• Tamás Gyenes’ riven beech chests
    I continue to be amazed at the connections we can make so easily these days. Remember way back when I stumbled across references to these chests: https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/der-henndorfer-truhenfund/ That ultimately connected to another blog post about some visitors to my old shop, https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/a-good-day-at-the-office/ Well, that post brought me a new connection the other day. I got an email from Tamás Gyenes of Hungary. His note said “ I myself build similar chests – from riven beech with medieval methods… ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2015-12-01
  • Update: French Oak Roubo Bench Kits
    Update: We've only got two kits left.Nobody ever looked forward to leftovers. Until now.In the year-long preparation for FORP II we prepared extra materials and hardware in the event of something catastrophic. Thankfully, nothing happened (even with Raney shuffling slabs around.) The good news is, we've got enough of everything left over to put together four complete bench kits. And we're offering them for sale here.Here's what's included:- 6" thick French oak  to build a 2 or 3 piece top,… ... read more
    Source: BenchcraftedPublished on 2015-11-30
  • RWW 198 Kid’s Table & Chairs
    This year I decided to build along again with the Woodworkers Fighting Cancer charity build. Marc Spagnuolo put together a great design for a kid’s table and chairs set that can be build using a single sheet of plywood. I hear all the time how plywood and hand tools don’t mix so I figured this would be a good project to help set that myth to rest. In the end, I can affirm that plywood is more difficult to… ... read more
    Source: Renaissance Woodworker BlogPublished on 2015-11-30
  • Now that Thanksgiving is over, ’tis the season for holiday…
    Now that Thanksgiving is over, ’tis the season for holiday movies. ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2015-11-30
  • CyberMonday Deals Not To Miss!
    If you’re anything like the Vanderlists, we HATE BLACKFRIDAY! Why go out to risk life and limb to save a few dollars (not to mention getting out of bed super early) when you just have to wait a few days to take advantage of the coming CYBERMONDAY DEALS right from the comfort of your own computer? There’s plenty of deals out there to be had, so here’s one I know you’ll want to take advantage of to save you… ... read more
    Source: Matt’s Basement WorkshopPublished on 2015-11-30
  • Engaging the Children
    I’ve always welcomed families with and without children to my workshop, alongside individuals too. We have had hundreds if not thousands passing through each year and it’s here that we are able to connect with the upcoming generations. I always like the way kids somehow sponge-up things they’ve never seen and are fascinated with the simplicity hand tools bring to the real world. I say real world because fantasy dominates most of their young lives these days, but then, handing… ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2015-11-30
  • book stand evolution……
    I got a comment from Mariano and that made me write this blog post. I may have been short changed in some areas but I do have the ability to make things without plans. I have friends that are much better woodworkers than I am or will probably ever be. A couple of them couldn't nail two boards together without a 10 page multi fold plan. I consider this a gift and since I usually only make one of what… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-11-30
  • Top resources for information on wood
    A good woodworker must know a lot about wood. Unlike glass, clay, and metal, wood is a product of biology and so, wonderfully, comes to us in incredible variety. No project is likely to be successful unless the properties of the species and even the particular boards at hand are taken into account. To that end, here is a compendium of the best resources, in this writer’s view, for woodworkers to increase their practical knowledge of wood. Top two… ... read more
    Source: Heartwood BlogPublished on 2015-11-30
  • more drawer pulls: “give it a yank, hank”
    Ralph from the Accidental Woodworker web log, plus my buddy Tom Waits in Niwot, CO both liked the curved pull from my last post which is valuable feedback, thank you. Tom also suggested trying to size these things a bit smaller and see how that fits ("20-30 percent. A jockey full of bourbon ought to still be able to find it..."). well i got fairly big mitts, so i'm given to larger grab bars and handles and usually the XL… ... read more
    Source: ManualPublished on 2015-11-30
  • Piddlin’ Around
    I’m not ready to start a new project just yet.  So the remainder of my holiday weekend shop time was spent making a few accessories for the new bench and trying out a couple of new joints. In Mike Siemsen’s YouTube video, “Work Holding on a Viseless Bench“, he demonstrates a couple of accessories for work holding.  One is a doe’s foot batten and the other is a vise chop that utilizes holdfasts for the clamping action.  The doe’s foot batten… ... read more
    Source: GREG MERRITT – BY MY OWN HANDSPublished on 2015-11-29
  • Three New Upcoming DVDs
    Because I’m not teaching anytime in the near future (and because I quite enjoy eating), I have time to film three new DVDs with the crew at Popular Woodworking Magazine. The first one, which we begin filming Monday morning, is the bookcase project from my upcoming book “The Anarchist’s Design Book.” It’s a contemporary bookcase built entirely by hand using nails, dados, rabbets, tongue-and-groove joinery and hide glue. I spent a lot of time rethinking book storage when designing… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-11-29
  • What’ca Doin’ With That Tree, Mister…
    A neighbour of mine was having a couple of trees cut down in her backyard and I asked her, without thinking, for a 3' hunk of the trunks from each.The arborists came, started cutting, then called me over to choose the trunk runs I wanted, like I knew where the best wood would be. With their help, ok, with their decision, I left and they completed felling the trees. The next day I looked over the fence and there were… ... read more
    Source: The Part-Time WoodworkerPublished on 2015-11-29
  • Full Hand saw – Große Fuchsschwänze
    Leider ist meine Kamera defekt, so musste ich mit der meiner Frau spielen... Sadly my Camera brook. Some picture test with the camera of my wife. ... read more
    Source: Two Lawyers ToolworksPublished on 2015-11-29
  • 553 The Small Pine Cabinet
    Who doesn’t need a little more storage space? Whether it’s in the woodshop like me, or anywhere else throughout your living space, small cabinets help to tuck away the clutter and keep things organized. In this episode we’re making a simple, small cabinet from supplies you can easily pick up at just about any home center. For this one I purchased a few “handi-panels” which are pre-glued and dimensioned boards that eliminate most of the milling… ... read more
    Source: Matt’s Basement WorkshopPublished on 2015-11-29
  • Looking Around Pittsburgh (II)
    I'd been meaning to share some photos of interesting houses I spotted in and around Pittsburgh. Not sure where all the time went, but better late than never. I found these houses more interesting than most, and thought readers here might find the same.2nd empire homes were sprinkled in with some frequency. Love the neatly tiled Mansard roof:Pseudo Tudor to be sure, but at least the simulated bracing was done in a realistic manner - and that's a rare thing… ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2015-11-29
  • Read and Feed the Woodworker in You
    There are books I come across from time to time that become rereads you keep because they add an enriching warmth to your life and unquestionably they become just yours. Aldren Watson’s book, Hand tools: Their ways and their workings, is a good example, and then there are encyclopaedic manuals too, like R A Salaman’s Dictionary of Woodworking  Tools. Not a reading book so much as one of the most wonderful woodworking reference books ever pulled together. Well, here are two… ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2015-11-29
  • book stand glamour shots……..
    The book stand is finally done and well before the 25th. I didn't think that I would get it done today but at 1600 I was snapping the 'money shots'. Now it's up to daughter #1 to do the painting which shouldn't take her too long.where I left off last nightI continued my use of hide glue on this - would you call this a crest rail? The dictionary says a crest rail is the top of a chair. I… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-11-29
  • shoot board drawer finished…….
    Today I finished two projects and this one was done first so it'll be the first post of two. I like this drawer a lot. I've already used it several times and it was a wow moment each time. I like having the shooting boards available right where I'm working. I don't have to look around the shop trying to remember where it got moved to or where I put it.  I take it out, use it, and put it… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-11-29
  • Petite Roubo frame saw blades and kits now available
    Time saving summary: Small Roubo frame saw blades and hardware kits are now available. These new 27″ and 32″ versions complement the capabilities of the original 36″ and 48″ versions. Blades and hardware are available separately, or as a complete kit (if you have visited these pages in the past, you may need to refresh them to see the new versions).  -Ed. When demonstrating my Roubo frame saws at shows, there are several common reactions and comments. “That’s why they make bandsaws” is… ... read more
    Source: Blackburn ToolsPublished on 2015-11-29
  • Two simple safety questions that make a point
    Here is a palpable way to look at power tool safety. This occurred to me as I was holding in my hand the DeWalt DWP611 compact router. It is so easy to wield this little machine with one hand – it’s easier to grip than a youth-size football – that I sensed a bit of over-confidence sneaking in as I was preparing to put it to the wood. This little beast, however, has a tail that plugs into an… ... read more
    Source: Heartwood BlogPublished on 2015-11-29
  • Avoid Splintering with a Handsaw
    There are two woodworking tools that we have forgotten the most about in the last 50 years: the steel framing square and the handsaw. The steel framing square is essentially a jobsite calculator, and you can get up to speed on what it can do with one of several books. But handsaws are trickier to master. No one has written the be-all end-all book about using this simple tool. So […] The post Avoid Splintering with a Handsaw appeared first… ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2015-11-29
  • afternooner project: couple neo-schwarz saw benches from scraps
    2 4' long 4x6 rough-cut pine timbers, plus several odd lengths of 2x4 pine were used to protect the outside of my hammer a3-31 planer/thicknesser on arrival months ago. i pulled the nails and random fasteners from these sticks and set them aside thinking this wood might be useful some day. So with an afternoon spinning wheels, i decided to practice surface prepping these boards on teh planer, then busting out a few saw benches, ala c.schwarz.… ... read more
    Source: ManualPublished on 2015-11-29
  • Building an Antonio Torres SE 117 Guitar: Full Size Drawings to Start
    What I can never doubt, or help admitting, is that the guitars constructed by Antonio Torres are the achievement of the highest degree of guitar lutherie.Manual Rodriguez, The Art and Craft of Making Classical Guitars, 2003I have a soft spot for small guitars, the first two guitars I made were based upon an 1816 Jose Martinez guitar which isn't much bigger than a baritone ukulele. Though small, these guitars have a loud, lyrical voice and are quite fun to play.Two… ... read more
    Source: Brokeoff Mountain LuthieriePublished on 2015-11-28
  • An Uncanny Resemblance
    It has been about three months since I became a blog minion so it must be time to lob a mudball towards Chris. Afterall, in my first post I revealed Chris’ “special” relationship with a certain jack plane. You can read about Schwarzlandia here. The Harry Potter-Chris Schwarz connection came to me while working on the post Fear and Anarchy in Fort Mitchell (and thanks to all of you who joined in and twisted some literature with me). The… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-11-28
  • Tool Cupboard Update
    So many of you asked for this and there is of course something to building your own work cupboard. There are many twists in training in this one as we always try to find missing tricks of the trade I dragged with me through the decades. Often times I have seen the hoops machine-onlies do to make a simple thing simpler by machine but take half a day to make the jig. This project has just leant itself to some new… ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2015-11-28
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Plane!
    This tiny little fella is a Veritas miniature block plane. I’d been thinking about getting one for a while; mainly for shaving braces. It’s a real jewel of an item- steel investment cast body with stainless steel fittings.You can appreciate the scale here, next to my Stanley 60 ½ plane.It is without doubt very small, but I used it today for the first time on the heel of Youhei’s neck.  All of a sudden, planing a 45 x 20mm surface,… ... read more
    Source: A Luthier’s BlogPublished on 2015-11-28
  • The Highland Woodworker Episode No. 21
    Have you watched the latest episode of The Highland Woodworker? Charles Brock and the crew have been working hard to put together the latest show and once again it’s filled with a ton of great woodworking information and entertainment. According to the shownotes, available at The Highland Woodworker, this episode includes the following:Moment with a Master: Sabiha Mujtaba’s woodworking is extraordinarily beautiful and organic. Her many influences come alive and look alive in her work. A chair’s backrest becomes… ... read more
    Source: Matt’s Basement WorkshopPublished on 2015-11-28
  • Black Friday
    I wasn't going to run the streets on Black Friday but the call of Home Depot made me unlash from the mast and join the mad rush. Now what really happened: One of our pantries has double sliding doors that I've been fighting with from the get go of buying this house. Fix, rehang, three or four months later repeat. I'd finally reached my limit and in the middle of fixing I tore that sucker out.So off to Home Depot… ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2015-11-28
  • Another Knife I Like
    This blog is not saying this knife is better than my Stanley 0-10-0598. It is most likely I will never turn loose of mine now as I love it. Someone wrote to me and pointed out the blades of the Swann Morton knife blades looked very similar to the Stanley blade used in the 0-10-0598 so instead of risking buying blades that did not fit I thought I would try out the knives that seemed to go along with the blades… ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2015-11-28
  • took friday off…….
    Having Thanksgiving fall on a friday throws my whole week off. It's PITA having thursday off and then having to go back to work for one day and then have the weekend off. I have worked on post Thanksgiving fridays and not a lot gets done. If the president can establish when the clocks move ahead and fall back, why not change the day of Thanksgiving? It makes sense to me to have it on friday and I don't think… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-11-28