• big drawer fitted…….
    Today is my anniversary and my wife and I celebrating it with take out pizza. She is a low keyed gal when this day rolls around. But she does make up for it on other days. I had plenty of time to get the big drawer fitted in it's opening before she came home from work. I spent more time walking back and forth to it and the bench fitting it then I did planing it. I almost forgot, there… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-05-28
  • island countertop in sapele 2’x8′
    Earthsource Lumber in west Oakland had a *this much* flatsawn 4/4 sapele, warped and wowed. Sad to hear they will be going out of business next month. THey were an oasis of magnificent odd lot timber, just down Addeline street from me. well i needed to make a kitchen island countertop, roughly 8' long and 2' deep, supported by two lower cabinet bases. The idea would be similar to how i made the passthrough countertop for the kitchen/dining room… ... read more
    Source: ManualPublished on 2016-05-28
  • By Nose & Eye
    “Whatever tools you need, you have the eye as the calipers, and the nose as the square; in the old days all work was done by the eye.” That is how old time measuring is popularly described. This method of doing everything by the eye was quite common in the villages until the end of the 19th century, the hand often aiding as a measuring instrument. To this day some of the Avinurme container makers measure the size of… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-05-28
  • A Ming-Inspired Cabinet (56)
    Hello again my friends.Before I got sidetracked with working on one of those teak wheelbarrows for another client, I got a few coats of finish on the sides of the carcases:Each day I decked the finish off and applied another coat:The pictures above are of the first coat only, which was almost completely decked off. With a water-based finish, a slight amount of grain raising can occur, so I tend to think of the first coat as a general prep… ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2016-05-27
  • A Ming-Inspired Cabinet (57)
    This is turning into a fairly long build thread it seems. This post has sat on blogger for a couple of weeks - I forgot to post it! Whoops!Recent work on the shedua drawer fronts. After trimming them to about .06" over finished height, the parts were cross cut close to the target. Then, to deal with reducing thickness, the mill was the only option given the propensity of curly shedua to tear out by most other approaches:An even amount… ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2016-05-27
  • Design Brief No. 1: The Danish Campaign Chest
    While there are a dozen good ways to design a piece of furniture, I can write intelligently only about my own methods. I designed my first piece of furniture in 1993 and have – surprisingly – stuck with the same basic technique for the last 23 years. It doesn’t involve formulas or ratios (though I believe those also work). Instead it relies on what I was trained to do as […] The post Design Brief No. 1: The Danish Campaign… ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2016-05-27
  • Good Cause, Good Company
    Next weekend (4th & 5th June) is an opportunity to visit a small and rather special show... Read more → ... read more
    Source: The English WoodworkerPublished on 2016-05-27
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    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2016-05-27
  • drawer fitting time….
    I have fitted a lot of drawers over the years and have had varying degrees of success with it. I've had drawers get flying lessons due to frustration with fitting to having to make drawers over again. I've gotten floppy, sloppy loose fitting drawers and other that have swelled shut in the opening on me. The past 3-4 years I have seen my efforts start to yield better results.The credit for that goes to following Paul Sellers and his teaching.… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-05-27
  • On Rebates, Rabbets and Filletsters
    Shoulder planes, rebate planes, filletster planes, bullnose planes, dado planes, carriage maker’s planes , badger planes and others too all create or refine step-downs in the wood to form or refine some type of rebate or housing. What’s the difference and which one should I buy? Some have square mouths and others skewed, while many are bevel up and others bevel down. Can they be used interchangeably or is there a single plane that does what the others do? What… ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2016-05-27
  • Music I’d Like To Hear #112
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    Source: Doug BerchPublished on 2016-05-27
  • Granite State Luthiers At Woodcraft Demo Day 2016
    On Saturday, June 11 from 10-4, the Granite State Luthiers, the luthiery group of the Guild Of New Hampshire Woodworkers, will be demonstrating musical instrument-making techniques at the Newington, NH (Portsmouth area) Woodcraft store.The following members will be participating:Terry Moore: neck carving.Al Carruth: rosettes.Jeb Hooker: more rosettes.Mike Mahar: bending.me: sharpening.These guys are spectacularly talented. There will probably be some instruments on display. If you have any interest in building stringed instruments or just want to see some beautiful work, stop… ... read more
    Source: Close GrainPublished on 2016-05-27
  • Phoenix from the ashes Michael May knives
    Sheffield has always been famous for high quality knives, now there is a new name to look out for and his work is very exciting. Regular blog readers will have been familiar with the work of Trevor Ablett and his death was a sad loss but I have great news.  Michael May is a young knife […] The post Phoenix from the ashes Michael May knives appeared first on Robin Wood. ... read more
    Source: Robin WoodPublished on 2016-05-26
  • Boring till pieces machined
    Wednesday, I managed to make a dent in my to do list.Yes fans, even after a love's one passed away, the Honey do list is still in effect :-)One of these resulted in a bureaucratic catch 22.We had everything listed as co-owner, so I had to changed the car's title.But as soon as I declared her dead, I now have to change the plate on my car, if I want to drive away from here..... So I figure if I… ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2016-05-26
  • The Job of a Cabinet Maker or Joiner
    Some sample pages from “Skyring’s Builder’s Prices” (1833). Price books such as Skyring were the main guide for labor and materials costs for joiners, carpenters and others in the building trades.   An excerpt from “The Joiner and Cabinet Maker” by Anon, Christopher Schwarz and Joel Moskowitz.  England, 1839. Victoria has just become Queen of England (1837) and was about to marry Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. The Industrial Revolution had begun changing the lifeblood of England. New ways of manufacturing… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-05-26
  • Rice and Chips – The new Fugaku range of saws from Gyokucho
    In the 1940's Japanese knifemakers combined the virtues of European and Japanese knives to produce the santoku - a design classic that has now become ubiquitous in kitchens throughout the world.Gyokucho, the company that invented and perfected the replaceable blade Japanese saw in the 1970's, are fishing for a little bit of that same east-meets-west magic with their new range of Fugaku folding saws, and I believe they have hit upon something rather special.Lacquered quartersawn beech has been the preferred… ... read more
    Source: Matthew’s Blog at Workshop HeavenPublished on 2016-05-26
  • Studying Boatbuilding Gives You an Edge as a Furniture Designer
    Studying Boatbuilding Gives You an Edge as a Furniture Designer: Rain Noe:From Tom Sullivan’s incredible “The Accidental Designer” story to Louis Sauzedde’s unparalleled wisdom to Brendan Ravenhill’s transition from boatbuilding to industrial design, it is clear that being trained to construct seaworthy craft out of wood fills your brains and hands with a unique level of knowledge.Add design talent to that skillset and you’ve got a formidable combination, one that ought give you a leg up on your furniture design… ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2016-05-26
  • wainscot chair
    I finished this wainscot chair and delivered it to the Martin House Farm in Swansea, Massachusetts yesterday. I should say I “completed” the chair, I applied no finish to it. They are looking into having it stained to look like the original. Speaking of  which… I don’t often get to compare my results to the originals that I study. I sometimes don’t want to see the contrast. It can leave me feeling like I missed some obvious feature,… ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2016-05-26
  • MaChris sales move to a new home at Workshop Heaven.
    Due to an increase in demand for our MaChris line of knivesChris Grant and I have passed over the sales and orders to our good friend and colleagueMatthew Plattof Workshop HeavenNip on over to Matthews web site and sign up for his news letter.He will inform you of availability and price via a regular email.The MaChris Bushcraft/Carving knife.Design :- Jon Mac.Crafted by :- Chris Grant.The MaChris bushcraft/carver has been in production for five years now.It is a superbly crafted knife designed… ... read more
    Source: Spoon Carving First StepsPublished on 2016-05-26
  • MaChris workshop visit.
    Well that was a busy summer !!!Sarah and I managed to spend some of our holiday up in Scotland with Chris Grant and Kit.Chris and Kit looked after us at their lovely home near the Cairngorms, way up on the East side.I managed to spend time with Chris in his busy workshop andwe also made time for lots of sightseeing in his beautiful country.Chris took me through the complete process of making one of our MaChris knives from start to… ... read more
    Source: Spoon Carving First StepsPublished on 2016-05-26
  • First Ale hen for 2016
    Happy New Year !First off, I'd like to thank all you folk who pop onto Spoon Carving First Steps both here and on my other social media outlets.I haven't posted for quite a while here, I guess winter has a lot to do with it.Well, today the sun is shining it's little head off, I was thinking of popping out for a walk, but I saw an opportunity to light up my newest creation.I have been working on her for… ... read more
    Source: Spoon Carving First StepsPublished on 2016-05-26
  • Spoon carving tip.
    I've been in the wood shed working on a few spoons and a new kuksa.I had to curtail roughing out the kuksa due to my axe head becoming loose, the rest of the day was spent sorting out the issue. Now I have a few spoon blanks from green Apple I need to ask some questions.These questions have come up within the spoon carving community lately.Will I cook the new spoon in the oven to force dry it ? ----- No.Will… ... read more
    Source: Spoon Carving First StepsPublished on 2016-05-26
  • Spoon carving adventure.
    Sarah and I have been on a small adventure on our recent vacation.We loaded the car for a trip to Scotland.Chris Grant has been asking if I could run a few spoon carving courses up in his neck of the woods. Well, finally we managed to get something sorted.Chris has a friend, Peter, who runs Skillshare Dundee.You'll find an over view by following the link highlighted above.Peter organised a course at their HQ in Dundee and another at Chris's home.We organised… ... read more
    Source: Spoon Carving First StepsPublished on 2016-05-26
  • scabbard and drawer glued up……
    I got both of these in the clamps and cooking tonight. The drawer went off a lot better than I expected or hoped for. Usually these glue ups can go south real quick on me. And this one was done with epoxy at the front and hide glue at the back. But I survived another one.I'm liking this the more I use itBeing a western handsaw guy I have to rethink sawing when I use this. I still find myself… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-05-26
  • Tool Box Lid Waiting for the Glue To Set
    When I draw bore joints most of the time I will use a little Hot Hide Glue on the pins. Glue is not needed in the joint but the hide glue lubricates the pin and I feel makes the joint go together easier. A long way around to....The lid is together and I'm waiting for the glue to dry so I can trim the pins and clean up the under side of the lid. Once that is done I'll add… ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2016-05-26
  • Picture This LXXXVII
    Right-oh sleuths, it’s time to stick the briar between the teeth, grab the magnifying glass and don the beerstalker. This little beauty is currently being advertised by a dealer as mid eighteenth-century, of oak and elm, recently polished and with … Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Pegs and ‘TailsPublished on 2016-05-26
  • loose ends
    The days are flying by, and Greenwood Fest is coming up next. I have been poking away at a few things. The workshop project is moving ahead. We’ve been siding it, once Pret & I figured out window placement. I don’t have any shots of it lately; I’ll get some next time I work on it. Here’s the bowl horse Pret made for Dave Fisher’s class – we saw this the other day. But on last Saturday, Pret & I… ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2016-05-26
  • Picture This LXXXIII Redux
    The “mule chest” I highlighted in Picture This LXXXIII sold at auction for £1,500 ($3,057). “George III mahogany mule chest”, (Bonhams) Jack PlaneFiled under: Antiques, Auction Results ... read more
    Source: Pegs and ‘TailsPublished on 2016-05-25
  • Soft Wax, Anyone?
    Though Katy has her final exams this week and is studying upstairs, she is also trying to keep wax production going. Several people have asked for an update when she has made more soft wax, so here it is: Katy made 33 tins last night and has put them up on her etsy store here. She’s also been working on customer service this week – we had a mistake in the last batch. Here’s the funny thing: It was… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-05-25
  • Soft Wax, Anyone?
    Though Katy has her final exams this week and is studying upstairs, she is also trying to keep wax production going. Several people have asked for an update when she has made more soft wax, so here it is: Katy made 33 tins last night and has put them up on her etsy store here. She’s also been working on customer service this week – we had a mistake in the last batch. Here’s the funny thing: It was… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-05-25