• Building a Clamp Rack
    Having trouble storing all of your clamps? In this 2-part video, Steve Johnson, aka the Down to Earth Woodworker, shares his plan for an adjustable, re-configurable, stacked Clamp Rack that is 5S compliant for his workshop. Turns out this new design allows for 2x the amount of clamps in the same space! Take a look and see if Steve’s ideas can help improve the clamp storage in YOUR shop! The post Building a Clamp Rack appeared first on ... read more
    Source: Highland Woodworking BlogPublished on 2017-04-27
  • A Designed World
    Folks have a dread about learning design. They feel that it is somehow beyond them. They are not artists. They are not creative enough. They lack the weird curiosity to be a designer. Or the hair. Nothing could be further from the truth. Think back to your dreams last night if you want weird. Design is not an immediate skill, but like throwing a baseball you can do it even at first. Your throw may be ungainly or downright ugly ... read more
    Source: Northwest Woodworking StudioPublished on 2017-04-27
  • A Designed World
    Folks have a dread about learning design. They feel that it is somehow beyond them. They are not artists. They are not creative enough. They lack the weird curiosity to be a designer. Or the hair. Nothing could be further from the truth. Think back to your dreams last night if you want weird. Design is not an immediate skill, but like throwing a baseball you can do it even at first. Your throw may be ungainly or downright ugly ... read more
    Source: The North West WoodworkingPublished on 2017-04-27
  • William, you have a good knowledge of Japanese woodworking tools even though you are base in America...
    Thanks for reading! I really appreciate it.I don’t really have a portfolio of the stuff I’ve built, but this is probably the nicest thing I’ve made so far. It’s a Bible box, an item that was common for 18th century Colonial American households to have, especially in the Pennsylvania region. Despite the western design, I made this all with Japanese tools.I’ve only been in Singapore once, and that was for a meeting for work, so I didn’t have time to ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2017-04-27
  • At Handworks: Original Roubo Prints
    Don Williams will be selling first edition plates from “l’Art du Menuisier” at his booth at Handworks next month. Don purchased these unbound original plates recently and has decided to sell them to the public. Real-deal copperplates are stunning things of beauty, suitable for framing. And originals from Roubo are quite rare. Don has been posting the plates he’s selling on his blog. Here are some links so you can read more: Roubo Print 249 Roubo Print 248 Roubo ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-04-27
  • it’s better…….
    I woke up late this morning and I threw on some clothes and motored off to work. I didn't even stop to think about my back hurting. When I did think of it, there was nothing to feel. My back felt normal again. I did get one teeny twinge at lunch when I moved a bit suddenly but that was it. And I think that was mostly due to inertia working against me. Putting all that fat in motion, it ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-04-27
  • Slabbing Some Oak by Hand
    In April of 2016, a neighbor around the block was cutting off parts of an Oak tree in his yard.  I offered to help him.    While I was helping him move some of it, the wood started speaking to me, and several large pieces ended up following me home.  The log on the left saidi […] ... read more
    Source: Timber Frame ToolsPublished on 2017-04-27
  • Honey Dipper-000-Lathe Project 
    In my ongoing quest to learn to turn and, to a lesser extent, shrink my mountain of offcuts I present the next beginner project that I have tackled.  The Honey Dipper. There is not much to say about the honey dipper, the name pretty well sums it up.  It is another simple lathe project that lends itself to beginner success.  There is ample opportunity for practice with basic shaping and working with the parting tool.  The honey dipper can be ... read more
    Source: GREG MERRITT – BY MY OWN HANDSPublished on 2017-04-27
  • Pole Lathe Notes-3
    Well the leather sewing machine belt drive cord gave up the ghost.  A little disappointing that it only lasted about three weeks of moderate use.  Rather than waste my remaining leather cord, I made a trip to the Big Box and bought a fifty foot hank of 7mm solid braid polyester cord.  I let you know how this stuff holds up. This next bit is about an accessory.  Once I started using this lathe it became immediately apparent that ... read more
    Source: GREG MERRITT – BY MY OWN HANDSPublished on 2017-04-27
  • Welsh Stick Chairs: a timber yard guide
    Over the Wireless Last Wednesday Chris Williams and I took a trip to Whitney Sawmills in search of air dried ash, oak, and elm, for a Welsh Stick Chair building session we’ll be undertaking for the John Brown book. Although this trip was ostensibly for the purpose of buying timber to build our Welsh Stick Chairs, really it was a research trip to find examples of what timber to select, and what not to select – a means to ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-04-26
  • wainscot chair assembly
    I assembled the frame of the wainscot chair the other day. First, I had a few tenons to fine-tune. This step includes beveling the ends with a large framing chisel. Then inserting each tenon, marking it for drawboring, removing it & boring the hole. 18 joints, 2 pins each, I get 36 holes. Here’s an old look at drawboring – it looks like some of that is from the book I did with Jennie Alexander, Make a Joint Stool ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2017-04-26
  • Dutch tool chest build 6, painting and thoughts about the build.
    There are some adventurous woodworkers out there who will make their own paint, I have tried that before with various success, but I felt that there was no need to stretch my luck anymore on this project. So I decided to go for the sure thing and find a bit of grey oil based paint.A small DTC doesn't take much paint, so if you need to buy or mix paint yourself, a small portion wil get you a long way.Inside ... read more
    Source: Mulesaw: Being old fashioned, the cool way.Published on 2017-04-26
  • My browser doesn’t allow Disqus, so I’ll comment here. An isocyanate reacts with an alc...
    Thanks for the info! I really appreciate it.I agree with you on hide glue, given that “here and there” implies everywhere. ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2017-04-26
  • “Damn, we’re in a tight spot!”
    There’s a trick to cutting perfect dadoes by hand: cut thousands of them. In the meantime, on the way to that perfect dado, you’re going to cut a few that are just a hair too loose or too tight. My sin is always to get nervous and cut them too tight. I abhor a sloppy dado.  These tight squeezes are pretty easy to fix with a block plane on the joining piece if it’s a shelf or something of that ... read more
    Source: The Daily SkepPublished on 2017-04-26
  • Reproduction of an American Rococo Fireplace
    Mary May - Woodcarver Every once in a while a project comes along that cannot easily be explained with words. So I am going to let the photographs explain better than any feeble attempt at words to share this amazing reproduction fireplace experience. Several months ago, Moby Marks of Richard Marks Restorations here in Charleston, South Carolina, invited me to join them on a project to re-carve a 1770’s American Rococo fireplace for a beautiful home in historic downtown Charleston. What an honor! The home ... read more
    Source: Mary May’s Carving BlogPublished on 2017-04-26
  • The Making of a Workshop Painting
    Editor’s note: One of the ridiculous and wonderful things we did for Joshua Klein’s book “Hands Employed Aright: The Furniture Production of Jonathan Fisher (1768-1847)” is to commission a painting of Fisher in his workshop. Klein came up with the idea as a way to show Fisher in his habitat, surrounded by many of the tools and objects connected to his life. After reading the first draft of the book, the painting is a delight to explore. In this ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-04-26
  • OMG – 16th Century Boxwood Miniatures PT1 – and other news
    These past few weeks have been totally crazy. In the front of our shop, we're busy building three workbenches and their accoutrements for Handworks in Amana next month. In the back of the shop we're busy making saws and other stock for the show. This coming Saturday is the massive Festool Roadshow (free food, drink, gift bags, etc. - check it out) and that requires tons of legwork too. We also started a new blog of videos we found on ... read more
    Source: Tools for woodworkingPublished on 2017-04-26
  • Recently I watched a video of a Japanese woodworker using a glue called Shika TP-111 with great resu...
    I’m not familiar with that glue. From what I was able to Google (and I bet you did the same thing, with the same results), it doesn’t seem to be available in the U.S., which isn’t a surprise, since there are lots of things that are made overseas that don’t make it here.I did find this page which describes the glue as an “isocyanate type wood adhesive”. Isocyanate adhesives are used in woodworking, and they appear to require a curing agent. ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2017-04-26
  • The Balcony Bench (Pt. 3)
    After the excursion into sharpening last week now back to the actual project. My English Balcony Bench. Fancy things like a crest rail and the armrests are waiting. The crest rail presented me with a small challenge. I wanted to shape it somehow. Nothing more than two 45° bevels coming in 30 mm from the top edge and 250 mm away from the ends. Hopefully you can see in the picture ... read more
    Source: Blue Spruce WoodshopPublished on 2017-04-26
  • still hurting….
    The pain in my back has lessened some and my flanks don't hurt anymore. Both sides migrated the pain to the right side of my spine and it comes and goes. It is annoying having it come and go but I guess it is better than having it constantly throbbing away at me. Maybe tomorrow I'll be pain free.0300 These 3 pieces are coming along ok. They aren't turning black as quickly as I would like, but they are getting there.these ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-04-26
  • Picture This CVII
    Harlequin tables initially enjoyed popularity from the second quarter of the eighteenth-century. Several examples are known to have been made by John Channon and Thomas Potter – both esteemed London cabinetmakers. The tables’ tri-fold tops (fig. 1) successively open to … Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Pegs and ‘TailsPublished on 2017-04-26
  • Finding Follansbee
    When I had a little more hair, and Peter had a little less beard. Several years ago, as I walked around Plimoth Plantation with Peter Follansbee and his peanut butter and jelly sandwich (it was his lunch break), I realized this was not your average dude.  I had been blown away by the work and methods that Peter had been sharing through his blog, and since that meeting I have come to respect much more than his fine craftsmanship and knowledge.  For ... read more
    Source: David Fisher, Carving ExplorationsPublished on 2017-04-26
  • lie-Nielsen Event in Madrid
    Today I had the pleasure of taking the fast train to Madrid for an LN event at Comercial Pazos in Madrid, Spain. In Europe, there aren't a whole lot of businesses that sell woodworking hand tools, so it was neat to visit the single one in Spain.The shop itself is not big, but it's crammed to the gills with cool stuff. I'll definitely go back.Cutis Turner was the LN representative, and his knowledge of woodworking was fascinating to all who ... read more
    Source: ToolerablePublished on 2017-04-25
  • Music I’d Like To Hear #126
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    Source: Doug BerchPublished on 2017-04-25
  • Woodworking Meeting in Italy
    Hi all,2017 May 20-21 is the date for the Second edition of woodworking meeting "Due Giorni per le Mani", a woodworking event focalized on hand tools and where experts, passionate people and tool makers will exchange their personal experiences. The meeting will be organized by the Cultural Association "La Malaspina" and the magazine "legnolab" in  Viterbo, an artistic medieval town between Rome and Florence. So, if you are planning hollidays in Italy in that period, could join your woodworking ... read more
    Source: Woodworking by HandPublished on 2017-04-25
  • Spring Has Sprung and Passed On To Summer
    I can't let Bob and Ralph have the last word on Spring, Ours hung around for a week or so and now we are into early Summer. The good part of Summer with hot days, cool nights and RHs in the single digits.From watching The English Woodworker's videos I picked up a new tool. He sharpens a chisel with a 80 degree or so bevel turning it into a scraper chisel. All I can say is I wish I had ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2017-04-25
  • Product Video: Tool-less Blade Guide Upgrade Kit for Rikon Bandsaws
    If you have a Rikon 10-324 or 10-325 14″ Bandsaw, and are sick of all of those hex wrenches, you need the Tool-less Blade Guide Upgrade Kit. Install this kit on your bandsaw in minutes and enjoy the simplicity of tool-less spring-loaded guides. Find out more about the Tool-less Blade Guide Upgrade Kit in this 12 minute video. The post Product Video: Tool-less Blade Guide Upgrade Kit for Rikon Bandsaws appeared first on Woodworking Blog. ... read more
    Source: Highland Woodworking BlogPublished on 2017-04-25
  • a further look at some period joinery work
    I did a couple of presentations last weekend at Fine Woodworking Live; a seminar put on by the magazine. It was a sold-out affair, and seems like everyone had a good time. With the magazine staff, the presenters and the attendees there were close to 300 people there. All trying to consume as much information about woodworking and furniture-making as possible. My talks were 90 minutes, and it’s hard to cram everything I know into that time slot. Because ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2017-04-25
  • Planing Away Low Spots in Panels
    One of the most frustrating parts of using a smooth plane is when you have a low spot on your board that simply refuses to be planed out. There are several strategies. Here are just a few: Just keep planing as usual until you are an old man or woman. Drop down to a coarser plane (such as the jointer). But this could introduce tear-out. Increase the depth of cut. […] The post Planing Away Low Spots in Panels appeared ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2017-04-25
  • An Apprentice Boat Builder in Japan
    An Apprentice Boat Builder in Japan: If you’re in the New York area, Douglas Brooks will be giving a talk titled, “An Apprentice Boat Builder in Japan” on Wednesday, May 10, at 6:30 pm. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to go, but knowing his story, it should be a fantastic talk. ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2017-04-25