• Structural Dust
    One man’s dust is another man’s treasure… That’s today’s 175 yr-old dust on my cheaters. You should see my face. We preserve structures–that’s what we do. The work can be challenging and sometimes it sucks–but the concept is really friggin simple: We save as much of the original building as we can. This aint building a 7-11 on the corner. Keegs gluing back the broken short grain of a king post- Enter Michael Burrey, a man who is as passionate about saving… ... read more
    Source: BLUE OAKPublished on 2015-05-29
  • Parquetry Requires Patience
    One of the surgeons I work for often uses a line I love."I'm not interested in making a meal out of a snack."A more poetic way of saying Keep It Simple Stupid.I suck at listening to that advice and the humble nail cabinet has paid the dear price. It's like putting a ball gown on a dancing bear. There is no need to add frills to something that is already a spectacle. Still, I have been looking for the proper… ... read more
    Source: Inside the Oldwolf WorkshopPublished on 2015-05-28
  • Coping Saw Appliance
    I'm usually pretty loud and obnoxious about my distaste for jigs. Building something just so I can build something else seems like wiping before you poop. They are a necessary evil in power tool woodworking and I get that, but I hate the concept. Especially when they are one time use jigs. The false economy of jigs is one of the reasons I strayed from a New Yankee lifestyle and fell in love with hand tools.I have the different feeling… ... read more
    Source: Inside the Oldwolf WorkshopPublished on 2015-05-28
  • Looking Back On The Studley Exhibit
    Thursday night before the big Handworks/Studley weekend I had the opportunity to see the Studley Exhibit at a special gathering just for Handworks Exhibitors. It was very kind of Don Williams to open the exhibit just for us toolmakers. But after a long day, I was pretty well spent, so I walked through the exhibit sort of quickly, then headed home. I had seen the ensemble a couple years ago in Studleyville, so I was primarily there to see Don's… ... read more
    Source: BenchcraftedPublished on 2015-05-28
  • Sliding dovetails slip perfectly in place
    I’m often asked how to create sliding dovetails. I mean people who want to make an immoveable joint across the full width of wide boards with as near flawless accuracy as possible. Now I have seen many sliding dovetails thought my lifetime of working wood but the flaw levels in one part or another were always too high. Of course there are such things as routed dovetails but that’s where the machine does it not you. Aside from that, I… ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2015-05-28
  • Some More New Tools!
    OK, so I spent some more money today that I meant not to.Since the guy with the welding torch certification is on leave for the next couple weeks, I am unable to heat treat the irons for my new moulding planes.Or am I?Larry Williams shows in his DVD heat treating some plane irons using a regular propane torch that you could get anywhere.  While I was at the big box store today, I was looking at those.  For a lot… ... read more
    Source: ToolerablePublished on 2015-05-28
  • Figuring the sides profile of my saw till
    Its all about ellipses...Ellipse are fun to make, so simple once you understand the principles involved, a major and a minor axis are all the measurements you need to make one.There are numerous ways to make one, including some fancy jig or as simple as a string between two push pins, but really its all about the same two axis, major and minor.In my case all I need is a quarter of an ellipse.Desired side profile. You can see that… ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2015-05-28
  • Classic Leg Vise – Check Your Groove Pins
    We discovered an incorrect part in the hardware packs included with Classic Leg Vises. You may have the correct pin, only a few vises were shipped out with the wrong part. We're not entirely sure when this crept in, but nevertheless, here's how to address it.To join the screw's shaft to the vise's hub, a steel groove pin is inserted into the hub which passes through the shaft and into the other side of the hub. The incorrect groove pin… ... read more
    Source: BenchcraftedPublished on 2015-05-28
  • Studley I ain’t
    Yep, I was one of the lucky ones who got to get up close and personal with the toolchest of H.O. Studley in Iowa a couple of weeks ago.Yes, it verges on woodworker porn, but as a composition and tribute to a lifes work, it is spectacular. Of course you can get the new book "Virtuoso" from my friends at Lost Art Press if you want more.Here is my current version.Not quite the tribute that I'd want to be remembered… ... read more
    Source: Chair NotesPublished on 2015-05-28
  • for the want of a nail…my drawers are stalled
      Much of  the furniture I make requires nails; chests and boxes in particular. Most everything except chairs. I have written before about the nails I use – https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/for-some-work-cut-nails-dont-cut-it/ It’s simple really – nice handmade furniture gets better with hand-made hardware. faceted head wrought nailSomewhere around here is a small pile of hand-wrought nails that I hope to use to assemble the drawers for the chest I’m currently building. I just can’t find them right now. If I had any sense… ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2015-05-28
  • Handworks 2015 with Highland Woodworking
    Handworks 2015 has come and gone and try as hard as I might, I just wasn’t able to make it out to Amana, Iowa to see it for myself. But thankfully I knew I could count on folks to share their experiences and live vicariously through them until I can make it there myself. Hands down one of the best accounts of what it was like to be in attendance this year came from the staff of Highland Woodworking.… ... read more
    Source: Matt’s Basement WorkshopPublished on 2015-05-28
  • drawers, pt 1
    Finally got to working on the drawers for one of the Connecticut chest with drawers. Inside the chest are slats for the side-hung drawers to ride on. One’s installed here, and below it are the notches where the lower drawer will fit. (above the drawer runner is the groove for the chest floor. It’s easier to see what you’re doing if the floor is not yet installed.)     the drawer sides are thick, nearly 1″. Even thickness makes them easier… ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2015-05-28
  • The Case for Dowels…
    My latest book is complete and published, I can get back to woodworking now. Writing, editing, and publishing a book is such an intensive process, it demands total focus.In many of my cabinet assemblies I use dowels to attach the sides to the top and bottom. The use of dowels gives flexibility to the design of the corner joint. For example, I can offset the side panels away from the edge of the top or bottom and in the process… ... read more
    Source: The Refined EdgePublished on 2015-05-28
  • Not a Radical Break With Tradition
    A circa 1800 worktable. Thanks to Richard O. Byrne for digging this up. “It is of no use to design furniture; it cannot be designed.” — Kaare Klint, Mobilia Magazine, No. 56, 1960 As a teacher especially, Kaare Klint exerted a strong influence. With his students, he studied how a piece of furniture was to function and took anthropometric measurements. As a design theorist, Kaare Klint looked back to the crafts tradition and skilled craftsmanship, for which meticulous attention to… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-05-28
  • WORK No. 167 – Published May 28 1892
    Tweet #TfwwWorkBlogARTICLES FOUND IN THIS ISSUE: HOW TO RENEW A PANE OF GLASS•RUSTIC CARPENTRY: A ROSERY WALK•TIPS FOR FRENCH POLISHERS: REPOLISHING•HOW TO MAKE A PHONOGRAPH•MICRO-PHOTOGRAPHY WORK•AN EASILY-CONSTRUCTED AIR COMPRESSOR•HOW TO MAKE A CHEAP SPIRIT LAMP, BUNSEN BURNER, BLOWPIPES, ETC.•DESIGN AND DECORATION OF ALL AGES•WORKER'S QUESTIONS: EIGHT HOURS•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… ... read more
    Source: The Work Magazine Reprint ProjectPublished on 2015-05-28
  • Yes, we Have Studley Postcards. Here’s Why
    If you order a copy of “Virtuoso: The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of Henry O. Studley” directly from Lost Art Press you will still receive a commemorative postcard with your order. Our plan was to offer 1,000 postcards and order a few extra in case some of the postcards were spindled or mutilated in transit. When ordering from our supplier the next tier up was 2,000 postcards. As a result, we have a few hundred left in our warehouse… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-05-28
  • A Visit with Toshio Odate – Popular Woodworking Magazine
    A Visit with Toshio Odate - Popular Woodworking Magazine: Megan Fitzpatrick:Most of last week, I was in Connecticut to film a video with teacher, sculptor, author, artist and woodworker (also, excellent chef) Toshio Odate, along with our video editor, David Thiel, and studio manger Ric Deliantoni.I’d prepared (of course) a long list of questions and subjects to discuss with Toshio…but when we turned the cameras on, Toshio started talking, and I could barely get a word in. And that’s great… ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2015-05-28
  • the drudge work started…….
    I am using several planes and scrapers to prepare my table top. I am going to try and finish the table top with just these toys and not use sandpaper. As of today, I'll up one point and another couple of rounds to go.table top buttonsI had to check these out and make sure that I had the right size spax screws.  I screwed one into this button to see exactly how much it sticks out. The size spax screws… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-05-28
  • The Grass is Ris! I wonder where my English blade is?
    The Grass is Ris!  and the mowing season is suddenly upon us. When I am not attacking the bracken on the commons I am working around the edges of the meadows to control the invading bracken, nettles and thistles. Hard work but very satisfying in the spring sunshine. The beginning of the new mowing season is always a time for preparing the blade for the coming season. How straight is your blade? I am always hunting for… ... read more
    Source: Woodlandantics BlogPublished on 2015-05-28
  • glimmer
    taking advantage of every available momenta half an hour before dinner must be mademaybe an hour on the weekendafter all there's still gardening to dosome activities take only a few momentsit's finally warm enough to glueI figured, why not let gravity help out a bitthen laying the slab out, constantly checking for windI'm grateful there is no other jointing to be donehowever,there is an entire top to flattenI did end up with a touch of wind, and a bit of… ... read more
    Source: Grain DamagedPublished on 2015-05-28
  • Threatening Note? Or Greasy Gift?
    This week John stopped by to pick up a pile of books left over from the Handworks show and tossed me a bag packed with computer cords and a silver bullet. “Uh dude,” I said. “You left some ammo in my bag.” “Nope,” John said. “Someone gave me that to give to you.” “Oh great,” I replied. “Another death threat.” (Note: This is an exaggeration. I haven’t gotten a good solid death threat in 20 years. However, people do… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-05-28
  • Yard work and some more polyurethane coats
    It is getting pretty hot and humid around here, quite a shift in weather. Our furnace as been off for a little while, only to be fired a few hours in the morning to take the morning chill off.Well since yesterday, I think that the AC units will go up soon from their storage...If we stay here for a while, I can see a heat/cooling pump in our near future...We had our furnace serviced today, and I figured I better… ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2015-05-27
  • Stanley #3 Smoother
    Last fall I finally finished the walnut dining table I had been working on for the last couple of years.The main reason I got hung up with this project, is the stock that I had chosen for the top had crazy reversing grain and produced tear out when it was just looked at wrong.I tried everything I could think of.  I sharpened my blade on LV bevel up jack plane.No go.I tried the 37 degree blade in that plane.No go.I… ... read more
    Source: ToolerablePublished on 2015-05-27
  • My Part of Vanity Build Is Finished
    Title says it all. Done, the fat lady is singing, I've put the kickstand down, whatever, the vanity is installed and finished. MsBubba is going to install a Mexican tile splash guard once she finishes doing the sitting room tile but my part is done.The base is Cherry, top is Walnut, drawer boxes are Soft Maple with Spalted Sycamore fronts. All finished with BLO based finishes.On to making a hanging wall cabinet.See you folks on down the road. ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2015-05-27
  • Premium Videos
    You’ve likely noticed the links to a Premium section of our website. This is now well on the way to being launched and so it’s probably about time that we bring you a bit more info. Our Premium Area shall be videos, filmed in depth and edited at length to bring you education and a spot of entertainment on hand tool woodworking. The content will be streamed or downloaded so you can view it on a range of devices directly… ... read more
    Source: The English WoodworkerPublished on 2015-05-27
  • Time Goes By
    As some of you may know the long awaited bracket clock works arrived last fall.  The works, made by clockmaker David Lindow of Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania replicate the original set by 18th century Fredericksburg, Virginia clockmaker Thomas Walker. The clock was one of the subjects presented in our 2013 Symposium: Working Wood in the 18th Century; Small Things Considered, and was the product of a great team of talented Colonial Williamsburg tradesmen. From left to right: Bill Pavlak, journeyman cabinetmaker, planed the base… ... read more
    Source: Anthony Hay’s, CabinetmakerPublished on 2015-05-27
  • The History of Wood, Part 56
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    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-05-27
  • I’ve posted videos showing the process of making Japanese tools…
    I’ve posted videos showing the process of making Japanese tools before, but I can’t get enough of this stuff. Here’s a video showing how Chiyozuru Sadahide makes a Japanese plane blade. There are some shots of how the calligraphy in the soft part of the blade is made and how the hollow is formed that I haven’t seen a whole lot of before.(Thanks to Jim Blauvelt for the link.) ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2015-05-27
  • How To Make Firewood – Summer Night Light Pt.2
    I started enthusiastic into the new project. And it went well - first..... But find out for yourself. Last time I already described that I will develop the lantern while building it. I've got something in my mind but I don't have a concrete plan nor a drawing. After dimensioning the stock I started with the build. Top and Bottom After laying out all the mortices I deepened my knife ... read more
    Source: Blue Spruce WoodshopPublished on 2015-05-27
  • hot ‘n sticky already……
    June is still a week away and we are having a second wave of hot and humid weather. Hot and sticky usually comes around the end of June going into July here in my part of the universe. I am a miserable SOB in this kind of weather. I would rather be cold than hot. But according to the weatherman, it's H&H until at least saturday.I had to make a pit stop after work tonight to get some coffee. If… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-05-27