• new clock pt ?…….
    Before I got to working on the clock I finished the bottle box. It's done and there isn't going to be any glamour shots. It's a utilitarian object that most likely will be used only once and either thrown away or stuck in a black hole somewhere. It'll serve it's purpose of transporting 4 bottles of the Starbucks stuff Billy likes so much.0930 saturday morningAlmost 18 hours hanging out on the vise and it's still there. I now have my… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-02-07
  • Tool Cabinet Dovetails
    Haven’t chopped dovetails for a while, certainly is nice to empty my mind grab a chisel in one hand and a hammer in the other and work away. A couple of thoughts recent dovetails have been in Sapele and Oak, Cherry takes a slightly different touch. It’s a fun challenge and as I move from joint to joint the accuracy improves. ... read more
    Source: orepassPublished on 2016-02-07
  • How’s Your German?
    We’re looking to hire a couple people, preferably woodworkers, to helps us translate a handful of short documents in German. A couple of the documents are from the early 20th century. One is from the 16th century. We are happy to compensate you for your time – we pay fairly for good work. This translation project is the first step for my next book, so we’d have to swear you to secrecy until we are ready to discuss the… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-02-06
  • Martin’s mandolin
    This week saw Martin’s mandolin; strung up, “in the white.” This is the first time that I’ve used this particular design of rosette and combined with the all the other cocobolo details, the design of the whole instrument is coherent. Aesthetically a limited pallet of tonewoods works really well. ... read more
    Source: A Luthier’s BlogPublished on 2016-02-06
  • Here’s one way to get a shop full of tools…
    If you’re a beginning woodworker like me, you probably spend a lot of time thinking about how to set up the woodworking shop of your dreams… and wondering how you’ll ever get to have it. Here’s a chance to win it all. The folks at Popular Woodworking are giving away a complete shop set-up worth about 10 grand. Jet is providing the table saw, band saw, planer, jointer, lathe and dust collector; Woodpeckers is throwing in a routing table, coping sled,… ... read more
    Source: Chicago WoodworkerPublished on 2016-02-06
  • failed the bounce test……
    I slipped three times today on the white crap that got dumped on us and I did the bounce test twice and failed both of them. I also fell both times on my right hip which several hours later is now singing songs to me. FYI - old fat guys who slip and fall on snow don't bounce back up like a rubber ball. They lay there and then get up real slow. I thought I could just shake it… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-02-06
  • Dishwasher Install Followup
    In my last post I told you about my dishwasher install project.  The process involved shifting the entire face frame, and associated drawers and doors, 6″ to close up a gap at the side of the dishwasher.  This of course left me with a subsequent 6″ gap where the cabinets met the adjoining wall. Milling up a piece of stock to fill the gap was a simple enough process.  Measure, cut, plane and scribe to fit against the wall (nothing… ... read more
    Source: GREG MERRITT – BY MY OWN HANDSPublished on 2016-02-06
  • Get Help at Lostartpress.com
    OK, I’m trying not to sound like a stupid airbag recall letter here. We take customer service stuff dang seriously at Lost Art Press. We try to get back to everyone in less than 24 hours unless we’re on a bender. Heck, we do everything we can so that you don’t have to ask: “Where the heck is my stuff?” As we approach fulfilling 30,000 order in a year, we want to keep things personal, quick and easy for you… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-02-06
  • Advice on Workshop Walls
    I’ve set up several workshops from scratch, and I’ve studied a lot of modern shops and how they are put together. If you get to frame your own walls, I recommend a couple easy modifications that can make life easier. First, when framing, add blocking throughout so you can hang heavy cabinets with ease. For the wall between the shop and the office shown above, I’ve added two layers of blocking at 71” from the floor so I can… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-02-05
  • All about miter boxes Part 1
    I recently exchanged lots of info with Gerhard over troubleshooting his Langdon Mitre box and his mitre saw so that it would cut true.So I thought I should make a post(s) covering all the basics and proper set up .First a short description on the various types of Mitre box.Long before being replaced today by the ubiquitous power mitre saw, some of which also handle compound angle cuts, the simple wooden mitre box ruled the shops.Probably the most common form… ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2016-02-05
  • Whatever Happened To That Line Shaft?
    Can’t Be Bothered To Read? Click Play: http://www.theenglishwoodworker.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Whatever-happened-to-that-line-shaft.mp3 Not a lot really. Like the dog it just sits there. My last post was all about ridding my workshop of machines, which strums up questions about why we rescued that line shaft machinery a few years ago. Where is it and what will we be doing... Read more → ... read more
    Source: The English WoodworkerPublished on 2016-02-05
  • If you knew sushi: Japan in global quality crackdown
    If you knew sushi: Japan in global quality crackdown: Kalyeena Makortoff:A growing number of sushi purists are up in arms at what they see as substandard food preparation and service in a growing number of restaurants outside Japan, the Kyodo news agency reports.There are complaints that sushi in Moscow, for example, may be served with mayonnaise while in Paris, plates are slammed down, disturbing the arrangement. Goddamn French. ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2016-02-05
  • from 56°F to snow……
    I knew something was going to happen but I didn't know when or what. This morning when I went to work the temperature was 56°F. It's the coldest month of winter and we have spring time temps at 0430. This weird stuff lends itself to other weird stuff.  And one weird thing happens tomorrow morning.It's supposed to start raining at midnight and change over to a heavy snowfall just in time for the morning commute. I'm lucky there in that… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-02-05
  • Aprils New Video on Black Ash Basketry
    Here's a preview of the video April shot with Popular Woodworking this past fall. If you want more info on how to get a copy check out Popular Woodworkings site here. ... read more
    Source: Jarrod’s blog at WoodspiritPublished on 2016-02-04
  • Import Planes-Part IV
    I added another plane in the mix or did I? Look at the two outer planes here. These two planes are put out by B&Q. Do they look different? Yes, they do! No, they’re not. Not altogether anyway. Now the third plane, centred here in the mix, came from a very different supplier. The two companies supplying these three planes are directly in competition with one another on the high street as it were. This middle one doesn’t have plastic handles but genuine rosewood ones.… ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2016-02-04
  • My Woodcarving Rantings
    Chip Carving Knives It is new for me to contribute features for magazines, but I’ve already learned that it does fire up a person to do new and greater things in woodworking. Truth is that I have more challenging projects in mind now than ever before. First, I am very thankful to the great folks at Fox Chapel Publishing for giving me the opportunity to write about using carving to personalize a tool chest. You can find a reference… ... read more
    Source: Jim the Chairmaker’s BlogPublished on 2016-02-04
  • Upcoming Classes
    Things have been busy at home and in the shop. I’m in the process of building a 24’x30′ timber framed garage/barn. Lots of good content coming from that build, and I promise a lot of it will *eventually* make it to the blog, but the pressure is on to get as much of it up and built before baby #2 arrives at the end of March and our lives change even more at home. We have a 17 month old… ... read more
    Source: Rainford RestorationsPublished on 2016-02-04
  • finishing the badger plane
    It is a good thing I never throw anything away - especially jigs or fixtures. I do not recall how long it took me to come up with the above fixture the first time, but boy, was I ever grateful I could just grab it off the shelf this time!  This set-up may strike terror in most machinists. It is a furniture makers approach, using furniture makers tools. Sometimes, it is a real advantage to not have any formal training.… ... read more
    Source: Sauer & Steiner ToolworksPublished on 2016-02-04
  • Five hours with Toshio Odate
    I had the great pleasure of seeing Toshio Odate at Woodworking in America in 2009. I have to say that it was one of the great pleasures of my woodworking life. I expected that I would learn a ton about Japanese tools and their use. What I didn’t expect was to discover what a funny, charming man he is.Back in the fall, Popular Woodworking released two DVDs featuring Toshio Odate, “Woodworking Legends: An Interview with Toshio Odate”, and “Talking Japanese Tools with… ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2016-02-04
  • back to the clock……
    The weather here in my part of the universe continues to be odd. Normal temps for February are in the teens to low 20's. Today at 1545 it was 53° F (12°C) on my front porch thermometer. Not T-shirt weather but a wee bit warmer than the low 20's would be. I'm happy I'm saving money because the furnace isn't running as much as normal and I can apply spray finish.bottle boxThis is not the first time I've used a… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-02-04
  • Hearing Protection
    There are a couple of safety items that I am adamant about, hearing and eye protection. Damaging either could be devastating to quality of life not only affecting yourself, but those around you. When using power tools these items are no brainers but over the last couple of years I’ve also noticed that while chopping with chisels, by the end of the day I can have some ringing in my ears. Admittedly I have sensitive hearing and wear ear plugs in… ... read more
    Source: orepassPublished on 2016-02-04
  • A Ming-Inspired Cabinet (30)
    Post 30 in a continuing series...---------------------While the posts connect to the long side inverted 'T' beams by way of a tiny 5mm square peg, the beams themselves connect through to the above-mounted cornice assembly directly, using hammer-headed draw bars. I had previously mortised for these drawbars and their associated fixing pins only on the short side inverted 'T' beams, however I realized it would be better to double those connections up at each corner-  thus the long side inverted 'T'… ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2016-02-03
  • To the Stables
    Last night I freaked out a little in my pants. Like a knot in a becket it was. My sphincter’s implosion upon its poor self came about when I looked up from the stud wall we were building in the new storefront and I realized 100 people would not fit in that room. We’re getting ready for the March 12 opening, and when I set up an RSVP system I capped the number at a ridiculous number of attendees… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-02-03
  • Preserving the Fire
    Seth with an old nail apron. What a combination – Star wars and Mule Hide Roofing It’s 6AM and five year old Seth, sitting beside me on the couch wrapped in his favorite blanket, looks up and says, “Poppy, can we go downstairs?” “Downstairs” is Seth’s word for my basement workshop. It’s a place where he can play with toys unlike anything from the McGiant toy store. “Downstairs” contains cigar boxes with string, old pulleys, hinges, and rubber bands. There… ... read more
    Source: Design MattersPublished on 2016-02-03
  • Import planes-Part III
    Lever-cam lockdown out of sync On the left is the B&Q lever cap showing the square and angular corner to the cam that causes an issues. It should look like the cam on the Stanley shown right, which is indeed rounded and operates smoothly to ensure the depth of the setscrew is the right depth to allow the cam to operate and set everything properly.This might seem innocuous, or even not apparent at all, but in the context of functionality… ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2016-02-03
  • George Nakashima Saw Wood as No One Else Could
    George Nakashima Saw Wood as No One Else Could: The current exhibit at the Modernism Museum Mount Dora in Orlando, “Escherick to Nakashima”, features 76 pieces by George Nakashima. There are also some pieces by Wharton Escherick and Wendell Castle on display. The exhibit runs through late 2016, so if you need a break from Disney World, check this out. ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2016-02-03
  • Workbench Build Diaries (Pt.1)
    Beside spending time on doing investigations on Mid Century chairs I made some progress on the bench build. And I've started to get rid of some stuff. The Bench Top Other then written in my first post about my new workbench, I've decided to laminate a bench top from studs respectively framing lumber. I am using studs with the dimension 54 x 74 mm (that's somewhere between 2x3 and ... read more
    Source: Blue Spruce WoodshopPublished on 2016-02-03
  • Get to Know Charles H. Hayward, Part II
    Charles H. Hayward was one of the greats. As editor of The Woodworker magazine he was the standard-bearer for handwork in the 20th century. We have spent eight years scanning and editing his work to present two volumes of “The Woodworker: The Charles H. Hayward Years.” We think you will enjoy these books even more if you learn a little about Hayward’s life. Part I of this series is here. Many of the old houses in Shoreditch were in… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-02-03
  • we don’t really have a plan/drawing
    A few people have asked about the timber frame we have underway here, specifically about the design. First thing to know, if you want to tackle a project like this, find someone who knows how. That could be a class/workshop sort of thing, or an individual who has experience at it. I took a class way back when at Heartwood School out in Washington, Massachusetts; http://www.heartwoodschool.com/ then worked on timber frames at three other classes at Country Workshops. But all… ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2016-02-03
  • LN honing guide and LV rabbet plane iron…….
    I got a comment the other day on the LN honing guide and the LV rabbet plane iron. I thought that I had covered that comment in the three previous posts I had done on the LN honing guide. But today as I searched my previous blog posts on this I couldn't find it. DUH. I missed the follow up big time.  I had a blog post on the LN honing guide with the left skewed jaws not fitting my LV right hand… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-02-02