• How to Use a Rabbet Plane
    (This post was originally publishedin December, 2010. Few changes have been made.) There are many ways to make a rabbets: moving fillister, plow/chisel, shoulder plane, table saw, etc. Know that you will need to be comfortable with, at least, one of these methods to use hollows and rounds successfully. I often choose using only a rabbet plane for most of the moldings I make. A rabbet plane is an easy plane to set up. There are no depth stops and no fences, which is an enormous advantage. ... read more
    Source: Musings from Big PinkPublished on 2018-11-16
  • Pinch Sticks Plus
    We nearly always use pinch sticks to record and transfer the distance between two points–in this case the span between the jambs of a door frame. It occurred to us that the addition of a slight tweak to the design of the sticks would also allow us to determine and record the midpoint of that distance. All you need do is bisect the width of the pinch sticks along their length. (Fix it permanently with a scribe line darkened ... read more
    Source: BH&EPublished on 2018-11-16
  • Wait, I Can’t Smell Kitty Litter
    I don’t talk much about the logistical side of Lost Art Press because it’s not woodworking. And I try to stick to woodworking as much as possible. But occasionally, it’s necessary to drop the curtain and acknowledge a milestone. About six years ago, John and I filled every order from our houses. I had our order processing computer propped on a folding table, and I’d put my feet on the litter box as I manually printed out every label ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2018-11-16
  • Ways to Make Me Click a Button
    Some typical social media posts in my feed: “I’ve just received this crate of Triton tools to review. They’re awesome and…” Click. Unfollow. “This is the first in a series of unboxing videos on my latest acquisition. I can’t wait for you to…” Unfollow. “Here’s a tiny detail of my latest project. I don’t want to spoil the surprise. Any guesses as to what it is?” Nope. Unfollow. “To bring you more fantastic content, I’ve started a gofundme page…” Unfollow. ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2018-11-15
  • Easy Scrap Wood Turning Project: Earrings
    Make beautiful last-minute gifts on the lathe while trimming down your scrap collection. ... read more
  • Lump Hammers on Sale Now
    Visit the Crucible Tool website to purchase one of our lump hammers. They are $85 plus shipping. This is likely our last batch before Christmas. Remember: If you have a question about Crucible, please send your email to: [email protected]. — Christopher Schwarz (Illustration by Raney Nelson) ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2018-11-15
  • Oz
    Australia. Imagine that I went there… When I started woodworking for real in the late 1970s, I had never been out of New England by myself. Barely out of Massachusetts. Then in 1980, I somehow made my way down to Drew & Louise Langsner’s in western North Carolina. Some years later, I started regularly going between here (Massachusetts), Pennsylvania and Langsner’s. By now, woodworking has taken me to some great places; 5 trips to England, one to Sweden, ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2018-11-15
  • Book Review: Mortise & Tenon Magazine, Issue 5
    We are excited to present the brand new fifth issue of Mortise & Tenon Magazine! Take a look at what Norm Reid had to say about it: Once again, Joshua Klein and his co-editor Michael Updegraff have brought forth an eclectic and engaging gathering of articles about matters woodworking in Mortise & Tenon Magazine, Issue 5. As is their wont, the articles range widely in scope, emphasizing an historical perspective, with nary an electron-powered device in sight. While respect ... read more
    Source: Highland Woodworking BlogPublished on 2018-11-15
  • Back in 2013, Jameel Abraham, Raney Nelson, Jeff Miller,…
    Back in 2013, Jameel Abraham, Raney Nelson, Jeff Miller, Christopher Schwarz, Don Williams, Ron Brese, and Jon Fiant led the French Oak Roubo Project, where they built Roubo benches out of French oak slabs obtained from trees that were from the Palace of Versailles. I think this might be the other end of one of those trees.(At the Palace of Versailles, natch.) ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2018-11-15
  • I’m not a barbarian……
    I know I'm not one because I don't eat my food with my fingers. Or at least that is my definition of a barbarian. Don Williams put out a post about a blues/jazz guy named Bill Frisell. I had never heard of him but then again I'm not too familiar with blues/jazz artists. I did listen to the you tube link that Don put in the blog post. It was different then the music I prefer to listen to. I ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2018-11-15
  • Building an Early Texas Table
    This is an old video by Frank Strazza. He doesn’t produce videos for YouTube anymore which is a pity. In this short video he makes a small table which was commissioned by a museum. I hope you like this video, I found it enjoyable and even saw my little glue pot. ... read more
    Source: Journeyman’s journalPublished on 2018-11-15
  • More Mortise Chopping
    Seems I have an obsession with mortise chopping. Could be because that's about the sum of my shop time lately. As I posted before there are several ways to end up with a hole in or through a piece of wood.The main ones are: A hollow chisel mortiser, a chain mortiser, drill most of the waste and then pare the "Vs" and sides to size, and using chisels to waste the wood. Sometimes finding or having a chisel of the ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2018-11-15
  • 55 Drawer Hardware Cabinet
    I have been getting requests to re-post this article, so here it is in all it’s dadoed and rabbeted glory. If anyone actually builds this thing please send a picture and will post it here. It would also be nice to know I and not the only one nutty enough to attempt it! Besides the article, I also wrote about it at the Lost Art Press blog last year so I won’t rehash all the details here. Furrels?Attached is the three ... read more
    Source: Eclectic MechanicalsPublished on 2018-11-14
  • Looks at Books
    I read a lot and I firmly believe that no matter how indispensable a YouTube video, a blog, or a magazine article can be, the long form of writing - a book - can both entertain and educate the way no other media can. Here is a short list of books that we stock, old and new that I think are worth reading. Now actually I think all the books we stock are worth reading, but I particularly wanted to ... read more
    Source: Joel’s Blog at Tools for Working WoodPublished on 2018-11-14
  • In my Popular Woodworking article on Chinese furniture, I…
    In my Popular Woodworking article on Chinese furniture, I discuss how the Chinese aesthetic influenced furniture makers in 18th century England and the U.S. Apparently French furniture makers were not immune to Asian influences, either.(At the Louvre and the Palace of Versailles.) ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2018-11-14
  • #1 and #2 ok, #3 is toast……..
    I blogged yesterday about having no deadlines and being able to basically be la-tee-DA in the shop. Well tonight I imposed a deadline on myself and I did ok on two but the 3rd one bit me on the arse. I should have stopped before doing #3 but I wanted to get it done. It was getting close to 1700 so I started to hurry things along and poof - I had a pile of wood for kindling.#1I don't know ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2018-11-14
  • Holiday Gift and Exhibition at Pitt Meadows Art Gallery
    I am exbhibiting my 18-Piece 3D Jigsaw Puzzles and live-edge Cribbage Boards #16 and #19 at the Holdiay Gift and Exhibition, on at the Pitt Meadows Art Gallery November 17, 2018 to January 6, 2019. Opening Reception is November 24, 2 pm – 4 pm. For more details, visit the Gallery’s website. These items may be purchased through the Gallery, or may be ordered directly from me. ... read more
    Source: Flair WoodworksPublished on 2018-11-14
  • Beavering Away
    Why do I save the hardest for last? I guess just because I'm drawn that way.The middle short stretchers are ready to fit. The bottom short stretchers will have a dovetail so no mortise to chop. The mortises for the long stretchers are next, these are the largest mortises of the build, 32mm wide X 130mm deep X 145mm long. Come on Ibuprofen do your thing. Here is a photo of the first one after a couple or three passes.Maybe ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2018-11-13
  • Windmills
    I have seen a number of videos about whirligigs recently and they got me interested in creating something similar.  I'm especially interested in the windmill portion of them.From what I have seen, whirligig makers start by making a hub with slots cut in it to hold the blades.  Some say that 35 degrees is the best angle so that is what I used.   I wanted 8 blades, so the slots are narrowly spaced.  To make it, I cut out an ... read more
    Source: Oregon Woodworker by Andy MargesonPublished on 2018-11-13
  • Upgrade Your Shop Accessories: Festool Sysrock & Festool Syslite II
    We all love spending time in our workshops, but what if we could make our shop a little nicer to be in by adding a couple of capable accessories? Listening to some music or a sports game would certainly make that sanding task go by more quickly. And a brightly lit space is much more enjoyable than a dark, poorly lit shop. The Festool Sysrock and Festool Syslite II can help. Take a look at the video below to see ... read more
    Source: Highland Woodworking BlogPublished on 2018-11-13
  • Other People’s Lathes – Dave Webster
    Some time ago, I asked all the purchasers of my Treadle Lathe ebook if they would like to show us the lathes they have built. A few responded with pictures and information. This is the second in a series of those responses. (1st one here.) Dave Webster appears to live somewhere in British Columbia, another Canadian. Dave mentioned that he acquired Stephen Shepard’s plans, and watched Mr. Chickadee’s lathe build on YouTube, and merged those ideas with my ramblings. I ... read more
    Source: Bob EastonPublished on 2018-11-13
  • Other People’s Lathes – Dave Webster
    Some time ago, I asked all the purchasers of my Treadle Lathe ebook if they would like to show us the lathes they have built. A few responded with pictures and information. This is the second in a series of those responses. (1st one here.) Dave Webster appears to live somewhere in British Columbia, another Canadian. Dave mentioned that he acquired Stephen Shepard’s plans, and watched Mr. Chickadee’s lathe build on YouTube, and merged those ideas with my ramblings. I ... read more
    Source: Bob EastonPublished on 2018-11-13
  • “There is hope. We can still be united, no matter the squabbling. No matter the rage. We’re&...
    “There is hope. We can still be united, no matter the squabbling. No matter the rage. We’re Americans all, now and forever. The views that conflict us are what make us strong.” - Stan Lee (1922-2018), “American Is A Dream”, The Atlantic ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2018-11-13
  • Carte Blanche
    It’s been a while since I’ve written here and much has changed. We now have two little ones in our life and have made the great trek back to Ontario after our experiment in B.C. We have a few acres of land here and a house with ample space for our growing family; something which was an impossibility for us in Vancouver. It’ll be a long winter but building a new workshop should keep me plenty busy.  ... read more
    Source: Wakened handsPublished on 2018-11-13
  • A Step-By-Step Illustration of Hollow & Rounds
    (This article was originally published in December, 2010. Few changes have been made)Let us look at the process of creating the base moulding of Glen Huey's feature article in the most recent issue (actually, 2010) of Popular Woodworking: A cove and Ovolo.The first steps involve the rabbet plane: The next steps include the proper hollows and rounds:#6 Round making 60 degrees of an arc#4 Hollow making 90 degrees of an arcThis is the final product:There are only two arcs, so there are just two ... read more
    Source: Musings from Big PinkPublished on 2018-11-13
  • More Crucible Lump Hammers on Thursday
    A large number of Crucible Lump Hammers will go up for sale in our store at noon Eastern time on Thursday, Nov. 15. This likely will be the last batch of lump hammers we will sell before Christmas. This is our largest batch so far – Raney has been toiling for weeks in the Crucible Lab to get the heads milled and the hammers assembled and finished. We hope this batch will last a good long time so that ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2018-11-12
  • Renouncing Black Friday
    Black Friday is less than two weeks away and we invite you to opt out along with us. This post-Thanksgiving “holiday”, with its legendary lines and near-riots for the last remaining big-screen TVs and game consoles, has been around a long time and is used by many businesses to fuel consumerist desires by offering steep discounts for their goods. Of course, we can’t just blame businesses for this mess; if the insatiable hunger for more stuff didn’t already exist ... read more
    Source: Mortise & tenon magazinePublished on 2018-11-12
  • Purpose of a Stopped Housing Dado?
    There are good but perhaps somewhat hidden reasons that we use stepped housing dadoes that may or may not be obvious, especially not to a new woodworker. Actually, many seasoned woodworkers are more likely not to know than know. There are three types used mostly and then variations on the theme that are scarcely used. […] Read the full post Purpose of a Stopped Housing Dado? on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2018-11-12
  • Artist Profile: Dixie Biggs
    “In each of my pieces I try to evoke the sense of tranquility that one often finds during a quiet walk in the woods. Many of my sculptural pieces create a restful place on which my turned work sits.” ... read more
  • Math, and model houses
    Our middle son Gustav is attending 10th grade at a boarding school. He has chosen this school specifically because it has got a very good the equestrian line. It is possible to bring your own horse/pony which is what Gustav has done.A couple of weeks ago he called me on the phone and told me that their math teacher had enrolled the school in a nationwide contest about building model houses.There were some regulations concerning the design, such as maximum ... read more
    Source: Mulesaw: Being old fashioned, the cool way.Published on 2018-11-12