• Rehanging the Gutter Adze
    I bought this gutter adze at a flea market earlier this summer. I brought it home and sharpened it. It worked fairly well, but the handle was short, and ultimately it broke.Today I decided to rehang it. Finding a piece of straight grained Ash, I cut it to length and split it out slightly over-sized. I laid out the handle I wanted, roughly following a Axe handle.   After marking it out I cut the rough shape on ... read more
    Source: Time Tested ToolsPublished on 2018-12-13
  • wife’s desk pt 4(?)……..
    Still not sure what part of the build this is and I have a vague notion that it may be up in the double digits. I'll lump all the preceding work into the first 3 and start numerating with 4. Before I got hot and heavy into #4, I spent a few minutes working on the 4 1/2. I would like to get it done ASAP because it is one of my 3 go to planes I keep on the ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2018-12-13
  • Shelton #04 or maybe not.
    This Shelton plane was manufactured under the US Patent: 1,914,609 by Cornelius J. MacAller – Derby, CT.   The Shelton Plane and Tool Manufacturing was a division of a company that had existed as a maker of picnic baskets under one name or another since 1865, and as the Shelton Basket Company since 1911. Cornelius McAller persuaded Abraham Lavietes, president of the basket company, to finance the manufacture of this plane. This version was the commonly encountered thumblever-on-a-long-screw type adjuster ... read more
    Source: Time Tested ToolsPublished on 2018-12-13
  • The completed windmill. Yet another tangent
    With the propeller finished, I made a very basic windmill to attach it to and accommodate a vane to point it into the wind.  It felt like something was missing but the moving scenes of whirligigs don't appeal to me, so I cast about for something different.  Yes, another dubious brainstorm.  Walking up the sidewalk one night I noticed the solar powered lights along it.  Aha.  I cut off the stem and attached it to the middle of the windmill ... read more
    Source: Oregon Woodworker by Andy MargesonPublished on 2018-12-13
  • A Pair of George II Irish Walnut Side Chairs – Part Two
    When making chairs of this ilk, I like to glue the entire backs together as separate assemblies. I then repeat the process with the front legs/seat rails and finally take the side seat rails and remaining stretchers and glue the … Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Pegs and ‘TailsPublished on 2018-12-13
  • Campbell Bros axes
    As I am preparing to split some of my oak billets, I took a look at my axes.I have this hewing head I picked up years ago, in need of a haft (handle)It was a gift from one of Heather's in-law from the small island of Whitehead New Brunswick, itself just off the bigger island of Grand Manan in the Bay of Fundy.You get there with two ferries, a big one from Black Rock NB on the mainland (near St-John ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2018-12-12
  • What’s My Worth—Part I
    I received four books for review this week. They got bogged down in the post and should have arrived 6 weeks ago. Glancing at the covers of a couple I can see the content will not be for fine furniture as such but more, alternative pieces using wood that’s basically secondhand be that shaped, square, […] Read the full post What’s My Worth—Part I on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2018-12-12
  • Spoon carving class in January 2019
    Yesterday’s announcement of the ladderback chair class was a hit. Filled up quickly. We’re toying with the idea of adding a 2nd session some time in 2019. We’ll need to look at schedules to see if Paula, Pret & I have spaces in ours that align with some in the venue.  I think Paula will make a waiting list in the mean time. Right now, I don’t have a lot of classes scheduled for 2019; there’s a couple to ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2018-12-12
  • The Future of Furniture – Part 6 – Solid
    Click here for Part 1 - IntroductionClick here for Part 2 - GoalsClick here for Part 3 - InformationClick here for Part 4 - What Can a Newbie BuildClick here for Part 5 - Forming Sheet GoodsAfter detailing the final steps of the project of making a dresser, the anonymous author of Joiner and Cabinetmaker describes how cabinetmakers would use veneering and other techniques to set off the dresser to a different level of work. Such was the distinction between ... read more
    Source: Joel’s Blog at Tools for Working WoodPublished on 2018-12-12
  • Stranded on Black Rock Mountain
    How many times have you fretted over finding that perfect gift for your spouse? You think you know what they would like, but ask yourself, “How many of those does one person really need?” Trying to find that perfect gift can be quite stressful. Especially at Christmas. My bride and I solved the problem by alleviating the gift-giving angst, altogether. For years now, Connie and I have given each other a mutually agreed upon getaway. Nothing too extravagant, just a ... read more
    Source: An Unplugged WoodworkerPublished on 2018-12-12
  • wasted $10………
    I had high hopes for the brass brushes I bought. I had thought of them bringing much joy and rejoicing to Mudville tonight. Well sports fans, it didn't happen. The big event was a big bust. A a 5 gallon bucket of belly button lint is worth more then these 45 brushes. A big, big disappointment.and they don't weigh enough to be used as a paperweighthad high hopes for this one - used brush on the rightCentrifugal force from spinning ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2018-12-12
  • Birch Bark Canoe
    César’s Bark Canoe, Bernard Gosselin, provided by the National Film Board of Canada A follower of this blog sent me the link to this video about a Native American making a canoe with a dozen tools and four materials: birch bark he strips from a large birch tree, cedar splints he rives with a knife, spruce roots he ties like string and gum he works like epoxy. Yet despite his rustic materials, the canoe he makes is a thing ... read more
    Source: Elia BizzarriPublished on 2018-12-11
  • Make a Chair from a Tree – Plymouth CRAFT workshop May 2019
    Well. Here goes. 2019 marks my maiden solo voyage in teaching students how to make Jennie Alexander’s ladderback chair. My version of it anyway. We’ll be following the general format I learned from JA and Drew Langsner, who together and separately taught this class for decades. I learned a lot from both of them about this chair; and assisted in classes at both Country Workshops and Alexander’s shop in Baltimore. In the early 1990s I worked with JA on ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2018-12-11
  • Sharpen Up or Shut Up – Chris Schwarz weighs in on the Handtool Backlash
    Christopher Schwarz has noticed a trend in some sections of the woodworking world: otherwise capable woodworkers struggle when it comes to using their hand tools, even when their tools are of the highest quality. Chris thinks he knows why that might be the case. Click here to find out       The post Sharpen Up or Shut Up – Chris Schwarz weighs in on the Handtool Backlash appeared first on Woodworking Blog. ... read more
    Source: Highland Woodworking BlogPublished on 2018-12-11
  • Kumiko wedding box – Walnut and Cedar – 2018
    From the largest temples to the smallest knicks knacks, Japan is seemingly pieced together with amazing feets of woodworking ingenuity.  One of the most intricate examples are the kumiko screens which adorn historic homes.  The mass-produced version can be founded just about any which direction you look.  The finest one I saw was at the breathtaking Woodworking Museum in Kobe. which may contain some of the world’s finest plane shavings.   In honour of the union between Adriana and Andy, I tried ... read more
    Source: raecreationPublished on 2018-12-11
  • More Choices When Shipping
    Thanks to our new fulfillment service, we can offer two tiers of shipping to U.S. customers: Cheap-as-chips Media Mail and Sometimes-more-expensive Priority. Here’s the difference so that you pick the right one for you. Media Mail: Like First Class, Media Mail is the same price no matter where you are in the country. Sending a box Media Mail across the street is the same price as sending it across the country. The downside to Media Mail is it is slow, ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2018-12-11
  • ISSUE VI Release this Weekend!
      I never thought I would get it done but I have a great team member Matt McGrane, without him it wouldn’t even get off the ground.  I want to thank Ron Aylor for his contributing a great article “An Ambitious Endeavour” Ron is a long time unplugged woodworker from Virginia. Man ‘m so tired from a 14 hour shift that I will keep this short. The Release will be on Saturday 15th December 2018.  Every release ... read more
    Source: Journeyman’s journalPublished on 2018-12-11
  • New Toy…
    Way back in the mists of time, I mentioned how we had laser scanners in the CVRG (one of which was mounted on Dagda for a while). We used the SICK for a long while, which is a block of steel that’s pretty adept at toe crushing, only scanned through a partial circle and was enormously expensive (and later we acquired a 3D scanner which was even more expensive but could at least do 360 degrees).… Read the rest ... read more
    Source: Stochastic GeometryPublished on 2018-12-11
  • wife’s desk pt ?…..
    I worked on the desk tonight but I had to take a step back. I couldn't find the drawings I had made for the slats. That wasn't too big of a problem though but the one with all the measurements was a big deal. The legs are done to the correct length but I can't remember the rail lengths. I'll have to measure the desk my wife is using now and start again.fence post for the #78I lost the drawings ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2018-12-11
  • A Minor Project
    I’m finally completed some work that was under a N.D. Agreement, so I can return to regular programming, blog-wise. Look for another post in the Dark Chocolate and Sponge Cake series soon! Meanwhile, I can talk about a small project I tackled over the last couple of afternoons in my frozen cold shop: a wooden serving tray. Maybe it is hardly worth writing about, given that it took less than 6 hours to put together, but it did allow me ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2018-12-11
  • John Head’s Account Book
    Following on from yesterday’s post concerning a bureau made by the English emigrant, John Head, the American Philosophical Society digitized Head’s account book and has today, made it available to all and sundry. The American Philosophical Society has also published an … Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Pegs and ‘TailsPublished on 2018-12-10
  • Scrapwood Project: Plane Shaving Ornaments
    Seán Breen demonstrates, with this kid-friendly project, how to make wonderful ornaments out of something most of us throw away ... read more
  • Cot’s Coming Close to the End
    Today I was fully in the saddle to almost close out the baby cot project I’ve been working on. It went particularly well and the end result will indeed be the sturdiest take apart, knock-down, almost flat pack cot in existence. The fasteners facilitate taking a large rectangle of frames and panels apart into five […] Read the full post Cot’s Coming Close to the End on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2018-12-10
  • The ‘Sharpen This’ Speech – Now Available
    Highland Woodworking has published my “Sharpen This – the Hand-tool Backlash” speech that I gave at the Lie-Nielsen Open House a couple years ago. You can read the whole thing in Highland’s newsletter here. (Note: You can subscribe to the free newsletter here and also read all the back issues.) Chris Bagby at Highland asked if I would tweak a few sentences of the speech to take it from an R rating to a solid PG. But he didn’t ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2018-12-10
  • A Friend’s Sad News
    I found out some sad news today. Jonas from Mulesaw sent me a text that his mother passed away last night.Jonas in the back with his mom and dad up front. (2016)She has been battling cancer for a few years, and I know Jonas and his family will miss her terribly.If you would like to leave a note of condolence, feel free to comment on this blog post, as I can assure you he will read it. If you would ... read more
    Source: ToolerablePublished on 2018-12-10
  • There Aren’t Enough of Us-Yet!
    The internet opened many doors for communication. It’s hard to believe that YouTube is only 13 years old! You can learn more about woodwork and its counterfeits than ever in the history of woodworking just on YouTube alone. The problem we small guys face is that, as the audience searches ever the widening net, we […] Read the full post There Aren’t Enough of Us-Yet! on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2018-12-10
  • Winner of the ‘Hammer in Hand’ Raffle
    Thanks to everyone who donated money to help toolmaker Rob Hanson recover after losing everything to the recent Camp Fire in California. Your donations to this raffle raised $4,040 that went directly to Rob – no middleman. The winner was Wolfram Herzog, who was a student in my most recent class on building a staked stool in Munich, Germany. I am always amazed at the generosity of the people in our craft. Thanks so much for helping a fellow woodworker ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2018-12-09
  • Demonstrating at Fine Woodworking Live
    I will be one of the demonstrators at Fine Woodworking Live on April 26-28, 2019, along with four other Lost Art Press authors – Christian Becksvoort, Matt Bickford, Peter Galbert and Nancy Hiller. As you would expect from FWW, the roster of teachers is top-notch – check it out here. I am honored, humbled and entirely nervous about the whole thing. Will I be able to make eye contact? Will I inadvertently rub my nipples during my demonstration? Will Steve ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2018-12-09
  • “To a Walnut Dask” Part I
    Originally posted on In Proportion to the Trouble: In the account book of the joiner John Head (1688-1754) there are debit entries for 45 desks, the first entry coming in 1719, two years after Head immigrated from England to Philadelphia,… ... read more
    Source: Pegs and ‘TailsPublished on 2018-12-09
  • More Soft Wax Now Available
    Not to be outdone by her sticker-selling sister, Katherine has just cooked up a big batch of soft wax and it is now available in her etsy store for $24 per 8 oz. jar. This fall, Katy has made significant improvements to her soft-wax production process. You can read about them in detail here. Bottom line: She eliminated water from the process, she reduced the price per ounce and she improved the packaging – it now ships in durable glass ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2018-12-09