• Product Video: How to Use a Card Scraper
    If you’ve been looking for a better way to finish your work, look no further than the humble card scraper. Card Scrapers can cut finishing time in half, removing glue squeeze-out, leveling across joints and eliminating tearout, while providing a great surface for applying finish. In the video below, Matt Cremona takes a closer look at Card Scrapers, the unsung heroes in the workshop. Watch the video below to learn the basics for adding a card scraper or two to ... read more
    Source: Highland Woodworking BlogPublished on 2017-12-12
  • the batting line up…….
    The lead off was the glue up of the saw till box and I'll continue to work on that. Batting next is one tool rehab of which I have a lot waiting to be done. In the on deck circle is the chisel roll around cabinet. I decided to start work on it despite saying I was going to concentrate on doing tool rehabs. I am looking forward to having all my chisels in one place. And having that place readily ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-12-12
  • speechless
    behold; a blog without words alas the simple carcass, I hope the majority of work is now behind ... read more
    Source: Grain DamagedPublished on 2017-12-12
  • Donate your excess tools to the Krenov Foundation
    You have some tools hanging around your shop that you don’t use or need. I know you do. It’s inevitable. You’re a woodworker, so more times than you might care to admit, you’ve bought a tool that seemed so shiny and necessary at the time but now sits untouched. Maybe you’ve upgraded your chisels or […] ... read more
    Source: Heartwood BlogPublished on 2017-12-12
  • The Last Soft Wax of the Year
    Katy has made a big batch of soft wax this week – 63 tins that are ready to ship immediately. Click here to order if you don’t need any more information than that. Soft wax is a nice addition to the tool kit of the finisher or tool restorer. It can be used as a stand-alone finish on bare wood. It imparts just a little color and a little protection. Its advantage is it’s incredibly easy to apply. Because it ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-12-12
  • Turn a Bureau into a Workbench
    Building furniture without a dedicated workshop or even a workbench has always been a challenge. While there are lots of ways to get around the problem, one of my favorite is what is called the “bureau-shop.” This is where you transform an old chest of drawers into a complete hand-tool shop for light work. The top of the bureau is used as the benchtop (more on that in a minute). […] The post Turn a Bureau into a Workbench appeared ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2017-12-11
  • Mbiras/Kalimbas
    Winter affords the carver a range of pleasures: the joy of carving by the fire on a long winter night, giving away craft during the holidays, and scoring that new tool.  But it also comes with challenges.  In the northeastern U.S., winter means substantially drier air in the workshop.  Drying times suddenly shorten, and what once took days or even weeks to settle into its final shape now snaps to form in a matter of hours.  For the bowl turner ... read more
    Source: Eric GoodsonPublished on 2017-12-11
  • Last Year’s Different Highlights
    Social media to some is a bit like Marmite, you either love it or you hate it. Thos who like Marmite usually have it on toast and turn to it every morning to start their day. It can be the same with Facebook and YouTube. I like it for one or two reasons but the […] Read the full post Last Year’s Different Highlights on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2017-12-11
  • The t shirts have arrived
    I came home from work and was welcomed by a nice surprise. The t shirts have arrived and they turned out pretty good. The ink didn’t run and they feel comfortable to wear. I know with any printed shirts you cannot put an iron over the label or they will simply melt off. All in all I’m pretty happy with them. Except for the price of the black shirt. I don’t know why they charge extra for the black. ... read more
    Source: Journeyman’s journalPublished on 2017-12-11
  • survived another glue up…….
    The plan today had two parts. The first was to finish my xmas shopping which I got done by 0830. Getting two gift cards completed my list for 2017. The second item on the hit parade was to glue up the saw till box. Happy to report all went well in Mudville but saying it's 100% will have to wait until tomorrow.One thing I forgot to get was a piano hinge for the saw till.  I drove right by Home ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-12-11
  • It Takes Only 100 Workbenches
    Some things in woodworking are hard-earned. Translation: I might not be so bright. This week I performed some maintenance to my circa 1505 workbench designed by Martin Löffelholz. I’d built the bench last year using components that were soaking wet. This was not my preference, but sometimes we don’t have a choice when it comes to wood. So what would be my preference? A wet top and bone-dry legs. In my case, the tenons on the four wet legs ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-12-10
  • A New Discovery!
    A small tin of Prooftint Stain sprung a leak and coloured a portion of my shelf, awe how considerate. The little bugger over the years slowly ate its way through the bottom of the can. Not really sure how though as it’s not possible, but the evidence is in the pudding. As I was cleaning and cursing away, you know the usual shop talk with yourself, I noticed this beautiful brass or bronze like patina on another tin the stain leaked on. ... read more
    Source: Journeyman’s journalPublished on 2017-12-10
  • #3 rehabbed…..
    winter wonderland at1500My wife and I were talking about the white stuff today. Neither one of us could recall the last time snow was on the ground before xmas. I remember a much different climate and time when I was a young boy compared to now. Back then there was usually snow before thanksgiving and it was unheard of not to have lots of snow on xmas day. Everything changes, including the weather.Fiskar paper cutterI got this from amazon earlier ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-12-10
  • Exotic Woods to Try with Your Next Project
    I received an email this morning randomly from Lord knows who. The Woodworking forum advertised doesn’t appear in the search list. The business address advertised also is non existent, so I’m just taking it as spam.  However, it’s not useless information and I thought I’d share it with you. I’ve also provided a link to a website I discovered this morning who sells exotic species in the US.  I thought Australia was the only country with high priced timber, I ... read more
    Source: Journeyman’s journalPublished on 2017-12-09
  • And the Winner of the 3/16″ Side Bead Is….
    Let's closer look...Double checking...UPSET!!!!!!was***[email protected]!!!!!!!Email coming... ... read more
    Source: Musings from Big PinkPublished on 2017-12-09
  • Registration To Win A 3/16″ Side Bead Plane…
    Registration to win a 3/16" side bead plane IS CLOSED. A winner will be chosen at random later this afternoon.Every entrant has been assigned a number based on the order in which he/she responded. Check the alphabetical list below for your email followed by your assigned number.Each number has been assigned a spot on the board. A spot on the board will be chosen at random using 'The RANDOMIZER' method.The winner will be the person who has the most shot ... read more
    Source: Musings from Big PinkPublished on 2017-12-09
  • Bistro Table, Part 3: Leg Shaping and Glue-up
    The undercarriage of the table looks like this:Bistro table undercarriageThe uprights get a long cove and the feet and top supports get some straight cuts.  The shaping of the uprights was straightforward.  I used a thin, bendable stick to mark the curve, starting and ending about 1/8" from the bridle joint miters.  Then I made some relief cuts,Relief cuts down to the layout linechiseled out the waste, and cleaned it up with a spokeshave.Fairing the curve with a spokeshaveThe feet ... read more
    Source: Woodworking in a tiny shopPublished on 2017-12-09
  • New Stickers Available my Fancy Lads (and Lasses)
    Perchance would you care to procure a new sticker set for your divan, boudoir or your dearest fainting couch? (Translation: Want some stickers for your pie hole?) We have a new set of three stickers available now from my daughter Maddy the sticker princess (not be confused with Katy the wax princess). This set features a 3”-diameter sticker from the Fancy Lad Academy of Woodworking & Charcuterie. Click here if that doesn’t mean anything to you. The second sticker ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-12-08
  • Dark Chocolate and Sponge Cake (3)
    Design.Most Japanese houses, though the rooms generally are smaller than in most parts of the West, have really large closets in the sleeping rooms. These closets are built to accommodate futon sets which, after having been aired out, are folded up for storage, allowing the room to be used for other purposes until it is time to turn in.Some apartments however do not have these large closets, and neither do western homes generally. So, in Japan one can obtain a ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2017-12-08
  • Dark Chocolate and Sponge Cake (2)
    I was planning to start talking about the design of the cabinet, however there's another issue occupying my attention at present. Designing and building is an interesting process, and you can never predict everything, despite making all efforts to do so, when it comes to solid wood. This is especially true when you are buying wood at a distance and relying upon photos and descriptions of others.When I designed the cabinet which forms the focus of this build, I drew ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2017-12-08
  • Catching Up With This And That…
    Just a few quick thoughts...Someone, I think on Google, asked me to post drawings for the little portable vise I posted about on November 11th. I have been working on them and should have them done relatively soon.Also, I was asked about the knicker blade for the Filletster Plane I posted about back in February of this year. I did get a replacement blade from Bob's Tool Box in the UK, but it was a tad too wide so I plan to ... read more
    Source: The Part-Time WoodworkerPublished on 2017-12-08
  • STL 152: Winter Woodworking Woes
    Plus, the guys talk about deciding what to build, Japanese vs Western style saws, favorite techniques, and what you should add to your holiday wishlist ... read more
  • The Times, They Are A-Changin’*
    The Times, They Are A-Changin’*: Megan Fitzpatrick:Just a quick post to say that, as of today, I am no longer with Popular Woodworking.But that doesn’t mean I’m leaving woodworking – far from it. I’m looking forward to lots more time in the shop as I build some commission pieces, and I’m working on a number of woodworking writing and editing projects. Plus, I’ve a couple classes already lined up for 2018, and am working on a few more. In short, ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2017-12-08
  • Reading the grain
    Having the ability to read grain on wood is one of the many most fundamental critical tasks a woodworker should have competency in. Some timbers are easy to read while others are not.  Let’s look at this African Tulip I’m working with to have a better understanding on the subject. If we look at the board, you’ll see the grain is a cathedral or one could even describe it as a ripple in a pond. It appears to our eyes the ... read more
    Source: Journeyman’s journalPublished on 2017-12-08
  • Video: Hi Vise Build
    Watch Guy Dunlap build our Hi Vise in this excellent video from our friends at Highland Woodworking.Hi Vises are in stock and ready to ship. ... read more
    Source: BenchcraftedPublished on 2017-12-07
  • Judgement Day Has Arrived, we welcome our robot overlords….
    Well, long in the tooth is an understatement here lately.Judging, not so much by our friends and patrons, from whom we still get the occasional kudos for our website, but by the mellifluous and subtly patronizing emails we receive in the dozens per week from all those fans from far away lands that so generously offer their expertise, time and energy,  for a small fee of course, to pointing out how beautiful and effective our website is while at the same ... read more
    Source: BenchcraftedPublished on 2017-12-07
  • Workbench personalities
    Many of you will have seen this series by Christopher Schwarz.  It is amusing and perhaps of some value as a cautionary tale for those about to build a bench.  I have a different take on this subject though.Woodworkers have explored the design of workbenches exhaustively over the centuries.  Like the foods of different cultures, they all have something to offer and, based on personal preference, each of us likes some more than others.  Some of this has to do with ... read more
    Source: Oregon Woodworker by Andy MargesonPublished on 2017-12-07
  • No, really, you can build one yourself.
    Let me begin by saying that if you haven’t watched the plane build video on The English Woodworker website, go do that now before reading the rest of this post. No really, go ahead, I’ll wait. Watched it? Good. Now, I have to say this. Since moving to hand tools I’ve taken the path that most people take these days and I started with a Stanley no.5 Jack plane. My experience with that plane lead to a long and slippery ... read more
    Source: The Daily SkepPublished on 2017-12-07
  • Hand Tool Q&A Live: Shoulder Planes, Lathes, and Tool Cabinets
    Live Hand Tool Q&A Thanks to everyone who came out and asked questions. Its always a lot of fun. Mostly I get questions about tools so I’m still waiting on someone to ask about a technique so I can actually do some woodworking in these events instead of just talking the whole time! I guess we all love tools right? Lots of topics covered in this session from types of chisels, to tool chests, to pole lathes, and shoulder ... read more
    Source: Renaissance Woodworker BlogPublished on 2017-12-07
  • The Kitchen Series – Bar
    Hello and welcome to my blog!  In this post I detail the process of making a bar for a kitchen remodel.  The bar top will be made of black walnut and the bar paneling will be made of quarter sawn white oak.   This post will also detail the process of making cabinet doors and that of the last remaining drawer to be built.  This last drawer is designed to hold baking sheets and cutting boards. The bar top started ... read more
    Source: Brian Holcombe WoodworkerPublished on 2017-12-07