• joy in Mudville......
     A few days ago I emailed a couple of old tool purveyors about a replacement frog for a Lakeside R5 handplane. One replied saying they would keep an eye out for it and another gave me a lead for one. The rest of them I didn't hear a peep from. Josh from Hyperkitten tools emailed that the Lakeside R5 handplane I had was made by Rockford tool co out of Rockford, Illinois sometime in the late 1910's to early 1920's.It... Read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker Published on: 2021-06-17
  • Final analysis on home brewed LH Glue
    This ones going to be short as there’s not much to add with the exception for two crucial procedures to have a valid glue. As I’ve experimented with various teaspoons of canning salt and adding… More... Read more
    Source: Journeyman's journal Published on: 2021-06-17
  • To Further Complicate the Matter
    In many respects the “conservation ideal” is contained in the Code of Ethics for the American Institute for Conservation, an organization formed to promote the knowledge and practices of the profession. Quoting from the code: “Conservation of historic and artistic works is a pursuit requiring extensive training and special aptitudes. It places in the hands of the conservator cultural holdings which are of great value and historical significance. To be worthy of this special trust requires a high sense of... Read more
    Source: Mortise & tenon magazine Published on: 2021-06-16
  • Saw Makers – Derek & Richard Taylor (1993)
    Derek Taylor was a good source of information for Ken Hawley. Ken said that Derek trained as a saw maker at Slack Sellars after WW2, and learned all aspects of the saw trade there. He… More... Read more
    Source: Journeyman's journal Published on: 2021-06-16
  • Making Book Part 21: Drowning Your Puppies
    When “The Stick Chair Book” finally evolved from a vague notion into an outline, I knew instantly what I wanted to put on the book’s cover: a carving of a stick chair made by artist, fellow chairmaker and friend Rudy Everts. Rudy made the carving last year, and it’s one of my most prized possessions....... Read more
    Source: Lost Art Press Published on: 2021-06-16
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    Source: Giant Cypress Published on: 2021-06-16
  • Bench Plane Maker – Albert Bock (1965)
    Albert Bock, who retired in 1966, was the last wooden bench plane maker at William Marples & Son Ltd in Sheffield. Filmed at William Marples’ Hibernia Works, Westfield Terrace, Sheffield the year before he retired.… More... Read more
    Source: Journeyman's journal Published on: 2021-06-15
  • A New week of flexing begins
    Last week I worked on a how-to booklet written and unpublished from a decade and a half ago. Reworking the work took me back to those days when I began to use my first digital camera two decades back now. Digitals irreversibly changed the dimension of photography, but in the beginning, a camera now costing … A New week of flexing begins Read More » Read the full post A New week of flexing begins on Paul Sellers' Blog.... Read more
    Source: Paul Sellers' Blog Published on: 2021-06-15
  • The Handcarved Bowl by Danielle Rose Byrd
    For those who want to get into bowl carving, Danielle Rose Byrd has created a helpful and insightful resource. The Handcarved Bowl covers everything from finding material, sharpening, carving, decorating, and more. Much more detail about the book, including the … Continue reading →... Read more
    Source: David Fisher, Carving Explorations Published on: 2021-06-15
  • Hand Tool Essentials by Paul Sellers
    At 480 pages long, Hand Tool Essentials is a comprehensive review of a solid core toolset – discussed and selected by a master craftsman who has spent a lifetime working with (and teaching about) the tools. Depending on where you live it might not be the easiest book to get hold of – but I’d […]... Read more
    Source: Hand Tool Book Review Published on: 2021-06-15
  • Hello Dr. Pan, I'm attempting to condition my Kanna sole to improve planing. I see experts using expensive straight edges to check the plane sole. My question is: Just how precise does a straightedge need to be? Would a stainless steel 18" ruler do the trick ($15) or does it have to be the $100 version with the notch cut into it?

    You can call me Wilbur. Dr. Pan is for when you’re one of my patients.You absolutely don’t need the $100 version of the kanna sole-checking straightedge to set up a Japanese plane. But since I have one, let me show the features of it that make it nice to use.The first is the notch. As you’ve noted, this is a feature that comes with the $100 version. But you don’t need this particular straightedge to take advantage of this feature.... Read more
    Source: Giant Cypress Published on: 2021-06-14
  • Archtop tone bars
    The two tone bars have just fitted to the Archtop’s top plate. This is one of those tasks that takes time, has to absolutely spot-on and yet will never be seen! Here’s the video of how I do it.... Read more
    Source: A Luthier's Blog Published on: 2021-06-14
  • Moulding Plane Maker – Norman Bayliss (1962)
    I’ve never seen this video before and it was a pleasure to watch. This is a guy that’s mastered his craft. Anyway hope you enjoy this video as much as I did.... Read more
    Source: Journeyman's journal Published on: 2021-06-14
  • The Essex County cupboard project: recessed front stiles
    Many irons in the fire. Between brettstuhls and other things, we spit out the next video for the cupboard project. This one’s about the short, wide recessed front stiles in the lower case. This photo below shows a partially-assembled end section to the lower case. On the bench is the rear stile, the two wide/tall … Continue reading The Essex County cupboard project: recessed front stiles... Read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner's notes Published on: 2021-06-14
  • Knowing your Router
    In my world, the real and true power in woodworking is in hand tools. Simplistic? Not at all. I deal with one of the two key realms that have gradually evolved in the world of woodworking. I am not interested in the so-called professional realm. Amateur woodworking is of primary importance to me because it … Knowing your Router Read More » Read the full post Knowing your Router on Paul Sellers' Blog.... Read more
    Source: Paul Sellers' Blog Published on: 2021-06-13