• Spice Cabinet Progress- Back At It
    After some time off for some travel and a few small projects, finally getting back to the Spice Cabinet shown in some previous posts below). Decided to get on the Line & Berry inlay for the door panel before starting to dovetail the many interior drawers.The pattern is traced out on the back side of the panel.Once the pattern is complete, start scribing the lines to accept the stringing.A little  trial and error here as to how deep the grooves need ... read more
    Source: First Light WoodworkingPublished on 2016-08-25
  • Shortcuts to Good Design
    It’s in Chinnery. A staked backstool shown on page 77 of Victor Chinnery’s “Oak Furniture: The British Tradition” (Antique Collectors’ Club, 1979). This is an excerpt from “The Anarchist’s Design Book” by Christopher Schwarz. All of the pieces in this book were designed using dirt-simple techniques that rely on photos of old furniture, a pencil, scraps of wood and wire clothes hangers. The method allows you to stand on the shoulders of successful designs and alter them to fit a ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-08-25
  • Returning Home
    During Joseph’s recent trip to the USA last week he retrieved two planes I was sorely missing in my personal plane family. It is hard to express what you feel when certain tools have been lost, irreparably and permanently damaged, misplaced or displaced because, if they were working tools as a significant part of your worklife, they simply cannot be replaced. Such are these two planes of mine. Why is that so? Well, the planes are part of who I am ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2016-08-25
  • How to Start a Woodworking Myth
    There are so many old wives’ tales in our craft that you could write an entire book that lists and debunks them. Students constantly bombard me with them, and it makes me wonder: How do these begin? After a slip of the tongue the other day, I think I have a good idea. This week I’m assembling a Roman workbench and had a couple woodworking friends over as we drove […] The post How to Start a Woodworking Myth appeared ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2016-08-25
  • A trio of rims
    Just to complete the story, here are all 3 rims. The twin-point rim takes a surprisingly long time to construct as there are 17 separate pieces to be fitted together, glued etc! ... read more
    Source: A Luthier’s BlogPublished on 2016-08-25
  • Pronunciation guide to the newly renamed Guaranteed Rate Field, home of the White Sox:…
    Pronunciation guide to the newly renamed Guaranteed Rate Field, home of the White Sox: kə-‘mi-skē 'pärk ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2016-08-25
  • Changing the World One Photograph at a Time…
    Drivel Starved Nation; It was an exciting time to be a furniture designer/maker back in the 1970’s. I can still remember the excitement of my first commission —it’s such an honor when others want your work in their home. I was so lucky. But this luck came with a caveat. All of the people who were ordering furniture from me had money. Lots of money. I immaturely mentioned to my Dad that I only exist because of rich people. In his ... read more
    Source: Bridge City Tool WorksPublished on 2016-08-25
  • sometimes life gets in the way…….
    Yesterday and today were my shortest times in the shop after work in a long time. I had wanted to play with my new 2500 Walke-Moore router but it didn't happen. I could have but there isn't much you can do and get an informed opinion on in less than a half an hour. Instead I puttered with my box. That was ok and although I got something done, it was a slow and meandering adventure.tuesday night's outputThis is one ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-08-25
  • Cheap Tricks at WIA
    Study of a burl mallet by Barb Walker One of the perks of being married to an artist is that we share a lot about design and the creative life. Barb’s always introducing me to her artist friends and mentors she admires. Here’s one of the greats, Wayne Thiebaud sharing his insight on a great masterpiece at the Met. Late in the clip he laughs about how the painting is just a bunch of cheap tricks. Cheap Tricks You can say ... read more
    Source: Design MattersPublished on 2016-08-25
  • Watch John Heisz cut some wood with paper. Yes, paper.The…
    Watch John Heisz cut some wood with paper. Yes, paper.The obvious question is, did he sharpen the paper to 8000 grit, or did he go all the way to 15000 grit? ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2016-08-24
  • It Has To Be Perfect
    Next stage of the oh-so-secret project. It's all about dovetails and accuracy. Do you know that feeling? Your project has to be perfect. At least it has to be perfect enough for you, so that you have got a good conscience. But challenges are waiting for you. My challenges in this stage of the project are "dovetails". Of course meanwhile I'm able to do them. And often enough they ... read more
    Source: Blue Spruce WoodshopPublished on 2016-08-24
  • hand vs machine……
    Before I let go on my keyboard diarrhea, let me get my disclaimer out of the way.  I used to be a machine tool woodworker exclusively and now I am almost exclusively a hand tool woodworker.  I personally will not lose any sleep whatsoever over how you work wood. I don't care if you use an axe and a stone to pound nails. Nor do I care if you have a power tool shop that would make Norm's New Yankee ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-08-24
  • It’s still my fault
    Band saw. This is an important tool for me. I use it daily. It has two switches on it. One I use all the time. It goes on and off. The other is a panic button and I tell myself and my students, stay away from the panic button, unless! you have panicked. Then by all means, push it. I replaced the main switch 6 years ago. This should last another 20 years or so. Nope. Now the saw works ... read more
    Source: Northwest Woodworking StudioPublished on 2016-08-23
  • Miter Joints in Guitar Making
    The object of using this joint, which is constructively one of the weakest used in joinery, is that moulded surfaces that have to be changed in direction shall not be stopped abruptly nor continued in unsuitable curves.George Ellis, Modern Practical Joinery, 1902Miter joints in classical guitar making are purely decorative.Most joints are butt joints. The sides are joined to the heel of the neck in slots, a scarf joint is used to make the head/neck union, some makers use a ... read more
    Source: Brokeoff Mountain LuthieriePublished on 2016-08-23
  • and even more – noch mehr
    von Slava - from Slava ... read more
    Source: Old LadiesPublished on 2016-08-23
  • Just a reminder that the third annual NYC KEZ is happening this…
    Just a reminder that the third annual NYC KEZ is happening this weekend, hosted as always by Yann Giguère. A new addition to the NYC KEZ are Japanese plane classes on Friday. The advanced Japanese plane class is sold out, but the intermediate class still might have some space. It should be a blast, as always. See you there. ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2016-08-23
  • The Furniture of Seth Rowland
    Drivel Starved Nation! Several weeks ago I had the pleasure of viewing Seth Rowland’s exhibition at the Bellevue Arts Museum  which is 20 minutes east of Seattle. This field trip turned out to be incredibly interesting, first there was our train ride, then the fascinating work of Rowland, and a major surprise that will appear in my next post. It’s always nice to follow the progression of a woodworker who sings with a unique voice in this world we call woodworking.  This is a ... read more
    Source: Bridge City Tool WorksPublished on 2016-08-23
  • Griffe in Arbeit – Handles in Progress
    Einige Griffe in unterschiedlichen Bearbeitungsstadien. Olive, Wenge und Ebenholz. Some handles with different stages of progress. Olive, Wenge and Ebony. ... read more
    Source: Two Lawyers ToolworksPublished on 2016-08-23
  • A Scenic View of the Forum
    It is not an early morning forum update like it usually is, but it is written from the most scenic viewpoint so far. Instead of my office I am sitting in beautiful Turkey Run State Park in Indiana. After an exhausting morning of hiking it feels great to sit back, relax and write the update. (Especially when it is quiet because your husband has the toddler.) A lot is going on in the forum these days, this update is ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-08-23
  • Walke-Moore 2500 router plane and a box………
    Before I get to the plane, I wanted to glue up the box that I started yesterday. It's been a while since I've done dovetails and I wasn't too happy with what I did. But it's like anything else in life, practice and frequency usually yields good results. I spent the first part of my shop time analyzing what I did wrong.plowing groovesI had planed the insides yesterday and tonight I plowed a 1/8" groove for the bottom and a ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-08-22
  • The Final, Final Handle Design for my Jackson Dovetail Saws…
    Yesterday I posted the “Final” saw handle design and today I’m posting the “Final, Final” design. This change is brought to you by Kenny Melnzinger, a very kind gentleman who happens to sell his “tuned” handsaws at the Tools of the Trades Show and Sale in Pickering, Ontario. He will be there again at the 2016 Fall show on October 2nd. Check the show ad to the right of this article.So Kenny says to me, “Go read the article on Hang ... read more
    Source: The Part-Time WoodworkerPublished on 2016-08-22
  • Moxon Vises Now Shipping With Crubber
    For some time we've experienced increasing difficulty sourcing suede on a regular basis. The problem isn't so much supply, as there are plenty of cow hides out there, but rather finding a supplier who is consistent and wants to do business. Must just be the industry.So we've looked for other options. And we found it in an unlikely place. Over the winter we fixed up our '69 Volkswagen Beetle and even went so far as to rebuild the engine from ... read more
    Source: BenchcraftedPublished on 2016-08-22
  • Making My Side Table Series
    On woodworkingmasterclasses.com we have been making an occasional or side table by hand. I didn’t realise this table series would be so popular. I designed it many decades ago and have made many a dozen and sold them or given them to my family and friends. This is a foundational course project that I designed as a training project for new woodworkers and those new to hand tools. They take me a day to make and I can sell them ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2016-08-22
  • An Elegant, Simple Bench in Walnut
    Craig Thibodeau of CT Fine Furniture recently sent in these pictures of his minimalist split-top workbench in walnut, featuring our Glide C leg vise."Here are the photos of my split top Roubo with your vise hardware.  It's not quite as clean as it was a few months ago but it has been serving me well and is naturally starting to show some of the inevitable marks of regular use.  Best thing I've done for my shop in a long time."Craig had ... read more
    Source: BenchcraftedPublished on 2016-08-22
  • Register for the Crucible Tool Launch Event
    You can register to attend the Crucible Tool event at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 using this link. Please note that we can accommodate only 100 attendees because of fire codes. So don’t dally. — Christopher SchwarzFiled under: Crucible Tool, Uncategorized ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-08-22
  • Grinling Gibbons – Carving like him…
    Back in the introduction to this tour of Gibbons’ work I said: “My interest in Gibbons comes from being an amateur woodcarver. Like many other carvers, the first time I saw pictures of his work, I was amazed at the intricacy and delicacy he produced with wood.” The attributes I found interesting are high relief, apparent thinness of leaves and petals, and piercing or layering that produces airiness. Seeing the work in person simply amplified the realization of how deep and thin and ... read more
    Source: Bob EastonPublished on 2016-08-22
  • a good day in the shop is better……
    ....than most things I can think of off the top of my head. I worked on three things today and none of them are done. That is ok with me. Most of the fun I have in the shop is just being there. It may appear that I had an aimless day but I didn't. I just happened to have started 3 different things with the intention of finishing them later. Not having the shop cleaned up may have had ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-08-22
  • Chisel Tray-Part 1
    Well, it’s not quite as hot, but the humidity is still hanging on.  An hour at a stretch is about all I can take.  I know what the next project will be, but I’m struggling with the design.  So I’ve been looking over the shop and evaluating my current setup.  It has been just about a year since I moved into the new shop and I’ve built a few projects in it.  So a review of what is working and ... read more
    Source: GREG MERRITT – BY MY OWN HANDSPublished on 2016-08-22
  • Scythes in the city
    This weekend, I took half a dozen 2ft long blades into the Manchester city.... Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Steve Tomlin CraftsPublished on 2016-08-21
  • Final Handle Design – Unless Told Otherwise…
    You guys were a lot of help with this saw handle exercise. The consensus of opinion was that there needed to be more meat on the bone so I beefed up the parts that needed beefing. As a few of you said, I can always scrap away if needed, but I can’t add to it.The one thing that wasn’t discussed by anyone was the “Hang Angle”, the angle of the grip relevant to the saw plate. These plates are roughly ... read more
    Source: The Part-Time WoodworkerPublished on 2016-08-21