• Log sofa reprised
    More than two decades ago, I made two log sofas for our rustic cedar home.  We had hundreds of poles that resulted from thinning our douglas-fir forest.  I later developed a fairly unique style of building with logs, but this was my first attempt.  I didn't have a tenon cutter, so the joinery I settled on was to use a hole saw to define a circle on the side of a log and then chisel it out so that the ... read more
    Source: Oregon Woodworker by Andy MargesonPublished on 2016-12-04
  • Anarchist’s 2016 Gift Guide, Day 4: MWTCA membership
    I am not a joiner. Well, I am a joiner in that I join pieces of wood. But I don’t join clubs. I dislike clubs. But despite this, I love being a member of the Mid-West Tool Collectors Association (MWTCA). It’s a bunch of the nicest old dudes and women in the world who collect woodworking tools. If you join the organization for just $25, you get its magazine, The […] The post Anarchist’s 2016 Gift Guide, Day 4: MWTCA ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2016-12-04
  • Kendal Pop-up Shop
    From 5th - 10th December, I'll have an exhibition of my work along with craft demonstrations in Kendal town centre's pop-up shop on Finkle St. A perfect opportunity to get some special gifts for Christmas. Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Steve Tomlin CraftsPublished on 2016-12-04
  • A New Kind of Advent Candle Stand
    It all started with a rat in the attic.  When we brought down our Christmas decorations this year, we found that the old advent candle stand I had built from pine some years ago had been gnawed all over by a rat and ruined.  So if we were going to celebrate Advent according to custom this year, I would have to make a new candle stand. This was my original design, which I still find visually interesting but a ... read more
    Source: The Literary Workshop BlogPublished on 2016-12-04
  • TAJCD Monograph Series: The Locking, Mitered Box Joint
    I've just put together a 45-page monograph on a right-angle joint which I make extensive use of in my work, the Japanese name being 箱相欠き車知栓仕口,  Hako-aigaki-shachi-sen-shiguchi.Yep, 45 pages on a single type of joint. What could be in there?A version of the joint:This is the strongest wood-joined corner construction possible, a joint unknown in the western tradition. I decided it is time to make it known! This forms the start of a monograph series which I hope to add to from ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2016-12-04
  • Anarchist’s 2016 Gift Guide, Day 3: Humidity Monitor
    A lot of woodworking problems can be avoided simply by monitoring the relative humidity in your shop with a simple and inexpensive hygrometer. In most areas of the United States, the target relative humidity for inside buildings is 35 to 45 percent, though that will vary if you live in a desert or a swamp. So if your shop is in the garage, your basement or the neighborhood cave, you […] The post Anarchist’s 2016 Gift Guide, Day 3: Humidity ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2016-12-04
  • it’s still working…….
    Three of the final six holders I'm making will be ebonized and the other three will be left natural. I am using the steel wool and vinegar and tannic acid solutions I mixed up a few weeks ago. So far it appears to still be doing it's magic. I'll have 3 rounds of SW&V/tannic acid done before the day is over.Not knowing how long either of these solutions will last, doing the ebonizing on this is a crap shoot. My ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-12-04
  • DCBE – I’m Dreaming of a White Safari
    I finally finished the second Safari Chair that I began while at the Danish Chair Building Extravaganza a little more than a month ago.White safari chair in elm and white leather.I am pleased with the result of this chair so far. I say so far, because there are still just a few little tweaks that need doing in order for me to say it's completely done, but it looks done.Another glamor shot.On the surface, this looks like a plain old ... read more
    Source: ToolerablePublished on 2016-12-04
  • Prototype ‘Harlekin’ – Prototyp “Harlekin”
    Eine kleine Zapfensäge mit neuem Griffdesign. Ein Test mit dem Ziel, dem Griff etwas mehr TLT zu geben und eine Möglichkeit zu bieten, einen ovalen Rücken bündig zur Oberseite einbauen zu können. Pedder ist eher zurückhaltend, er nannte das Design "Harlekin". Hat mich amüsiert aber der Name passt! Ich mag die Form sehr. Das letzte Bild zeigt einen Vergleich zu unserem üblichen Griff. A sash saw ... read more
    Source: Two Lawyers ToolworksPublished on 2016-12-04
  • Longboard?-Part 2-Complete
    I’m a little late getting this post put together.  My nephew and I completed his longboard on Thanksgiving day.  We, for the second year, hosted the big dinner at our house. This is only the second turkey management has ever cooked. Nothing to do with woodworking, just bragging on her a little. As you can imagine, our house was in utter chaos in the days leading up to and after the holiday.  At any rate, here is the rest of ... read more
    Source: GREG MERRITT – BY MY OWN HANDSPublished on 2016-12-03
  • Music I’d Like To Hear #120
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    Source: Doug BerchPublished on 2016-12-03
  • A Rasp by Liogier
    I hadn’t realised that Liogier personalise the rasps from the maker, in my case Noel Liogier, but it’s a nice touch.When I used my first ever rasp I was disappointed with the results because the teeth seemed to go nowhere in the hard and dense-grained wood I was shaping. It put me off and I continued shaving wood with carving chisels and then spokeshaves too. Most of my shaping still comes from such tools and the main reason is that they ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2016-12-03
  • Anarchist’s 2016 Gift Guide, Day 2: Boot Tray for Sharpening
    A dedicated sharpening station makes your work so much easier, but since leaving the magazine in 2011 I’ve never had the space (or a sink) for one. One day I saw this $20 boot tray at my home center and I knew exactly what to do. I cut a piece of masonite to fit in the bottom and turned it into a great sharpening station that lives under my workbench. […] The post Anarchist’s 2016 Gift Guide, Day 2: Boot ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2016-12-03
  • made it five in a row……
    Today made it five in a row that I didn't get my hour plus in the shop. I had to get milk and cereal for the weekend. The supermarket right next to my job doesn't carry the cereal I like (nor the milk) so I had to stop at Wally World before going home.  It was wall to wall to people everywhere I looked and I didn't hear a whole lot of english being spoken. Sometimes when I go there ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-12-03
  • Too Much Stuff
    A week or so ago Andy over at Oregon Woodworker posted about culling his herd of bench planes. Ralph at the Accidental Woodworker wondered if Andy was coming down with something and I tried to sell him on buying another plane, the old one out one in thingy. Andy had a point, too much stuff just gets in the way of making things.I'm lucky here in the desert there isn't much of a rust problem, if I had to do ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2016-12-03
  • TAJCD Supplement: Plane Set Up and Tuning Now Available!
    Finally, it is ready:This 185-page text on kanna set up and tuning, largely a compilation of three separate multi-post series here on the Carpentry Way over the past 5 years, is ready after a spell of compiling, editing, and additions. I believe it is the most detailed manual available on the topic.The Table of Contents:A sample page (18) from the text:Another, page 108:Available now in .pdf format, and priced at $35.00. Note that any future revisions to the text will ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2016-12-02
  • Started Life As A Log, Now It’s Flatter…
    Yes, I am still working away on my tool bench/cabinet. Yes, it is taking forever. No, I haven't run into any issues to slow things down. No, I haven't always been this slow. Yes, I do expect to finish it by the spring.This image shows the horrible job I did on the originalmillwork. My problem was, the trunks were over30" across, but the longest chainsaw Icould rent was only 21".So after a lot of screwing around with floats and sleds, ... read more
    Source: The Part-Time WoodworkerPublished on 2016-12-02
  • “There is nothing that indicates more clearly the magnificence of great princes than their sup...
    “There is nothing that indicates more clearly the magnificence of great princes than their superb palaces and their precious furniture.” - King Louis XIV, on one of the reasons for appointing a furniture czar to fill up Versailles ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2016-12-02
  • Holdfasts – How Should You Be Using Them?
    When I started building workbenches,  I pushed my way of working on to my customers. I wasn’t aware I was doing this. But my cave’s a small place, and I forget there’s other people out there. Every workbench went out complete with sliding board jack, large planing stop, a pair of bench dogs. And a holdfast. The same questions became asked repeatedly. What do I do with this? Continue reading at The English Woodworker. ... read more
    Source: The English WoodworkerPublished on 2016-12-02
  • Rusty Gimlets
    I confess I’ve never used a gimlet bit in a brace. I acquired these over the years and had planned to ultimately use them in an 18th century demonstration. Today I took a good look at them in their current state. I’ll be careful in cleaning up the original rust. There is quite a range in condition. From the photo you can see that I have a good variety in size also. I’m not sure how to straighten these ... read more
    Source: Jim the Chairmaker’s BlogPublished on 2016-12-02
  • Anarchist’s 2016 Gift Guide, Day 1: Clauss Scissors
    Well-made high-carbon scissors are a joy to use and are indispensable in my shop for cutting paper patterns to shape, trimming veneer and 100 other tasks. For years I used junky office scissors but finally got my hands on a pair of traditional hot-forged dress makers shears from Clauss. Despite their reasonable cost (less than $20), they are like wielding a custom tool. They are perfectly balanced, polished and properly […] The post Anarchist’s 2016 Gift Guide, Day 1: Clauss ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2016-12-02
  • The National Hamburger of Texas
    One of the advantages of living past your sell by date is the smallest thing can send you back in time and mostly, except for MsBubba, no one wants to lock you in the looney bin. Week tea I know but that's part of being older than dirt along with senior discounts and the Golden Eagle National Park pass.Last night I needed to grab something to eat before show time. There is a Whataburger on the way and close to ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2016-12-02
  • Christmas Sale! 15% Off All Classical Guitars in Stock!
    Christmas is the time to treat yourself to the guitar you have always wanted!Please check out my Guitars Currently Available page to see the specs of available guitars and to read what internationally known guitarists are saying about my guitars.If there is one that you are interested in, please call or email me for more details. It is best if you call me, that way we can discuss the individual guitar, payment and shipping options.I can ship guitars for approval ... read more
    Source: Brokeoff Mountain LuthieriePublished on 2016-12-02
  • Shop Update for 12/2/16: Ice Cream Scoop
    We All Scream for Ice Cream This week I am working on some Christmas gifts. My wife always gives something from my shop to her closest colleagues. This year we discovered a great local dairy farm that also happens to make incredible ice cream. So this year I’m turning ice cream scoops and we will give a gift certificate to the dairy with each scoop. Woodturning is simply perfect for gift giving as you can complete meaningful and beautiful ... read more
    Source: Renaissance Woodworker BlogPublished on 2016-12-02
  • Go, Go, Go: The Life, Influence and Woodworking of Tage Frid
    I have some big news to share with everyone today, I’m proud to say that I am the process of writing a book for the Lost Art Press tentatively titled “Go, Go, Go: The Life, Influence and Woodworking of Tage FridBill Rainford with his felling ax. (Photo by Doug Levy, 2016 http://douglaslevyphotography.com )You can read more about my background and the premise of the book in this post I made on the Lost Art Press Blog here.  It’s an ... read more
    Source: Rainford RestorationsPublished on 2016-12-02
  • Quangsheng Router Plane
    I had a slightly spooky experience earlier this year when I found myself reading my own words almost verbatim from someone else’s hand. I don’t know who sent Paul Sellers one of the prototype router planes to review, but he raised all of the issues I had asked the factory to rectify before we went ahead with the product.On reflection it’s actually quite reassuring, Paul is hugely experienced and knows exactly what he’s looking for in a hand tool, so ... read more
    Source: Matthew’s Blog at Workshop HeavenPublished on 2016-12-02
  • ‘Go, Go, Go’ – a New Book on Tage Frid
    Editor’s note: One of the other books we have in the works is tentatively titled: “Go, Go, Go: The Life, Influence and Woodworking of Tage Frid”  by Bill Rainford. In this post, Bill introduces himself and explains a little bit about the book. Were thrilled to work with Bill on this book about Frid (1915-2004), one of the most influential woodworkers of the 20th century. — Christopher Schwarz I’m driven by a lifelong desire to learn, build, experiment and share. ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-12-02
  • A Calendar For Woodworkers
    I wanted a calendar for woodworkers that took a different tac. We asked Ryan, who photographed the beauty shots for my book, to help us out and I wrote a few sentences to go with each photograph. We made sure we got a quality print job on quality paper too and it has a simple but effective design. Here are a couple of pages for you:   You can order the calendar here. There is stock here in the ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2016-12-02
  • duh! it’s almost xmas……
    For whatever reason I spaced xmas coming this year. Usually by the first week of december I am done buying presents for everyone on my list. This year the only thing I have done is to make cell phone holders and they are going to non family members. Unless somebody in my immediate family requests something do not make xmas presents anymore. On the other hand I got too involved with making the holders and forgot everything else. I still ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-12-02
  • Win a Premium Full-Year Membership!
    Mary May - Woodcarver In the Spirit of Christmas, we are giving away a Premium Full-Year Membership to my online school! That’s a $159.99 value! Add your name for the raffle here. A lucky winner will be drawn on December 9. The only requirement is that you are a registered member of my online school – either Free Member or Premium Member. (By the way, did you know Free Members have access to 16 beginner lessons?) If you are not ... read more
    Source: Mary May’s Carving BlogPublished on 2016-12-02