• DCBE Day 2
    Long, wonderful day. I'm off to bed, enjoy some pics. ... read more
    Source: ToolerablePublished on 2016-10-25
  • A Box for Kim
    If you call Blue Spruce Toolworks you will either talk with me (Dave) or more likely, Kim. She is the nice friendly voice who takes your order and helps out with shipping issues, etc. She also writes the checks including our paychecks so I try to stay on her good side The other day Kim was shopping on that giant online auction site and won a locking mail door from an old post office. It even came with ... read more
    Source: Blue Spruce Toolworks blogPublished on 2016-10-25
  • On Discounts, Sales and Advertisements
    With the upcoming release of the new volume on joinery of “The Woodworker: The Charles H. Hayward Years,” several customers have asked if we are going to offer a discount on the complete set of books after we publish the final volume in 2017. The short answer: no. And the explanation: As a rule we don’t discount our books. In fact, the price of our books can only go up in the future. We price our books fairly from ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-10-25
  • answering comments……
    Well blogger bit me on the buttocks again and drew blood this time. Sylvain had made a comment on my cell phone holder and when I clicked the select comment button the screen blinked. Didn't think nothing about it. When I clicked over to the page to publish it, his comment was gone. And the comment page is stuck and I can't open it to view any comments. I posted the other comments (I think I did) with out any of ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-10-25
  • A Visit To The Vesterheim.
    A hanging wall cupboard from Trondheim Norway, The geographic location where most of my genetic code hails from.Just last week I took a joyful day trip with my wife to view some of the wonderful fall colors my corner of the world has to offer and to visit a couple locations we've been meaning to see for a while. A location I've been meaning to visit for some time is the Vesterheim Museum, the National Norwegian-American Heritage Museum, located in ... read more
    Source: Inside the Oldwolf WorkshopPublished on 2016-10-25
  • DCBE 2016, stock preparation.
    Yesterday was the first day of the Danish Chairbuilding Extravaganza 2016.Pedder, Alex and Brian all got here and we set of to work.We started seeking out the wood that we wanted to use, and we found some slabs from my parents' old sycamore tree that would make some nice material for a couple of Roorkee chairs.Pedder is going to build a shop stool, and he chose some sycamore as well.There isn't much to say regarding stock preparation except that machines ... read more
    Source: Mulesaw: Being old fashioned, the cool way.Published on 2016-10-25
  • When Your Liquid Hide Glue Turns Bad
    There are lots of tests for when your liquid hide glue has gone bad – the most common one that I know of is to put some glue between your index finger and thumb. Tap your finger and thumb repeatedly to see if the glue turns tacky and produces long stringy strands. If it does, then your glue is good. I’ve done this test with glue during woodworking classes all […] The post When Your Liquid Hide Glue Turns Bad ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2016-10-24
  • DCBE, Day 1
    Unfortunately, I am blogging this week from my iPad, which sucks. My plan to deal with the limitations is to give a very brief commentary, followed by a bunch of un-captioned photos. When I get back to Spain, I'll do a proper write up.(One of my goals for this blog has always been not to apopogize, so sorry about that.)Alex picked me up in Munich early yesterday, and we made it about half way before his car broke down. ADAC ... read more
    Source: ToolerablePublished on 2016-10-24
  • Coming Soon: Issue 2 of Mortise & Tenon
    Joshua Klein and company are working hard on the second issue of Mortise & Tenon magazine, and from all accounts it looks like it’s going to be another fine issue. They’ll start taking pre-publication orders on Nov. 1 here, which is also where you can read about the articles that are planned for the issue. Joshua had asked me to write an article for the issue, and had I proposed a piece on Kentucky-style furniture, a backwoods style that ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-10-24
  • Strictly speaking, bamboo is a grass, not wood, so this would be…
    Strictly speaking, bamboo is a grass, not wood, so this would be Japanese grass-working, not woodworking. Still, this video on making a matcha whisk from bamboo is fascinating.The bamboo-working part starts at 5:26. ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2016-10-24
  • Less English; More Welsh
    This week I’m assembling two Welsh stick chairs that are based on examples from several sources, including John Brown and Don Weber. I’ve made this sort of chair about a dozen times, and every time I build it I stray a little further from the originals. About five years ago I started using a different arrangements of back sticks and a different crest rail. Now I’m changing the seat and undercarriage. First I made a new seat template. It’s ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-10-24
  • Half Way Update
    I have been at the State University of New York at Purchase, just north of White Plains since early October thanks to a grant that gives me the opportunity to make new works without the pressure of making a living. My time here ends in mid December. It's been an eye opening experience. The energy of the students here at the art school is inspiring and brings me back to my own time in art school 20 years ago! I ... read more
    Source: Chair NotesPublished on 2016-10-24
  • Ponderosa Pines, the Morning Walk
    Of all the pines, this one gives forth the finest music to the winds.John Muir, naturalistNow, to work. ... read more
    Source: Brokeoff Mountain LuthieriePublished on 2016-10-24
  • christmas is coming…….
    There is one more week to October and then it's Thanksgiving day for the next holiday. The Canadians have gotten the jump on us and they have already had their turkey day. Black Friday is next and soon after Santa Claus will be calling. I decided to help him out this year because he is jolly but he's getting up there in the years department. I'm making early so I can be finished early.my two oldest saws I bought the two ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-10-24
  • Kanna Fabrication Notes-with Notes
    After reading a few of the comments from my last post it is clear that I should have added a little background information pertaining to the drawings that I posted on kanna fabrication.  I’ve been so immersed in this subject that what may seem obvious to me, may not actually present that way to the masses.  So here we go: Sheet 1 contains a basic overview of the kanna.  A section view is presented with the basic parts indicated.  I ... read more
    Source: GREG MERRITT – BY MY OWN HANDSPublished on 2016-10-23
  • half way
    Source: Two Lawyers ToolworksPublished on 2016-10-23
  • packing for the extravaganza*
     Heading for North Denmark. Pcking for Jonas' and Brian's Chairbuilding Extravaganza*Maybe, I should have visited a toolchest extravaganza* before. But I didn't and so this second hand buy will do the job.*What this word means? I've no idea, but it sounds cool. ... read more
    Source: Old LadiesPublished on 2016-10-23
  • it fit…….
    The kids got here about 1430 today, safe and sound. It was a bit a drive coming up North Carolina and they said it rained all the way up to Rhode Island. The trip up sucked for them but I'm glad to see them again even if it is just for a few days.After Seth had a chance to relax and shed some of the road trip off, he came down to the shop with my daughter and put the ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-10-23
  • Researching a project
    Wendell Castle once commented that often not enough time is spent designing a piece. The same can be said of researching a piece. Unless you have previously executed something very similar, neglecting adequate research can lead to a lot of wasted effort building a disappointment. The research phase of a project should be enjoyable as […] ... read more
    Source: Heartwood BlogPublished on 2016-10-23
  • Kanna Fabrication Notes
    I didn’t feel like working in the shop the last few days.  I put my creative efforts to work at the drawing board, instead. Trying to find detailed instructions for fabricating a kanna dai is challenging.  There is a decent explanation of the process in Odate’s book for a standard smoothing plane, but even that is a little on the vague side.  So I have been searching the internet and compiling what I can on the topic.  I’ve also been putting ... read more
    Source: GREG MERRITT – BY MY OWN HANDSPublished on 2016-10-23
  • queen size bed i
    I'm looking to build a new bed for us. our current system is just a mattress on top of a box spring, on top of a foldable metal frame. it's i guess easy to carry from one apartment to the next, however i'm interested in something a little more comfortable, having a back rest and good stability. I've been sketching this in my notebook for a while. Originally wanting to have some built-in drawers underneath but finally scrapping that idea. ... read more
    Source: ManualPublished on 2016-10-23
  • Exquisite Teak
    It is hard to find much on a WWII era battleship that relates to woodworking. Iron and steel rule for the most part. My daughters and I visited the USS North Carolina (BB-55) located in Wilmington, NC. I have been there many times; it is one of those things that never gets old to me. The girls love because it is like the world’s largest playground with lots of places to hide from dad. Every time I visit I see ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-10-23
  • Music I’d Like To Hear #118
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    Source: Doug BerchPublished on 2016-10-22
  • LN Event 2016 Shackleton Thomas And Terry Moore Scraper Sharpening
    The Queechee Gorge near Woodstock, VT, on the drive home, beautiful even on a gray day.Friday and Saturday, October 7 and 8, I demonstrated hand tool techniques at the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event at Shackleton Thomas, in Bridgewater, VT, run by Charles Shackleton, furniture maker, and his wife Miranda Thomas, potter.Also at the event were Matt Bickford with his wonderful wooden molding planes, book, and DVD, and Isaac Smith of Blackburn Tools, selling saws.I was promoting my Intro To Hand ... read more
    Source: Close GrainPublished on 2016-10-22
  • day 2 of the mini vacation……..
    This morning when I first went to the shop I grabbed my flashlight and went over the cradle with it. I spent the next half hour going over every inch of it with the flashlight trying to find any runs or drips. I found one on the round part of the cradle end that I missed yesterday.  I almost missed it again today and I only caught it out of the corner of my eye as I was turning away. ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-10-22
  • Raise Your Glass – It’s Jacob Arend Day!
    Three hundred years ago today, Jacob Arend (1688-1744), a journeyman cabinetmaker in his brother’s workshop in Würzburg, wrote a letter and hid it in a magnificent Baroque writing cabinet. The letter was not placed in one of the secret drawers common in 18th-century desks and cabinets – he hid the letter so well it was not found for 253 years. Sometime after writing the letter Jacob and fellow journeyman, Johannes Witthalm, left Würzburg to seek their fortunes elsewhere. In ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-10-22
  • Limitations: Are they Restrictions that Block or Focus?
    If you had access to all the greatest woods in infinite supply, what would you make? Questions like this are difficult because there really are no boundaries – anything is possible, so you must consider everything. It is much easier to be productive with limitations that restrict what is possible. Instead of looking at the entire inventory at the lumberyard and wondering what to build, start with a single interesting (or not interesting) piece, and build around it. Next time you ... read more
    Source: Flair WoodworksPublished on 2016-10-21
  • The Weird Economics Of Ikea
    The Weird Economics Of Ikea: Oliver Roeder:But it’s less the fashion trends than the resulting furniture economics that make this particular history interesting. Versions of [an original] Aalto sell online for over $4,000. The [Ikea] Poäng debuted at a fraction of the price of the Aalto, and now, after a steep price decline, the Poäng sells at a fraction of its original price. Furniture has generally gotten cheaper relative to other goods over the years — likely due to effects ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2016-10-21
  • The Craftsman-Style Rocking Chair Series
    The recent rocking chair series is going really well. I always expected it too because people have asked for it for so long. The time lapses show that I make the whole without resorting to machine work off camera, but, more than that, it enables me to show the diverse ways I work to make life all the more interesting. For instance in some cases I reach for a saw to remove the bulk of waste and then I use stop ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2016-10-21
  • Shop Update & Tour for 10/21/16
    Shop Tour & Set Up for a Hand Tool Shop This week I don’t have much to show for myself so instead I take you all on a quick tour of my shop and talk about a good set up for a hand tool shop and some of the primary elements and spaces you should have in it. ... read more
    Source: Renaissance Woodworker BlogPublished on 2016-10-21