• Saw Till, Part Deux
    I should have mentioned it in my previous post, but it is no accident the new saw till is made from 3/4″ pine.  I didn’t want to waste time and materials on a hardwood version until I confirm it worked within the space.  And working within the space seems to be the most important part […] ... read more
    Source: The apartment woodworkerPublished on 2017-05-26
  • How to Fix a Split Seat
    One of the most exciting (and frightening) aspects of building a Windsor-style chair is the ever-present possibility that you will split the seat when you drive the legs home. I always tell students: Keep hitting the leg’s tenon into its mortise until the very next strike will split the seat. Then stop. This is not always possible. Today, I split a seat twice. Both splits occurred in mortises for the […] The post How to Fix a Split Seat appeared ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2017-05-26
  • UPDATE. Miter Jack Kits: Metal Bits Now Available
    Nick at Lake Erie is taking pre-orders for another small run of wooden bits. We've got a handful of the metal bits left from the first run. You can order the metal bits from us anytime (see our store page), but to get the wooden screw and threaded nut block, you'll need to pre-order through Lake Erie. More info here.We've sold out of the La Forge Royale Miter Jack kits, but there's a silver lining. We made a double run ... read more
    Source: BenchcraftedPublished on 2017-05-26
  • Last Call: ‘Roman Workbenches’ Letterpress Edition
    We’ve just put up for sale the final 150 copies of “Roman Workbenches” in letterpress. This is the last time you’ll see them on our site. We’re not reprinting the letterpress book. The book is available to both domestic and international customers. What about the two missing lines? All the copies have been personally repaired by me or Megan Fitzpatrick. We glued in the two missing lines on paper left over from the press run. For those of you ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-05-26
  • Twin-Point Tailpiece
    It’s Friday afternoon and I’ve just completed and fitted the tailpiece on Andrew’s twin-point. There’s quite a lot of work in it; I reckon a good 10 hours, but the outcome is well-worth it.(I love this little anvil! Another recent acquisition)You can see how the tailpiece complements the body, something that a commercial item won’t do. ... read more
    Source: A Luthier’s BlogPublished on 2017-05-26
  • The Beginner’s Hand Tool Kit
    A Solid Tool Foundation You Can Build With and On When you first get started woodworking the tools and acquiring them is a fun and exciting aspect of the experience. But it can also be very daunting as there seems to be so many tools we need just to build the first project. And tools are expensive making the task of acquiring a starting set even more difficult. This doesn’t have to be true and you will find ... read more
    Source: Renaissance Woodworker BlogPublished on 2017-05-26
  • This post has no name
    Last week at Handworks I was privileged to finally try out some of Steve Voigt’s exquisite double-iron wooden hand planes. Last night (thanks to Instagram) I was able to read a post on his blog (about Instagram) that has given me some food for thought. (Let that swirl around in your mind for a moment before reading on.) His post included this censure: This post is not a direct response to the above sentiment. What I actually have to offer is something ... read more
    Source: The Daily SkepPublished on 2017-05-26
  • STL 138: Tool flipping and riving knives
    Plus, the guys debate working from plans vs. improvising, how much stock to leave when milling, all time favorite techniques, and some recent tool bombs ... read more
  • stone holder round 3…….
    Tonight was all to do with stone holder #3. The only thing I did with the bookshelf was to move it off the bench. I have until after june 10th to be done with that so the sun will still rise tomorrow. The important stuff happened with a new design for the stone holder. And that came via a comment from Antony. The design is an old one but for me it was something new. I got to try a ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-05-26
  • Bob Rozaieski
    Many of you will recall Bob Rozaieski's Logan Cabinet Shoppe website and the excellent videos he produced (they are still available here).  Bob has since moved to a homestead in southwestern Virginia where he teaches classes, builds and restores furniture and maintains a new website with a lot of interesting information.   He also has a radio podcast series which you can subscribe to here.For those who don't know of Bob, he is very involved with pre-industrial revolution furniture, including the design ... read more
    Source: Oregon Woodworker by Andy MargesonPublished on 2017-05-26
  • Flat-pack furniture design in the 1950s
    There is a lot of good things to be said about furniture design in the 1950s, mostly because so many of the designs were innovative, and clean, thanks in part to the mid-century aesthetic. A case in point are Timber-Packs, which were Ikea-like flat pack furniture system designed by Australian designer Frederick Ward in the 1950s. They were available via mail order from Australian Home Beautiful magazine. These kits included pre-cut wood pieces, ready to glue and assemble together.   ... read more
    Source: Working by handPublished on 2017-05-25
  • Five Random Observations from Handworks 2017
    A packed crowd watching Roy Underhill speaking in the Festhalle barn.After 2300 miles and a couple herniated discs, I am back from my first Handworks. It is still kind of a blur, and I will need a few more days to process the enormity of the event, but here are a few observations.1. Wow, there are a lot of hand tool aficionados out there. For two solid days, I had a constant stream of visitors stopping by my bench to ... read more
    Source: The Black Dog’s WoodshopPublished on 2017-05-25
  • Crucible Design Curves Now Available
    You can now purchase a set of Crucible Design Curves in our online store at crucibletool.com. The set of three curves costs $37, and that price includes shipping in the United States. These curves are laser cut at Grainwell, which is across the street from my workshop in Covington, Ky., and is run by three hard working and creative sisters. I then sand the curves in my shop in Fort Mitchell (using both machine sanding and hand sanding). We ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-05-25
  • Dismantling the Past
    As a general thing I find undoing another man’s work humbling. You tap parts apart, break glue lines a man joined together a hundred or two hundred years ago and there you find a chisel cut and a man’s name written in cursive script that flows in a way most young men and women no … Read the full post Dismantling the Past on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2017-05-25
  • Infill Planes
    Can I touch it? The infill planes are the most expensive, rare and myth-laden tools in a chest. They are beautiful (to many eyes) and they do a fine job. But do they really have harmonic properties that absorb potential chatter before it occurs? Uhhh…. This is an excerpt from “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” by Christopher Schwarz. These planes earn their name because they consist of a metal shell that has been “infilled” with wood. And they also have been ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-05-25
  • MEET THE AUTHOR: Jennie Alexander
    Jennie Alexander was born John Alexander on Dec. 8, 1930. She has lived in row houses her entire life, and their vernacular architecture defines, in part, not only the city she has always called home, but also a more intimate part of herself. A lifelong Baltimorean, Jennie was educated in the Baltimore school systems, which were quite good, she says. “I was a lonely child. I had a very, very busy father and my mother was rather reserved — ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-05-25
  • Splitting wood with a froe
    Sometimes, the wood really works with you. This sycamore was certainly on my side. Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Steve Tomlin CraftsPublished on 2017-05-25
  • The Highland Woodturner: What Type of Turning Tools Should You Purchase?
    In the May 2017 issue of The Highland Woodturner, Curtis Turner answers a question many new woodturners ask – what types of turning tools should I buy? My students often ask what type of tools they should buy. Specifically, should they buy inexpensive tools or go straight for the expensive ones? I think this question deserves a bit of discussion and does not have a single best answer that fits everyone, but this does not mean one should sink into analysis ... read more
    Source: Highland Woodworking BlogPublished on 2017-05-25
  • Handworks is Done, What a Wonderful LIfe/Wife
    Another Handworks is history. How was it? The weather was trying........as in pretty crappy, however the enthusiasm of the attendees was not dampened by the rainy raw weather. The people endured and as a result it was yet again another great hand tool woodworking event.Julie and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary at the inaugural Handworks 4 years ago and that speaks volumes about our relationship. Today we celebrate 44 years. We have spent our anniversary at soccer tournaments, graduations and yes ... read more
    Source: Brese PlanePublished on 2017-05-25
  • A plane, a plane! My banjo for a plane!
    The other day I was asked a question: “What’s your favorite hand tool?” For all intents and purposes that question really needs a qualifier. What’s my favorite hand tool today? …this week? …for cutting? …etc. I find it hard to pick a favorite. It’s usually whichever one is sharp, or in my hand at any given time. I had to pick something though, and I chose my smoothing plane (a Lie-Nielsen 4 1/2 with a York pitch frog). At the time I said that ... read more
    Source: The Daily SkepPublished on 2017-05-25
  • Roger Moore, in The Guardian:The sad fact is that I know exactly…
    Roger Moore, in The Guardian:The sad fact is that I know exactly how to make a dry martini but I can’t drink them because, two years ago, I discovered I was diabetic. I prefer one with gin, but James Bond liked a vodka martini, “shaken not stirred” – which I never said, by the way. That was Sean Connery, remember him?The worst martini I’ve ever had was in a club in New Zealand, where the barman poured juice from a ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2017-05-25
  • Home-Made Tapered Bit for Pilot Holes
    My latest piece, the "One Day Storage Cabinet," was built with nails. I used nails from Dictum, but these nails can be had from several places including Lie-Nielsen. What makes them good to use for furniture is they are square in profile, and tapered. That is, they are thicker at the top than at the bottom. These nails, unlike cut nails, are tapered in both directions, so the profile is square no matter where on the nail you look.Tapered nails ... read more
    Source: ToolerablePublished on 2017-05-25
  • I’m Back
    Gorse flowering on Lynchmere Common SO it’s not that easy to get rid of me after all?  Last time I looked it was the depths of Winter and now Spring has been rushing past in it’s usual way with a frantic list of things to do. Tidying up  after the winter work, plenty of maintenance and then straight into the summer season of events, courses, bracken management and charcoal making to name but a few. Writing up blog ... read more
    Source: Woodlandantics BlogPublished on 2017-05-25
  • disaster day…..
    Had one major and one minor disaster today. The major one sucks and it'll be expensive to fix. The minor one is more of an 'aw shit', toss it, and start over again. My canon camera failed the bounce test with Mr. Concrete floor again for the 3rd time. The lens won't open or retract all the time and I get a  lens error when it doesn't open or close. I got it to work a few times by manually ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-05-25
  • Use a Drill to Shape a Chair Seat
    Though I’ve built a lot of chairs, I don’t own an adze, which is used to roughly shape a plank seat so it has a buttocks-shaped depression. I also don’t own any of the typical power-tool solutions, such as an angle grinder outfitted with a special cutter for seats. Instead, I have a scorp, which is like a drawknife that was bent around a telephone pole. It’s much slower in […] The post Use a Drill to Shape a Chair ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2017-05-24
  • Now in Store: H.O. Studley Posters
    You can now purchase our poster of the H.O. Studley tool cabinet for $20. That price includes shipping anywhere in the United States and Canada. Our poster features an image of the cabinet taken by Narayan Nayar, the photographer for the book “Virtuoso: The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of H.O. Studley.” The 13” x 19” poster is printed in the United States on 80 lb. recycled stock with a matte coating and ships in a rigid tube. Note that ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-05-24
  • Working with a Radial Arm Saw
    First a confession:  My first real stationary power tool was a Radial Arm Saw, A 1965 Craftsman model... The kind that got recalled in the early 2000 for a safety hazard with the guard. Apparently you could cut yourself with it... Really!!This was followed by a bandsaw and later a newer Unisaw.Circa 90s. Me posing proudly with my first Unisaw, the old Craftsman RAS is in the background.There was a wide range of models affected and the fix was ; Send ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2017-05-24
  • Working with a Radial Arm Saw
    First a confession:  My first real stationary power tool was a Radial Arm Saw, A 1965 Craftsman model... The kind that got recalled in the early 2000 for a safety hazard with the guard. Apparently you could cut yourself with it... Really!!This was followed by a bandsaw and later a newer Unisaw.Circa 90s. Me posing proudly with my first Unisaw, the old Craftsman RAS is in the background.There was a wide range of models affected and the fix was ; Send ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2017-05-24
  • Adding Context to Your Models With Match Photo
    In the video Dave Richards will show you how he uses Match Photo to import an image, and create a simple model ... read more
  • Re Easy Angled Tenons Article In Fine Woodworking
    A few years ago a contributor to Fine Woodworking, Jeff Miller, made a horrendous blunder in stating that in-line tenons were commonly used in chair making by furniture makers because they were stronger. His assertion was untrue, and I felt I needed to help balance out the issue at the time. It’s this kind of flawed comment that shapes … Read the full post Re Easy Angled Tenons Article In Fine Woodworking on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2017-05-24