• Evaluating The Tool List By Function
    I was reviewing the tool list I included at the end of my post about Ken Aucremanne and VetWoodworks, and I thought it would be useful to consider the list from a different perspective.Ken had a couple items he would add, and so did I. Of course everyone has their own version of this list, based on their experience and work habits. We all agonize over every choice.In fact you see this all the time on the woodworking forums: someone… ... read more
    Source: Close GrainPublished on 2016-04-29
  • carved panel depicting tools
    Seeing the recent post on Lost Art Press’ blog about misericords was great. https://blog.lostartpress.com/2016/04/28/a-gallery-of-misericords-the-woodworkers/  Suzanne Ellison has rounded up images of a bunch of woodworkers – nice to have them in one place. Misericords are always an eye-opener. The thing about them that gets me is the piece of oak they come from…really large pie-shaped chunks. Makes me think riven. makes me wonder why these large pieces have no checks & splits in them. Nobody ever talks about how they were… ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2016-04-29
  • Never Go Full Salinger
    After six months of not teaching, I can say it’s unlikely I’ll ever go back to teaching again. I’m getting an incredible amount of work done on furniture, writing, editing and research. And I’m sleeping better. But as much as I enjoy The Hermitage, I know it’s good to have some human contact from time to time. So this is a reminder that we will have our doors open at 837 Willard St., Covington, KY 41011 from 10 a.m.… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-04-28
  • Hi Wilbur, in my first incursion in japanese saws I’m happy and satisfied with my Gyokucho Doz...
    Sorry to answer this on the blog, but there’s no other way to reply to a question. Can you clarify a few things? A dozuki is a single edged Japanese saw with a back on it. A dozuki can either be rip or crosscut.When you say “using the rip side of the tool”, it sounds like you’re using a ryoba, which is the double-sided Japanese saw.Let me know which saw you have, and we can go from there. If you prefer, you… ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2016-04-28
  • Phil with the second hand saw
    Dear Phil, our e-mails get blocked by your spamfilter please check or send us another adress. ... read more
    Source: Two Lawyers ToolworksPublished on 2016-04-28
  • Bagage irregularity report.
    I signed on the ship yesterday, and as usual I brought my homemade green tool chest with me.Since I have traveled with the chest for a bit more than a year now, I had intended writing a kind of review based on my experiences with the chest.But thanks to SAS (Scandinavian Airlines System), the review is a bit different than what I had intended.Upon arriving in Bergen I discovered that I was unable to pull out the handle for using… ... read more
    Source: Mulesaw: Being old fashioned, the cool way.Published on 2016-04-28
  • The Shavehorse
    I realized recently that while I had published my book with shavehorse plans in "Chairmaker's Notebook", that I'd never "shown" the advantages of it. There are as many plans and ideas about shavehorses out there as there are users and I've had a lot of fun thinking about the tool, especially as I've traveled and seen so many in action. When I sat down to put a design in my book, I felt that I should revisit the idea with… ... read more
    Source: Chair NotesPublished on 2016-04-28
  • Open House For a Few Days
    In our moving from North Wales to central England we no longer have the same opportunity to host visitors as we did at Penrhyn Castle; mostly because of the increased demand on our time. The quality of our work is ever improving because, as with our making fine furniture and woodworking, we put a great deal of effort to remain faithful to the art of our craft and what we see as the future for real woodworking. Our new location is just 9 miles from Oxford city… ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2016-04-28
  • Stanley #8 pt 1, et al………
    There is not enough money in the world to entice me to go to Harbor Freight during the week. I written before about the stretch of Hell it is located on and it's called route 2. I'll go there this weekend and buy my sanding belts. I need them to keep going on the plane rehab. Based on my previous rehabs, finishing the #8 should only take a few hours.they are like brand newThis is all the steel hardware fresh… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-04-28
  • A Gallery of Misericords: The Woodworkers
    Master Carver with Apprentices, ca. 1419, Kings Lynn (Victoria and Albert Museum). After carving scenes from the Bible, parables, the local trades and a full range of human foibles a carver of misericords might turn his skills to a depiction of his craft. The Kings Lynn Master Carver is probably the most well-known and finely-carved misericord. In the space of about 10″ by 22″ (25:4 cm by 56 cm) the carver has the master at his bench, two apprentices at a… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-04-28
  • A Gallery of Misericords: The Woodworkers
    Master Carver with Apprentices, ca. 1419, Kings Lynn (Victoria and Albert Museum). After carving scenes from the Bible, parables, the local trades and a full range of human foibles a carver of misericords might turn his skills to a depiction of his craft. The Kings Lynn Master Carver is probably the most well-known and finely-carved misericord. In the space of about 10″ by 22″ (25:4 cm by 56 cm) the carver has the master at his bench, two apprentices at a… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-04-28
  • Picture This LXXXIII
    In Bonhams’ Home & Interiors sale in Knightsbridge on the 24th of May 2016, lot 116 is catalogued as a “George III mahogany mule chest” (fig. 1) which may well be correct. Fig. 1. “George III mahogany mule chest”, (Bonhams) … Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Pegs and ‘TailsPublished on 2016-04-28
  • A Ming-Inspired Cabinet (51)
    Post 51 in a series describing the design and construction of a pair of cabinets in bubinga and shedua.---------------Work to fit the two shelf panels to their frames and the surrounding carcase wraps up.Here, the lower shelf has been fitted up to the carcase sides and the central compartment divider:That lower shelf looks like one piece but it is in fact three.Then the upper shelf similarly fitted (the entire assembly is upside-down in this view):Looks a bit like something out… ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2016-04-28
  • How to Test for Case-hardened Lumber
    Thanks to the long-term relationships I’ve made with lumber merchants, I have little trouble with them sending me crappy stock. But even after 20-something years of buying wood from my suppliers, there are times when I get a bogus load of wood. Most problems can be solved by knowing what is standard in the industry. About 15 years ago, I bought 200 board feet of cherry from my dealer that […] The post How to Test for Case-hardened Lumber appeared… ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2016-04-28
  • Hello, When buying used Japanese chisels, What are the signs to look for that point to a good qualit...
    Thanks for reading. I really appreciate it.I’m assuming that you’re looking at eBay or some other online site. (If you have a good local source of used Japanese tools, please let me know where you are so I can raid the supply.)Above all, make sure you have a good number of photos to look at. Buying a used tool without looking at it in person is going to be enough of a crapshoot that you don’t need to handicap yourself… ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2016-04-27
  • A Ming-Inspired Cabinet (53)
    If you read this blog with a phone, there are many things - widgets and the like - on the right side which you will not see. I just learned this by seeing the blog by way of my wife's phone. I am thinking I may need to change/modify the template so as to make those sections, which include contact info, build thread index, links to previous posts, TAJCD essay links, links to other sites, etc., visible. If you're curious… ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2016-04-27
  • Workbench Build Diaries (Pt.4)
    At one of the last weekends time had come. The tools had been packed. The old cabinets were empty. Off we go! The biggest challenge of having a new workbench was not to build it. The most challenging part was the logistic. Not because it was difficult, but I feared the effort. Clean up is somehow a waste of time. Or, I should better say that you can spend this time with more ... read more
    Source: Blue Spruce WoodshopPublished on 2016-04-27
  • Stanley #8…….
    I had a surprise waiting for me on the front steps when I got home from work. The Stanley #8 I bought was ready for me to ooh and aah over. I didn't get any work done on the toolbox because I was playing with this. Overall it was in pretty good shape and it wasn't the usual rusty boat anchors I see. Then again, I don't know if the person I bought it from didn't do some de-rusting first.I… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-04-27
  • Empty Nest…soon
    I've been finishing up these three little youth chairs lately. They have a presence that's hard to ignore, something about the fine details and scale makes them stand out. Soon they'll all be gone, and as much as I look forward to the extra space in the shop and less risk of damaging finished pieces while working, I"ll miss em.I've been posting pics to instagram for a while, frankly it's much more of a hit and run easy way to… ... read more
    Source: Chair NotesPublished on 2016-04-26
  • AXES HANDLES & BLACKSMITHS
    Tool Handle Chat Banter often becomes quite heated, usually about the 'right' wood, length, wedges - wood or metal.Ness had been reading lots of posts on Axe Junkies, a group on fb purely about axes & adzes, and was getting worked up about the handle issue.  I prefer Ash.  Americans use Hickory - don't think they have much Ash.  She showed me the various discussions, mostly concerned with twisted grain, grain alignment and all sorts of things that neither of… ... read more
    Source: A Bodger’s BlogPublished on 2016-04-26
  • FDR Chair: Finishing and finished
    I have written that I unexpectedly got substantial color variation on the back of my FDR chair, something I hoped would be corrected by stain.   Salespeople at specialty stores assured me that gel stain was the way to go and, although I was skeptical, I decided to try it.  For the most part, it worked out:I almost didn't use this color because General Finishes calls it brown mahogany, I have no idea why.  They had a sample on oak… ... read more
    Source: Oregon Woodworker by Andy MargesonPublished on 2016-04-26
  • My Tilt-Top Carving Bench´╗┐
    Carving benches come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. I designed mine around the bench used by Chris Pye. It's a very simple bench, even with the tilting function, and can be used for a wide variety of carving tasks. I decided to build this bench to finally have a designated spot specifically for carving. Now I can leave out anything I am carving at the moment and switch to my regular workbench for furniture work. This video is just a… ... read more
    Source: Billy’s Little BenchPublished on 2016-04-26
  • toolbox rev 2, pt IV……
    I've been thinking about how to deal with my out of square bottom drawer opening. Nothing fired the synapses lighting the idea bulb while I was at work. The left side is almost square and the right is out a couple of degrees. Not a huge amount but enough to make me want to give this toolbox flying lessons. But I have way too many calories invested in it and I'll think of something.left sideThis isn't dead nuts square as… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-04-26
  • More You Gotta Love Hot Hide Glue
    One more reason to love hot hide glue. When I went to put the bottom of the first tray in the box, the top runners were a silly mm too long.  What to do, what to do? After running through all the options the best and easiest was to dig out the heat gun and a wet rag to undo the glue up. No harm no foul, cut about 6mm off the runner and re-glued 'em. Anyway, I'm stopping at… ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2016-04-26
  • Throw Conventional Wisdom Out the Window
    I am almost through a book called Rethinking Sitting, which discusses different ergonomic design styles of chairs. The author, a commercial designer of chairs, has developed many different models which are quite distinct from the typical form that you or I would recognize as a chair. Of course, he feels that his chairs have distinct ergonomic advantages over typical chairs. This quote is from the book, and I think that it applies to designers of all fields. “One of the… ... read more
    Source: Flair WoodworksPublished on 2016-04-25
  • Update on Lost Art Press Books: April 2016
    A few people have asked for an update on the books on which we are working. I’m happy to fill you in, but please read the following paragraph with care before you comment or ask a question: The updates below are for projects that are in our hands and we are actively working upon. We have about a dozen books that our authors are working on, either in the shop or at the keyboard. If I haven’t listed a… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-04-25
  • Update on Lost Art Press Books: April 2016
    A few people have asked for an update on the books on which we are working. I’m happy to fill you in, but please read the following paragraph with care before you comment or ask a question: The updates below are for projects that are in our hands and we are actively working upon. We have about a dozen books that our authors are working on, either in the shop or at the keyboard. If I haven’t listed a… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-04-25
  • You Gotta Love Hot Hide Glue
    I'm working on the inside of the tool box. I needed a break from moving that sucker around. With making the partitions and trays there is no lifting and grunting, just some ass scratching trying to figure out where everything goes and how big it needs to be. The good news is once the lower tray runners are installed right or wrong it is pretty much a done deal except for deciding on one more or two more trays.For installing… ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2016-04-25
  • Context is Important
    This is good....A few weeks ago I taught a 3 day pole lathe turning and a 2 day spoon carving workshop in upstate New York. I've been back home for awhile now and I'm still reflecting on my experiences from the trip. There is something about meeting new folks, carving together and sharing stories about life and craft that strikes a deep feeling in me.  These experiences solidify the many facets of what I call Realcraft.  It's the people, food, stories,… ... read more
    Source: Jarrod’s blog at WoodspiritPublished on 2016-04-25
  • Production Updates For New Stuff
    It's been a very busy 2016 so far here at Benchcrafted. We're up to our ears in new products that we want to offer this year. So here's an update on where things stand.Classic Workbench PlansWe're hard at work drafting the plans for the bench. The goal is to have everything ready by the end of summer/early fall. We're trying to make these a little unique, perhaps print them on special paper, or make them look like old blueprints. We're… ... read more
    Source: BenchcraftedPublished on 2016-04-25