• Tips for Joinery that Fits Right off the Saw
    Break Up Your Saw Cuts into Parts Don’t be afraid of precision saw cuts. Your best advantage in a cut like this is your saw. Its a straight line that desperately wants to cut straight and will do so if you let it. At the same time using that straight line across multiple axes can stack the odds in your favor for a perfect joinery cut that splits the line every time. In other words, don’t just set the ... read more
    Source: Renaissance Woodworker BlogPublished on 2018-03-23
  • March 22 2018
    MsBubba after 15 or 16 years, we are not sure, decided to make a honest man out of me. The 22nd was also my 75th Bday, damn time goes by fast. I guess MsBubba is now MrsBubba.The kids came out from Houston to help celebrate and Jamie did the ceremony. A few friends also showed up for food and drink. Out of 75 this was the best.One of the family:Most important, Willie cooking:ken ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2018-03-23
  • Finishing Up ‘Cut & Dried’
    Richard Jones’s opus on wood technology – “Cut & Dried: A Woodworker’s Guide to Timber Technology” – is almost ready to go to the printer. There are just a few last-minute freak-outs to tend to today. And wrapping up the cover, which turned into a craft project this week. “Cut & Dried” will be one of the largest books we’ve published (at about 400 pages) and covers every aspect of our beloved material, from how it grows, all the ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2018-03-23
  • Dark Chocolate and Sponge Cake (8)
    Yesterday I found myself deep into my milling machine - well, not so much, but this is the most apart I've had it so far:The motor was quite a lump and way too heavy to lift physically.Once the motor was off with the aid of a come-along, I could remove the drive pulleys and the drive pulley housing:Getting the drive pulley off was quite a chore, as the M35mm fine threads were a bit chewed up:The above picture is after ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2018-03-23
  • Experiment: Plastic Rotting Strips
    One of the important features on tool chests are what I call “rotting strips” – pieces of wood between the chest and floor that protect the bottom of the chest from water. And, if the chest does get wet, these strips rot before the bottom of the chest. I’m in the middle of building a couple of tool chests for customers. And one of the customers wanted to add casters […] The post Experiment: Plastic Rotting Strips appeared first on ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2018-03-23
  • endlessly fascinating
    Source: The Daily SkepPublished on 2018-03-23
  • it’s a sargent……
    Or at least that is what I think it is. Timeless Tools & Treasures has had this plane for sale for about a month for $25.  I had been looking at it but I didn't need another #4 plane so I've been passing on it.  My curiosity about the plane got the better of me and I bought it. I don't have any planes other than Stanleys and I wanted to try out a non Stanley one. It is only ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2018-03-23
  • Carving Tools
    You rarely hear me banging on about tools, but Christopher Storb posted this excellent article about some London carving tools and their history on his blog yesterday. Jack Plane Advertisements ... read more
    Source: Pegs and ‘TailsPublished on 2018-03-23
  • Earn your living through handwork
    How many times have you heard this statement; “You can’t earn money from hand tools alone.” This isn’t true. Let me ask you why are you interested in hand tools at all? What is it about labouring over timber that get’s you so excited to get into the workshop and begin? Its soul satisfying, it brings you gratification and astonishment when you see the piece come together. When it’s complete all the frustrations of making mistakes and the aches and back pains, neck pains no longer ... read more
    Source: Journeyman’s journalPublished on 2018-03-23
  • The Sydney Fair 2018
    If you think The Sydney Fair is only for lovers of 18th Century Antiques, think again, over 60 Australian and International best 20thCentury, Art Deco, Vintage and Antique dealers will be at the Royal Hall of Industry Moore Park with thousands … Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Pegs and ‘TailsPublished on 2018-03-22
  • Turning Creativity into Process
    A general truth in the engineering world is if you’re making one then just make it. If you’re making two then it’s dealers choice. But, if you’re making three or more it’s time to start building templates and jigs. Woodworkers might be a bit more lenient in the numbers but the sentiment is the same. Production work depends more upon refining the steps of mass production (process) than artistic expression. It’s the left/right brain shift of creativity focus from artistic ... read more
    Source: Worth the effort WoodworkingPublished on 2018-03-22
  • The Power of SketchUp Components – A Wooden Chain
    A friend of mine is using SketchUp to make models of the automata and other wooden mechanical devices he builds. Many of his projects include wooden roller chain and sprockets.… ... read more
  • Music I’d Like To Hear #149
    Source: Doug BerchPublished on 2018-03-22
  • Show Us Your Shop:Gary Wegner’s Own Festool Heaven
    In the latest issue of Festool Heaven, we featured Gary Wegner’s woodworking shop. When Gary Wegner left his farm and moved into town in Spokane, WA, he decided to reinvent his wood shop by eliminating his tablesaw and replacing it with a Festool TS 55 Tracksaw and MFT Workbench. Take a look at the pictures of his shop below to see how it worked for him, or click to learn more about Gary’s shop. To read about even more shops, click ... read more
    Source: Highland Woodworking BlogPublished on 2018-03-22
  • Issue Four Pre-ordering Now Closed
      The Issue Four pre-ordering window is now closed. Phew. (It’s always a relief when the wrapping quantity is a fixed number!) Today, Mike and I are making last minute preparations before our packing party crew arrives tomorrow! You’ll be seeing your copy of Issue Four soon, readers! If you missed your chance to pre-order, you may still order Issue Four but please note that it will no longer come with the brown paper wrapping and wax-sealed trade card. Bummed? ... read more
    Source: Mortise & tenon magazinePublished on 2018-03-22
  • Making Wooden Wheels
    Like most people, we spend lots of time (way too much time) surfing the web, entranced by various videos. In Video Roundup, we offer some videos from all over the world that we found especially intriguing.This week's selections focus on making wooden wheels - the wheelwright's craft.Buggy Wheels: The Art of the WheelwrightWooden Wheel Making ... read more
    Source: Video Roundup at Tools for Working WoodPublished on 2018-03-22
  • I may have overestimated
    In my last post I said that I was attempting the impossible and building a hand tool friendly student workbench for $50 + whatever hardware you put on it. For the first time in my entire woodworking career I may have overestimated the price. I believe you can get all the wood you need for this build out of five, 8′ long 2×8’s and I just priced those out in SYP for less than $7 each. That means excluding hardware, ... read more
    Source: The Daily SkepPublished on 2018-03-22
  • There’s a Book You Should Read
    I’ve written so much on how I feel about my work, how I chose what I chose as a way of life, why I work the way I do and do what I do. The way I do it is not mainstream any more that’s true, and I rarely meet others like myself any more, […] Read the full post There’s a Book You Should Read on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2018-03-22
  • breadboard woes…….
    On monday I put my vise rods in EvapoRust for a soak. Unfortunately the bag leaked and all the EvapoRust ran out. It seems that most of it went directly into the right side breadboard on my laundry table. Let's just say the breadboard didn't like it and it went south on the express train.a dip and a humpIt has been a couple of days and this still hasn't calmed down and shrunk even the littlest of bits. (it's right ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2018-03-22
  • Nice Work! I
    In this, the first post in a series of damning exposés of atrocities committed by less than dedicated craftsmen, I would like to draw your attention to this bit of restoration in the “Ah bugger it!” category. When that unique … Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Pegs and ‘TailsPublished on 2018-03-22
  • A bit of tategu in practice
    Its been a long road, this blog, from where I’ve started learning carpentry and cabinetmaking. We all face the irony that the harder you work, the less time and motivation there is for dreaming on the details and writing. I think I still continue with the blog because it gives me a good feeling to connect with other people interested in this stuff. So thanks for reading along, wherever my interests seem to take me. I’ve had a lot of work over ... read more
    Source: Granite Mountain WoodcraftPublished on 2018-03-21
  • High-Five to All of YOU!
    We sailed right past the 275,000 mark on my YouTube channel in a matter of a few hours when the call went out thanks to you being there with us. It’s been fun for all of us here and everyone out there too to see the comments and the support you always give. Remember that […] Read the full post High-Five to All of YOU! on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2018-03-21
  • Kerfing plane – adjustable fence – 2018
    There is a classic tradeoff between flexibility and ease of use.  As much as I appreciate the engineering marvel of the Stanley 55, I for one, would rather have a heap of planes on the shelf than mess around with changing its blades.  A couple of weeks ago I made a kerfing saw with a fence fixed at 5/16ths of an inch.  While that works for drawer bottoms its a little hefty for a veneer.  The easy solution was to use ... read more
    Source: raecreationPublished on 2018-03-21
  • Last Day to Pre-order Issue Four
    Today is the last day to pre-order M&T Issue Four. Starting tomorrow morning, any order for Issue Four will not get the pre-order free U.S. shipping discount and will not come wrapped in brown paper with a wax-sealed trade card. Also, please note that M&T subscriptions always start with the next-to-be-released issue. This means that after this pre-order window closes tomorrow, all new subscription purchases begin with Issue Five (due out October 2018). If you want the wrapped copy of Issue Four, it’s now ... read more
    Source: Mortise & tenon magazinePublished on 2018-03-21
  • Clamp Vs. Clamp
    What should tools cost? When does a cheap price represent a bargain -- and when is it only a fool's bargain? The price of metal is pretty much the same around the world. So except for labor intensive products such as clothing, the main price advantage many Asian imports have is newer manufacturing ability, lower development costs, and a cheaper design. Newer machinery gives you an advantage because if you are building a new product line to make something, you ... read more
    Source: Joel’s Blog at Tools for Working WoodPublished on 2018-03-21
  • Shop Shopping
    The space I frequently refer to as my “shop” is a two-car attached garage. When I moved into that space all 340 square feet felt gigantic. Occasionally, we would park the car in it. Then it came to the point where the car had to stay outside. Now it’s near the point where I might have to stay outside too. I’ve too much stuff. The way I see it, I have two options; sell some tools or build a ... read more
    Source: The Daily SkepPublished on 2018-03-21
  • My Latest Design—How it Unfolds
    When an idea occurs it arrives with no plans and no prior planning. In a split second a picture appears as if from nowhere and the train of thoughts begins. Not copying the designs of others does not mean you didn’t see something and allow components to register in your psyche. No written notes, no […] Read the full post My Latest Design—How it Unfolds on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2018-03-21
  • How to Make Moulding Plane Iron Blanks Part 1
    Source: Journeyman’s journalPublished on 2018-03-21
  • Dark Chocolate and Sponge Cake (7)
    Momentous session today, as it was time to run the upper framing members through the shaper. With the Aigner back fence in place, the result was going to be dimensionally accurate after having done test cuts with scrap, but you never know what can happen sometimes with wood being fed past a molding cutter. If things go south, they do so in dramatic fashion with 11 hp behind the cutter.In we go:And out it comes:The result, as with most times ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2018-03-20
  • Behind the scenes
    At the last Woodworking in America (in 2016?), I was joking with Vic Tesolin that when bloggers begin a post with the words “Sorry, I haven’t written in a while” what they really mean is “I’ve been swamped by life and this is the last post I’m ever going to write.” I hope that is not the case in this instance. Well, the “swamped by life” part is true. That I admit. I have found myself swimming in opportunities and ... read more
    Source: The Daily SkepPublished on 2018-03-20