• The $500 weekend
    It’s been a great start, but we have to keep going. To stay on track, we need to raise at least $500 in pledges by Sunday evening. Please help. The link? Glad you asked. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1496420787/endangered-alphabet-games/. If you’re short of funds and can’t contribute, which (heaven knows) I understand all too well, please share this post and recommend the campaign to your friends. Thanks! Tim Brookes ... read more
    Source: Endangered alphabetsPublished on 2017-07-22
  • a day of mourning……
    I took today off to buy some wood but the place I was going to go to closed their doors. So I thought I would go to Pepin Lumber and buy 5/4 pine there. I got another disappointment there too. Their supplier for 5/4 stock shut down and they had none when I looked today. Not only didn't they have any 5/4 pine but their supply of 1x pine was a sad pile to look at.They used to sell 1x ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-07-22
  • STL 142: Live from AWFS with John Ratzenberger and Rollie Johnson
    The guys are in Vegas and get to chat with skills advocate John Ratzenberger. Rollie Johnson joins and helps answer questions about secondary woods, having logs milled, and grinding on the cheap. ... read more
  • Issue Three T.O.C. – Through a Wilderness of Ornament: Making Sense of 18th-century Pattern Bo...
    Upcoming in Issue Three: “Through a Wilderness of Ornament: Making Sense of 18th-Century Pattern Books” by Bill Pavlak This past February I began my presentation to a group of 250 period furniture making enthusiasts at Colonial Williamsburg with a simple question: how many of you own a copy of Thomas Chippendale’s The Gentleman and Cabinetmaker’s Director? Not surprisingly, most raised their hands. When I followed that with “how many of you actually refer to this book regularly,” I got ... read more
    Source: Mortise & tenon magazinePublished on 2017-07-21
  • Plant Stands, Part 1 – Layout and Mortising
    The honey-do list has included a couple of plant stands that would go outside our kitchen windows and raise plants to a level where we could see them from inside.  I had some quartersawn white oak and some red oak from tables that I saved from landfills.  The white oak will be a good outdoor wood, but the red oak I'm not too sure about.  Fortunately they won't get too wet - we don't get a lot of rain here ... read more
    Source: Woodworking in a tiny shopPublished on 2017-07-21
  • Your Tenon Tightening Technologies
    Tenons can simply be glued. We do it all the time and gluing them lasts just fine. Mostly we rely on clamps to seat shoulder lines and and keep the two parts married until the glue dries. When this has taken place it is unlikely you will ever be able to part the union without … Read the full post Your Tenon Tightening Technologies on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2017-07-21
  • I’m back from the Woodwright’s School
    I just had a nice visit to The Woodwright's School in Pittsboro, NC, and I wanted to share a little bit about my experience.Roy Underhill discusses trade-offs in sharpening with the class The class I took was "Introduction to Hand Tool Woodworking" taught by Roy Underhill, which might seems strange for a person who has been working with hand tools and writing about for years. I had my reasons though, and I did learn a few things. Mostly, though, it was ... read more
    Source: Scott’s Amateur WoodShopPublished on 2017-07-21
  • A Different Way to Use a Doe’s Foot
    During the last few years, the doe’s foot has become one of my most important workbench appliances. Paired with a holdfast, the doe’s foot can eliminate the need for a tail vise on a workbench. I have about four of these doe’s feet at my bench, and I’ve found some surprising ways to use them. I’ve just finished an article for Popular Woodworking Magazine on the topic for a future […] The post A Different Way to Use a Doe’s ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2017-07-21
  • Progress On Travel Bench
    The travel bench is coming along. The legs are dimensioned, the top bridle joints are done. Next is to finish chopping out the through mortise and the dove tail socket. Because the legs are at a 15 degree angle the stretcher mortise will have to wait for the stretcher glue up and tenon. The top is a slab so all it needs is to be cut off to final length.I've a wood screw and nut on order. The screw and ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2017-07-21
  • Hand Tool Brew & A: Fretwork, Clamps, and Scratch Stocks
    Having a Beer and Talking Hand Tool Techniques I had so much fun with the last open question live session that I decided to do it again. A bit shorter this time and I think I will definitely do this more often since there seems to be no end to the questions. Again I’m sorry if we ran out of time before I got to your question but I’ll be going live again in 2 weeks. I did have ... read more
    Source: Renaissance Woodworker BlogPublished on 2017-07-21
  • The Return of the Swallows
    This little guy was in the pear tree yesterday morning.  I hadn’t made any in awhile, which is a shame because they are a lot of fun to make.  I based the design on the swallow and their graceful curves in body and in flight.  I sometimes lay in the yard in the evening and watch the show above as they loop and dive for supper.  The neighbors don’t call 911… anymore. As I was carving this one, I ... read more
    Source: David Fisher, Carving ExplorationsPublished on 2017-07-21
  • Sharpen This, Part 4: Very Small Rocks
    Read the other installments in the “Sharpen This” series via this link. I roll my eyes when people talk about the superiority of their chosen sharpening media, whether it’s waterstones, oilstones, diamonds or cinderblocks. To my ears, it’s like you’re boasting about the superiority of the oxygen molecules that you breathe compared to those in your neighbor’s lungs. Sharpening comes down to abrasion with small rocks. Some rocks cut steel faster but break down faster. Other rocks cut steel ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-07-21
  • Sandpaper for the Festool RO125 sander
    For sandpaper there are two choices, the Festool paper, of which there are numerous types, and Abranet abrasive. Now the Festool abrasives are not exactly cheap, and it’s impossible to buy less than 10 in a packet… and there don’t seem to be any “test packets”, full of a range of abrasives (well except for the “125mm Sanding Disc Set” with 150 assorted discs) . For the cost of the sander, they could almost include this, instead of the lonesome 80-grit sanding ... read more
    Source: Working by handPublished on 2017-07-21
  • Scything in North Cumbria
    Scything, sunshine, smallholder. Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Steve Tomlin CraftsPublished on 2017-07-21
  • back dry fitted…….
    The weather lately has been a bit on the hot and sticky side and it tends to saps my desire to work. Without AC it isn't that comfortable but strangely, I didn't sweat up a river tonight. It is certainly hot and humid enough where blinking can cause the sweat faucet to open full. Maybe I'm going slow enough to be under the sweat threshold.On the flip side, the temps on my porch the past few days have been in ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-07-21
  • Resurrection
    I met an old friend on the street the other day, a friend I hadn’t seen for a year or so.  He walked up to me, smiled broadly and said, “Good Lord, I was sure you had died.  You haven’t posted anything since February!”…  What an “eye opener!” Truth be told, the past few months have been full of travel, visits from family and, honestly, I just haven’t had anything to say that I thought was worth saying.  That’s not ... read more
    Source: A Woodworker’s MusingsPublished on 2017-07-21
  • How To Use Hollows and Rounds: Steps 1
    Hollows and rounds have no fence and no depth stop. The lack of these two features is what allows for their flexibility. No fence and no depth stop means that there is no predetermined angle, location or orientation that each plane must be held. With no fence and no depth stop the idea of infinity is introduced.Hollows and rounds are extremely versatile and seemingly very difficult to steer. If you hold the concave edge of hollow upon a square corner ... read more
    Source: Musings from Big PinkPublished on 2017-07-21
  • Comb Back Rocker Class
    I have added a Comb Back Rocker class to my schedule, May 14-19, 2018.  It is open to returning students only, since the spindles and bends will have to be made at home. This is the first time I have taught this chair in a group setting and I think it will be a fun class. More info on my teaching page. ... read more
    Source: Elia BizzarriPublished on 2017-07-20
  • Bedstead panels
    The bedstead’s headboard is moving along. Once I had the first free-hand panel carved, it was easy to carve the 2nd one. After marking out the margins and a vertical centerline, I used a compass to take a few markers – here noting where the S-scrolls at the bottom corner hit the vertical margins. Then I chalked in a rough outline for that shape. This panel, like many from this grouping (and all 4 in this headboard) have ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2017-07-20
  • Summertime!
    For a bit over a week 4 of our grandchildren and their moms have been visiting. It's been a busy time that has passed very quickly. Too quickly. Soon they will be returning to Brooklyn and London and the house will be quiet again.We made bird houses with the kids. It was great fun and I highly suggest this project for kids. The ages range from 3 to 9 and it was fun for all.Some of the bird houses just ... read more
    Source: Brese PlanePublished on 2017-07-20
  • Two- and Three-Panelled Doors
    Fig. 60 – Two-Panelled Door This is an excerpt from “Doormaking and Window-Making” by Anonymous. This book was discovered for us by joiner Richard Arnold.  The door shown in Fig. 60 is very common as a front door in some parts of the country, although it has not much to recommend it, the long panels being very weak, and also the stiles, owing to there being no middle rail to strengthen them. The making is very simple, being the same ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-07-20
  • Making a Neck Blank
    I thought that I’d show you how I make my mandolin neck blanks. For this one, I’m using some of my very old Cuban mahogany stock. It’s a “recycled” lid from a Victorian grand piano- I like the idea of a new musical instrument rising phoenix like from an old one. Unfortunately, I’m running out of it so not too many more!It doesn’t look much at this stage but here’s one that I’ve been French polishing; beautiful! I always laminate my ... read more
    Source: A Luthier’s BlogPublished on 2017-07-20
  • Almost half-way!
    Dear friends and faithful supporters of the Endangered Alphabets: Something remarkable is happening. Actually, several somethings. An incredible surge of support from friends old and new has rushed us almost to the halfway point in our campaign. What I’m hearing is: On the most immediate level, the Endangered Alphabets Project is doing things that have never been done before. Using artwork to draw attention to the loss of traditional cultures all over the world. Creating learning materials to help prevent ... read more
    Source: Endangered alphabetsPublished on 2017-07-20
  • Issue Three T.O.C. – Vic Tesolin Reviews Hoadley’s “Identifying Woods in American ...
    Upcoming in Issue Three…  Book Review by Vic Tesolin: “A Field Guide to Identifying Woods in American Antiques & Collectibles” by R. Bruce Hoadley I’m a voracious reader of both fiction and non-fiction and as you can imagine, most of my non-fiction reading is about woodworking. Currently you’ll find me in the Japanese hand plane rabbit hole and I’m not sure if I can find my way back out. Joshua asked me if I could write a review of ... read more
    Source: Mortise & tenon magazinePublished on 2017-07-20
  • Which Bench Plane?
    I use a variety of hand planes, bench planes actually, in the day to day of making, writing and filming because on the one hand I want to use what people can get hold of and afford at a reasonable price and I tend feel a little nauseous when snobbism displaces proven technologies that worked … Read the full post Which Bench Plane? on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2017-07-20
  • Go to Wilbur Pan’s blog now
    And watch this video about chipbreakers.  http://giantcypress.net/post/163206058551 ... read more
    Source: The Daily SkepPublished on 2017-07-20
  • carcass fitted…….
    I'm moving right along with the finishing cabinet. I got the carcass dry fitted and I'm rethinking the interior. I'm not liking the off center divider that much anymore. I do want to maximize my storage because I am an expert at stuffing 10 lbs of crap into a 5 lb test brown paper bag. Ask any submarine sailor to help rearrange things and you'll be amazed at the space we can save. Of course this all subject to change on ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-07-20
  • I don’t have much background information on this video,…
    I don’t have much background information on this video, but it appears to be a German film showing how a chipbreaker works while planing a piece of wood in a manner similar to the Kawai-Kato chipbreaker video. Many of the factors demonstrated are still the same: the need to have the chipbreaker close to the edge of the blade, the effect of the angle of the leading edge of the chipbreaker, and what happens if the chipbreaker is set too ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2017-07-20
  • Moulding Plane No.10 Round complete!
    I shaped the iron, heat treated, sharpened it to a razor finish and did it within two hours. Considering how long it took me the first time, experience and speed has finally kicked in. I’m very pleased with the outcome, she’s planing and ejecting shavings like a dream.   The mouth opening is 1/32″ which I’ve returned back to my original idea and not intentionally but just by accident. Still it allowed thick enough shavings to go through without clogging. ... read more
    Source: Journeyman’s journalPublished on 2017-07-20
  • Now Available: ‘Roubo Workbench: By Hand & Power’
    You can now purchase our latest video “Roubo Workbench: By Hand & Power” for $35 through our online store. The 4:19-long video can be streamed or downloaded and played on nearly any device – we offer the video without any DRM or copy protection. The video is an in-depth look at how to build a massive French workbench using giant slabs of wood, but without enormous machinery. Will Myers and I walk you through all the construction steps and ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-07-20