• Dusty Life Bench Build Off Aug 28 – Sept 18
    I have been wanting to do a series of posts on work holding for a while now, but just never got around to it. Work holding fascinates me, from something as simple as a screw as a bench stop, to bench dogs, to the whole complex system that is a complete, well designed bench.The other item I have been putting off for a year is building my new Roubo bench. The Douglas Fir has been seasoning in the shop since ... read more
    Source: Time Warp Tool WorksPublished on 2016-08-28
  • A hook knife free zone.
    Sarah and I recently spent some time up in the Highlands of Scotland.We went up to visit some friends and travel up to Skye with the possibility of a nip across to Malaig via the ferry to see the white sandy beaches they keep up there. We took some time out to visit with Chris Grant and couldn't resist a day at the coast with the boats and lime kiln at Boddin point.On the way up we spent some time ... read more
    Source: Spoon Carving First StepsPublished on 2016-08-27
  • Tools—
    When I started this blog I made a conscious decision to talk about tools as little as possible.  There are enough people, far more knowledgable than I, who are talking about tools.  I’ve always wanted the focus to be on the woodworking.  The tools that I use or that you use, are immaterial.  As long as they are sharp, they work.  That being said, I’m going to break my self-imposed policy.  Mostly because this blog serves as my woodworking journal, ... read more
    Source: GREG MERRITT – BY MY OWN HANDSPublished on 2016-08-27
  • Ebay Saws Are Still the Most Inexpensive Resource
    Three saws for under £20 for the three. Such is the legacy we have here in the UK. Imagine such a thing! Compared to the Japanese one in the background at three times the price I think I got a good deal. Oh, and the saw kerf of all three of the western saws here is less than that of the Japanese saw, contrary to all that you will be told. I found these saws recently, via ebay of course. They ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2016-08-27
  • The Unusual Face Vise of the Loffelholz Workbench
    One of the odd things about the face vise I’m building into this Holy Roman Empire Bench is the twin-screw face vise. Unlike every other face vise I’ve seen in the wild, this one is inset into the benchtop instead of proud of it. Why? On its surface this plan seems less than ideal. Because the jaw of the vise will be sitting in a notch in the benchtop, it won’t be useful for edge-jointing long boards. If the ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-08-27
  • Tip: Wipe it Where You Store it
    I know a woodworker who said he saved himself hundreds of steps a day merely by moving his pencil sharpener so it is under his table saw. I had a similar “duh” moment today when I was wiping down a handsaw to put it in my tool chest. For the last 15 years I’ve kept an oily rag hanging on the frame of my articulated bench light. The position of […] The post Tip: Wipe it Where You Store it ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2016-08-27
  • fixin’ a marking gauge……
    The heat and humidity said hello today but it wasn't as bad as last week was. There was breeze blowing at lunchtime and it made being outside tolerable. At 1800 it was 88.7°F (32°C). I know that autumn and winter is right around the corner too. The night time temps are dipping lower and lower with the outlining areas in my part of universe getting down into the low 60s overnight.Dimpling the underside of the screw is outI discarded this ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-08-27
  • What’s On The Bench – 8/25/2016
    This afternoon I was planing some cherry dulcimer fretboard blanks flat and true. These pieces of cherry had been rough-sawn, squared up and left a little oversized quite some time ago. The wood has had plenty of time to release stresses and further season before becoming part of a dulcimer. Wood is designed to keep trees alive and trees don’t always think of how they will be used after they die. This can be annoying because sometimes a perfect piece ... read more
    Source: Doug BerchPublished on 2016-08-27
  • A Ming-Inspired Cabinet (69)
    The drawers needed some further minor work - trimming the rear floor edges, a process which began on the sliding saw:A piece of MDF locates the drawer position for the cut and protects the lower arris from blow out when sawing.The saw cut is then cleaned up by plane:The drawers have been completed, to the dry-assembly stage, and fitted to both cabinets:Another view:Another view:Next up in the task list are the adjustable height shelves for the cabinets. Originally, I had ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2016-08-27
  • A Ming-Inspired Cabinet (70)
    Holy cow! 70 posts. How many months have passed? Ocean-going ships have been built and launched in the same time frame I'm sure, probably entire subdivisions of houses stapled together. Yes, this is a journal of a failed cabinetmaker, someone who took too long.It's hardly some sort of contest, but this is a long project, and I'd like to say I'm enjoying every minute of the process even if I sometimes think it is friggin' endless. Sure, sometimes things go ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2016-08-27
  • Building a Garden Shed – Part 1
    As is always the case on our homestead there is never an idle moment. If it is not working on building and finishing the house, doing driveway improvements, or any of the other homestead chores, I am taking on another building project. This will be a multi part series on building a garden shed. This project will cover the building of an 8′ x 16′ garden shed. This is something we have needed to do for over a year now. ... read more
    Source: Traditional SkillsPublished on 2016-08-26
  • Work Badly Made
    “(W)ork badly made is always too expensive.” — A.-J. Roubo, “l’Art du menuisier” I’m finishing up the editing on “To Make as Perfectly as Possible: Roubo on Furniture.” On Wednesday it goes back tot he translation team to review our edits. Then to the printer. We are shooting for a November 2016 release of the standard edition. (Details on a deluxe edition to come.)Filed under: To Make as Perfectly as Possible, Roubo Translation, Uncategorized ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-08-26
  • Tap Adjustment & Set for Panel Planes
    My panel plane: Steel, iron, bronze rosewood and ebony united by a working man with a common purpose. Undeveloped, underdeveloped, no mechanical adjustments? I think they were so used to tap adjusting they didn’t need complications.The panel plane I treasure here has no mechanical adjustment and relies on setting the depth of cut and blade alignment to the sole using simple and positive hammer taps. I know that many people, mostly engineers and such, might consider tap adjusting archaic and inaccurate, ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2016-08-26
  • it’s back……
    After a brief respite from the killer heat and humidity of couple of weeks ago, it's coming back. The temps today are supposed to climb into the high 80s along with high humidity. I felt a little of it today with the real stuff coming on friday. Hopefully it won't be as bad as it was then.I went off 4 tangents tonight in the shop. I had planned on two of them and the last ones just happened. Along this ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-08-26
  • Spoonfest 2016
    I’m back home from 3 1/2 weeks over in England and Sweden. Lots to catch up on, I’ll start with Spoonfest. But first, I said many times while I was there, that no blog post, video or anything else can convey the feeling being at this event. If you get a chance, just go. I was amazed in every way; by the folks running it – Robin Wood & Barn Carder; along with a host of support staff & amazingly ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2016-08-26
  • Spice Cabinet Progress- Back At It
    After some time off for some travel and a few small projects, finally getting back to the Spice Cabinet shown in some previous posts below). Decided to get on the Line & Berry inlay for the door panel before starting to dovetail the many interior drawers.The pattern is traced out on the back side of the panel.Once the pattern is complete, start scribing the lines to accept the stringing.A little  trial and error here as to how deep the grooves need ... read more
    Source: First Light WoodworkingPublished on 2016-08-25
  • Shortcuts to Good Design
    It’s in Chinnery. A staked backstool shown on page 77 of Victor Chinnery’s “Oak Furniture: The British Tradition” (Antique Collectors’ Club, 1979). This is an excerpt from “The Anarchist’s Design Book” by Christopher Schwarz. All of the pieces in this book were designed using dirt-simple techniques that rely on photos of old furniture, a pencil, scraps of wood and wire clothes hangers. The method allows you to stand on the shoulders of successful designs and alter them to fit a ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-08-25
  • Returning Home
    During Joseph’s recent trip to the USA last week he retrieved two planes I was sorely missing in my personal plane family. It is hard to express what you feel when certain tools have been lost, irreparably and permanently damaged, misplaced or displaced because, if they were working tools as a significant part of your worklife, they simply cannot be replaced. Such are these two planes of mine. Why is that so? Well, the planes are part of who I am ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2016-08-25
  • How to Start a Woodworking Myth
    There are so many old wives’ tales in our craft that you could write an entire book that lists and debunks them. Students constantly bombard me with them, and it makes me wonder: How do these begin? After a slip of the tongue the other day, I think I have a good idea. This week I’m assembling a Roman workbench and had a couple woodworking friends over as we drove […] The post How to Start a Woodworking Myth appeared ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2016-08-25
  • A trio of rims
    Just to complete the story, here are all 3 rims. The twin-point rim takes a surprisingly long time to construct as there are 17 separate pieces to be fitted together, glued etc! ... read more
    Source: A Luthier’s BlogPublished on 2016-08-25
  • Pronunciation guide to the newly renamed Guaranteed Rate Field, home of the White Sox:…
    Pronunciation guide to the newly renamed Guaranteed Rate Field, home of the White Sox: kə-‘mi-skē 'pärk ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2016-08-25
  • Changing the World One Photograph at a Time…
    Drivel Starved Nation; It was an exciting time to be a furniture designer/maker back in the 1970’s. I can still remember the excitement of my first commission —it’s such an honor when others want your work in their home. I was so lucky. But this luck came with a caveat. All of the people who were ordering furniture from me had money. Lots of money. I immaturely mentioned to my Dad that I only exist because of rich people. In his ... read more
    Source: Bridge City Tool WorksPublished on 2016-08-25
  • sometimes life gets in the way…….
    Yesterday and today were my shortest times in the shop after work in a long time. I had wanted to play with my new 2500 Walke-Moore router but it didn't happen. I could have but there isn't much you can do and get an informed opinion on in less than a half an hour. Instead I puttered with my box. That was ok and although I got something done, it was a slow and meandering adventure.tuesday night's outputThis is one ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-08-25
  • 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