• operating in low gear……
    The weather girl was right about the humidity coming back today. I felt it as soon as I got up this morning. Made the decision then and there to not do much of  anything today. My boss had asked to work OT all last week and saturday, so today I didn't need any impetus to slow down.I did some work on the miniature bureau but that was a drib and drab effort. I did a bit of work and then… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-08-31
  • Workbenches of Cotehele
    On my day off from teaching at David Savage’s shop, David and his wife, Carol, insisted on taking me over the border to Cornwall to see Cotehele, a fantastic family home on the Tamar River that has been remarkably unchanged for more than 400 years. The house had some remarkable original furniture, including six collapsible tables that they suspect were made on-site. But I have only 15 minutes to write this so we’re going to look at the workbenches… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-08-31
  • Dovetail instruction guide for you – for free
    I wrote this 42-page, step-by-step guide to making the through dovetail joint for Craftsy. Compiled from a series of blog posts I wrote for them last year, it is available for free here. I think you will find it helpful. With over 8000 words and 75 detailed photos, the guide walks you through the process. I don’t just say what to do but show you how – exactly how – and what it looks like in detail, right at… ... read more
    Source: Heartwood BlogPublished on 2015-08-31
  • Canceled the Shoulder Repair
    The title says it all. As the week progressed the shoulder hurt less and less and by Wednesday I had near full range of motion. My Mama didn't raise a fool (well except concerning money, tools, and women), I canceled the surgery and will start PT after Labor Day.Starting soon will be a weeding out of extra tools. The photo below is of some of my #3 size planes and it is one of the smaller groupings. I expect I… ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2015-08-31
  • Making a Long-Blade Marking Knife
    A couple of years ago while working on a chair, I found myself needing to lay out the position of the seat slats on the centre rail, which was basically a cross-lap joint. Normally, I’d use my marking knife for this operation, but due to the thickness of the components, my marking knife wasn’t able to reach. So I grabbed an old chisel and quickly ground a spear point on the end to make my marks, then proceeded to complete… ... read more
    Source: Flair WoodworksPublished on 2015-08-31
  • Griffon Ramsey – chainsaw carver extraordinaire
    Even though my day job is based in science, I’m still in love with art in it’s various forms and dream of a day when I can dive headlong into pursuing it in one form or another. An obvious medium I’m drawn to is furniture, wooden furniture to be more specific. I have dabbled with a different version of woodcraft or two, including chip-carving, but it’s obvious to me that furniture construction is most likely where I’ll focus my energies… ... read more
    Source: Matt’s Basement WorkshopPublished on 2015-08-30
  • not a typical saturday for me…….
    My wife woke me up at 0230 and I couldn't go back to sleep. So rather than fight it, I got up and did a few things I've been putting off all week. The first one I tried to get done was balancing my checkbook but I was locked out of the online banking site. This was a portent for the day ahead.  Nothing seemed to work right out of the batters box. I had to fiddle and adjust seemingly… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-08-30
  • Some router work
    One of the projects that has been on my to do list for some time has been to make some small bowls with my purpose bought router bit.  I have never really done any template router work before so this was a bit of an experiment.  I decided to start small with a batch of butter dishes.  My template has two uses.  With the work piece mounted one way I can cut out the centre of the bowl.  Then when… ... read more
    Source: licensed2tinkerPublished on 2015-08-30
  • Zona push power
    I wrote the intro for this yesterday and the questions poured in for a few reasons but different questioners and commenters were troubled by the changeover from a pull stroke to a push stroke and even the use of the term I used, “correcting the Zona saw.” Well, there are many considerations here not the least of which is the design of the teeth. The Zona saw is a brilliant little saw that cuts pristinely and is designed as a modellers saw… ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2015-08-30
  • curved trundlebed headboard surround iii
    My next step was to veneer the curved panels. From my experience using cauls to hold down the second layer of 1/4 wig wood ply, it seemed that a different clamping scheme would be required. the cauls I made just never appeared to deliver sufficient pressure at mid span, and no manner of wedging/tightening seemed to deliver this without causing a gap to form elsewhere. I posed the question to woodcentral.com and the old salts there advised vacuum bagging. This… ... read more
    Source: ManualPublished on 2015-08-30
  • The Silk Road of Monkey Tales
    Marco Polo is one of my heroes. That’s him and his fellow travelers on my favorite map the Catalan Atlas of 1375 by Abraham Cresques. I enjoy tales of adventure whether it is the real life wanderings of Marco Polo or Ibn Buttata, the mythical adventures in the Odyssey, the Argonautica or Samurai Champloo. The last week has found me on the Silk Road following fables about monkeys and carpenters. It all started while trying to track down the… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-08-29
  • What I’ve Been Up To
    There hasn't been much activity on my blog lately because the Frau and I have been doing a renovation of one of our apartment's rooms.  If any of you have had a project like this, I'm sure you know why not much woodworking goes on during this process.Add on the fact that I have chosen not to spend any vacation hours for this project, and it gets done only during evenings and weekends.  That next project is just going to… ... read more
    Source: ToolerablePublished on 2015-08-29
  • Is It Possible to Make Your Own Chisels?
    I intend to find out!One of the guys on Instagram made a set of chisels from O1 tool steel very similar to the steel I used for my French style moulding planes.  I was thinking about making some chisels from this stuff, and went so far as to order some steel in 1/4" thickness for exactly this purpose.  The toolmaker on Instagram inspired me to go for it.My plan is to make some firmer chisels, tanged with some kind of… ... read more
    Source: ToolerablePublished on 2015-08-29
  • First impressions of the Clifton block plane
    We received our first delivery of Clifton block planes yesterday, so I thought I'd share some photos and initial impressions. As you can see it's a very handsome looking thing indeed, with very clean and elegant flowing lines. The next thing you notice is the mass, at nearly 1kg (just over 2lb) this plane has quite a presence. That said, I'm used to using a narrower 60-1/2 and this is nearer to the proportions of a 9-1/2, so that may… ... read more
    Source: Matthew’s Blog at Workshop HeavenPublished on 2015-08-29
  • LN honing guide add on jaws……
    I got half of what I ordered from LN last week and I got to play with those that today. I still have 2 more jaws and the center wheel back ordered and when I'll get them I don't know. I don't expect anything to go wrong with the center wheel but having one gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling. I use diamond stones for all my sharpening and I don't know what the long term effects of that… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-08-29
  • Breaking bloggio silence – and some boatbuilding philosophy
    We know, loyal Chine bLog readers, that we have been away from the editorial desk for too long. Let’s just say that sometimes storms come in that force the most hardened of boatmen to stay in the harbor. We have some new pictures to share, and a reason for great celebration is upcoming. You should … ... read more
    Source: Chine bLogPublished on 2015-08-29
  • Zona modeller’s saw—pulling a few strokes for different folks
    Zona model saws arrive with the blades cutting on the pull stroke, which in western saws is the wrong way around. The pull stroke requires a different approach to sawing because it can sometimes seem as though we are standing on the wrong side of the saw. This is especially so for those of us raised in the west who are used to pushing the saw into the wood  instead of pulling. This video shows you how reverse the direction… ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2015-08-28
  • Original Plans for an 18th-century Spice Box. Starting at $15,000
    Early price sheets, notes on shop practice and shop drawings from the early 18th century are quite rare. So it’s a bit amazing to see that Swann Galleries in New York City will be selling documents from joiner John Widdifield (1673-1720), who was one of the first Philadelphia furniture makers to offer pieces in the William & Mary style. The documents include stuff we’d all like to see. I mean, good God, man. This is stuff that is only… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-08-28
  • ‘By Hound & Eye’ is Here. Special Offer Ending
    We’ve just received our shipment of “By Hound & Eye” – the cartoon workbook that will open your eyes to the hidden geometry behind excellent furniture. The shipment is early – way early. We were expecting it in mid-September. And so we are going to end our special pre-publication offer early as well. (Sorry. FYI, when a book is late, we extend the pre-publication offer.) So if you want a copy of “By Hound & Eye” with a free download… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-08-28
  • Lots to catch up on!
    This past year and a half there has been a lot I have not blogged about because of the business and hard lifestyle of living in a tent and now camper while building our house. I am going to try to go back and cover some things that have fallen into the depths of my computer. There will be a few more tool mods and reviews, more spoons, some house work, tile work, carving axe comparison, and some… ... read more
    Source: Traditional SkillsPublished on 2015-08-28
  • Music I’d Like To Hear #98
    Source: Doug BerchPublished on 2015-08-28
  • Not Quite Three Minutes
    I’ve been particularly quiet myself of late, especially on the YouTube type video front. Life these days has become very much about multi-tasking (although for me that’s kept to one job at a time). I’m doing work for the blog, our Premium Videos, the Workbenches, The Book and become quite busy with furniture, and I’m back and forth between... Read more → ... read more
    Source: The English WoodworkerPublished on 2015-08-28
  • A Toolchest in Australia
      I received a letter from Hugh in Australia earlier this summer and wanted to share it with you. Hugh made a toolchest following plans from my book, Made by Hand. It turned out really well and I love that he made it ‘his own‘. ... read more
    Source: The Unplugged WoodshopPublished on 2015-08-28
  • block plane adjuster…….
    The block plane was the very first woodworking tool I used way back in my very first woodworking class in the 7th grade woodshop at Babcock Junior High School (1966?). I think it was a stanley block plane and I didn't understand how it worked but I was fascinated with it. I know this is where my love for woodworking put down roots and I've been at it ever since.I was given four pieces of red cedar wood and told… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-08-28
  • Buying and Selling (II)
    In the previous post on this topic, I made some comments about selling my truck and buying a Zimmermann milling machine. I think the machine is probably crated now and should be shipped shortly. I ordered a transformer which takes the shop's 208v. 60hz. 3-phase power and steps it up to 454/60, and that arrived today. It was made in Canada.I've been a little unsure as to whether I should get a variable frequency drive (VFD) to convert the transformer… ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2015-08-28
  • Starting Out
    I have been working on this for some time and I am making many assumptions in trying to diagnose the situation. Much of what I have been looking at relates to having lived in the USA and the UK, but people following this particular blog do so for some very specific reasons and I think I pretty much know why, but I would like to hear from you. You see my answer goes to people in Taiwan and India, Israel,… ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2015-08-27
  • Learn to Scythe book feedback
    My 'Learn to Scythe' book is a getting great reviews, whether you're learning to use a scythe on your own or as a reference manual following a course. Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Steve Tomlin CraftsPublished on 2015-08-27
  • WORK No. 180 – Published August 27 1892
    Tweet #TfwwWorkBlogARTICLES FOUND IN THIS ISSUE: MAKESHIFT COMBINATION WORKBENCH•SMALL TABLE IN ENAMEL•WATCH AND CLOCK CLEANING AND REPAIRING•RAM OR PLUNGER-PUMPS•DETECTIVE, HAND, AND MAGAZINE CAMERAS IN TROPICAL COUNTRIES•CHEMICAL APPARATUS: HOW TO MAKE IT AND USE IT•THE CYCLE: ITS WORTH TO THE NATION•SHOPDisclaimer: Articles in Work describe materials and methods that would not be considered safe or advisable today. We are not responsible for the content of these magazines, and cannot take any responsibility for anyone attempting projects or procedures described therein.… ... read more
    Source: The Work Magazine Reprint ProjectPublished on 2015-08-27
  • fingers crossed on the fix…….
    The humidity was supposed to break this afternoon. The key words here are 'supposed to' because as of 1830, it still hasn't happened.  The temps are still hovering in the middle 80's and I worked up a sweat that you would think I got from being in a sauna.  Overnight the temps are 'supposed to' drop into the low 60's. We'll see what it is like at oh dark thirty when I get up.sharpening bench vise as an exampleI think… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-08-27
  • A Place To Hang My Hat In The Garden…
    It has been a long, hot, wet summer here, but I shan't complain. Throughout it, I have continued making the 21 drawers required for my rebuild of the tool cabinet, but I have to admit that there are a number of them that still look like board stock. I know there are drawers in them...somewhere.That said, I haven't exactly been sitting on my laurels...I spent at least six weeks adding a garden shed to the backyard and extending the existing… ... read more
    Source: The Part-Time WoodworkerPublished on 2015-08-26