• Will you apprentice me?
    I receive more and more requests from people, young people mostly, those who have gone through normal state educational channels, looking to apprentice with me. These young people see the well intended but flawed perspectives offered in government-led and funded apprenticeships because they seek something much deeper than becoming employable at mere levels in existing systems. I conclude that they want something off the conveyor belt they grew up on to pursue an alternative way of life—more of a living… ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2015-08-04
  • Dead Old Inspiration
      If I were taught about fire breathing dragons in science at school then they’d be as real to me as dinosaurs. They told me Pluto was a planet and I wasn’t going to question it. Our young minds can accept facts printed in a text book, but I realise how little of things we... Read more → ... read more
    Source: The English WoodworkerPublished on 2015-08-04
  • Shaker Style Workbench Details
    As promised in a prior post, I have put together a document with photos and commentary on my Shaker-style workbench.  The document is in pdf format can be found at Shaker Style Workbench. ... read more
    Source: Stuart C. BlanchardPublished on 2015-08-04
  • another wainscot chair project
    some years ago, I had two projects making copies of wainscot chairs. Both were projects based on chairs from Hingham, Massachusetts. First, a copy of a wainscot chair at the Brooklyn Museum, here’s the original: Brooklyn Museum wainscot chair, made in Hingham Massachusetts, 1650-1700I can’t find my shot of the finished repro right now, but here’s an in-progress shot: I called this chair the Edvard Munch chair, because these designs on the vertical panels reminded me of “The Scream.” That… ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2015-08-04
  • Notes on the Lie-Nielsen Honing Guide
    For almost two years now, I’ve been using a Lie-Nielsen honing guide to sharpen all my plane and chisel blades. It’s an outstanding little tool and was well worth the long wait for it to come into full production. Unlike the old Eclipse guides, the Lie-Nielsen guide is solidly made from stainless steel and bronze. It offers a variety of swappable jaws so you can handle odd-shaped tools, such as skewed irons. And it has only one dovetail-shaped aperture… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-08-04
  • lots of little things…….
    This is one of what is left to do and the other 99% of them are out in the back hallway. The original 'job' was to remove and lay a new floor in the kitchen. That morphed into new stairs, new thresholds, and maybe some slate tiles. My wife is going to lay the new floor and tonight I finished it and handed it over to her.trying to make this workI spent some time today thinking about how I could… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-08-04
  • Making Chopsticks in Taipei with the New Chopstick Master™ from Bridge City Tool Works.
    Dear Drivel Starved Nation- Several weeks ago, over the Forth of July holiday, I traveled to Taipei to unveil the second generation of the Chopstick Master™.  If you have never been to Taipei in July, it is hot. So hot in fact, on my cab ride to the exhibition hall I saw two trees fighting over a dog… The second generation of the CSM saw the addition of a small sliding table and saw blade for making the pyramidal finial… ... read more
    Source: Bridge City Tool WorksPublished on 2015-08-04
  • What I’ve Learned About Woodworking, Part 1
    Trees are our life.Merle Burnham, my fatherI found some notes I scribbled down on what I have learned about wood working. I wrote them as a response to some blog posting that was on one of the woodworking blog aggregators, I don't remember what the post was, but it made me a little mad. Maybe it was something about a current fad in wood working or some new book that will make you a master woodworker.Anyway, here some thoughts on… ... read more
    Source: Brokeoff Mountain LuthieriePublished on 2015-08-04
  • Trundle bed surround headboard, curved
    From an earlier post, via 'ketchup, i am attempting a surround back for the corner built-in trundle bed in our guest room: I begin by making an "L" shaped plywood base that I will in turn veneer with some of the redwood. The profile and plan view curves are drawn to full scale on my new bench. I will lay out the frame components directly on top of the drawing. I then focus on… ... read more
    Source: ManualPublished on 2015-08-04
  • From Hand to Hound?
      Jim Tolpin and I are pleased that our latest project “By Hound & Eye” is available for pre-sale through Lost Art Press. Some might ask, “How did the title of your earlier book “By Hand & Eye” morph into “By Hound & Eye”? Both books share a common source and are true to what you’ve come to expect from Lost Art Press.  They bubbled up out of our exploration into the design world of the pre-industrial artisan. Aside from diving into the… ... read more
    Source: Design MattersPublished on 2015-08-04
  • Planer on a stick
    The adze is of the oldest of tools, having changed very little through the ages.  Unless you’re a timber framer, a conservator, or a devotee of traditional hand work, you may be completely unfamiliar with it’s use.  My friend Charlie, respectfully refers to it as “a planer on a stick.”  Once mastered, a sharp adze is one of those tools that is a joy to use, pure therapy. When seeing an adze today, many people assume that it is some type… ... read more
    Source: A Woodworker’s MusingsPublished on 2015-08-04
  • Side trip…
    We saw in the news this weekend, that our famed Bluenose schooner has been reunited with its American counterpart schooner, the Columbia. These two have not been seen together since 1923, so we had to go see them.Bluenose II at dock in LunenburgBesides today being a holiday, the stores are closed anyway, so my steps rehab project is on hold until then....Both ships are replicas, both original famed racing/fishing Schooners having long been lost to sea.Bluenose II was built in… ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2015-08-03
  • Making Chopsticks in Taipei with the New Chopstick Master™ from Bridge City Tool Works
    Dear Drivel Starved Nation- Several weeks ago, over the Forth of July holiday, I traveled to Taipei to unveil the second generation of the Chopstick Master™.  If you have never been to Taipei in July, it is hot. So hot in fact, on my cab ride to the exhibition hall I saw two trees fighting over a dog… The second generation of the CSM saw the addition of a small sliding table and saw blade for making the pyramidal finial… ... read more
    Source: Bridge City Tool WorksPublished on 2015-08-03
  • Kezurou-Kai in Brooklyn, Aug. 29, 2015
    Kezurou-Kai in Brooklyn, Aug. 29, 2015: For the second year in a row, Yann Giguère is hosting a Kezurou-Kai at his shop, Mokuchi Studio, in Brooklyn on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. You may think of a Kezurou-Kai as simply a planing contest, or a demonstration of freakishly large Japanese planes, but it’s much more than that. It’s an opportunity for woodworkers to get together, talk about woodworking and tools, and to have a great time. I had a terrific time… ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2015-08-03
  • It’s a Two-fer…plus Letter to a Woodworker, conclusion…for now
    I just found out that a student for the August class at North Bennet Street had to cancel and even though the class has plenty enrolled to run, I thought that I might entice someone to jump on the spot with some news. Tim Manney has offered to teach the class along with me. If you aren't familiar with Tim, you should visit his blog. You will soon know more about Tim as he has a number of articles in… ... read more
    Source: Chair NotesPublished on 2015-08-03
  • Sweet Bench: Small Shop Roubo by Frank Strazza
    We received a quick note from Frank last week about a bench he's recently finished and is now up for sale. Outfitted with C-Series vises (for that vintage look) the bench is 66" long, 24" wide and 36" high. Frank reports the top is Euro beech, and the base is drawbored m&t eastern hard maple, built from solid 16/4 legs.Frank's work is well known around here. It can described in one word: perfect. To see more pics of this particular… ... read more
    Source: BenchcraftedPublished on 2015-08-03
  • The Battleship
    Projects come, projects stay. I walked around the shop one day to count the projects I had started only to put down for one reason or another. I got depressed by the number 20. Unfinished for any number of reasons. I cut a panel too short on one. I wasn’t sure of the curve of another.  Not hard to make a new panel, 0r try to mock up the curve. That logic does not fly in the face of a… ... read more
    Source: Northwest Woodworking StudioPublished on 2015-08-03
  • Ploughing grooves using a simpler Stanley
    The Stanley 13-030 Three-blade Plough Plane Stanley made a series of less complex planes by shifting from cast ferrous metals to alluminium in the 60’s. Extruded in long lengths in shaped sections meant a 12 foot length of alluminium could be chopped to length and refined by milling to receive cutters depth stops guide rods and setscrews in a matter of minutes and all of that without compromising the quality of cut. The lowliest of all this model type… ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2015-08-03
  • Step One: Make a Compass
    I’m a mathematical Einstein. More specifically, like Einstein’s mother. When she was 2. In middle school, I whizzed through geometry. But then came algebra. When I nearly failed calculus, my dad promised I’d still become the next Gary Kasparov. It turns out, not so much. After I flicked the bird to Combinatorics and P-Chem in college, I prayed that I’d never have to “do math” again. And so it went for fifteen years. Then I met “By Hound &… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-08-03
  • Life is Long
    Whoever said that life is short never had any hand tools! Life is long... enjoy it ~ ... read more
    Source: The Unplugged WoodshopPublished on 2015-08-03
  • 1/2 day of work and 1/2 day of nothing……
    The 3 day job from hell is/was almost done. At least I thought it was almost done until my wife came up a few other things she wants done. The last time she wanted something else done was to ask for new treads on the back stairs. We all know how that turned out.Now it's how to or what to use on the floor of the addition part of the back door add on. My vote was for slate tile… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-08-03
  • Tool Review – WoodOwl OverDrive Bits
    A couple of months ago, I was contacted by Star-M, the company that makes the WoodOwl line of drill bits.  They had read some of my earlier posts in which I had used one of their Ultra Smooth Auger bits to drill all the dog holes in my benchtop and also all the holes in my sliding deadmen.  They asked if I would be interested in doing a tool review of some of their OverDrive drill bits.  This was quite a… ... read more
    Source: The Bench BlogPublished on 2015-08-03
  • Stopped dovetails for case work
    Cutting stopped or sliding dovetails by hand is not nearly as difficult as one might think, given that you have the right tools. For me, a sharp cross cut saw, a saw guide block (beveled to the appropriate angle), several sharp chisels (one ground for making the angled stop cuts) and a router plane makes the task fairly straightforward. That said, every time I find myself engaged in this particular job I experience some level of trepidation. Obviously, layout is… ... read more
    Source: A Woodworker’s MusingsPublished on 2015-08-03
  • Greenwoodstock 2015 at my Front steps…
    This past Week End, we had another reunion of Greenwood's oldies in town, theGreenwoodstock 2015 reunion.Group picture from their Facebook page.As per the last reunion I hosted, it gives us the chance to host old friends passing thru for the reunion. This year we were hosting our friend, Rose Goulden from Halifax.This includes being her Designated Driver for the various reunion activities :-)She has a long history of hip's problems. Watching her navigate our front steps the other nite, remembered… ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2015-08-02
  • Free Download: Excerpt from ‘By Hound & Eye’
    Somewhere in the world of geometry is the transition between a circle and a square. It’s a weird point, and something I struggled with for a long time. How do you use a compass and straightedge to produce a perfect square? “By Hound & Eye” has the answer, and Snidely the geometry dog will guide you. I’ve prepared a special excerpt from this workbook that you can download and sample the kind of instruction offered in this new workbook. This… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-08-02
  • My Great Motivator
    Greed, love, fear, are recognized as great motivating factors in one’s life.  But for me, lack of space is right up there with the most powerful of them. Anyone who’s been following my shenanigans for any length of time will, very likely, remember that I have been stumbling over an unfinished chest of drawers for several years.  That’s right, this thing started out as an experiment in band sawing ogee bracket feet a couple of years ago.  So now, desperately… ... read more
    Source: A Woodworker’s MusingsPublished on 2015-08-02
  • Chopstick-making Party!
    Earlier this year I got to use an early prototype of the Bridge City Tools Chopstick Master during a trip to Portland, Ore. (Read about that here.) After planing out a pair of Japanese-style sticks, Bridge City founder John Economaki asked if I’d be interested in testing the second prototype. Hmmm. Food. Woodworking. Could I add alcohol to this equation? And thus began the idea for the chopstick-making party we held last night. We gathered eight adults and two… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-08-02
  • London Joyners v Sawyers, Turners v Joyners
    van Vliet’s turner, 1635van Vliet’s carpenters, 1635These two excerpts are from: Henry Laverock Phillips, Annals of the Worshipful Company of Joiners of the City of London, (London: privately printed, 1915) 1633 Petition of the Compy of Joyners &c to the C of Aldermen against Freemen Sawyers Report to the C of Aldermen…we caused to come before us as well divers of the Cy of Joyners as other freemen Boxmakers as also the Sawyers  we conferred also with the Wardens of the… ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2015-08-02
  • I came so close…..
    There will be no day of rest on sunday. I tried awfully hard to complete this and I even added a #6 from yesterday's post. This is woodworking and this was my bread and butter work for years while I was in the Navy. But this is something that I haven't kept up with and now I'm sore. I am all right until I stop and sit. Then it's hell to fight gravity to get back up and moving again.Now… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-08-02
  • The power of amateurism
    A discussion breaks out at the end of the day and we talk evermore about wood. I’m on the periphery listening, but generally the whole day seemed to me about how to make this or that using this or that wood with this or that hand tool. The banter goes back and forth and the participants share something quite unique with one another—amateurism. Amateurism is an ingredient you can’t really bottle to sell, you can’t tax it and more still… ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2015-08-02