• Answering the Unasked Qs
    Question: Hello Paul I have pretty much zero experience with woodwork, and I am at a bit of a loss where to begin.   So, what do I need to become a woodworker?   With kind regards   Mark Answer: It’s a question that at one time would never have been asked. Prior to the 1980s almost all boys in the western world learned woodworking as part of the general school curriculum, beginning for boys at around 13 years old. This initiation was ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2016-07-27
  • The Joiner and Cabinetmaker – Free Downloads
    When I first started TFWW, we stocked VHS tapes. Then one day we switched over to DVDs. Remember when Netflix had their red envelopes for DVDs, and then made the revolutionary transition to streaming? Increasingly everyone is streaming videos, and consequently the market for DVDs has gotten smaller and smaller. Lots of people don't even have DVD players anymore. Time marches on. When the Joiner and Cabinetmaker was first published, co-author Chris Schwarz, who had built the three projects in ... read more
    Source: Joel’s Blog at Tools for Working WoodPublished on 2016-07-27
  • A Hand Saw Story
    Have you ever had the feeling that the past catches up with you? It happened to me at one of the last Saturdays. So it comes that I have got a little story about hand saws today. Since a while I'm looking for an old, small hand saw (means a short one). Meanwhile I had to realize that the usual saw for German cabinet makers was the frame saw and not a panel or hand saw. Nevertheless I ... read more
    Source: Blue Spruce WoodshopPublished on 2016-07-27
  • it was hotter yesterday……
    Monday when I got home the porch temp was almost 97°F (36°C) with the forecast saying tuesday would have worse heat and humidity. Well that turned out to be BS. Today the temp on the porch was barely over 92°F (33°C). This is New England and like Mark Twain said "....if you want the weather to change wait 20 minutes and then look....". The weekend is looking good as the same weather gurus are saying it will be cooling off.still ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-07-27
  • Maybe the Rarest TS-2 Try Square?
    Drivel Starved Nation; Someday I am really going to have to do a thorough search of all the stuff tucked away around here. Yesterday I found something that really gave me pause for thought… Residing at the bottom of a box full of other boxes of old stuff, I found this;   This is a non-logo TS-2 made from solid Brazilian Tulip wood. The non-logo is a key that I made this in 1983 when I thought branding tools ... read more
    Source: Bridge City Tool WorksPublished on 2016-07-26
  • Flattening the Roman Benchtop
    Here I’m traversing the underside of the benchtop. I only want to work each surface of this benchtop once. The slab weighs enough (approximately 115 pounds) that I have to struggle with it to get it in and out of the vise and onto the benchtop. So every move with the slab is planned with care so I don’t end up injured or (at best) embarrassed at having to ask a friend to help me get the benchtop off the ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-07-26
  • The Lever Cap Isn’t a Screwdriver (Or is it?)
    When I bought my first Stanley No. 5 in the mid-1990s, I regularly used the lever cap as a screwdriver to adjust the tension screw in the center of the frog and to tighten and loosen the cap iron screw. Then one of my fellow employees dressed me down. You should never do that, they told me, because that illicit activity could chip the lever cap. This is advice repeated […] The post The Lever Cap Isn’t a Screwdriver (Or ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2016-07-26
  • Roubo With The Sound Turned On
    Diorama of Plate 99 Almost two years ago Chris sent me a pre-publication copy of “The Book of Plates” and gave me free reign to color, cut-out and otherwise manipulate anything I found in the plates. Yesterday I started work on the index for “Roubo on Furniture” and now get to read the descriptions of each scene, tool and work method in the plates. Most of the plates that I transformed into dioramas and collages are from the furniture book ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-07-26
  • a lot of photos of the 3-legged stool assembly
    the 3-legged/footed stool is done. here’s some of how it went. I do the joinery in two halves. Here, the leg is propped in the “joiners’ saddles” (V-blocks) to hold it steady. Line up the centerline on the end grain with a square, and then fire away. Because the stretchers are at three different heights, you need to keep track of which one’s which. I tend to make the front stretcher the lowest one. the other two don’t matter ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2016-07-26
  • fun day at work…..
    The heat and humidity today was unbearable. The A/C at work had gone south sometime overnight and wasn't noticed until almost 0900. By the time it was fixed and running it struggled to cool things off. It wasn't a pleasant day at work for sure. Couple that with the oscillating fan in my cube not working neither, it made for a sticky uncomfortable day. Especially so when your butt cheeks are captive to a seat in order to do your ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-07-26
  • A Router Too Young to Shave!!!
    I really like the ‘wave’ aspect for the thumb and fingers to pull and push with. It’s comfortable and non-slip and whereas the handles seem unnecessary, the fingertips do pull on them and help to guide the router in the cut.Here you can see the precision grind to 90-degrees, but that’s not what we really wanted. It is quickly resolved with a grinding wheel though, so not to worry.It happens frequently enough. You buy a tool and it looks good, ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2016-07-26
  • The Roman Workbench Begins
    This afternoon I got a good start on my first Roman workbench – a knee-high bench with almost no workholding, aside from holes for pegs or holdfasts. I’m building it using a red oak top from Will Myers, who dried the slab in his homemade kiln in North Carolina. The legs are some white oak stock that is sold at the lumberyard for making rustic mantles. (I was going to instead use some firewood I have in my shop, ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-07-25
  • Sierra Boat Company
    On recent trip through Lake Tahoe I drove past the Sierra Boat Company by sheer fluke and immediately slammed on the brakes, did a U turn, and knocked on the workshop door just before they were closing.  I was kindly invited in to have a look around and am very grateful for the opportunity.http://sierraboat.com/ ... read more
    Source: licensed2tinkerPublished on 2016-07-25
  • Local, Air-Dried Wood for Sale
    Since 2005, I have been stockpiling local hardwoods. These are full flitches (entire logs) milled to my specifications for furniture making and stacked on pallets. All of this material has been slowly and patiently air-dried. It’s a process that is not widely used commercially due to the time requirement, but the quality of the material is so much better than kiln-dried. These are some of the primary benefits of air-dried wood. Can be bent in tighter curves and with higher success ... read more
    Source: Flair WoodworksPublished on 2016-07-25
  • An Imperfect Surface
    For those of you who think that sanding and abrasive technology is a fairly new thing, I have news. Sanding is older than handplaning. As Geoffrey Killen points out in “Egyptian Woodworking and Furniture” (Shire, 1994), Egyptians did not use handplanes. Those tools were invented by the Romans or Greeks. Instead, Egyptian woodworkers used an adze to dimension pieces and then finished off the wood with sandstone. His book shows […] The post An Imperfect Surface appeared first on Popular ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2016-07-25
  • Weekly Update for July 25, 2016
    This week I'm talking about my new 1930's Delta DP 220 drill press and the new saw till. Been very busy the last few days getting this drill press cleaned and painted, still more to do, and I will continue to share the progress as time goes on. Thanks for stopping in. Enjoy the video, and don't for get to subscribe, like, share, comment. ​ ... read more
    Source: Billy’s Little BenchPublished on 2016-07-25
  • Beat the Heat, Read the Forum
    Summer is in full swing and where I live it is HOT. The best way around this is to stay inside and read the forum. Remember, if you have a question about our products, procedures in our books or anything related to Lost Art Press, the fastest way to get an answer is our forum. Check it out here. Workbench is finally finishedI love showing off people’s finished projects and this one is perfect for that (above). I love the painted ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-07-25
  • Grinling Gibbons – Trafalgar Square – and – Woodcarving in Layers
    Woodcarvers: There’s good stuff after the statue. Another Gibbons sculpture photo: Bob EastonNo, there are no Gibbons woodcarvings in Trafalgar Square, nor even in the National Gallery which stands behind the square. We visited the National Gallery to see other artwork and found this Gibbons statue standing in the front lawn. … another British king dressed as a Roman emperor. King James II in bronze is documented to have been commissioned to Gibbons’ shop by Tobias Rustat, Yeoman of the Robes ... read more
    Source: Bob EastonPublished on 2016-07-25
  • mortiser fixed……
    Finally, the dog and pony show from hell with fixing my mortiser is done. In my last job repairing medical equipment, the stuff coming from china was a mother to fix. The documentation was poor and parts support was almost non existent. The manuals were full of errors in the numbers and the grammar. I'm sure that I would have the same problem translating chinese into english. I think that is what happened here. The mortiser is a chinese product ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-07-25
  • A Special Wine Ceremony Box
    Around a month ago I had a special occasion to celebrate. My youngest sister was married. It was a fun, free-spirited ceremony set in a outdoor pavilion set right near the banks of the Mississippi River. A beautiful setting and despite it falling on one of the hottest days of the year, I was more than happy to wrap up in a rented monkey suit to join the ceremony. Other than my much sought after attendance, I had one other ... read more
    Source: Inside the Oldwolf WorkshopPublished on 2016-07-25
  • BCM Maker Faire (follow up)
    I spent 10~5 yesterday on the boardwalk in front of the Boston Children's Museum with a table presenting samples of Japanese joinery and my woodwork, most of which could easily be assembled and disassembled by small children. Here's a snap of my table:It was in the 90s (˚F) yesterday, so I drank a lot of water and was at least in some shade under a large tent with many other exhibitors. The vast majority of exhibits concerned robotics, battlebots, R2D2 ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2016-07-24
  • Dog’s day afternoon
    The day started innocently enough... Turn on the computer to be greeted by a message that says Update to Window 10 free until Jul 29th. So I thought, well that probably meant they are about to ditch support to Win 7 so may as well...Took bloody forever it took upon itself to scan and fixed all my drives attach to that PC, that's about 2 Tb of storage, yes lots of tools pics :-)Oh yeah, I'm so excited...Its like watching ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2016-07-24
  • Alicante, Spain!
    It is true I have been quiet here and on other social media lately. Also, sadly I have been doing very little woodwork.My chair is still in the same state as last posted: waiting to really be started.There is a good reason, though, and that is the Frau got a new job in Alicante, Spain, and we will soon be moving there. We will keep our place in Munich, as she will come back to her old job in two ... read more
    Source: ToolerablePublished on 2016-07-24
  • Paul’s Standard Plus Mandolin
    Paul’s mandolin is now complete and residing safely with him. Here are some photos of the finished instrument for you. A real beauty!And here's the spec....352 mm scaleRobson handmade tunersSitka Spruce soundboard with Sitka bracing.Herringbone rosette and purflingPau Ferro back and sidesBody fully bound in Indian rosewoodMaple neck with carbon fibre reinforcement Ebony fretboard, compound radius, wide gold evo fretsAbalone dot marker on front surface + brass ring side markersHandmade Nava design tailpiece (ebony, brass stainless steel), bone nut and ... read more
    Source: A Luthier’s BlogPublished on 2016-07-24
  • That’s a Three-barbarian Door
    Yesterday I managed to hang my braced and ledged door for the stables at our storefront. The stables will eventually house my machinery, so I wanted the door to be nice and handmade. So by following the instructions on these traditional doors from “The Woodworker: The Charles H. Hayward Years,” I built this massive (8’ tall) door from 1-3/8”-thick yellow pine that has been seasoning in my shop for four years. Perhaps I should have used cedar. I’m not ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-07-24
  • 3-footed turned stool
      It feels like a long time since I’ve written about furniture-making. Shop-building & spoon carving have taken up a lot of space here. This week, I’m building a stool that reaches back to the beginnings of this blog in 2008. Here’s one I made many years ago for the museum where I used to work.  These things don’t exist in the wild – not 17th century ones anyway. Chairs built along these lines are common in England and elsewhere. ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2016-07-24
  • I need a back button for today…….
    Today was one of those days that I wish a had a back button so I could erase today and go back to tomorrow and start over. The heat and humidity today seems worse than yesterday which complimented the crappy day perfectly. It gets worse because the forecast has the H&H staying for an extended visit all next week too.I didn't go to the shop today until after ten. I went to Hobby Lobby trying to find a gothic letter ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-07-24
  • Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830
    For my North American reader: Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830 – an exhibition, August 19, 2016–January 8, 2017. Mahogany desk and bookcase by Christopher Townsend, circa 1745–50. (Yale University) This groundbreaking exhibition presents a comprehensive survey … Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Pegs and ‘TailsPublished on 2016-07-24
  • Making Saw Handles
    The saw cannot be classified with any other tool.Paul N. Hasluck, The Handyman's Book, 1903I inherited my grandfather's Warranted Superior crosscut panel saw quite some time ago - it is twenty inches long, 10 points per inch, the original handle must have disappeared on some worksite accident in the 1920's (he died in 1952, ten years before I was born). "Pop", my mother and her siblings always referred to him as such, made a replacement handle for it from a ... read more
    Source: Brokeoff Mountain LuthieriePublished on 2016-07-23
  • A Saw Till (a variation on a theme)
    In the last Popular Woodworking (Issue #226) Mike Siemsen had an article on a Plane & Saw Till. The design is nothing crazy, rather simple, and honestly a style I've seen over and over for several years. I decided to extract the idea of the saw till from the total design, utilize my shop as it is, and make a simple interpretation of the saw till. ​Here are the two side by side. Mine on the left, Mike's on the right. ​ ... read more
    Source: Billy’s Little BenchPublished on 2016-07-23