• In Search of the Best Finish for a Classical Guitar
    You can bring the surface to a smooth sheen by rubbing the wood, with the grain, using a handful of dry spokeshave shavings - before you scoff at the idea, try it.Drew Langsner, The Chairmaker's Workshop, 1997The other day I consigned a cedar/Indian rosewood guitar at a guitar shop of a fairly well known guitar maker. He liked my guitars and said that I was doing "a really good job in making them", but he criticized my use of French ... read more
    Source: Brokeoff Mountain LuthieriePublished on 2017-03-24
  • photos from this week
    We got out early on the vernal equinox, to see the sunrise over the trees on the riverbank. While we waited, these red-breasted mergansers came along, chasing the fish along the river.  The other fish-chaser, great blue heron left the scene, water was too high for him. The sun hit the workshop before it hit us down at the river. Inside, I’m a sucker for raking light.Now that I finished the chest with drawers, this one is next. ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2017-03-24
  • Kerfing Planes In Wisconsin Part 1
    To say this without ranting, a few years ago my bandsaw broke, unrepairable and unsupported by the company that slapped their name on the side of the POS and my resaw world has suffered for it. As I weighed my options I decided that a meat powered frame saw might be a better way for me to go.I rolled that around for a while until I was able to get my hands on a resaw and kerfing plane kit from ... read more
    Source: Inside the Oldwolf WorkshopPublished on 2017-03-24
  • Dangerous Curves!
    Source: A Luthier’s BlogPublished on 2017-03-24
  • The Benchcrafted Swing Away Seat
    After over a year of development, we're excited to announce pricing and availability of our Swing Away Seat!But first a few words about this product in case some of you are wondering what road we're headed down. When we started Benchcrafted it all began with a product that, although made of wood, was not a woodworking tool. The Mag-Blok. Only after we got a wild hair to build a new workbench for our shop did we take the leap in ... read more
    Source: BenchcraftedPublished on 2017-03-24
  • Shop Update for 3/24/17: How I Sharpen My Tools
    Sharpen More to Sharpen Less This week I am hoping to address a whole bunch of sharpening questions all at once by illustrating how I sharpen my tools now that I have settled on diamond stones and strops. I discuss the process of free hand sharpening, how to use a strop, and the spectre of dubbing. More Sharpening Stuff?I’ve written/talked about mortising many times over the years and you can find many posts here on my site, but here ... read more
    Source: Renaissance Woodworker BlogPublished on 2017-03-24
  • Stanley #120 pt II……….
    I did some more work on the block planes and some work on the bookshelf. I didn't finish either one. I'll keep going on the bookshelf but the planes will be shelved for the time being. I also need to work on my stand up desk at work. I used my small keyboard desk and that is ok but I need something else to lay out paperwork on so I can work on it. I let my cube mate use ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-03-24
  • Sawing Tenons
    Fig. 95 This is an excerpt from “The Essential Woodworker” by Robert Wearing. Fig. 119 The accurate sawing of tenons (Fig 119) is a vital skill. They should be sawn with confidence and should fit from the saw. To saw clear of the lines, for safety, is not recommended since whittling an overthick tenon to size is both more difficult and less accurate than sawing correctly in the first place. A 250mm (10in.) tenon or backsaw is the most commonly used for this purpose. ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-03-23
  • Tools for making round tenons and such …
    Unlike a flat tenon, a round tenon does not resist twisting very much, but it is quite often used in chairmaking and can be made very strong indeed... without any glue even...But we are getting ahead of ourselves.Let's have a quick look at some of the tooling involved for making these connections.There are many ways to make round tenons without using a lathe, here are some of the ones I used. Some makes a square shoulder, some a tapered or ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2017-03-23
  • Tools for making round tenons and such …
    Unlike a flat tenon, a round tenon does not resist twisting very much, but it is quite often used in chairmaking and can be made very strong indeed... without any glue even...But we are getting ahead of ourselves.Let's have a quick look at some of the tooling involved for making these connections.There are many ways to make round tenons without using a lathe, here are some of the ones I used. Some makes a square shoulder, some a tapered or ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2017-03-23
  • Builder Boards, a Cedar Set
    Ford Pranther set me these two wonderful Bulder Board videos of a cedar set he built. The first set I built was using cedar boards, too.  Its cheaper and you don’t have to worry about finishing, which is a big job.  He shows another way to cut the notches with a table saw which makes a lot of sense if you have a good saw.       Here are his kids playing. You can practically see the wheels ... read more
    Source: Woodshop 4 kidsPublished on 2017-03-23
  • Fixing and Fettling a Wooden Plow / Plough Plane – Part 2
    In the first part of this series I wrote about fixing the broken screw arm post, removing a section of damaged or missing threads on each screw arm, and patching and re-drilling the hole for the depth adjustment locking thumb screw.  Those things allowed me to test the plane out, as I successfully plowed a 1/2" groove.First and only test groove made two years agoI knew then that there were other things that needed attention and I'm finally getting to ... read more
    Source: Woodworking in a tiny shopPublished on 2017-03-23
  • A Simple Diamond Shaped Inlay Using a Hand Router
    Inlay Without Power ToolsI am currently putting the finishing touches on a metamorphic chair. This chair converts from a chair to a set of 4 steps. Each step has a diamond-shaped inlay which was fairly simple to put in place. All that is needed is:Blue tapeSharp knifeChisel (optional)Router plane preferably with a spear point bitGlue SandpaperThe black corners are to be removed.The taped side is actually the show sideChisel cuts made over a scrap piece of wood to cut to shapeThe ... read more
    Source: Bring back the hand toolsPublished on 2017-03-23
  • A picture is not (always) worth 1000 words.
    One of my pet peeves with internet auction sites is when a seller writes something like the following in the description: “I don’t really know anything about _______ so I can’t be responsible for describing it incorrectly. See the pictures. They’re part of the description.” Such a disclaimer is generally accompanied by pictures so fuzzy they may alternately be interpreted as a combination square, a caterpillar or the moon landing. Maybe this is asking too much of humanity, but I ... read more
    Source: The Daily SkepPublished on 2017-03-23
  • Shavings of Fibonacci
    Though Fibonacci developed his numerical sequence to provide a formula that’s used throughout many mathematical considerations, and mathematicians may enjoy its reality in their work, it also occurs naturally in elements of nature too. The nautilus shell is an example and so too the natural numbering system appears in the arrangement of plant leaves, pinecones, pineapple cones, … Read the full post Shavings of Fibonacci on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2017-03-23
  • The $400 dollar handle.
    Restorer love dogs. Especially if the like to chew on furniture.  This was the case with handle seen above. Once the damage was done there is no going back and trying to save what was left. A new handle had to be made to match the rest of suite of furniture in the home.  Like everything in this field  of making, reproducing one of something is more time costly than making several.   Once I shaped the handle using the original ... read more
    Source: Freddy RomanPublished on 2017-03-23
  • Stanley #120 block plane rehabbing………
    Had a quick night in the shop tonight. I didn't make any pit stops and as soon as I got home, I put the garbage out. I didn't get any pickup last week and I think I know why. I have gotten a few notes in the past on my garbage bins explaining the errors of my ways. It seems here in Warwick in order to get your garbage dumped you have to put out at least one recycling bin. Be ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-03-23
  • It Followed My Wife Home.
    I can hear the derisive snickers out there. You’re all thinking: “It followed his wife home? Sure!” As Roy as my witness, I promise you the story I am about to tell is true. I can’t make this stuff up. I can embellish… It is a closely guarded secret that I spend my spare time visiting auctions and antiques shops, recording and documenting the rare treasures I find there. It is our past. It is our legacy. It defines who we ... read more
    Source: The Furniture RecordPublished on 2017-03-23
  • Chris vs. the Volcano
    I leave for Naples, Italy, in the morning to research Roman workbenches, which is a shocking sentence to write. When I wrote my first book on workbenches, I had never seen an ancient French workbook in person. I’d never used a leg vise. And I had about 238 other unanswered questions as I pieced together my first Roubo workbench. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to see a lot of workbenches all over the world, and I’ve learned an ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-03-23
  • Dovetails in SketchUp — the Easy Way
    You can layout and draw dovetails manually in SketchUp, it’s more like cutting them by hand in the shop. To say time Dave Richards uses some creative techniques and some ingenious plugins. ... read more
  • In 2013 I Traveled the USA
    Tuesday 21st March 2017 It’s hard to believe but in 2013, starting in January, I traveled 12 US states to demonstrate my belief that hand tool woodworking could feature a thousand percent more highly than it did if we could seriously consider what we wanted from being woodworkers. I knew from my experience living and working … Read the full post In 2013 I Traveled the USA on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2017-03-22
  • Nobody’s perfect
    During the past year, one of the highlights for me has been handing over the reigns to The Daily Skep and featuring monthly guest posts in the “Perfect in 1000 words or less” series. You may have noticed February and March slipping right on by without them. Due to schedules, sickness, and other unforeseen circumstances (you know, life) perfection took a back seat to the imperfect and unanticipated and I wanted to mention that only to say that the discussion isn’t finished. ... read more
    Source: The Daily SkepPublished on 2017-03-22
  • Western Red Shoji
    Hello and Welcome to my blog!  In this series I will detail the process of building sliding doors, known as shoji, of western red cedar.  Having detailed the making of shoji in the recent past, this series will highlight the challenges I’ve faced as I progress through this particular build, in addition to detailing much of the shoji making process. These shoji will stand nearly 8′ tall, making them quite large for shoji which are normally just shy of 6′ tall in ... read more
    Source: Brian Holcombe WoodworkerPublished on 2017-03-22
  • Nearly time for … Tools of the Trades
    Get ready for it… its coming soon. Tools of the Trades.  Sunday, April 2, 2017. 10am-3pm. Best tool show in Canada – drop by to pick up some freshly picked tools. ... read more
    Source: Working by handPublished on 2017-03-22
  • Sittin’ In The Balcony
    Do you remember this old Eddie Cochran song? No? Doesn't really matter for this post. But check it out. I like this old song. Among other things because Eddie Cochran is one of my Rock'n'Roll idols. But this is not why I'm writing this post. This post is about one of my next projects. Spring is knocking at our doors and it is time to care about your outdoor seating. Since years my ... read more
    Source: Blue Spruce WoodshopPublished on 2017-03-22
  • How to Use a Marking or Mortise Gauge (reprise)
    I try to write a new entry for my blog every week. I also try to make it useful or at least not boring. Sometimes I succeed. However because it's a weekly thing lots of content gets rolled under the covers and after a time lost. So this week I decided to take one of the earliest blogs I every wrote (#8 from a decade ago) and bring it current again. Yes I know everyone hates when magazines to a ... read more
    Source: Tools for woodworkingPublished on 2017-03-22
  • Learning axe & knife skills for spoon carving
    A terrific workshop at RHS Harlow Carr last weekend, teaching axe and knife skills while making wooden spoons along the way. Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Steve Tomlin CraftsPublished on 2017-03-22
  • Philadelphia Furniture Show, March 31 – April 2, 2017
    Looking for something to do next weekend? Are you near Philadelphia? Then you might want to check out the Philadelphia Furniture Show at the 23rd Street Armory. ... read more
  • new (old) project…….
    I've had this project staged and ready to start since last year. One thing or another has grabbed my limited attention span it has sat unloved until now.  I've been thinking a bit about it and on how to do some of the joinery. I'll get into that later.I haven't forgotten about my workbench build. I still have to clean up the face vise and buy all the wood and I'll start to do that next month. I'll make a ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-03-22
  • Antoni Gaudí – Day One of Many: The Furniture
    It is impossible to spend any significant time in Barcelona without feeling the influence of Antoni Gaudí. Being easily influence, I couldn’t get enough of his work and am truly fascinated by him and his works. For those not so influenced (or aware), I offer the following paragraph copied and pasted from a Wikipedia article: Antoni Gaudí i Cornet; (25 June 1852 – 10 June 1926) was a Spanish Catalan architect from Reus and the best known practitioner of Catalan Modernism. ... read more
    Source: The Furniture RecordPublished on 2017-03-22