• A Ming-Inspired Cabinet (33)
    Fitting the cap rail assembly to frame #1:I feel like I've been doing a fair share of mortising lately in getting these cap rails on. There's a lot of joinery in this support stand, that's for sure.The cornice will have hammer-headed rods fitted to mortises with an internal step which serves as a stop:Eight of these will lock the cornice down to the frame.Here's another corner:These miters should close up tightly when the wedging pins, shachi sen, are fitted. I'm… ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2016-02-13
  • The Making of the Plates for ‘The Anarchist’s Design Book’
    Briony Morrow-Cribbs from Christopher Schwarz on Vimeo. The 12 handmade plates of the furniture pieces in “The Anarchist’s Design Book,” are – hands down – my favorite part of the entire project. Though they occupy 12 pages of the 456 pages between the book’s hardcovers, the plates took as long to produce as the words. To give you a look at the process, I asked my cousin Jessamyn West to produce a short film on the work of copperplate… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-02-12
  • What We’re Working on in 2016
    Its been a couple years since we came out with a new product. Here's everything we're working on, and hoping to produce in 2016. We're a small company, but we've got lots of ideas for new tools. Cranking out new stuff isn't difficult. But nailing it is. And we won't make something unless we've put our guts into it, and make sure its something we'd be delighted with in our own shop.First up, the Etau.Funny name, great vise. Here's why.… ... read more
    Source: BenchcraftedPublished on 2016-02-12
  • Too Many Dog Holes?
    One thing you learn as a woodworker is that what is good for somebody else might not be good for you. Alternately, what works for you might not work for another person. Take my chairmaker’s bench that I built roughly a year ago already, I love the bench. I modified a design from woodworker Drew Langsner and incorporated some other features. After seeing the storage compartment on a Chris Schwarz bench, I added one to mine. I like having… ... read more
    Source: Jim the Chairmaker’s BlogPublished on 2016-02-12
  • Hammering so Hard
    Last year at Handworks, I bought a spoon from Jarrod Stone Dahl, a craftsman whose work I admire immensely. I’d watched his work and read his great blog for a few years, had never met him. He had one spoon left, and I asked him if he’d be willing to add a small design of […] ... read more
    Source: DAEDWoRKs blogPublished on 2016-02-12
  • Recycle creatively
    Pit-sawn elm has its historic marks. I am glad that wood like this will be developed into new projects showing the cuts recorded in one way or another . Last week we filmed a simple video on how to make a handled cutting board. We wanted to do some more of these simpler projects because the gap between simple and our more advanced ones and the longer series can be quite large. We will always reach out to new woodworkers and… ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2016-02-12
  • Pore Filling with Aqua Coat Wood Grain Filler
    The main purpose of a filler is that of filling the pores of the timber in order to save polishing costs, both material and time.Charles H. Hayward, Staining and Polishing, 1959I purchased a tub of Aqua Coat Wood Pore Filler last year with the idea of using it to fill wood pores instead of the traditional shellac and pumice treatment.I tried it on some East Indian rosewood and was a little shocked at how much rosewood color the paste picked… ... read more
    Source: Brokeoff Mountain LuthieriePublished on 2016-02-12
  • clock hiccups…….
    I thought that I would do something with both projects on the bench tonight. That didn't happen sports fans. The roughly flattened lid I did yesterday had cupped again so it's not done moving yet. Other than giving it dumb looks, that was it for the coffee filter box. I spent the remaining hour playing with the clock.1/8" spacerThe dial board is set back in an 1/8" and this plywood is an 1/8".  I'll lay the dial board on this… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-02-12
  • All about Mitre Box Part 3 Ahh the smell of WD 40 in the evenings
    This Wednesday I got a break, I got to do a shift at the Wood Hobby shop on base, while a friend looked after Heather. Thank you Jeannie.Did not really had any projects on the go, so I decided to bring in my Stanley Mitre box No 60 and tear it down. Inspect its condition and clean it.Just in case I brought in some Liquid Wrench, but it was not necessary, WD40 works fine and that is what I used to… ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2016-02-12
  • wainscot chairs, front stiles & side rails
    Lincoln chair, red oak, walnut & mapleIn between working on the shop frame, I’ve been slowly working on 2 wainscot chairs. It’s been a while since I have made any of these, (the one above is now in the Hingham Massachusetts public library, so I’m told) – a long hiatus means they are again worth a look. The aspect to cover today is the shape of the front stiles, and the resulting configuration of the side rail’s tenon shoulders. Wainscot… ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2016-02-11
  • One Month and Crapping – I Mean ‘Counting’
    Fantastic news for those of you attending our book-release party for “The Anarchist’s Design Book” on March 12. Copperplate artist Briony Morrow-Cribbs is flying in from Vermont for the event and will be there to sign books and some original plates – we’ll have two sets there to sell. More details on the plates soon. We’ll also have T-shirts, free stickers, pizza and beer. Work on the storefront has stalled this week because I’m finishing up a tool chest… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-02-11
  • Details for a Rack in a Tool Chest
    A tool rack in your chest is a nice way to keep your chisels, screwdrivers and other tools close at hand and protected from damage. After experimenting with lots of different racks, here’s how I make racks for myself and customers. I start with a length of pine that’s about 1” x 1-1/4” x the interior dimension of the chest. To lay out the holes for a set of five […] The post Details for a Rack in a Tool… ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2016-02-11
  • Gratsäge – Stairsaw
    Pictures of a Stairsaw i found in Bornholm in Summer and the one I made today.Bilder einer Gratsäge, die ich im Somme auf Bornholm gefunden habe und einer, die ich heute gemacht habe. ... read more
    Source: Old LadiesPublished on 2016-02-11
  • The Steve Rogers School of Woodworking is offering classes on…
    The Steve Rogers School of Woodworking is offering classes on making a joint stool. Here Steve demonstrates how to rive a log to provide boards with the straightest grain. ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2016-02-11
  • File a Scraper with the ‘Universal Sharpener’
    In the next issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine I review the Chestnut Tools Universal Sharpener from Lee Valley Tools. I learned about this remarkable and inexpensive little tool from furniture maker Freddy Roman. I was skeptical about it until I got my hands on it. This thing is … well you’ll have to wait for the full review in the magazine. One of the best things it does in my […] The post File a Scraper with the ‘Universal Sharpener’… ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2016-02-11
  • scoreboard: Clock 1 box 0…….
    The clock is still on schedule for being done this week. Tonight I got the last coat of shellac on both the carcass and the dial board. Tomorrow I'll start on setting and gluing the blocks on. I could have done more on the box but I don't have my honing guide. LN still has it and my chisels are not up to snuff for chopping dovetails. If I don't get it back this week, I'll strop the chisels. I… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-02-11
  • Eat, Dine and Play in Our Fair City
    If you are considering coming to Covington, Ky., for the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event, or to visit our storefront or attend a book-release party at our store at 837 Willard St., here is a quick brain dump on the geography, the food and the amenities. Our storefront is one block off of Main Street in Covington, and it’s a 10-minute walk from the Ohio River and the bridges directly to Cincinnati, Ohio. As a result, you can easily walk… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-02-10
  • Sea Chest
    A year or more ago I was given a dovetailed chest. If I recall it came from an officer on a Great Lakes freighter and was used to keep his personal items while on board. The chest measures 28″ long, 13″ deep and 11″ tall. When it was given to me the paint had been removed so the joints were easy to view. The trim is nailed around the top and bottom as are the bottom boards. The dovetails… ... read more
    Source: orepassPublished on 2016-02-10
  • All about mitre box Part 2 The saws
    There are 3 types of hand saws used with mitre boxes.You can use a regular handsaw, with some of the various types of mitre boxes.Original Star Mitre box designThis Millers-Falls No 200 similar to the Stanley No 115 shown previously, can accommodate a Handsaw OR a BacksawThis style of MB is still being made today, and yes, they still accommodate both Handsaws and Backsaws.Empire Level Co.Original patent drawing for what became the Stanley No 150 Mitre box.As you can see, it can… ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2016-02-10
  • Those Funny Chairs
    Woodworker/teacher/bench builder/beekeeper Will Myers recently sent me some photos of two vernacular stick chairs he spotted during a trip to Tryon Palace in New Bern, NC. Both chairs are English and Will reports they were brought to Tryon Palace in late 1940s when the palace was re-furnished. The three-legged brown one has some interesting details. The legs look like they were originally faceted and then perhaps worn down, sanded down or somethinged-down to create of a roundish profile. I’ve… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-02-10
  • Sawmaking returns to 26th Street
    As you can see Tim is standing on our new (used) pallet shelving, as he fastens it to the wall of our new space at 112 26th street. Moving into any old building is an adventure and this coming Friday is the massive "move the inventory day". We are packing through Thursday night and hopefully, the trucks will show up on time. Otherwise... well let's just not go there. Next week we will be at the Somerset Woodworking Show, and… ... read more
    Source: Joel’s Blog at Tools for Working WoodPublished on 2016-02-10
  • About Donkeys And Horses
    What's the difference between a sawhorse and a saw donkey? Good question. Whatever will be the answer they are great helper in the shop. The Challenge While gluing up the bench top for my new work bench I recognized that I will have a problem in the near future. The new emerging bench top is too big to handle it on my actual bench. The new bench base isn't installed yet. But I ... read more
    Source: Blue Spruce WoodshopPublished on 2016-02-10
  • Something’s brewing in the woods
    Richard New post coming soon. Flying Shavings ... read more
    Source: Flying ShavingsPublished on 2016-02-10
  • next project in the line up…….
    The finish is going on the clock and that is something I really didn't want to be the only thing I did in the shop tonight. I had decided on what was going to be the batter's box next yesterday. On my lunch time today I firmed up how I am going to make it. It'll be something that I have already made, tried to use, and then threw it away. I seldom throw away things I make but this… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-02-10
  • Homage To Trees
    I have always been lucky to be able to earn a good living working with wood.  I am surrounded by amazing species of exotic hardwoods, in all shapes, sizes and colors.  I spend hours looking through the wood pile searching for exactly the perfect piece for whatever project I have in mind.  I keep in mind how precious this material is and always recycle the scrap for future needs.  After nearly 50 years I have a surprising collection of material,… ... read more
    Source: WPatrickEdwardsPublished on 2016-02-10
  • A Ming-Inspired Cabinet (32)
    Post 32 in a series....-------------------Stand #2 is now complete to the same point as the first stand:One of the pillow blocks for that unit in place:These two stands have certainly absorbed a fair amount of time, and they're not done yet:I've been working on the drawing as well, and one thing that was remaining uncertain as a result was how the bubinga and shedua will actually look together. The wood samples I imported to Sketchup all seem to have more… ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2016-02-09
  • The Apprenticeship Project Continues- Update/Reboot
    Winter has finally arrived in northern Wisconsin. We've seen sub zero(f) temps and plenty of snow. This year, February sees me in my shop every day and in a making groove. I've been turning lots of end grain handled mugs and developing a few other designs that I want to offer to my product line. I'm digging it. If folks really want a daily feed you should follow me over on Instagram. I've also been tying my hand at the long-form style… ... read more
    Source: Jarrod’s blog at WoodspiritPublished on 2016-02-09
  • Small Changes to my Moxon Vises
    Since I began making Moxon-style vises in 2010, I’m made several dozens for students customers and have made some small changes to the way I build them. Above all, I try to keep my Moxon vises as simple and compact as possible, which is why I haven’t added tables or other gizmos. Here is what my latest one, which ships out today, looks like. The most significant change is that […] The post Small Changes to my Moxon Vises appeared… ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2016-02-09
  • Left handed e-mando II
    Good progress made with Chris’s e-mando; essentially, most of the woodwork is done, so I shall now get it set-up, wired and playing and when I’m 100% happy with it, I’ll take it apart and apply the finish! ... read more
    Source: A Luthier’s BlogPublished on 2016-02-09
  • Woodworking and Nightmares
    Last night I had my first nightmare about writing. I was given 30 minutes to write a poem about the churches of my hometown in Fort Smith, Ark. It was to be published on the front page of the newspaper, and I was writing it on a manual typewriter where the keys had weird symbols on them instead of QWERTY. I wrenched awake at 4 a.m. while trying to rhyme something with “Garrison Avenue.” The experience made me remember… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-02-09