• The Zombie Distribution System
    If the name Hammacher Schlemmer is known by the general public at all nowadays, it's as the very expensive seller of player pianos and other very expensive "lifestyle" curiosities. But the store's origins are as a large hardware store (based for a long time in New York City's Union Square area, at 4th Ave and 13th street, about 5 blocks from my apartment). Above is a picture of a page from the store's 1908 catalog. H&S not only sold tools ... read more
    Source: Joel’s Blog at Tools for Working WoodPublished on 2018-09-26
  • Hi Wilbur, Lucky me I found your blog and love it! Thank you so much for all the wonderful informati...
    Thanks for reading, and for the kind words, Jeff. I really appreciate it.There’s a phenomenon called “stiction” that describes what you’re running into. There are a variety of things you can try. Use more water. Use less water. Use more pressure. Use less pressure. Adjust the angle at which you’re holding the plane iron or chisel so that you’re moving the blade more sideways, or morevperpendicular. Apply a drop of liquid soap to your water.The good news is that with time, ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2018-09-26
  • no joy ride……
    My wife has her new car in the driveway. But it has been steadily raining all day long so a ride was out of the question. My wife's reasoning for getting a new car was she didn't want to retire with a ten year old car. This car will be about 4 years old when she retires. My truck on the other hand will be about ten years old when I retire but I won't have a car payment.leading edges ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2018-09-26
  • Danish Chairbuilding Extravaganza, day 2
    I made a bending form for the sack back and then I readjusted the bending form for the arm crest, so it would fit the plans I got from Ray Schwanenberger.The sack back bending from is advanced for me, because you need to bend it in two planes.I made three attempts at that, but all of them broke. So I'll have to see if I can get it done today.Of other things I managed to flatten the seat for the chair/cradle ... read more
    Source: Mulesaw: Being old fashioned, the cool way.Published on 2018-09-26
  • Danish Chair Building Extravaganza III – Day Two w/Video
    So far I'm shocked and amazed. Today is the second day with all four of us staying focused and on task. I feel like I am doing a good job of pushing my build forward going from one task to the next. Something I have struggled with in the past.The problems have been more in the line of re-doing things after we already spent time working on them. Yesterday Jonas decided not to use a drawing and a bending form ... read more
    Source: ToolerablePublished on 2018-09-26
  • The Electricity Board
    ELECTRICITY BOARD Electricity is a slippery subject. Its hard to wrap your mind around something you can’t see. And trying to help kids understand what a “circuit” or a “short” are, is not easy. Years ago I was volunteering in my son’s third grade class. They were doing an electricity unit but only had a few batteries, lights , and switches. I told the teacher I thought I could design something that would allow kids to experiment (play) with electricity. ... read more
    Source: Woodshop 4 kidsPublished on 2018-09-25
  • What Makes You Tick?
    Wood has always been in my life. My old man did it for a living. I always remember the sawdust in his pockets, and even when he got home, the forgotten pencil lodged behind his ear. He also had a massive moustache. It feels very strange when I stop to think. Apart from the tash, my pockets are now full of dust and I’m always finding pencils stashed in my hair. Continue reading at The English Woodworker. ... read more
    Source: The English WoodworkerPublished on 2018-09-25
  • Video: Micro Jig GRR-Ripper Advanced GR-200 System
    If you are looking to improve the safety in your shop, the Micro Jig GRR-Ripper System is a very good start. Micro Jig is serious about making it safe to do the close work that sometimes has to be done on the tablesaw, router, jointer and bandsaw, letting you grip, hold and feed both sides of small workpieces, ripping strips as narrow as 1/4 inch (down to 1/8 inch with an optional leg). In the video below, David Picciuto takes ... read more
    Source: Highland Woodworking BlogPublished on 2018-09-25
  • Monday Begins A Week
    No doubt about it, people did like my last week’s Vlog. Over 30,000 views in under three days, 2.5K likes and over 500 comments in the same time all gave me food for thought, but more than that it gave me valuable and valid feedback on my efforts. The week before last Mary May came […] Read the full post Monday Begins A Week on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2018-09-25
  • Molly Brown to Illustrate ‘The Life & Work of John Brown’
    I am pleased to announce the Molly Brown, one of John Brown’s daughters, will be creating many of the key illustrations in the upcoming book “The Life & Work of John Brown” by Christopher Williams and Kieran Binnie. Molly specializes in linocut illustrations, a process that is particularly well-suited to show off the graphic forms of Welsh stick chairs. Linocuts are similar to woodblock printing in that the image is drawn on a piece of linoleum and the background ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2018-09-25
  • Ever since I got home from college, my kanna has been acting up. I removed the nicks from two semest...
    First of all, I’m so sorry for being late with a reply to this. My observations:1. The chipbreaker should not affect how well the blade fits. The blade should be held in place by the bed and the side grooves. If the blade was loose, shimming the bed was a good move, and it sounds like that did the trick. I just wanted to point out that the chipbreaker doesn’t play a role in how well the blade fits.2. Your plane ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2018-09-25
  • Building a One-Drawer Stand
    Given that my “Building a Prie Dieu” post got so many views, I thought I would follow suit with a Hepplewhite One-Drawer Stand build from a year, or so, ago. It all started early one Saturday morning in December 2016. My bride came to me asking, “what’s wrong with this picture?” Back in 1997, I built a Hepplewhite one-drawer nightstand in hackberry, red oak, and sassafras. Over the years, one thing led to another, and I never got around ... read more
    Source: An Unplugged WoodworkerPublished on 2018-09-25
  • NH road trip again……..
    I came home from work today with a wicked headache.  Picture putting your head in the face or leg vise, your choice, and slowly tighten it until you pass out. That would probably hurt as much as my head did tonight. I took a white pill at work and it was slowly making it go away. It was tolerable by dinner time and was over and almost gone by the time I hit the rack.dinning room tableThis is what my ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2018-09-25
  • Danish Chair Building Extravaganza III – Day One
    DCBE III has begun in earnest. The first day is in the bag.Jonas and I started the day early. Our normal routine is to get distracted right off the bat on one wild goose chase or another, so this year we both tried to guard against that. We jumped right in selecting wood for our projects yesterday, and were in the shop with seat blanks by around 9:00. It must be a record for us.Jonas amazingly found a use for ... read more
    Source: ToolerablePublished on 2018-09-25
  • Danish Chairbuilding Extravaganza 2018, day 1
    DCBE day minus 1, Olav and I drove to Aalborg Airport to pick up Brian Eve.We had a great ride home and Brian was impressed that the Danish legislation allows you to drink a beer while inside the car. Even the driver can have a beer, just as long as he/she stays below the BAC limit of 0.5 per mille.Earlier that day, I had picked up the extra workbenches at Olavs place, and Olav and I helped each other unloading ... read more
    Source: Mulesaw: Being old fashioned, the cool way.Published on 2018-09-25
  • More Lump Hammers Coming on Friday
    Our second big batch of Crucible lump hammers will go on sale at noon (Eastern time) on Friday, Sept. 28. The price is $85 plus shipping. Details on the Crucible blog. ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2018-09-24
  • Architect’s Chair #1
    Well, it’s a been a while. I’m useless at keeping up with New Year’s resolutions. The truth is, I have been doing a lot of wood-turning recently, and I don’t tend to blog so much about that. Well, that’s my excuse anyway. Although I loves my wood-turning, on balance I prefer joinery. It takes a lot longer, the results aren’t so immediate, but it is far more rewarding, to me anyway. But, my favourite projects are when I can ... read more
    Source: goatboy’s woodshopPublished on 2018-09-24
  • Build a Sailor’s Tool Chest with Tom Calisto Class
    In this video Tom Calisto shows his lovely reproduction Sailor tool chest, in anticipation for the upcoming October 17-20th class "Build a Sailor’s Tool Chest with Tom Calisto". Tom is not only an expert furniture maker and tool maker, but an avid sailor. He modeled this sailing tool chest on ... read more
    Source: Wood and ShopPublished on 2018-09-24
  • Cape Breton’s Contented Chairmaker
    This well shot, if rather hokey video shows a post-and-rung chairmaker at work in his water powered shop. It looks like he also cards wool, weaves baskets, does some wagon wheel work, smiths… His lathe looks to be a pattermaker’s lathe similar to mine, with a carriage for doing precise work. He has the ubiquitous low assembly bench for assembling his chairs. I like his holdfast v-block-with-a-post at 3:00. He hits is holdfast with a metal hammer! ... read more
    Source: Elia BizzarriPublished on 2018-09-24
  • Updates from a very busy woodshop
    I've been very busy in the shop, building two projects for upcoming Popular Woodworking articles. I still managed to work on a couple of personal projects. First, a Roman bench as popularized by Chris Schwarz. Mine is a bit shorter than the plan calls for but is still a very useful little thing. I've always sat for a large portion of my work and this makes it that much easier to do so. I ... read more
    Source: The Eaton County WoodworkerPublished on 2018-09-24
  • Music I’d Like To Hear #158
    Source: Doug BerchPublished on 2018-09-24
  • My Smallest Box
    I, finally, got around to attaching the bottom, and lid to my little black oak and a pine box. This is my smallest box so far, measuring just 4-1/2″ deep by 6-3/4″ wide by 3″ high. It is surprising how much more time was spent on such a small box. Per usual, I finish this box with a 50:50 mixture of boiled linseed oil and turpentine, and a few hours in the sun. All-in-all, I had a productive ... read more
    Source: An Unplugged WoodworkerPublished on 2018-09-24
  • Workbench Drawer
    I slide the drawer open in my workbench. I do it a hundred times a day I’m sure. Once a month something I’m working on or holding in my vise gets in the way and stops me opening it. Once in 2,400 openings is not a problem yet others say it is. These others also […] Read the full post Workbench Drawer on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2018-09-24
  • Mahogany . . . or something like it, part 2
    Next up is khaya. The wood available to us may be any of four species in the Khaya genus: K. ivorensis, K. grandifoliola, K. anthotheca, and, less so, K. senegalensis. Ask the guy at your lumber yard what species he’s selling and he’ll probably look at you the same way we look at an 88° try square, […] ... read more
    Source: Heartwood BlogPublished on 2018-09-24
  • The Next Chapter: The Boarded Settle Chair
    One of the furniture forms I’ve had a long obsession with are settles. These high-back benches were common in early homes and were handy for keeping warm by the fire. One of their variants, the settle chair – is somewhat less common. But it is just as delightful. These boarded chairs are made from four planks that are nailed or screwed together. And – if you take what you know about stick chairs and apply it to a boarded ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2018-09-23
  • Issue V almost done
    First of all, my sincere apologies for taking so long, but you can appreciate the enormity of work involved in producing a magazine like “The Lost Scrolls of Handwork”. There is the project build itself then photography, writing, editing, rewriting, research, compiling and not to mention my day job. This is a huge task and responsibility for just two people: myself and my editor and friend Matt McGrane.  He and I are separated by 20,000 km of – dare I ... read more
    Source: Journeyman’s journalPublished on 2018-09-23
  • Knipex Plier-Wrench Review
    My last tool review, infrequent as they are, was also on a Knipex product (Cobra pliers) and was posted at the end of last year. Cobra pliers are fantastic for gripping all sorts of objects, except for those items where we do not wish to mar the surface, like nut and bolt heads, flats on spindles and other shafts, etc.. For loosening nuts and bolts, there are a variety of situations and a variety of tools which can do the ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2018-09-23
  • hammer time
    I never really had much interest in hammers, just simple lumps of metal pierced by a rod of stout wood. A direct result of our unique ability to hold a shaft in line with our arm, coupled with our need to whack things. But then two hammers came to live with me. The first; a sixteen ounce hand made bench hammer by metalsmith Seth Gould. It looks ancient right out of the box, the black on black pallet perfectly exhibits its ... read more
    Source: Grain DamagedPublished on 2018-09-23
  • Most common comment from kids trying my Japanese saws at…
    Most common comment from kids trying my Japanese saws at #makerfaire2018 yesterday: “This is easy!” Most common comment from kids who have used western handsaws after trying my Japanese saws yesterday: “This is easier!” From the mouth of babes. #makerfaire (at New York Hall of Science)https://www.instagram.com/p/BoEkG5Tg5D-/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=ntnzt9t0jrsl ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2018-09-23
  • Getting ready for the start of day two of #makerfaire2018, with…
    Getting ready for the start of day two of #makerfaire2018, with the breakfast of champions. #makerfaire (at New York Hall of Science)https://www.instagram.com/p/BoEb2cNgy6t/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=jicbe5sxp3mo ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2018-09-23