• A Funeral Chair in the Channel Islands
      I received a letter from Stuart over the summer and wanted to share it with you. Stuart recently completed a Funeral Chair, following plans form my book The Unplugged Woodshop. The funeral chair looks great Stuart! Thanks again for sharing it with us~   ... read more
    Source: The Unplugged WoodshopPublished on 2015-09-02
  • ATC Interview, Part III
    Author’s Note: This is the third of a three-part interview with Chris about The Anarchist’s Tool Chest. If you missed the first two conversation, you can read them here and here.  As promised, this final installment was generated entirely by reader questions. A special thank you to all of you who sent in questions for Chris, including the many thoughtful queries that I was unable to work into this interview. — Brian Clites,… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-09-02
  • The Philadephia Museum of Art and Festool Fall News
    This past weekend I was in Philadelphia and had a chance to spend some time at the very wonderful Philadelphia Museum of Art. I didn't see the special exhibit on Impressionists because the only thing I hate more than paying extra for a special exhibit is waiting on a line for over an hour or more to see it. I did however have a fabulous time in their American collection. I am far more used to the Met in NYC… ... read more
    Source: Joel’s Blog at Tools for Working WoodPublished on 2015-09-02
  • How To Make Another Dovetail Marker
    This is the second part of the mini series about dovetail markers. It is more and more fun to build these little helpers. In the second part of this mini series I will show you another design of dovetail markers. I've seen that the first time in a book of Charles H. Hayward. I guess it is a bit simpler than the one I have written about in the first part of this series. ... read more
    Source: Blue Spruce WoodshopPublished on 2015-09-02
  • least favorite thing…..
    The miniature bureau for all intents and purposes is done. The woodworking is almost done and the very last thing there to do is to attach the top to the bureau. This brings up my least favorite part of any project - applying the finish.. I know some guys relish this part as much as the woodworking but I ain't one of them. I am getting better at it but it will always be the poor cousin of woodworking for… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-09-02
  • Making wooden hay rakes video – North West England
    Were these men really so relieved to have their hand work replaced by being machine operators? I'm glad to still be hand making hay rakes in the NW. Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Steve Tomlin CraftsPublished on 2015-09-02
  • The Medieval Mudejar Craftsmen of Teruel Cathedral
    Groundbreaking for Teruel Cathedral in Aragon, Spain, was in 1171 with consecration around 400 years later. Much of the construction and artwork was done by mudejar craftsmen. The nave has a wonderful coffered ceiling decorated with carvings and painted in saturated colors of red, blue, yellow, orange, green and black. One of the painted horizontal supports features the woodworkers of the cathedral: Here is a closer look at this lively group: The carpenter in the middle… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-09-02
  • Stanley #5
    I'm starting to work through my tools. The first plane is a (I believe) type 13 Stanley #5. It is in good shape with a Stanley iron and chip breaker. The iron has Stanley Rule & Level Co New Britain Conn U.S.A. imprinted. The tote has a repaired crack near the horn, knob is in good shape but is of a different wood or finish. The body is free of cracks and pitting. It should make a very good user… ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2015-09-02
  • Making Chopsticks the Bridge City Way… September 10th is the Day!
    Drivel Starved Nation; Sunday I leave for China, my third visit in the last six months.  I must say, the experiences and friendships I have accumulated are lasting and incredibly rewarding.  This may be the most fun six months of my BCTW business life. To think it took 32 years to have this much fun doesn’t say much for my me does it? Oh well. This trip, the Chopstick Master launches in China.  We are offering the Chopstick Master to the… ... read more
    Source: Bridge City Tool WorksPublished on 2015-09-01
  • Woodworking Classes: Don’t Forget to Remember
    These last couple weeks I have been participating in a (personally) exciting experiment with furniture maker David Savage. Last week I taught a class at his school on making a traveling tool chest very similar to the one on the cover of the August 2015 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. David was a student in my class. He built the chest. And he did it the way I told the students to do it (100 percent traditionally). Now if… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-09-01
  • Back to working for ourselves for a change
    Lately we spend lots of time helping friends on various projects.We decided that September was going to be our month to ourselves.That mean we are not helping anyone else working on whatever, but instead we are going to catch up on things that need to be done at home.Sorry friends, but I must address a couple things on the house before the weather turns too cold.My first order of business is to fix two damaged part on the house, a… ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2015-09-01
  • The English Woodworker’s Bag of Tricks
    Every woodworker, I don’t care whether you have 50 years of experience or 2 weeks, has a bag of tricks. These are the little “a ha” moments you have at the bench that help you through a task and make it easier. Over the weeks and months and years you stash these away and use them when in a bind. This is why it is always so fascinating to talk to other woodworkers when I meet them. I like to… ... read more
    Source: Renaissance Woodworker BlogPublished on 2015-09-01
  • bureau and honing guide work………
    I got a reply from LN on my honing guide and a phone message from Deneb. Unfortunately, I had to run a few errands after work and I couldn't return his call. After I got done with the errands I played some more with the honing guide to try and figure out what is wrong and got a few maybes but nothing carved in stone. I did some work on the bureau too but I set that aside while I… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-09-01
  • Essential Woodworking Hand Tools by Paul Sellers
    Essential Woodworking Hand Tools Getting started has become evermore important to more and more people and I think the hand tools I use create a passage into lifestyle woodworking whether you earn your living from it or simply enjoy woodworking. Here’s the thing. Questions about hand tools still come in every day and people are looking for real answers. Which tools do you buy? How do you set them up, sharpen them and use them? Every one of the hand tools… ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2015-08-31
  • Harvest scythe team & ancient wheats
    More scythes on tv with a programme about ancient wheats with the crop being harvested by hand. Watch it now on iPlayer. Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Steve Tomlin CraftsPublished on 2015-08-31
  • Step 2: Staining the wood
    The latest post from my nipper Porkish Chop!     Last Time we were cutting the wood on this work buddy! Source: Step 2: Staining the woodFiled under: Uncategorized ... read more
    Source: goatboy’s woodshopPublished on 2015-08-31
  • I Got Rid of My Tool Chest!
    For my purposes a tool chest was useless.Chris Becksvoort, woodworker, 2001My studio got converted into the laundry room.The room upstairs with a south facing window is now my studio. I spent most of yesterday moving tools and workbench up a set of narrow stairs and put everything on the floor.A panoramic view of my new spaceI've been so busy with life, work on the house and property, along with a regular day job, I haven't made much time to make… ... read more
    Source: Brokeoff Mountain LuthieriePublished on 2015-08-31
  • Cuttyhunk 2015 – the Boat of the Trip
    As longtime readers may recall, we always keep an eye out, when in vacation waters, for “souvenir” boats, ones to catalog and share here at Chine bLog. We also select one to be the Boat of the Trip, a special honor which generally confers more pictures of the recipient on you, the reader. Editorial staff … ... read more
    Source: Chine bLogPublished on 2015-08-31
  • Ray’s Chair is Done
    I think it turned out fantastic.  Read about it on his blog. ... read more
    Source: ToolerablePublished on 2015-08-31
  • One of the highlights of KEZ 2015 (a gathering of Japanese tool…
    One of the highlights of KEZ 2015 (a gathering of Japanese tool fans at Yann Giguère’s shop, Mokuchi Studios) this past Saturday was the chance to learn and try out a Japanese spear plane, called a yariganna. Jay Speetjens (top left photo) gave a demonstration on using this tool.This is an old tool used in Japanese woodworking, and it was often used after roughly sawing or hewing a board or log with an axe to smooth the surface. The tip of… ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2015-08-31
  • operating in low gear……
    The weather girl was right about the humidity coming back today. I felt it as soon as I got up this morning. Made the decision then and there to not do much of  anything today. My boss had asked to work OT all last week and saturday, so today I didn't need any impetus to slow down.I did some work on the miniature bureau but that was a drib and drab effort. I did a bit of work and then… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-08-31
  • Workbenches of Cotehele
    On my day off from teaching at David Savage’s shop, David and his wife, Carol, insisted on taking me over the border to Cornwall to see Cotehele, a fantastic family home on the Tamar River that has been remarkably unchanged for more than 400 years. The house had some remarkable original furniture, including six collapsible tables that they suspect were made on-site. But I have only 15 minutes to write this so we’re going to look at the workbenches… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-08-31
  • Dovetail instruction guide for you – for free
    I wrote this 42-page, step-by-step guide to making the through dovetail joint for Craftsy. Compiled from a series of blog posts I wrote for them last year, it is available for free here. I think you will find it helpful. With over 8000 words and 75 detailed photos, the guide walks you through the process. I don’t just say what to do but show you how – exactly how – and what it looks like in detail, right at… ... read more
    Source: Heartwood BlogPublished on 2015-08-31
  • Canceled the Shoulder Repair
    The title says it all. As the week progressed the shoulder hurt less and less and by Wednesday I had near full range of motion. My Mama didn't raise a fool (well except concerning money, tools, and women), I canceled the surgery and will start PT after Labor Day.Starting soon will be a weeding out of extra tools. The photo below is of some of my #3 size planes and it is one of the smaller groupings. I expect I… ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2015-08-31
  • Making a Long-Blade Marking Knife
    A couple of years ago while working on a chair, I found myself needing to lay out the position of the seat slats on the centre rail, which was basically a cross-lap joint. Normally, I’d use my marking knife for this operation, but due to the thickness of the components, my marking knife wasn’t able to reach. So I grabbed an old chisel and quickly ground a spear point on the end to make my marks, then proceeded to complete… ... read more
    Source: Flair WoodworksPublished on 2015-08-31
  • Griffon Ramsey – chainsaw carver extraordinaire
    Even though my day job is based in science, I’m still in love with art in it’s various forms and dream of a day when I can dive headlong into pursuing it in one form or another. An obvious medium I’m drawn to is furniture, wooden furniture to be more specific. I have dabbled with a different version of woodcraft or two, including chip-carving, but it’s obvious to me that furniture construction is most likely where I’ll focus my energies… ... read more
    Source: Matt’s Basement WorkshopPublished on 2015-08-30
  • not a typical saturday for me…….
    My wife woke me up at 0230 and I couldn't go back to sleep. So rather than fight it, I got up and did a few things I've been putting off all week. The first one I tried to get done was balancing my checkbook but I was locked out of the online banking site. This was a portent for the day ahead.  Nothing seemed to work right out of the batters box. I had to fiddle and adjust seemingly… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-08-30
  • Some router work
    One of the projects that has been on my to do list for some time has been to make some small bowls with my purpose bought router bit.  I have never really done any template router work before so this was a bit of an experiment.  I decided to start small with a batch of butter dishes.  My template has two uses.  With the work piece mounted one way I can cut out the centre of the bowl.  Then when… ... read more
    Source: licensed2tinkerPublished on 2015-08-30
  • Zona push power
    I wrote the intro for this yesterday and the questions poured in for a few reasons but different questioners and commenters were troubled by the changeover from a pull stroke to a push stroke and even the use of the term I used, “correcting the Zona saw.” Well, there are many considerations here not the least of which is the design of the teeth. The Zona saw is a brilliant little saw that cuts pristinely and is designed as a modellers saw… ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2015-08-30
  • curved trundlebed headboard surround iii
    My next step was to veneer the curved panels. From my experience using cauls to hold down the second layer of 1/4 wig wood ply, it seemed that a different clamping scheme would be required. the cauls I made just never appeared to deliver sufficient pressure at mid span, and no manner of wedging/tightening seemed to deliver this without causing a gap to form elsewhere. I posed the question to woodcentral.com and the old salts there advised vacuum bagging. This… ... read more
    Source: ManualPublished on 2015-08-30