• Not stools again!
    Yes, stools again.  I have become really interested in the design of stools, which are the most basic, and maybe the oldest, form of seating.  Designing stools has allowed me to learn a lot without the additional complexity of a chair.  I am amazed at all the details that go into a well-designed stool.If you look at my shop stool topic on the right side of this page, you will see my various versions of a bicycle seat shop stool, ... read more
    Source: Oregon Woodworker by Andy MargesonPublished on 2017-01-17
  • Announcing An Epic Bridge City Tool Works Field Trip!
    Drivel Starved Nation! I got so fed up with the voluminous holiday email blasts in December, we spared you and kept our antsy fingers off our keyboards until today. How cool is that? First, the Portland Weather Report: As some of you may know, I am an Iowa son, and no stranger to snow. In fact, it is one of the reasons I wanted to move to Portland. No snow shoveling here. Last Tuesday at 6 pm, I arrived home ... read more
    Source: Bridge City Tool WorksPublished on 2017-01-16
  • Finding Happiness In A Small And Cluttered Workshop
    Sometimes my wife refers to my workshop as “Doug’s playroom.” She’s right. Some luthiers have workshops that look like laboratories. Others have workshops that make mine look like a laboratory. I walk the middle path. Here are some honest and candid pictures of one of my favorite places to be. I love and enjoy my work. Like any craftsperson there are times the work is challenging and there are the “oops!” moments but in the long run that is part ... read more
    Source: Doug BerchPublished on 2017-01-16
  • Good Morning Monday!
    Last week was busy The year is cracking along nicely already and we have many new beginnings taking place. Part of Phil’s role as manager of woodworkingmasterclasses.com is to make sure everything is filmed and packaged on time. This past week he’s been making an additional workbench as well filming and soon our work in filming The post Good Morning Monday! appeared first on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2017-01-16
  • The Dawn of the Quiet Shop Vacuum
    About a decade ago I basically stopped sweeping up my shop. No, I’m not up to my armpits in sawdust and shavings, I simply switched to vacuuming up the detritus… ... read more
  • started the drawer dovetails……
    Got a late start to my day (almost 0700) and I can't remember the last time this happened. I stayed up last night until almost double balls rolled around (midnight) watching the Pats beat the Texans. The Pats had few hiccups with keeping the ball when they had it but they managed to win. It was an interesting game but they will have to play better next sunday if they want another Vince Lombardi trophy.0900 haul from Wally WorldIt turned ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-01-16
  • The Letterpress Version of ‘Roman Workbenches’
    We are quickly closing in on getting “Roman Workbenches” to press at Steamwhistle Press, and I would like to tell you this now: This is unlike any book we have done before. The book will be printed letterpress on an old Vandercook proofing press – the same press we used to print “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” posters. To print the book we will first make special polymer plates that will be affixed to the bed of the Vandercook. Every ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-01-15
  • Bracewood for Guitars from Reclaimed Construction Lumber
    The United States is the world's largest producer and consumer of wood products harvesting about 350 million tons of round wood annually. Forest Products Laboratory, USDA Forest ServiceWhen I dismantled the old workshop I made sure that I inspected every stick of wood that came out of the building to see if it could be used in making a guitar. There wasn't much, most of the Douglas fir 2x4's were too knotty or had amazing amounts of runout to be ... read more
    Source: Brokeoff Mountain LuthieriePublished on 2017-01-15
  • The Best Way to Stamp Your Work or Tools
    A name stamp is a great investment to mark your tools as your own, especially if you attend woodworking classes or work in a shop with others. It’s also a good way to stamp your finished workpieces for posterity. Most woodworkers, however, approach the task like Thor might. They raise their hammer high and swing a mighty blow against the stamp to do the deed in one whack. And they […] The post The Best Way to Stamp Your Work ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2017-01-15
  • Spoons posted for sale
    I’m still slowly getting sorted after moving into the workshop. Posted some spoons for sale today. This hopefully will get back to being a regular occurrence. The link is here, or on the header of the blog page. https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/spoons-for-sale-jan-15-2017/ If there’s something you’d like to order, leave a comment and we can take it from there. Details on the page.. back to work for me… ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2017-01-15
  • Sketching to Develop Wall Shelf Ideas
    With two weeks before the Wall Shelf Build-Off, I spent some time this afternoon working on design ideas. I filled three pages of sketches with a variety of designs. When sketching, I like to use pen and don’t spend more than half a minute on each. I use the sketches to help me figure out what I like and what I don’t like. Sometimes I will sketch different variations of details, like square and rounded corners, right over each other. If a ... read more
    Source: Flair WoodworksPublished on 2017-01-15
  • 557 The New Workbench is Here!
    For years I’ve been saying I was going to build a new workbench for the basement workshop, and after just as many years of not doing it, it’s finally happened! The old and the new side-by-side during construction The “design” of the bench is simple, and the dimensions are perfect for a smaller shop like mine considering the goal turned from making a monster bench like we’ve seen in magazines, or elsewhere and instead turned to constructing something that ... read more
    Source: Matt’s Basement WorkshopPublished on 2017-01-15
  • slow saturday……
    It was one of those days where I didn't want to do anything but be a piece of broccoli on my couch. It started this morning when I woke up on time but I laid in bed vegging for almost an hour. I think if I had fallen back to sleep I wouldn't have gone in for OT. I had planned on doing a lot of OT today but I ended up with only half of the plan.After I got ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-01-14
  • Benched
    I found a piece of wood once on the back side of the house I was living in. About 3′ long and 3″ thick, it looked like it had fallen off a tree as it was still round on the outside and scooped on the inside. The shape of it was like 3 fat inches of growth rings had fallen off the tree. It was perfect as the seat of a bench. I didn’t know what to do with it ... read more
    Source: Northwest Woodworking StudioPublished on 2017-01-14
  • New Year’s resolution…….
    A belated Happy New Year to you all. I’m aware that I’ve not done a post recently; so my New Year’s resolution will be to do one post per week, whatever it is (let’s see how long that lasts!).This week has seen all the woodwork on the next Standard mandolin completed. Sitka, English walnut and maple. This one is for Paulo and is Portugal bound.The next step will be to take it apart again and apply the finish. ... read more
    Source: A Luthier’s BlogPublished on 2017-01-14
  • A Future Starts With a Single Cut
    Paul, I so want to be a woodworker but I don’t really see how to do it. Every where i turn it’s not really what I am learning the way you show it. Any help would be appreciated. Alex Ontario, Canada   Answer: His hands were gnarled, veins rose in periodic knots beneath a parchment The post A Future Starts With a Single Cut appeared first on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2017-01-14
  • Pug Mill Table
    MsBubba had a pug mill shipped in a couple of days ago. That sucker is heavy, just under 300 lbs and she wants a table to set in on. As I ran through the options I decided this would be a great chance to prototype a small travel workbench. I wanted something quick to build because I can hear a tapping foot and the "where is my table, the pug mill was delivered yesterday" vibe from 50 feet.I decided to ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2017-01-14
  • From my telegram channel
    Dal mio canale Telegram The new Quangsheng double marking gauge from Workshop Heaven (no affiliation). Il nuovo truschino doppio di Quangsheng da Workshop Heaven (nessuna affiliazione).http://www.workshopheaven.com/quangsheng-twin-stem-marking-gauge.html ... read more
    Source: L’angolo di spoglia inferiorePublished on 2017-01-14
  • drawer slips…….
    After thinking about the groove possibly showing on the ends of the drawer front, I decided to hide them this time. One thing about going high with the groove to put it in a tail socket is the resulting loss of depth for the drawer interior. It isn't much but sometimes that 1/4" or so could be a deal breaker. I don't have any height requirement for these drawers so I'm ok with where it is.staple flattenerThis is why I ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-01-14
  • The Rabbit Hutch – Part 3
    It’s been a long time since I posted here.  Work, family, and other things have been taking up all my time and I just haven’t had time to write.  I have been plodding along with the rabbit hutch build and I’m progressing well, but the blog has fallen way behind my actual progress in the project. If you need a refresher of where I’m up to, here are the earlier posts: The Rabbit Hutch – Part 1 The Rabbit Hutch ... read more
    Source: The Bench BlogPublished on 2017-01-14
  • Simple Tool Oiler
    I took a simple suggestion from Paul Sellers to make an oiler can by winding up a strip of cloth  and putting it in a little can.   I made three small ones using some caps from spraypaint cans.  I squirted in several soakings of 3-in-1 oil and have found it to be very easy […] ... read more
    Source: Timber Frame ToolsPublished on 2017-01-14
  • Chris is Doing a New Build Off!!
    Source: Time Warp Tool WorksPublished on 2017-01-14
  • A Ming-Inspired Cabinet (80)
    Click here for a the previous post.------During the interim in which I constructed and installed the Japanese ceiling, I moved the cabinets along in a couple of minor ways. I have been applying patination to the bifold door hinges, still in progress, and contracted with a local machine shop for the fabrication of hardware for the bifold door main hinging.One thing did crop up while the woodwork for this cabinet sat, and that is a problem with the four plank ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2017-01-13
  • A Ming-Inspired Cabinet (79)
    Working on the final construction phase of this project, namely the front bifold doors. Bifold doors are by no means common on Chinese or Japanese cabinet, however I have seen a Japanese armor cabinet with bifold doors. Not that historic precedent is/was the only factor driving the design of this piece - far from it. Bifold doors, though more complicated to fabricate than single doors, project half the distance into the room, and the folded assembly can be tucked to ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2017-01-13
  • The Trouble with the Green Woodworking Community or I Don’t Want to be Poor
    I think this subject is a tough one to write about, but I feel it’s gotta be said. It’s been brewing in my mind for a few years. The title sums it up for me and I could probably say what I want in just one paragraph. But what’s the fun in that when I can share stories at the same time?I love my life and my work. I always have. I also like the people it connects me to. ... read more
    Source: Jarrod’s blog at WoodspiritPublished on 2017-01-13
  • Carpenters, Electricians or Plumbers?
    I have quite a few clients who are doctors.  Now that I think of it I also have had quite a few doctors as students.  Years ago (many years ago) I taught a series of classes on Decorative Arts at my alma mater, U.C.S.D.  In one of these classes I had a distinguished looking gentleman who always sat in the front row, directly in front of me, and asked very intelligent questions.  After several lectures, I asked him who he ... read more
    Source: WPatrickEdwardsPublished on 2017-01-13
  • The Krenov School Mid-Winter Show 2017
    The Krenov School Mid-Winter Show opens tomorrow, the 14th, for just 10 days. It’s at Town Hall, 363 No. Main Street in Fort Bragg, California. The reception will be next Friday, the 20th. This show is always a stunning display of the finest woodworking in the universe. Not to be missed. ... read more
    Source: The Sharpening BlogPublished on 2017-01-13
  • Pulled fibre birch brooms
    I can’t remember when I first heard of pulled fibre birch brooms, it may have been in Sweden at Taljfest or may have been through my friend Jarrod Dahl in USA who now makes them ocassionally. Whatever they are a wonderful green woodworking craft. I wonder who first pulled a few birch fibres in this […] The post Pulled fibre birch brooms appeared first on Robin Wood. ... read more
    Source: Robin WoodPublished on 2017-01-13
  • Learn to carve the Amazing Acanthus Leaf
    Mary May - Woodcarver I will be teaching a weekend class on how to carve the Amazing Acanthus Leaf at Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking, March 4 & 5. This class is open to all experience levels – from brand-new carvers to those who have carved for many years. We will cover a lot in this class, starting from basic carving techniques and going over tool safety, tool sharpening, how to draw the acanthus leaf, and how to ... read more
    Source: Mary May’s Carving BlogPublished on 2017-01-13
  • Lie-Nielsen Saw Sharpening Workshop – Warren, ME
    If you’ve ever wanted to sharpen your own saws, but didn’t know where to start, I can’t think of a better setting to learn the skill than at Lie-Nielsen’s headquarters in beautiful Warren, ME. Lie-Nielsen has a well-deserved reputation for being first class hosts, and this is sure to be no exception. Lie-Nielsen Saw Sharpening Workshop, May 13-14 in Warren, ME. Over the course of two days, I will cover the basics of saw tooth geometry before moving on to ... read more
    Source: Blackburn ToolsPublished on 2017-01-13