• In An Hour
    In an hour I go from neatness and order to a scene of seeming chaos yet I feel settled in the build of shavings at my bench and feet. In the same one hour, I’ve carved and shaped the whole seat to my rocking chair, formed the two tenons connecting the back from to the… Read the full post In An Hour on Paul Sellers' Blog.... Read more
    Source: Paul Sellers' Blog Published on: 2021-01-24
  • …what I'm up to so far in 2021
     The new Bridgeport 2020 ended on kind of a down note--my octogenarian mom took a spill, and I ended up taking about 8 weeks off to travel back to the midwest to help her recover, and ultimately bring her back to PA to stay with us for a while. The pandemic made all of this much tougher, but I won't complain because so many people are hurting so much worse. I'm in good health and no one close to me is... Read more
    Source: The Black Dog's Woodshop Published on: 2021-01-24
  • Mini-Anarchist Tool Chest (ATC) - Materials and Pre-Work
    For this project, I went into it knowing I was going to paint it.  As such, I wasn't going to build it out of hardwoods.  Since I don't have an easy way of reducing thickness of wood by hand, I wanted to use what I could easily find.  At the time I was looking for wood, the local company that will mill wood to my specifics was closed due to Covid.  So, off to Lowes I went.For the main carcass,... Read more
    Source: Joe's Wood Working Journey Published on: 2021-01-23
  • Tailed Devil
    When I got intersted in woodworking I bought a second hand router. Not a bad one. A twin to Elu Mof 96. That was about 18 years ago. I used it to make a seat for my childrens swing and stored. I didn't like the way it qworked. Than I got into internet fora handtool pages and the tool was called the tailed devil. SooI forgit abut itm, but never sold it. Since I had to come back in to... Read more
    Source: Old Ladies Published on: 2021-01-23
  • off to a new home......
     Over the past several years I have rehabbed almost 70 handplanes. Even keeping a few for myself and filling my grandsons toolchest, I still have a lot left over. I have several planes in the restore queue that are stalled. I won't have any need for them (nor the grandsons) once they are done. I really dislike just having a tool occupying space so I doubt that I'll do anymore rehabs for the foreseeable future. However, a rehabbed No 9... Read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker Published on: 2021-01-23
  • Hasegawa Kosaburo and the “Classic Profile” Gennou Head
    “The Road goes ever on and on Down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, And I must follow, if I can, Pursuing it with eager feet, Until it joins some larger way Where many paths and errands meet. And whither then? I cannot say” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship … Continue reading Hasegawa Kosaburo and the “Classic Profile” Gennou Head →... Read more
    Source: Covington & Sons Tools Published on: 2021-01-23
  • two chairs assembled
    I got two chairs assembled recently – a couple of days ago it was the ladderback on the left – for some photos we needed for JA’s book. Today’s was the arm chair version of Curtis Buchanan’s Democratic chair. https://www.curtisbuchananchairmaker.com/store/p40/Full-Scale_Drawings%3A_How_to_Make_a_Democratic_Arm_Chair.html Once you have the undercarriage assembled, it really shouldn’t be able to then fit in … Continue reading two chairs assembled... Read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner's notes Published on: 2021-01-22
  • The Gifts of the Spruce
      Spruce gum used to be big business in the North Woods. In fact, work as a “gummer” could pay more in a day than laboring as a lumberjack. These savvy folks would cruise through the forest with chisel-like tools on long poles, breaking off hardened chunks of spruce resin and gathering them in sacks. New, soft (i.e. sticky) resin is no good – it has to harden for several years before it becomes valuable for chewing. Unless you want... Read more
    Source: Mortise & tenon magazine Published on: 2021-01-22
  • I’m watching the 23rd annual Working Wood In The 18th Century...
    I’m watching the 23rd annual Working Wood In The 18th Century conference put on by Colonial Williamsburg, which is presented online this year, as is everything else. Christopher Schwarz demonstrated making a shop stool, and also that he doesn’t know that you can’t use Japanese saws in hardwoods.... Read more
    Source: Giant Cypress Published on: 2021-01-22
  • ‘Question Time’ at Lost Art Press
    For the first time ever, we have the ability to live stream stuff from our shop in Covington, Ky. It’s still pretty low-tech (it will be through a laptop camera) but it’s a start. To break in the new technology, we will hold a live “Question Time” session at 11 a.m. (Eastern) on Jan. 30....... Read more
    Source: Lost Art Press Published on: 2021-01-22
  • Early History Of Tool Making
    By Joseph A. McGeough Metals and Smelting The discovery that certain heavy “stones” did not respond to hammer blows by flaking or fracturing but were instead soft and remained intact as their shapes changed marked… More... Read more
    Source: Journeyman's journal Published on: 2021-01-21
  • Don't Be Afraid to Rehab Those Old Tools
    Some collectors talk about maintaining an old tool in as unchanged condition as possible.  Not being a collector, I like the tools that I have to be users.  In November of 2019, I wrote about becoming the new owner of a Sandusky Tool Co. #92 round plane.  Its catalog number is "92", size "8"; the iron is 1 1/8" wide.Sandusky #92 round, used to cut a 1 1/8" radius hollow"92" was their catalog number for non-skewed round planesWhile trying to... Read more
    Source: Woodworking in a tiny shop Published on: 2021-01-21
  • New Crucible Dividers, First Look
    We’ve wanted to bring the Crucible dividers back into production and (here is the crazy part) actually not lose money in the process. The original dividers took entirely way too much time to polish. There was a lot of waste. And they were fussy to assemble. With the help of mechanical designer Josh Cook (also...... Read more
    Source: Lost Art Press Published on: 2021-01-20
  • End of ‘Print on Demand’ Shirts, Hats etc.
    On Feb. 1 we will discontinue all the “print on demand” products in our store. That includes all the T-shirts, sweatshirts and hats. You can see our current selection here. We are not (repeat, not) discontinuing our bandanas, chore coat, vest or pullover work shirt. So if you want one of these print-on-demand products, place...... Read more
    Source: Lost Art Press Published on: 2021-01-20
  • I’ve never heard of this before
    Source: Journeyman's journal Published on: 2021-01-20