• Bent Bowl
    I’m the guy that orders vanilla ice cream at Baskin Robbins, so you can imagine how wild I felt carving this asymmetrical bowl.  The silver maple log flared out wider at one end and also had a slight twist.  Going with the flow, I just let my hair down and laid out the bowl by drawing freehand onto the blank. There are many logs available that are less than ideal for making symmetrical bowls, but can still become beautiful ... read more
    Source: David Fisher, Carving ExplorationsPublished on 2017-11-18
  • ’round tuits
    When you get a round tuit, … cherry, hand-turned, hand carved, finished with common paste wax ... read more
    Source: Bob EastonPublished on 2017-11-18
  • ’round tuits
    When you get a round tuit, … cherry, hand-turned, hand carved, finished with common paste wax ... read more
    Source: Bob EastonPublished on 2017-11-18
  • Jamie’s Table
    A quick post of Jamie's table with the tiles in place, kinda. MsBubba will come along later and do her magic with the tiles and glue 'em down where they belong.I think I posted before the table's top is 19mm plywood with Cherry edging glued and pegged with Walnut pegs. The base legs are Sapele with South American Walnut aprons pegged with Oak. There are a couple of places where if you look hard, or maybe not so hard, you ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2017-11-18
  • New Face Vises; New Title for a Book
    Before heading out for Charleston, S.C., to visit my dad, I added a couple face vises to my circa 1505 Holy Roman Workbench. These vises have no screws and no real jaws. Instead they clamp the work with a wedge. The vises are merely large notches in the benchtop, so “installing” them took about an hour of time. These “vises” – if you can call them that – are based on paintings and drawings of workbenches that Suzanne “Saucy ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-11-18
  • Black Friday Special! E-mando sale!
    Black Friday Special! I’m now offering for sale this new electric mandolin at the reduced price of £700 (from £800) the price includes a gig bag but shipping is extra. The base price for my e-mandos is £750 and this one has a much higher spec so a rare chance for a bargain. This offer is only valid until 12 noon GMT Sunday 26 November 2017.FOR FULL DETAILS CLICK HERE ... read more
    Source: A Luthier’s BlogPublished on 2017-11-18
  • Repairing a Saw Handle Horn
    The saw handle on my R Groves rip had been damaged and poorly repaired. It happens and it’s not uncommon at all to find a saw horn damaged. The repair popped off at some time and I have put off the repair proper until I found the right time; that’s something I rarely do because […] Read the full post Repairing a Saw Handle Horn on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2017-11-18
  • Making a set of eccentric drawbore pins.
    I like to drawbore. But I haven't got any drawbore pins. This hasn't stopped me in any way, but once in a while I have thought that it might not be a bad idea to have some, so that I could test fit the joint before gluing and inserting the pegs.I read a bit up on the various ideas behind it on the Internet, and it seems as there are a two models normally employed, both tapered along the length ... read more
    Source: Mulesaw: Being old fashioned, the cool way.Published on 2017-11-18
  • till box glued up……..
    The goal tonight was to get the square till box glued up and I got that done. Before I did that I went through one more dry clamp run. I didn't have or see any problems with that so did the glue up. I had time left over  so I did some preparatory work on the holders for the squares. I didn't get them all done but I made a dent in it. That is all subject to change as ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-11-18
  • Bogged Down No More…
    Sometimes I have so much going on that nothing ever seems to make progress. Right now, I’m working on… well, I’m working on several projects all at once, it seems. That’s not unusual, is it? One of them is another collaboration with my friend, Rab Gordon, of Rainnea Ltd. It’s an interesting project in that […] ... read more
    Source: The Kilted WoodworkerPublished on 2017-11-17
  • Bistro Table, Part 1: Design
    We have a couple chairs sitting in the front patio of our townhouse that need a small table to go with them.  I don't know if "bistro table" is the correct name for this, but I'm using it anyway.The locationShe got some ideas from small tables we've seen around.This small table was at a little cafe and we liked the topThis table was at a soccer stadium food areaI liked the base of the second table and the top of ... read more
    Source: Woodworking in a tiny shopPublished on 2017-11-17
  • Tickets for Our Dec. 9 Book-release Party
    You can claim your free tickets for the Dec. 9 book release party with Mary May and George Walker using this link. The event is 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at our storefront: 837 Willard St., Covington, KY 41011. Each author will give a short presentation on their work, answer questions and sign books. Drinks and snacks will be provided by Lost Art Press. — Christopher Schwarz  Filed under: Lost Art Press Storefront, Uncategorized ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-11-17
  • Words for Woodworking that Make me Barf
    I love to look at websites of woodworkers – amateurs and professionals – and see photos of their work. But when they describe their work using the following words, I think: This person is a pompous wee-wee head with a fake underbite and who walks like they are carrying a corncob without using their hands. You might disagree – that’s what the comments are for. But here is my list […] The post Words for Woodworking that Make me Barf ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2017-11-17
  • Perch Stool Part 3.5 Stretchers
    Size the Stretchers from Your Assembled Stool In this video I figured out the sizes and turning profile for my 2 stretcher and I even lay those dimensions onto my template board for easier turning. However, I say this in the video and I’ll say it again. You must capture the dimensions for the stretchers from your own stool as they will mostly certainly be different. For that matter they will probably be different with every one of these ... read more
    Source: Renaissance Woodworker BlogPublished on 2017-11-17
  • We Keep Pressing On!
    When your life’s work becomes a reflection in the lives of others – when you see others learning your craft from you and you can watch from a distance as they grow – there is something unique taking place that defies the status quo. Leaving North Wales two years ago seemed yet another big step […] Read the full post We Keep Pressing On! on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2017-11-17
  • Gentle Reminder: Still No Public Email
    In 2015, I closed my public email address to preserve my sanity, though some would question whether I succeeded in my goal. Lately, a lot of people have attempted to seek advice, feedback or whatever through my personal site: christophermschwarz.com and through [email protected] I’m up to about five messages a day now. Please don’t waste your breath, your fingers or your 1s and 0s. These messages are all simply deleted. I know deleting them might seem rude. And some of ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-11-17
  • Dovetailing Machine of 1890
    The year was 1890 and the first ever dovetailing machine was patented by the Britannia Company, Colchester for £2 2s. It’s a dovetailing jig as we would understand it which is used on a foot powered table saw. It was an unfortunate year, the beginning of the end of yet one more skill, but in the interest of gaining historical woodworking knowledge we shall read more about it and how it’s used. A pine board 24”x 18”x 3/8” is clamped ... read more
    Source: Journeyman’s journalPublished on 2017-11-17
  • Cheap Chisels
    I didn’t get a lot of advice and wisdom from my father. The majority of what was passed from father to son was highly inappropriate and would get me in trouble. But one piece I’ll share; “take care of your tools.” Actually, I don’t know if he was saying that to me or to remind himself, but it stuck with me. Sort of? When it comes to the expensive woodworking hand tools I own, I do a good job ... read more
    Source: The Daily SkepPublished on 2017-11-17
  • rush hour traffic……..
    My wife has been away all week keeping daughter #2 company in NC. She came back home tonight and I had to pick her up. It must be love because I was looking at driving up and down Post Road during rush hour. I would rather dribble a basketball in a mine field or drive through a neighboring state to avoid traffic. But I had no choice tonight so I bit the bullet and did it. I did all my swearing and ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-11-17
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    Source: The Daily SkepPublished on 2017-11-17
  • Tradition and Innovation: M&T Podcast Episode 02
      Our new podcast episode is up and can be listened to above. In this episode, Mike and I discuss the relationship between tradition and innovation in our woodworking culture. This topic is near to our hearts and something we talk about often. Based on our interactions with readers about this over the past few years, this conversation touches on defining “tradition” and “innovation”, the advantages to one over the other, and how our individual and personal motivations for woodworking ... read more
    Source: Mortise & tenon magazinePublished on 2017-11-17
  • Raking light, great carvings. Not mine
    Took the kids for a walk in Burial Hill, Plymouth recently. Was a great sunny morning, perfect raking light. Cold though, up on top of that hill. This is a well-known gravestone, among those who talk about such things. Patience Watson, d. 1767. Very nice carving, in fabulous shape.       These days Daniel is five-feet and change; so that’s a large stone above ground there. I wonder how deep it is below ground to ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2017-11-17
  • Woodworking in 2017
    I thought to write about the dichotomy occurring in present day woodworking. The clash between the growing movement towards traditional hand tool woodworking versus the rise in automation along with a plethora of machinery to expedite woodworking processes. The machinery I speak of is becoming increasingly sophisticated to where an operator sitting alongside a CNC machine can quickly create components for a piece of furniture. At the hand tool end, the debate swirls around what constitutes traditional woodworking. Should wood ... read more
    Source: The Refined EdgePublished on 2017-11-16
  • Toggle Clamp Jig Gallery
    Not sure what all you can do with that pile of Toggle Clamps sitting in your shop? Wondering why you should own them in the first place? A few years ago, we invited Highland customers to submit their toggle clamp jig designs to Wood News. We were very impressed with the creativity exhibited in many of these designs. Take a look through the Toggle Clamp Jig Gallery to get inspired – maybe you will find a few good ways to ... read more
    Source: Highland Woodworking BlogPublished on 2017-11-16
  • Wood Stock Smoothing Planes
    I have a fairly complete collection of both wood stock and metal body planes in the plane till, on the shelfs behind the main bench, and stuck wherever I can find room around the shop. Truth is you only need three bench planes, the rest are just a sickness.While I like the metal body planes for the "middle" functions, most of the time for stock prep I will reach for a wood stock plane for no other reason than they ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2017-11-16
  • New Moulding Planes Versus Antiques
    Note: This post is another addition to my FAQ pageThere are many reasons to introduce moulding planes into your shop. The type of planes you choose may vary just like the reasons. Some will choose hollows and rounds over dedicated planes. Some will choose antiques versus new.In this post I will address the antique group by showing exactly what I sell other than a very good looking tool.The first thing that a plane’s performance depends upon is the fit of ... read more
    Source: Musings from Big PinkPublished on 2017-11-16
  • Small Improvements
    What would be an appropriate inaugural project for the finished moving fillister plane?  How about a hardwood saw till for my dutch tool chest? The prototype, which has performed very well these past months, is pine.  The new version is mahogany, a harder wood that I appreciate more and more and I learn to work […] ... read more
    Source: The apartment woodworkerPublished on 2017-11-16
  • Crafting Wooden Art in Bali
    Like most people, we spend lots of time (way too much time) surfing the web, entranced by various videos. In Video Roundup, we offer some videos from all over the world that we found especially intriguing.This week our selections focus on the crafting of Balinese wooden art.Wooden Art in Bali, IndonesiaHand Carved Wooden Art, Craftmanship at Its Finest in Bali, Indonesia ... read more
    Source: Video Roundup at Tools for Working WoodPublished on 2017-11-16
  • A new mantelpiece (ii) – the core build
    The first step was replicating the mitred-butt joint. This seems easy, but actually requires a fair bit of precision, as it’s not possible to clean the end on a shooting board. I use a Japanese crosscut saw for making the crosscut and the mitre. I then added the extension to form the “L” on either end using dowels, and added the end mitred trim piece. The top and bottom plates are separated by a 3½” vertical piece with corners joined ... read more
    Source: Working by handPublished on 2017-11-16
  • New: “Kill Your Tablesaw” Sticker
    Sometimes it’s important to remember to not take yourself too seriously. It’s no surprise that we here at M&T are wildly passionate about hand-tool woodworking. We eat, sleep, and breathe this stuff and work hard to inspire others to “cut the cord” along with us. It’s good to be able to laugh at yourselves sometimes too, though. Because of our reputation for being zealous for pre-industrial woodworking, we thought this spoof sticker would be a great way to have ... read more
    Source: Mortise & tenon magazinePublished on 2017-11-15