• Chris vs. the Volcano
    I leave for Naples, Italy, in the morning to research Roman workbenches, which is a shocking sentence to write. When I wrote my first book on workbenches, I had never seen an ancient French workbook in person. I’d never used a leg vise. And I had about 238 other unanswered questions as I pieced together my first Roubo workbench. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to see a lot of workbenches all over the world, and I’ve learned an ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-03-23
  • Dovetails in SketchUp — the Easy Way
    You can layout and draw dovetails manually in SketchUp, it’s more like cutting them by hand in the shop. To say time Dave Richards uses some creative techniques and some ingenious plugins. ... read more
  • In 2013 I Traveled the USA
    Tuesday 21st March 2017 It’s hard to believe but in 2013, starting in January, I traveled 12 US states to demonstrate my belief that hand tool woodworking could feature a thousand percent more highly than it did if we could seriously consider what we wanted from being woodworkers. I knew from my experience living and working … Read the full post In 2013 I Traveled the USA on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2017-03-22
  • Nobody’s perfect
    During the past year, one of the highlights for me has been handing over the reigns to The Daily Skep and featuring monthly guest posts in the “Perfect in 1000 words or less” series. You may have noticed February and March slipping right on by without them. Due to schedules, sickness, and other unforeseen circumstances (you know, life) perfection took a back seat to the imperfect and unanticipated and I wanted to mention that only to say that the discussion isn’t finished. ... read more
    Source: The Daily SkepPublished on 2017-03-22
  • Western Red Shoji
    Hello and Welcome to my blog!  In this series I will detail the process of building sliding doors, known as shoji, of western red cedar.  Having detailed the making of shoji in the recent past, this series will highlight the challenges I’ve faced as I progress through this particular build, in addition to detailing much of the shoji making process. These shoji will stand nearly 8′ tall, making them quite large for shoji which are normally just shy of 6′ tall in ... read more
    Source: Brian Holcombe WoodworkerPublished on 2017-03-22
  • Nearly time for … Tools of the Trades
    Get ready for it… its coming soon. Tools of the Trades.  Sunday, April 2, 2017. 10am-3pm. Best tool show in Canada – drop by to pick up some freshly picked tools. ... read more
    Source: Working by handPublished on 2017-03-22
  • Sittin’ In The Balcony
    Do you remember this old Eddie Cochran song? No? Doesn't really matter for this post. But check it out. I like this old song. Among other things because Eddie Cochran is one of my Rock'n'Roll idols. But this is not why I'm writing this post. This post is about one of my next projects. Spring is knocking at our doors and it is time to care about your outdoor seating. Since years my ... read more
    Source: Blue Spruce WoodshopPublished on 2017-03-22
  • How to Use a Marking or Mortise Gauge (reprise)
    I try to write a new entry for my blog every week. I also try to make it useful or at least not boring. Sometimes I succeed. However because it's a weekly thing lots of content gets rolled under the covers and after a time lost. So this week I decided to take one of the earliest blogs I every wrote (#8 from a decade ago) and bring it current again. Yes I know everyone hates when magazines to a ... read more
    Source: Tools for woodworkingPublished on 2017-03-22
  • Learning axe & knife skills for spoon carving
    A terrific workshop at RHS Harlow Carr last weekend, teaching axe and knife skills while making wooden spoons along the way. Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Steve Tomlin CraftsPublished on 2017-03-22
  • Philadelphia Furniture Show, March 31 – April 2, 2017
    Looking for something to do next weekend? Are you near Philadelphia? Then you might want to check out the Philadelphia Furniture Show at the 23rd Street Armory. ... read more
  • new (old) project…….
    I've had this project staged and ready to start since last year. One thing or another has grabbed my limited attention span it has sat unloved until now.  I've been thinking a bit about it and on how to do some of the joinery. I'll get into that later.I haven't forgotten about my workbench build. I still have to clean up the face vise and buy all the wood and I'll start to do that next month. I'll make a ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-03-22
  • Antoni Gaudí – Day One of Many: The Furniture
    It is impossible to spend any significant time in Barcelona without feeling the influence of Antoni Gaudí. Being easily influence, I couldn’t get enough of his work and am truly fascinated by him and his works. For those not so influenced (or aware), I offer the following paragraph copied and pasted from a Wikipedia article: Antoni Gaudí i Cornet; (25 June 1852 – 10 June 1926) was a Spanish Catalan architect from Reus and the best known practitioner of Catalan Modernism. ... read more
    Source: The Furniture RecordPublished on 2017-03-22
  • Fixing and Fettling a Wooden Plow / Plough Plane – Part 1
    Well, the trip to Death Valley was great, though it was HOT!!  Mid to high 90's most days, about 15° warmer than usual for this time of year.Notice the temperature at bottom of this gauge in the rental carOn this trip, we also visited Valley of Fire (about an hour east of Vegas), Ash Meadows (just outside Death Valley NP on the south east side) and Red Rocks Canyon (just west of Las Vegas).  All were fantastic.View of the Badwater ... read more
    Source: Woodworking in a tiny shopPublished on 2017-03-22
  • Beginnings
    Don’t we all start at the beginning? Even bringing the wealth of experience or talent or skills that one might have from another field to the bench, we still take our first steps in complete, utter, and blissful ignorance. Then when we start to make our mistakes on a project, we learn about the process, the materials, and the tools. We learn how to hold ourselves at the bench, how to hang onto things, and we discover how much there ... read more
    Source: Northwest Woodworking StudioPublished on 2017-03-21
  • Beginnings
    Don’t we all start at the beginning? Even bringing the wealth of experience or talent or skills that one might have from another field to the bench, we still take our first steps in complete, utter, and blissful ignorance. Then when we start to make our mistakes on a project, we learn about the process, the materials, and the tools. We learn how to hold ourselves at the bench, how to hang onto things, and we discover how much there ... read more
    Source: The North West WoodworkingPublished on 2017-03-21
  • Devilbiss HVLP Spray Gun
    When finishing there are only 3 ways to apply- by brush, pad, and spray.  While brushing and padding works perfectly fine, spraying is my preferred choice of applying most of my finishes.  The gun of choice is a (HVLP) High volume low pressure spray gun purchase TCP Global.My newest gun which is about a month old is a gravity feed Devilbiss HVLP spot spray gun with Dekups system.  The Dekups system is nothing more than throw away or reusable liners ... read more
    Source: Freddy RomanPublished on 2017-03-21
  • Hi Wilbur: When it comes to making chairs, what is the japanese equivalent tool for a TRAVISHER? Tha...
    I’m not sure there’s a true equivalent, since traditional Japanese woodworking didn’t involve making chairs with sculpted seats. Having said that, there are Japanese planes with convex soles that can be used for that sort of task. They are sometimes referred to as “spoon planes”.They are made in various sizes ranging from large block plane size to finger planes. Here’s one that I have that’s on the finger plane of the spectrum.If I was to try to make a chair ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2017-03-21
  • clock retrofit update…….
    Made a pit stop on the way home to get some cereal. So what did I go home with? Moo Cow juice, a tomato, a bag of cat food, and a head of iceberg lettuce. I walked right by the cereal because I was thinking I should get some cat food. Stercus Accidit. I'll try to remember it on wednesday.I got through the first 3 chapters of Richard Maguire's sharpening video.There are 3 more chapters available now with the 7th ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-03-21
  • A George II Walnut Serpentine Chest – Part Six
    Eighteenth-century bow and serpentine drawer fronts were constructed in a number of ways: The most basic method was to simply saw the sweeping shape out of the solid (fig. 1). The other technique was to laminate the drawer fronts using … Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Pegs and ‘TailsPublished on 2017-03-21
  • On Sale: Roubo ‘Pied du Roi’ Rulers
    When translating Andre Roubo’s “l’Art du menuisier,” we debated converting all of his dimensions to U.S. Customary Units or metric. After some discussion, we decided to leave them as-is for the same reason that we tried to maintain Roubo’s writing voice. This is a work of the 18th century, and so we sought to keep it there. Translating French inches from that period isn’t difficult. Roubo uses the units of “thumbs” and “lines.” A thumb is just slightly more ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-03-20
  • How I Apply an Oil/Wax Finish
    It is no secret that I prefer a hand-rubbed oil finish.  It is my go-to finish of choice.  I don’t think that I am alone in this fondness.  Judging by the blog posts and articles that I read, several others feel the same way. Oil has a lot of things going for it.  It is easy to apply, easy to renew and easy to repair.  It can also be better for your health, depending on your product of choice.  An ... read more
    Source: GREG MERRITT – BY MY OWN HANDSPublished on 2017-03-20
  • When to hold an item ransom.
    Lets talk business! In my business I have learned the hard way that you can't always trust all the words coming from your client. While this may be hard to swallow or even read by many, it is the truth. Sadly like everything in life a few bad apples spoils it for everyone else.  When it comes to business I am now a big believer to have a small contract ready for all transactions big or small. The contract shows ... read more
    Source: Freddy RomanPublished on 2017-03-20
  • Essential iPhone Travel Accessories
    It is almost time for road trip and travel season, which means that you will want to stock up on accessories for your trip. The most important thing you can accessorize is your tech and phone collection. No one wants to be stuck with nothing to look at during the boring parts of the ride, without music to listen to, without battery power for the AUX cord, and especially without protection against the bumps and drops that are bound to ... read more
    Source: Heartwood CreationsPublished on 2017-03-20
  • The Double Life of Bill Pavlak
    By day, Bill Pavlak works in the Anthony Hay Cabinet Shop at Colonial Williamsburg, but by night... well... he's a regular old boring woodworker ... read more
  • lots of shrpening…….
    I feel like I've taken two steps forward and nine backwards on this sharpening thing. I don't have a warm and fuzzy with it at all. Some aspects of the sharpening I think I understand and I am executing properly. Other parts of it seem to escape my understanding. Some of the steps to the end results were a bit convoluted but I was able to make shavings. So is it the end is justified by the means or the ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-03-20
  • Call it Done (For Now)
    After the worst Thursday on record, I awoke the next morning and resolved to sort out this stool. I needed more maple, so I headed to Frank Paxton Hardwoods and found the perfect board waiting for me. Straight. Clear. Flat. Reasonably priced. So I assumed I’d get into a car accident on the way home. (No collisions.) I milled the new seat, assuming it would be case hardened and twist […] The post Call it Done (For Now) appeared first ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2017-03-19
  • Big Batch of Soft Wax now Available
    My daughter Katy made another monster batch of soft wax for the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool event last weekend and had 45 tins left over to sell in her etsy store. Check it out here. Remember: It’s for furniture. We had some people visit the store last Saturday who seemed intent on using it on their lips, beards and what-not. It will sting, and not in a good way. Also, don’t use it on your dog, though it would be ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-03-19
  • Go Johnny, go.
    Go Johnny, go. ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2017-03-19
  • “Fish Say…” Shrink Pot
    “Fish say…” cherry shrink pot As I was shaving down the walls of this cherry shrink pot, I couldn’t help but notice a few small tight pin knots, mostly because the swirling grain direction around them was causing me fits.  Then I thought they might be eyes — fish eyes.  And the fish now swim among words from Rupert Brooke’s poem Heaven: Fish say, they have their Stream and Pond; But is there anything Beyond? The words flow around the front ... read more
    Source: David Fisher, Carving ExplorationsPublished on 2017-03-19
  • Triton Lumber Rack
     I recently had the luxury of receiving (2) pair of lumber racks from Triton Tools.  The racks are made from heavy gauge steel. The information given by Triton states each bar can withstand $110 pounds each.  I decided to test the bars by hanging off them to see if I would be able to snap them. Well I am happy to say the bars can withstand me pulling on them and hold my 200 pound self without issue.  I was ... read more
    Source: Freddy RomanPublished on 2017-03-19