• Cheap Tricks at WIA
    Study of a burl mallet by Barb Walker One of the perks of being married to an artist is that we share a lot about design and the creative life. Barb’s always introducing me to her artist friends and mentors she admires. Here’s one of the greats, Wayne Thiebaud sharing his insight on a great masterpiece at the Met. Late in the clip he laughs about how the painting is just a bunch of cheap tricks. Cheap Tricks You can say ... read more
    Source: Design MattersPublished on 2016-08-25
  • Watch John Heisz cut some wood with paper. Yes, paper.The…
    Watch John Heisz cut some wood with paper. Yes, paper.The obvious question is, did he sharpen the paper to 8000 grit, or did he go all the way to 15000 grit? ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2016-08-24
  • It Has To Be Perfect
    Next stage of the oh-so-secret project. It's all about dovetails and accuracy. Do you know that feeling? Your project has to be perfect. At least it has to be perfect enough for you, so that you have got a good conscience. But challenges are waiting for you. My challenges in this stage of the project are "dovetails". Of course meanwhile I'm able to do them. And often enough they ... read more
    Source: Blue Spruce WoodshopPublished on 2016-08-24
  • hand vs machine……
    Before I let go on my keyboard diarrhea, let me get my disclaimer out of the way.  I used to be a machine tool woodworker exclusively and now I am almost exclusively a hand tool woodworker.  I personally will not lose any sleep whatsoever over how you work wood. I don't care if you use an axe and a stone to pound nails. Nor do I care if you have a power tool shop that would make Norm's New Yankee ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-08-24
  • It’s still my fault
    Band saw. This is an important tool for me. I use it daily. It has two switches on it. One I use all the time. It goes on and off. The other is a panic button and I tell myself and my students, stay away from the panic button, unless! you have panicked. Then by all means, push it. I replaced the main switch 6 years ago. This should last another 20 years or so. Nope. Now the saw works ... read more
    Source: Northwest Woodworking StudioPublished on 2016-08-23
  • Miter Joints in Guitar Making
    The object of using this joint, which is constructively one of the weakest used in joinery, is that moulded surfaces that have to be changed in direction shall not be stopped abruptly nor continued in unsuitable curves.George Ellis, Modern Practical Joinery, 1902Miter joints in classical guitar making are purely decorative.Most joints are butt joints. The sides are joined to the heel of the neck in slots, a scarf joint is used to make the head/neck union, some makers use a ... read more
    Source: Brokeoff Mountain LuthieriePublished on 2016-08-23
  • and even more – noch mehr
    von Slava - from Slava ... read more
    Source: Old LadiesPublished on 2016-08-23
  • Just a reminder that the third annual NYC KEZ is happening this…
    Just a reminder that the third annual NYC KEZ is happening this weekend, hosted as always by Yann Giguère. A new addition to the NYC KEZ are Japanese plane classes on Friday. The advanced Japanese plane class is sold out, but the intermediate class still might have some space. It should be a blast, as always. See you there. ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2016-08-23
  • The Furniture of Seth Rowland
    Drivel Starved Nation! Several weeks ago I had the pleasure of viewing Seth Rowland’s exhibition at the Bellevue Arts Museum  which is 20 minutes east of Seattle. This field trip turned out to be incredibly interesting, first there was our train ride, then the fascinating work of Rowland, and a major surprise that will appear in my next post. It’s always nice to follow the progression of a woodworker who sings with a unique voice in this world we call woodworking.  This is a ... read more
    Source: Bridge City Tool WorksPublished on 2016-08-23
  • Griffe in Arbeit – Handles in Progress
    Einige Griffe in unterschiedlichen Bearbeitungsstadien. Olive, Wenge und Ebenholz. Some handles with different stages of progress. Olive, Wenge and Ebony. ... read more
    Source: Two Lawyers ToolworksPublished on 2016-08-23
  • A Scenic View of the Forum
    It is not an early morning forum update like it usually is, but it is written from the most scenic viewpoint so far. Instead of my office I am sitting in beautiful Turkey Run State Park in Indiana. After an exhausting morning of hiking it feels great to sit back, relax and write the update. (Especially when it is quiet because your husband has the toddler.) A lot is going on in the forum these days, this update is ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-08-23
  • Walke-Moore 2500 router plane and a box………
    Before I get to the plane, I wanted to glue up the box that I started yesterday. It's been a while since I've done dovetails and I wasn't too happy with what I did. But it's like anything else in life, practice and frequency usually yields good results. I spent the first part of my shop time analyzing what I did wrong.plowing groovesI had planed the insides yesterday and tonight I plowed a 1/8" groove for the bottom and a ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-08-22
  • The Final, Final Handle Design for my Jackson Dovetail Saws…
    Yesterday I posted the “Final” saw handle design and today I’m posting the “Final, Final” design. This change is brought to you by Kenny Melnzinger, a very kind gentleman who happens to sell his “tuned” handsaws at the Tools of the Trades Show and Sale in Pickering, Ontario. He will be there again at the 2016 Fall show on October 2nd. Check the show ad to the right of this article.So Kenny says to me, “Go read the article on Hang ... read more
    Source: The Part-Time WoodworkerPublished on 2016-08-22
  • Moxon Vises Now Shipping With Crubber
    For some time we've experienced increasing difficulty sourcing suede on a regular basis. The problem isn't so much supply, as there are plenty of cow hides out there, but rather finding a supplier who is consistent and wants to do business. Must just be the industry.So we've looked for other options. And we found it in an unlikely place. Over the winter we fixed up our '69 Volkswagen Beetle and even went so far as to rebuild the engine from ... read more
    Source: BenchcraftedPublished on 2016-08-22
  • Making My Side Table Series
    On woodworkingmasterclasses.com we have been making an occasional or side table by hand. I didn’t realise this table series would be so popular. I designed it many decades ago and have made many a dozen and sold them or given them to my family and friends. This is a foundational course project that I designed as a training project for new woodworkers and those new to hand tools. They take me a day to make and I can sell them ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2016-08-22
  • An Elegant, Simple Bench in Walnut
    Craig Thibodeau of CT Fine Furniture recently sent in these pictures of his minimalist split-top workbench in walnut, featuring our Glide C leg vise."Here are the photos of my split top Roubo with your vise hardware.  It's not quite as clean as it was a few months ago but it has been serving me well and is naturally starting to show some of the inevitable marks of regular use.  Best thing I've done for my shop in a long time."Craig had ... read more
    Source: BenchcraftedPublished on 2016-08-22
  • Register for the Crucible Tool Launch Event
    You can register to attend the Crucible Tool event at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 using this link. Please note that we can accommodate only 100 attendees because of fire codes. So don’t dally. — Christopher SchwarzFiled under: Crucible Tool, Uncategorized ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-08-22
  • Grinling Gibbons – Carving like him…
    Back in the introduction to this tour of Gibbons’ work I said: “My interest in Gibbons comes from being an amateur woodcarver. Like many other carvers, the first time I saw pictures of his work, I was amazed at the intricacy and delicacy he produced with wood.” The attributes I found interesting are high relief, apparent thinness of leaves and petals, and piercing or layering that produces airiness. Seeing the work in person simply amplified the realization of how deep and thin and ... read more
    Source: Bob EastonPublished on 2016-08-22
  • a good day in the shop is better……
    ....than most things I can think of off the top of my head. I worked on three things today and none of them are done. That is ok with me. Most of the fun I have in the shop is just being there. It may appear that I had an aimless day but I didn't. I just happened to have started 3 different things with the intention of finishing them later. Not having the shop cleaned up may have had ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-08-22
  • Chisel Tray-Part 1
    Well, it’s not quite as hot, but the humidity is still hanging on.  An hour at a stretch is about all I can take.  I know what the next project will be, but I’m struggling with the design.  So I’ve been looking over the shop and evaluating my current setup.  It has been just about a year since I moved into the new shop and I’ve built a few projects in it.  So a review of what is working and ... read more
    Source: GREG MERRITT – BY MY OWN HANDSPublished on 2016-08-22
  • Scythes in the city
    This weekend, I took half a dozen 2ft long blades into the Manchester city.... Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Steve Tomlin CraftsPublished on 2016-08-21
  • Final Handle Design – Unless Told Otherwise…
    You guys were a lot of help with this saw handle exercise. The consensus of opinion was that there needed to be more meat on the bone so I beefed up the parts that needed beefing. As a few of you said, I can always scrap away if needed, but I can’t add to it.The one thing that wasn’t discussed by anyone was the “Hang Angle”, the angle of the grip relevant to the saw plate. These plates are roughly ... read more
    Source: The Part-Time WoodworkerPublished on 2016-08-21
  • Roman Workbench II: The Fall of the Machines
    One of the interesting aspects of building this second Roman workbench has been how useless machines are to the process. The benchtop is too big for a jointer and planer – and too heavy to move without a crane. But a jack plane trued it up quickly without any back strain. When it came to the tapered legs, my plan was to cut away some of the excess on the table saw. I have a 3 horsepower cabinet saw, ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-08-21
  • comfortable shop day……
    The heat and humidity that I endured has finally broken. Today is sunny and the temp at 1400 was 81°F. I didn't feel a breeze blowing but the humidity was way down. I still sweated a lot in the shop but I didn't need a T-shirt change. I wasn't sweating like I was in the humidity of as late as tuesday.  With the humidity gone, we are now heading into fall just around the corner.  And what surprises does winter ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-08-21
  • A Thank You to the Roubo Editors
    The vast majority of the headaches I’ve suffered in my life have been caused by one thing: editing. Though it might seem like fun – sitting down and reading hundreds of pages of writing about woodworking – I assure you it’s a lot like working. So I am grateful to the men and women who showed up last Saturday to help us edit “To Make as Perfectly as Possible: Roubo on Furniture.” The amateur editors found lots of typos ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-08-20
  • A Lost Friend and Four Sandhill Cranes
    A few weeks back my dog and good friend of 15 years passed away. It was really hard to see him go, but I am thankful for having him in my life. To me he was not just any old dog, he was also responsible for saving my life on a few occasions when living in the Alaskan Bush. For that I am forever grateful. One thing that has begun to happen since his death, is that we are ... read more
    Source: Traditional SkillsPublished on 2016-08-20
  • Ten Years On
    Would you believe that it’s ten years (almost to the day) since my first blog post? If you’ve been following the blog all that time, many, many thanks for your support. The first entry back in 2006 saw me working on a couple of classical guitars and over those past ten years things have evolved to the point where I’m now making mostly instruments from the mandolin family. Anyway, let’s not get all nostalgic! On with the show!I’m currently working ... read more
    Source: A Luthier’s BlogPublished on 2016-08-20
  • lamp prototype done…..
    TGIF. I don't mind breaking my quit at 1700 rule on fridays and I did it tonight. I got done with the lamp about 20 minutes after 5. I didn't run into any job stopping hiccups and I made a few on the fly decisions that all came out in my favor. Tomorrow I'll go back to the cradle after I clean up and rearrange the shop.dado is the lead off I eyeballed a length for this upright and sawed ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-08-20
  • Spring Cleaning
    With spring almost upon us, I pulled the old green jinker out of storage bright and early this morning and began dusting her off in readiness for the first outing of the season. The original paintwork is looking rather tired, … Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Pegs and ‘TailsPublished on 2016-08-20
  • Workbench #5: Goatboy’s kitchen
    This is a bit of a sidetrack from the Workbench Project but fret not; it will bring us back on topic before this post is done. A little while ago, while working on another project, I mentioned that I had been playing around with some homemade finishes, and that I would post about it later. Well, its later now. In the past I have played around with oil/wax blends, specifically linseed oil and beeswax for my sawyer’s bench, ... read more
    Source: goatboy’s woodshopPublished on 2016-08-19