• 2x4s and Planned Obsolescence
    Author Michael Pollan might be known for his bestsellers on humankind’s relationship with food (such as The Omnivore’s Dilemma or The Botany of Desire), but before he penned either of those books, he wrote about building a house. Specifically, he envisioned a Thoreauvian writing cabin that he would build with his own hands, although he was (in his words) "a radically unhandy man.” My wife found a copy of A Place of My Own in a secondhand store, and I’ve found... Read more
    Source: Mortise & tenon magazine Published on: 2021-09-21
  • cherry dovetails.......
     Got some practice dovetails done in cherry last week. I had made a box and the dovetails weren't like what I do in pine. But it was practice and I studied what I had done with it and made some adjustments. Today I made my second set of dovetails in cherry and they were better. Still not as good as I do in pine but better than my practice  cherry ones. practice cherry dovetailsI had to shim a lot of gaps... Read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker Published on: 2021-09-21
  • May it Live on
      These days, even Monday morning is all about heavy lifting. I met Mike U and Mike C at the worksite with a U-Haul bright and early this morning to haul the timbers and sheathing back home. It truly was a backbreaking way to start the week, but a rewarding one for sure. To my mind, piles of ancient timbers awaiting restoration are an embodiment of Ruskin’s vision for artisans to “build for ever.” Timeless craftsmanship of this sort is... Read more
    Source: Mortise & tenon magazine Published on: 2021-09-20
  • Sharpen Crucible Type 2 Dividers
    After we shipped out our first big batch of Crucible Type 2 Dividers, we realized that we made the tips a little too long, and they bent more easily than we liked. It’s an easy thing to fix with a piece of sandpaper. And the “fix” is also the way to sharpen the dividers after...... Read more
    Source: Lost Art Press Published on: 2021-09-20
  • frustrated, again.......
     At today's weigh in I was expecting to lose again. My pants had gotten a wee bit looser feeling and I noticed that my baby pot belly had shrunk a lot. In my mind I thought I had lost at least 3 lbs but I was in for a surprise.Last week I weighed in at 180.6 and today I weighed in at 190.8. I find it incredibly hard to believe that I gained over 10 lbs this week. Especially so... Read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker Published on: 2021-09-20
  • Heather’s blog
    I’ll keep this short – the link below is long, but worth it. Some of you who have read this blog a long time will remember my great friends Heather Neill and Pat Lackey – Heather’s the painter who has made me immortal – you all know the best time to carve spoons is midnight … Continue reading Heather’s blog... Read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner's notes Published on: 2021-09-19
  • productive saturday......
     Got a couple of check marks in the done column today. Almost ready to install the last 4 windows. I think I'm getting it done at the optimal time too. Temps during the day have dipped into the middle 70'sF and the nights on into the low 60'sF. The nights I like because I sleep better when the night temps are on the cool side. Speaking of better sleeping coming, the toilet trot races have scaled back too. I only got... Read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker Published on: 2021-09-19
  • Now Just Hauling
      We got it all down by the end of the day. All went well until the last wall, which was lowered slowly but awkwardly. We’ll be in for a little repair but nothing too catastrophic. Thankful to have it all down. Now just hauling the timbers home and worksite clean-up. – Joshua  ... Read more
    Source: Mortise & tenon magazine Published on: 2021-09-18
  • For Sale: European Spruce/Canadian Cypress Classical Guitar
    For Sale: European Spruce/Canadian Cypress classical guitar. European spruce top Back and sides are triple laminated : cypress, birch, curly walnut. 654mm string length52mm wide fretboard at nut62mm at 12th fret59mm string spacing at bridge 490mm body length278mm upper bout 245mm waist372mm lower boutEbony fretboardEast Indian rosewood bridgeSchaller GrandTune tuning machines with bearingsA beautiful instrument with a gorgeous voice that is loud and projects, classical guitarist Alfredo Muro declares “it is a marvelous guitar!” Please contact me for more information. ... Read more
    Source: Wilson Burnham Guitars Published on: 2021-09-18
  • More Soft Wax 2.0 & More Stock Alerts
    Katherine finished her college midterms this week, drove home and made her biggest batch of Soft Wax 2.0 yet. It is now up for sale in her etsy.com store. Bean, shown above, is always happy to put on his “please-buy-my-mom’s-wax-so-I-can-have-treats” face. Note: This is always his face. This is the finish I use on my...... Read more
    Source: Lost Art Press Published on: 2021-09-18
  • Evolution of French benches in the 1800s
    In 1843 a book was published by carpenter-cabinetmaker Par. M. Nosban titled “Nouveau Manuel Complet du Menuisier de L’Ebeniste et du Layetier“, which translates roughly to “New Complete Manual of Cabinetmaker, and Laymaker”. In Plate 1 a typical bench is illustrated which does not have a leg-vise, although Fig.10 on the plate does illustrate a … Continue reading Evolution of French benches in the 1800s... Read more
    Source: Working by hand Published on: 2021-09-18
  • practice box.......
     The shop day started with my checking the windows. The glazing didn't seem to be as soft as it was a few days ago but I'm going to sit on it. I will let these set up for a few days more than 14 before painting them. I don't want to have to do these dance steps again with these windows. Getting the practice box was in the batters box. I want to get this finished so I can evaluate it.... Read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker Published on: 2021-09-18
  • The Care and Feeding of the Wild Mortise Chisel – Part 2
    By concentrating on precision, one arrives at technique, but by concentrating on technique one does not arrive at precision. Bruno Walter As mentioned in the previous post in this series, in Japan the mortise chisel is called the “Joiner’s Chisel,” because it is specifically designed for precisely and quickly cutting the many small mortises craftsmen … Continue reading The Care and Feeding of the Wild Mortise Chisel – Part 2 →... Read more
    Source: Covington & Sons Tools Published on: 2021-09-18
  • It’s dark when I arrive
    Two owls call to one another as I unlock the door to the garage. The news powers up of a drone attack that sadly and wrongly killed ten innocent people including children at the same time and I am thankful I can find sanity in nature and my workshop. The devolved governments of the UK … It’s dark when I arrive Read More » Read the full post It’s dark when I arrive on Paul Sellers' Blog.... Read more
    Source: Paul Sellers' Blog Published on: 2021-09-18
  • Meet My Dumb Apprentices
    When I began working wood in earnest more than 15 years ago, I was working almost exclusively with hand tools, by choice but also by necessity. Most operations–smoothing boards and joining them together–were fun and even efficient with a fairly … Continue reading →... Read more
    Source: The Literary Workshop Blog Published on: 2021-09-17