• Finally
    It's in the short rows. I will not be able to truly relax for another 20 or so days but....It's over.I mentioned to MsBubba that this has been the biggest threat to the world since the Cuban Missile Crisis....Of course she looked at me blankly, getting old is not kind to your store of cultural references, and I ended up rolling her eyes to the back of her head.Recovery from surgery and the disconnect of the GOP (Grabbers Of Pussy) ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2016-10-20
  • Split Top Roubo 3 Years Later: A Review
    It has been three years since I completed this Split Top Roubo and a few things have changed. If for no other reason I would ask you watch this video to see how the Veritas Inset Vise is working out. I am surprised at what has been happening with it over the past year or so, you'll have to watch the video to find out what that is. Hopefully this video will answer the majority of questions I get regarding this workbench. Thanks ... read more
    Source: Billy’s Little BenchPublished on 2016-10-20
  • New hand tools…
    Have a look.. 6 new hand tools!  Updated Tools section at Pirollo Design!  Performed the photography today.This was supposed to be completed a month ago but had major issues (out of my control) to deal with in my small artisan business. So I was in suspense for a month waiting for things to settle. The Courses tab has been beefed up with new photography and sub-categories as well as a more up to date Blog section. I will be creating ... read more
    Source: The Refined EdgePublished on 2016-10-20
  • UPDATE: Making Tapered Table Legs by Hendrik Varju
    Leave a comment here for a chance to win a copy of Making Tapered Table Legs ... read more
  • Discoveries.
     Once the lumber rack was built, I wiggled my big ol' bench against the other section of painted wall. The idea was to give me a place, a space, somewhere to do good work. It wasn't where I wanted the bench to end up, but it was a space the bench could sit until the rest of the shop was painted.Of course the bench doesn't just work alone. It's companion (in my shop at least) is the tool chest and ... read more
    Source: Inside the Oldwolf WorkshopPublished on 2016-10-20
  • saw filing……
    I took the rest of this week off from work so I can finish the cradle. All that is left is to shine up the letters, installed the plaques, and do some touch up work. Thursday will be spent doing the shellac clean up and checking for drips and runs. Friday will be the double triple check day, and then the kids should be here. So tonight in the shop I took it as a free day for me.checking the ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-10-20
  • Testing Ancient Technology
    Part of the season 36 episodes of the Woodwright’s Shop are now online. One of them is on testing tusk tenon joints that Roy and I filmed a few months back. I made an apparatus to pull the joints apart and measure the amount of force it took to make them fail. The results are pretty impressive. The episode is called “Wedged Tusk Tenon” and is available to stream here. I also shot a short video showing the joint smoker in action that ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-10-20
  • A Small Step Stool–Working With Symmetry in Components
    I have an old friend I can always count on to come up with some topic idea for a Design. Click. Build. post. Today when I got home from work… ... read more
  • The Hardest Part of Being a Hobo-American
    Note: This is a codicil to the entries I wrote called “Cut the Cord.” Part one is here. Part two is here. The entry below will make more sense if you read those first. After more than five years of freelancing and making furniture to feed my pie hole, here is the most difficult part of being free of corporate America: getting paid. This isn’t some screed about how vendors don’t pay me. Everyone I deal with (furniture customers, ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-10-19
  • Rethink the Rules of Liquid Hide Glue
    I’ve just finished writing an article on liquid hide hide glue for Popular Woodworking Magazine that takes a critical look at the adhesive compared to yellow glues. My hope is that it’s a fairly dogma-free article. While liquid hide glue will probably always be my favorite adhesive for interior work, there are some cases where another glue is a better choice. During the research for the article, I talked to […] The post Rethink the Rules of Liquid Hide Glue ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2016-10-19
  • Woodworkers Guild of America Blogger Awards
    I was recently contacted by the Woodworkers Guild of America and asked if I would like to participate in their Blogger Awards competition.  I was honored to be asked and I have entered in their “Hand Tool Blog” category.  There are 5 categories, and I felt that “Hand Tool Blog” was the one that most closely matched my blog.  Unfortunately, they didn’t have a category for “Quirky 4-Vise Roubo Benches and Chicken Coops”, as I think I’d have been as ... read more
    Source: The Bench BlogPublished on 2016-10-19
  • Clamps
    I spend little time in the workshop during the summer, so each fall I seem to go through a ritual.  I make a few small projects (this fall it was boxes) as a way of getting "in shape" and then I try to make a few shop improvements.  This fall it was clamp storage.My clamps have been stuck here and there around the workshop, mostly on shelves.  This was inconvenient and sucked up a lot of shelf space.  I wanted ... read more
    Source: Oregon Woodworker by Andy MargesonPublished on 2016-10-19
  • Long Planes in the Modern Workshop
    These are the longest planes I own. I don't actually use any of them although I have tried. The longest planes I use are in my shop, these planes are in my tool collection. Long planes, "Jointer Planes" as they are called exist for two reasons:The first reason is for accurately milling wood. The second reason is for making the soles of other shorter planes accurate. The first reason is the usual reason we are all taught that when milling ... read more
    Source: Joel’s Blog at Tools for Working WoodPublished on 2016-10-19
  • The Second Bi-Annual Danish Chair Building Extravaganza.
    That's a fancy name for the fact that I'm going back up to Denmark to build chairs with Jonas again. The last time we did it was at the end of August 2014.The Mulesaw house with a couple of the young 'uns running around.The pictures I have from last time are brilliant, because the weather was so nice. I have a feeling I won't be wearing shorts and short sleeves like I am here in Spain as I write this.It ... read more
    Source: ToolerablePublished on 2016-10-19
  • I was so wrong……
    A couple posts back I wrote that I wouldn't post any cradle stuff until it was completely finished. This was the time line I thought I had. Tuesday through friday, leisurely apply the last touch up coats of shellac to the cradle. On saturday I would cut the rods to final length and do a last put together of the cradle to check for any hiccups. Then this sunday to the following sunday it could sit in the shop until ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-10-19
  • New Project – Kitchen Dresser – 1750
    It's always a tough decision to decide a new project. I review my numerous books for an idea. It used to be easier - we had gaps and specific needs in… ... read more
  • Dulcimer Adventures On Instagram
    I have recently started posting photos of dulcimers in progress and snapshots from my fascinating life on Instagram. Instagram will provide a more immediate experience of what I have been covering in my “What’s On The Bench” posts. It will almost be like you are there! You can follow me on Instagram by clicking here. You can also click on the Instagram widget on my pages and posts. There will still be lots of Thrill-Packed Entertainment right here at ... read more
    Source: Doug BerchPublished on 2016-10-18
  • New for old
    Richard Tool work Last Sunday I went to see my mate Rod at the top of Bingley Five Rise, a staircase of locks on the Leeds Liverpool canal which is celebrating its 200th anniversary of fully opening.  Rod’s been blacksmithing for quite a while and has some great stories.  He was there with his bucket forge and a great improvement over his usual foot pump blower, a customised VW heater fan and a car battery.  Orders to Mr David Wadsworth.  ... read more
    Source: Flying ShavingsPublished on 2016-10-18
  • Traveling bookcases in elm 1, start up of project.
    I had the idea of making a set of traveling bookcases (from Campaign Furniture) for my daughter Laura, since she was going to attend a boarding type high school. I think that I originally had the plan to make them for the Christmas 2015, but I never got around to complete them.Next chance was her birthday this year, but the building of the barn sort of got in the way - so I failed that too.. (I am kind of ... read more
    Source: Mulesaw: Being old fashioned, the cool way.Published on 2016-10-18
  • Power tool company power moves
    Stanley Black & Decker and Laguna making news ... read more
  • Why I Demonstrate and…
    …It’s Outreaching We All Need This past weekend I demonstrated woodworking at an event supporting National Social Enterprise Day in Abingdon for its local host Oxford Wood Recycling. It was a splendid couple of hours, especially for me, because it’s mostly about outreach. This presentation was without to much pressure because of the work OWR did to allow my focus to be doing my favourite thing in introducing people to the craft of real woodworking. The event was very local; Brits don’t like to travel too far I have found. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2016-10-18
  • MWA @WIA 2016
    At Woodworking in America (WIA) 2016 I sat down with  Dyami Plotke of Modern Woodworkers Association (MWA) for one of his “5 Questions” interviews.  Modern Woodworkers Association LogoYou can listen to the interview here, along with several others from WIA including Caleb James and Tony Rousseau. I had been friends with Dyami online for several years but this was the first time I got to meet him in person. He’s a real nice guy and also loves to share his passion for ... read more
    Source: Rainford RestorationsPublished on 2016-10-18
  • marking gauge pin profiles…….
    Way back when, before electricity was invented, the only pin profile I was used to was a pin one. Now I know there are a few different types of pins available to use in marking gauges. I could use the pin style one but I never got a good cross grain line with it. Since I didn't know of any other shapes, I put the marking gauge aside as defective and didn't use it. Fast forward a whole bunch of ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-10-18
  • More Soft Wax is Available
    Wax production has been slow this fall because Katy’s class load is pretty heavy, and she’s taking art classes during the weekend (they’re making an entire board game?). But amidst all the teen-ager stuff, she’s made another 25 tins and put them up on her etsy site here. The tins are $12 each for 4 oz. of wax, which is useful for all manner of things, from finishing the insides of a cabinet or other project, lubricating drawers or ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-10-18
  • Hira Kanna Remake-Part 2
    In Part 1 I recounted my trying weekend in the shop while remaking the dai block to turn this blade into a functioning kanna.  So now that I solved  the mystery of the skewed blade and fixed the chip in the mouth and sole, it was time to see if I could salvage this build. After work this evening I went straight to the shop.  First I cut the dai block to final length and planed the ends square.  Then ... read more
    Source: GREG MERRITT – BY MY OWN HANDSPublished on 2016-10-18
  • Fall Time and Blog Revisited
    A lot of time has past since I found myself writing for my blog—over half a year in fact. I've been struggling with prioritizing my time and energy spent writing and making/teaching . I've also been a bit on the fence about writing in general. I'm more interested in the bigger ideas around craft, making, etc. than talking about how to do something, but at the same time I wonder what it's worth.  I'm not a trained writer so it's ... read more
    Source: Jarrod’s blog at WoodspiritPublished on 2016-10-17
  • Now in Store: ‘The Woodworker Vol. III: Joinery’
    I am pleased to announce that expanding the number of people who work on our books is showing results. With the help of Megan Fitzpatrick (who has been assisting us from the beginning), Meghan Bates and now Kara Gebhart Uhl, we are finishing up some massive projects (and even taking on some new ones). The latest news: We just sent the third volume of “The Woodworker: The Charles H. Hayward Years” to press and it will be ready to ship ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-10-17
  • In search of an extraordinary man, J Munro, Cabinetmaker & Minister
    I recently acquired a beautifully proportioned Scottish pattern infill smoothing plane at a David Stanley auction. I wasn't intending to buy it, but when the lot came up my hand seemed to develop a life of its own, at one stage I even tried to bid against myself - much to the amusement of the auctioneer and my fellow bidders. This one chose me - not the other way around.The body is gunmetal with a steel sole sweated on, overstuffed ... read more
    Source: Matthew’s Blog at Workshop HeavenPublished on 2016-10-17
  • Bannister back chair – Oh! So many angles!
    Well, it’s coming together and looking something like a chair.  But I have a little confession to make.  I thought I’d save a little time by simply “sight” boring the posts for the side stretchers.  Seemed simple enough.  The seat plan is trapezoidal, only two angles, “should be able to do this in my sleep.” But then I decided to drop the back of the seat by an inch, to make the “slouch angle” a little more comfortable.  KABOOM!  I ... read more
    Source: A Woodworker’s MusingsPublished on 2016-10-17
  • Hira Kanna Remake-Part 1
    Having botched the fitting of the blade to the dai on my first attempt at making a kanna with this new-used blade, I went into this weekend eager to start dai #2.  What I got ended up being one of my most frustrating wood working experiences. I prepped the maple block.  The slab of maple that I pulled from the attic is grungy and rock hard, but I prepped the block without issue. The layout went down without issue.  At least I ... read more
    Source: GREG MERRITT – BY MY OWN HANDSPublished on 2016-10-17