• Blackburn saw kerf plane is done…….
    Wow, I learned a few woodworking firsts for me in making this saw kerf plane.  In addition to the new learning experiences, I also got a good boost to my self confidence. There were a few things going into this build that I was a bit apprehensive about but in the end they really didn't amount to much. I made a few mistakes along the way but this was a practice build and that will pay dividends for me on… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-10-04
  • Shop Stool Build Off: Epilogue.
    Almost 22 months ago I participated in a pretty fantastic event. Chris Wong organized a one day build off where all involved were to make a new shop stool during the duration of that 24 hours. I built a stool based on the Plate 11 workbench from Roubo.I don't remember much about the day and the build. I was a concerted blur of effort to get all the joinery done. Four double mortise and tenons for the top and eight… ... read more
    Source: Inside the Oldwolf WorkshopPublished on 2015-10-04
  • Carved Dresser Legs
    Mary May - Woodcarver I recently finished a really exciting and challenging project for a fellow SAPFM member, Jim Podesva. Jim is making a reproduction of a beautiful Thomas Seymour dresser from the late 18th century, and he asked me to carve 4 highly ornate carved legs. Click on the photos to enlarge them. Jim did a beautiful job in turning the legs, and the wood was an amazing Honduran mahogany. The most complex and detailed part of… ... read more
    Source: Mary May’s Carving BlogPublished on 2015-10-03
  • Wadkin’s Glen
    There are Wadkin 'Temples' out there, from what I have heard, and there are, I'm sure, also Wadkin Shines. My aims are distinctly less grand, having just the one machine after all, so how about the image of a tranquil glen with a lone Wadkin Dimension saw sitting in the middle?I've been putting in some hours getting the machine set up in my shop. I'm still not there yet, but have made decent progress. If you've been feeling starved for… ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2015-10-03
  • Bookcase-Progress 1-Design
    As we continue the never-ending unpacking of boxes and putting away of stuff, it has become apparent that the Hillbilly household is in immediate need of a bookcase.  This of course means that the nightstands have been bumped from the top of the list to the #2 position.  In either case, neither of these projects can be started until I have the new shop space up and running.  I’m getting close on that front and might even post about it… ... read more
    Source: GREG MERRITT – BY MY OWN HANDSPublished on 2015-10-03
  • Drafting Table – Adjustments
    Before cleaning and refinishing the drafting table base it is worth a post to share the adjustment mechanism for the table. Each of you will have an appreciation for the simplicity of the design. The table top can be adjusted to almost any angle using a pair of curved rails. The design is self explanatory except for the threaded rod that is hidden in a slot in the crossmember. This rod forms an L shape at one end which exerts… ... read more
    Source: orepassPublished on 2015-10-03
  • A Tale of Two Hand Drills
    Buying vintage tools through the mail can be frustrating – and expensive if the seller does not allow you to return the item. My favorite way to buy old tools is – hands down – in person and at a meeting of the Mid-West Tool Collectors Association. If you need tools and cannot buy new ones, join this fantastic organization and attend a regional meeting. Problem solved. This point was […] The post A Tale of Two Hand Drills appeared… ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2015-10-03
  • Forest To Furniture 2015: Joint Stools.
    I had the good fortune to spend last Sunday out, enjoying excellent weather, making wood shavings, chips, chunks, and dust with a couple good friends. It was a similar demo we did together last year for the Castlerock Museum of Arms and Armor and they asked us to make it a yearly adventure!This year we organized our efforts a bit and all worked on different parts of the same project, A joint stool. Tom Latane had several he'd built in classes… ... read more
    Source: Inside the Oldwolf WorkshopPublished on 2015-10-03
  • Back in the shop….
    But my heart is not into it.   Hence I am not about to start any new projects, but will just puttering on small stuff.   So why bother and keep blogging?   Because I so need the distractions right now :-(So then I'll just try to keep myself occupied as best I can while I try to keep it together, and be there for her...God I hate cancer, such a nasty sneaky disease!!So for now, I'll concentrate on finishing… ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2015-10-03
  • Win a Traveling Anarchist’s Tool Chest (and the Tools)
    People ask me what I do with all the tool chests I’ve built while teaching classes during the last five years. The quick answer: I sell them, of course. Sometimes I’ll sell a partially completed shell for $300 to $500. Finished and fully fitted chests with custom blacksmith hardware fetch $3,600 to $4,000. (Yes, it was weird at first selling tool chests to woodworkers. But Lucy and I are happy for the business, especially now that my oldest daughter… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-10-03
  • Nashua Tool Show, September 2015
    If you love old tools, the Nashua Tool Show is always the place to be. I used to get up at dawn and drive up from MA, but the past few years living in Merrimack, NH I’ve been lucky as the show is on my way to work so I can go extra early on Thursday and Friday morning before work. We had some beautiful weather for the September 2015 Live Free or Die Tool Show and Auction.  Below is… ... read more
    Source: Rainford RestorationsPublished on 2015-10-03
  • Koa and other difficulties
    The soprano ukulele that I made from scraps of wood too nice to throw away (but too small for anything else) turned out to be a nice sounding and surprisingly loud instrument. I thought it would be fun to make another. The classic wood for ukes is Koa, a tree in the Acacia family, which grows only in the Hawaiian archipelago, although it’s closely related to Australian Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon) and the wonderfully named – after its smell when sawn… ... read more
    Source: Finely StrungPublished on 2015-10-03
  • got this close…….
    Tonight I got done drilling the holes and I got oh so close to calling this done. Even though I didn't finish it I don't feel like I did on wednesday. The outcome of tonight's work I expected due to the centering guide I made. Turned out to not work as well as I thought it would. That coupled with moving the drill press table and my accuracy suffered.ready to drill my 7/16" holeI got the ball bearing spacers in… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-10-03
  • Music I’d Like To Hear #101
    Source: Doug BerchPublished on 2015-10-03
  • Last Class (for Now)
    If you donated tools, time or money to our hand tool immersion class at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking, I have two things to tell you: Every one of the 17 students walked away with a tool chest that was stocked with tuned-up hand tools – thanks to you. It was an awesome experience, both for the students and myself. Thank you. This week-long class affirmed my undying optimism that the craft has a great future. I’ve always… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-10-03
  • Chippendale Chair Set – Collaboration to completion
    Seven years ago, my friend Les received devastating news that he had been diagnosed with head and neck cancer.  The medical team told him to “get his affairs in order”, indicating that they were not very hopeful about the outcome.  Well, after surgical procedures, chemotherapy and massive radiation, Les has been cancer-free for several years.  Fortunately, he proved the medical team wrong. At the time of his diagnosis Les had been working on a set of Chippendale chairs, two arm… ... read more
    Source: A Woodworker’s MusingsPublished on 2015-10-02
  • Guédelon – Welcome to the thirteenth century.
    When you first arrive at Guédelon, you don't see the castle straight away, but even the most mildly attuned will certainly feel it, the sheer creative energy of the place reverberates through the surrounding woodland like a drum! As you walk towards the site, you gradually become aware of the rapid 'tick, tick, tick' of masons chisels on stone, then the slower 'ting.. ting.. ting' from the blacksmiths shop. The creak of handmade hemp ropes taking the strain is gradually… ... read more
    Source: Matthew’s Blog at Workshop HeavenPublished on 2015-10-02
  • Without a Song
    No one will see it you say. No one will see all the effort I put into this work. Why should I do it then? What’s the point of doing work that no one will appreciate, no one will recognize, even if I point it out to them and show them the dexterity of my hand tool work, the brilliance of my hidden design, who will care? Why do it? The answer is simple. You will see. You will know.… ... read more
    Source: Northwest Woodworking StudioPublished on 2015-10-02
  • connections made at Dickinsons Reach
    You know you’re getting close… When you see this little yurt. After Jogge’s class, a small group of friends made a special trip out to Bill Coperthwaite’s place called Dickinsons Reach in Maine. If you aren’t familiar with Bill’s work, his book A Handmade Life is one of my favorite pieces of inspiration. But Bill was more complicated than a book of course. It’s a nice long walk through the woods to his place, and once you’re there, you have… ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2015-10-02
  • Hi Wilbur, have you ever worked with an AZEBIKY saw? if so, please share your experience with these ...
    I have used an azebiki. They are great saws. I’ll do a writeup on them soon.And thanks for reading. I really appreciate it. ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2015-10-02
  • homemade center guide…….
    Wednesday night after I left the shop, I was in a foul mood. Not being able to finish the practice plane then was beyond aggravating. I was in the stratosphere of being pissed off at everything and anything. I was such a grouch the cats hid underneath the couch. To have come that close to being finished after correcting a few hiccups, and then be denied. It pushed me over the edge.My mood didn't get any better when I went… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-10-02
  • Making New Arrangements (III)
    Since the previous post, I've been continuing work on getting power out to the end of my shop for the new machinery arriving on the scene. You could say the results so far have been electrifying. Are you here to keep up with current events by any chance?After i finished the round of wiring work detailed in the previous post, I obtained the AWG #8 wire for the three phase leads, a neutral, and a ground, and ran them all… ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2015-10-02
  • The Chopstick Olympics and Other Cool News…
    Drivel Starved Nation! I am back from my third trip to Asia in the last six months and this was the best trip yet  — I have lots of news to share. I stopped by the factory producing the Chopstick Master and watched as the very first units were being boxed. This was so cool to see. Production right now is constrained to 1,000 units per month, but will dramatically increase at the first of the year.  Here’s a pic;… ... read more
    Source: Bridge City Tool WorksPublished on 2015-10-01
  • Post and rung high chair – a different approach
    Les and I started the High Chair project a number of months ago.  We decided to take two different approaches to fitting and assembly.  The first method was the exclusive use of hand tools.  The second was the incorporation of fixturing that allowed for the use of power tools.  My hand tool version was completed first.  I opted for a finish that resulted in a “new chair” built in an old fashioned manner.  My grand children have christened it with… ... read more
    Source: A Woodworker’s MusingsPublished on 2015-10-01
  • Jointer Infill Plane
    We must to admit, British style Infill planes are really beauties, solid and strong performers. So, my friend Vittorio and I, we have decided of joining our passion for planes and having a try… ... read more
    Source: Woodworking by HandPublished on 2015-10-01
  • Sloyd w Jogge at Lie-Nielsen
    Last weekend was the class Jogge Sundqvist taught at Lie-Nielsen. I managed to stick my nose into it, but did almost no woodwork. Instead, I listened carefully, and tried to get around and see all the students as they worked. I failed in that regard, but there were too many interesting people there! As always, it was great being there for Jogge’s class. His techniques and skills are extraordinary, but so is his outlook on craft and all its significance.… ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2015-10-01
  • A great video on Chinese woodturners turning a set of bowls from…
    A great video on Chinese woodturners turning a set of bowls from a single piece of wood. Who needs a bowl saver?Interestingly, the woodturners here seem to use a variety of hook tools, resting on a tool rest, turning below center. There’s a Japanese method of turning that is very similar.(Thanks to Robin Wood for the link.) ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2015-10-01
  • Woodworking in America
        A little over eight years ago, I wrote a book for the folks at Popular Woodworking. During that same year, they invited me to the first of a new kind of woodworking conference they were planning called Woodworking in America. At that time, ... read more
    Source: The Unplugged WoodshopPublished on 2015-10-01
  • What’s a “Votator”?
    “The list of Votator applications has grown very long in the more than 80 years since it was introduced, and I would say there is no one whose life has not been touched by a product heated or cooled in a Votator.” – Tony Mathis, application engineer and product manager for Vogt Freezers and the Votator. votator (plural votators) 1. a machine that cools and kneads liquid margarine etc., preparatory to packaging I grew up knowing that my dad (1891-1973)… ... read more
    Source: Tico Vogt – custom furniture & cabinetryPublished on 2015-10-01
  • WORK No. 185 – Published October 1 1892
    Source: The Work Magazine Reprint ProjectPublished on 2015-10-01