• One Massive & Precise Protractor
    firstlight_protractor Recently I wrote about the vintage chalkboard protector I use for laying out precise angles in woodworking. Now Ed Sutton at FirstlightWorks makes a version that is far nicer than my old screen-printed tool. The Firstlight protractor is laser cut from 6mm birch ply and is 12” long along its baseline. The large size is what gives these tools their advantage. Suddenly, marking an angle to a ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 14 May 2019
  • Life goes on…
    I've been struggling to get in the shop these last few months (OK, last few years). The Michigan winter refused to loosen her grip until just recently and my as-yet unheated shop is rather inhospitable during those frigid months. I have stayed busy, though, writing, reading, and working on my 1900-built farmhouse, including the cosmetic restoration of my beautifully tiled coal burning fireplace. ... read more
    Source: The Eaton County WoodworkerPublished on 13 May 2019
  • Workbench legs
    After having spent too much time away from my shop to tackle some other tasks, it is time to get back to my workbench project. I ended my last wood butchering session with a bunch of legs cut to length.These legs have been cut from square cedar post, well so I thought...Not so square...So after a good workout session using my Bailey #5 I finally got really square legs.Better now.I started to work on the front legs. Each of these ... read more
    Source: The Off-grid WoodbutcherPublished on 13 May 2019
  • Picture This CXXX
    This walnut secretaire chest-on-chest caught my eye recently; described by its vendor as circa 1740 and with original brasses. Fig. 1. Mid eighteenth-century walnut secretaire chest-on-chest… Fig. 2. … and with secretaire drawer open. Fig. 3. Interior of secretaire drawer. … Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Pegs and ‘TailsPublished on 13 May 2019
  • Replacing a Garage Door and Frame
    I’ve never really liked up and over garage doors, mostly because they hang well below the door frame and take off valuable head room where I need it, which is above my workbench. I am always finding myself ducking as I pass through. I don’t know how people above six foot go on. So my… Read the full post Replacing a Garage Door and Frame on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 13 May 2019
  • Installing A Blacksmith Made Plane Stop
    I am not usually interested at throwing darts at any product offered on the woodworking market, but I have a few sore spots, things I've come to believe in deeply, that require some criticism from me.I have three workbenches in my shop. A taller height bench for joinery and carving. a six foot long Nicholson style bench for secondary work and mostly to travel to demos, and a huge twelve foot long slab style bench built from barn beams a ... read more
    Source: Old Wolf WorkshopPublished on 13 May 2019
  • Upcoming talks on Japanese tools
    I have the privilege of giving a talk on Japanese tools at the Delaware chapter of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers meeting on Saturday, May 18. This came together pretty quickly, so sorry for the short notice. I’ve put together a talk aimed primarily at beginners, designed to show how a typical hobbyist woodworker can incorporate Japanese tools into their shop.The meeting will be held at Scott Severn’s shop, at 240 Parker Road, Long Valley, NJ. The meeting ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 12 May 2019
  • I Can’t Believe These Classes Aren’t Full
    DJ_chest_img_0568 Derek Jones, the editor of Furniture & Cabinetmaking Magazine in the UK is making his first trip to the U.S. this summer to teach classes at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. I haven’t mentioned this fact on the blog because I assumed his classes would sell out in an instant. Derek’s classes in the U.K. and Germany fill up very quickly. But I was surprised last ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 12 May 2019
  • Desk inlay
    So the box is now done (bar a branding that I somehow forgot and will be trying to do on the roof of the office tomorrow), there was a surprisingly short clean-down and then back to the desk.  That’s the actual desk itself and my box of education to the left (as in, “why would anyone want furniture built in cherry, it’s so awful and orange” followed by opening the box and seeing what nice cherry looks like and then ... read more
    Source: Stochastic GeometryPublished on 12 May 2019
  • Dark Chocolate and Sponge Cake (29)
    It was time to check the fit of the post lower tenons to the lower frame long side members: A closer look at one of those connections: These needed to be a slip fit, not too tight but definitely not sloppy, which ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 12 May 2019
  • Chair Tools
    Well the last month or so has been fun. I'm finally kinda back in the shop. This morning I finished up the seat blank for the chair I started back when. The legs are ready to fit, maybe this afternoon. After fitting the legs I'll decide on seat spindles, arms or not and crest rail. I'm leaning towards just arms.Just so I'd have a photo to post I made a photo of the "chair" tools I've used in this build.Clockwise ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 12 May 2019
  • Canadian Stick Chairs
    agincourtPine seat with hickory legs and spindles. The box-style stretchers are somewhat unusual for a chair such as this. The legs and spindles appear turned to my eye. During the last few years I’ve sought out images of vernacular stick chairs from places other than Wales, Ireland and Scotland. Unsurprisingly, stick chairs can usually be found in any place where there was hardship and a strong ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 12 May 2019
  • it was moving day…….
    Good news from my shop today. I feel like I had been either robbed or had moved during the night to a new place. The desk, the coat shelf/hanger, and the sitting bench are gone. The emptiness left behind screamed to me how small my workshop is. But it isn't as small as some workshops I've seen on the blogsphere. I am very happy  that they are finally gone.poof! it's gonepoof! it is gone from here too - is that ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 12 May 2019