• 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
  • First Coat of Paint
    Just what the title said. I'm making the second tray while waiting for the first coat of "Red Pepper" milk paint to dry.It will take a couple more coats of the Red Pepper and then it will be decision time....Stay Red or use a overcoat of another color. One of the things I like about Milk paint is as it wears it doesn't flake but will reveal the paint and/or wood under the top coat. If I decide to go… ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2016-04-30
  • Henning Norgaard Couch Table Part IV – Progress in a Photo Essay
    I forgot that I have made some progress on the couch table that I haven't posted here. I think I was still ripping sticks out at the conclusion of the last update about it. The beginning of this series can be found here. Part II, here.Pile o' sticks.Well, I've made some more progress. Rather than make you read a bunch, I'll just show it in pictures with titles.Glued up the top.Ran all the sticks through the planer at Dictum after… ... read more
    Source: ToolerablePublished on 2016-04-30
  • Improving My French Polishing Technique
    Varnishing can be done by any person with little or no practice, and is suitable for common articles of furniture; but French polishing cannot be done successfully without considerable practice, though when skillfully managed it enhances the beauty of most woods.Paul N. Hasluck, Wood Finishing, 1897Practice, practice, practice.We all know how that goes, keeping at something until you get better at it, but if you go about the work inefficiently then you won't get any better. At least, that is… ... read more
    Source: Brokeoff Mountain LuthieriePublished on 2016-04-30
  • Letterpress posters available at Lee Valley
    Get them before they are gone. — Christopher SchwarzFiled under: The Anarchist's Tool Chest, Uncategorized ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-04-30
  • Letterpress posters available at Lee Valley
    Get them before they are gone. — Christopher SchwarzFiled under: The Anarchist's Tool Chest, Uncategorized ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-04-30
  • The Great No. 2 Knock Off Showdown – Part II – Castings and Frogs
    Yesterday was Part I of this review of non-Stanley #2 shaped planes. I introduced the planes I have, and compared the totes. If you don't want to read that long post, essentially I have two Fulton 3708s, one made by Sargent and the other Millers Falls, I have a Sargent VBM 407, and a Sargent 409 as a control and something known that I can compare the little ones to.L to R - Fulton 3708 BB, 3708 BL, Sargent VBM… ... read more
    Source: ToolerablePublished on 2016-04-30
  • Scrub plane jig almost……..
    First off I have to thank Sylvain and Larry for their comments on my scrub plane jig. I think Sylvain is/was a engineer and he makes great comments from that perspective. His comments were about  things I hadn't thought of. Larry gave me a very sensible way to check something I had again hadn't thought of. Between the two of them I did want they said and made a correction to my jig. It saved me a lot of headaches… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-04-30
  • One Down,,,,One to Go
    Heard a loud "pop" in my right shoulder a couple of days ago while doing some honey do's around the house. I've a appointment with the Shoulder Doc Monday, I expect he will want to cut. In the meantime I'm learning to work one handed .I'm pretty much in the short rows on the tool box, one tray down and one to go. I expect I'll finish the second tray in the AM. Then it is just paint and lid… ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2016-04-30
  • Staked Stand-Part 2-Complete
    It is almost physically impossible for me to resist adding some sort of embellishment to the pieces that I make.  Kolrosing, wood burning and then there is my fondness for adding texture.  This little stand is built specifically to hold my hobby tansu.  The tansu has a bit of texture added with a nail set and that texture was highlighted with the help of a wood burning tool.  So I wanted to repeat some of this texture on the stand… ... read more
    Source: GREG MERRITT – BY MY OWN HANDSPublished on 2016-04-30
  • A Ming-Inspired Cabinet (54)
    Today was the day: glue up of cabinet 1. This is where months of work can be ruined in less than an hour, so I was naturally a bit on edge.Prior to gluing, I masked off where required, and used a gouge to make a pair of slight hollows on the side of each dovetail pin:I did the same on the sides of the tails. The dovetail joints are a tight fit, so the hollows ensure that there will be… ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2016-04-29
  • The Great No. 2 Knock Off Showdown – Part I – Introduction and Totes
    At HandWorks last year, I bought a type 9 Stanley #3. I was on the lookout for a small smoother. That plane turned out great, but I really wanted something like a #2 - the only problem being they are a lot more expensive. I think the reason for this is they are cute, resulting in them being collectible.I was discussing this dilemma with Jonas one day and we both decided that we were determined to get one. I got… ... read more
    Source: ToolerablePublished on 2016-04-29
  • Understanding Type study’s
    Hand tools, unlike most power tools, do not have any serial numbers or other distinctive markings to help dated a toolAmong collectors, in an effort to help date or more correctly narrow down to a more specific time period a given tool, for years now they have come up with Type study.WHAT ARE TYPE STUDYThey are the results of examining numerous examples in order to group various distinctive changes or features into categories (Type) then trying to attach specific dates… ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2016-04-29
  • A visit to the dark side
    After an intense time working on the FDR chair, I wanted to kick back and do some easy projects using the white oak scraps I had left over.  I have a trip to visit my granddaughters coming up very shortly and I wanted to make a stool for the youngest one. I also wanted to make a footstool to go with the FDR chair so I could get it upholstered at the same time as the chair.For a variety of… ... read more
    Source: Oregon Woodworker by Andy MargesonPublished on 2016-04-29