• More stringing tests…
    Hmmm. Well, the veneer I cut myself was a total failure, but then I could guess that as it came off the bandsaw – that thing is just not up to fine work. I mean, maybe if you just needed a wavering line that left gaps in some places and was full width in others, but that’s kindof a specialist sort of need 😀 The doubled-up sheets of 0.6mm veneer were… okay, but a little fiddly.… Read the rest ... read more
    Source: Stochastic GeometryPublished on 2018-04-22
  • I Couldn’t Resist
    The two slabs are close to size, the rear one needs to be trimmed and both will need a little work on their faces.Most of the bench is set in stone at this point. Base, Long Stretchers, and Vise Backer are 12/4 Poplar, the Short Stretchers and Back Slab are 8/4 Poplar, the front Slab is 8/4 Beech, and the Chop, IIRC, is 8/4 Red Oak. The Vise Screw is from Lake Erie Toolworks.Anyway if you squint it kinda looks ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2018-04-22
  • Christian Becksvoort, junior high school science teacher and…
    Christian Becksvoort, junior high school science teacher and punster. #fwwlive ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2018-04-22
  • Work Zone Compressor
    Aldi is selling a 50L compressor for $149. It’s a 2.5 hp motor, perfect for home use only. I reckon this thing would last many years, probably even your lifetime. I know you can’t buy one this cheap anywhere and I never said it’s awesome quality either but I think it’s worth having a look. I’m in Aldi looking at it now. For the Aussies living on the Gold Coast you’ll find it in Helensvale at Westfield shopping ... read more
    Source: Journeyman’s journalPublished on 2018-04-22
  • Coming Soon: ‘Welsh Stick Chairs’ by John Brown
    A rare first edition of “Welsh Stick Chairs.” We’ve had to acquire three copies in order to find one suitable for our scanning project. I am thrilled to announce that Lost Art Press is bringing the classic “Welsh Stick Chairs” by John Brown back into print with a high-quality North American edition. I have read “Welsh Stick Chairs” more than 20 times, and it has had an incredible influence on my life. John Brown introduced the world to the Welsh ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2018-04-22
  • Hiding from the sunshine
    Fairly ugly weather here for the last month or so, and between that and a broken tooth that developed an abscess and needed a root canal, I’ve just not been in the mood for the shed. But today was sunny for the first time in about five hundred years, and I’d bitten through the second temporary filling the dentist had fitted for the period between “drilling all the pulp out of the tooth” and “finishing off the root canal”, so ... read more
    Source: Stochastic GeometryPublished on 2018-04-21
  • Ad-Hoc Little Andon
    Upon the completion of my first to andon projects I realized that I had enough bits and pieces left over to maybe, possibly build a smaller version. Plus, I have been bitten by the kumiko bug and wanted to try a couple of additional ideas on that front. So I jumped right in and milled up the remaining stock that I had for the outer frames and worked out the size of this andon based on that availability. The basic ... read more
    Source: GREG MERRITT – BY MY OWN HANDSPublished on 2018-04-21
  • Picked up my copy of @kenney.matt ‘s new book at #fwwlive….
    Picked up my copy of @kenney.matt ‘s new book at #fwwlive. Started reading it last night. It’s a terrific read so far. ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2018-04-21
  • The plane makers of Roxton Pond Quebec, Canada
    There was of course Planes and tool makers established in the big urban centers, Montreal (Dawson, Wallace) and Quebec city (VA Emond) but in late19th century, part of Canada's hand tools production was centered in a rural area around the little town of Roxton Pond, Qc in the Monteregie region.Plaque celebrating more than a 100 years of plane making in Roxton Pond erected in 1974pic from Jacques HerouxEven during the zenith of Stanley Canada operations in Roxton Pond, the town ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2018-04-21
  • Sharpening the 12 TPI Cross-Cut Saw
    I've sharpened my Spear & Jackson cross-cut tenon saw a few times, but I've noticed that I'm not getting the teeth even.  Actually, not all that close to even.  I've got a case of "cows and calves".Would you call that uneven?The tops of the teeth are level with each other, but the gullets are small, big, small, big, ...  During previous sharpenings I tried to use the technique of jointing the tops of the teeth to get a small flat ... read more
    Source: Woodworking in a tiny shopPublished on 2018-04-20
  • Hanging out with @turningsawdustintogroceries…
    Hanging out with @turningsawdustintogroceries @penultimatewoodshop and @benstrano at #FWWLive. Should be a great weekend. ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2018-04-20
  • Traditional hay rake making at Stott Park Bobbin Mill
    Shaving heads, knocking teeth - we had a great time at Stott Park and it wasn't nearly as dangerous as it sounds. Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Steve Tomlin CraftsPublished on 2018-04-20
  • Unfolding the Future
    Putting my workbench into the garage may not seem like a big thing but it was. What you may not know is what’s now started happening beyond my sphere in the making of the video series. These pictures tell their own story, but I’ll add mine in between the pics.  My sons are all capable […] Read the full post Unfolding the Future on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2018-04-20
  • sizing the drawer stock……..
    First off let me say I like piston fit drawers. I admire the skill that it takes to make such a drawer. My drawers won't be piston fit but rather what I'll call a regular fit. As much as I like the piston fit, I can't get past them being wood and what could happen to them on a seasonal change. Would a drawer piston fit in the winter open in the summer time? Because of the time of year ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2018-04-20
  • The Graphic Rule
    This excerpt from our latest book, “From Truths to Tools” speaks to a rather esoteric, but highly useful, rule for use with scaled drawings:                                         For example, here’s a typical, traditionally-drawn small boat plan: To find the dimension of any particular part of the boat, we simply set the divider to the part–here the cap on the centerboard ... read more
    Source: BH&EPublished on 2018-04-20
  • Snakeskin Ring
    The other night, the cat was watching something intently that was just outside the pool cage.  When we took a look, there was a corn snake laying on the rocks outside the pool cage.  He had just started shedding his skin.  We watched him wiggle out of the thing 1/4″ at a time.   It was […] ... read more
    Source: Timber Frame ToolsPublished on 2018-04-20
  • New Video: ‘Spindle Turning for Furniture with Peter Galbert’
    Turning spindles for chairs, settees or staircases requires a small set of tools and a focused group of techniques. Most furniture makers have little need for the tools and techniques of turners who make bowls, platters and art pieces. That’s why chairmaker Peter Galbert designed this new video “Spindle Turning for Furniture,” which focuses entirely on the needs the furniture maker. Peter has taught hundreds of people to make chairs and has honed his turning instructions for people who ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2018-04-20
  • Colgate EALL (4)
    My focus so far on this job has been in building the furniture for the Japanese space. That furniture consists of three benches, of varying lengths, and a small table with compound splayed posts. This form of construction is near and dear to me, forming the contents of TAJCD Volume IV, however it had been more than a year since I last tackled this sort of work. With a relatively complex topic like that, the challenge upon revisiting is to ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2018-04-19
  • Colgate EALL (5)
    I've been working on the plant-on corners for the Japanese room, and that work forms the focus of this posting.This week I took a trip to Colgate to check the room out, meet the parties involved, and take some measurements. I found that none of the room corners where the plant-on posts would be located had square corner. Not even close in fact - the angles were on the order of 86˚. i'm glad i waited to check this aspect ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2018-04-19
  • How to layout profiles on moulding planes Part 2
    I’ve split the videos into parts to make it for easy viewing. ... read more
    Source: Journeyman’s journalPublished on 2018-04-19
  • Moving In
    My Journal Entry Wednesday 18 April 2018   Today was a good day to move the office from the dining/rest/meeting room area upstairs. The now new dedicated space seemed ready for everyone after a very long wait for the promise of premium working conditions. I am not yet allowed to move until the latest series […] Read the full post Moving In on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2018-04-19
  • The Power of Running Water
    Caterpillar (my employer) is no stranger to making significant infrastructure improvements to all areas of the world. One area of significant involvement and investment by Big Yellow is in making sure water reaches those that need it. It's admirable the efforts the company puts forth in this arena, for instance consider this recent press release:https://www.caterpillar.com/en/news/corporate-press-releases/ih/caterpillarfoundationlaunchesvalueofwatercampaigntohelpitspartne.htmlToday, I want to give a "shout out" to Caterpillar, not for providing water to far flung reaches of the earth, but instead someplace much more ... read more
    Source: JMAWPublished on 2018-04-19
  • Photos of My Newly Finished Woodworking School
    The Wood and Shop Traditional Woodworking School is finished, so I wanted to share these photos so you can see inside! 10 workbenches fill the school, which includes six Moravian workbenches, two traditional Roubo workbenches, one French pine bench, and one Swedish made workbench. This lovely maple workbench top was cut last year by a ... read more
    Source: Wood and ShopPublished on 2018-04-19
  • Mike’s in the white
    You can see that Mike’s mandolin has been set-up; the action and intonation is now what I consider to be the optimum for one of my mandolins. It’s a long iterative process to get everything spot on. The strings are brought up to tension and the instrument rests, measurements made and then adjustments- maybe one slot in the nut is cut a bit deeper or the whole saddle is lowered. With the action correct, next on to the intonation and ... read more
    Source: A Luthier’s BlogPublished on 2018-04-19
  • How to Make Wood Roofing Shingles with Hand Tools
    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 offer a tip of the hat to froe enthusiasts. (Last time we showed a customer our showrooms selection of Ray Iles collection of scorps, froes and travishers, they said, Some Scrabble words!) See the froe in action in two videos showing how ... read more
    Source: Video Roundup at Tools for Working WoodPublished on 2018-04-19