• It’s not your fault
    The most crucial impediment to learning woodworking skills that I have observed when advising woodworkers is the use of cheap, inappropriate, or poorly prepared tools. It is amazing how often student woodworkers – and this really includes all of us to varying degrees – are baffled by poor results from bad tools. Worse yet, the […] ... read more
    Source: Heartwood BlogPublished on 2017-02-23
  • revisiting an old favorite
    I’ve been trying to finish off this chest with 2 drawers lately. I’m close, but have to go to North House Folk School soon, so the last bits will be in 2 weeks. Today I spent making the last 12′ of moldings – out of a total of over 45 feet! Rabbet plane first… …followed by hollows & rounds…. Late in the day I still had some daylight. I have been using the last 30 or 45 minutes ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2017-02-22
  • The Struggle of Pricing Your Work
    For Philip Morley, finding a balance when pricing work has been, and will continue to be, a work in progress, but here are three things that make it easier for him ... read more
  • Now Taking Orders for the Deluxe ‘Roubo on Furniture’
    Last night at dinner I laid out the finances involved in printing the deluxe “With All the Precision Possible: Roubo on Furniture,” and I think I saw the blood drain out of my wife’s face – just a little bit. It’s like sending a child to college. It’s vitally important, and so you somehow find the money to make it happen. But when you stand back and count up all the dollars involved you wonder how the heck you did ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-02-22
  • So, you want to make a saw handle…
    Months ago I got the idea in my fool head that I was going to make a few 20″ panel saws based on the Kenyon saws from Benjamin Seaton’s tool chest. I’ve always liked the curvy look of these saws, right down to the rounded tip, but it was seeing this picture on Isaac Smith’s website (Blackburn Tools) that finally pushed me over the edge. Holy Wow! Problem, is not just that saws like these are hard to come by (they ... read more
    Source: The Daily SkepPublished on 2017-02-22
  • Results from the 2017 Wall Shelf Build-Off
    Well, the ballots have been tallied and that means it’s time to award some prizes.  Although there were not as many entries as I had hoped for, the shelves built were well-constructed, innovative, and certainly well made considering the two day time limit. This made it tough for judges to decide which shelf was the best of each category. Several categories were decided by a single vote. Sponsors and Prizes First, I’d like to thank the generous sponsors who have ... read more
    Source: Flair WoodworksPublished on 2017-02-22
  • Tea House Table – Dovetails
    Hello and welcome to my blog!  This post continues a series in which I’m building a low table and chair to be installed in a tea house.  Significant progress has been made on the prototype and final chairs, and now they have been put aside to complete the table top.  The table height will ultimately be determined by comfort at the finished chair height and so in order to prepare for that fitting the table top needed to be completed. The table ... read more
    Source: Brian Holcombe WoodworkerPublished on 2017-02-22
  • Giving new life to a piece of furniture.
    When it comes to my world of restoration and woodworking I not too picky if the money is right. Take for example the set of 4 shield back chairs made from mahogany and now painted. While some will say why would you paint them? There are also many who will say I love them! Really when it comes down to it, my business is to save furniture from heading into a dumpster or another land fill. If I can give ... read more
    Source: Freddy RomanPublished on 2017-02-22
  • Something Borrowed, Something Blue
    If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably already seen the finished crochet.  I’m very pleased with how it came out.  The screw holds like crazy and the EWP wedge doesn’t seem redundant.  But if I could do it again, I’d screw the wedge in from the outside.  I’ll have to remove the crochet to […] ... read more
    Source: The apartment woodworkerPublished on 2017-02-22
  • What Do You Know About Coopering?
    Various events brought me to a new project idea. And this has to do with coopering. To explain the new project I have to reach out a bit. I love to read and to soak up information. A few weeks ago I read Mr. Schwartz blog post about one of his upcoming projects - a dust pan. Reading the post I thought that this of course is a fun project. And if you will read the article attentive ... read more
    Source: Blue Spruce WoodshopPublished on 2017-02-22
  • paper towel holder pt III…….
    There is only going to be a part IV and V.  I was expecting to get all of the woodworking related tasks done tonight but I lost a bounce test. A minor hiccup that was easily fixed and it really didn't matter much. I still have to wait for the spindles for the gallery rail to come in before I can keep on going with it.two coats on itLast night after dinner I went back to the shop to look ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-02-22
  • Results in on Silverline Spokeshaves
    From my journal Monday 20th February 2017 Just before the weekend I picked up another spokeshave but this time it was first under £5. At first glance you would say, “This’ll work, surely.” After all, all the component parts seemed to be there. The reason I picked this one out is because someone messaged me and … Read the full post Results in on Silverline Spokeshaves on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2017-02-22
  • Hot Oil Treatment
    If you’ve seen my noggin, you know this post won’t be about hair care.  Over the weekend, I finished the dry-stage carving of an ale bowl I had roughed out a couple months ago.  I thought it might be a good opportunity to briefly discuss my oiling procedure. The most important factor in finishing is the quality of the final cuts.  A properly sharpened edge will leave a cleanly cut, almost burnished, surface behind. Once the carving ... read more
    Source: David Fisher, Carving ExplorationsPublished on 2017-02-22
  • How Do I Spell Filletster? C – O – O- L…
    I have always been leery of Facebook and I didn't take the plunge with it for years. Finally, I jumped and while it was great keeping up to date with friends and relatives, I still tended to go back every few months and delete whatever I could find that I had posted previously. Paranoid? Probably, but who ever said I was rational?After Donald Trump won the election, however, things very quickly changed. I'm not going to get into a political ... read more
    Source: The Part-Time WoodworkerPublished on 2017-02-21
  • A Video Tour of a Deluxe Roubo Book
    If you have never seen one of our deluxe versions of “To Make as Perfectly as Possible: Roubo on Marquetry,” this tour will give you a small taste of the scale of the book and the quality of its components. Since the release of this book (it’s long since sold out), people have come by the storefront or to shows to see a copy and it’s always a treat to see their reaction. First, they are amazed at the ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-02-21
  • The Black Dog Workshop
    Like most amateurs in any craft, I rely heavily on my maestros and gurus, and for me, help comes in the form of YouTube videos more than anything else. When it comes to hand tool woodworking, I invariably turn to the likes of Paul Sellers and Tom Fidgen. When I need advice about woodturning, my ‘go to’ guys are Mike Waldt and Martin Saban-Smith. The latter of these chaps is the developer of Hampshire Sheen, a woodturning finishing ... read more
    Source: goatboy’s woodshopPublished on 2017-02-21
  • They Should Have Know Better…
    Today’s parable of the movement of wood concerns this George III Linen Press: This lot has sold for $380. Furniture is soft right now. Description:  Circa 1800, two-part form, high-grade burlwood mahogany veneers, mahogany, pine secondary, applied arched cornice with ebonized line inlay above a vertically veneered frieze, upper cabinet with two hinged doors, center with an applied reeded brass mount, each door featuring a rectangular panel with an inset square to each corner, interior with four pull-out linen drawers, base with ... read more
    Source: The Furniture RecordPublished on 2017-02-21
  • Why did the screw hole location changed on Stanley type irons?
    Part 2 of my answer to ralph of the Accidental woodworker You know the "hole" the one that used to be located near the top of the ironPretty well all used up Adam & Co blade showing typical hole at the topFound inside an American Arrowmammett work planeThat hole was first introduced to facilitate removing and installing the new fangled cap iron making the blade a double iron. Such double iron first appears around 1760. That long slot is required in ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2017-02-21
  • Why did the screw hole location changed on Stanley type irons?
    Part 2 of my answer to ralph of the Accidental woodworker You know the "hole" the one that used to be located near the top of the ironPretty well all used up Adam & Co blade showing typical hole at the topFound inside an American Arrowmammett work planeThat hole was first introduced to facilitate removing and installing the new fangled cap iron making the blade a double iron. Such double iron first appears around 1760. That long slot is required in ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2017-02-21
  • How to Support the Endangered Alphabets
    Through February 26th 2017 we are running a crowdfunding campaign to produce a children’s pictorial dictionary in endangered languages of Bangladesh, and we urgently need your support at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1496420787/100-words-for-a-childrens-endangered-language-dict/. As you may know, Kickstarter is all or nothing: unless we meet our $10,000 goal, we get zero. For those who prefer not to work through a third party, you can support us directly at www.endangeredalphabets.com/donate. The Endangered Alphabets Project is a federal 501c3 non-profit. Thanks! And if you have questions, ... read more
    Source: Endangered alphabetsPublished on 2017-02-21
  • Well-known Japanese saw aficionado Ron Herman, at the…
    Well-known Japanese saw aficionado Ron Herman, at the Woodworking Show in New Jersey last weekend, explaining how he sets up saws and scrapers (!) differently for softwood and hardwood species, with an example of some of his crosscut saws. And you thought only crazy Japanese woodworkers would go to that much trouble tweaking the setup of their tools. ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2017-02-21
  • Info on coach making tools?
    This beautiful coachmakers plough plane went past my limit last week on a well-known auction site. I should have gone higher, but a limit is a limit. It’s a stunning tool with a fence that will work around curves, such as a coachmaker might require. I have had so many coachmaker-related tools of this kind pass through my lock-up, I’m more and more keen to find a book that shows the variety and uses of all the different types. Like ... read more
    Source: Hackney ToolsPublished on 2017-02-21
  • Let the bowl speak for itself
    Source: Rivers JoineryPublished on 2017-02-21
  • towel holder pt II……….
    I took another 'take it easy' day.  It was a day off from work for me and I did nothing on the cabinet installation except to call a few plumbers. None were interested in doing a little piddly job like move some pipes. One did say that is was free at the end of March and could I wait that long? By the time I got done doing this I was ready for something else so I went on a ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-02-21
  • All those planes in catalogs seemed *so* cheap.
    It’s hard not to look at historical catalogs and be in awe at how cheap those planes seem. In an 1894 Sargent catalog, a low-end No.107 block plane sold for $0.60, whilst the highest end plane, whilst the No.1317 with all the bells and whistles sold for $2.05. Doesn’t seem like a lot. How much is it really? In this period, the average income for a family living in the northeast was $748.81, of which the major expenditure was on food ... read more
    Source: Working by handPublished on 2017-02-21
  • My Lucky Scars
    When I was about 11, my parents took a trip to Cancun and left us with Hazel, a Nurse Ratched type with a beehive hairdo, a messed-up back and a matching disposition. It was Halloween, and so we were carving pumpkins in the garage. I was using my Cub Scout knife – improperly. The knife slipped and slashed the web between the thumb and index finger on my left hand. […] The post My Lucky Scars appeared first on Popular ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2017-02-20
  • S s S or Stanley? And the differences would be….
    I was going to respond to my friend Ralph of the Accidental Woodworker about questions he had on a recent find he got, a Stanley iron stamped SsS. What gives? And what about the hole location moving on Stanley irons, then followed by everyone else... Why?Pic of "new" blade acquired by Ralph.Notice the hole position on the top also.Pic from RalphThen I thought my response was getting too long, better save it as a blog entry...What's in a name, SiegleyJacob ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2017-02-20
  • S s S or Stanley? And the differences would be….
    I was going to respond to my friend Ralph of the Accidental Woodworker about questions he had on a recent find he got, a Stanley iron stamped SsS. What gives? And what about the hole location moving on Stanley irons, then followed by everyone else... Why?Pic of "new" blade acquired by Ralph.Notice the hole position on the top also.Pic from RalphThen I thought my response was getting too long, better save it as a blog entry...What's in a name, SiegleyJacob ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2017-02-20
  • Worry Coach
    I’ve decided that I need to hire myself out as a coach to the needy woodworkers out there. I will be a Worry Coach. You have too much to do getting stuff made. Let me take on the chore of worry for you. Did you cut those joints too loose? Don’t worry about it. I’ll do that for you. And yes they will fall apart, but long after you’re gone. Don’t worry! Are you worried that your finish might run ... read more
    Source: Northwest Woodworking StudioPublished on 2017-02-20
  • Worry Coach
    I’ve decided that I need to hire myself out as a coach to the needy woodworkers out there. I will be a Worry Coach. You have too much to do getting stuff made. Let me take on the chore of worry for you. Did you cut those joints too loose? Don’t worry about it. I’ll do that for you. And yes they will fall apart, but long after you’re gone. Don’t worry! Are you worried that your finish might run ... read more
    Source: The North West WoodworkingPublished on 2017-02-20