Good scythe posture
    My mate Dave Oliver sent me this montage of images which he took from the video I made last year of mowing the orchard in order to examine my mowing style. Continue reading →... read more
    Source: Steve Tomlin Crafts | Published on 2014-07-28
  • Done
    Not really, but the slabs are in place and the face vise is installed. I've checked for wind and there is none. Tonight or tomorrow AM I will move the old bench to its new place, the new bench to its place where the old bench was, peg the slabs to the base and Spax the slabs to the upper stretcher. I may take a day or two to decide where to trim the slabs. Drill a few 3/4" dog... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUY | Published on 2014-07-28
  • A Neatness and Precision
    In Pete Dexter’s book Deadwood, Wild Bill Hickok’s partner, Charley Utter, is thinking to himself, “He liked having a drawer, it was a neatness you could see just sliding it open.” Making drawers requires a precision and calm missing from some other jobs around the shop. Cleaning out the dust collector comes to mind. Or hand planing some misbegotten wood like a rowed grain khaya. Drawer building on the other hand needs careful measuring, straight parts, and clear thinking to... read more
    Source: Northwest Woodworking Studio | Published on 2014-07-28
  • Large Slab Mortices Finished
    After a short break to cool the core and let my noodle arm recover, I will remove the #52 from the current bench and mount it on the large slab. Talk about confidence, I sure hope it isn't misplaced because I'm going to move and fit the large slab without help. Maybe :-). If it doesn't work I'll be high and dry until I can find some muscle to help.If it does, I'll wrestle the old bench into it's new... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUY | Published on 2014-07-28
  • bowls & spoons for sale; hewing a bowl
    Today I posted a page with a couple of hewn bowls, and what spoons I have ready to go. I have several spoons nearly ready; but those I’ll take with me to Roy’s place, & finish them down there. So what I have now is on the blog, then there’ll be more in mid-August. As usual, leave a comment if you’d like to order something. Any questions, send an email to [email protected] http://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/a-few-spoons-and-bowls-late-july-2014/ Meanwhile, here’s some of what I did... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notes | Published on 2014-07-28
  • RWW 180 Workshop Remodel Part 4
    This is the final part of my workshop remodel. This time I will set up the new 20″ Grizzly planer and take it for a test run. I’ll do a more detailed review in the future once I’ve had time to break her in. Then I install the last of the Cherry cap moulding and start moving things into place. The key to this shop set up is nothing is permanent. I learned my lesson with fixed base cabinets! I... read more
    Source: Renaissance Woodworker Blog | Published on 2014-07-28
  • A thought experiment on dovetail strength
    The subject of the strength of dovetail joints came up in the Woodnet hand tool forum recently, and I realized that although I had always thought of a dovetail as being a very strong joint, I never had tried to work through why that might be the case. My assumption had been that a dovetail was strong because of mechanical strength. The dovetail joint does provide some long grain-to-long grain glue surfaces, but I had always thought that this was... read more
    Source: Giant Cypress | Published on 2014-07-28
  • Old Men, Old Planes, Old Ways Now Gone – The Origin of Scrub Planes
    This Blog Post is About Scrub Planes. Had I said roughing planes, only a few would have understood. Even in the 1960s old wooden planes, the Stanley scrub plane and even the Stanley furring plane would have been referred to as roughing planes because, in typical fashion, the plane derived its name from its function.  In my dim and distant past (yes this is me 25 years ago or so) I worked with many men 40 years older than myself and all... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ Blog | Published on 2014-07-28
  • a rainy cloudy day……
    There was a lot of promise in the day at sunrise. It was overcast a bit but the sun was peeking out but the clouds got darker as the day got older. Around 1100 it started raining and kept up for about a half an hour.  No more Mr Sun after this and the rest of week is shaping to be a repeat of today.I went to Home depot at 0800 to look at the shingles they had and I... read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker | Published on 2014-07-28
  • Hillbilly Tansu Handle Rail
    Some, not all, but some, of my intended chest designs will require handles for lifting.  I could go the standard route and purchase handles.  Where’s the fun in that?  So I’ll be creating my own, much along the same lines as my knotted pulls.  There are several options when tying handles.  Just about any braid or plait will work.  Also just about any twine or cord will work as well.  The important points to address will be strength and comfort.... read more
    Source: GREG MERRITT – BY MY OWN HANDS | Published on 2014-07-28
  • Remember the TV Lift Cabinet
    I haven’t blogged about it since .. sheez .. March (Everything’s better with a face frame even the view from above).  I’ve managed to get my knee functioning well again .. without surgery but with lots of PT.  So I’m back in the saddle and had some time this weekend to work on the lift cabinet.... read more
    Source: She Works Wood | Published on 2014-07-28
  • Chair-Back Settees
    A popular form of mid- to late eighteenth-century seating was the chair-back settee, in double-, triple-, and quadruple-back formats. Fig. 1. George II Irish mahogany double chair-back settee, circa 1740. (O’Sullivan Antiques) Chair-back settees are constructed in much the same … Continue reading →... read more
    Source: Pegs and ‘Tails | Published on 2014-07-28
  • A top for the table
    My goal for today was to get the Thorsen side table more or less constructed today, leaving the finishing to do at the same time as the “Thorsen Cabinet” I’m making.  I think I’m at that point, although I may need to re-make the lower shelf.  More about that in a bit. Yesterday I got the joinery finished on the breadboard ends for the top.  Picking up from there, the next job was to make all of the “mortises” for the ebony... read more
    Source: McGlynn on Making | Published on 2014-07-28
  • Playing marbles
    If you give an artist a paintbrush… She’ll paint things– Like pillars made out of pine. She’ll paint them to look like marble. And if she paints the top- She’ll want to paint the bottom. Before the brushes are cleaned, she may as well paint other things– Here’s a panel with an Elizabethan-inspired sign of the zodiac. I’m a Pisces and I like a short walk to the pub–Pen Austin And another… And more still, until all 12 signs are ready... read more
    Source: BLUE OAK | Published on 2014-07-27
  • Spoon carving and kolrosing.
    I've been making a few quick spoons to take away with me to the upcoming Wilderness Gathering in August.Whilst doing this I was cogitating how I might add interesting decoration to the spoon without taking up too much time. Well, needless to say I still haven't found a quick solution, but I did find something that kept me busy for a while.If you want to have a try at this interesting art form you'll need a sharp knife, a pencil... read more
    Source: Spoon Carving First Steps | Published on 2014-07-27
  • I have more fun than I can stand
    I keep plugging away. Yesterday I got to use some planes!   What a blast - the spoons and bowls are great fun, challenging, etc…but no planes. I need to make a molding to run around my most recent frame & panel – it’s one like this, all I have left is to make the molding & cut & glue it in.  frame & panel I keep a stash of riven Atlantic White Cedar, just for this purpose. First, I planed the... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notes | Published on 2014-07-27
  • I have more fun than I can stand
    I keep plugging away. Yesterday I got to use some planes!   What a blast - the spoons and bowls are great fun, challenging, etc…but no planes. I need to make a molding to run around my most recent frame & panel – it’s one like this, all I have left is to make the molding & cut & glue it in.  frame & panel I keep a stash of riven Atlantic White Cedar, just for this purpose. First, I planed the... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notes | Published on 2014-07-27