• The Highland Woodturner: Repairing a Sanding Pad
    In the February issue of The Highland Woodturner, Curtis Turner offers an easy solution for repairing a sanding pad: I never looked closely at how the head was attached to the handle of my handheld sander. After inspecting, I felt I could repair or at least salvage something from this equipment failure. I could see it was a simple task to remove the sanding head. I didn’t have the ability to remake it in the same fashion, so I ... read more
    Source: Highland Woodworking BlogPublished on 2018-02-22
  • Jelly Side Down
    Accidentally drop that piece of toast with jelly. The probability of landing jelly side down seems to be 0.9944. And when a board is accidentally knocked out of the vise, what are the odds of it landing on a fragile corner? Right: 0.9944! That’s too much damage for the steam iron rescue. It took only a couple of hours to make a replacement. …and would have taken only a half-turn of the vise handle to prevent it in the first ... read more
    Source: Bob EastonPublished on 2018-02-22
  • Jelly Side Down
    Accidentally drop that piece of toast with jelly. The probability of landing jelly side down seems to be 0.9944. And when a board is accidentally knocked out of the vise, what are the odds of it landing on a fragile corner? Right: 0.9944! That’s too much damage for the steam iron rescue. It took only a couple of hours to make a replacement. …and would have taken only a half-turn of the vise handle to prevent it in the first ... read more
    Source: Bob EastonPublished on 2018-02-22
  • Cutting a Rug in SketchUp
    Recently, while doing an online SketchUp session with one of my students, he asked about creating components with irregular shapes. He was thinking of creating a rug component to use… ... read more
  • tool cabinet – fitting the fronts………
    Yesterday and today were in the low 60's F (16°C) and we tied the record for the highest temp set back in 1930. Tomorrow the temps are going to drop about 20 degrees and it'll be more seasonable.  My lilac bushes have started to bud and the daisies are putting up sprouts by the back door. I didn't catch Punxsutawney Phil  predication for spring but it's looking good from where I'm sitting.started with the bottom pull out frontAfter I installed ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2018-02-22
  • period carvings; arches/arcading: what-have-you
    That carving pattern I worked on the other day https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2018/02/19/carved-arcading/ is very common, except in my work & my photo files! I have rarely used it, but that will change; I’m planning to take a whack at a few versions of it. Here’s what mine was generally based on, a walnut box, made c. 1600-1610. London? This is the drawer front to the box…I’d say maybe 4″ high. Look how much detail is crammed into a small space. arcadingThis one ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2018-02-22
  • 5 Tips for Writing Well
    During each issue’s editorial process, Mike, Jim, Megan, and I go round and round discussing better ways to articulate the ideas in our and our authors’ heads. We love word craft and always feel a sense of accomplishment when we polish each piece to clearly reflect the author’s voice and vision. Our authors come from many backgrounds and experiences. Many have been professional writers for years while others are just emerging onto the woodworking writer scene. Many of our ... read more
    Source: Mortise & tenon magazinePublished on 2018-02-21
  • With Saw, Plane and Chisel
    Hi guys, I've never made these publicly available, only by request or at in-person appearances. But I just got another case of books in the mail and thought I'd give you all a crack at it. Here is the writeup on the book provided by the publisher F&W. "With Saw, Plane & Chisel documents the hand-tool-only construction of six pieces of classic American period furniture, spanning the major ... read more
    Source: The Eaton County WoodworkerPublished on 2018-02-21
  • Now in the Store: ‘Ingenious Mechanicks’
    You can now place a pre-publication order for “Ingenious Mechanicks: Early Workbenches & Workholding” in our store. The price is $39, which includes domestic shipping. All customers who place a pre-publication order will receive a free download of the book in pdf format at checkout. The book is scheduled to ship in early April 2018. We don’t know which retailers will opt to carry the book (we hope all of them will). But we will update you here when we ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2018-02-21
  • Light Bulbs
    When I took my first class at Marc Adams’ School of Woodworking I had no idea that someday I would be working there. The place has been called “Disney World for Woodworkers” for several reasons, but what is it like to work there? Well so far, I’ve changed a lot of light bulbs. We’ve been in the process of converting all of the T8 fluorescent bulbs to LED’s. And in case you didn’t catch it the first time, there ... read more
    Source: The Daily SkepPublished on 2018-02-21
  • Miles’s toolbox update, final part…….
    I saved the planes for the final part of the update because I think then are either the #1 or #2  most important tool in the toolbox. The other tool contending for #1, are the chisels. The planes are one group of tools for Miles that I feel pretty good about. I think I got everything he needs and he shouldn't need to get any others. Well maybe a #7 or a #8 once he grows up.everyone needs a spokeshave ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2018-02-21
  • Inside ‘er Information
    There has been a recent surge (if two emails in the same week qualifies as a surge) of enquiries regarding the appropriateness of ‘finishing’ (in the modern tongue, applying some sort of varnish or lacquer) the interiors of drawers and … Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Pegs and ‘TailsPublished on 2018-02-20
  • You see… the thing is….
    Contrary to popular belief, I haven't died. I haven't been lost at sea. I haven't yet been put in jail. I've just been busy... life has gotten a touch in the way of woodworking for me. We have a toddler now. She's almost two. I always said I didn't want kids, but boy was I wrong. Her name is Abigail and every day she amazes me. It would be unfair to blame her for my woodworking ... read more
    Source: The Eaton County WoodworkerPublished on 2018-02-20
  • For what it’s worth…
    I’ve never liked the Oxford comma. ... read more
    Source: The Daily SkepPublished on 2018-02-20
  • Upcoming: Advice for Aspiring Writers
    I moved slowly, advancing through the rough landscape in search of my elusive quarry. I could sense that I was close. A turn here, another there, and… Aha, found it! I uncapped my red pen with a satisfying pop and drew a red circle around the end of a sentence. Three words, linked together inseparably but missing that penultimate punctuation: The Oxford Comma. Another copy editing crisis averted. The world of drop caps and compound modifiers hasn’t exactly been ... read more
    Source: Mortise & tenon magazinePublished on 2018-02-20
  • Ash splint backpack video
    If you enjoyed 'My father's tools', settle down for another wonderful film about weaving ash splint baskets. Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Steve Tomlin CraftsPublished on 2018-02-20
  • Snowshoe Frame Assembly
    Continuing with the snowshoe frames, the mortises were cut. After figuring out how to fixture the work so I could get my mortise chisel in there (bending the frame out of the way with a piece of kumiko) it was pretty fast. The mortises are only 1/4″ deep and 5/16″ wide.  The mortise locations were marked while the frame was still on the bending form, important because the end walls of the mortise are, how would you say it? They are ... read more
    Source: Granite Mountain WoodcraftPublished on 2018-02-20
  • The Tool Chest Factory
    When I wrote “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest,” I didn’t think a single person would actually build the chest shown in the book. That’s why I greatly condensed my construction instructions, and I eliminated chapters for a traveling version and a Dutch chest. Six years later, building these tool chests comprises a significant portion of my income. This is both surprising and heartening. Yes, wall-hung tool cabinets and racks are great – no argument. But there is something about a ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2018-02-20
  • Panning for gold
    Dartmeet is the point where the East and West Dart meet, before continuing as one through south Dartmoor and onwards to the sea. Most of the bowls and furniture I make, is made from trees that grow within a few miles of the middle stretches of the Dart. Between the high moorland, where ravens glide, and the lower tidal stretches, where salty water daily mixes with the peaty torrent from upstream. The bowls are of the Dart, so Dartmeet seemed ... read more
    Source: Rivers JoineryPublished on 2018-02-20
  • Home Depot Sucks Pond Water
    Not what I wanted to say about Home Depot but.....As last posted Casa Chaos is without hot water, it still is.Like a good homeowner and consumer I made the trip to Home Depot with AmEx in hand, talked to the nice guy working the plumbing aisle and after giving the checkout machine a little over $700USD I came home with a big box. On the outside of the big box in big letters was call this number before noon and ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2018-02-20
  • Campaign bed, frame saw style
    At some point I got inspired to build a campaign bed.I trawled the Net for inspiration, and ended up finding this bed.The original looks as it is made out of beech, which is a traditional furniture wood over her, but as usual I wanted to make it out of larch. Because it is what I have.I have never seen one of those beds in real life, but based on that the overall dimensions are 80" x 32" that were described, ... read more
    Source: Mulesaw: Being old fashioned, the cool way.Published on 2018-02-20
  • Seasonal Maintenance and Tuning of Wooden Planes, Step 1
    Note: This post is more than 10 paragraphs. It will take minutes to read and likely more to digest. The video, which demonstrates the entirety of what is being explained two times, is 49 seconds. Understand, but don't be overwhelmed.I deliver the planes I sell sharpened, stropped and ready to work hard, figured wood. Keeping the planes in that condition is up to you, the end-user.When I teach classes on the subject of producing profiles with moulding planes I bring ... read more
    Source: Musings from Big PinkPublished on 2018-02-20
  • The Latest Adventure
    Just saying hello. I had back surgery two weeks ago and recovery is going as well. I now have two non-adjustable truss rods and some other hardware supporting my lower back. I’m taking it easy, catching up on reading, watching some series and movies I would normally not have time for, gently exercising and occasionally feeling bored. I’m also reading a lot about lutherie and doing thought experiments about new designs, methods of work, and possibly some new instruments ... read more
    Source: Doug BerchPublished on 2018-02-19
  • Carved arcading
    I spent the weekend at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking, teaching 13 students to carve oak patterns…but I forgot my camera. One design I hoped to include, but ran out of time for, is this “nulling” or arcading pattern. It’s very common, there’s lots of variations on it. This is my recent version, in walnut instead of oak. This example is only about 3 1/2″ between the bottom and top margin. Here’s how I carved a section of ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2018-02-19
  • Progress, small progress
    With the BMM reassembled, I can now move around the shop easier.  So, next project to give me more room is to hang the Boring till. Ready or not, once hung, it will sure free up some space.Some of these steps involved waiting in between, so.... make myself short daily list 4-5 items.NO 1 Today was Finish the brace bits that soaked overnite in Evaporust.I was so impressed the other day, how my BBM bit came out of the Evaporust, ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2018-02-19
  • New in Store: Lost Art Press Chore Coat
    You can now place a pre-production order for our chore coat via this link. The coat is $185, which includes domestic shipping. Before you order a coat, please follow these simple instructions for determining the best size for you. We have enough material for about 300 coats and will place our order with the manufacturer based on the orders we receive. Stitching is supposed to begin in March, and we will ship out the coats as soon as they ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2018-02-19
  • I've the day off from my day job and have finished the kitchen cart project. I'm also waiting for a LV package of love to continue the new project. All this comes down to a lot of iron sharpening and some cleaning of the shop. Most of the sharpening time has been spent on my Marple chisels, someday I may get all of 'em sharp.A little back story, I've a major jones for pre 1933 marple chisels and gouges and ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2018-02-19
  • North Bennet Street School and videos
    On Tuesday February 20th I will be presenting my wares at the historic North Bennet Street School from around 11:30-2:30.                                           Here are some new videos. The first is about a small Cherry box with drawers that I recently repaired after it took a fall and cracked open the miter joints of the top frame.       ... read more
    Source: Tico Vogt – custom furniture & cabinetryPublished on 2018-02-19
  • Moved Out!
    A little out of sequence with my blog but we put together a video saying goodbye to all the friends we made at the Sylva Wood Centre in Long Wittenham. It was of course with many mixed feelings that we packed our bags but Izzy and Ellie put together a wonderful spread for lunch on […] Read the full post Moved Out! on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2018-02-19
  • Its easy to get sidetracked making snowshoes
    Finally fed up with less than awesome results cleaning up inside radiuses (such as the staves for snow shoes), I cut a dai block. It was a piece of firewood, and now something to get chuffed about because it produces workmanship of certainty. It may yet end up being a piece of firewood, some oak just doesn’t handle repeated wedging of the plane iron and it really loosened up. Cutting a block like this only takes a couple hours, you can ... read more
    Source: Granite Mountain WoodcraftPublished on 2018-02-19