• Brace yourself
    Last week I needed to bore a couple of 3/4-in. holes in the top of my workbench for a low-profile planing stop. I passed on using an electric drill and… ... read more
  • When a Tenon Snaps
    Saturday 25th March 2017 So what do you do if a tenon snaps off when you least expect it? Such things happen, after all, and you have already invested good time in the buying and milling wood, forming tenons and even shaping the wood for its place in the whole. I have had it happen … Read the full post When a Tenon Snaps on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2017-03-27
  • Hello Perdix, You Old Friend
    Today Narayan Nayar and I took the train to Pompeii to look at a fresco that features Perdix, a Roman workbench and some adult content suitable for Cinemax. (“Oh my, I don’t think I have enough money for this pizza.” Cue the brown chicken, brown cow soundtrack.) As we got off the train, my heart was heavy with dread. Yesterday, our visit to Herculaneum blew my mind but was disappointing in one small way: The House of the Deer ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-03-27
  • Crisscross Solo Blems
    Just a heads up in case you're in the market for a Crisscross Solo and you're coming to Handworks.We'll have a few blems available at the event for a discount price of $79. We usually don't have to offer blems or seconds because we usually catch them early on in the process. This time a few Crisscross arms made it all the way through powder coating. Here's the issue with these. During the casting process the moulds get transported from ... read more
    Source: BenchcraftedPublished on 2017-03-27
  • Getting the axe
    My review of the “Axe” carbide turning tools from Carter Products went live today over on the Popular Woodworking website. You can read that here. I don’t usually post crossover content regarding my work for the magazine, but I received so many questions about the tools on Instagram that Megan asked me to record a short video (which is also linked on the PW review). This is just me, in my shop after the kids have gone to bed. No camera tricks ... read more
    Source: The Daily SkepPublished on 2017-03-27
  • Refurbishing Old Shutters
    The question "What do you think you could do with these shutters?" or "Do you think you can make these old shutters work?" are some of the hardest questions to answer. For people who own a Georgian, Regency or Victorian home, a set of original smoothly operating shutters are something that naturally most people want. Sadly it's not always too easy to achieve. It is always possible to have fully functioning shutters, but it can be hard work to ... read more
    Source: G S Haydon & SonPublished on 2017-03-27
  • a few new spoons for sale, March 27 2017
    I’ve been slowly working my way through a pile of cherry spoon wood. All but one or two of this batch is from the same tree. And most all are crooks, bent/curved sections which lend the spoons their shape. A couple of these got picked by people on a waiting list for spoons. I never intended there to be such a thing, but sometimes I get requests between postings of spoons for sale. spoons listed are here https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/spoons-for-sale-march-2017/  or at ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2017-03-27
  • changed lanes……
    I was working on the new bookshelf project but I put on the turn signal and made a lane change. I will work on the bookshelf as I can but my main impetus now is finishing the stand up desk for work. I did a couple of days standing up and I couldn't believe the difference when I went home. My butt cheeks didn't hurt and my metal hip side felt a bazillion percent better. I nixed getting the VA ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-03-27
  • The Finishing Line
    It's miller time. These miller dowels will lock the lower portion of the handle assembly to the carcass while adding a little visual detail and mechanical strength. They work by creating a tapered hole using a tapered drill bit which is the same profile as the dowels. I really like using these little guys, they're like the western version of version of Japanese wooden nails.  Though they're not fool proof... I almost drilled into the floating floorboard, luck was on ... read more
    Source: Wakened handsPublished on 2017-03-27
  • More Fun and Games!
    Just when you think we know everything about gaming tables, more information surfaces. I was at the preview of a local auction house when I came across this rather chunky example: Georgian Game Table  This lot has sold for $260. Description:  19th century, mahogany, mahogany veneer, oak secondary, unusual dual hinged top with storage compartment, gate leg, cabriole legs with pad foot. Most game tables have some style or elegance, not this one.The heavy apron and the graceless pad feet lack a pleasing ... read more
    Source: The Furniture RecordPublished on 2017-03-27
  • Patches II
    Having read the earlier post Patches, Pablo Bronstein sent me a few pictures of a walnut escritoire in his possession with an unusual patch in its lower left side (figs. 1 & 2). Fig. 1. Inlaid quadrant ebony stringing. (Pablo … Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Pegs and ‘TailsPublished on 2017-03-27
  • A Well-furnished Roman Sarcophagus
    Although Roman furniture is well represented in frescoes, mosaics and sculptures few pieces of wooden furniture survive. The pieces we have for study survived in wet environments such as ship wrecks and wells or were carbonized and buried during the eruption of Vesusius in 79 A.D. Most of the carbonized pieces are from Herculaneum and were preserved and sealed in place by meters-deep pyroclastic material. Pompeii was not entombed as deeply as Herculaneum and contemporary records tell us that ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-03-27
  • Spring Pole Lathe-Part 3
    My day in the shop didn’t go as I has planned.  It’s not that anything went wrong, but I had gotten the order of operations a little out of order.  Originally I was going to cleanup the uprights and chop the mortises for the rail wedges.  As I was about to plane off all of my layout lines it dawned on me that I had better cut and fit the pivot arm first. The pivot arm installs in a slot ... read more
    Source: GREG MERRITT – BY MY OWN HANDSPublished on 2017-03-26
  • New Shop Made Marking/Cutting Gauge and Blog Page Template
    Gauges are tools for producing lines upon the surface of wood, parallel with the edge they are used upon.George Ellis, Modern Practical Joinery, 1902I started making this gauge about a year ago, it was a rainy day project that I didn't finish until today, thus it became a snow flurry day project.The fence and arm are walnut, the wedge is made from a 20 year old piece of ebony, the cutter was taken from a purfling cutter that I abandoned ... read more
    Source: Brokeoff Mountain LuthieriePublished on 2017-03-26
  • Do You Know What This Is?
    Made By Shaker HandsIn the previous post I mentioned my time spent visiting Hancock Shaker Village and my friendship with Faith Andrews, who was so kind to me.  She gave me many hours of her time answering my questions and showing me her personal collection.  It was as much spiritual as it was educational.During one of my visits she opened a desk and took out a simple piece of wood.  It appeared to be a ruler, but it had no ... read more
    Source: WPatrickEdwardsPublished on 2017-03-26
  • To Herculaneum
    Narayan shoots photos of a set of frescoes in Herculaneum. No matter how much you read about a person, a piece of furniture or a place, the real thing is always different. Today, Narayan Nayar and I visited Herculaneum, the doomed coastal city in Italy that has changed the way I look at woodworking workbenches. There are no workbenches at Herculaneum. But there was an image of one. Once. But it was cut from the walls of the House of ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-03-26
  • Time To Clean Out Some Duplicates #2…
    I cannot tell a lie, I do not have a duplicate of this saw, it is completely out of the timeframe I try to stick to for my collection, its purchase was totally an impulsive action, and I’m selling it because it is too big for my usual scale of work so I have rarely used it. It is also a pretty good saw.I bought this saw from an old guy who was pretty cool for an old fart. He ... read more
    Source: The Part-Time WoodworkerPublished on 2017-03-26
  • A Swiss chair
    A stool from Werdenberg Castle in Switzerland, showing the use of textured punches. ... read more
    Source: Working by handPublished on 2017-03-26
  • Soon to arrive at T.T.T. Roger Smith’s PTAMPIA Vol 2
    I should receive a stock of Roger Smith’s PATENTED TRANSITIONAL & METALLIC PLANES IN AMERICA, VOLUME II. I will be offering theses brand new books for $55 plus $ shipping, (Continental US shipments only). If you don’t know of this book, it’s a must have for ANY hand plane enthusiast. These books retail for $88 and I’ve seen them sell for even more. PATENTED TRANSITIONAL & METALLIC PLANES IN AMERICA, VOLUME II.. Roger K. Smith, 1992. 8 1/2 x 11″, ... read more
    Source: Time Tested ToolsPublished on 2017-03-26
  • a diverse saturday…….
    I do other things besides stuff in the workshop. I did a couple of other things today and they involved wood too. But neither of them were in the workshop, they just happen to involve wood. The first was my back door. The screws in the top hinge became loose again which causes the door to sag and not close. I finally got tired of tightening the screws and I was going to replace the screws after I drilled out ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-03-26
  • Oil vs. Water Stones. One Year Later.
      Beyond all things in woodworking, sharp is king. If it’s not sharp it doesn’t matter, and anything that can’t make it sharp is not worth your time. If you are new to sharpening, stick with what you have unless it really doesn’t work. I’ve noticed over the past few years, that a number of […] ... read more
    Source: Fair WoodworkingPublished on 2017-03-26
  • Spring Pole Lathe-Part 2
    Confession time…if you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I started this lathe project a week ago.  I’m little behind on my blogging, but I’ve been running a little time management experiment this week. It is exactly five minutes between my house and my work.  As a result, I come home for my lunch hour most days.  Usually I eat something, check the news and catch up on reading blogs (another thing I’m behind on).  Anyway, I decided ... read more
    Source: GREG MERRITT – BY MY OWN HANDSPublished on 2017-03-26
  • lämmerzunge – lambs togue
    Klaus was so kind to take over the difficult parts of the work on theses handles. The slot for the back and the slit for the blade.Klaus war so nett und hat schlitze für Blatt und Rücken in zwei Griffen gemacht. Schonbacken mit neuem Leder von Brian. Protectorcheeks with new eather from Brian.  Werkzeuge zum Anfertigen der Lämmerzunge. Auch unsere neue Sehrfeinsäge. Tolls for the lambstongue. Including ournew very fine saw.marking - markierenSehrfeinsäge in actionSchnitt 0,2mm - cut 0,2 mm (0.008")wieder anzeichnen ... read more
    Source: Old LadiesPublished on 2017-03-25
  • lämmerzunge – lambs togue
    Klaus was so kind to take over the difficult parts of the work on theses handles. The slot for the back and the slit for the blade.Klaus war so nett und hat schlitze für Blatt und Rücken in zwei Griffen gemacht. Schonbacken mit neuem Leder von Brian. Protectorcheeks with new eather from Brian.  Werkzeuge zum Anfertigen der Lämmerzunge. Auch unsere neue Sehrfeinsäge. Tolls for the lambstongue. Including ournew very fine saw.marking - markierenSehrfeinsäge in actionSchnitt 0,2mm - cut 0,2 mm (0.008")wieder anzeichnen ... read more
    Source: Old LadiesPublished on 2017-03-25
  • Bookboards II
    Bookboards II: Don Williams, at the Library of Congress rare book conservation lab: I let them try any number of re-sawing methods, ranging from my vintage 4tpi carpenter’s rip saw, my own bow saw or their bow saw, a range of Japanese saws they had in-house, my French style frame saws, etc.  I have to say that by nearly unanimous confirmation the Japanese saws came out the favorites.Completely unsolicited comment, I swear. ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2017-03-25
  • bookshelf feet…….
    I had been thinking about how to do the feet for the bookshelf off and on all day. My first thoughts were centered around the tablesaw. It would have taken only a few minutes to make a taper jig and poof, two matching feet. It was a hard call for me to make but I opted for the hand tool route. If the first ones didn't come out, I had more stock to get at least 4 more tries. This was ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-03-25
  • Shells and Shell-Like Carvings
    Given the right tools, expert instruction and hours of practice I believe I stand a good chance of becoming a mediocre carver. It’s something to which I aspire. Eventually. Aim for the stars… I was watching the famous and talented Mary May do another carving demonstration today. Not for the first time and not, I hope, for the last. We are at a furniture seminar at MESDA (Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts) in Winston Salem, NC. I have a special relationship with ... read more
    Source: The Furniture RecordPublished on 2017-03-25
  • Spring Pole Lathe-Part 1
    I have always been fascinated by the lathe.  There is something mesmerizing about watching the shapes appear from the spinning wood.  As much as I like the lathe, I never planned on adding one to my shop.  There’s a whole list of excuses why and I had taken the lathe off of my to-do list and penciled it in on my some-day list. Through a strange series of events however, things have changed.  There’s a big long story that explains ... read more
    Source: GREG MERRITT – BY MY OWN HANDSPublished on 2017-03-25
  • ‘Making Things Work’ by Nancy R. Hiller
    As cautionary woodworking tales go, Nancy R. Hiller’s might just be the funniest – and the most sincere. Standing in contrast to James Krenov’s “The Impractical Cabinetmaker” from 1979, Hiller’s new book, “Making Things Work: Tales from a Cabinetmaker’s Life,” is not about waiting for a particular plank of wood to tell you its true purpose. It is not an exhortation to fuss over each detail, no matter the personal cost. There is not a shop cat. (Side note: I ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-03-24
  • Piano Repair: Fixing a Broken Hammer
    I am not a piano repairman.  But when our piano tuner told us that it would be pretty expensive to fix our 1950s-era spinet piano (for which we paid $60), my wife urged me to try it myself. A couple weeks earlier, one of the younger kids had been pounding on the keys, and the dowel rod holding one of the hammers snapped right off.  My wife found the broken piece inside the piano.  It was the B-flat above middle C–so ... read more
    Source: The Literary Workshop BlogPublished on 2017-03-24