• New: “Kill Your Tablesaw” Sticker
    Sometimes it’s important to remember to not take yourself too seriously. It’s no surprise that we here at M&T are wildly passionate about hand-tool woodworking. We eat, sleep, and breathe this stuff and work hard to inspire others to “cut the cord” along with us. It’s good to be able to laugh at yourselves sometimes too, though. Because of our reputation for being zealous for pre-industrial woodworking, we thought this spoof sticker would be a great way to have ... read more
    Source: Mortise & tenon magazinePublished on 2017-11-15
  • The Kitchen Series – Drawers
    Hello and welcome to my blog!  This post details the process of building drawers in quarter sawn white oak for a kitchen renovation.  Much has happened in the past weeks with this build in many different areas of the work, however I delayed my post having waited for this particular area of the work to be completed before posting. Drawers are possibly the most important aspect of building cabinetry and they are often the only aspect poured over by clients. ... read more
    Source: Brian Holcombe WoodworkerPublished on 2017-11-15
  • Getting off the couch (chimney cupboard)
    One of my long time couch builds has been a chimney cupboard as built by Bob Roziaeski for Popular Woodworking Magazine some years ago.I think that it is fair to say that the greatest obstacle for me when it comes to such a build, is to glue up some boards to the correct width for me to use. I don't know why I have such a hard time pulling myself together to glue up some wide panels, but it is ... read more
    Source: Mulesaw: Being old fashioned, the cool way.Published on 2017-11-15
  • How To Create New SketchUp Textures For Your Models
    SketchUp includes a few different wood grain textures, and they can work, but they have their shortcomings. In this blog, Dave Richards shows you how to make your own textures ... read more
  • The Marquestry Plane Shows Up In England 1760-1780
    In Febuary 2010 I wrote a three-part blog entry showing that the earliest illustrations and texts about the planes we call "mitre planes" were in the marquetry sections of various books. My theory was that these planes were most likely used for leveling and planing the surfaces of marquetry panels and materials. The exotic woods used in marquetry are sometimes very hard and can easily tear up the soles of any wooden plane. You can read my blog here, here, ... read more
    Source: Joel’s Blog at Tools for Working WoodPublished on 2017-11-15
  • Focus
    I’ve been toying around with marquetry for a while now, but I wanted to learn more about working with veneer in general, so in August I took a class. What I thought was going to be a technique class turned out to be a technique class with a project. On day one, during the introduction to the class, we were shown an example of the cabinet that we were going to complete. It was a nice little hanging cabinet ... read more
    Source: The Daily SkepPublished on 2017-11-15
  • Keeping Company
    Funny things keep showing up at my shop, though not altogether unexpectedly. The other day, a fairly imposing crate was maneuvered in by some unlucky blighter (me):A panel came off the crate to reveal a machine and some related supplies within, all safe and sound:Looks kinda like a bandsaw, huh? But I've already got two of those, and no interest in collecting more. So, what could it be?Well, here we have it, a Zimmermann PS 1/2, the 'PS' standing for ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2017-11-15
  • Highland Woodworking Featured in Voyage ATL Online Magazine
    Highland Woodworking has just been featured in an interview on the Voyage ATL website as one of their picks for Midtown’s Rising Stars The interview focuses on the evolution of Highland Woodworking, started by Chris and Sharon Bagby, who have been joined by their daughters, Kelley and Molly, in helping to run the family business. We are honored to have been featured and we thrive to continue supporting our Atlanta community and the woodworking community throughout the world by providing quality ... read more
    Source: Highland Woodworking BlogPublished on 2017-11-14
  • How to Sharpen Hand Saws for Woodworking
    How to Sharpen Hand Saws for Woodworking By Tom Calisto & Joshua Farnsworth In the above video I filmed hand saw maker Tom Calisto sharing a tutorial on how to sharpen new and antique hand saws for woodworking. Sharpening hand saw teeth is a skill that takes time to develop, but a suitable ... read more
    Source: Wood and ShopPublished on 2017-11-14
  • Carvers & Compassers: Save This Date
    I am pleased to announce that Mary May and George Walker will be at the Lost Art Press storefront on Dec. 9 to celebrate the release of their new books. Mary, the author of “Carving the Acanthus Leaf,” and George, one of the authors of “From Truths to Tools,” will each give a short presentation on their work that evening, answer your questions and sign books. Lost Art Press will provide drinks and snacks for this free event. ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-11-14
  • Slab bench
    The final piece of the slab is 14" wide and 39" long and I am going to use it for a bench.  Scrounging around, I found enough pieces of cvg douglas-fir for a base.  Two leg assemblies will be joined with a stretcher.  Here is one dry fit:I don't usually describe my construction techniques because it doesn't seem all that interesting but sometimes I pick up tidbits in the descriptions in other blogs, so here goes.  These tools plus my ... read more
    Source: Oregon Woodworker by Andy MargesonPublished on 2017-11-14
  • Simonds Crescent Saw Tools
    Another recent Kijiji finds, this one came with the instruction sheet and the spider.The Crescent No 340 crosscut tool setBesides obviously the box that it came in, it is also missing the setting skate (in foreground)Pic from Time Tested Tools blog The adjustable wedge is to set the height of the raker tooth showing, to be filed flatThe two screws on the sides are to hold the file, but also it is capable of slightly bending the file to accomodate the curvature of ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2017-11-14
  • “Some people express their deep appreciation in different ways. But one of the ways that I bel...
    “Some people express their deep appreciation in different ways. But one of the ways that I believe people express their appreciation to the rest of humanity is to make something wonderful and put it out there.” - Steve JobsAlthough this primarily refers to Apple’s products, it could easily be about woodworking. At the very least, it dovetails nicely with his “When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers” quote. ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2017-11-14
  • Learning from Lettering
    Box elder board carved with William Morris’ quote: “Have Nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” Every project is another opportunity to learn, and I’ve learned a lot while lettering.  Carving this large box elder, a.k.a. ash-leaved maple, board (30 5/8″ x 12 1/4″ x 1″), just finished, reminded me of some of the differences between carving large pieces and relatively small pieces.  The most noticeable distinction is that smaller ... read more
    Source: David Fisher, Carving ExplorationsPublished on 2017-11-13
  • At least it’s wood
      Fancy LED display made of Sycamore and controls your home. You can learn more about it here. From what I’ve read, this is still a prototype but it would sure beat the plastic thermostat I have now. Would you buy it? ... read more
    Source: The Daily SkepPublished on 2017-11-13
  • Thonet—Brilliance in Design: Part II
    Thonet Chair Designs—What They Brought to the Table Michael Thonet chairs have on the one hand remained unchanged for almost two centuries and then enjoyed variations on the theme for decorative accentuation and individualising a design under Thonet’s concept. Working at my workbench I slipped into his entrepreneurial designer shoes as I embraced his commitment […] Read the full post Thonet—Brilliance in Design: Part II on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2017-11-13
  • So Begins the ‘Lexapro’ Season
    I want y’all to know that you have adoring spouses and family members. Every year in mid-November we get flooded with requests from people who want to give you gifts with a little extra something special. A few years ago, we got a request from a woodworker’s wife. She had bought one of our books at a used bookstore. She mailed it to us, and her request was something like this: Please write an essay on the inside cover ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-11-13
  • Workbench & Staked Stool Classes for 2018
    I will teach two classes in June 2018 at Dictum in Germany – one class on building a Roubo workbench and a second short course on building a staked three-legged stool. The classes are held at Niederalteich, a gorgeous monastery in Bavaria. Students can stay in the comfortable guest rooms at the monastery or at one of the local bed and breakfasts in the town. The monastery has a really good restaurant and lively beer garden. It is a ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-11-13
  • Front and Center
    None of us are as young as they used to be.  I’m in my mid thirties now and I don’t stoop over the work as well as I used to.  As a mostly hand tool woodworker that dovetails more often than not, I’ve gotten accustomed to a clamp-on, twin screw vise (what many call a […] ... read more
    Source: The apartment woodworkerPublished on 2017-11-13
  • Wood Talk Podcast – Episode 415
    Wood Talk Podcast - Episode 415: I’m behind on my podcast listening, but I’d like to thank Shannon Rogers for giving a shout out to my new video on Japanese tools on the Wood Talk podcast a couple of weeks ago. ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2017-11-13
  • Fly Swatter Shaker Style
    A few weeks ago Paul Sellers had a blog post where he showed a fly swatter with a leather business end.  I liked the idea and immediately began searching the internet for similar designs. Note:  Paul Sellers has since made his fly swat design a Masterclasses project. In my searches I found a few references and photos to a Shaker version of a fly swatter with a turned handle and a leather business end.  Perfect!  That fits in with my ... read more
    Source: GREG MERRITT – BY MY OWN HANDSPublished on 2017-11-13
  • Charpoy-Part 3-Complete
    The charpoy is really a simple piece of furniture.  Four legs with four rails mortised into them.  The platform upon wich you sit or lay is woven from cord or cloth webbing (tape).  The charpoy can also be quite elaborate.  The legs can be turned and/or carved as well as elaborately painted.  The weaving can be a simple over-under pattern or the pattern can be extremely intricate.  The weaving element is my focus for finishing out this charpoy build. As ... read more
    Source: GREG MERRITT – BY MY OWN HANDSPublished on 2017-11-12
  • Doors for Dessert
    Replacing the main beam of the Horse Garage has been hanging over my head for more than a month now. Every time I go in there I feel like Damocles and wonder if I will become buried in my work. Last month, Brendan Gaffney, Megan Fitzpatrick and I jacked up the garage’s joists to relieve pressure on the rotted beam. Today was the day to replace the punky thing. Lucky for me, woodworker Jeremy Hanson was in town, and ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-11-12
  • It Ain’t Done Until the Antlers are On
    Note: No deer were harmed in the making of this project. These antlers were shed by a buck and retrieved from the woods by a so-called “shed collector.” Getting the antlers fastened to the chair was straightforward in the end. But I’ve spent many nights pondering the possibilities. Rejected ideas: Bore a hole for the irregular antler and pack epoxy and maple shavings around the antler. Use a staked furniture joint: Use a tapered tenon cutter to shape the ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-11-12
  • Thonet—Brilliance in Design: Part I
    Yup! My parents owned a set of six Thonet dining chairs and it was indeed Thonet who designed a chair that brought a truly democratised and radical product in chair form to our world of wooden seating. Dining chairs, office chairs and even rocking chairs of many a hundred thousand gradually came into full mass-production […] Read the full post Thonet—Brilliance in Design: Part I on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2017-11-12
  • I Am a Whore Too
    Do you read the letters in magazines? I do. I enjoy the perspectives of others and the transparency of the editors who print scathing letters they could have easily sent to the trash can. Recently, I was browsing the letters of the new Tools & Shops issue of Fine Woodworking and came across one that pricked my conscience. The writer of the letter claimed to be a “wood prostitute” by which he meant that he didn’t build fine furniture. ... read more
    Source: The Daily SkepPublished on 2017-11-12
  • it’s a wee bit chilly…….
    Winter has finally arrived. The past few days have been cold with this morning being the coldest so far. It was a frosty 25°F (-3.8°C) at oh dark thirty this AM. No frost on the cars but on Tuesday, I noticed the first frost of the year then. A quick peek at the weather seer's web page says that the daytime temps next week will be in the high 40's to low 50's with the nighttime temps hovering around freezing ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-11-12