• A Response
    I was surprised by my surprise to the response to the blog post All In a Day’s Recovery. It was in some ways touching and then somewhat saddening too. After seeing the response, since I wrote the draft below, I was further surprised that so many had different points of view. It made me realise […] Read the full post A Response on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2018-07-17
  • almost ready to glue up……..
    Didn't get much time in the shop tonight because I had to make a phone call. I called my eye doctor to set up getting my cataracts taken care of. When I read anything now - printed medium or on my computer screen - I have to close my right eye and guess at what I see. I was able to read this way but lately the left eye has decided to start going south on me by being blurry ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2018-07-17
  • I really ought to start working on something.
    A good thing about growing up is that once in a while you can recognize a pattern if it has happened before. If you are sufficiently smart - you might even know how to deal with it based on last time you experienced the same thing.If I don't do any sort of woodworking for a month or so out here, I inevitably end up fantasizing about projects whenever I have to stay put in the control room due to the ... read more
    Source: Mulesaw: Being old fashioned, the cool way.Published on 2018-07-17
  • Little By Little Part 1
    The shop was in chaos. Nothing is right when the shop is in chaos.The benches were packed full of project parts and drop offs. The oddities of sorting through my father-in-law's own chaotic tool depository. The pressure of a dozen projects and only decimal points of time to spend on them. We all get there sometimes, things get away from us.Mrs. Wolf and I took a small vacation a bit from home. I drank some bourbon, carved some spoons, shopped ... read more
    Source: Inside the Oldwolf WorkshopPublished on 2018-07-17
  • Little By Little Part 1
    The shop was in chaos. Nothing is right when the shop is in chaos.The benches were packed full of project parts and drop offs. The oddities of sorting through my father-in-law's own chaotic tool depository. The pressure of a dozen projects and only decimal points of time to spend on them. We all get there sometimes, things get away from us.Mrs. Wolf and I took a small vacation a bit from home. I drank some bourbon, carved some spoons, shopped ... read more
    Source: Old Wolf WorkshopPublished on 2018-07-17
  • Armchair for ‘The Anarchist’s Design Book’
    According to my notes, this is my fourth attempt at building an armchair for the expansion of “The Anarchist’s Design Book.” And to be honest, I don’t know how many sketches I made of this design – probably 80 to 100. Some of my designs failed for technical reasons. Others were too complex to ask of a first-time chairmaker. This design, however, presses all the right buttons. It is built with off-the-rack lumber using a toolkit that doesn’t require ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2018-07-17
  • Lie-Nielsen Open House 2018
    “Iron sharpens iron and one man sharpens another.” Wise and profitable discourse sharpens men’s wits; and those that have ever so much knowledge may by conference have something added to them. It sharpens men’s looks, and, by cheering the spirits, puts a briskness and liveliness into the countenance, and gives a man such an air as shows he is pleased himself and makes him pleasing to those about him ... Men are filed, made smooth, and bright, and fit for business (who ... read more
    Source: Mortise & tenon magazinePublished on 2018-07-17
  • In My Defense
    I am commonly asked why I spend so much time on superfluous furniture projects when there is home improvement I should be doing.  Usually, the honest answer is: “home improvement projects generally suck and I’m procrastinating”.  But every now and again, there is another answer: “because I’m practicing for an important home improvement project”.  And […] ... read more
    Source: The apartment woodworkerPublished on 2018-07-16
  • Push-Me-Pull You Seesawing
    Many things affect our ability to work wood. As a kid of 13 my experiences were mixed. I learned first that woodworking planes like the #4 Stanley or Record didn’t work; that they didn’t smooth wood but hacked it. I learned that thick, black, heavy pencil lines made the contrast far greater than a thin […] Read the full post Push-Me-Pull You Seesawing on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2018-07-16
  • Slab Glue Up
    I've started gluing up the slab. Because of the weight and size the 10 slats will be glued up 2 at a time. Once I have 5 sets of doubled slats I'll glue 2 of the doubled slats together to make the two sides of the slab and then finally use the remaining doubled slat to tie the two sides together. It will take longer but reference surface clean up will be easier and I will only have to deal ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2018-07-16
  • made good progress……
    The H&H decided to come back and say hello today. The weather prognosticators are saying it is coming to stay for a while. But I hardly noticed it today in the shop. It has been a while since I have gone from oh dark thirty to the early afternoon balls to the wall. I made good progress on the cherry bookshelf and had a minor setback. All that did was add another day to completion date for the bookshelf. Too ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2018-07-16
  • Pre-WWII Marple Chisels
    For awhile I've chased pre-WWII Marples chisels. That quest may be over. I've a full set of Boxwood handled firmer chisels, a near full set of Boxwood handled paring/pattern maker chisels and gouges, and today I whipped out the AmEx to pay for 10 beautiful Boxwood handled beveled edge chisels all pre-war.If I could find a set of Ash London pattern handle firmer or bevel edge pre-war chisels I would buy but I feel no need to look. A stumble ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2018-07-16
  • Ouchie
    Long week. Lots of hours in the office and zero hours in the shed till the weekend. One of those weeks. But, the post kept coming in… Granted, the clamps were a lidl special (but I’ve been using some for the last year and they’re really quite handy – I could use a few more f-clamps and one wooden parallel clamp to help with morticing and I think I’m good after that).… Read the rest ... read more
    Source: Stochastic GeometryPublished on 2018-07-15
  • If you’re setting up shop, here’s some advice
    Looking back at photos of my shop as it was 16 years ago (below), I was struck by the differences from now (above). For example, all of the major machines have been upgraded, and I had yet to install most of the shopmade workbench features that now seem essential. Just as interesting, however, is the […] ... read more
    Source: Heartwood BlogPublished on 2018-07-15
  • My eBay Listing: Make a Chair from a Tree: An Introduction to Working Green Wood, John D. Alexander,...
    To honor the memory of Jennie Alexander, I am selling my copy of Make a Chair from a Tree, on eBay. Click here to see the listing.This is a 1st edition paperback book that is in very good shape. I hope a young woodworker buys it and discovers the wonders of working green wood!Good luck! ... read more
    Source: Brokeoff Mountain LuthieriePublished on 2018-07-15
  • You Are the Problem
    When we released “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree” in 2012, I was still teaching a lot, traveling to tool shows and talking at places such as Woodworking in America. So I heard a lot of comments from readers about Jennie’s transition from being John Alexander to Jennie Alexander. Most of the comments were something like: “What’s the deal with that? Isn’t that creepy? Why’d he do that?” I would bite my tongue to prevent it from blurting ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2018-07-15
  • All in a Day’s Recovery
    Taking Control Saturday is the beginning of the weekend for most, at least in our western culture it is. It’s a two-day culmination after a week’s worth of work and it’s  the restoration period allocated for the body and mind for recovery work that requires no input from us. Just as sleep concludes the end […] Read the full post All in a Day’s Recovery on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2018-07-15
  • Steven Spielberg is not a very good woodworker.
    Steven Spielberg is not a very good woodworker. ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2018-07-15
  • The Grampa birdhouse, 2018 edition
    I read from Chris Schwarz years ago that in woodworking book publishing, bird houses books are among the top sellers, since...forever it seems.Obviously a popular subject, let's take a hint...Its been a long, long time since I made  a birdhouse, but I saw a picture of a whimsical one that I like.so this is what we would do next as a project.Google birdhouse with facesA bit more involved than cutting shape with the scroll saw but why not.So first lesson ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2018-07-15
  • Enough Glue Brushes for 720 Years of Work
    I am fond of using acid brushes – sometimes called “flux brushes” – for spreading glue. And I have used … The post Enough Glue Brushes for 720 Years of Work appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine. ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2018-07-13
  • Coffin Smoothing Plane Build – Part 2
    Part 1 of this build showed the general construction of the plane body.  This post will highlight some shaping details and the work required to get the plane cutting smoothly.But first, I couldn't help but try the plane after it was glued up.First shavings - test cuts were OKAfter the glue had set, I cut off the extra length at each end - the final overall length is 7 1/2".  Then I did some typical shaping of a coffin smoothing ... read more
    Source: Woodworking in a tiny shopPublished on 2018-07-13
  • And our first project together was…
    I found some small pieces of 1/8 thick plywood, cut them up for the kids to draw on it to then cut the shape out on the little saw at the benchThey both wanted to draw their own shapes so sharpen pencil and out you go.Then they quickly decided that it should also be colored.Finally the oldest was able to cut out her shape on the sawShe needed some help with the action. mostly how to hold the piece down ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2018-07-13
  • Colgate EALL (14)
    This job sure entails a diverse range of items, from architectural millwork, sliding doors, to furniture, to windows, and so forth. It’s fun in that respect. I’ve been working on the round window for the Japanese alcove. I considered various ways to make a round window, and in the end decided that glue up from solid segments made the most sense. I chose a decagonal arrangement of pieces as a compromise between grain straightness and overall complexity. After gluing up ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2018-07-13
  • Macica Workshop: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival 2018
    Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival 2018 is here again…. July 19th-July 22nd! Just a quick post to let you know I will be at Grey Fox Festival next week with my instruments…Look forward to seeing you all again! I will have my repair bench with me as well for any instruments that may need some repair or bows that may need a re-hair.  Come by the booth and pick a tune, try out a mandolin or just to say “hello”…See ... read more
    Source: The Macica WorkshopPublished on 2018-07-13
  • You, The Woodworker! Yes You!
    All images of the tool chest below are the work of student woodworker Hannah Matthews who has trained with me part time for the past 18 months. I know this about woodworking, something I’ve had to work with with people I’ve trained on a closer level, one minute you are not a woodworker and the […] Read the full post You, The Woodworker! Yes You! on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2018-07-13
  • Jennie Alexander (1930-2018)
    Editor’s note; This morning we received word from Peter Follansbee that Jennie Alexander has died. Her health has been in decline for some time, but her enthusiasm and spirit was intact. Just last week she called to give me a rash of crap about something I had written. Classic Jennie. It’s impossible to overstate Jennie’s influence on the craft (and woodworking publishing). Her book “Make a Chair From a Tree” launched the book-publishing program at The Taunton Press ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2018-07-13
  • John Alexander/Jennie Alexander (1930-2018)
    PF JA TheoI’ve thought about this day for many, many years; and now it’s here. I got word tonight that Jennie Alexander passed away. Just today I was preparing for a presentation on “green woodworking” and as I have many times in recent years, I was planning on focusing the talk on the people who got me here. And nobody got me here more than Jennie. I’ve written this blog now for 10 years. I write it for many ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2018-07-13
  • Holes………..
    I’ve been slowly making progress with the next archtop mandolin. One thing that helps enormously to get the top plate to its correct thickness, is drawing a grid on the wood and then accurately mapping out the dimensions. You can then see exactly where you want to remove more material; I did this 3 or 4 times until I was 100% happy with it.With the top plate at its correct thickness, the sound holes can be cut-out (I can’t really ... read more
    Source: A Luthier’s BlogPublished on 2018-07-12
  • This 5-Foot Tall Wooden Clock Is Feat of Engineering, Thing of Beauty
    This 5-Foot Tall Wooden Clock Is Feat of Engineering, Thing of Beauty: You have to take a look at this wooden clock. Unlike other wooden clock projects I’ve seen, where the gears are cut out of a single piece of wood with a jigsaw or scroll saw, the gears in this clock are made with individual pieces of lignum vitae inserted into the wood wheel (probably maple). ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2018-07-12
  • Wadkin Dimension Saw: Resurrection (Phase I), Part II
    I’ve been too engrossed with project work to be able to make it back up to Rees shop in NH, however he has made a lot of progress on the machining work. In fact, the work is complete after nearly 40 hours. I asked him to take some pictures as he went and he kindly obliged. The sliding table’s upper surface was one of the first things Rees tackled, and just a few passes with the planer shows the condition ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2018-07-12