• My Personal Sharpening Kit
    We are filming a full-length video to complement my “Sharpen This” book. Megan is filming it, and I am editing it. The video will be available next month. One of the film’s many segments is about my personal sharpening kit. You might find the information interesting. Plus, this short video will give you a feel...... Read more
    Source: Lost Art Press Published on: 2022-09-29
  • UFO’s and Duct Tape
    My Mother-in-law loved to watch TV shows about aliens and UFOs. She also thought you could fix anything with duct tape, even a leaky water line. It always amazed me how an eighty year old lady could squeeze under her kitchen sink and mummify a leaking pipe with a big old roll of gray tape. […]... Read more
    Source: BH&E Published on: 2022-09-28
  • Resuming joinery; take 2 or 3
    I’ve been working in the shop lately, mostly half-days. I looked back at the blog posts for the past month-plus. In mid-August I thought I was recovering from Lyme disease. Boy was that wishful thinking. You don’t need the gory details, but I’m perhaps back on the mend. Again. I did video work yesterday, carving … Continue reading Resuming joinery; take 2 or 3... Read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner's notes Published on: 2022-09-28
  • Kezurou-kai In-Person (!) Event, Santa Cruz, Nov. 20, 2022
    Kezurou-kai In-Person (!) Event, Santa Cruz, Nov. 20, 2022: This is awesome. Kezurou-Kai USA is having an in-person event at the UC-Santa Cruz campus on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022. This is the first in-person event since 2019. The schedule includes sharpening and plane set up, and a planing contest. Should be a ton of fun.... Read more
    Source: Giant Cypress Published on: 2022-09-28
  • #3 is done.....
    Tea cabinet #3 is done and TC #4 isn't that far behind. Once that one gets a check mark in the done column it is on to the mahogany Tea cabinet. I forgot to call the lumber yard today but I'm thinking my best bet is to make a road trip to New Hampshire's Highland Hardwoods. I haven't ever made the trip during the week and only have done it on saturdays. Maybe I'll get lucky and I won't run... Read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker Published on: 2022-09-28
  • How We Work Our Rough-sawn
    It’s a fallacy to think that we can constrain wood indefinitely by weighting during drying but it is done in the industry. Sticker the boards and beams to allow air or steam circulation between the layers and the weight keeps the boards from over distorting. The wood comes out relatively dry and remains stickered and … How We Work Our Rough-sawn Read More » Read the full post How We Work Our Rough-sawn on Paul Sellers' Blog.... Read more
    Source: Paul Sellers' Blog Published on: 2022-09-28
  • Praise for ‘The Belligerent Finisher’
    Touching a surface that had been gently used for hundreds of years is something that cannot be easily replicated. And so, for the most part, I’ve never attempted it.  Why? I’ve seen hundreds of new pieces of furniture that have been “aged” through chemical and physical abuse. And to be honest they reminded me of...... Read more
    Source: Lost Art Press Published on: 2022-09-28
  • For Sale: Walnut Comb-back Stick Chair
    This six-stick comb-back chair is one of the four chairs I built during the filming of our “Build a Stick Chair” video. It features a squarish back, 14 sticks and details found on many of my favorite Welsh chairs. (I wouldn’t call this a Welsh stick chair, however.) This chair is set up for general...... Read more
    Source: Lost Art Press Published on: 2022-09-27
  • one more almost done......
     I bit the bullet and made a road trip to the Duluth store to buy a jacket. I wasn't looking forward to driving in the traffic on Rte 2 but the jacket I wanted was $25 off. The traffic wasn't that on Rte 2 but I did get stuck behind a moron on Post Road driving and texting. What I thought would take over an hour only ate up about 40 minutes. My other Duluth jacket I had (worn for... Read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker Published on: 2022-09-27
  • Portable tool kits of the early 1900s
    In the early 20th century it was quite common for tool manufacturers to sell tool sets, such as the No.700 from Goodell-Pratt. These sets were made for the household, office or workshop, and had the tools needed to perform basic tasks. This set contained: All is a hardwood case, weighing just over 3 pounds. The … Continue reading Portable tool kits of the early 1900s... Read more
    Source: Working by hand Published on: 2022-09-27
  • Duckling Revisited
    The ducklings liked the new island so much that they decided to live there. All day long they follow the swan boats and eat peanuts. Robert McCloskey, Make Way for Ducklings (1941) As I finished this latest little duck bowl, … Continue reading →... Read more
    Source: David Fisher, Carving Explorations Published on: 2022-09-26
  • sunday is my slow day.....
     In spite of not staying in the shop long on sundays, today I got a lot done in the AM session. It started off with a road trip to Lowes and getting some gas for the truck. It seems I was riding around on fumes. I wanted to stop at the Duluth trading store but they open at 1000 on sundays. I bought a jacket from them before I lost over a 100lbs and it doesn't fit anymore. I don't... Read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker Published on: 2022-09-26
  • Photo Blog: Moxon's Kiss - Turning Tools
    Plate 12Download a hi-res version of the above image hereThe pictures above and below are from the original 1680 turning installment of Joseph Moxon's "Mechanick Exercises." The book's section on turning is lesser known than the joinery section that I wrote about last week, but it is just as fascinating. As this is a photo blog, I am really trying to convey the feel of a nearly three hundred and fifty year old book; you can read more about the... Read more
    Source: Joel's Blog at Tools for Working Wood Published on: 2022-09-25
  • #4 ready......
     Things with the Tea cabinets are coming along nicely. I will have four of them under my belt by the time I get to the final one. That one may take a while because I don't have enough mahogany to make it. I want the entire thing to made with mahogany. I thought of using something different for the inside drawer and shelves but nixed it. I just remembered today that there is a lumber yard by the VA that... Read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker Published on: 2022-09-25
  • A Bit of Information
    For the last few years I’ve switched back and forth between using Wood Owl spade bits and Japanese Star M F-type augers for drilling critical holes. The Wood Owls are about $3.50 each, and the Star M bits are about $9. Both work fine. But here are their important differences. With the Wood Owls, I...... Read more
    Source: Lost Art Press Published on: 2022-09-24