• Laguna buys SuperMax – Dima
    SuperMax Tools announced some big news today: It has been acquired by Laguna. SuperMax Tools acquired by Laguna Tools SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 LATEST NEWS SuperMax Tools acquired by Laguna Tools… ... read more
  • Music I’d Like To Hear #139
    Source: Doug BerchPublished on 2017-09-19
  • Product Video: Benchcrafted Hi Vise Hardware
    Improve the Comfort in Your Shop with the Benchcrafted Hi Vise Hardware! In this video, Guy Dunlap explains how the new Benchcrafted Hi Vise hardware can dramatically improve your approach to carving tasks, cutting and paring dovetails or any detail work, allowing greater control. Guy also reviews the easy installation of this valuable addition to your shop. Find out more and purchase your own Benchcrafted Hi Vise Hardware at Highland Woodworking. The post Product Video: Benchcrafted Hi Vise Hardware appeared ... read more
    Source: Highland Woodworking BlogPublished on 2017-09-19
  • To make a plan
    Plans that are hastily made, often fail with the same haste. I have yet to make a proper Windsor style seat. I’ve definitely come to appreciate their curvaceous lines and sultry swoops, but my previous chairs took a more utilitarian turn. This time, I decided on something different. I’m working on a child sized Windsor chair to sit at my daughter’s play table. This is for a two year old, mind you, but her sisters each inherited special rocking ... read more
    Source: The Daily SkepPublished on 2017-09-19
  • Forest To Furniture 2017
    Every year I get a couple chances to do a couple presentations at one of my favorite places in the world. The Castlerock Museum of Arms and Armor in Alma Wisconsin. A month ago I fed my medieval history hobby with a presentation on "Hollywood Vs. History: The Facts Shouldn't Ruin A Good Story" It was a lot of fun, I like building these formal(ish) lectures and interacting with the crowd.Tom on the right and me on the left. Paul ... read more
    Source: Inside the Oldwolf WorkshopPublished on 2017-09-19
  • Forest To Furniture 2017
    Every year I get a couple chances to do a couple presentations at one of my favorite places in the world. The Castlerock Museum of Arms and Armor in Alma Wisconsin. A month ago I fed my medieval history hobby with a presentation on "Hollywood Vs. History: The Facts Shouldn't Ruin A Good Story" It was a lot of fun, I like building these formal(ish) lectures and interacting with the crowd.Tom on the right and me on the left. Paul ... read more
    Source: Old Wolf WorkshopPublished on 2017-09-19
  • Japanese chisels hold their value. This well-used set of chisels…
    Japanese chisels hold their value. This well-used set of chisels are still completely usable. That’s because the hard layer of steel in a Japanese chisel goes all the way across the bottom layer to the area where the blade transitions into the neck of the chisel.(Pictures from eBay.) ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2017-09-19
  • I Was Assured They’re Old.
    I was talking to Peter Follansbee about life, woodworking and this blog when he asked my why I didn’t take pictures of anything really old? My threshold for old is pre-McKinley (1900) while Mr. Follansbee’s is 16th century. The obvious answer is that the places I have access to don’t often have anything old. The number of Empire chests-of-drawers far exceeds the number of jointed English stools in the retail/auction market. To address Mr. Follansbee’s concerns, I offer here two ... read more
    Source: The Furniture RecordPublished on 2017-09-19
  • On the Horizon
    I don’t think Peter Follansbee is getting lonely, but he’s already talking about Greenwood Fest 2018.  That reminded me that I had neglected to mention this blog post about Greenwood Fest that I wrote several weeks back for the Fine Woodworking Blog.  The links at the end of it should be helpful if you want to stay in the loop regarding plans for the 2018 event.  And Ben at Fine Woodworking tells me that he and the other wizards ... read more
    Source: David Fisher, Carving ExplorationsPublished on 2017-09-19
  • Our New Book is (almost) Here!
    You can now order a pre-publication copy of “From Truths to Tools” in the Lost Art Press store. The book will ship in early or mid-November 2017. The book is $25, which includes free shipping to customers in the United States and Canada. All customers who order the book before Nov. 7 will receive a free and immediate pdf download of the entire book. Go to www.lostartpress.com to order.   Here’s what the publisher, Christopher Schwarz, says the  book is ... read more
    Source: BH&EPublished on 2017-09-19
  • Builder Boards Update 2: Cutting the Notches
            The first few sets I made using a 3hp Makita Router and ½” flush trim bits. Although I built several sets, it didn’t work great. The bits burned and didn’t last long. I tried a 3hp Ryobi with a speed control and slowed it down a bit, but then the router didn’t have the power to cut the notches in one pass. Then I found a 3/8” flush trim bit and that worked quite a bit better still. ... read more
    Source: Woodshop 4 kidsPublished on 2017-09-18
  • The Wood Artist: Creating Art Through Wood
    I've been working at writing a book on and off these past few months. Only in the last two weeks has the final title been decided on:  The Wood Artist: Creating Art Through Wood.  The book chronicles the evolution of my wood art and sculpture over several years. Several discoveries about wood are noted. I am excited about this book as this particular subject is part of the continuum of my second career as a furniture maker and wood artist. ... read more
    Source: The Refined EdgePublished on 2017-09-18
  • Defiant Woodworking Syndrome.
    The thing that really hooked me on "The Anarchist Tool Chest" when I first opened the book was the title to the prologue."Disobey Me" Those two words, impossible to follow one way or the other, distilled most of my attitude for this world. I was fortunate I traversed my public school education when the term Attention Deficit was only beginning to gain traction and understanding. If then were today I'd probably carry the boat anchor labels of Oppositional Defiance Disorder, or ... read more
    Source: Inside the Oldwolf WorkshopPublished on 2017-09-18
  • Defiant Woodworking Syndrome.
    The thing that really hooked me on "The Anarchist Tool Chest" when I first opened the book was the title to the prologue."Disobey Me" Those two words, impossible to follow one way or the other, distilled most of my attitude for this world. I was fortunate I traversed my public school education when the term Attention Deficit was only beginning to gain traction and understanding. If then were today I'd probably carry the boat anchor labels of Oppositional Defiance Disorder, or ... read more
    Source: Old Wolf WorkshopPublished on 2017-09-18
  • Now in Store: ‘From Truths to Tools’
    You can now order a pre-publication copy of “From Truths to Tools” in the Lost Art Press store. The book will ship in early or mid-November 2017. The book is $25, which includes free shipping to customers in the United States and Canada. All customers who order the book before Nov. 7 will receive a free and immediate pdf download of the entire book. You can download an excerpt of the book via this link: T2T_sample Here’s what the ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-09-18
  • Roorkhee Chair Part 3 of 3
    Glam shots of the Roorkhee.   Black Limba sure helps make this Campaign chair. Enjoy! ... read more
    Source: She Works WoodPublished on 2017-09-18
  • Keep hanging on.I remember this show.
    Keep hanging on.I remember this show. ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2017-09-18
  • Inside ‘From Truths to Tools’
    Proverb: Give a woodworker a try square and it works (at least till it gets knocked off the bench). Teach a woodworker artisan geometry and he or she can build a try square, cathedral or a damn fine boat. Why do dividers appear in countless old paintings and engravings? They show up in the hands of winged cherubs, scientists, stone masons, boat builders and artisans of every stripe. Yes, dividers were the tool that spanned almost every art and craft. But ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-09-18
  • The Risk of Living as a Process of Life
    On the Bench I Saw a Holdfast Next year I will be entering my 7th decade on walking on this earth.  I am happy and healthy and I have no immediate needs.  I cannot complain, but I do it anyway, just for sport.A few years ago I was on a cruise ship and I made it a daily ritual to approach the front desk and complain about something trivial, like a pen that didn't work or something.  The patient young lady ... read more
    Source: WPatrickEdwardsPublished on 2017-09-17
  • Barn the Spoon
    I’m working on getting Barn the Spoon to come back to Plymouth CRAFT’s Greenwood Fest next June. He’s supposed to be checking his schedule & getting back to me…but he’s probably busy turning the world onto spoon carving. I met Barn last summer when I finally made it over to Spoonfest (the inspiration for our Greenwood Fest) which he & Robin Wood started 6 or 7 years ago. Right away, I knew I like Barn. He’s infectious in a ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2017-09-17
  • Roorkhee Chair Part 2
    There are many inspirational photos of Roorkhee Chairs to inspire your own Roorkhee project.  I collected a few here.  Hopefully these photos will inspire you to be free to make your legs in the way you’re most comfortable.  As in … Continue reading ... read more
    Source: She Works WoodPublished on 2017-09-17
  • A Secret, A Deception and a Mystery
    Wanting to do something different, I recently went out to visit a few antique shops. I discovered many things wonderous and mundane as is typical. These three are not as they seem and I find them worthy of being shared. First up is a desk with a secret. I haven’t seen one of these in a while. I’m not sure if it is my declining skill in finding them or there just hasn’t been one to be found. Whichever, here ... read more
    Source: The Furniture RecordPublished on 2017-09-17
  • Picking Out Wood
    Picking out the wood for a project always brings with it surprises. How often do we woodworkers mention to people that we are woodworkers and hear the exclamation, “Oh, I love wood!” My own take on this has changed through the years in that at one time it would have been wood that they loved … Read the full post Picking Out Wood on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2017-09-17
  • How to make a French marking gauge out of Southern Yellow Pine
    … or how I made a sort of ok prototype, I’m really proud by the way, of instead of using the other awesome hardwood I have that would have worked much better but I didn’t want to screw up since I’ve never made one before. I like posts that start with the money shot, so I put the finished product here next to the instructions so you know I actually finished! This was my hurricane IRMA distraction project. After making ... read more
    Source: Chris BarnesPublished on 2017-09-17
  • A message to blog site owners
    Our lives are hectic enough without to need to filter through fake comments from spammers. If you’re not already moderating your comments you need to start. These idiots use a program that’s getting better and better at mimicking human replies or what a person would say.  None the less they’re still robots and can’t get it right all the time, but sometimes they do and when you let one in they just flood your message board with fake comments. WordPress ... read more
    Source: Journeyman’s journalPublished on 2017-09-16
  • Dulcimer Sound Holes And Sound Ports
    I have put sound ports in the sides of my dulcimers for a few years and have been very pleased with the results. Sound ports are nothing new in the guitar world but I had not seen them used on dulcimers though perhaps someone has thought of this before. There is no standardization of dulcimer design or “right way” to go about getting the results one wants. Dulcimer builders whose work I admire each have a unique way of ... read more
    Source: Doug BerchPublished on 2017-09-16
  • Of roofs and eavestroughs
    Europeans know how to build houses. Some of the structures we build in North America, are loosely termed houses, but are essentially garbage. You would think we would take some of the lessons learned over the last thousand odd years of building houses in places that are cold, and wet, and adapt them to our Canadian climes? But no. Thats why we use crappy asphalt roofs. Environmentally unfriendly, transient roof coverings, but inexpensive I guess. Many roofs in Europe are ... read more
    Source: Working by handPublished on 2017-09-16
  • Workbench base done
    I finished assembling my workbench base this morning and pounded it into place. I'm really eager to flip it over for real, but I need to make endcaps and flush the bottom edge first. So I'll do it in a photo.What the bench would look like if I flipped it now (with the rest of the room upside down).Bench in need of endcaps, and several strong people to flip it upright.  ... read more
    Source: Scott’s Amateur WoodShopPublished on 2017-09-16
  • The Workbench X-Files
    During the last decade I’ve amassed hundreds of images of early workbenches as part of my research into pre-industrial woodworking. Inevitably, some of the images don’t make a lot of sense and now populate a folder named: X-Files. These workbenches are from paintings and their features might be the result of a painter who doesn’t know much about woodworking. Or they could be a clue to a simple and neglected […] The post The Workbench X-Files appeared first on Popular ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2017-09-16
  • Yet More of the Same only Different
    I’ve recently come across some more furniture that is similar/the same as in some previous blogs. No one piece is worthy of its own blog but taken as a whole, it’ll do. In April in There are No Rules, I wrote of this chair with this unique leg layout: Four legs, just not where you expected. In the past two weeks, I have come across the following: Four legs just rotated 45°. In this configuration, the arms supports are carried ... read more
    Source: The Furniture RecordPublished on 2017-09-16