• Megan Fitzpatrick on The Highland Woodworker
    Charles Brock of The Highland Woodworker sat down with Megan Fitzpatrick recently to talk about how she went from a scholar of literature to become a woodworker, editor and publisher. In the segment, Brock gets Megan to explain how she got started in the craft, and during the piece she shows off her first project from summer camp, plus many of the big Shaker-style pieces that adorn her home in Northside. She also talks about gender in the craft ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2019-03-18
  • Voilà
    Armed with a hammer and a generous supply of drawbore pegs, I had no issue assembling the remainder of the chest. As a matter of fact, it went together so quickly and so well that I forgot to stop for photos. Sorry! I am quite pleased with how tight the joints are. A slight undercut […] ... read more
    Source: An Unplugged WoodworkerPublished on 2019-03-18
  • good sunday output…….
    I can't say enough about the water based contact cement I just used. I didn't see or feel anything different with regards to it sticking down. It seems to be secure but the can did say that full cure will take 7 days. I had got the two pieces glued up while the wife was out at a genealogy meeting. When she got home she didn't say anything about smelling fumes. When I asked her to sniff around, she said ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2019-03-18
  • Workbench drawers – Drawer back
    After preparing the drawer sides it is now time to take care of the drawer back.I started by using the sides to trace the lines on the back board so I avoid any surprise in my measurement (I am a kind of specialist in this type of surprise).Using the cut on the sides as a template to draw the cut on the back.I then marked the waste on all faces, just to be sure I cut the right part as ... read more
    Source: The Off-grid WoodbutcherPublished on 2019-03-17
  • Quick status update
    My blog has not been updated for a while, it's because I been under the weather, so to speak, all month so far. I have essential high Blood Pressure, meaning, there are no underlying causes other than it is in my genes, thanks to Dad.BP monitor, O2 sat and pulse meter, Kleenex, disinfectant, water.And of course Dr Rudy treats :-)About 30 years ago (1991) after my first cancer (kidney) they figured, oh it must had been the cause of your ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2019-03-17
  • Wood woes – the dread honeycomb
    As much as we love wood, it can hit us with some awful surprises. Honeycomb, a drying defect, is among the worst. Here I will recount my sad tale of 8/4 quartersawn white oak, hoping you will be spared the same fate.  First, let’s briefly review a simplified version of the drying process.  The outer […] ... read more
    Source: Heartwood BlogPublished on 2019-03-17
  • An Early Brace circa 1820’s
    James E. Price I attended The Great Planes Trading Company antique tool auction last Saturday in St. Peter’s, Missouri and came away with less money but with an early brace that has some interesting features. It probably dates sometime in the span of time shortly after The American Revolution to circa 1820 and was made by a skilled craftsman with a bent for subtle design details that added a bit of aesthetics to a tool. In this post I will ... read more
    Source: Time Tested ToolsPublished on 2019-03-17
  • Some Things Are Just Worth The Wait…
    It has taken me a little over two years, but I finally made it...I still have to install all the supports for the saws and make the little trays that will fit under them to hold hacksaw and coping saw blades. I still have a few more planes to install in the centre section, along with making the four small trays that will fill the slots below them. The trays will hold some odd-ball small stuff and those little bits ... read more
    Source: The Part-Time WoodworkerPublished on 2019-03-17
  • Baritone Uke: and here’s the video
    Source: A Luthier’s BlogPublished on 2019-03-17
  • Vernacular Furniture
    I posted something similar to this on SMC yesterday and it had a few interesting replies. BTW, "vernacular" is art speak for folk, untrained, or "outside of the Academy" work. I've been watching C.S.'s journey into making vernacular furniture with great interest for the last couple of years. I find the form interesting maybe because I've always been interested in folk, outsider, and vernacular art. Back in the day when I was spending time doing post baccalaureate studio art at the ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2019-03-17
  • Workbench drawers
    As mentioned in a previous post, one of my projects is to build two drawers for my workbench. I choose to go with box joints assembly with protruding tenon on the drawer front. Viewed from the side it should look like this:Side view of the drawer.First thing is to cut the boards to length. This time I choose to use poplar boards directly sourced from a local hardware store and already planned as I don't have time to go to ... read more
    Source: The Off-grid WoodbutcherPublished on 2019-03-16
  • Ah Diddley Dee Potatoes!
    To all Irishmen, particularly those in absentia… happy Saint Patrick’s Day. Jack Plane Advertisements ... read more
    Source: Pegs and ‘TailsPublished on 2019-03-16
  • wasn’t so bad……(2nd posting)……..
    It is a PS for the lead in paragraph (should that be Ante Script?). I accidentally hit the publish button on this and I don't know how much of it actually got posted. I didn't have a back up blog that I could have posted for tomorrow in place of this neither. So refresh your memory or skip ahead to the new stuff (I did edit a few of the first paragraphs). First off let me say that I have ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2019-03-16
  • Saw sharpening lamp
    In my new small shop I can't use my beloved Waldmann Lamp anymore. it is too wide.When I drove to the superarket last weekend I found a sheet anouncing a House flea. There I found, again on a drawing table this lamp (the grey):I missed to take the starter with me. and I wanted to change to LED. So I mounted to cheap small LED lamps:Now I need to build a place for the saw vices and after that, teh ... read more
    Source: Old LadiesPublished on 2019-03-16
  • Saw sharpening lamp
    In my new small shop I can't use my beloved Waldmann Lamp anymore. it is too wide.When I drove to the superarket last weekend I found a sheet anouncing a House flea. There I found, again on a drawing table this lamp (the grey):I missed to take the starter with me. and I wanted to change to LED. So I mounted to cheap small LED lamps:Now I need to build a place for the saw vices and after that, teh ... read more
    Source: Old LadiesPublished on 2019-03-16
  • Gentleman’s Valet #2
    20190130_155810 I’ve never done any inlay work before, but I got a beading tool for Christmas with some blank cutters so I decided to give it a go. I took a thin slice of the sycamore and planed it smooth before cutting it into strips about 1/8″ square. Then, I shaped one of the blank cutters and used the beading tools to run grooves in ... read more
    Source: goatboy’s woodshopPublished on 2019-03-15
  • Low Budget, High Vise
    Back in 2011, Chris Schwarz wrote about the Etaux, a vise produced by Forge Royale in the early 20th century.A few years later, Benchcrafted came out with a commercial version, which they call the Hi-Vise. The Benchcrafted hardware is top notch, but I wanted to build a low budget version using inexpensive hardware, some of which I already had lying around. I finished mine up in December and have been using it ever since. It's definitely one of the more ... read more
    Source: The Black Dog’s WoodshopPublished on 2019-03-15
  • Timber Movement & Workbench Design
    If you know anything about the way that I work then you’ll know that I don’t like to faff. I will always do a proper job though, in fact I tend to do things somewhat overkill. But when it comes to the tools and techniques used I’ll always find the most basic and simple route. I’m no different when it comes to timber movement. For many timber movement is a huge area of frustration. Continue reading at The English Woodworker. ... read more
    Source: The English WoodworkerPublished on 2019-03-15
  • New Stock Item: Miter Jack Kits
    Good news. We're now offering our La Forge Royale Miter Jack Kits as a stock item. Available for immediate shipment. See all the details on our website ... read more
    Source: BenchcraftedPublished on 2019-03-15
  • STL185: Reading Bob Van Dyke’s Mind
    Bob, Mike, and Ben discuss tear-out prone woods, milling long vs. short pieces, jointer blade height, and Mike and Ben prove that they know Bob a bit too well ... read more
  • MsBubba’s Desk Version II
    The desk changed a little 😀.I made a measuring mistake on the first build and it didn't fit well in the space available. I made a couple of small changes to make it fit and it did but damn it was butt ugly. The base is now in the back garden, where it will live while waiting for a top or a trip to the fire pit.I don't know if the mistake was subconscious or not but it allowed me ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2019-03-15
  • Starting Again at the Bottom
    I may have gotten a bit carried away with making drawbore pegs. I only needed twenty more, but somehow ended up with about sixty! I guess I was just having too much fun. But then again, it’s a good thing I didn’t stop at twenty and start drawboring, I had forgotten the groove in the […] ... read more
    Source: An Unplugged WoodworkerPublished on 2019-03-15
  • White pine furniture
    I posted this one on Instagram recently; making some pitiful excuses for having brought those awful plastic clamps into the shop. It’s a settle that I’m test-assembling. About 5′ x 5′. It’s for the Old House in Cutchogue, Long Island. But I can’t build it here, I have to assemble it in the house. So I copped out & bought two of those pathetic tools to help hold it as I worked out the ship=lapped boards across the back. ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2019-03-15
  • Stopped me just in time…
    Following my last post about the mirror cabinet I am building I've got what I call the stop factor ringing in my head.I have been thinking about it twice (and more). I do not like these drawer metal slides, I don't like how they look, I don't like to know they will be there, I don't like them. Even if there will not be visible except if you slide open the door, I don't like them and I know I ... read more
    Source: The Off-grid WoodbutcherPublished on 2019-03-14
  • Vintage tools: Stanley #71 & #71 1/2 router plane restoration – Final
    After four coats of amber shellac the wood soles are ready for the next steps.I scrubbed the bottom face (the one that will slide on the wood) with fine steel wool so to get a very smooth finish and I also rubbed that same face with some paste finishing wax to lower sliding resistance. I am pretty happy with the final result. It was then time for the soles to find their way on each plane and to put back the ... read more
    Source: The Off-grid WoodbutcherPublished on 2019-03-14
  • Psst. Wanna Lump Hammer?
    LUMP_HAMMER_SEPT_2018_IMG_2885 We have them in stock here as of 7:45 p.m. Eastern. (SOLD OUT) ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2019-03-14
  • Step away from the tape measure
    Proportions do all the real work, numbers on a tape measure are secondary. Inches or centimeters tell us nothing about why a design works. No more than if I tried to unpack a melody with a stopwatch. A clock might be able to document a rhythm here or there but it cannot distill the essence of a piece of music. Our new design video “By Hand and Eye by Design – Designing a Worktable, is all about proportions and how ... read more
    Source: BH&EPublished on 2019-03-14
  • Toothing Planes for Vises and Bench Tops
    Mike and I have been making and installing a few more vises on our Nicholson benches lately. As we’ve been fitting and adjusting them, I’ve been reminded of one the most significant revelations in my exploration of hand-tool woodworking: the power of toothed surfaces. In my view, one of the most overlooked features of workholding is a grippy surface. Think about it: if you’re trying to hold a board as securely as possible, why would you try to use ... read more
    Source: Mortise & tenon magazinePublished on 2019-03-14
  • Gentleman’s Valet #1
    20181130_213003 A few weeks ago I started work on a new project: A Gentleman’s Valet. The plans once again came from Tom Fidgen’s book, The Unplugged Woodshop. The Valet is a small box/table on a stand, with a drawer, a rail and a coat hanger. It is a retro object, that in times gone by a gentleman might have used to hang his jacket and keep his wallet ... read more
    Source: goatboy’s woodshopPublished on 2019-03-14
  • Video: Whiteside Router Inlay Kit
    Have you seen inlay and liked the look, but aren’t sure how to incorporate it into your own woodworking? With the Whiteside Router Inlay Kit, you can rout pieces into your woodworking to fix small blemishes or add design elements. Matthew Morris demonstrates how to use the kit in the video below, creating butterfly inlays with the Jasper Butterfly Template. Click above to watch the video and find out more about the Whiteside Router Inlay Kit and the ... read more
    Source: Highland Woodworking BlogPublished on 2019-03-14