• book stand glamour shots……..
    The book stand is finally done and well before the 25th. I didn't think that I would get it done today but at 1600 I was snapping the 'money shots'. Now it's up to daughter #1 to do the painting which shouldn't take her too long.where I left off last nightI continued my use of hide glue on this - would you call this a crest rail? The dictionary says a crest rail is the top of a chair. I… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-11-29
  • shoot board drawer finished…….
    Today I finished two projects and this one was done first so it'll be the first post of two. I like this drawer a lot. I've already used it several times and it was a wow moment each time. I like having the shooting boards available right where I'm working. I don't have to look around the shop trying to remember where it got moved to or where I put it.  I take it out, use it, and put it… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-11-29
  • Petite Roubo frame saw blades and kits now available
    Time saving summary: Small Roubo frame saw blades and hardware kits are now available. These new 27″ and 32″ versions complement the capabilities of the original 36″ and 48″ versions. Blades and hardware are available separately, or as a complete kit (if you have visited these pages in the past, you may need to refresh them to see the new versions).  -Ed. When demonstrating my Roubo frame saws at shows, there are several common reactions and comments. “That’s why they make bandsaws” is… ... read more
    Source: Blackburn ToolsPublished on 2015-11-29
  • Two simple safety questions that make a point
    Here is a palpable way to look at power tool safety. This occurred to me as I was holding in my hand the DeWalt DWP611 compact router. It is so easy to wield this little machine with one hand – it’s easier to grip than a youth-size football – that I sensed a bit of over-confidence sneaking in as I was preparing to put it to the wood. This little beast, however, has a tail that plugs into an… ... read more
    Source: Heartwood BlogPublished on 2015-11-29
  • Avoid Splintering with a Handsaw
    There are two woodworking tools that we have forgotten the most about in the last 50 years: the steel framing square and the handsaw. The steel framing square is essentially a jobsite calculator, and you can get up to speed on what it can do with one of several books. But handsaws are trickier to master. No one has written the be-all end-all book about using this simple tool. So […] The post Avoid Splintering with a Handsaw appeared first… ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2015-11-29
  • afternooner project: couple neo-schwarz saw benches from scraps
    2 4' long 4x6 rough-cut pine timbers, plus several odd lengths of 2x4 pine were used to protect the outside of my hammer a3-31 planer/thicknesser on arrival months ago. i pulled the nails and random fasteners from these sticks and set them aside thinking this wood might be useful some day. So with an afternoon spinning wheels, i decided to practice surface prepping these boards on teh planer, then busting out a few saw benches, ala c.schwarz.… ... read more
    Source: ManualPublished on 2015-11-29
  • Building an Antonio Torres SE 117 Guitar: Full Size Drawings to Start
    What I can never doubt, or help admitting, is that the guitars constructed by Antonio Torres are the achievement of the highest degree of guitar lutherie.Manual Rodriguez, The Art and Craft of Making Classical Guitars, 2003I have a soft spot for small guitars, the first two guitars I made were based upon an 1816 Jose Martinez guitar which isn't much bigger than a baritone ukulele. Though small, these guitars have a loud, lyrical voice and are quite fun to play.Two… ... read more
    Source: Brokeoff Mountain LuthieriePublished on 2015-11-28
  • An Uncanny Resemblance
    It has been about three months since I became a blog minion so it must be time to lob a mudball towards Chris. Afterall, in my first post I revealed Chris’ “special” relationship with a certain jack plane. You can read about Schwarzlandia here. The Harry Potter-Chris Schwarz connection came to me while working on the post Fear and Anarchy in Fort Mitchell (and thanks to all of you who joined in and twisted some literature with me). The… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-11-28
  • Tool Cupboard Update
    So many of you asked for this and there is of course something to building your own work cupboard. There are many twists in training in this one as we always try to find missing tricks of the trade I dragged with me through the decades. Often times I have seen the hoops machine-onlies do to make a simple thing simpler by machine but take half a day to make the jig. This project has just leant itself to some new… ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2015-11-28
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Plane!
    This tiny little fella is a Veritas miniature block plane. I’d been thinking about getting one for a while; mainly for shaving braces. It’s a real jewel of an item- steel investment cast body with stainless steel fittings.You can appreciate the scale here, next to my Stanley 60 ½ plane.It is without doubt very small, but I used it today for the first time on the heel of Youhei’s neck.  All of a sudden, planing a 45 x 20mm surface,… ... read more
    Source: A Luthier’s BlogPublished on 2015-11-28
  • The Highland Woodworker Episode No. 21
    Have you watched the latest episode of The Highland Woodworker? Charles Brock and the crew have been working hard to put together the latest show and once again it’s filled with a ton of great woodworking information and entertainment. According to the shownotes, available at The Highland Woodworker, this episode includes the following:Moment with a Master: Sabiha Mujtaba’s woodworking is extraordinarily beautiful and organic. Her many influences come alive and look alive in her work. A chair’s backrest becomes… ... read more
    Source: Matt’s Basement WorkshopPublished on 2015-11-28
  • Black Friday
    I wasn't going to run the streets on Black Friday but the call of Home Depot made me unlash from the mast and join the mad rush. Now what really happened: One of our pantries has double sliding doors that I've been fighting with from the get go of buying this house. Fix, rehang, three or four months later repeat. I'd finally reached my limit and in the middle of fixing I tore that sucker out.So off to Home Depot… ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2015-11-28
  • Another Knife I Like
    This blog is not saying this knife is better than my Stanley 0-10-0598. It is most likely I will never turn loose of mine now as I love it. Someone wrote to me and pointed out the blades of the Swann Morton knife blades looked very similar to the Stanley blade used in the 0-10-0598 so instead of risking buying blades that did not fit I thought I would try out the knives that seemed to go along with the blades… ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2015-11-28
  • took friday off…….
    Having Thanksgiving fall on a friday throws my whole week off. It's PITA having thursday off and then having to go back to work for one day and then have the weekend off. I have worked on post Thanksgiving fridays and not a lot gets done. If the president can establish when the clocks move ahead and fall back, why not change the day of Thanksgiving? It makes sense to me to have it on friday and I don't think… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-11-28
  • Cutting boards for a friend
    A friend of mine wanted to give a couple of cutting boards as gifts for Christmas.  So she purchased wood from Bell Forest and we followed plans from the Wood Whisperer to make them.  Here’s quick photo series on the build. ... read more
    Source: She Works WoodPublished on 2015-11-28
  • more drawer pulls
    I ran the earlier designs from couple days ago by sarah, she liked and also suggested trying one that is symmetrical about the long axis. Good idea, especially if you want to arrange these things in a horizontal or vertical orientation along that long axis. here are a couple more tries, using the same basic radius cutting assy. for the band saw. ... read more
    Source: ManualPublished on 2015-11-28
  • “And good chips, from that old block.”
    Edward Prince, Carpenter, Aged 73 by John Walters painted in 1792. I follow one of Britain’s National Trust blogs that specializes in chinoiserie. Through the blog I was familiar with Erddig, a very popular National Trust site, outside of Wrexham in Wales. What I didn’t know was how the painting above was related to Erdigg and the extraordinary relationship between the Yorke family, Edward Prince and his successors. The painting of Edward Prince has been in my file for a… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-11-27
  • Black Friday
    How can a maker rebel against the worst excesses of consumerism yet still make a living from making and selling stuff? This is a dilemma I struggle with. The Western world is too full of stuff, most of it produced in far off lands with working conditions and environmental practices we outlawed years ago. Most […] The post Black Friday appeared first on Robin Wood. ... read more
    Source: Robin WoodPublished on 2015-11-27
  • Fraternal twins?
    A few years ago a friend expressed interest in stopped by to try a few planes. He was pretty taken with the K9, and over the course of the next several months, we talked about a few changes to the specs. What was interesting to me was that he really, really liked the Boxwood. Not so much because of the way it looked - more because of how it felt. Boxwood is one of the few infill woods that I… ... read more
    Source: Sauer & Steiner ToolworksPublished on 2015-11-27
  • BLACK FRIDAY SALE Limited Edition: Classic Leg Vise Unfinished NOW SHIPPING
    We've discounted these $40 (reflected in cart) for 1 day only!When we first released our Classic Leg Vise we promised a few that we'd eventually offer it without the black Parkerized finish. Here's your chance to pick one up.We only have a limited number of these, since this isn't a stock item. First come, first served.The vise will arrive unfinished, sporting the freshly-machined steel surfaces right off our mills and lathes. The parts will have a light coating of oil.… ... read more
    Source: BenchcraftedPublished on 2015-11-27
  • The Offical FORP II Slideshow
    Here it is. The official slideshow from the FORP II. This time I didn't have a chance to take much video, thus the slideshow.There are a few short videos within, but the vast majority of the images come from Narayan Nayar (http://etherfarm.com/) Narayan volunteered to spend the week at Childs' shop documenting the build. And we're so grateful that he did. Videos are always fun, and if you want to check out what this build is like through that… ... read more
    Source: BenchcraftedPublished on 2015-11-27
  • My Thanksgiving Thank you!
    I don’t know if most Brits and Europeans or indeed the rest of the world really understand the US tradition that took place yesterday called Thanksgiving, and I am sure that I cannot really articulate it either. My first Thanksgiving in 1987 was my arrival there as an emigre for various reasons. Living there Thanksgiving became part of our family celebrations too and it was a privilege to share such times with other families and have people over to our home… ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2015-11-27
  • before eating some turkey……..
    Even though I still got up at oh dark thirty, I couldn't bang and saw too loudly. My wife was sleeping in and it behooves me not to wake her. For the first couple of hours I was back and forth between the shop and the kitchen. I was starting the thanksgiving meal and working on two quiet projects in the shop to get my motor purring. At least I was burning calories trudging up and down stairs - that… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-11-27
  • Mitre Box Manual, a Free Download
    I adore my Millers Falls mitre box, and I’ve been bemused by a recent backlash against mitre boxes, which ruled the American worksite and garage during the first half of the 20th century. The argument against a mitre box is that you don’t need it. You should develop your sawing skills to the point where you don’t need a mechanical contrivance to hold the saw for you. The things are training wheels. And you are a candy-bottom wuss girl… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-11-27
  • Thanksgiven
    This has been a good day, MsBubba and I were both off and we were invited to a friend's house for T-Day dinner. For the first time in awhile we had time off together and no obligations other than to show up for food.Amazing how much can be done when two are working together. We didn't attack any big projects but instead finished up the loose ends of many other projects. As an example, I had two corners and about… ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2015-11-27
  • Great Holdfasting System
    Bench dogs at my tail vise.Most of you know I don’t really care too much for bench dogs. Mostly it’s because i don’t really need them. I am not sure if it’s the dogs themselves or the holes needed to use them I dislike, but mostly I think it’s the latter really. I have never really had use for them because of the clamp-in-the-vise system I use, which takes care of 98.99% of my needs or more. I do have some at… ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2015-11-26
  • Drawer and Carcase Holding
    A planing sleeve is a work holding method for things such as assembled drawers and open carcases, so you can plane or work on the outside faces. These are enormously handy when the carcase is too big for your vice, and knocking one up is as easy as fixing a couple of battens to your... Read more → ... read more
    Source: The English WoodworkerPublished on 2015-11-26
  • Thanksgiving 2015
    Thanksgiving here in the US, a national holiday. It’s a long & complicated story, and I don’t get to wrapped up in it. I hate football, turkey and I don’t drink. So it doesn’t really effect me much. I worked for 20 years at Plimoth Plantation, where they get a lot of attention this time of year, it being where the roots of the American holiday are. I left that full-time job a year & 1/2 ago, ditching a regular… ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2015-11-26
  • Thank You and Happy Thanksgiving
    It is the Thanksgiving holiday here in the states and I have found myself in a retrospective state of mind.  I have a lot to be thankful for.  Don’t worry, I’m not going to go into some long winded list of what I’m thankful for, but focus on just one. I started this blog about a year and a half ago with no idea if I had anything to add to the woodworking world.  Lets face it, my designs are… ... read more
    Source: GREG MERRITT – BY MY OWN HANDSPublished on 2015-11-26
  • A Toast to Crappy Craftsmanship
    It isn’t often that I’m enthused about poor craftsmanship, but when I’m trying to demolish something, drywall screws and questionable joinery are most welcome. I spent yesterday at our new building with a wrecking bar and a sledge hammer – trying to prep the place for a big Dec. 12 demolition party. We’re going to remove the 1980s-era bar (leaving the 1890s one intact) and haul out all the layers of crap that have been applied to the interior… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-11-26