• some good and some bad……
    Haste makes waste and don't count your chickens before they hatch and all that other cutesy saying crappola.  Bottom line, I mind farted again sometime last week and I smelled it tonight. Oh well, fecal matter is happen stance, isn't it?The plan tonight was to dry clamp the base, get my shoulder length measurement, and bang out some tenons. The dry clamp of the base was ok, check mark #1. I got my shoulder length measurement, check #2. Check #3… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-04-21
  • Lining the Vise Chops with Leather
    The last step in my work bench build has finally arrived.  It has been quite a journey, and I can certainly say that I never thought it would take me this long.  But I have greatly enjoyed the process and have learned much along the way. The last remaining part of the project is to line the vise chops with leather.  I mentioned in an earlier post, How to Make Round Benchdogs – A Pictorial, that I had purchased a… ... read more
    Source: The Bench BlogPublished on 2015-04-21
  • Music I’d Like To Hear #91
    The post "Music I’d Like To Hear #91" appeared first on "Doug Berch." ... read more
    Source: Doug BerchPublished on 2015-04-21
  • Lost Art Press Beehive T-shirts Now Available
    We received the first samples of our latest T-shirt from the printer and are quite happy with the logo and the crisp way it printed on the short-sleeve shirts. The shirts are $25 and are available worldwide (shipping is quite reasonable). They are printed on 100-percent cotton on an American Apparel fine-gauge T-shirt. Because these shirts are cut slim and will shrink in the wash, we recommend you order one size larger than usual. After years of wearing these… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-04-21
  • May with Plymouth CRAFT
    twisting the froeThese days, I tend to be out ahead of myself a bit. While teaching the chest class in Connecticut a week or so ago, I was thinking of preparing the next class(es), in Alaska. Those are coming right up (still room) and while I’m planning, preparing & packing for that, I’m thinking ahead to a spoon class at Lie-Nielsen and then the video shoot after it. Those are in early May, so right in time for spring migration… ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2015-04-21
  • Sometimes its Just a Box
    My next project will be a “Japanese” toolbox.  I know, I know Chris Schwarz is building one too.  I feel like a Johnny-come-lately or a bandwagon jumper with this, but I assure you that I am not.  I have been kicking this one around a while and I’m now getting to the point where I’m just about ready to start it. If you are hoping for intricate joinery, expensive wood and custom hardware, you might as well stop reading now.  There… ... read more
    Source: GREG MERRITT – BY MY OWN HANDSPublished on 2015-04-20
  • I Need a Maker’s Mark
    Ok, so not that kind of maker’s mark.   I need one like this…       ...or this.   More than that though, I need some kind of logo. Something simple that can be made into a brand. If anyone has any bright ideas, or has any brand making experience they’d like to share, then fill your boots in the comments.  Filed under: Uncategorized ... read more
    Source: goatboy’s woodshopPublished on 2015-04-20
  • Celebrate EarthDay 2015 – purchase an eBook or Digital Download at Shop Woodworking and save a tre...
    It’s EarthDay 2015 and a great way to show how much we love our one and only planet is by saving a tree from becoming the pages of a book or the packaging it or any other great item from Shop Woodworking is shipped in (no matter how awesome it is!) Between now and April 22, 2015 Save 40% on Select Digital Videos, eBooks, Magazines, and Projects at Shop Woodworking. Don’t forget, with every purchase you help the show… ... read more
    Source: Matt’s Basement WorkshopPublished on 2015-04-20
  • Bevel-edged chisels or heavy mortise models?
    I bought these mortise chisels on ebay for £6 each. Hard to imagine, but they are all Marples, virtually unused if used at all, and all top of the Marples-of-old mortising chisel line. Three of them are 5/8” and the other four  1/2”. Unbelievably good value and all with brass ferrules, leather washers, trapezoidal blades and boxwood handles. I want students to experience these and the heavier mortise chisels to assess for themselves how these chisels work. The main advantage of… ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2015-04-20
  • Fantastic Campaign Stool Hardware from Lee Valley
    It’s available now. Details on my other blog here.Filed under: Campaign Furniture ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-04-20
  • New Campaign Stool Hardware from Lee Valley
    At long last, there is a fantastic and reasonably priced tri-bolt available so you can make your own campaign stool. The hardware is beautifully machined from solid brass and stainless steel, made in Canada and is only $34.50 (U.S.). You can order it directly from Lee Valley here. I’ve made at least 20 of these folding stools using a variety of bolts and the Lee Valley version is by far […] The post New Campaign Stool Hardware from Lee Valley… ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2015-04-20
  • Sanding – Schleifen
    Schleifen ist lästig, aber beim Herstellen von Griffen unerlässlich. Und man wird belohnt.Seit ich wieder Griffe schleife, habe ich das schleifen auf die Abende in der Woche verlagert, wenn ich in Hannover bin, neimanden störe und nebenbei Musik höre. Reduziert die familienabwesende Werkstattzeit am Wochenende. Sanding ist boring, but there's no way around in handle making.And it is rewarding.Since I sand handles again, I do it on the evenings of my workdays, when I'm in Hannover and don't disturb anybody.… ... read more
    Source: Old LadiesPublished on 2015-04-20
  • Let Each of Them the Other Aid
    Artists and craftsman too should deal With good faith and with honest zeal; Let each of them the other aid With work well done and things well made, And as he would be served, thus serve.— Hans Sachs, “The Book of Trades (Standebuch)” (Frankfurt, 1568)Filed under: Furniture of Necessity, Personal Favorites ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-04-20
  • Tooling up with estate sales #5-How to equip your hand-tool shop for pennies on the dollar
    In this last installment, I talk about other treasures to enrich your life. Bonus Tip #11: Look for other stuff too. Once you’ve made two rounds in the tool-rich areas (garage, basement, outside shed), take a moment to just look around. Seek out items congruent with your hobbies and interests. Are you a gamer? Collector of tobacco tins? Want to spruce up your bar area with vintage liquor/beer signs, mugs and glasses? Estate sales are an economical way to do… ... read more
    Source: Hand Tool JourneyPublished on 2015-04-20
  • Handworks 2015, Coming Soon to a Barn in the Amana Colonies
    I was watching the Masters Golf tournament and it occurred to me that like the Masters Golf tournament that features the best golfers from all over the world, Handworks will be drawing an international cast of tool makers and professional hand tool users from all parts of the globe as well. Thankfully Handworks is not a competition.I've been busy making ready for this event and have several tools in process in my shop. I just hope the clock doesn't run… ... read more
    Source: Brese PlanePublished on 2015-04-20
  • I was away for a few days chaperoning my son’s middle school…
    I was away for a few days chaperoning my son’s middle school camping trip, and came back to find that there was a lot of buzz about a video where people were making chopsticks with a hand plane and some jigs. I assume this was it. ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2015-04-20
  • Weekend Update
    I worked fairly steadily on the Blacker Table Saturday and Sunday, but there isn’t a lot of progress to show.  I started building the various jigs I’ll need to add in different details like the cloud lifts, leg indent and the spline for the breadboard ends.  Of course I don’t have the right router bit to use for these jobs, so I was stuck. I also glued up the top for the table, this is going to be a fairly large… ... read more
    Source: McGlynn on MakingPublished on 2015-04-20
  • Feilenheft – file handle
    Ein Geschenk aus Eibe von Uwe. Eingebaut ist die Diamant-Nadelfeile, die ich nicht mehr oft zum Säenschärfen, aber beim anfertigen des Griffes einsetze. A present from Uwe. The triangular diamond file is fitted, wich I use in handle making and some rare times to sharpen saws. ... read more
    Source: Old LadiesPublished on 2015-04-20
  • Worth Doing Well
    I heard a poet speak last night about doing good work. I was immediately intrigued by the parallels to our work at the bench. He said that doing it was worth it because it was hard. It was hard to do good work. Nothing good comes easy. If you’ve ever tried to write you know how hard good can be. The same thing is true for our work at the bench. It’s easy to drop your standards. Here’s a note… ... read more
    Source: Northwest Woodworking StudioPublished on 2015-04-20
  • The Secret to Woodworking Is…
    Art and life are one and the greatest of the arts is the art of living.Dorothy L. Pillsbury, Adobe Doorways, 1952We got to enjoy a wonderful spring snow storm over the last several days, by early this morning we got close to a total of 36 inches of very wet snow at our little house. One small community in Larimer County recorded five feet of snow from this past storm! My wife and I dug out the Jeeps yesterday so… ... read more
    Source: Brokeoff Mountain LuthieriePublished on 2015-04-20
  • RWW 194 Display Shelf Part 2
    In this episode I finish up the construction of the display shelf by making shelf panels, slats, sizing them, and assembling the whole piece. Specifically I detail more of my hybrid milling approach, how I use match planing to make tight panels, smooth planing to prepare for finish, and how I size everything to get identical parts using nothing but hand tools…plus a little clarification on hand saw vocabulary. All in all a great hand tool time was had full… ... read more
    Source: Renaissance Woodworker BlogPublished on 2015-04-20
  • Chairmaker’s Journal is Moving
    In 2012 I started writing the Chairmaker’s Journal blog on this web site. At the same time I also created pages describing the chairmaking classes that I teach in my shop in Strasburg, Virginia. Since that time I have written more than 40 blog posts and have taught almost 60 students how to build a Brian Boggs’ designed chair. Beginning today I am moving the blog and all my chairmaking class pages to their own web site — jefflefkowitzchairmaker.com. The… ... read more
  • Why the chipped edges?
    Courtesy Wikipedia Recently I received an email from a viewer who was running into an issue with a benchtop jointer he purchased. The viewer asked “when I try to run the edge of my piece of wood over the jointer it chips the edge of the board, what can I do?” Not this exact model! There was of course a little more information in the email which included the fact that he had purchased it from someone indicating it… ... read more
    Source: Matt’s Basement WorkshopPublished on 2015-04-20
  • Episode 42 – Saws in the Shop
    Episode 42 – Saws in the Shop: Here’s an excerpt from Glen Huey and Chuck Bender’s discussion on hand saws on the 360 Woodworking podcast:Glen: I’ve got a saw that has no back on it that I use for cutting off pegs and crap like that.Chuck: It’s not one of those Japanese things, is it?Chuck delivers that last line with a tone of voice that I can only interpret as jealousy. ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2015-04-20
  • Monday again!
    Keep in mind  - The first 5 days after the weekend are always the hardest.Just a quick update after the weekend.Flea Market AgainIt is spring time and the flea market season has started. We took the opportunity to have a walk over a nice one on Sunday. A lot of old stuff you could have a look at.As always I had an eye on the offered tools. But I was not lucky again.Just a small finding. A nice 16mm auger… ... read more
    Source: Blue Spruce WoodshopPublished on 2015-04-20
  • long aprons glued up……
    For a day that was supposed to be cloudy and rainy it was surprisingly sun filled but a bit on the cool side. Still nice nonetheless and I I actually went outside and did some yard work. The tree in my front yard was getting a little wild with some branches growing into the cable and phone lines. I don't care if the phone line goes south but I need my internet.  I used a pole saw to trim branches… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-04-20
  • Journeyman’s Guide to France, with Reasons for Not Staying
    We earnestly recommend to the attention of our readers a small pamphlet, price 6d., which has just made its appearance, entitled, “Advice to Journeymen Mechanics and others going to France.” To which is added, “A Brief Account of Paris, the Price of Provisions, Rent, Clothing, Rate of Wages to Mechanics, &c. &c. By C. Best.” The work is the result of the author’s own personal experience, and has therefore peculiar claims to the attention of his fellow tradesmen. His… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-04-20
  • A Speckled Ax
    …I entered upon the execution of this plan for self examination, and continued it with occasional intermissions for some time. I was surprised to find myself so much fuller of faults than I had imagined; but I had the satisfaction of seeing them diminish. To avoid the trouble of renewing now and then my little book, which, by scraping out the marks on the paper of old faults to make room for new ones in a new course, became full… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-04-20
  • HB Tansu #3-Progress 17
    My high hopes from yesterday for building the remaining three drawers, were quickly dashed this morning.  I could have sworn that I had enough 1/2″ stock remaining for the last of the drawers.  Alas, I was mistaken and a different form of swearing took place.  Instead of making a trip to town I chose to use the last of the available material to build one drawer and then began work on the drawer bottoms.  I also completed the sliding lid for… ... read more
    Source: GREG MERRITT – BY MY OWN HANDSPublished on 2015-04-20
  • Red wallet day
    Richard My friend Ruth Pullen called by the bodgery today with the new wallet I’d ordered.  Turns out to be a magic one that boosts your sales and the money just flows into it.  Here it is: The cover looks out of square – but careful inspection will also show it is actually out of focus at right because the amount of cash is swelling its belly! See next photo. Bursting with cash (only had a penny in when Ruth… ... read more
    Source: Flying ShavingsPublished on 2015-04-19