• day 2 of slow work…….
    I felt much better this morning but I still had some residual aches here and there. I definitely won't be pushing the envelope again tonight. I think I have enough to do with busy work that I can wait on the bread boarding of the table top.I have decided that I am going to do my bread boarding like Will Myers did on this table here.  I could do this with a corded router but I want to try and… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-05-22
  • English Dislike of Innovation
    One great cause of the decrease in English exports is the conservatism among English manufacturers and their extreme dislike of innovations. They are inclined to stick to old processes and old styles, refusing to study the tastes of their customers. They seek to impose their own notions and ideas upon the world. Hence, foreign buyers seek in America, in Germany, and in France, goods better suited to their taste and needs. French manufacturers are particularly ready and quick to… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-05-22
  • Do Not Be Discouraged
    Do not let artisans discourage you from learning this or that trade because they have not made a success of it. They may tell you that a certain trade is overcrowded. Investigate a little and you will find that only the botch workman and chronic kickers are out of work. The cheerful, enthusiastic workman is idle only when misfortune overtakes the whole country. We have here hundreds of mechanics who have no real heart in their work, and no… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-05-22
  • HB Hobby Tansu #1-Part 1
    I’m interested in several crafts/hobbies some of which can be practiced inside the house.  Drawing, knot tying, leather and canvas work being the primary examples.  My wife enjoys crafting quilts and there is always some general sewing task that needs to performed as well.  Each of those crafts involve tools and supplies of their own that need to be stored away and, hopefully, corralled together.  To that end I have been searching for a suitable box design that can be pressed… ... read more
    Source: GREG MERRITT – BY MY OWN HANDSPublished on 2015-05-22
  • Honing guide setting jig finished and Plane till No 2 is cooking
    First up to bat today was finishing my honing guide setting jig. I set up my mortise chisels in the guide and checked the angle flat on the slab of polished stone, once the bevel is flat on it and the chisel is well seated in the guide, wheel contacting solidly the tile surface also, that is the angle I want to reproduce.Narex, 25 degreesPigsticker 30 degreesI then simply push the set chisel in the guide against the setting jig… ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2015-05-22
  • The Rhythm of Handwork – A Pace of Life
    In mastering hand tool work I learned early on in the 1960’s that there’s a rhythm to the life of lived craftsmanship that’s governed by internal chemistry, muscle memory and reflex actions. We don’t need to understand how they work but we must allow their governance to give our bodies the rhythm that paces our day. Pacing is very much a part of hand work and herein lies the key difference between the machinist and the woodworker. Craftwork like mine… ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2015-05-21
  • Another film
    This Norwegian film moved me a great deal. It is easy to romanticise the past, to long for the simpler days. To me this is dangerous nonsense, a false idea of history. Life was hard in so many ways that we can not imagine. What impresses me is the way that people could turn their hands to anything, they had years of training in using body arm and hands, something I see missing in so many people these days. So… ... read more
    Source: Sean HellmanPublished on 2015-05-21
  • Fixing Splits with Pocket Screws
    When I have a visible split in a large slab tabletop, I’ll stabilize it with a wooden key, like I described here last week. But when it comes to the underside of a slab, I prefer to use a little pocket-hole jig to make a fast repair that is adjustable and easily removed if need be. Keep in mind that I’m not trying to close the split – just keep […] The post Fixing Splits with Pocket Screws appeared first… ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2015-05-21
  • Busy as a Bee
    There's not any woodworking or planemaking in this post, but rather about 250 reasons why I've been busy with other chores and delights the last few weeks. Here is a shot of our deck in the city, we're about to entertain guests and grill, corn, veggies, biscuits, and hot dogs. In the background you can see the defunct top bar hive, two langstroth hives and all the vegetable and flower starts for this season. There is a lot of food… ... read more
    Source: TWD ShopPublished on 2015-05-21
  • Handworks 2015: Feel Good Hit of the Summer
    That dude had way too little sex. -overheard at the fabulous studley exhibit The first real woodworking event I ever attended was the first WIA, in Berea, KY in 2008. It stands out in my mind for a lot of reasons, but mostly for the people I first met there. Many of them would become […] ... read more
    Source: DAEDWoRKs blogPublished on 2015-05-21
  • It Happened Again!
    It all started with a lovely sunny day and, … just read this. Yep, basically that happened again. This time however I was prepared with a nice wooden floor, so there is no damage what so ever to the castings or any of the metal. It did crack the handle clean in two though. Rather than make a new handle, I thought I’d just glue it back together and rely on the metal rod. In all honesty I’d imagine this to be… ... read more
    Source: The English WoodworkerPublished on 2015-05-21
  • Taking Down a Tree, Part Two
    The tree is down. No ceremony was performed for it. As a street tree, this maple had a pretty good long run. I was sorry to have to remove it but seeing it fallen over on top of a car would have made me a bit sorrier. It was half dead as was plain to see this spring and rot would soon take over the trunk. So. It was actually pretty cool to watch how the arborist, Aaron, took it… ... read more
    Source: Northwest Woodworking StudioPublished on 2015-05-21
  • Handworks 2015 – The Video
    Here it is. The video we took of Roy's talk Saturday Morning at Handworks 2015.Cameramen: John Abraham, George Abraham ... read more
    Source: BenchcraftedPublished on 2015-05-21
  • The Hayward Project v. The Blair Witch Project
    John and I really should avoid alcohol when we discuss our business. One of the first books we discussed publishing in 2007 was securing the rights to publish some of the fantastic writing of Charles H. Hayward, who was editor of The Woodworker magazine from 1937 to 1967. Lots of people have pirated his work (you know who you are shamey, shame, shame), but an authorized reprint hasn’t happened. Could it be done? Thanks to the IPA we were… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-05-21
  • WORK No. 166 – Published May 21 1892
    Tweet #TfwwWorkBlogARTICLES FOUND IN THIS ISSUE: HOW TO CONTROL THE GAS-METER•HOW TO LEARN DRAWING OFFICE WORK•INDUCTION COILS: HOW TO MAKE AND WORK THEM•SLATERS' WORK•HOWW TO MAKE AND WORK THE SPECTROSCOPE•BENT IRON WORK AND HOW TO DO IT•MODEL BOAT-MAKING FOR BOYS•SCIENCE TO DATE•TRADE: PRESENT AND FUTURE•SHOPDisclaimer: Articles in Work describe materials and methods that would not be considered safe or advisable today. We are not responsible for the content of these magazines, and cannot take any responsibility for anyone attempting… ... read more
    Source: The Work Magazine Reprint ProjectPublished on 2015-05-21
  • Roy Underhill, working the crowd at Handworks 2015, and telling…
    Roy Underhill, working the crowd at Handworks 2015, and telling a story about his encounter with Asian woodworking. ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2015-05-21
  • I’ll be working in the slow lane……
    I took monday and tuesday off from work and spent both days in the shop. When I woke up tuesday and wednesday morning I felt like crap. I was sore and aching  all over. I think my eyebrows hurt too but I can't be sure on that. I couldn't figure out why - I was on vacation and I thought I was taking my time working on the table. It turns out that I wasn't wearing my T-shirt that had… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-05-21
  • The Faces Of Handworks 2015
    It wasn't just about tools or wood. In fact, it may be least about those things. If you were at Handworks 2015, you know exactly what I'm talking about.For more, see Bartee Lamar's excellent slideshow here. ... read more
    Source: BenchcraftedPublished on 2015-05-21
  • Sharpening board get its first test drive
    Did not get any shop time at home today, but I did work a supervisor shift on the base woodshop.Took my board out of the clamps at home and brought everything I needed to finished it and the honing guide jig.After a quick sanding and glue clean up, I screw on the bottom cleat, got a first coat of poly on both the grip mat hold down piece and the 1/8 degrees spacer.Tried the gripper mat under, it really secured… ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2015-05-20
  • Why did you start working with wood?
    It’s obvious from your responses to different posts which ones appeal to a larger percentage and one of the highest is working with your hands and earning all or some percentage of your living from being a woodworker. I know the goal is to make your living which of course is important, but dismantling the goal of making money alone has been the most difficult aspect of my work. Through the decades of working as a furniture maker  I… ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2015-05-20
  • Moulding planes from Johann Weiss & Sohn in Wien + a clever user made plane.
    Yesterday I pulled myself together and took a look at the moulding planes I have brought with me.They were actually all in a pretty decent shape after all, but they could use a bit of sharpening.I decided that it was probably better to wait with the final sharpening til I was back home, I can use the grinding stone from the circular saw sharpening machine to do the contours of the rounded parts of the blade.I think I bought them… ... read more
    Source: Mulesaw: Being old fashioned, the cool way.Published on 2015-05-20
  • Popular Woodturning with Tim Yoder
    Now that I’ve been spending a little more time with the lathe and I’m starting to become more familiar with it I get all excited when I have an opportunity to watch someone who really knows their way around one. A great resource for my woodturning lessons lately has been Tim Yoder host of the PBS show “Woodturning Workshop.” In fact, I’ve purchased a couple of seasons of the show over at Shop Woodworking for my own library. Of… ... read more
    Source: Matt’s Basement WorkshopPublished on 2015-05-20
  • Is My Blade Really Sharp?
    Yesterday I told you that all your questions could be answered with the simple act of sharpening your blades. “Sharpening is as simple as rocket science performed in an Afghan cave with shrapnel in your heart” -Woodworking Forum Curmudgeon (possibly also Iron Man) So if a sharp blade is the answer to all woodworking’s problems then how does one know they are “doing it right” or it “my iron is truly sharp”? Simple. Feel the burr, then remove it.… ... read more
    Source: Renaissance Woodworker BlogPublished on 2015-05-20
  • Hand Forging a Tomahawk
    Last weekend I had some free time to spend working at the forge. It has been a while since I did any blacksmith work and this tomahawk was a fun project to kick things off with. Here is a sneak peak! I forged this small tomahawk from mild steel flat bar with a high carbon bit for good edge retention. First I took the piece of mild steel bar and tapered the ends and bent it in half to… ... read more
    Source: Traditional SkillsPublished on 2015-05-20
  • The History of Wood, Part 55
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    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-05-20
  • Summer Night Light
    This is more or less my first commission. Okay, it is from my sister in law. But she asked me to build a garden lantern for her. Similar to a piece she had seen during a holiday trip. I won't be a copy cat so I will combine a few ideas I've got in my mind. A new project beside my Mid-Century Table build. I think I have already mentioned it. But it becomes more and more concrete, because ... read more
    Source: Blue Spruce WoodshopPublished on 2015-05-20
  • At Handworks 2015, I tried out a travisher made by Claire…
    At Handworks 2015, I tried out a travisher made by Claire Minihan. These tools are a delight to use. They’re gorgeous, they feel great in the hand, and they work incredibly well.When I first picked one up to try it, I was trying to make a shaving, and from over my shoulder came Claire’s voice.“You use that tool on the push stroke.”Stupid stupid stupid. ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2015-05-20
  • vacation is over……
    Tomorrow I go back to work and the upside is that it'll be a short week for me. These past two days I got a lot done on the table and I have no doubts that I'll be driving this up to bean town on the due date in June.  On the other side of this coin, this is the first vacation I've taken since my last trip to Amana two years ago. I've taken a few solo days off… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-05-20
  • Sharpening board progress
    I had to really struggled with myself to keep it small and compact. It is after all going to be portable and I want to take it on the road. Another incentive for me to finish it is the fact that I have an upcoming sharpening lecture/demo coming up at the Wood shop on the base. This will be its first public debut :-)Took me a while, but I finally realized that it does not have to be big enough… ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2015-05-20
  • H.O. Studley’s Tool Sepulcher.
    My take away from visiting the iconic cabinet is that it is a misnomer to call it his tool chest. Among the many viewers and commentators I heard the word shrine bandied about. Roy Underhill used mausoleum in his Saturday morning skit. The word that came to my mind was sepulcher, “a receptacle for sacred relics.” Here was a man who sought to call upon the skills of a lifetime in furniture, cabinetry, piano and organ building, and put them… ... read more
    Source: Tico Vogt – custom furniture & cabinetryPublished on 2015-05-20