• Accurate placement of hardware screws
    When installing hardware, it is important to have precise control of the location of the pilot holes for the screws. The options are to start with a mark made by a scribing point or awl, then use that to locate the drill bit, or drill the hole directly without a preceding mark. Here is my approach. […] ... read more
    Source: Heartwood BlogPublished on 2017-04-30
  • More glacial progress…
    On my boring till....Today, I worked a shift on the base at the Wood shop. So I brought along my dovetailed box, AKA the boring till, with the intentions of cutting the groove, glue the carcass and cut the back panel.... a mere 20 minutes operation :-)That was the plan Saturday AM. But Friday my car developed problems with my driver door, wont opened from inside, door handle feel mushy... Well that was fun contorting myself to the passenger seat ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2017-04-29
  • More glacial progress…
    On my boring till....Today, I worked a shift on the base at the Wood shop. So I brought along my dovetailed box, AKA the boring till, with the intentions of cutting the groove, glue the carcass and cut the back panel.... a mere 20 minutes operation :-)That was the plan Saturday AM. But Friday my car developed problems with my driver door, wont opened from inside, door handle feel mushy... Well that was fun contorting myself to the passenger seat ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2017-04-29
  • Japanese Gennou
    After drying out the gumi for a few weeks it was finally time to fit the head. Filed a chamfer on the underside of the gennou head and did my best to trim the tenon so that it was tight but not too tight. Difficult work to do with just a block plane and a chisel. It Took about 30 or so good thwacks or so to get it on, I had hoped to get it on a little deeper ... read more
    Source: Wakened handsPublished on 2017-04-29
  • Beautiful Walnut and Maple Headphones + Giveaway
    I recently encountered a really cool company called Meze Audio that makes beautiful handcrafted headphones out of lovely hardwoods like walnut, maple, and beech. It's really refreshing to see an alternative to plastic headphones, and to see a company that cares about craftsmanship. We woodworkers appreciate quality, craftsmanship, and nice lumber, so ... read more
    Source: Wood and ShopPublished on 2017-04-29
  • Directed by Jonathan Demme.
    Directed by Jonathan Demme. ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2017-04-29
  • New e-mando design ideas
     Due to all the various commissions that I’ve been fortunate to have had, this is the first instrument that I’ve built on spec for about four years. “Experimental” is too strong a word, but there were a few things that I wanted to try out.Firstly, a shorter fretboard (not scale length); so this e mando has 19 frets instead of 22. Why? This means that the neck pick-up can go about an inch further north which gives a mellower tone ... read more
    Source: A Luthier’s BlogPublished on 2017-04-29
  • Spring In The Desert SW, My Saguaro Is Blooming
    A couple of years ago I thought our Saguaro was history. The top and two of its arms had fallen off leaving just one arm. BTW a Saguaro will grow its first arm between 75 years and 100. This year I guess it has decided to live and has five new arms growing. The largest of the new arms started putting on flower pods last week and some opened this morning. Saguaros support a large number of desert critters with ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2017-04-29
  • To Handworks, With Fear in My, Uh, Heart
    Handworks 2015. Day 1. There’s a reason I have that look on my face. Warning: This blog entry contains medical information that might make you uncomfortable. If you are squeamish, here’s the executive summary: Yes, I’ll be at Handworks. Perhaps because I have a lot of German blood, my body is like juicy, meaty clockwork. In the early 1990s, I used to attend and write about a political event in Western Kentucky called “Fancy Farm.” The problem: Every year I ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-04-29
  • two beaders…….
    One of my cats isn't feeling so well. I think it is the female but I can't sure. One of them is letting go and leaving diarrhea all over the bathroom floor. At least it is being contained in one room and if it keeps up I'll have to take them to the Vets for a check up. This happened last year and it lasted for two days and didn't happen again until the surprise I got today. Had to ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-04-29
  • What’s with Lee Valley?
    I love Lee Valley, always have. But lately there seem to be some strange things going on. First there’s a lot of Festool, which is nice. Then there is the foray into Rikon workshop machinery. All good. But today I went in to buy a JessEm dowel jig in the downtown TO store. I also wanted to buy some dowel pins… but guess what? They had none. Nada, zip. No product page on the website unless you search for them… then ... read more
    Source: Working by handPublished on 2017-04-29
  • Fixing and Fettling a Wooden Plow / Plough Plane – Part 4
    Parts 1, 2 and 3 of this series of posts are here, here and here.  When I left off, I had sent the crappy set of irons back to the seller and I was looking for a decent set.  Ideally it would be a set from Ohio Tool Co. to match the plane.  But I was told that they can be tough to find (and big bucks) and that British sets can be found more easily (and inexpensively).  I ended ... read more
    Source: Woodworking in a tiny shopPublished on 2017-04-28
  • STL 136: Shop Talk Live — Live!
    A special episode recorded live from Fine Woodworking Live 2017, featuring guests Peter Follansbee, Vic Tesolin, Joshua Klein, Joe Taylor, and Wilbur Pan ... read more
  • Hand Carved and Gilded Letters
    Gilding practice… Practice for a series of signs I’ll show some other day. The blocks are cherry. The “E” is my wife’s creation from several decades ago. The carving was the easy part. (Carving depth is about 1/8 inch.) The top left block was ebonized on all surfaces. Three others have painted central panels (Acrylic artist color). Most edges were left natural, except for the top of the green block, which is also gilded. Gilding is “composite” gold leaf ... read more
    Source: Bob EastonPublished on 2017-04-28
  • Hand Carved and Gilded Letters
    Gilding practice… Practice for a series of signs I’ll show some other day. The blocks are cherry. The “E” is my wife’s creation from several decades ago. The carving was the easy part. (Carving depth is about 1/8 inch.) The top left block was ebonized on all surfaces. Three others have painted central panels (Acrylic artist color). Most edges were left natural, except for the top of the green block, which is also gilded. Gilding is “composite” gold leaf ... read more
    Source: Bob EastonPublished on 2017-04-28
  • Desirable brands Japanese wood chisels ?
    Pretty much all of them.Here’s how I went about choosing the chisels that I use. ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2017-04-28
  • New Source for Big Slab Workbench Kits
    As many of you know, I’ve had great success building workbenches using thick slabs that are wet (extremely wet) with less than a year of air-drying. Read more about that here. I purchased my bench kit from Lesley Caudle ([email protected]), a sawyer in North Carolina. Read more about his sawmill here. Now Re-Co Bkyln is also offering slab bench kits using lumber that has been reclaimed from the New York City environs. The kits include all the stock you ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-04-28
  • side beaders ready……
    I got the irons for both of my new beading planes done tonight and I had expected to do more. Doing the irons took longer than I thought even though I didn't run over any speed bumps. I have also formed an opinion on the side beads and beading planes. I think that they are one in the same. They both make beads and they are just made differently to accomplish the same task. Kind of like a wooden plane ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-04-28
  • (Representations of) Furniture at the Chrysler Museum of Art
    Driving back from our research trip to Virginia’s Eastern Shore, we stopped in Norfolk for lunch and our first visit to the Chrysler Museum of Art. Our lunch was good, only sandwiches but well prepared with fresh ingredients. The museum was nice, too. There was furniture scattered around and a nice exhibit of Art Nouveaux. All this will be covered in the near future. I quickly documented all the furniture there and was ready to move on but my wife ... read more
    Source: The Furniture RecordPublished on 2017-04-28
  • Portable workbench part one
    With the kitchen remodel finally done, I was looking forward to getting back in the shop. Thinking about what my next project would be I remembered how much I wished I had been able to do some woodworking during our recent camping trip to Tucson.  I had such a great time woodworking while camping at Trillium Lake last fall, I want to do it more.  Then it hit me:  I wanted to build a combination portable work bench and tool ... read more
    Source: Oregon Woodworker by Andy MargesonPublished on 2017-04-28
  • Portable workbench part three
    Of course, a portable workbench needs a twin screw, quick release vise, nothing less.  Spoiler alert:  this is hyperbole for the sake of amusement, although, as I will explain, there is something to it.  The vise does have twin screws and it does have a quick release feature.Part of my goal is to build this portable bench and toolbox at minimal cost using mostly scrap material and things I have on hand.  The challenge was to come up with a ... read more
    Source: Oregon Woodworker by Andy MargesonPublished on 2017-04-28
  • Alcohol Based Tea Stain
    As I started planning my next projects using the Oak that I had slabbed, I knew I would want a bit of color.  I wanted to accent the grain of the wood and not hide it, so I was leaning toward using a dye rather than a stain.  My only problem was that I have […] ... read more
    Source: Timber Frame ToolsPublished on 2017-04-28
  • Taking The Next Step Toward Boatbuilding
    The house in East Boothbay.Life has been busy, busy, busy lately. Hence the lack of posts here.My book draft is now in the hands of the team at Popular Woodworking Books, with some 1400 captioned photos.My shop time has been occupied teaching individual classes. That's produced good material for some upcoming technique blog posts.I've started reading through my stack of boatbuilding books. That'll take a while, but Greg Rossel's excellent Building Small Boats has been a great first step, detailing ... read more
    Source: Close GrainPublished on 2017-04-28
  • Boxwood Blunder
    This is the closest I’ve come to working in clay.  Over the winter, I was asked to design and carve a pottery chop, a.k.a. pottery stamp, featuring the ABS initials of the ceramic artist.  I had even been supplied with a lovely turned piece of boxwood along with plenty of extra in the form of a branch section.  After sketching a number of designs, I meticulously carved the letters into the end grain of the boxwood, looked at the ... read more
    Source: David Fisher, Carving ExplorationsPublished on 2017-04-27
  • Aligning your tablesaw in two planes
    Before discovering this technique, Rollie could get his tablsaw to cut like a champ when the blade was at 90°, but as soon as he started making bevel cuts he experienced a ragged, scorched cut. ... read more
  • It’s Black and White Woodworking Reality
    I’ve given it my best shot so far. For 25 years and few more I’ve given it my best shot and I’ll keep giving it my best shot for as long as I can. Seeing things in black and white somehow dispenses with the peripheral and gets you to the core issues and that’s what … Read the full post It’s Black and White Woodworking Reality on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2017-04-27
  • Two-Foot Rules
    One leg of this scale has been cleaned with lanolin. The other has been wiped with wood bleach, which lightened the boxwood but didn’t affect the markings. This is an excerpt from “The Joiner and Cabinet Maker” by Anon, Christopher Schwarz and Joel Moskowitz. The two-foot rule was the standard measuring device for woodworking for hundreds of years. The steel tape was likely invented in the 19th century. Its invention is sometimes credited to Alvin J. Fellows of New Haven, Conn., who ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-04-27
  • Mac Bushcraft auger set.
    JON MAC BUSHCRAFT AUGER SETFor those of you waiting patiently for news I can reveal that we have now stocked up and we're ready to post direct to your door.Head on over to Workshop HeavenAnd place your order now.. ... read more
    Source: Spoon Carving First StepsPublished on 2017-04-27
  • Building a Clamp Rack
    Having trouble storing all of your clamps? In this 2-part video, Steve Johnson, aka the Down to Earth Woodworker, shares his plan for an adjustable, re-configurable, stacked Clamp Rack that is 5S compliant for his workshop. Turns out this new design allows for 2x the amount of clamps in the same space! Take a look and see if Steve’s ideas can help improve the clamp storage in YOUR shop! The post Building a Clamp Rack appeared first on ... read more
    Source: Highland Woodworking BlogPublished on 2017-04-27
  • A Designed World
    Folks have a dread about learning design. They feel that it is somehow beyond them. They are not artists. They are not creative enough. They lack the weird curiosity to be a designer. Or the hair. Nothing could be further from the truth. Think back to your dreams last night if you want weird. Design is not an immediate skill, but like throwing a baseball you can do it even at first. Your throw may be ungainly or downright ugly ... read more
    Source: Northwest Woodworking StudioPublished on 2017-04-27