• It Takes Only 100 Workbenches
    Some things in woodworking are hard-earned. Translation: I might not be so bright. This week I performed some maintenance to my circa 1505 workbench designed by Martin Löffelholz. I’d built the bench last year using components that were soaking wet. This was not my preference, but sometimes we don’t have a choice when it comes to wood. So what would be my preference? A wet top and bone-dry legs. In my case, the tenons on the four wet legs ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-12-10
  • A New Discovery!
    A small tin of Prooftint Stain sprung a leak and coloured a portion of my shelf, awe how considerate. The little bugger over the years slowly ate its way through the bottom of the can. Not really sure how though as it’s not possible, but the evidence is in the pudding. As I was cleaning and cursing away, you know the usual shop talk with yourself, I noticed this beautiful brass or bronze like patina on another tin the stain leaked on. ... read more
    Source: Journeyman’s journalPublished on 2017-12-10
  • #3 rehabbed…..
    winter wonderland at1500My wife and I were talking about the white stuff today. Neither one of us could recall the last time snow was on the ground before xmas. I remember a much different climate and time when I was a young boy compared to now. Back then there was usually snow before thanksgiving and it was unheard of not to have lots of snow on xmas day. Everything changes, including the weather.Fiskar paper cutterI got this from amazon earlier ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-12-10
  • Exotic Woods to Try with Your Next Project
    I received an email this morning randomly from Lord knows who. The Woodworking forum advertised doesn’t appear in the search list. The business address advertised also is non existent, so I’m just taking it as spam.  However, it’s not useless information and I thought I’d share it with you. I’ve also provided a link to a website I discovered this morning who sells exotic species in the US.  I thought Australia was the only country with high priced timber, I ... read more
    Source: Journeyman’s journalPublished on 2017-12-09
  • And the Winner of the 3/16″ Side Bead Is….
    Let's closer look...Double checking...UPSET!!!!!!was***[email protected]!!!!!!!Email coming... ... read more
    Source: Musings from Big PinkPublished on 2017-12-09
  • Registration To Win A 3/16″ Side Bead Plane…
    Registration to win a 3/16" side bead plane IS CLOSED. A winner will be chosen at random later this afternoon.Every entrant has been assigned a number based on the order in which he/she responded. Check the alphabetical list below for your email followed by your assigned number.Each number has been assigned a spot on the board. A spot on the board will be chosen at random using 'The RANDOMIZER' method.The winner will be the person who has the most shot ... read more
    Source: Musings from Big PinkPublished on 2017-12-09
  • 16 days to go……
    It's official now and proof that winter has arrived is on the ground. My daughter in North Carolina sent me a pic of it snowing there. She said that they are expecting 4-6 inches of the white stuff. I think the last time it snowed in NC, George Washington was president. We are supposed to get the same treatment here overnight going into tomorrow. I'll keep happy thoughts and wait and see what unfolds.experimentI did this last night before I went ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-12-09
  • Bistro Table, Part 3: Leg Shaping and Glue-up
    The undercarriage of the table looks like this:Bistro table undercarriageThe uprights get a long cove and the feet and top supports get some straight cuts.  The shaping of the uprights was straightforward.  I used a thin, bendable stick to mark the curve, starting and ending about 1/8" from the bridle joint miters.  Then I made some relief cuts,Relief cuts down to the layout linechiseled out the waste, and cleaned it up with a spokeshave.Fairing the curve with a spokeshaveThe feet ... read more
    Source: Woodworking in a tiny shopPublished on 2017-12-09
  • New Stickers Available my Fancy Lads (and Lasses)
    Perchance would you care to procure a new sticker set for your divan, boudoir or your dearest fainting couch? (Translation: Want some stickers for your pie hole?) We have a new set of three stickers available now from my daughter Maddy the sticker princess (not be confused with Katy the wax princess). This set features a 3”-diameter sticker from the Fancy Lad Academy of Woodworking & Charcuterie. Click here if that doesn’t mean anything to you. The second sticker ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-12-08
  • Dark Chocolate and Sponge Cake (3)
    Design.Most Japanese houses, though the rooms generally are smaller than in most parts of the West, have really large closets in the sleeping rooms. These closets are built to accommodate futon sets which, after having been aired out, are folded up for storage, allowing the room to be used for other purposes until it is time to turn in.Some apartments however do not have these large closets, and neither do western homes generally. So, in Japan one can obtain a ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2017-12-08
  • Dark Chocolate and Sponge Cake (2)
    I was planning to start talking about the design of the cabinet, however there's another issue occupying my attention at present. Designing and building is an interesting process, and you can never predict everything, despite making all efforts to do so, when it comes to solid wood. This is especially true when you are buying wood at a distance and relying upon photos and descriptions of others.When I designed the cabinet which forms the focus of this build, I drew ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2017-12-08
  • Catching Up With This And That…
    Just a few quick thoughts...Someone, I think on Google, asked me to post drawings for the little portable vise I posted about on November 11th. I have been working on them and should have them done relatively soon.Also, I was asked about the knicker blade for the Filletster Plane I posted about back in February of this year. I did get a replacement blade from Bob's Tool Box in the UK, but it was a tad too wide so I plan to ... read more
    Source: The Part-Time WoodworkerPublished on 2017-12-08
  • STL 152: Winter Woodworking Woes
    Plus, the guys talk about deciding what to build, Japanese vs Western style saws, favorite techniques, and what you should add to your holiday wishlist ... read more
  • The Times, They Are A-Changin’*
    The Times, They Are A-Changin’*: Megan Fitzpatrick:Just a quick post to say that, as of today, I am no longer with Popular Woodworking.But that doesn’t mean I’m leaving woodworking – far from it. I’m looking forward to lots more time in the shop as I build some commission pieces, and I’m working on a number of woodworking writing and editing projects. Plus, I’ve a couple classes already lined up for 2018, and am working on a few more. In short, ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2017-12-08
  • Reading the grain
    Having the ability to read grain on wood is one of the many most fundamental critical tasks a woodworker should have competency in. Some timbers are easy to read while others are not.  Let’s look at this African Tulip I’m working with to have a better understanding on the subject. If we look at the board, you’ll see the grain is a cathedral or one could even describe it as a ripple in a pond. It appears to our eyes the ... read more
    Source: Journeyman’s journalPublished on 2017-12-08
  • Video: Hi Vise Build
    Watch Guy Dunlap build our Hi Vise in this excellent video from our friends at Highland Woodworking.Hi Vises are in stock and ready to ship. ... read more
    Source: BenchcraftedPublished on 2017-12-07
  • Judgement Day Has Arrived, we welcome our robot overlords….
    Well, long in the tooth is an understatement here lately.Judging, not so much by our friends and patrons, from whom we still get the occasional kudos for our website, but by the mellifluous and subtly patronizing emails we receive in the dozens per week from all those fans from far away lands that so generously offer their expertise, time and energy,  for a small fee of course, to pointing out how beautiful and effective our website is while at the same ... read more
    Source: BenchcraftedPublished on 2017-12-07
  • Workbench personalities
    Many of you will have seen this series by Christopher Schwarz.  It is amusing and perhaps of some value as a cautionary tale for those about to build a bench.  I have a different take on this subject though.Woodworkers have explored the design of workbenches exhaustively over the centuries.  Like the foods of different cultures, they all have something to offer and, based on personal preference, each of us likes some more than others.  Some of this has to do with ... read more
    Source: Oregon Woodworker by Andy MargesonPublished on 2017-12-07
  • No, really, you can build one yourself.
    Let me begin by saying that if you haven’t watched the plane build video on The English Woodworker website, go do that now before reading the rest of this post. No really, go ahead, I’ll wait. Watched it? Good. Now, I have to say this. Since moving to hand tools I’ve taken the path that most people take these days and I started with a Stanley no.5 Jack plane. My experience with that plane lead to a long and slippery ... read more
    Source: The Daily SkepPublished on 2017-12-07
  • Hand Tool Q&A Live: Shoulder Planes, Lathes, and Tool Cabinets
    Live Hand Tool Q&A Thanks to everyone who came out and asked questions. Its always a lot of fun. Mostly I get questions about tools so I’m still waiting on someone to ask about a technique so I can actually do some woodworking in these events instead of just talking the whole time! I guess we all love tools right? Lots of topics covered in this session from types of chisels, to tool chests, to pole lathes, and shoulder ... read more
    Source: Renaissance Woodworker BlogPublished on 2017-12-07
  • The Kitchen Series – Bar
    Hello and welcome to my blog!  In this post I detail the process of making a bar for a kitchen remodel.  The bar top will be made of black walnut and the bar paneling will be made of quarter sawn white oak.   This post will also detail the process of making cabinet doors and that of the last remaining drawer to be built.  This last drawer is designed to hold baking sheets and cutting boards. The bar top started ... read more
    Source: Brian Holcombe WoodworkerPublished on 2017-12-07
  • The 6 Personalities of Workbench Builders
    This post is by request. Several people have asked me to assemble all the links to the stories in this series in one posting so it would be easy to share or to find in the future. Workbench Personality No. 1: The Engineer Workbench Personality No. 2: The Traditionalist Workbench Personality No. 3: The Cheapskate Workbench Personality No. 4: The Best of Everything Workbench Personality No. 5: Frank Sinatra Workbench Personality No. 6: The Undecider — Christopher SchwarzFiled under: ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-12-07
  • New Quangsheng Handles
    The first of the new American cherry handled Quangsheng planes have arrived. So far we have No.5’s and bronze spokeshaves in cherry wood, but it will shortly be introduced across the full range, replacing the bubinga handles completely. The marking gauges are in walnut at the moment, whether this will eventually change to cherry too I’m not sure, but different timbers might be a nice way to tell them apart if you are using more than one on a project.In any ... read more
    Source: Matthew’s Blog at Workshop HeavenPublished on 2017-12-07
  • Organizing Drill Bits
    Like most people, we spend lots of time (way too much time) surfing the web, entranced by various videos. In Video Roundup, we offer some videos from all over the world that we found especially intriguing.Drills and drill bits! So helpful in woodworking, so pesky to organize. This week our selections focus on making efficient storage for drills and drill bits. Drill/Driver Hanging Station Drill Bit Storage Tray ... read more
    Source: Video Roundup at Tools for Working WoodPublished on 2017-12-07
  • The Rabbit Hutch – Part 8
    The rabbit hutch project is just about complete, but before I wrap things up there is one last element that I want to add.  I decided as part of my design to include an insulated box that the rabbits could go into in the worst of the cold weather.  In the wild, they’d be able to go underground to escape the worst of winter’s bite and it doesn’t seem fair to stick them in a wire cage above ground without ... read more
    Source: The Bench BlogPublished on 2017-12-07
  • Anarchist’s 2017 Gift Guide, Day 8: Clamptite Tool
    I love wooden tool handles. Their only downside is they break and need to be repaired or replaced. If you prefer to repair your tool handles, the inexpensive Clamptite tool is your best friend. The Clamptite is a bit difficult to explain to people who haven’t used it. Basically, it is a device that can pull a wire tight and then cleverly knot it around an object, such as a […] The post Anarchist’s 2017 Gift Guide, Day 8: Clamptite ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2017-12-07
  • Categories of projects
    A comment on my recent post by Jeremy of JMAW Works gave me the idea for this post.I have for a long time been following some general rules of how to categorize a project. These categories help me decide what to do and when.This is the first time I have tried to write them down and put actual words on the categories, but I have more or less followed them for a long time.They are all aimed at projects I do at ... read more
    Source: Mulesaw: Being old fashioned, the cool way.Published on 2017-12-06
  • Fine Woodworking brings you ROUGH CUT
    Season 8 coming this spring. New host, same great show ... read more
  • Canadian Sales Temporarily Suspended
    We’ve had to stop selling our products in Canada temporarily until we can find a new way to ship our goods across the border. Our warehouse in Canada has decided to drop us as a customer to focus on other aspects of their business. John is hard at work trying to get a replacement service lined up. Because we are in the middle of the holiday season, however, it’s impossible to really get a shipping service’s attention until January. ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-12-06
  • How to Develop a Piece of Furniture in SketchUp – Part II
    This is the second of a series on the Chamfered Post Table developed in the eBook "SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers" ... read more