• Incredible Water Powered Wood Shop at Hancock Shaker Village
    Check out my above video of my private tour of the water-powered, belt-driven woodworking machine shop at the historical Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. I'll admit that I forgot to publish this last year along with the other videos! Hancock volunteer Ted Williams gave Will Myers and I a private tour of this workshop, and let us use ... read more
    Source: Wood and ShopPublished on 2017-02-24
  • Shop Update for 2/24/17: New Shop Floor
    So Much Room for Activities!!! I’ve wanted a better floor in my shop for years. I put down my ghetto peel and stick vinyl tiles back in 2006 in an attempt to make it feel less like a garage and more like a shop. But they offer nothing in the way of comfort and definitely don’t make it feel like anything but a garage. So when Rubber Flooring Inc had a sale, I made the leap and got my ... read more
    Source: Renaissance Woodworker BlogPublished on 2017-02-24
  • Macica Workshop: February 2017 Update
    February greetings from the Macica Workshop!  It has been quite a while since my last post…it has been a busy season! First off, we finally got some winter snow to enjoy here in upstate New York…. We had some great sledding days…. Our youngest son has been enjoying taking “Fluffy” out and making a snow tunnel village for him to hop through….. and we enjoyed some good winter music too! Guitars…. In the workshop, I recently ... read more
    Source: The Macica WorkshopPublished on 2017-02-24
  • Squirrel Attacks Window!
    We've had a few odd requests over the years, the most peculiar was a request for my Dad to be a life model. But this was a new one for me, Squirrel attack!!!. See below my client's email and the damage on the photo above. "Hi Graham, I hope all is well with you. I have just gone into my sitting room to discover a squirrel it must have fallen down the chimney and got out through the log ... read more
    Source: G S Haydon & SonPublished on 2017-02-24
  • serendipity……
    ...... where luck gives an unexpected and pleasant happening. For me that was an almost empty post office.  I had to stop there after work to mail out the irons and when I pulled into the parking lot I got the last spot. Not a good omen.  I resigned myself to standing in line for quite a while as I went in. Then the serendipity thing said hello because there was only one person in front of me. And the ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-02-24
  • Music I’d Like To Hear #123
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    Source: Doug BerchPublished on 2017-02-24
  • Frames
    I had a chance to make some more frames with some inlay this time.  Mahogany with yellow heart inlay. ... read more
    Source: She Works WoodPublished on 2017-02-24
  • Estonian Spoons and Bowls
    Fig. 73. Wooden Spoons: 1. Spoon from Muhu, Mäla village, ERM A 290:150; 2. Spoon from Karja, Koikla village. EM 16957. This is an excerpt from “Woodworking in Estonia” by Ants Viires and translated by Mart Aru. Until the beginning of the century, spoons and ladles for home use were generally produced by the peasants themselves. The preferred timber was that of birch, hard pieces of birch root and sometimes juniper. To prevent these articles from cracking, they were frequently boiled in hot water (they were ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-02-24
  • Scrub plane II
    Here it is another scrub plane just terminated: beech body and wild olive sole (unfortunately this wood is ending......I'll have to ask again Michele (who lives in Puglia) for supplying me with another little amount of it.  This time I tried to add a beading moulding to plane sides and I have to say I am satisfied. I cut them with a Stanley 50, equipped with its narrower beading cutter.The front handle is inserted by a sliding dovetail joint, coupled ... read more
    Source: Woodworking by HandPublished on 2017-02-24
  • Scrub Plane
    Some years ago I found several 34 mm plane blades as new old stock. Too many narrow for a jack or smoother plane, perfect for making scrub planes (just I had to round the cutting edge). This is a four pieces plane (two lateral, two central). The woods are beech for the body and wild olive (from Puglia, Italy) for the sole. ... read more
    Source: Woodworking by HandPublished on 2017-02-23
  • The Truth About Flush-cutting Saws
    Flush-cutting saws offer an amazing promise: It can cut a dowel or tenon flush to its surrounding surface without causing any damage. The truth is, however, no matter how awesome your flush-cutting saw is or how skilled you are, things can go wrong. The most common problem is the saw can drift slightly. And with a flush-cutting saw, any drifting can be disastrous. The teeth can dive into the work […] The post The Truth About Flush-cutting Saws appeared first ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2017-02-23
  • Making a Socket Chisel Handle Without a Lathe
    I'm not well informed when it comes to chisels.  I know there are many types - bench, firmer, mortise, paring, etc.  Aside from mortise chisels, I don't know what the differences are between types.A year or two ago I found a couple chisels at a garage sale.  Both are about a 1/4" wide (not exactly 1/4" though, for whatever reason), one has no handle and the handle on the other is loose.  So I wanted to experiment with making a ... read more
    Source: Woodworking in a tiny shopPublished on 2017-02-23
  • Riving, riving, riving. Keep those wedges riving…..
    Don't try this at home.After loading the 6ft quarters (fifths) I am left with a 3ft length, that's not going in, no matter how creative I get with levers and tipping points etc. Nothing for it but to lighten the load a little.All, while 'Storm Doris' raged over the valley top. ... read more
    Source: Rivers JoineryPublished on 2017-02-23
  • Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event in Covington, Ky.
    Lie-Nielsen Toolworks is hosting a Hand Tool Event at Braxton Brewing in Covington, Ky., on March 10-11 (details from Lie-Nielsen are here). We will have a booth at the brewery both days and will have our storefront open on Saturday only (not Friday; nor Thursday) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our storefront is a seven-minute walk from the brewery. On Saturday night we are organizing an outing to Rhinegeist brewing in Cincinnati where we shall play Hammerschlager – ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-02-23
  • Laminated Molding Plane Irons
    A couple of months ago someone dropped off an old molding plane in my shop that was missing the iron and wedge. A plane missing its iron is like a book torn in half, so unsatisfying… Lie-Nielsen happens to make tapered molding plane iron blanks from solid 0-1 steel that you can buy annealed and ready for profiling for not too much money, but how about making your own by forge laminating some tool steel? For anyone interested in ... read more
    Source: Granite Mountain WoodcraftPublished on 2017-02-23
  • Making an ash splint pack basket
    Some images from the process of making my latest ash splint pack basket. Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Steve Tomlin CraftsPublished on 2017-02-23
  • Western Saws or Japanese Saws for Beginners?
    Western Saws or Japanese Saws for Beginners?: Bob Rozaieski:I am by no means an expert on Japanese tools. I own a few, and I have had the opportunity to try many different Japanese saws, chisels and hand planes. However, I do not work with them enough to consider myself worthy of giving you advice on them.Bob then proceeds to show that he’s a fibber by making a lot of smart observations about Japanese saws. He also made me blush.(Bob, if ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2017-02-23
  • Experiment: Making My Own Cold Bleached Linseed Oil
    I was always happy with standard boiled linseed oil (BLO). It's got a lot of great things going for it: it's widely available at any hardware store, it looks great as a finish on it's own, it can be combined with other things to make different finishes, it makes a great wipe-on finish, etc.My only beef with it for a long time is the smell.It turns out that BLO isn't boiled at all. Nowadays, raw linseed oil (which works as ... read more
    Source: ToolerablePublished on 2017-02-23
  • paper towel holder pt IV…….
    True to my word, there will only be a final part V. That one will be the painted, ooh and aah, glamour shot part. I am still waiting on the spindles. When I checked on them this afternoon, they had received the order. That is it. No shipped it out, no tracking number, just we got your money and when we get around to it, we'll ship it.mind is made up nowUnfinished box on the top, the new linseed oil ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-02-23
  • Keepsake or Keepsafe Box
    From my Journal Tuesday 21st February 2017 A good day thinking through the prototype, which will be a keepsake box that you can keep just about anything you want in from letters to chisels depending on what you hold dear. I finally developed the awkward corner joint and that went well enough without making it … Read the full post Keepsake or Keepsafe Box on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2017-02-23
  • A George II Walnut Serpentine Chest – Part Four
    I don’t have any images of the rear of the original walnut chest; however, roughly thirty years ago I restored a chest of remarkably similar quality and construction (though of mahogany) which had an oddly asymmetrical three-panel pine back. I … Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Pegs and ‘TailsPublished on 2017-02-23
  • It’s not your fault
    The most crucial impediment to learning woodworking skills that I have observed when advising woodworkers is the use of cheap, inappropriate, or poorly prepared tools. It is amazing how often student woodworkers – and this really includes all of us to varying degrees – are baffled by poor results from bad tools. Worse yet, the […] ... read more
    Source: Heartwood BlogPublished on 2017-02-23
  • revisiting an old favorite
    I’ve been trying to finish off this chest with 2 drawers lately. I’m close, but have to go to North House Folk School soon, so the last bits will be in 2 weeks. Today I spent making the last 12′ of moldings – out of a total of over 45 feet! Rabbet plane first… …followed by hollows & rounds…. Late in the day I still had some daylight. I have been using the last 30 or 45 minutes ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2017-02-22
  • The Struggle of Pricing Your Work
    For Philip Morley, finding a balance when pricing work has been, and will continue to be, a work in progress, but here are three things that make it easier for him ... read more
  • Now Taking Orders for the Deluxe ‘Roubo on Furniture’
    Last night at dinner I laid out the finances involved in printing the deluxe “With All the Precision Possible: Roubo on Furniture,” and I think I saw the blood drain out of my wife’s face – just a little bit. It’s like sending a child to college. It’s vitally important, and so you somehow find the money to make it happen. But when you stand back and count up all the dollars involved you wonder how the heck you did ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-02-22
  • So, you want to make a saw handle…
    Months ago I got the idea in my fool head that I was going to make a few 20″ panel saws based on the Kenyon saws from Benjamin Seaton’s tool chest. I’ve always liked the curvy look of these saws, right down to the rounded tip, but it was seeing this picture on Isaac Smith’s website (Blackburn Tools) that finally pushed me over the edge. Holy Wow! Problem, is not just that saws like these are hard to come by (they ... read more
    Source: The Daily SkepPublished on 2017-02-22
  • Results from the 2017 Wall Shelf Build-Off
    Well, the ballots have been tallied and that means it’s time to award some prizes.  Although there were not as many entries as I had hoped for, the shelves built were well-constructed, innovative, and certainly well made considering the two day time limit. This made it tough for judges to decide which shelf was the best of each category. Several categories were decided by a single vote. Sponsors and Prizes First, I’d like to thank the generous sponsors who have ... read more
    Source: Flair WoodworksPublished on 2017-02-22
  • Tea House Table – Dovetails
    Hello and welcome to my blog!  This post continues a series in which I’m building a low table and chair to be installed in a tea house.  Significant progress has been made on the prototype and final chairs, and now they have been put aside to complete the table top.  The table height will ultimately be determined by comfort at the finished chair height and so in order to prepare for that fitting the table top needed to be completed. The table ... read more
    Source: Brian Holcombe WoodworkerPublished on 2017-02-22
  • Giving new life to a piece of furniture.
    When it comes to my world of restoration and woodworking I not too picky if the money is right. Take for example the set of 4 shield back chairs made from mahogany and now painted. While some will say why would you paint them? There are also many who will say I love them! Really when it comes down to it, my business is to save furniture from heading into a dumpster or another land fill. If I can give ... read more
    Source: Freddy RomanPublished on 2017-02-22
  • Something Borrowed, Something Blue
    If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably already seen the finished crochet.  I’m very pleased with how it came out.  The screw holds like crazy and the EWP wedge doesn’t seem redundant.  But if I could do it again, I’d screw the wedge in from the outside.  I’ll have to remove the crochet to […] ... read more
    Source: The apartment woodworkerPublished on 2017-02-22