• Issue Three T.O.C. – “Resurrecting the Derelict: Hard Choices in the Conservation of a Chest...
    This is the final installment of our Issue Three table of contents announcement series. Check out the full T.O.C. here. (You can click on any of the article titles to read about them.) “Resurrecting the Derelict: Hard Choices in the Conservation of a Chest” by Joshua Klein No one wants to be guilty of destroying an antique. What if we ruin exactly what is so special about a piece? What if it ends up on Antiques Roadshow someday? ... read more
    Source: Mortise & tenon magazinePublished on 2017-07-24
  • Cleaning the small pesky Frog Washers -By Tom Strader
    By Tom Strader Cleaning the small pesky Frog Washers. Find a #1 phillips screw driver and place the washer about half way down the shaft. (Don’t try and take pictures and do this with one hand). Slowly, with thumbs on both sides, let the washer spin at an angle against a mostly used up, or small wire wheel. Let your thumb nail hold it place. Repeat the process from the other side. Clean as little or as much as you ... read more
    Source: Time Tested ToolsPublished on 2017-07-24
  • Stanley #45/55 Spur Cleaning and Sharpening By Tom Strader
    By Tom Strader Stanley 45/55 Spur Cleaning and Sharpening. I recently received a Stanley 45 with a small envelope containing a slightly rusty Spur. How to clean. First I cut a block of wood with a bevel on one side to hold my 600 grit sand paper. Next, I shaped two pencil erasers, one for each side, as the hole is shaped differently on each side. By placing the eraser above the hole and lapping to and fro on both ... read more
    Source: Time Tested ToolsPublished on 2017-07-24
  • working on the door…….
    Overall, I had a very productive weekend. I didn't get done as much as I thought I would but I tend to overestimate what I can do.  Yesterday I got  the cabinet carcass done. All that is left on it is to make two drawers and the door. I started the door because I can then hang the cabinet once it's done. The drawers can be made and fitted after that without any problems.  I didn't get the door done ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-07-24
  • Furniture maker’s mark
    The concept of a maker’s mark is not a new one. It has been around for centuries. It is a means to distinguish one’s work from another maker. It also adds a personal touch to every piece created by a maker. I have incorporated maker’s marks in my own work for the past two decades and have had excellent feedback from clients. Clients love the fact that the furniture piece they purchase is created by an individual. It adds to ... read more
    Source: The Refined EdgePublished on 2017-07-23
  • Sharpen This, Part 6: The Bevel & the Devil
    Der Narzissmus der kleinen Differenzen (The narcissism of small differences).” — Sigmund Freud, 1917 The topic of sharpening is plagued by Freud’s “narcissism of small differences,” and the best example of this is all the noise about the shape and angle of the tool’s bevel. Almost every word written about this topic is nonsense, at least from a practical perspective. Let’s talk first about the shape of the bevel. Convex, Concave or Flat?All the wood can see is the ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-07-23
  • My eBay Listing: Vintage Fulton Tool Company Transitional Jointer Plane, 26 inch
    The auction for this plane starts on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 6am PDT and will run for three days. It will not be listed on eBay until that day! Please visit eBay on that day and search for "Vintage Fulton Tool Company Transitional Jointer Plane, 26 inch"!Vintage Fulton Tool Company Transitional Jointer Plane, 26 inch. This is a good user plane. Bottom and sides were jointed, not much patina is left on sides and bottom. A piece of ebony ... read more
    Source: Brokeoff Mountain LuthieriePublished on 2017-07-23
  • Milk Paint DVD
    My Popular Woodworking Milk Paint DVD has just come out.  While many paints hide the wood’s subtle surface quality or create a plastic looking finish, milk paint is an incredibly thin, natural-looking paint that allows every pore of the wood and every tool mark to shine. The heart of this video is what I learned from Curtis Buchanan when I apprenticed with him: how to paint a black-over-red paint job (or other multi-colored paint surface). But I also did ... read more
    Source: Elia BizzarriPublished on 2017-07-23
  • For the Love of My Tools
    For almost a year now, my workshop floor has been bare concrete (other than a few anti-fatigue mats).  It’s not ideal for either knees or tools, and I hold my breath every time something drops to the floor.  But no longer.  My workshop has a wood floor now! After about 5 hours of work, and […] ... read more
    Source: The apartment woodworkerPublished on 2017-07-23
  • a good saturday in the shop…….
    A few lunar eclipses have come and gone since the last time I had day like today in the shop. Doing OT for the past several months had put a damper on what I was able to accomplish on saturdays. OT is back at work but I am cutting way back on that. I'll do 5-6 hours during the week (I'm early to work anyways) but no more saturdays. I'll do the OT just to have some mad money to ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-07-23
  • A Trio of Lath-Back Windsor Chairs – Part Three
    The chairs were washed down with hot soapy water and then stained. When dry, I (spirit) varnished the chairs and gave them a little additional colour before finally waxing them (figs. 1-12). Fig. 1. Fig. 2. The pegs were intentionally … Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Pegs and ‘TailsPublished on 2017-07-23
  • Some Ideas Just Live On.
    I was making a rare visit to a local antiques mall recently when I came across a small desk similar to one I had seen and written about in November of 2015, (See Convertibles.) The dealer called it a traveling desk: I’m not sure where it traveled to. The novel feature is that this desk like the previous one, opens to reveal the gallery hidden within: Ink holders lead me to believe this is not of current manufacture. A different ... read more
    Source: The Furniture RecordPublished on 2017-07-23
  • In Favour of a Bigger Hammer
    My recent production of Windsor chairs prompted a reader – himself, a Windsor chair-maker – to contact me concerning the moisture content of various chair parts. We exchanged several emails, the content of which I have précised and edited together … Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Pegs and ‘TailsPublished on 2017-07-23
  • Sharpen This, Part 5: The Myth of Super Sharpness
    Read the other installments in the “Sharpen This” series via this link. Let’s pretend I want to break one of your fingers. The job would be easy if you held up your fingers in the air with them spread apart. It would be more difficult to harm you if you clenched your fingers in a fist. And it would be almost impossible if you stuck your fist inside a shiny and hard vase. Violent fantasies aside, this exercise demonstrates ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-07-22
  • Issue Three T.O.C. – On Perfection: Both Practical and Practiced
    Upcoming in Issue Three: “On Perfection: Both Practical and Practiced” by Jim McConnell An idea is like a rabbit. You can’t sneak up on it. You have to let it sneak up on you. Like most creative types, I feel like in some ways I’ve been chasing perfection for most of my life without ever asking what that might really mean. Lately I’ve had some questions. I’ve started to wonder, what is so compelling about the idea of perfection? ... read more
    Source: Mortise & tenon magazinePublished on 2017-07-22
  • Panelsaws apple and pear – Fuchschwänze Apfel und Birne
    Source: Two Lawyers ToolworksPublished on 2017-07-22
  • Head Inlay
    I’ve said it many times before and I make no apologies for saying it again- one of the greatest compliments you can get as a luthier is a past client coming back for another instrument. So, Amanda and I were delighted when Brendan decided to commission a new mandolin from me. Many of you will know Brendan for the wonderful video that he posted, playing what was then his new Nava cocobolo twin-point. That was about 5 years ago and since ... read more
    Source: A Luthier’s BlogPublished on 2017-07-22
  • Help Wanted
    My last attempt to escape my apparent fate as a cabinetmaker involved going back to school in the early 1990s. After graduating with a master’s degree in religious studies, I imagined it would be easier to find work that would bring me into contact with people instead of mute material, which I’d consistently found depressing in my woodworking career up to that time. Over a period of four months I sent out employment applications while taking any odd jobs ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-07-22
  • The $500 weekend
    It’s been a great start, but we have to keep going. To stay on track, we need to raise at least $500 in pledges by Sunday evening. Please help. The link? Glad you asked. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1496420787/endangered-alphabet-games/. If you’re short of funds and can’t contribute, which (heaven knows) I understand all too well, please share this post and recommend the campaign to your friends. Thanks! Tim Brookes ... read more
    Source: Endangered alphabetsPublished on 2017-07-22
  • a day of mourning……
    I took today off to buy some wood but the place I was going to go to closed their doors. So I thought I would go to Pepin Lumber and buy 5/4 pine there. I got another disappointment there too. Their supplier for 5/4 stock shut down and they had none when I looked today. Not only didn't they have any 5/4 pine but their supply of 1x pine was a sad pile to look at.They used to sell 1x ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-07-22
  • STL 142: Live from AWFS with John Ratzenberger and Rollie Johnson
    The guys are in Vegas and get to chat with skills advocate John Ratzenberger. Rollie Johnson joins and helps answer questions about secondary woods, having logs milled, and grinding on the cheap. ... read more
  • Issue Three T.O.C. – Through a Wilderness of Ornament: Making Sense of 18th-century Pattern Bo...
    Upcoming in Issue Three: “Through a Wilderness of Ornament: Making Sense of 18th-Century Pattern Books” by Bill Pavlak This past February I began my presentation to a group of 250 period furniture making enthusiasts at Colonial Williamsburg with a simple question: how many of you own a copy of Thomas Chippendale’s The Gentleman and Cabinetmaker’s Director? Not surprisingly, most raised their hands. When I followed that with “how many of you actually refer to this book regularly,” I got ... read more
    Source: Mortise & tenon magazinePublished on 2017-07-21
  • Plant Stands, Part 1 – Layout and Mortising
    The honey-do list has included a couple of plant stands that would go outside our kitchen windows and raise plants to a level where we could see them from inside.  I had some quartersawn white oak and some red oak from tables that I saved from landfills.  The white oak will be a good outdoor wood, but the red oak I'm not too sure about.  Fortunately they won't get too wet - we don't get a lot of rain here ... read more
    Source: Woodworking in a tiny shopPublished on 2017-07-21
  • Your Tenon Tightening Technologies
    Tenons can simply be glued. We do it all the time and gluing them lasts just fine. Mostly we rely on clamps to seat shoulder lines and and keep the two parts married until the glue dries. When this has taken place it is unlikely you will ever be able to part the union without … Read the full post Your Tenon Tightening Technologies on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2017-07-21
  • I’m back from the Woodwright’s School
    I just had a nice visit to The Woodwright's School in Pittsboro, NC, and I wanted to share a little bit about my experience.Roy Underhill discusses trade-offs in sharpening with the class The class I took was "Introduction to Hand Tool Woodworking" taught by Roy Underhill, which might seems strange for a person who has been working with hand tools and writing about for years. I had my reasons though, and I did learn a few things. Mostly, though, it was ... read more
    Source: Scott’s Amateur WoodShopPublished on 2017-07-21
  • A Different Way to Use a Doe’s Foot
    During the last few years, the doe’s foot has become one of my most important workbench appliances. Paired with a holdfast, the doe’s foot can eliminate the need for a tail vise on a workbench. I have about four of these doe’s feet at my bench, and I’ve found some surprising ways to use them. I’ve just finished an article for Popular Woodworking Magazine on the topic for a future […] The post A Different Way to Use a Doe’s ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2017-07-21
  • Progress On Travel Bench
    The travel bench is coming along. The legs are dimensioned, the top bridle joints are done. Next is to finish chopping out the through mortise and the dove tail socket. Because the legs are at a 15 degree angle the stretcher mortise will have to wait for the stretcher glue up and tenon. The top is a slab so all it needs is to be cut off to final length.I've a wood screw and nut on order. The screw and ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2017-07-21
  • Hand Tool Brew & A: Fretwork, Clamps, and Scratch Stocks
    Having a Beer and Talking Hand Tool Techniques I had so much fun with the last open question live session that I decided to do it again. A bit shorter this time and I think I will definitely do this more often since there seems to be no end to the questions. Again I’m sorry if we ran out of time before I got to your question but I’ll be going live again in 2 weeks. I did have ... read more
    Source: Renaissance Woodworker BlogPublished on 2017-07-21
  • The Return of the Swallows
    This little guy was in the pear tree yesterday morning.  I hadn’t made any in awhile, which is a shame because they are a lot of fun to make.  I based the design on the swallow and their graceful curves in body and in flight.  I sometimes lay in the yard in the evening and watch the show above as they loop and dive for supper.  The neighbors don’t call 911… anymore. As I was carving this one, I ... read more
    Source: David Fisher, Carving ExplorationsPublished on 2017-07-21
  • Sharpen This, Part 4: Very Small Rocks
    Read the other installments in the “Sharpen This” series via this link. I roll my eyes when people talk about the superiority of their chosen sharpening media, whether it’s waterstones, oilstones, diamonds or cinderblocks. To my ears, it’s like you’re boasting about the superiority of the oxygen molecules that you breathe compared to those in your neighbor’s lungs. Sharpening comes down to abrasion with small rocks. Some rocks cut steel faster but break down faster. Other rocks cut steel ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-07-21