• Destination Woodworking
    For Vic Tesolin, traveling to take a woodworking class is a fantastic way to expand his woodworking skills ... read more
    Source: Fine Woodworking – “Hand Work Hand Tool Blog”Published on 19 August 2019
  • The Abyss Stares Back
    It’s come to my attention that I’ve been misquoting Nietzsche for some time (even though I can spell his name first try, every time).  From “Beyond Good and Evil”, Aphorism 146 states: He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze long into […] ... read more
    Source: The apartment woodworkerPublished on 19 August 2019
  • Vintage tools: Millers Falls No2 hand drill.
    A while ago I found a Millers Falls No2 hand drill for a cheap price on EBay so I jumped on it. For few months it was just sitting on a shelve waiting for me to wake up. The drill is in correct condition but the handle shows some dirty green paint, maybe the previous owner used it to blend his paint stock, who knows!Can you spot the green paint on the cap?That flowed all over the handleI started by ... read more
    Source: The Off-grid WoodbutcherPublished on 19 August 2019
  • Today’s Plane
    It’s longtime I don’t purchase other planes......however I can show you some I restored a while ago. It is the case of this jointer plane clearly coming from UK I chose after some years of parking.It’s the classic 24” beech jointer plane...no maker marks onto the body, except a “2 1/4” at the toe for indicating the iron width. This is a fine example of British plane and has an impressive Marples Shamrock blade and chipbreaker. I use to utilize it ... read more
    Source: Woodworking by HandPublished on 19 August 2019
  • Making A Door
    I should explain about my cheap door a little more, perhaps. Some of you picked up on the lack of grooves or rebates (rabbets), perhaps wondering why they were missing or suggesting that the simplified version is lacking in some way. Eliminating the built-in moulds and rebates is ideal for a quick door-making project and… Read the full post Making A Door on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 19 August 2019
  • a first time for everything…….
    The first time for me where my back hurt for two days in a row. I didn't sleep very well last night and when I got up this AM, my neck and shoulders hurt. They were stiff and sore and weren't happy about moving. My back started hurting when I bent over at the sink to wash my face. Even sitting down didn't seem to ease up on it. I had a dull constant ache in my lower back. It ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 19 August 2019
  • Spoonfest 2019
    0804190229There it is, down there in the middle by the big white tent. I’m back from my first ever overseas adventure, and it was a thrilling and enriching one.  The English countryside, London, Stockholm, and the Swedish countryside.  Almost a week after my return, my head is still spinning with all I saw and all of the people I met.  I want to share a bit ... read more
    Source: David Fisher, Carving ExplorationsPublished on 18 August 2019
  • Roy tells a story
    I thought for sure I put this amazing performance on the blog here before. A search I just made didn’t find it; and without the time or mental energy to be sure, I decided to just post it now…here’s Roy, after one of our Greenwood Fests; story telling for audiences of all ages. ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 18 August 2019
  • ‘The Joiner and Cabinet-Maker’ Historical Reprint Ships Next Week
    JaCM_blue_cover_IMG_3315 After fighting printing plant delays for the last eight months, we received good news on Friday. Our historical reprint of “The Joiner and Cabinet-Maker” was complete and being trucked to our warehouse in Indiana – weeks ahead of schedule. It should arrive Monday or Tuesday. Then the warehouse will start shipping out the pre-publication orders shortly after. After the book arrives in the warehouse, we’ll also begin ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 18 August 2019
  • aggravating shop day……
    The weather was overcast for most of the day. The sun didn't peek out until late afternoon. It wasn't too warm but it was muggy which is typical for august in my part of the universe. That was not what was aggravating me though, it was the rails. Doing the barrel nuts turned into a journey into hell and back with a couple of return trips. I won't know the outcome of it until tomorrow.left it clamped overnightChecking this for ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 18 August 2019
  • Slab Mortises Finished
    The slab mortises are finished, I expect I'll do a little more clean up on the bottom before the bench is finished but the slab is ready to mate with the base.The rectangular mortise is to house the top tenon on the vise backer board and the round mortises will house the base 5/8" dowels holding the slab in place.One more mortise to chop on the long stretcher to house the bottom tenon on the vise backer board. Once that ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 17 August 2019
  • Adding to the Wares
    Once I recovered from the sliding dovetailed-peg debacle, I continued to assemble the remaining parts of the box. Having nailed the bottom into place, I began cutting out the pine hinge cleats, with a coping saw. Almost identical! After a bit of edge-work and I smoothed the lid out with a scraping plane. Then it […] ... read more
    Source: An Unplugged WoodworkerPublished on 17 August 2019
  • Blind Pegging The Slab
    Before you can blind peg that sucker you gotta get the slab on the base. Another couple of feet longer I'm not sure I could do it without help.Next up is deciding where to put the base mortises and then driving a finishing nail 10mm or so into the center to start the blind pegging.Clip the nails to about 3mm, leave enough so they can be easily removed but short enough to just leave a marking hole in the slab.Place ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 17 August 2019
  • New Chapter: Boarded Low Bench
    ADB_bench_vertical4_IMG_0716 I’ve completed the last new project chapter for the expanded edition of “The Anarchist’s Design Book.” Now, I need to clean up the new chapters that are related to design and shop mentality and the writing will be complete. Briony Morrow-Cribbs is working on the copperplate etchings, and I am now figuring out how to stitch the new book together so it flows well and makes sense. ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 17 August 2019
  • Come Visit Carpenters Without Borders in Sedgwick, Maine
    Between Friday, August 23rd to Saturday, August 31st, a team of 35 professional timber framers from France, England, Slovenia, Estonia, and the US who specialize in historic hand-tool methods will be constructing a 16’ x 26’ timber frame outbuilding/blacksmith shop adjacent to the Mortise & Tenon Magazine woodshop in Sedgwick, Maine. This team, Charpentiers sans Frontiers (Carpenters Without Borders), is led by François Calame, ethnologist in the Ministry of Culture in Normandy. Usually they are restoring medieval masterpieces like Château d'HarcourtChâteau de Gaillon, or a ... read more
    Source: Mortise & tenon magazinePublished on 17 August 2019
  • My Shed
    I started to think about buying the side door and was intrigued by the way I almost unthinkingly chose that path well traveled, which is of course to just to buy one in. Anyway, us DIYers have many good readers for doing it ourselves and mine is manyfold for this door. I could have bought… Read the full post My Shed on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 16 August 2019
  • STL196: Is It Time to Upgrade Your Planer
    Mike, Barry, and Ben discuss planer upgrades, chip-out prone furniture parts, benchtop tablesaw concerns, and write the next chapter in the rabbet block plane debate ... read more
    Source: Fine Woodworking – “Hand Work Hand Tool Blog”Published on 16 August 2019
  • Dedicated Mortise Gauges
    I've thought for a while about making a couple dedicated mortise gauges.  The Marples and Veritas mortise gauges I have work well, but I have some scrap material to use up and this is a nice project for scrap.  It seems like most of my mortises are either 1/4" or 3/8", so having dedicated gauges for these sizes might be helpful.  And I can space the pins just right for the chisels I use.The 3/8" gauge is made from cherry.  ... read more
    Source: Woodworking in a tiny shopPublished on 16 August 2019
  • A Change in Plans/Color for ‘The Joiner & Cabinet-Maker’
    jcm_special-detail-IMG_3324 There was a mixup at the printing plant, and they ordered the wrong color paper for the cover of our special reprint of “The Joiner and Cabinet-Maker.” While we had ordered a dark green for the cover, the printing plant used a dark blue instead. Our choice today was: Pulp the entire press run or use the blue cover. While I would have rather had a green ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 15 August 2019
  • Coffee table – Done
    After having glued the table base, remains for me to glue all table top parts together and do the final top to base assembly.There is nothing much to say about gluing table top parts, just that I needed to be fast to be able to assemble all parts together in one shot. So fast in fact that I did not took any picture. Anyway not much to see.After cleaning the dried glue, I opted to simply glue the top on ... read more
    Source: The Off-grid WoodbutcherPublished on 15 August 2019
  • Bladesmithing – My Starter Tools, Jigs and Supplies
    Back to part 1 post any questions or comments on the forum One of the questions I’m sure you’ll ask is what kind of tools do you need. I’ll tell what I use, and possible substitutes as well. A lot of the equipment is the same as you will will find in other types of metal and wood work, so a lot of it I had at hand. You may to. If not, I will tell you my opinion ... read more
    Source: Time Tested ToolsPublished on 15 August 2019
  • Innovative workbenches are easy to build
    Workbenches are a Catch-22: You won’t get far without a solid work surface of some kind, equipped with a vise made for woodworking. But most workbench plans are so complicated you need a… ... read more
    Source: Fine Woodworking – “Hand Work Hand Tool Blog”Published on 15 August 2019
  • Efficient Woodworking with a Little Imagination
    In the August 2019 issue of Wood News, Jeff Fleisher tells the story of how a little imagination made a large project (making 200 copies of the same wooden handle!) more efficient and less tedious. A well thought out design and skilled craftsmanship are the hallmarks to a quality piece of woodworking. As a custom woodworker you normally have as much time as you need to design and create your ‘masterpiece’. However, if you are in a situtation ... read more
    Source: Highland Woodworking BlogPublished on 15 August 2019
  • Two Cherries Carpenter Pencils
    two cherries pencil IMG_3303 This will end up in the 2019 Anarchist’s Gift Guide, so consider this Christmas in August. I’m no carpenter, but I use carpenter pencils all the time for rough layout and (after planing them in half) for leveling the legs of chairs. Most of the carpenter pencils from the home center are miserable physical specimens. The lead is crumbly or ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 14 August 2019
  • After the Harvest
    public.jpegBefore I got into woodworking, my apartment was filled with screen printing tools. My day job career brought me to work with one of the largest and most respected marketing departments in the country, and suddenly my desire to produce tshirts and prints when I got home was reduced to almost nothing. I found that the best way to express myself, and relieve stress was by taking a spokeshave to a piece ... read more
    Source: MT ZIONPublished on 14 August 2019
  • The Sargent No.3426 transitional bench plane
    A while back I bought a very unique transitional bench plane, a Sargent No.3426. This 26″ long jointer plane is a V.B.M., or “VERY BEST MADE” marked plane. This was a marketing slogan used by Sargent on bench planes between the years 1908 to 1918, so it is really quite easy to date the plane. There were 16 forms of transitional planes built between 1891 and 1941. The Sargent transitional planes had a cast iron top casting, and a body, ... read more
    Source: Working by handPublished on 14 August 2019
  • Beginning of the end
    For various reasons that I shan’t bore you with, progress in the ‘shop has been a bit slow recently. However, I’m finally managing to crack-on with the finish on the archtop. This one is being French polished and you can see how the finish really pops the grain.For me, French polishing is a slow process so it’s going to be a good few weeks before archtop #3 is complete and ready for sale. ... read more
    Source: A Luthier’s BlogPublished on 14 August 2019
  • My Journey into Bladesmithing
    My Journey into Blacksmithing & Bladesmithing   I made my first knife when I was a young teenager. So that would put it about 50 years ago now. Back then we didn’t have internet, or Google, or YouTube, so information was much harder to come by. The knife was stock removal (although i didn’t know what that was back then) from a piece of leaf spring. I used an old angle grinder. I somehow knew I had to heat treat ... read more
    Source: Time Tested ToolsPublished on 14 August 2019
  • Books on Making and Using Hand Planes
    I was very pleased to see Lost Art Press reprint David Finck's classic "Making and Mastering Wood Planes." We of course stock it here, but in thinking about the book my mind wandered to other books on planes and I thought a round-up might be useful. There have been serious writings about planes since Moxon, but I decided to focus on books that were only about planes, and were not about specific companies, catalog reprints, or about collecting.Two very important ... read more
    Source: Joel’s Blog at Tools for Working WoodPublished on 14 August 2019
  • Transit Cases for Campaign Chests
    army-navy-catalog-IMG_3291 One of the rarer forms of campaign furniture is also one of the simpler and rougher forms. Because campaign furniture was designed to travel, it often was transported in a specially fitted case, box or canvas bag. So instead of strapping your mahogany chest to an elephant, you would first put the chest into a painted and iron-bound case. And then strap that to your elephant. When ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 13 August 2019