• Sandpaper for the Festool RO125 sander
    For sandpaper there are two choices, the Festool paper, of which there are numerous types, and Abranet abrasive. Now the Festool abrasives are not exactly cheap, and it’s impossible to buy less than 10 in a packet… and there don’t seem to be any “test packets”, full of a range of abrasives (well except for the “125mm Sanding Disc Set” with 150 assorted discs) . For the cost of the sander, they could almost include this, instead of the lonesome 80-grit sanding ... read more
    Source: Working by handPublished on 2017-07-21
  • Scything in North Cumbria
    Scything, sunshine, smallholder. Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Steve Tomlin CraftsPublished on 2017-07-21
  • back dry fitted…….
    The weather lately has been a bit on the hot and sticky side and it tends to saps my desire to work. Without AC it isn't that comfortable but strangely, I didn't sweat up a river tonight. It is certainly hot and humid enough where blinking can cause the sweat faucet to open full. Maybe I'm going slow enough to be under the sweat threshold.On the flip side, the temps on my porch the past few days have been in ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-07-21
  • Resurrection
    I met an old friend on the street the other day, a friend I hadn’t seen for a year or so.  He walked up to me, smiled broadly and said, “Good Lord, I was sure you had died.  You haven’t posted anything since February!”…  What an “eye opener!” Truth be told, the past few months have been full of travel, visits from family and, honestly, I just haven’t had anything to say that I thought was worth saying.  That’s not ... read more
    Source: A Woodworker’s MusingsPublished on 2017-07-21
  • How To Use Hollows and Rounds: Steps 1
    Hollows and rounds have no fence and no depth stop. The lack of these two features is what allows for their flexibility. No fence and no depth stop means that there is no predetermined angle, location or orientation that each plane must be held. With no fence and no depth stop the idea of infinity is introduced.Hollows and rounds are extremely versatile and seemingly very difficult to steer. If you hold the concave edge of hollow upon a square corner ... read more
    Source: Musings from Big PinkPublished on 2017-07-21
  • Comb Back Rocker Class
    I have added a Comb Back Rocker class to my schedule, May 14-19, 2018.  It is open to returning students only, since the spindles and bends will have to be made at home. This is the first time I have taught this chair in a group setting and I think it will be a fun class. More info on my teaching page. ... read more
    Source: Elia BizzarriPublished on 2017-07-20
  • Bedstead panels
    The bedstead’s headboard is moving along. Once I had the first free-hand panel carved, it was easy to carve the 2nd one. After marking out the margins and a vertical centerline, I used a compass to take a few markers – here noting where the S-scrolls at the bottom corner hit the vertical margins. Then I chalked in a rough outline for that shape. This panel, like many from this grouping (and all 4 in this headboard) have ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2017-07-20
  • Summertime!
    For a bit over a week 4 of our grandchildren and their moms have been visiting. It's been a busy time that has passed very quickly. Too quickly. Soon they will be returning to Brooklyn and London and the house will be quiet again.We made bird houses with the kids. It was great fun and I highly suggest this project for kids. The ages range from 3 to 9 and it was fun for all.Some of the bird houses just ... read more
    Source: Brese PlanePublished on 2017-07-20
  • Two- and Three-Panelled Doors
    Fig. 60 – Two-Panelled Door This is an excerpt from “Doormaking and Window-Making” by Anonymous. This book was discovered for us by joiner Richard Arnold.  The door shown in Fig. 60 is very common as a front door in some parts of the country, although it has not much to recommend it, the long panels being very weak, and also the stiles, owing to there being no middle rail to strengthen them. The making is very simple, being the same ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-07-20
  • Making a Neck Blank
    I thought that I’d show you how I make my mandolin neck blanks. For this one, I’m using some of my very old Cuban mahogany stock. It’s a “recycled” lid from a Victorian grand piano- I like the idea of a new musical instrument rising phoenix like from an old one. Unfortunately, I’m running out of it so not too many more!It doesn’t look much at this stage but here’s one that I’ve been French polishing; beautiful! I always laminate my ... read more
    Source: A Luthier’s BlogPublished on 2017-07-20
  • Almost half-way!
    Dear friends and faithful supporters of the Endangered Alphabets: Something remarkable is happening. Actually, several somethings. An incredible surge of support from friends old and new has rushed us almost to the halfway point in our campaign. What I’m hearing is: On the most immediate level, the Endangered Alphabets Project is doing things that have never been done before. Using artwork to draw attention to the loss of traditional cultures all over the world. Creating learning materials to help prevent ... read more
    Source: Endangered alphabetsPublished on 2017-07-20
  • Issue Three T.O.C. – Vic Tesolin Reviews Hoadley’s “Identifying Woods in American ...
    Upcoming in Issue Three…  Book Review by Vic Tesolin: “A Field Guide to Identifying Woods in American Antiques & Collectibles” by R. Bruce Hoadley I’m a voracious reader of both fiction and non-fiction and as you can imagine, most of my non-fiction reading is about woodworking. Currently you’ll find me in the Japanese hand plane rabbit hole and I’m not sure if I can find my way back out. Joshua asked me if I could write a review of ... read more
    Source: Mortise & tenon magazinePublished on 2017-07-20
  • Which Bench Plane?
    I use a variety of hand planes, bench planes actually, in the day to day of making, writing and filming because on the one hand I want to use what people can get hold of and afford at a reasonable price and I tend feel a little nauseous when snobbism displaces proven technologies that worked … Read the full post Which Bench Plane? on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2017-07-20
  • Go to Wilbur Pan’s blog now
    And watch this video about chipbreakers.  http://giantcypress.net/post/163206058551 ... read more
    Source: The Daily SkepPublished on 2017-07-20
  • carcass fitted…….
    I'm moving right along with the finishing cabinet. I got the carcass dry fitted and I'm rethinking the interior. I'm not liking the off center divider that much anymore. I do want to maximize my storage because I am an expert at stuffing 10 lbs of crap into a 5 lb test brown paper bag. Ask any submarine sailor to help rearrange things and you'll be amazed at the space we can save. Of course this all subject to change on ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-07-20
  • I don’t have much background information on this video,…
    I don’t have much background information on this video, but it appears to be a German film showing how a chipbreaker works while planing a piece of wood in a manner similar to the Kawai-Kato chipbreaker video. Many of the factors demonstrated are still the same: the need to have the chipbreaker close to the edge of the blade, the effect of the angle of the leading edge of the chipbreaker, and what happens if the chipbreaker is set too ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2017-07-20
  • Moulding Plane No.10 Round complete!
    I shaped the iron, heat treated, sharpened it to a razor finish and did it within two hours. Considering how long it took me the first time, experience and speed has finally kicked in. I’m very pleased with the outcome, she’s planing and ejecting shavings like a dream.   The mouth opening is 1/32″ which I’ve returned back to my original idea and not intentionally but just by accident. Still it allowed thick enough shavings to go through without clogging. ... read more
    Source: Journeyman’s journalPublished on 2017-07-20
  • Now Available: ‘Roubo Workbench: By Hand & Power’
    You can now purchase our latest video “Roubo Workbench: By Hand & Power” for $35 through our online store. The 4:19-long video can be streamed or downloaded and played on nearly any device – we offer the video without any DRM or copy protection. The video is an in-depth look at how to build a massive French workbench using giant slabs of wood, but without enormous machinery. Will Myers and I walk you through all the construction steps and ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-07-20
  • A Trio of Lath-Back Windsor Chairs – Part Two
    I think one reader was a little upset with me for attaching the legs before bottoming the seats of the two forest chairs, so these lath-back Windsors were done vice versa. Natheless, the weather impelled me to bore all the … Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Pegs and ‘TailsPublished on 2017-07-19
  • Never mind the machine
    A wonderful poem with a mention of scything and a strong message for the modern world. Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Steve Tomlin CraftsPublished on 2017-07-19
  • Carving like Caron
    My version/copy, in basswood, of a carved figure by Paul Emile Caron I often listen to audio books while carving in the shop, and I recently finished Irving Stone’s 1934 book Lust for Life, a biographical novel about the life and work of Vincent van Gogh.  Early on, as learning exercises, Vincent copied works that he admired and, as Stone writes, “Vincent learned that it is always the simplest piece of art which has practiced the most rigid elimination, and ... read more
    Source: David Fisher, Carving ExplorationsPublished on 2017-07-19
  • Back in the saddle
    Vacation always leaves me with two diametrically opposed things: a refreshed soul and a pile of work waiting for me when I return. That pile of work has kept me away from my workbench for a few days and I’m starting to feel the effects. This sounds overly dramatic, but I suffer a sort of atrophy when I am not in the position to make something. Yesterday I was able to sneak in a little time preparing and bending a crest ... read more
    Source: The Daily SkepPublished on 2017-07-19
  • Where Have All The Old Tools Gone…
    Where have all the old tools gone?Long time passingWhere have all the old tools gone?Long time agoWhere have all the old tools gone?Young men picked them every oneWhen will they ever learn?When will they ever learn?Ok, lets face the new reality...eBay really sucks for vintage tools.The question everyone is asking......where did all the sellers go?Peace,Mitchell  ... read more
    Source: The Part-Time WoodworkerPublished on 2017-07-19
  • Issue Three T.O.C. – Making A Stand: Form And Function For $1.50
      Upcoming in Issue Three: “Making a Stand: Form and Function for $1.50” by Michael Updegraff Most woodworkers today admire the form of the period candlestand. From the graceful, sinuous legs to the seemingly intricate sliding dovetails that secure them, from the details of the turned standard to the beautiful grain exhibited in a tilting top, these pieces sometimes seem to be more sculpture than household mainstay. But this type was possibly the most common piece of furniture around ... read more
    Source: Mortise & tenon magazinePublished on 2017-07-19
  • The Importance of Sharpening – Center for Furniture Craftsmanship
    Molly Bagby is an employee at Highland Woodworking who recently finished up a 2 Week Basic Woodworking course at Center for Furniture Furniture Craftsmanship (CFC). Although she grew up at Highland Woodworking from a mere 1 week old, her knowledge of woodworking skills is limited. With this class, she intends to change that. As I mentioned in my previous blog, we delved right into Sharpening on Day 1. I quickly learned why Highland Woodworking has an entire section of the store dedicated to sharpening ... read more
    Source: Highland Woodworking BlogPublished on 2017-07-19
  • A Kit of Parts?
    In the last few weeks I’ve had emails from three or four new users asking essentially the same question: “What is the easiest way to create the parts for a project and then assemble them to look like the finished piece?” ... read more
  • almost had a melt down……
    It sucks to get old and lose you short term memory. I changed my password at work and I was going to change it at home too, but I couldn't log in. I kept getting an incorrect password, try again. After over an hour of trying I finally got it. I was entering in my password and I was adding an extra character when I tried to log in. I finally got signed in when I wrote the password down ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-07-19
  • The Rabbit Hutch – Part 6
    The rabbit hutch project is finally looking like a rabbit hutch.  I got a lot done in the last post, but now I need to make the two poop drawers that will sit beneath the wire mesh floors. You can see the earlier posts in this series here: The Rabbit Hutch – Part 1 (Front frames and doors) The Rabbit Hutch – Part 2 (Sidewalls) The Rabbit Hutch – Part 3 (Carcase assembly) The Rabbit Hutch – Part 4 (Floor frames) ... read more
    Source: The Bench BlogPublished on 2017-07-19
  • Apfel – Apel
    Getting the finish closer to the end. Oberflächenbehandlung kurz vor dem Ende ... read more
    Source: Two Lawyers ToolworksPublished on 2017-07-19
  • OxyAcetylene in Furniture Making
    Your are going to be disappointed to learn this post is about furniture making and not woodworking. They aren’t always the same activity. I haven’t come up with a new subtractive furniture making technique using flame. What the title refers to is furniture I have found that looks like wood but is actually metal. First I found some chairs in Alpharetta, GA. a few years back: The metal Windsor chairs. Metal wood furniture comes in black, too. Next, I found ... read more
    Source: The Furniture RecordPublished on 2017-07-19