• Picture This LXXXIV
    When I came across this mahogany chest of drawers, one of the first things I noticed was the feet (fig. 1) – if you click on the image and enlarge it, you can see the bracket feet have been re-tipped. … Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Pegs and ‘TailsPublished on 2016-05-05
  • Sir Winston Churchill (and a Roorkhee)
    An eagle-eyed reader spotted this photo at the National Portrait Gallery in London – Sir Winston Churchill in 1944 in North Africa with Field Marshal Harold Rupert Leofric George Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis (sorry, had to include the full name) and Wladyslaw Anders, a Polish army general. And look! To Churchill’s right is an excellent example of a Roorkhee chair with canvas covers. The chair has square blocks at the tops of the legs, a type I… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-05-04
  • Moxon M Series Available In Our Store and Hand Forged Holdfasts Too
    Yesterday we spent a gorgeous spring day holed up in our packing room just because we love our customers so much. The result? We've got Moxon M Series vises packed, photographed, digitized, virtualized and webified so you can buy one. To order, see our store page.Since many of you will wonder what's different about these, and why the price is so much higher than our standard Moxon vises, here's the low down. Over the past several years we've had many… ... read more
    Source: BenchcraftedPublished on 2016-05-04
  • Yet Another Letterpress Poster Update
    Because of some weirdness we are going to do a second and smaller run of letterpress Anarchist Tool Chest posters this week. We’ll only be making 500 this time and they’ll be in a slightly different hue of ink. We probably will have a few to sell on the website (and at our storefront in Covington, Ky., on May 14) but we have to increase the price to $25 (that price includes domestic shipping) so we don’t lose money… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-05-04
  • Box 52
    Box 52: Matt Kenney completes his goal of making 52 boxes in 52 weeks. In addition to deserving kudos for such a feat, the entire series is a great insight into the design process. If there was any doubt that great design is the result of trial and iteration, Matt’s series should dispel that notion. For example, Matt says this about Box 51:[T]he first thing I tackled was how tall the base needed to be in order to get a nice… ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2016-05-04
  • The Saw-Book Quarterly January 1903
    The Joshua Oldham Saw Works at 26th Street and 3rd Avenue BrooklynAs I mentioned a few weeks ago, in the course of investigating the roots of Joshua Oldham & Sons, our saw-making forebears at our new home at 112 26th street, I came across a single issue of a magazine series the company printed from at least 1899 - 1905. Click to download the bookI went to the Brooklyn Collection at the Brooklyn Public Library to see the original. It's… ... read more
    Source: Joel’s Blog at Tools for Working WoodPublished on 2016-05-04
  • House Keeping
    In my endless quest to put 10 lbs of stuff into a 5 lb shop, I spent the day rearranging the deck chairs. How's that for mixing metaphors?I needed to clean out an area at the right end of the secondary work bench so the wall can be used to mount the Plano Vertical Panel Press. That required removing a couple of wall cabinets and re-installing one of them. In turn the cabinet install required cutting down the length of… ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2016-05-04
  • a work day from hell……
    My job is usually sedate and always sedentary which helps to keep my weight up. But today was one of those far and few inbetween days where I really earned my dollars. A couple of people were out and we got a blitz of paperwork to do. My stack was belly button high to a NBA center. I shoved papers through the scanner all day long. I'm glad that I don't have many days like this but it did make… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-05-04
  • Two Tested Tools to Start Out and Finish With
    Spear & Jackson Handsaw I did as I said and tried out theSpear & Jackson handsaws, one dedicated as a ripcut saw and the other a dedicated crosscut and I like them both. I have done the same with their 12″ tenon saws too in the past and they came out great with just a tiny bit of tooth reshaping to a rip cut. You don’t really need a crosscut tenon saw as such because you want a saw that… ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2016-05-04
  • Portable tool chest, review after 1 year of travelling
    It is a little more that a year ago since I finished the green tool chest that I bring with me on the ship.I have brought it back and forth in my bag/suitcase every time I signed on and signed off.So I feel that I am able to give an honest review of this type of tool chest if anyone feel the need to make a small chest to accompany them on their travels.My tool chest measures 16" x 9.5"… ... read more
    Source: Mulesaw: Being old fashioned, the cool way.Published on 2016-05-04
  • Ex Nihilo
    The ancient “geometers” believed that geometry was the key to comprehending the incomprehensible; that an understanding of its inherent truths was the key to unlocking the mystery of how the “Gods” created order from chaos. The development of geometric constructions (the truths rather than proofs) became the foundational tool of the artisans to create a built world of inherently sound, durable and pleasing forms. And it all started from nothing: Across the Ionian Sea, a gentle wind blows from… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-05-04
  • Sharpening Gizmosity
    I’m selling these gizmos short. The water motors not only power a grinding and buffing wheel; they can also power a sewing machine, wash bottles, and clean lamp chimneys. In the case of “Divine’s Red Devil Water Motor” we also get to ponder if using this device requires selling one’s soul to the dark side. I think not, but what do I know? ... read more
    Source: Doug BerchPublished on 2016-05-03
  • Use ‘Gun Blue’ to Instantly Blacken Hardware
    I use blacksmith-made hardware whenever I (or my customers) can afford it. But if you’re on a budget or have hundreds of pieces of hardware for a project, it’s time to visit the gun store. My favorite way to blacken steel, iron or even zinc-plated hardware is to brush on a thin coat of liquid “gun blue” – typically a combination of selenious acid, nitric acid and cupric sulfate. If […] The post Use ‘Gun Blue’ to Instantly Blacken Hardware… ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2016-05-03
  • a special thank you…….
    On Monday a reader of my blog left a comment that he had sent me a couple of mortise chisels. Not only did he admit to reading the daily keyboard diarrhea I output, he cemented it with a gift. Totally unexpected and much appreciated.I went back and forth on how to respond to this generous gift of two Ashley Iles pigstickers.On one hand I didn't want to come across like I solicit this (I don't) and I don't want to look ungrateful neither.… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-05-03
  • Spring 2016 Session Intro To Hand Tools
    Learn how to use these and other hand tools.The Spring 2016 session of my online video course Intro To Hand Tools starts May 11 at Popular Woodworking University, the online education component of Popular Woodworking Magazine.The course consists of 12 hours of instruction for $59.99. If you'd like to learn how to do everything with hand tools or just add some hand skills to your power tool woodworking, whether you're a new or experienced woodworker, this is for you.Skills covered include… ... read more
    Source: Close GrainPublished on 2016-05-03
  • what season is it now……
    We just finished up one of the weirdest winters I can remember in my lifetime and we are supposedly now into spring. It is May the 2nd, and the temperatures are still way below average for this time of the year (forecasted for 40°F tonight). It seems that winter is still trying to get in the cold days it missed. My furnace is still kicking in heating the house in May. WTF is going on? I always shut the furnace… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-05-03
  • More Misericords: The Carvers
    Quarreling Carvers, 1520, Beverley Minster, Great Britain Over the weekend I plowed through several thousand photos on my mission to gather together misericords featuring woodworkings. I found enough examples to split into two posts: today are the carvers and (perhaps) the carpenters will be posted by next weekend. The carvers and their tools are from France, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium and Great Britain. Mallet, 1520-1525, St. Laurent Church, Estavayer-le-Lac, Switzerland. There is a huge range of detail from one misericord to… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-05-03
  • More Misericords: The Carvers
    Quarreling Carvers, 1520, Beverley Minster, Great Britain Over the weekend I plowed through several thousand photos on my mission to gather together misericords featuring woodworkings. I found enough examples to split into two posts: today are the carvers and (perhaps) the carpenters will be posted by next weekend. The carvers and their tools are from France, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium and Great Britain. Mallet, 1520-1525, St. Laurent Church, Estavayer-le-Lac, Switzerland. There is a huge range of detail from one misericord to… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-05-03
  • Open the Doors
    Join us Friday, May 6th from 5-7PM at the Studio, 1002 SE 8th Ave. It’s our Spring Open House to celebrate the WIN program and the accomplishments of its high school woodworkers. This is our first year working with Portland area students from Aloha and Franklin High Schools. We continued our relationship with South Albany and Crescent Valley High Schools from the Albany/ Corvallis area as well. The work these students are doing will impress you. What they’re learning being… ... read more
    Source: Northwest Woodworking StudioPublished on 2016-05-02
  • YouTube videos from Wood by Wright – building a rebate-saw plane and Roubo frame saw
    A little over a month ago, James Wright ordered a rebate saw-plane fence kit and Roubo frame saw kit from me. At the time, I had not heard of him, so it was a pleasant surprise when I learned that he was featuring their construction in two videos on his YouTube channel, Wood by Wright. While waiting for those videos to come out, I had time to watch some of his work. James is dedicated to working wood entirely with… ... read more
    Source: Blackburn ToolsPublished on 2016-05-02
  • Back on The Short Bus
    It seems I've spent my life riding on the short bus, tilting my head like a dog looking for a treat, and being the last to know something. It's happened again.A year or so ago I did my teenager rebel against getting old and said no mas, no mas to watching my diet.....If I die so be it....I can't takes it no more, and went on a binge of eating and drinking just what I wanted when I wanted it....Damn… ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2016-05-02
  • Son of the Scrub plane jig……
    After very little thought I retired the first scrub plane jig. Making and using that was a lot like squirrel hunting with a bazooka. It wasn't a total lost as I did learn a few things and I got to practice some new things. As for materials, everything I used to make the jig were scraps. So all I'm out is my time spent making it. The funny thing about this is that I had thought of making the new… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-05-02
  • Butterknifesaw – Buttermessersäge
    Beim letzten Fräsen von Neusilberrücken ab es Probleme. Das von mir besorgte Material erwieß sich als zu hart für die 0,3mm Fräser, wie brachen wiederholt. Heute lag so ein Rücken neben einem alten Messer und ich bekam die Idee, eine feinsäge zu machen. Ich habe ein Stück 0,2mm Blech bezahnt. Das mache ich nicht gern, weil ich bei dem dünnen Blatt die Kante nicht mehr sehe. Ich musste blind feilen, man sieht es.At the last slotting of nickelsilverspines the 0.012"… ... read more
    Source: Old LadiesPublished on 2016-05-01
  • My eBay Listing: Vintage Stanley Everlasting Chisel, 1/2″ wide with Composite Handle
    I have listed a vintage Stanley Everlasting chisel that is 1/2 inch wide, 4 1/4 inch long blade with a dark composite handle that has the orange Stanley logo stamped in it. Click here to see the listing. I have had this chisel for over ten years, I have never done anything with it. The previous owner did attempt to flatten the back, the blade has been sharpened, but now in order for it to work you will have to… ... read more
    Source: Brokeoff Mountain LuthieriePublished on 2016-05-01
  • My eBay Listing: Vintage Stanley No.26 Sweetheart Transitional Jack Plane with Partial Stanley Decal
    I have listed a Stanley No.26 transitional jack plane, Sweetheart era, with partial Stanley decal. Click here to see the listing. The plane is in good++ condition, 95-98% of japanning on the metal parts, bevel of blade still has some of the original factory grind marks, wooden parts have some dings and dents typical for a plane of this age. All I have done to it is lightly joint the sole on a power plane, I have never sharpened it… ... read more
    Source: Brokeoff Mountain LuthieriePublished on 2016-05-01
  • Wilson’s Saw (and hat)
    Wilson Burnham is a luthier, handcrafting spectacular Spanish guitars from his shop in Colorado’s beautiful mountains. He wrote recently that hs is selling off some of his tools. Coincidentally, I went looking for a crosscut saw on eBay and unwittingly bought one of Wilson’s saws. I have a few rip saws, but no crosscuts unless that recent vintage big-box, hardened tooth, plastic handled Stanley can be considered crosscut. That Stanley has been my saw for rough cutting for many years… ... read more
    Source: Bob EastonPublished on 2016-05-01
  • #8 rehabbed and making shavings…….
    The #8 is rehabbed and making thin, wispy shavings. I finally got it done around 1600 today. I had to take a few breaks because not only were my hands starting to sing arias, my arms and shoulders were singing harmony to them. I am glad that I won't have to rehab another #8 in my lifetime.Grab your popcorn and settle down for a picture laden adventure in plane rehabbing. There are 51 pics in this blog. And I cut… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-05-01
  • scrub plane jig and Stanley #8 done………
    I got the scrub plane jig done first and then started on finishing the #8 rehab. I had my doubts about getting the #8 to make shavings before the day was done but I made it. Each plane rehab I've done has involved the same steps but each one adds their own twist to it.  What is easy to do on a previous plane could be a bear on this one.Now that the scrub plane jig is done it seems… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-05-01
  • Dry Humor
    I got back from North Carolina a few days ago. Jumped right into the next thing, but here is a snippet from my time with Roy. ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2016-05-01
  • Arthur Wellesley
    Sir Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. Arthur Wellesley was born in Dublin on this day in 1769. The Iron Duke forged a stellar military career defeating the French time and again. During the Peninsular Wars Wellington saw off the … Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Pegs and ‘TailsPublished on 2016-05-01