• Paul Roman
    Fine Woodworking Issue #4 - my first issue - and the latest issue FWW #309In the latest issue of Fine Woodworking, there is a very nice obituary for Paul Roman, the founder and publisher of Fine Woodworking since its first issue in 1976. Although I never met Paul, he was very influential in my life and my development as a woodworker - and perhaps in yours as well. I've had a subscription to Fine Woodworking from Issue 4 continuing to... Read more
    Source: Joel's Blog at Tools for Working Wood Published on: 2024-02-28
  • ktichen shelf thing done.......
     It was foggy as all git out this AM. I thought I was in London England it was so thick. It didn't burn off until late morning. Initially it was cloudy but Mr Sun peeked out eventually. When I went on my post lunch stroll the temp was 55F(13C) and when I got back over an hour later it was 60F(16C). Not too shabby for the last week of feb. Fingers crossed that there won't be any more snow this... Read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker Published on: 2024-02-28
  • kitchen shelf done......
     Spent part of the morning prepping the shelf for shellac. I sanded the wood putty I applied yesterday and it was dry. The last couple of times I used it it wasn't dry the next day. Nothing in the shop changed nor in how I applied it. Go figure, eh? After I got done playing with that I started with the shellac. I got two on the entire unit with 5 coats on the bottom feet/edges and 4 on the... Read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker Published on: 2024-02-27
  • Dovetail characteristics circa 1900
    We talk a lot about dovetails these days, but how were they perceived over a century ago? Paul Hasluck, in “The Cabinet Worker’s Handybook” (1907) describes dovetailing as “the most general form of jointing in cabinet work”. Yet while Hasluck describes the process, even mentioning puzzle and round-cornered dovetailing, he doesn’t go into specifics. Below … Continue reading Dovetail characteristics circa 1900... Read more
    Source: Working by hand Published on: 2024-02-27
  • glued the shelf up......
     Made a road trip to Harbor Freight while the shelf unit was cooking. Got disappointed with what they had for stem casters.  There were only 3 choices today for them today whereas I remember them having a boatload to choose. I got nowhere on line although there were a lot of sellers. The problem I had with that was reconciling my measurements with what they were posting. Getting casters is heading down a dead street for now.final prepSanded the interior... Read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker Published on: 2024-02-26
  • Rigid 5 gal shop vac.......
     After I got done with my puzzles this AM I got an email from Home Depot telling me my shop vac was ready for pickup. I had already decided to go to Gurney's Sawmill to buy some pine. I flipped a coin and picking up the vac won. I thought I would bring it home and then go to Gurney's. That didn't happen boys and girls. I dropped off the shop vac and started playing with it. bigger than I thoughtIt... Read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker Published on: 2024-02-25
  • What Is It?
    I received an email enquiry about a particular desk, which has left me puzzled. The desk’s unique feature is its back, which is designed with three panels adorned with ripple mouldings, a detail I’ve never… More... Read more
    Source: Journeyman's journal Published on: 2024-02-24
  • getting a cold.....
     I sure hope that I'm coming down with a cold and not something alpha numeric that starts with a C. I woke up last night at 0130 not for a toilet trot race but to sneeze. When that happened I thought my eyeballs were going to pop out it was so strong. That was also the start of having to continually empty out my snot locker (nose). So far I have sneezed a bazillion times since 0130 and I have... Read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker Published on: 2024-02-24
  • Open Wire is in Person Today at the Storefront
    We have the Lie-Nielsen folks in this weekend for the first Hand Tool Event in at least three years. So we are not able to answer questions online today. If you are in the area, stop by the storefront and a whole host of people will be happy to answer your woodworking questions.  Megan and...... Read more
    Source: Lost Art Press Published on: 2024-02-24
  • Exploring Japanese saws (iii) – saw types
    So with some background on Japanese saws, which one should you choose? Like Western saws, some are better at some tasks than others, but there are likely more types of saws than in Western woodworking. Now let’s consider some of the differing types of Japanese saws. There are a number of different forms of saws, … Continue reading Exploring Japanese saws (iii) – saw types... Read more
    Source: Working by hand Published on: 2024-02-23
  • Trying Out Honey Locust for a Chair Seat
    I’m always on the lookout for local materials I can use to build stick chairs. Elm is my favorite wood, but it can be difficult to find for purchase. Last month Shea Alexander of Alexander Bros. gave me a couple boards of honey locust to try out for a chair seat. It looks a lot...... Read more
    Source: Lost Art Press Published on: 2024-02-22