• Leo's bureau pt IV.........
     Last night after thinking about how to square up the bureau in two planes I came up dry. I had assumed that clamping the bearer rails would basically self square it. I was wrong and the bureau was up 1 zip. I did think of something based on carcass build in one of my books. It was basically a home made clamp that applied pressure with a wedge. My idea was to make a couple and then skew them squaring... Read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker Published on: 2024-06-24
  • Our Tool Winner Is?
    Congratulations to Arvin Meyer! He is now the proud owner of the 5/16″ Irwin Auger bit. Arvin, can you email me at [email protected] so we can organise shipping.... Read more
    Source: Journeyman's journal Published on: 2024-06-24
  • Leo's bureau pt III.........
     I got the patch frame to Maria today. It took a while to find a mat for it. The first three I picked were no longer available. She didn't have any questions about doing it. Based on what she has done for me and what I've seen in her shop, she will do a good job. It will probably be, I'm guessing, about 3-4 weeks before she does it. I'm in no hurry because I don't know where I could... Read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker Published on: 2024-06-23
  • speed bump......
     I had my 6 month urology check up today and things are looking good. The doc answered all my questions without being condescending in the least. The good news is that due to my age and the level of my PSA for past 5 years my chances of getting prostate cancer are low. The concern for me now is urinary retention in the bladder. My level is low and the meds I take are working pretty good. I am better... Read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker Published on: 2024-06-22
  • Heads up: Price Increases on July 7
    Like every company, Lost Art Press has been buffeted by the increased costs of raw materials during the last three years. We have tried to keep our prices steady, but it’s just not possible anymore. On July 7, we will increase retail prices on the following books and tools. The price increases on the books...... Read more
    Source: Lost Art Press Published on: 2024-06-21
  • Leo's bureau pt II.........
     In spite of the weather I managed to make a dent in the bureau. I spent some time researching through my books for some tips but I came up with nothing concrete. I am making Leo's bureau pretty much the same way I made Miles. I didn't set any speed records because it was too _)&^$*)#@(+_)( hot today. The temp in the shop was 73F but it didn't feel as cool as it did yesterday. In spite of the weather... Read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker Published on: 2024-06-21
  • Block planes: Millers Falls No.36
    The Millers Falls No.36 is not a commonly found block plane, although it is identical to the No.16, save the addition of the knuckle lever cap. It is essentially the equivalent of a Stanley No.18, knuckle-lever block plane. There is nothing uberly different about this plane except for the fact that the knuckle joint itself … Continue reading Block planes: Millers Falls No.36... Read more
    Source: Working by hand Published on: 2024-06-20
  • miserable weather......
     Today's temp beat yesterday by 1 degree. At 1530 the temp was 98F (37C) against the predicted temp of 87F (31C). My shop temp when I killed the lights was 73F (23C) and it was a lot more comfortable being there than upstairs. Maybe I should put a chair and a bed in the shop? It would save electricity because I wouldn't need AC in the bedroom. I haven't slept on a cot in a bazillion years but how much... Read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker Published on: 2024-06-20
  • Understanding Wood Selection: Hardwoods, Softwoods, and Medium Woods
    In the world of furnituremaking and construction, the distinction between hardwoods and softwoods is foundational to the selection of materials for numerous projects, including furniture. Choosing the right type of wood can make a significant… More... Read more
    Source: Journeyman's journal Published on: 2024-06-19
  • Two Chairs
    Last week I wrote about different styles of traditionally made chairs. But that history gets upended in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I left out possibly one of the most important modern types of chair. The desk chair. Before you can invent the modern desk chair, you needed to invent the modern office. That happened in the middle of the nineteenth century. While certainly rich folks had desks long before then, the Industrial Revolution's greatly increased production created the... Read more
    Source: Joel's Blog at Tools for Working Wood Published on: 2024-06-19
  • Twist and Shout
    Yesterday, I was splitting a small straight cherry log for a potential bowl. I was planning on using the upper half above this chunk. As the log split apart, my plans changed. Just about every tree grows with at least … Continue reading →... Read more
    Source: David Fisher, Carving Explorations Published on: 2024-06-18
  • It’s Just a Gate
    People open them and leave them to slam, saying they closed the gate but they didn’t close it. I think a well-made gate deserves respect for its maker. This gate, ageing now, has wear and cracks that tell me things that others miss when they pass through it, leave the gate to slam shut and... Source... Read more
    Source: Paul Sellers' Blog Published on: 2024-06-18
  • The joggle joint – a precursor to the butterfly joint?
    I found this term whilst browsing for something else not related to woodworking. It was in the 1887 edition of a dictionary by Noah Webster [1]. Basically it identifies a joggle as “a joint between two bodies so constructed by means of jogs or notches, as to prevent their sliding past each other”, and also … Continue reading The joggle joint – a precursor to the butterfly joint?... Read more
    Source: Working by hand Published on: 2024-06-18