• over there —>
    I can’t believe anyone would be following The Daily Skep without also following the blog at www.mortiseandtenonmag.com, but just in case I wanted to mention that I’ll be posting over there on a semi-regular basis. You can read my latest entry here. ... read more
    Source: The Daily SkepPublished on 2017-10-19
  • How to Read, by an Oak-snob
    I’ve been slow to add stuff to the blog here. Time to correct some of that. Today’s chore is splitting up some leftover bits of oak, and some newly dropped-off bits. Here’s how I read these, and how I decide what to split from a few different bolts. the first one is an old one, been split & hanging around a long time, over a year I’d say. It was given to me about 2 months ago. Free wood is ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2017-10-19
  • JonMac Bushcraft Auger Set.
    The 'JonMac' Bushcraft Pocket Auger Set is back in stock by popular demand..... Click here to buy..... ... read more
    Source: Spoon Carving First StepsPublished on 2017-10-19
  • Laundry Cabinet, shelf housing joints done.
    I like the British housing joint name, plus my my phone keeps trying to autocorrect dado. Maybe it knows something I don’t know. Here it is holding it self off the bench. Self supporting as Paul Says. After cutting all the ones for my bookshelf I think I’m getting pretty good. Here she is. I still have to glue up, but I’m pretty happy. This is the largest dovetailed case I’ve ever made. Here’s my first dado/ housing joint ... read more
    Source: Chris BarnesPublished on 2017-10-19
  • No more hide glue in my armpits
    And other benefits to heating and cooling your shop ... read more
  • The Highland Woodturner: Rotary Texturing Tools
    In the October 2017 issue of The Highland Woodturner, Curtis Turner takes a closer look at the Rotary Texturing Tools available at Highland. I have other types of texturing tools and enjoy using them, so I was eager to try out something new. I have only had these a short time, however, it is clear to me these tools can easily add new embellishments to a range of turned wood items. They are so simple to use and there ... read more
    Source: Highland Woodworking BlogPublished on 2017-10-19
  • Hurry Up and Last
    As someone with a few completed pieces of functional furniture under my belt, I've found that I've developed a chronic condition that causes me to look underneath every dining room table, and around the back of every sideboard to see how they're made. The other day at a wedding I even found myself waiting for an old lady to vacate her ladder-back chair just so I could turn it over and look for tool marks. Maybe madness is setting in, ... read more
    Source: Mortise & tenon magazinePublished on 2017-10-19
  • Changes
    Changing Our Looks and More I know many of you that have been with us through the years have noticed changes to my backdrop and also heard hints of changes yet to come too. We’ve not wanted to be secretive so much as make certain we carried you along the journey with us. Many of […] Read the full post Changes on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2017-10-19
  • Putting the gardens to bed for the season
    We are experiencing some strange weather, not our usual fall weather for sure. We still have the occasional mid 20s C temps then frost warnings at nite...Will you please make up your mind Mother nature already....You can just make up the dead brown tomatoes plants outside the protective dome on the left handside behind Rudy.In case you ever wondered, it sure works, look at the greenery still inside the dome.There are three big green tomatoes inside turning yellowThe furnace is back on, ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2017-10-19
  • Make Your Own Liquid Hide Glue
    I came across a website several  weeks ago on how to make liquid hide.  I copied it down but didn’t note which website I took it from. So, whomever you are I thank you in advance. What you need: Hide Granules Urea Water Container These three ingredients are mixed by measure of weight. Follow these steps to mix your own batch. 1oz (28grams) of 192 grams strength Hide granules .2oz (5.6grams) of Urea 1.5oz (42 grams) of distilled water Mix the Urea into ... read more
    Source: Journeyman’s journalPublished on 2017-10-19
  • Fretboard markers
    So, with Brendan’s mandolin having a black and red theme, there seemed only one choice for the fretboard markers.After a good few hours of carefully marking out, cutting and sanding; 6 red diamonds or is that rubies?Fast forward a couple of weeks and the fretboard is now glued on to the neck.And the finished fretboard. ... read more
    Source: A Luthier’s BlogPublished on 2017-10-19
  • it worked…..
    I read Ken Hatch's blog post on the 140 trick but he didn't show the inside of the dovetails. Seeing that was what I wanted to see.  It was all I could think about at work today. When I got home I had to rush and make a sample dovetail joint. I got to see that it worked and then I went and did my errands. No since risking the wrath of the bride is there?my toe stubsIf I had continued to ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-10-19
  • Why I Converted to Wooden Hand Planes
    In a recent blog post I mentioned how our content editor, Jim McConnell, and I have agreed to engage in a friendly discussion on the blog about metal-bodied and wooden hand planes. In that post, Jim explained some of the reasons that he prefers metal-bodied planes. We aren’t here to make this topic controversial and adversarial. That’s the stupid kind of stuff that happens on forums. This is just plain ol’ honest discussion. Here's my take: I was trained ... read more
    Source: Mortise & tenon magazinePublished on 2017-10-18
  • How to get a cutlist from your SketchUp model
    A cutlist isn't that difficult to create by hand, but if you're modeling your projects in SketchUp, there's a far easier way ... read more
  • Shining a light – Clever Lightng adds interesting edge to old joinery.
    I've learned through experience that writing off architects and designers ideas is often a mistake. Perhaps because working within a trade creates such a practical mind or it could be that I'm just cynical, but giving room for unique idea and working hard to get the result our client needs is important. On the project shown here, both the site contractor and I were left scratching our heads, wondering why anyone would want to back light some rough old ... read more
    Source: G S Haydon & SonPublished on 2017-10-18
  • Wherever I Lay My Hat
    Don't worry. This post is not about the Marvin Gaye song. Although it fits into the period my new project is about. The song is from 1962. So we are talking about the Mid-Century. Once again the Mid-Century is part of the story. I wrote about it a couple of times. My wife and I are real aficionados of this time. We are always looking for pieces out of this period, when we are visiting ... read more
    Source: Blue Spruce WoodshopPublished on 2017-10-18
  • one more day of rest……
    The hands felt a lot better today. No twinges and by mid morning I had no more aches. I am still going to take it easy for another day. The rehab of the #6 planes can wait a little while longer. I'm sure they aren't looking forward to what is upcoming. I have plenty of things I can do while I rest and heal.wavy tooth lineI put the saw back in the vise and started to work on the problem areas ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-10-18
  • Stave Church and Norwegian Woodenware
    Over the weekend my family and I vacationed as we always do in the Black Hills. My wife was looking for things for us to do that we hadn't done before when she ran across an advertisement for a replica Stave church in Rapid City. I was a bit skeptical at first thinking that this must be some kind of tourist trap. Boy was I wrong! It is a full-scale model of the Borgund stave church built around 1150 in ... read more
    Source: Frontier CarpenterPublished on 2017-10-18
  • Mini Moravian Spring Pole Lathe
    My latest project is a smaller version of a Moravian spring pole lathe. I've seen pictures of this lathe in some of Roy Underhill’s books, but I became really interested when I saw it featured on the Horn Guild’s blog. They have some great photos of a reproduction at Old Salem Village in Winston Salem.I had a spring pole lathe, but it got to be a pain using it at living history events because of the problem with transporting the ... read more
    Source: Frontier CarpenterPublished on 2017-10-18
  • Rope Bed
    Sorry, I haven't posted anything in awhile, but life has kept me quite busy. My latest project is a rope bed for the Dederman Cabin in Norfolk, Nebraska. The cabin already had a rope bed, but this bed will be used to let visitors experience what it’s like to lie down in one.I wanted to make a bed that was similar to what an early settler could have made with materials available on the frontier. I was going to copy ... read more
    Source: Frontier CarpenterPublished on 2017-10-18
  • Farmhouse Table
    I haven’t posted anything in a long time so I thought I would show a picture of a country farmhouse table I made for a benefit for my kids' school.The table is 72” x 48” with 3.5” tapered legs. The table and benches are built from construction grade lumber. Since the wood found at my local box store is complete trash I only used wood purchased from there to build the aprons and legs of the table and benches. I ... read more
    Source: Frontier CarpenterPublished on 2017-10-18
  • 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 2017-10-18
  • Home for Misfit Tool (or) Rebirth of a Tinsmith Burring Machine
    Recently I’ve gained an interested in the tinsmithing trade. This opened up a whole new area in tool collecting for me so I have been diligently searching tools sites and eBay for finds. During my searches, I’ve come to realize that tinsmithing tools are expensive and relatively hard to find. When one does happen upon a find there’s generally a lot of competition for the tool driving up its cost. This has caused me to aim for the low hanging ... read more
    Source: Frontier CarpenterPublished on 2017-10-18
  • Log Replacement for Circa 1930 Cabin
    This week I’ve been repairing a log cabin for the Antelope County Museum in Neligh, Nebraska. I was told that the cabin was built as a playhouse for a prominent man’s daughter in the 1930’s.The cabin was made out of cedar logs. This might seem a bit strange, but trees were sparse in these parts with the exception of cedar and cottonwood. I’ve also been told that the trees might have come on a train from the Black Hills, while ... read more
    Source: Frontier CarpenterPublished on 2017-10-18
  • Log Cabins in Nebraska
    Whitwer SiteThis weekend I explored a cabin site built by Nicholas Whitwer an immigrant from Rohrbach Switzerland. Mr. Whitwer lived in a dugout for several years until the log cabin was constructed in the early 1870’s. The area the cabin was located in is remote and for the most part untouched by modern agriculture. With the help of the landowner, I was able to locate the cabin foundation (metal stake in the center of the picture is the middle of ... read more
    Source: Frontier CarpenterPublished on 2017-10-18
  • Traveling Blacksmith Forge
    Last month I finally finished my traveling forge. I wanted something that I could completely take apart for easy transport, so after looking at a lot of photos on the internet, this is what I came up with. I’ve used it for at a couple of living history events and it has met all of my expectations. The only real negative I found is that the bellow is HEAVY. But what the hell it puts out a good flow of air ... read more
    Source: Frontier CarpenterPublished on 2017-10-18
  • New Bad Axe Saw
    The UPS girl dropped off a new Bad Axe saw today. It is a beauty, a D-8 clone. I'm such a sucker for bing but damn it is pretty.The motorhome has been in the shop fixing a few squawks from the PNW trip. I'll pick it up in the AM to ready it for our Friday trip to Mexico. I'm ready for a few days on the beach with the dogs and MsBubba. It should be good.ken ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2017-10-18
  • Outdoor serving table
    I have been cooking outside more and have found that I need a side table for preparing and serving food.  When we remodeled our kitchen I salvaged a piece of Corian 14" wide and 60" long that is about the size we want.  The task was to design and build a base for it.I thought about a number of options, but kept coming back to the kitchen work table I made last year, which has exceeded our expectations.  My  wife ... read more
    Source: Oregon Woodworker by Andy MargesonPublished on 2017-10-18
  • Aluminum block planes
    Aluminum block planes are the odd ducks of block planes. The problem with early cast-iron planes was the fact that were they to be accidentally dropped on the floor, they likely would not survive due to their brittleness. Pressed-steel block planes helped alleviate this problem, however there is still the issue of rust. So for a period of time, manufacturers turned towards building aluminum planes. Aluminum as a metal was first isolated by Danish physicist and chemist Hans Christian Ørsted in 1825, ... read more
    Source: Working by handPublished on 2017-10-17
  • Emil Milan
    Emil Milan standing in the barn door of his Thompson, PA studio, 1983. Photo: Leighton Johnson The decade-long efforts of wood artists Norm Sartorius, Phil Jurus, Barry Gordon, and Craig Edelbrock to tell the story of Emil Milan have come to fruition with this Kickstarter campaign that just kicked off today.  Regrettably, I know very little about Emil Milan, but this project is sure to change that for me and many others. I’m excited to get my copy of the book ... read more
    Source: David Fisher, Carving ExplorationsPublished on 2017-10-17