• Cutting gauge – Oak – 2017
    Using someone else’s tools is usually a dreary experience.  At the shops I visit, every tool seems to be as dull as sidewalk chalk and tuned just as finely.  One notable exception was the cutting gauges at the CVWS – during my repeated trips to Hartford last winter – it was a pleasure to reach for these gauges with p.  They score a deep enough line to register a chisel, they have a wide reference face and the grasping mechanism ... read more
    Source: raecreationPublished on 2018-01-20
  • Winding Sticks Epilogue – Fixing a Screw Up: Part I
    One of the inserts in my newly constructed winding sticks turned out pretty ugly. You'll notice I didn't have too many close-ups of them in my last post. These winding sticks will work just fine (in fact, the inserts are overkill, in my opinion), but I realized that every time I use them I will be embarrassed of the giant gap in one.Giant Gap.The others, while not perfect, look pretty good to my eye.I decided that since the inserts were ... read more
    Source: ToolerablePublished on 2018-01-20
  • bunjywunjy:trees can’t read Or, trees FTW.
    bunjywunjy:trees can’t read Or, trees FTW. ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2018-01-20
  • An Encounter with a Woodworker
    It was a balmy 35° F today, and I got out for a walk in the late afternoon as the sun was getting low.  As I was walking along the high bank above the river, I spied one of nature’s greatest woodworkers.  Drawn out by the warmer temperatures, she(?) was squatting on the ice along the edge, eating the thin bark off of the branches she had clipped. The soft snow made for quiet walking, and beavers have poor ... read more
    Source: David Fisher, Carving ExplorationsPublished on 2018-01-20
  • teaching schedule for 2018
    I’ve been meaning to get my teaching schedule posted here; but have been too busy getting stuff together…Next week I’ll be part of Colonial Williamsburg’s Working Wood Conference. I haven’t been there since 2007, here’s a shot from then, with Jennie Alexander pontificating while I get set to turn something. JA & PF at Colonial Williamsburg 2007It’s sold out, so if you got a ticket, I’ll see you there. https://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/learn/conferences/working-wood Next month, I’ll be back at Bob Van Dyke’s Connecticut ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2018-01-19
  • Correction on “software”
    Last night’s post has been bugging me when I used the term “software”. I may have been a little over zealous with this word and I don’t want to appear to be something that I’m not.  I think the internet already has enough of those. It’s an excel file I’m working on. In my eyes it behaves like basic software and the code I’m writing for it which I know is easy stuff for developers is not so easy for me. So ... read more
    Source: Journeyman’s journalPublished on 2018-01-19
  • Forgiving Eyes
    Do forgiving eyes help cheer us on when attempting new techniques? I worked on the front of the oak desk box project today. Personally, I will trust that human eyes will be forgiving on this first carved desk box. Thank you Jennie Alexander for reminding us though that our eyes tend to be forgiving of mistakes. Because it matters that we might not recognize artistic value which comes from things planned or unplanned in our furniture work. Above are a ... read more
    Source: Jim the Chairmaker’s BlogPublished on 2018-01-19
  • Making an Undercarriage for a Stool
    I've been making a bunch of step stools lately and I wanted to try putting some connecting rails between pairs of legs and a stretcher connecting those rails.  I'm collectively calling the legs, rails and stretcher the "undercarriage".The undercarriage of the step stool I'm makingThis is something new for me.  I've never done this type of work before, but I hope someday to try chairs that have a similar undercarriage.This is not too complicated, but there are a few things ... read more
    Source: Woodworking in a tiny shopPublished on 2018-01-19
  • STL 155: Swelling dovetails and fishtail chisels
    Plus, ways to live without a jointer, bullnose bits, evening out color in sapele, favorite tools, and smooth moves ... read more
  • Comment on A small exterior door project by Gary
    Hi Richard, I’m not sure how it is grown/treated, but the overall weight of the wood is quite light, which is great when you’re making big doors and items like that, because good ol’ mdf can get those hinges creaking. It seems quite a lot more resilient to knocks and dings than, say, Poplar and takes a moulding profile very well. Paint also seems to go on very nicely. It’s not cheap though. If you mess up and cut it ... read more
    Source: Hackney ToolsPublished on 2018-01-19
  • Comment on A small exterior door project by Richard Cohen
    Hi Gary, Good to see you have a new blog post up on the site. I’m very curious about Accoya- their website says it is acetylated timber but doesn’t specify what species. I would imagine that dense timber is very hard or maybe even impossible to treat in this way. The stuff you’ve used looks like “redwood” pine. Do they do other species? And how does the price compare with regular timber? All the very best – Richard C ... read more
    Source: Hackney ToolsPublished on 2018-01-19
  • The ‘Electric Horse Garage’ Lives
    The new roof on the Electric Horse Garage is complete. The electricity is in and flowing. The last bit of the puzzle (the ductless HVAC) will be installed on Monday. That means we move the big machines next week, and I can begin the next chapter of my life. Some details: Ignore the weird red trim on the front of the shop. That isn’t how it was supposed to look, and I’ll fix that next week. I also have ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2018-01-19
  • Thickness,Width,Length or L,W,T?
    As the internet has brought the world closer, we’re realising that we have not-so-subtle differences after all. We may speak the same language but we don’t spell exactly the same. We don’t use the same terminology of certain words, nor the same measurements, nor even how we write it down in our cut lists. It is as if we are an entirely different race that has no brethren bloodline at all. Let me give you one example. Lumber in the ... read more
    Source: Journeyman’s journalPublished on 2018-01-19
  • Real-life Test: Do You Need Glue?
    I build my chairs in a way where glue is only a minor player. And after a stupid mistake yesterday, I now get to test how effective my strategy is. Before I pull my pants down and tell you how I messed up, here’s the set-up. The stretchers and legs of my chairs are built so they are in tension (I do this by lengthening the tenons in the stretchers […] The post Real-life Test: Do You Need Glue? appeared ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2018-01-19
  • To be gained
    Source: The Daily SkepPublished on 2018-01-19
  • I Am a Panda
    I am a panda. Or a great ape. Or any of a number of animals - I'll choose the cute ones - whose terrain is disappearing and are therefore endangered. Tut- tutting or telling me how cute, chubby, and fun to watch I am doesnt help much. "Oooh, check out that guy with the hand tools! Amazing!" Neither does lip service. On the face of it, our government agencies all love manufacturing and makers. They love to have maker ... read more
    Source: Joel’s Blog at Tools for Working WoodPublished on 2018-01-19
  • Dovetail Sizing—Keep It Simple
    It’s the practicality daily woodworking brings: exceptional practicality! A question is raised quite often about dovetail sizing. Is there a formula woodworkers use, an industry standard? Because we don’t always make them often enough we can find the issues surrounding sizing and proportion confusing; pin size in relation to dovetail sizes would indeed be simple […] Read the full post Dovetail Sizing—Keep It Simple on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2018-01-19
  • Recharge!
    Woodworking is typically a solitary pursuit. The introvert in my loves that part. But as you begin to connect to the wider community that is out there you are bound to find like minded people who become fast friends and strong mentors.The time I get to spend around these individuals is like plugging my car battery into the electrical output of the Hoover Dam. A little shop weary. Running tight on ideas or answers. Generally uninspired. A little visit and ... read more
    Source: Inside the Oldwolf WorkshopPublished on 2018-01-19
  • Recharge!
    Woodworking is typically a solitary pursuit. The introvert in my loves that part. But as you begin to connect to the wider community that is out there you are bound to find like minded people who become fast friends and strong mentors.The time I get to spend around these individuals is like plugging my car battery into the electrical output of the Hoover Dam. A little shop weary. Running tight on ideas or answers. Generally uninspired. A little visit and ... read more
    Source: Old Wolf WorkshopPublished on 2018-01-19
  • Lots of oak furniture in New York this week
    I went to another world the other day. Attended part of Americana Week at Sotheby’s in New York. I was there to give a talk, but I got to see some great oak furniture offered for sale this week…and got to see some friends and colleagues I haven’t seen in quite a while. Here’s the link to the auction listings; http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/2018/important-americana-n09805.html# Auction previews are great – unlike museums, here you can open stuff and peek inside. Lot #723 is a ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2018-01-18
  • Rule Joint Planes, Etc.
    MERCY!!! I was trying to talk about side rounds here, but...Throughout the many years I’ve been making/selling planes I have seen several common requests go in and out of fashion. Some months I get numerous requests for moving fillesters. On other occasions my time is spent responding to the wave of those that suddenly want tongue and grooves, 3/8” side beads, panel raisers, skewed rabbets, etc. These past few weeks I have been responding to a significant number of people interested ... read more
    Source: Musings from Big PinkPublished on 2018-01-18
  • Lie-Nielsen Saw Sharpening Workshop – Warren, ME
    Last year’s class was so much fun that I was delighted to be invited back to teach saw sharpening again this year at Lie-Nielsen’s beautiful headquarters in Warren, ME. If you’ve ever wanted to sharpen your own saws, I can’t think of a better way to start learning. Lie-Nielsen has a well-deserved reputation for being first class hosts, and this is sure to be no exception. Lie-Nielsen Saw Sharpening Workshop, June 9-10 in Warren, ME. Over the course of two days, ... read more
    Source: Blackburn ToolsPublished on 2018-01-18
  • Carving a Plane Tote
    In the January 2018 issue of Wood News, Ernie Stephenson writes an in-depth article on how to carve a plane tote and make a used plane feel new again. “Totes on a plane go through a lot of dynamic stress. Additionally, the wood in these old tools often contains a lot of skin oil and grime from years of use. Repairing them can often be an exercise in futility. Additionally, you can carve a tote that will fit your hand, ... read more
    Source: Highland Woodworking BlogPublished on 2018-01-18
  • Making Wooden Mugs
    Like most people, we spend lots of time (way too much time) surfing the web, entranced by various videos. In Video Roundup, we offer some videos from all over the world that we found especially intriguing.This week's selections show you simple and more complex ways to make wooden mugs. The Making of a Wooden Beer MugA simple Way to Make a Mug Made of Wood ... read more
    Source: Video Roundup at Tools for Working WoodPublished on 2018-01-18
  • Carving Oak Desk Box
    carved oak desk box dovetail hinges Roy Underhill published a book with the title The Woodwright’s Eclectic Workshop and eclectic as a woodworker fits me also. You see I love to build everything from Windsor chairs to other period furniture, but recently I’ve gotten into building boxes. Part of my reasoning was that after my last two moves, I had to look for woodworking projects to tackle during the chaos of not finding stuff and doing home improvements. The answer ... read more
    Source: Jim the Chairmaker’s BlogPublished on 2018-01-18
  • Create a Carving Pattern in SketchUp
    A friend of mine called me the other day to tell me he's a new grandpa. He wants to carve a name board for the new cherub but he wanted… ... read more
  • A bit of activity in the workshop in the last period.
    This last home period happened to be during Christmas and New Years eve time, so I hadn't planned any major projects in the shop.I did do a bit though, some leather working with Laura, where we made a couple of belts for some of her friends as Christmas presents, and I started clearing out a bit too, but that is an ongoing project.During this clearing out, I found the base of a model ship that my dad had found some ... read more
    Source: Mulesaw: Being old fashioned, the cool way.Published on 2018-01-17
  • Saw 3: I was warned
    When I was a kid, I was in love with BMX bikes and tricks. Living in a small Midwestern town, this was an unusual activity and I was pretty much on my own trying to figure out how to make my bike to do what I saw in BMX Plus! (a magazine). One trick involved jumping over the handlebars and “ghost riding.” I tried it. My foot ended up in the break cable and my face ended up in ... read more
    Source: The Daily SkepPublished on 2018-01-17
  • maintenance time……
    Sharpening a couple of irons was #1 on the hit parade for tonight. I've got to turn this into a habit so I can pass it on to Miles. I know that I can show him how I sharpen my tools but I think it is much more important that he learn to sharpen as needed. That means stopping whatever and wherever to sharpen once a tool is dull. Seeing me doing it will be a positive for him.#4 plane ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2018-01-17
  • Mango Shavings Ring
    I was planing a piece of mango wood for a coat rack I am making, when I got completely sidetracked by something.  The shavings were so pretty, the urge struck me to try making a ring out of them.  I have never made a ring before, and for the past 24 years I have only […] ... read more
    Source: Timber Frame ToolsPublished on 2018-01-17