• Shop Changes
    In the never ending quest to fit 20 lbs of stuff into a 5 lb shop I will be moving stuff and changing work flow. The two big changes are going to be lowering the secondary bench 100mm (4" for Bob and other metric challenged folks) and then moving it off the wall to a place in front of the main bench. The secondary bench will become my stock prep bench and the primary bench will be used for joinery. ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2016-09-28
  • Forge Cart Made With Pipe Fittings
    I recently purchased a gas forge and needed a cart to place it on. I couldn’t find anything locally or online that I liked so I decided to build the cart myself. Since I didn’t want to place the forge on a wooden stand I needed to come up with a way of making a stand out of metal that didn’t require welding. The easiest although not necessarily economical method was to build the cart out of ¾ inch pipe ... read more
    Source: Frontier CarpenterPublished on 2016-09-27
  • BCM Tansu Repair (III)
    Here's something new on my blog, as we near the 1000-post mark, namely hammer meets nail:Hah! The above photo shows how the POC panels came out with the stain applied.The trick I use to prevent any splitting of the board when driving in a nail so close to the end is to clip the head off of one on the nails and use it like a drill bit to pre-bore the nail holes in the board:Some work remained on the ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2016-09-27
  • BCM Tansu Repair (IV)
    Working now on the upper section (cabinet) of the mizuya-dansu:My main task on this cabinet is to repair the sliding doors and track on the large compartment. However, issues abounded in other areas. For example, all of the openings for the lower bank of drawers were damaged on each side, as if by the action of the lower edge of the drawer sides:I'll be repairing these gouges, probably by removing the lower rail, if possible, and rebuilding it.These drawers do ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2016-09-27
  • Morning After
    Restless night last night, I'm not sure what's to blame TV, whisky, or the late night iced coffee but not a lot of sleep. Of course it could be today is my last full day of no adult supervision. The critters and I will have to beaver away to cover the tracks of almost a month of high living and just over a day to get it done.On to other things. I've a couple of Atkins panel saws. One is ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2016-09-27
  • What’s on my bench: Dovetailing Tools
    I was cutting some dovetails recently. Here are the tools that I use when I cut them with hand tools. ... read more
  • a short interlude at home
    For a short while, I’m right back where I want to be…in this case, cutting out window trimming stock. I spent the past week at Lie-Nielsen, shooting a new video (shaving horse, next year) and teaching spoon carving. It all went great, but all the while, the calendar was clicking by & there’s windows, the door & floor to finish in the shop. So before I leave again on Friday for Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking, http://www.schoolofwoodworking.com/class-schedule/29-speciality-weekend-classes/534-build-a-17th-century-joined-chest-with-peter-follansbee.html there’s some shop work ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2016-09-27
  • Yours truly, on the Wood Talk podcast
    Yours truly, on the Wood Talk podcast: I was also lucky enough to be on the Wood Talk podcast this week, since they hit their Patreon goal of having guest hosts. I assume that next time, they will have a good guest host to show that they are serious about this Patreon campaign.I fielded questions on Japanese saws, chisels, and workbenches, and commented on how Rutgers’ students are more awesome than Princeton’s students. My thanks to Marc, Matt, and Shannon ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2016-09-27
  • Yours truly, on the Modern Woodworkers Association podcast
    Yours truly, on the Modern Woodworkers Association podcast: While at Woodworking in America, Dyami Plotke and I had a chance to sit down and run through the Five Questions. My thanks to the MWA for having me on. And I’m so happy that they didn’t lose the audio this time. ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2016-09-27
  • awaiting parts…….
    I ordered the parts I need to finish up the cradle. I should have done this way back when but the parts I thought I could get local I couldn't. From McMaster-Carr I got a 6" long 3/8" diameter, high carbon, high strength steel shaft, a 7/8" forstner bit, and 25 washers with a 0.562 OD. (9/16" is 0.5625) I ordered 3 forstner bits from Woodcraft for doing the bearings and from Lee Valley I got some small walnut miller ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-09-27
  • Made it Through
    Miracle of miracle I made it through and can still stand....I've got to admit it was touch and go. What an Ass. ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2016-09-27
  • It’s Whisky Now
    All I can say is the only way to watch is with the help of a good 12 year old single malt. Damn the morning headache. ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2016-09-27
  • Changing Shop Fixtures
    I spent a little time in the never ending quest for the perfect shop setup. Today's was a biggie, I moved one cabinet and the plane till down about 125mm. That's not a big change but it brings the plane till down just enough to make it easier to reach the planes and the chisels stored in the plane till.Notice the Martini on the work bench, there will be a better view to follow:The day is over and either whiskey ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2016-09-27
  • Bannister back chair – Progress – When is it enough?
    A question that craftsmen have asked themselves, for time eternal, is when have I done enough.   Obviously, when you’re working for a client the answer is, simple, when he or she is satisfied.  But when you’re doing something for yourself, not being driven by a profit motive, but guided by your passion for the craft, the question can be much more difficult to answer.  However, I concluded long ago that I will never reach perfection.  I try to hold ... read more
    Source: A Woodworker’s MusingsPublished on 2016-09-27
  • The Number of the Name is….
    While I mostly use the sector for doing design and layout work in my shop, I realized recently that it’s also a great tool for showing someone (especially your kids) an intuitive approach to understanding fractions. Here’s how I’d describe what’s going on in the drawing above: Because I want to find out where a point four-sevenths of the width of a board would come to, I set the legs of the sector to touch each edge of the ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-09-27
  • WIA Report
    Konrad Sauer and Linda Rosengarten with me at WIA 2016. We had a great time at Woodworking in America! I offered a brief Q&A about sharpening that a number of woodworkers actually attended (you never know…) I hope everyone who did learned something new about sharpening. Otherwise, at least during conference hours, I spent most of the time at the Hock Tools booth. Customers new and old came by to say hi, to upgrade their planes, maybe even pick up a plane- or kitchen-knife kit, ... read more
    Source: The Sharpening BlogPublished on 2016-09-26
  • Making Doors With Hand Tool Methods
    Last year we made a series on making a wall-hung tool cabinet using hand tools and the whole process involved many elements to help woodworkers develop various woodworking and cabinet making skills. As we were filming we generated some extra footage intended for different YouTube presentations and one of the different series was how to make a door by hand. The door is panelled, grooved and has mortise and tenon construction methods for the joinery. The goal is to make a twist-free ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2016-09-26
  • Roman Workbenches High And Low
    When researching Roman workbenches, one of the things that leaped out at me was how low many of them were low, knee-high like a sawbench. After building a low bench based on drawing from Pompeii and Herculaneum, most visitors to my shop had one question: Were the Romans really short? The answer is: no. These low benches are used differently. You sit on them to plane faces of boards. You […] The post Roman Workbenches High And Low appeared first ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2016-09-26
  • My grandson is currently in the US Navy serving on a ship stationed in Yokosuka. He ask me if I woul...
    Thanks for reading, and thanks to your grandson for his service.I would start with a 65mm Japanese plane, as it will be a little easier to set up and handle than the standard 70mm Japanese plane. You tend to get what you pay for, so beware of super-cheap planes. I think that when you get into the $200 range, you can be assured that you won’t get a piece of junk.One of the issues is that there are going to ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2016-09-26
  • Forum Update 9/26
    Good morning! Another weekend over and another busy week is upon us. No matter how crazy life is, make sure to take some time to read the forum and see what your fellow woodworkers are up to. Remember, if you have a question about our products, procedures in our books or anything related to Lost Art Press, the fastest way to get an answer is our forum. Check it out here. No. 7 Adjustment IssuesKendall took apart his Lie-Nielsen No. 7. ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-09-26
  • In search of an extraordinary man, J Munro, Cabinetmaker & Minister
    I recently acquired a beautifully proportioned Scottish pattern infill smoothing plane at a David Stanley auction. I wasn't intending to buy it, but when the lot came up my hand seemed to develop a life of its own, at one stage I even tried to bid against myself - much to the amusement of the auctioneer and my fellow bidders. This one chose me - not the other way around.The body is gunmetal with a steel sole sweated on, overstuffed ... read more
    Source: Matthew’s Blog at Workshop HeavenPublished on 2016-09-26
  • Chair Fail! How To Fix – SURVEY
    A bit more than two years ago, I built my first Roorkee chair. It was constructed with black leather and pear wood. I've built a few more since then, but those were gifts, and this one is mine.This chair didn't get used a whole lot, until I brought it with us to Spain. We have a furnished apartment here, but it was a simple thing to bring this chair along since it folds up into a neat bundle. I find ... read more
    Source: ToolerablePublished on 2016-09-26
  • 4 more mortises to go…….
    I had expected to glue up the rails today but that didn't happen. That will probably be done later on next week. I did get the feet and uprights done but the final clean up etc with them will come after the bearings are in. I also made a concession to my hands today. I wanted to stay and do more but my hands hurt too much. Arthritis sucks and in my case it isn't getting better but worse. I ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-09-26
  • Hanging Tool Cabinet Doors
    Long weekends are made for woodworking projects, there’s time for the family, kayaking and woodwork. Beginning work on the cabinet doors brought to mind the need to carefully dimension all of the parts, removing any twist. Hand planing one side and both edges I turned to the planer to make sure everything is parallel and consistent. Then a final hand planing to remove any machine marks and eliminate as much sanding as possible. ... read more
    Source: orepassPublished on 2016-09-25
  • Music I’d Like To Hear #117
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    Source: Doug BerchPublished on 2016-09-25
  • Draw a Birdcage or Basket Pull
    How to draw a birdcage or basket pull in SketchUp ... read more
  • Littleton Common Makers GoFundMe
    Demonstrating chisel usage at the Littleton Common Makers booth at Littleton's Third Thursday event in July.Littleton Common Makers, the makerspace in Littleton, MA where I run my free veterans woodworking program, is conducting a GoFundMe campaign in order to remain open for another year. Click here if you'd like to contribute.The goal of the funding is to cover rent and expenses, and add improved equipment to increase membership. Ultimately the goal is for the makerspace to be self-sustaining from membership. For ... read more
    Source: Close GrainPublished on 2016-09-25
  • after the saw filing……
    The filing of the saw took only about 20 minutes so I know I can work this into my daily schedule in the shop. I just have to find some saws to practice on. After this I changed lanes and went back to work on the cradle.there is a table saw under thereBefore I gave my jointer away, it was treated like the tablesaw is now.  I wasn't using it and it became a horizontal storage platform. I haven't used ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-09-25
  • saw filing adventure……
    For the past two weeks, off camera, I've been playing with filing a child's 11TPI rip saw. In spite of the two weeks I didn't have a lot to show for all this time. I had jointed the tops of the teeth and I filed two teeth at the heel. I have got to ramp this up and learn how to do it. I've been putting it off saying I didn't have the time to devote to it. That has ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-09-25
  • Plane crash
    Yesterday my moving fillister plane got a little bit wet. I tried to wipe it off, but I decided that it would be better to place it on top of one of the transformers, so it could dry completely.I forgot to take it down when it was dry, but the always cooperative gale stricken North Sea helped me with that today.Go figure if an old cast iron plane survives a fall from 4 feet onto a steel floor undamaged?Nope, no ... read more
    Source: Mulesaw: Being old fashioned, the cool way.Published on 2016-09-24