• brutal day……
    At double balls plus 12 my peepers failed open. That is navy speak for I woke up at 12 minutes past midnight. I didn't get out of bed but tried to fall back asleep but it just wasn't happening. After tossing and turning for over an hour I finally got up and got ready to go to work 3 1/2 hours early.I used to be able to survive days like this but not anymore. By 0800 I was yawning so… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-10-10
  • Staked Furniture in the Americas
    Staked furniture isn’t just for Moravians and chroniclers of public health in the Middle Ages. It’s everywhere – once you open your eyes. One of my favorite primary sources is Lewis Miller, a carpenter in York, Pa., who chronicled life in the 19th century with watercolors and text. The reason Miller is at the top of my list is he was a woodworker. So when he drew a workbench or a piece of furniture, chances are that what he… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-10-10
  • Smoothing Milk Paint & Other Rough Surfaces
    If your painted finish feels a little rough, you need to go to the liquor store. OK, that doesn’t make sense, so let’s back up a couple weeks when I was teaching a bunch of young woodworkers how to build a tool chest by hand at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. After building the 18 chests, we finished most of them with milk paint, a modern and quite easy […] The post Smoothing Milk Paint & Other Rough Surfaces… ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2015-10-09
  • First Spoons
    Hi everyone, I am blessed that some nice folks gave me some cherry and apple wood recently so I could carve spoons.  Here are some initial spoons that I carved, but I confess to be humbled that it will take a while to get the right look. Eventually, I’ll take a class, but for now I welcome any comments. I think the book Swedish Carving Techniques is quite helpful, yet for me you can only glean so much from those… ... read more
    Source: Jim the Chairmaker’s BlogPublished on 2015-10-09
  • Change is good, right??
    Maybe…. I find myself facing yet another chapter in the long, varied saga that is my health, and yes, changes are afoot. I’ve been getting too many serious infections related to the dialysis treatments I’ve been doing, so I’ve started the process of switching over to a different treatment mode. The most significant change is that it will be harder to travel. Because of this, I need to significantly reduce my out-of-town teaching for next year. My hope is… ... read more
    Source: Chairs and morePublished on 2015-10-09
  • what does “tradition” mean in Traditional Woodworking?
    After the class at Lie-Nielsen with Jogge Sundqvist, I got an email from my friend Bryan MacIntyre. It was something I knew I wanted to tackle, but it took some time to sift through. Here’s the bulk of it: “I’d like to start a larger dialogue about tradition…. Essentially Jogge recited his TED Talk, as requested, towards the ends of the Q&A… He talked about the four walls he’s aware of while he’s working: the materials, the tools/tool skills,… ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2015-10-09
  • A Tray For Tea Part 2: Cherry Ring
    Page two. . .I had managed to create and smooth out a parquetry field. Let's hear it for thicker, shop cut veneer!! Of course it's not perfect. there are miscuts and voids, but it's much more successful than my last attempt.I now had the base down for the tea tray.The small oriental antique tea set we'd purchased for Fayth was four cups and the teapot. I wanted to do some inlay into the field and thought some contrasting rings, marking… ... read more
    Source: Inside the Oldwolf WorkshopPublished on 2015-10-09
  • Happy weekend!
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    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2015-10-09
  • next project(s) planned……..
    I've got a firm jello consistency feel for the next (few) project(s). One of them is making the Blackburn saw kerfing plane in beech. I have only done 4 re-sawing of boards since I made the kerfing plane and the 26" 7 TPI rip saw I used doing that isn't making it. I emailed Isaac and he said that he is road testing two smaller frame saws for resawing. One is 27" and the other is 32"I think the 48"… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-10-09
  • Potpourri
    It has been a strange year. About eight years ago I retired from flying and moved on to instructing other pilots. The job was a great retirement job, three to four days a week and less than 6 hours a day. I got to drink coffee, tell "there I waz" stories and was paid to do what I would have done for free at the local airport. Life was good.A couple or three years ago the job started to change,… ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2015-10-09
  • Greenish Luthiery
    My first shop-made finger planes, 8mm wide iron, 60 degree body in back, 40 degree body in front with maple shavings.I have a new obsession. I'm familiar with the feeling of obsession settling around my shoulders. That's how I got started working with hand tools. Back in August, someone posted a link in the Facebook Unplugged Woodworkers group to this video of Dominique Nicosia making a violin by hand. He's a master instructor at the Ecole Nationale de Lutherie de… ... read more
    Source: Close GrainPublished on 2015-10-09
  • Wadkin’s Glen (3)
    More time in on the Wadkin dimension saw today. It's become a second job.I decided it was time to fit some wooden sacrificial lips to the table edges so as to make the machine useable. This feature - the table lips - is actually one of my favorite aspects to the saw. I haven't seen other saws of this type (say from Northfield, Oliver, Tannewitz...) that have the provision for replaceable table lips. In the world of modern sliding saws… ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2015-10-09
  • Scythe courses in Caithness, Scotland
    A trip to the end of mainland Britain, scything for rare bees. Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Steve Tomlin CraftsPublished on 2015-10-08
  • HTOTW #20 PAX Handsaws (and handsaws in general)
    This week I discuss handsaws a little and share with you my thought on the PAX line of handsaws. There are a few places to find these saws. Here are a few links. Not all suppliers have the same saws. So, I advise you to check them all out. Have fun. Tools For Working WoodThomas Flinn & Co. Lee Valley The Best Things ... read more
    Source: Billy’s Little BenchPublished on 2015-10-08
  • Swept up Shavings
    14 hand-planed thoughts from the dustpan of my mind– 1. We never wear white after Labor Day- 2. A sawmill operator moonlighting as a rapper is called Lil Wane. 3. Prophecy found behind a wall shingle up at Hatch Mill, circa 1975: 4. True story: You’re hustling to finish up some joinery, just going along cleaning out a mortise… In your haste you drive the damn chisel too deeply into gnarly grain… STUCK ! So you… ... read more
    Source: BLUE OAKPublished on 2015-10-08
  • WORK No. 186 – Published October 8 1892
    Tweet #TfwwWorkBlogARTICLES FOUND IN THIS ISSUE: HOW TO LEARN DRAWING OFFICE WORK•JEWELLER'S ENAMELS AND ENAMELLING•HOW PERFUMES ARE MADE•FAC-SIMILE DUPLICATES OF COINS•HOW TO MAKE AND ELECTRIC BELL WITH ONE COIL•AMATEUR'S PANELLED DADO•HOW TO MAKE A XYLOPHONE•RE-TINNING KITCHEN UTENSILS•CARPENTRY FOR BOYS•MAKING MODEL BOATS RIDE ARTIFICIALLY•SHOPDisclaimer: Articles in Work describe materials and methods that would not be considered safe or advisable today. We are not responsible for the content of these magazines, and cannot take any responsibility for anyone attempting projects or… ... read more
    Source: The Work Magazine Reprint ProjectPublished on 2015-10-08
  • tiny dovetails…..
    I finished the sharpening drawer project tonight. The final 'box' is cooking away as I write this. Since watching hide glue cure is right between watching paint dry and grass grow, you'll have to take my word that it's done. If anyone wants pics of that, email me.Finishing up the two items on the drawer hit parade only took about 15 minutes and that left a whole bunch of minutes of shop time I could use for something else. I… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-10-08
  • Wadkin’s Glen (2)
    It's amazing how much time has been soaked up getting the Wadkin saw up and running. At the end of the last post I had started to take a look at some basic alignments, and found that the sliding table and main table were out of parallel by about 1/32", which was a large amount I thought.So, digging into the Wadkin dimension saw commences..."welcome my son, to the machine....".(a Pink Floyd reference in case you were wondering)In the last post… ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2015-10-07
  • Is a third of a hurdle a thirdle?
    I decided I’d better work at making a hurdle, to practice up for this weekend’s class with Plymouth CRAFT http://plymouthcraft.org/?tribe_events=riving-now-two-days After splitting & riving the stock, there’s drawknife work at a shaving horse. Then I laid out where I wanted mortises, how many, etc. and bored holes to start ’em. And chopped between these holes with a chisel to make the rest of the mortise. Next I’ll shave a slew of horizontal rails, and then fit braces… ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2015-10-07
  • A Tip for Handsawing Rabbets & Sliding Dovetails
    I’ve been cutting a lot of large-scale sliding dovetails and rabbets lately. And when these housed joints get to a certain size (think of a dovetail socket that is 4” wide and 30” long) it’s much more efficient to saw out the walls by hand. When I need the rabbets or sliding dovetails to be bang-on, I clamp a batten to my work to guide the saw. I use a […] The post A Tip for Handsawing Rabbets & Sliding… ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2015-10-07
  • July Fourth Weekend and Objects That Connect.
    On July 3rd I went down to the South Street Seaport of visit the Hermione, a reproduction of Layfayette's ship when he returned to the US in 1780. The line was crazy so instead we had lunch and went over first to Federal Hall and then to the Custom House. The latter is the home of the New York branch of the Museum of the Native American. There were two fabulous exhibits. First, a superb exhibit of modern jewellery by… ... read more
    Source: Joel’s Blog at Tools for Working WoodPublished on 2015-10-07
  • What’s Good for Your Soul?
    I was busy the last days with a lot of things. Not much of this was woodworking. But I would like to share some thoughts. Sunny Early Fall Last weekend was a great early fall weekend. The sun was shining nearly the whole days and the temperatures were near to 20°. Additionally on Saturday were bank holidays. So we spent the Saturday afternoon on a traditional kermis. I wasn't there for ... read more
    Source: Blue Spruce WoodshopPublished on 2015-10-07
  • I’m going to need another day….
    In order to call the sharpening drawer project 100% done, I'll need to also add another day for glue up. All of the woodworking is done except for some flushing work tomorrow. The day to call this done is carved in Jello for thursday. Or maybe friday. Or maybe next week. The upcoming weekend is a long one so I could stretch this one out.much betterThere wasn't a need to put a divider on the right because that part is… ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2015-10-07
  • Bandito Shirts are in the Store
    We’ve just added our Lost Art Press Bandito shirts to our online store. The shirts are $25 and are available in sizes M to 2XL. These are the shirts we printed for Woodworking in America. They were a big hit, but we came back with some in each size. Once these lieutenant green shirts are sold out we will offer the Bandito shirt in a wide variety of sizes, color and even styles. We’ll also be putting up the… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-10-07
  • Classes at Lee Valley
        Sorry about the last minute posting, but if you’re in the Toronto area, and you don’t have any plans for the end of the week and weekend, join me for a class or two at the East Toronto Lee Valley Store. I’ll be ... read more
    Source: The Unplugged WoodshopPublished on 2015-10-06
  • What Learning Feels Like
    David Savage delivered a fire-and-brimstone lecture to the students in his Rowden workshop on the business of the craft during tea one morning and then left the bench room with a flourish. One of the students turned to me and asked: “Are all British craftsmen this eccentric?” I didn’t know how to reply at first. Later that day, however, the answer came to me: Actually, all really good instructors are like that. During my two weeks at Rowden in… ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2015-10-06
  • DESIGN: Open House on Quality
    Join us October 21st for a fascinating discussion on Quality. From 6-7:30pm, Elizabeth Rosner, author, poet, and teacher, and Gary Rogowski, Director of The Northwest Woodworking Studio will chat about the idea of Quality. Who decides the standards? Is there one arbiter or many? Does the crowd know Quality or is Quality driven by marketing? There is a wealth of information up for discussion this evening. Please join us for this free Open House at the Studio, 1002 SE 8th. Elizabeth… ... read more
    Source: Northwest Woodworking StudioPublished on 2015-10-06
  • Spoon Carving
    Well, Peter Follansbee got me again.My family and I were minding our own business, away from people, electricity, everything.And then, while the kids were splitting wood to burn, my wife and I found ourselves picking out a few good pieces for a completely different function. We were soon fully engaged in carving spoons: mornings and afternoons.Here are four of mine. ... read more
    Source: Musings from Big PinkPublished on 2015-10-06
  • Kyoto Woodcraft
    Kyoto Woodcraft: This is a really nice video showcasing a Japanese woodturner, a Japanese cooper, and a sashimono craftsman making objects used for Japanese tea ceremonies. At 13:30 there’s a shot of the only tool tray that I could imagine using.This video is only available until Oct. 14, so watch it fast. ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2015-10-06
  • Questions About The Future
    Last week we went away to see family for a few days which is always good for reminding you just how important family are. It also meant that I got to sleep in a proper bed and had running water for a short time – what a luxury. I even got to go in a... Read more → ... read more
    Source: The English WoodworkerPublished on 2015-10-06