• In Conversation with David Charlesworth
      Here are a handful of highlights from my day with David Charlesworth. To watch the full conversation, ( over 70 minutes ) check out my membership site at: www.AnUnpluggedLife.com Enjoy ~         Follow @TomFidgen ... read more
    Source: The Unplugged WoodshopPublished on 2015-07-30
  • If a woodworker falls in the forest…
    Two weekends ago a friend and I hiked to a wondrous section of the Johns Brook, a boulder strewn Adirondack mountain brook that flows into the Ausable River in the Keene Valley. Our destination was a section known as the “Devil Slides,” a run of waterfalls, pools, and flumes about three hundred yards long culminating in a chute similar to a log flume. The river lines up east-west and the smooth and beautifully undulating rock surfaces heat up nicely so… ... read more
    Source: Tico Vogt – custom furniture & cabinetryPublished on 2015-07-30
  • Latest News….
    Currently working on a furniture commission for a client. There is no deadline, although this sometimes prolongs the project. A famous saying I like to quote "If it weren't for deadlines, I would never get anything done".   However, I'm able to juggle the commission with another project further down, so all good!Was informed this week that one of my furniture designs ( display cabinet) is included in the upcoming Furniture Society book "Rooted", due out in September. The book… ... read more
    Source: The Refined EdgePublished on 2015-07-29
  • Almost Done: ‘By Hound & Eye’
    Since returning home Saturday I have been pushing hard to get “By Hound & Eye” to the printer so we will have it out in time for Woodworking in America – yes, we are attending, and yes we will have a booth this year. We are still cleaning up some 192 scans for the press, but this morning I finished work on both the front cover (above) and back cover of this fantastic workbook. “By Hound & Eye” is,… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-07-29
  • Peter’s Mandola
    Peter’s Mandola has now been completed and is safely residing with its sibling. I liked Peter's description of his new mandola, "Magnificent!" That'll do for me! I must admit that I enjoyed playing it- already looking forward to doing the next one! I think that as designer/maker (of anything) you should always evaluate what you’ve made and where necessary make modifications the next time around; that’s how your work evolves and improves. At this stage of my luthiery career there are… ... read more
    Source: A Luthier’s BlogPublished on 2015-07-29
  • The Ultimate Cordless Drill
    I don’t use screws often in furniture making but when I started building lots of benches I found myself in need of a good cordless drill for all of the vice fitting and particularly around the tool wells of the Little John’s. I also needed something with plenty of power. Drilling 3/4″ holes for bench... Read more → ... read more
    Source: The English WoodworkerPublished on 2015-07-29
  • day two of the new floor
    As I am typing up today's blog post, I am feeling my age. Which feels way past my 60. I am sore and I know that tonight I will sleep like I'm dead. As for the floor I ran out of gas at 1530. I started this at oh dark 45 so the quitting time still made it a good day. I had expected to get done but it has to wait until tomorrow.squaring the edges was firstI used my… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-07-29
  • Mid-Century Table (Pt. 5)
    Finally I got my ducks in a row. Even if one of the little buggers tries to waddle off. Someone is waiting for the Mid-Century Table. So, this project will have the main focus for the next time. But having the next things in mind there is something more going on. An Outlook On The Next Weeks The workshop remodeling becomes necessary more and more. But for the time being the ... read more
    Source: Blue Spruce WoodshopPublished on 2015-07-29
  • Visitors Welcome
    KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA It was back then that I started to have printed brochures printed up and lodged in the local department of commerce in Uvalde to direct people to my workshop. It was simple enough, mostly rub on letters from Letraset alongside typed sentences with bullets telling people we were 28 miles north of of a county road in a dead end canyon and that you crossed 5 low river crossings 8 miles into the Reagan… ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2015-07-29
  • Did the Router Beget the Handplane?
    At any idle moment, I dive into editing our massive Charles H. Hayward project. Unfortunately, I am the bottleneck in this project. Megan Fitzpatrick has edited the entire thing and entered most of her changes, but I am far behind her. Perhaps I’m getting slow because I’m not on the front lines of editing a magazine any more. In any case, I am deep in the book’s section on planes and enjoying the heck out of it. Maybe that’s… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-07-29
  • symmetry schm-metry
    I can usually swing with some general symmetry, or “approximate symmetry” as I often call it. This chest of drawers I’ve been building just fooled me, almost knocked me off my feet. I knew it was 2 different designs on the drawer fronts, but for some stupid reason I expected the carving on each drawer front to be symmetrical left-to-right. What was I thinking? here’s the original – I didn’t even notice how random it is until I began to lay… ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2015-07-28
  • Day one
    Moving day...First thing,  moved 2 beds and a large metal plant stand from our house to hers.Ready to load.Loaded.Dropped the stuff to her house, picked up fridge and stove for the camp.Unloaded fridge and stove at camp, picked up the older ones to drop at recycling depot.All done, going back to meet Heather at Sue's place for supper.When you see this Dave, noticed the operational coffee mug?It's from 425 not 409 Sqn ;-)Heather had a good supper prepared for us upon… ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2015-07-28
  • Chevalet In A Box. Delivered!
    NOT from IKEA!I had a great time last year at the Woodworking in America conference.  I am really looking forward to returning in September to the WIA at Kansas City.  I will be speaking, and probably looking as usual at tables stacked with old woodworking tools.  Also it will be a good chance to meet old friends, since I live on the extreme South West corner of the country and many of my "buddies" live on the other side of… ... read more
    Source: WPatrickEdwardsPublished on 2015-07-28
  • Chair Design, Please Sit
    Chair design is a fairly new design concept. Read Witold Rybczynski’s book called Home and he points out that chairs were used only by royalty for centuries. The idea of comfort only came later on after the Middle Ages. The notion that people could sit unceremoniously slouched around a dinner table took a few more centuries to take hold. We discover the intricacies of chair design this weekend. Three days of design, engineering, and joinery. What a trio! On Day… ... read more
    Source: Northwest Woodworking StudioPublished on 2015-07-28
  • and so it begins
                Make everyday, a masterpiece!             Follow @TomFidgen ... read more
    Source: The Unplugged WoodshopPublished on 2015-07-28
  • Japanese Carpentry Classes for 2015 (update)
    On June 10th I posted up a notice about some Japanese carpentry classes scheduled for October of this year. I've had a good number of people contact me as a result, which has been great, and I wanted to post up an update. Perhaps some out there are interested and have been sitting on the fence, wanting to see if things are going ahead before committing. Well, you need not hesitate any more!The course series is as follows:1) tool set… ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2015-07-28
  • Not Too Artistic
    “The chair is the closest thing to a person. You can give it personal expression. Obviously, it has been just as important for me to make sensible cabinets. Everything in a house must definitely not be too artistic. One thing should accentuate the other. There needs to be a neutral background. In my view, cabinets and the like must be something that works. Chairs, too. But cabinets don’t need personal expression.” — Hans J. Wegner Editor’s note: Hans Wegner’s… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-07-28
  • I just love this lo-fi recreation of the Jurassic World trailer.
    I just love this lo-fi recreation of the Jurassic World trailer. ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2015-07-28
  • day one of the new floor…….
    This job is woodworking but not what I usually do. Day one consisted of me sweating a great deal ripping out all the old tiles and under layment. Then it was on to taking out all the rotten wood flooring. It didn't take me all that long to do. I was done with the majority of it before lunchtime. I should be done with my part of it by close the of business on wednesday.it's freeOver the years I have… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-07-28
  • England 2015
    I’m back from teaching two classes with the New English Workshop. It was my first trip to England to do woodworking, my previous visits had been for furniture study. It’s an amazing place, a rural little island filled with hobbits and badgers and twitchers and train spotters. The classes were held at two colleges, my first at Warwick College in Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. Jamie Ward of the College was very helpful and the students there were quite flexible… ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2015-07-28
  • The Essential Sharpening Collection
    One of the Essentials! There is a real bargain to be had over at Popular Woodworking’s Shop Woodworking store. It’s a package deal with eight of the best resources available to improve your sharpening game. They’ve included an everyone-should-have side-clamping honing guide along with Christopher Schwarz’s DVD, The Last Word on SharpeningRon Herman’s DVD, Sharpen Your Handsaws, Schwarz’s Digital Downloads, A Better Way to Sharpen Scrapers, Understanding Honing Guides, The Speed Demons of Sharpening, and Sharpening Plane Irons and Chiselsas well as,… ... read more
    Source: The Sharpening BlogPublished on 2015-07-28
  • Oh Yeah, the Japanese Toolboxes
    Sometimes I forget the unwritten rule of woodworking blogging: If you don’t show the finished project then everyone assumes you failed and threw the thing in the trash. Earlier this year I wrote about some Japanese sliding-lid boxes I was building for a forthcoming article in Popular Woodworking Magazine that were based on a 20th-century example I’d found in Australia. I wrote about the box design, the wood and some difficulties I had finding the right dome-head nails. And… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-07-27
  • Ad-Vice, ein spezieller Spannstock – The Ad-Vice, a very special vice
    Seit geraumer Zeit bin ich stolzer Eigentümer eines Ad-Vice von Douglas Coates.http://www.coatesengland.co.uk/journal/ad-viceAls ich das erste Foto von dem Werkzeug sah, war mir klar, dass ich den unbedingt haben möchte. Es war eine gute Entscheidung, den zu kaufen, soviel vorweg.For a few weeks I'm the proud owner of an Ad-Vice from Douglas Coates.http://www.coatesengland.co.uk/journal/ad-viceWhen I saw the first pic of this tool, I knew that I had to have it. It was a good decision to purchase it what has to be… ... read more
    Source: Two Lawyers ToolworksPublished on 2015-07-27
  • Vintage Chisels
    [The] offset chisel allows paring nearly flat on the work without the fingers getting in the way, and gives better visibility when making vertical cuts.Aldren A. Watson, Hand Tools, Their Ways and Workings, 1982Someone asked me the other day if I liked the chisels that are sold by Luthiers Mercantile Inc, click here for the website, and I replied that I do, I own three of them now and I may buy more. Maybe.A 10mm LMI chisel with a new… ... read more
    Source: Brokeoff Mountain LuthieriePublished on 2015-07-27
  • Sam’s progressing and apprenticeships with me
    Your hands matter greatly. I know you know that but sometimes things need saying. Sam is my apprentice and he’s been with me now for about five months of training. We apprentice for free but we don’t pay  but neither do we charge. The system works. Apprentices make their own pieces according to my designs which I design to ensure their growth. Apprenticeships are not to pay me and not to make things for me either. That has to be… ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2015-07-27
  • Don’t Tear Up Over Tear Out
    I get a lot of questions about tear out. (I know, you’re jealous of my life) Specifically I get questions about ways to alter a plane or features of a new plane that will prevent tear out. I have already talked about my views on bells and whistles on tools on this blog but I think it needs repeating. Tear out is not a mystical event whose roots lie in the deep past only understood by some monk high up… ... read more
    Source: Renaissance Woodworker BlogPublished on 2015-07-27
  • Current Status and Future Plans
    In a previous post I had noted that my wife and I were planning to build a retirement home in the town of Knox, Maine in the not too distant future.  Building a retirement home does not, however, mean that I have plans to retire from woodworking.  I have some long-term connections to the town of Knox since my great grandparents and grandparents were life-long residents there as farmers and store keepers.  My dad was born in Knox and lived… ... read more
    Source: Stuart C. BlanchardPublished on 2015-07-27
  • The Nutsaver: This Stuff Writes Itself
    A couple years ago I revealed my secret shame: I use pliers to tighten the round collets on the fences and depth stops of my Veritas planes. Read that post here. I was admonished by the “lovers of round brass things” but then eventually released on my own recognizance. Recently, a professional woodworker in Wales devised a simple leather and wood strap wrench that tightens these brassy bits without marring […] The post The Nutsaver: This Stuff Writes Itself appeared… ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2015-07-27
  • Walking stick complete
    So here's a few photos of the completed walking stick. I'm happy with how it turned out. And it justified purchasing a drawknife, so that's a win-win! ... read more
    Source: FurnitudePublished on 2015-07-27
  • Progress on Four-legged Three-legged Stool
    After much more time and energy than I care to admit, I'm making good progress on the two cherry stools. These are my four-legged version of the Tage Frid three-legged stool design. I'm working on milling wood for all the parts (which is challenging because the humidity is making them move all over the place), but the biggest achievement so far is the progress I've made with the seat connector piece. This little 4" by 5" chunk does the work… ... read more
    Source: FurnitudePublished on 2015-07-27