• My First Video with a “Special Guest” – Dan Hamilton
    Mary May - Woodcarver To this date, all of my video lessons that I have made for my online school have been filmed with just little ol’ me carving away and talking through the carving process. And now on to the next evolution – a guest artist! Several students have asked how to finish carvings on soft wood. Since I don’t feel that I am very knowledgeable in this area, I decided to invite someone who is skilled in finishing techniques. Tonight’s video that… ... read more
    Source: Mary May’s Carving BlogPublished on 2015-03-05
  • Best Brooms Ever
    The shop was almost warm enough to be bearable today, and it needed a good sweeping. Decades ago, we lived in the middle of Indianapolis, Indiana. A blind man would show up at our house occasionally carrying a dozen or so brooms over his shoulder. He sold brooms made by “Industries for the Blind.” We enthusiastically bought from him because his were really well made brooms of sturdy, thickly padded, broomcorn. They lasted almost forever, more years than I remember.… ... read more
    Source: Bob EastonPublished on 2015-03-05
  • Gateway (61)
    Post 61 in an ongoing series describing the design and construction of a kabukimon, a type of Japanese gate. This is a project for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Post 1 in this series can be found here if you'd like to start at the beginning. Each post links to the next at the bottom of the page. Recent installments also to be found in the 'Blog archive' index to the right of the page.--------Starting now to fit the rails to… ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2015-03-04
  • Make a Revolution from a Tree
    Last year while working in Maryland, I took a day to travel to Light Street in Baltimore to meet Jennie Alexander, author of the book “Make a Chair from a Tree.” Alexander is an iconic figure in woodworking and chairmaking, a term she would reject (or at least roll her eyes to when hearing). She calls herself an “informed amateur,” but has spent her entire life exploring how wooden parts […] The post Make a Revolution from a Tree appeared… ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2015-03-04
  • The Highland Woodworker Episode 17
    If you haven’t seen it yet the latest episode of The Highland Woodworker is ready and waiting for you. As always, Charles Brock and the crew bring us some great woodworking related content that’s worth taking the time to sit down, learn and enjoy. In episode 17 we’re treated to the following: Moment with a Master: Furniture maker, Michael Gilmartin, invites us inside his Atlanta workshop and spills a few secrets on his masterful design techniques. Feature: We take… ... read more
    Source: Matt’s Basement WorkshopPublished on 2015-03-04
  • The History of Wood, Part 44
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    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-03-04
  • Unplugged in the Yukon
      “This is the law of the Yukon, that only the strong shall thrive; that surely the weak shall perish, and only the fit survive.”                                            ... read more
    Source: The Unplugged WoodshopPublished on 2015-03-04
  • Kumiko Lamp – Popular Woodworking Magazine
    Kumiko Lamp - Popular Woodworking Magazine: This is a terrific article by my good friend Raney Nelson on building a Japanese style lamp in this month’s issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. Grab a copy. The whole issue is well worth reading. ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2015-03-04
  • I got lucky…….
    I left work early so that I could go to the optical shop and order my glasses. The shop is right next to two of the busiest roads in the universe at quitting time and this way I got to avoid it. And I fell into a good deal. I was able to get 3 pairs of glasses for $199. I got a pair of progressive lens glasses for my everyday walking around ones and two computer glasses.  Now I'll… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-03-04
  • Gateway (60)
    Post 60 in an ongoing series describing the design and construction of a kabukimon, a type of Japanese gate. This is a project for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Post 1 in this series can be found here if you'd like to start at the beginning. Each post links to the next at the bottom of the page. Recent installments also to be found in the 'Blog archive' index to the right of the page.--------Rough cutting the door joinery happened with… ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2015-03-03
  • Fine English Furniture at Bonhams
    Bonhams are conducting a Fine English Furniture sale at their New Bond Street rooms in London on the 11th of March, 2015. Amongst some outstanding furniture lots up for auction is this superb Queen Anne cabinet (lot 1), which I … Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Pegs and ‘TailsPublished on 2015-03-03
  • 3/4″ Dogs Now Back In Stock
    We are always trying to keep up with the production of the bench dogs to keep you guys out there supplied, but things happen. After many years of hard work the drive belt on the Port Moody shop table saw decided to go on holidays. Permanently. We ordered a new belt and it was immediately put to work running a new batch of dogs for shipment later this week. All you guys & gals who have been holding off placing your orders,… ... read more
    Source: Time Warp Tool WorksPublished on 2015-03-03
  • Wood Talk Giveaways
    You know you love winning stuff, especially things related to woodworking. What you might not know is that we love giving away stuff…simply because we know you love it! 1 lucky winner will receive a Wood Talk T-shirt and 1 winner will receive the Wood Whisperer Guild project: Modern Chest of Drawers & Nightstand To get things kicked off for our very first Wood Talk Giveaway we have a big one. 1 lucky winner will receive a Wood Talk… ... read more
    Source: Matt’s Basement WorkshopPublished on 2015-03-03
  • Making a Fully Adjusting Wooden-Bodied Plane
    This will be the first in the series over the next few blogs. Two planes sit side by side, one, a wooden-bodied, handmade individual, the other, cast from iron in lots of hundreds throughout any single day. On the one hand the old wooden plane required well seasoned and dried wood that lay dormant under cover for ten years before working and cycling through began. This handmade wooden one required the much skilled work of a crafting artisan, no, many hours… ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2015-03-03
  • Cam-Action Hold-Down for Grizzly G0623X Sliding Table Saw
    When I bought my sliding table saw, I wanted to get a material hold-down for the sliding table. Such an accessory did not exist for the saw, but another Grizzly sliding table saw with the same T-slot size came with one. I ordered the individual replacement parts for the hold-down and put it together myself. These parts cost me $210.50 when I ordered them in 2010. Quantity Part Number Description 1 PN02 Hex Nut 5/16-18 … ... read more
    Source: Flair WoodworksPublished on 2015-03-03
  • Shop Geometry that won’t make your eyes bleed
    Recently Chris Schwarz lamented that that much of the historic literature on craft is stuffed with geometry but doesn’t explain how to set up a smoothing plane. And to make matters worse the geometry lessons quickly spin out of control with drawings that look like some freakish nightmare. Back in the day, books were expensive. A modest book in the 18th century could easily cost a weeks wages so a treatise on things like milking a cow or setting… ... read more
    Source: Design MattersPublished on 2015-03-03
  • Hey, longtime reader here: I’m about to start buying Japanese tools on Ebay, and I’d lik...
    Thanks for reading all this time. I really appreciate it.Most of the Japanese tools I have I’ve bought from eBay. I think the same rules apply to buying Japanese tools as they do for buying vintage western tools.Look for listings with lots of good quality photos, and if there isn’t a photo of a particular part of the tool, assume that the seller is hiding something.Spend some time just looking at listings so you can get a feel for what… ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2015-03-03
  • more weekend crap pt II…….
    Sometimes crap follows you around and sets up housekeeping because it's staying a while. I had thought I put the weekend behind me but more good bad news today. My eye doctor says my cataracts are getting worse and I may have to have them taken out soon. The right cataract is the one causing the most problems,  more so than the left. Because of that I need a new prescription for my glasses. Now buying glasses, the frames mostly,… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-03-03
  • Rolling lift bridges of the world – 2
    Imagine my surprise on arriving at Hobart to find a rolling lift bridge almost identical to the one in Auckland harbour.  In Auckland I had no idea how the bridge worked but this time I had a basic understanding so I made an effort to photograph the important details.Side elevation showing the concrete counterbalance in the elevated position.The drive shaft and pinion.The rolling rack mechanism.The photo of the steam crane is gratuitous. ... read more
    Source: licensed2tinkerPublished on 2015-03-03
  • Making a Simple Lid Stay
    I don't much like lid stays. They take up too much room, look contrived, and force you to compromise the design of your chest. I've never seen one I like, or one that works well. The best lid stay in my opinion is the wall behind your (tool) chest, but what if you can't put your chest against the wall?But before you assume my opinion has any value, I should say that I don't have any experience working from a… ... read more
    Source: BenchcraftedPublished on 2015-03-03
  • Outside Your League
    At this stage in my life, I cannot take woodworking classes. I have the will and the money, but I also have kids, a wife with a crazy job and my own endeavors – a publishing company, a custom furniture business and (oddly enough) a teaching schedule. So until I can make our home life look like Lake Placid, I am always looking for other ways to improve my work. […] The post Outside Your League appeared first on Popular… ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2015-03-02
  • Expectations
    Expectations. We all have them when we walk into the shop. Ah yes, I have come to spend a pleasant relaxing day at the bench undisturbed, unperturbed. Then you begin work. Things can go wrong. Jigs don’t work, parts mis-align as the glue holds fast in the wrong spot, wood tears out, screw heads break off, and finishes blotch. Lest it be misunderstood that I am somehow above the fray here, that nothing ever goes wrong for me, that I… ... read more
    Source: Northwest Woodworking StudioPublished on 2015-03-02
  • March – time to get going
    March. Hmm… it means two things to me right now. One is turn the page on the Yurt Foundation calendar, the other is to march, get going, quit fooling around. This is the month that my schedule picks up. So rather than just picking up whatever project happens to catch my fancy at any given moment, it’s time to knuckle down and get some stuff done. Oak: spoons:   oak: spoons: I keep shifting back… ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2015-03-02
  • Simultaneous glue-up concerns
    It’s not unusual in the basement workshop to find myself doing simultaneous glue-ups on identical components, in fact I do it quite frequently. Typically the reason is because of a lack of clamps, and a strong desire to make progress on the project as quickly as possible. If I stepped back and paid close attention to the amount of time I spend creating a strategy for just how it is I’ll accomplish the task I’d probably discover I spend way… ... read more
    Source: Matt’s Basement WorkshopPublished on 2015-03-02
  • Upcoming talk on Japanese planes
    I’m very excited to have the opportunity to give a talk on Japanese planes to the North Jersey Woodworkers Association at 7 pm on Monday, March 16 at the at the Allwood Community Church, 100 Chelsea Road, in Clifton, NJ. The NJWA is a great bunch of woodworkers, and if you live in the northern part of New Jersey and don’t belong to a woodworking club, you should join these guys.These talks seem like they are becoming a habit. I’m good with… ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2015-03-02
  • more %$$#@**&^%&@!!)&*^white stuff…….
    I figured I would get up at 0400 and shovel out the cars, the driveway, and the front walk. Good exercise and it shouldn't take me that long. Nay, nay, I say moose breath. It is now 0551 and I just got done. What a terrific way to end a crappy weekend and start the new week. And there is more of this lovely white crap coming on thursday.looking out my back door It looks like we got a good 4… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-03-02
  • not a good weekend…….
    It's snowing again as I'm writing this. I closed the blinds so I don't have to watch it fall. The forecast has 3-6 inches with higher amounts along the coast. Where am I headed tomorrow morning? I'm going to Westerly for my annual eye exam and Westerly is a couple of miles inland from the ocean. Oh  what fun awaits me there.Minor rant upcoming with some background first. I joined Sam's Club  because it is closer than BJ's wholesale club.… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-03-02
  • Woodworking at the Artistry in Wood Show
    I spent most of the weekend at the Artistry in Wood show demonstrating hand tool woodworking.  It was a lot of fun.  I decided to make a couple of Post Office box door coin banks.  Saturday I planed the profile on the front edge of the box, plowed grooves for the back, and set up […] ... read more
    Source: The Alaska WoodworkerPublished on 2015-03-02
  • HB Tansu #3-Progress 1
    So the boy has decided that the tansu has some utility and has requested that I build one for him.  So I agreed.  Since he will be moving out in a few short years I thought an ultra-portable option would be a good idea.  So I sat down with my sketch book and scribbled a few options.  I finally settled on a design that has the same height as the first two that I built but only half the width.… ... read more
    Source: GREG MERRITT – BY MY OWN HANDSPublished on 2015-03-01
  • HB Tansu #3-Progress 1
    So the boy has decided that the tansu has some utility and has requested that I build one for him.  So I agreed.  Since he will be moving out in a few short years I thought an ultra-portable option would be a good idea.  So I sat down with my sketch book and scribbled a few options.  I finally settled on a design that has the same height as the first two that I built but only half the width.… ... read more
    Source: GREG MERRITT – BY MY OWN HANDSPublished on 2015-03-01