• Cutting gauge – Oak – 2017
    Using someone else’s tools is usually a dreary experience.  At the shops I visit, every tool seems to be as dull as sidewalk chalk and tuned just as finely.  One notable exception was the cutting gauges at the CVWS – during my repeated trips to Hartford last winter – it was a pleasure to reach for these gauges with p.  They score a deep enough line to register a chisel, they have a wide reference face and the grasping mechanism ... read more
    Source: raecreationPublished on 2018-01-20
  • Winding Sticks Epilogue – Fixing a Screw Up: Part I
    One of the inserts in my newly constructed winding sticks turned out pretty ugly. You'll notice I didn't have too many close-ups of them in my last post. These winding sticks will work just fine (in fact, the inserts are overkill, in my opinion), but I realized that every time I use them I will be embarrassed of the giant gap in one.Giant Gap.The others, while not perfect, look pretty good to my eye.I decided that since the inserts were ... read more
    Source: ToolerablePublished on 2018-01-20
  • bunjywunjy:trees can’t read Or, trees FTW.
    bunjywunjy:trees can’t read Or, trees FTW. ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2018-01-20
  • it’s toast……
    Sparks chimed in about his Record 044 and as I suspected, his is good. Fence rods are square to the main body and he reported no wiggling on the fit in the holes. I never felt good about the loose fit I had with my fence rods and especially the out of square condition of the front rod. I checked that hole with a dovetail square and the hole is drilled on a slant.I am not going to buy a ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2018-01-20
  • An Encounter with a Woodworker
    It was a balmy 35° F today, and I got out for a walk in the late afternoon as the sun was getting low.  As I was walking along the high bank above the river, I spied one of nature’s greatest woodworkers.  Drawn out by the warmer temperatures, she(?) was squatting on the ice along the edge, eating the thin bark off of the branches she had clipped. The soft snow made for quiet walking, and beavers have poor ... read more
    Source: David Fisher, Carving ExplorationsPublished on 2018-01-20
  • Offset shoulders
    Started off with a quick check of something for Ralph who’d had a minor mishap over on Accidental Woodworker with his #044. Ouch. Cast part weakness strikes again 🙁 For Ralph, my #044’s rods are square to the fence to within 0.05mm (my thinnest feeler gauge): And square to the skate to the same tolerance: And there are gaps around the rod in the fence holes.… Read the rest ... read more
    Source: Stochastic GeometryPublished on 2018-01-19
  • teaching schedule for 2018
    I’ve been meaning to get my teaching schedule posted here; but have been too busy getting stuff together…Next week I’ll be part of Colonial Williamsburg’s Working Wood Conference. I haven’t been there since 2007, here’s a shot from then, with Jennie Alexander pontificating while I get set to turn something. JA & PF at Colonial Williamsburg 2007It’s sold out, so if you got a ticket, I’ll see you there. https://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/learn/conferences/working-wood Next month, I’ll be back at Bob Van Dyke’s Connecticut ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2018-01-19
  • Issue Four T.O.C. – Jarrod Dahl’s “The Quest for Mastery Through Production Work”
    Every weekday until the February 1st opening of Issue Four pre-orders, we will be announcing one article from the table of contents here on the blog. If you have yet to sign up for a yearly subscription, you can do so here.   My article titled 'The Quest for Mastery Through Production Work' highlights some of the major events, teachers, and experiences that shaped me during my career as a woodworker and maker/designer of utilitarian objects. I share my ideas of mastery and how ... read more
    Source: Mortise & tenon magazinePublished on 2018-01-19
  • Correction on “software”
    Last night’s post has been bugging me when I used the term “software”. I may have been a little over zealous with this word and I don’t want to appear to be something that I’m not.  I think the internet already has enough of those. It’s an excel file I’m working on. In my eyes it behaves like basic software and the code I’m writing for it which I know is easy stuff for developers is not so easy for me. So ... read more
    Source: Journeyman’s journalPublished on 2018-01-19
  • Forgiving Eyes
    Do forgiving eyes help cheer us on when attempting new techniques? I worked on the front of the oak desk box project today. Personally, I will trust that human eyes will be forgiving on this first carved desk box. Thank you Jennie Alexander for reminding us though that our eyes tend to be forgiving of mistakes. Because it matters that we might not recognize artistic value which comes from things planned or unplanned in our furniture work. Above are a ... read more
    Source: Jim the Chairmaker’s BlogPublished on 2018-01-19
  • Making an Undercarriage for a Stool
    I've been making a bunch of step stools lately and I wanted to try putting some connecting rails between pairs of legs and a stretcher connecting those rails.  I'm collectively calling the legs, rails and stretcher the "undercarriage".The undercarriage of the step stool I'm makingThis is something new for me.  I've never done this type of work before, but I hope someday to try chairs that have a similar undercarriage.This is not too complicated, but there are a few things ... read more
    Source: Woodworking in a tiny shopPublished on 2018-01-19
  • STL 155: Swelling dovetails and fishtail chisels
    Plus, ways to live without a jointer, bullnose bits, evening out color in sapele, favorite tools, and smooth moves ... read more
  • Wood Stock Plow Planes
    The Veritas Small Plow Plane is a very good metal plow but like all metal plows the shavings are ejected on to the fence. It's not a big deal but you have to be aware of the shavings. BTW, our local Woodcraft is having a tool exchange in its parking lot tomorrow. In the background of the first photo are the tools I'm taking to sell. On the right side is a Stanley 45 complete with all the cutters and ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2018-01-19
  • Comment on A small exterior door project by Gary
    Hi Richard, I’m not sure how it is grown/treated, but the overall weight of the wood is quite light, which is great when you’re making big doors and items like that, because good ol’ mdf can get those hinges creaking. It seems quite a lot more resilient to knocks and dings than, say, Poplar and takes a moulding profile very well. Paint also seems to go on very nicely. It’s not cheap though. If you mess up and cut it ... read more
    Source: Hackney ToolsPublished on 2018-01-19
  • Comment on A small exterior door project by Richard Cohen
    Hi Gary, Good to see you have a new blog post up on the site. I’m very curious about Accoya- their website says it is acetylated timber but doesn’t specify what species. I would imagine that dense timber is very hard or maybe even impossible to treat in this way. The stuff you’ve used looks like “redwood” pine. Do they do other species? And how does the price compare with regular timber? All the very best – Richard C ... read more
    Source: Hackney ToolsPublished on 2018-01-19
  • The ‘Electric Horse Garage’ Lives
    The new roof on the Electric Horse Garage is complete. The electricity is in and flowing. The last bit of the puzzle (the ductless HVAC) will be installed on Monday. That means we move the big machines next week, and I can begin the next chapter of my life. Some details: Ignore the weird red trim on the front of the shop. That isn’t how it was supposed to look, and I’ll fix that next week. I also have ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2018-01-19
  • Thickness,Width,Length or L,W,T?
    As the internet has brought the world closer, we’re realising that we have not-so-subtle differences after all. We may speak the same language but we don’t spell exactly the same. We don’t use the same terminology of certain words, nor the same measurements, nor even how we write it down in our cut lists. It is as if we are an entirely different race that has no brethren bloodline at all. Let me give you one example. Lumber in the ... read more
    Source: Journeyman’s journalPublished on 2018-01-19
  • Real-life Test: Do You Need Glue?
    I build my chairs in a way where glue is only a minor player. And after a stupid mistake yesterday, I now get to test how effective my strategy is. Before I pull my pants down and tell you how I messed up, here’s the set-up. The stretchers and legs of my chairs are built so they are in tension (I do this by lengthening the tenons in the stretchers […] The post Real-life Test: Do You Need Glue? appeared ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2018-01-19
  • To be gained
    Source: The Daily SkepPublished on 2018-01-19
  • I Am a Panda
    I am a panda. Or a great ape. Or any of a number of animals - I'll choose the cute ones - whose terrain is disappearing and are therefore endangered. Tut- tutting or telling me how cute, chubby, and fun to watch I am doesnt help much. "Oooh, check out that guy with the hand tools! Amazing!" Neither does lip service. On the face of it, our government agencies all love manufacturing and makers. They love to have maker ... read more
    Source: Joel’s Blog at Tools for Working WoodPublished on 2018-01-19
  • Dovetail Sizing—Keep It Simple
    It’s the practicality daily woodworking brings: exceptional practicality! A question is raised quite often about dovetail sizing. Is there a formula woodworkers use, an industry standard? Because we don’t always make them often enough we can find the issues surrounding sizing and proportion confusing; pin size in relation to dovetail sizes would indeed be simple […] Read the full post Dovetail Sizing—Keep It Simple on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2018-01-19
  • help……
    Had a big oops in the shop tonight and I'll get to that a little later on in this blog. I need some help from anyone who has a Record 044. I had a mishap with mine and before I decide what to do with it, I need know a couple of things.  I want to know how well the fence rods fit in the main body and the fence. A little wiggle, lots or wiggle, or a snug fit? ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2018-01-19
  • Recharge!
    Woodworking is typically a solitary pursuit. The introvert in my loves that part. But as you begin to connect to the wider community that is out there you are bound to find like minded people who become fast friends and strong mentors.The time I get to spend around these individuals is like plugging my car battery into the electrical output of the Hoover Dam. A little shop weary. Running tight on ideas or answers. Generally uninspired. A little visit and ... read more
    Source: Inside the Oldwolf WorkshopPublished on 2018-01-19
  • Recharge!
    Woodworking is typically a solitary pursuit. The introvert in my loves that part. But as you begin to connect to the wider community that is out there you are bound to find like minded people who become fast friends and strong mentors.The time I get to spend around these individuals is like plugging my car battery into the electrical output of the Hoover Dam. A little shop weary. Running tight on ideas or answers. Generally uninspired. A little visit and ... read more
    Source: Old Wolf WorkshopPublished on 2018-01-19
  • Lots of oak furniture in New York this week
    I went to another world the other day. Attended part of Americana Week at Sotheby’s in New York. I was there to give a talk, but I got to see some great oak furniture offered for sale this week…and got to see some friends and colleagues I haven’t seen in quite a while. Here’s the link to the auction listings; http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/2018/important-americana-n09805.html# Auction previews are great – unlike museums, here you can open stuff and peek inside. Lot #723 is a ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2018-01-18
  • Issue Four T.O.C. – Jim McConnell on the Swisegood Steam-bent Drawers
    Every weekday until the February 1st opening of Issue Four pre-orders, we will be announcing one article from the table of contents here on the blog. If you have yet to sign up for a yearly subscription, you can do so here. From time to time, wonderful anomalies turn up in the furniture record and the corner cupboards from the Swisegood School of cabinetmaking (early 19th c. North Carolina) are no exception. These cabinets are renowned for their peculiar drawer construction, each employing ... read more
    Source: Mortise & tenon magazinePublished on 2018-01-18
  • Nocturne
    Nocturne because all day today I was Chopin’, see? Yeah, well. It was funny in my head. Anyway, today was mortice day. That’s my normal way of cutting mortices. The piece is over (or close to) the vice leg (which is thicker than the other workbench legs for just this kind of reason), rather than held in the vice because that way you don’t have to crank on the vice until the steel creaks so your piece doesn’t ... read more
    Source: Stochastic GeometryPublished on 2018-01-18
  • Rule Joint Planes, Etc.
    MERCY!!! I was trying to talk about side rounds here, but...Throughout the many years I’ve been making/selling planes I have seen several common requests go in and out of fashion. Some months I get numerous requests for moving fillesters. On other occasions my time is spent responding to the wave of those that suddenly want tongue and grooves, 3/8” side beads, panel raisers, skewed rabbets, etc. These past few weeks I have been responding to a significant number of people interested ... read more
    Source: Musings from Big PinkPublished on 2018-01-18
  • Winding Sticks
    It's been quiet on my blog. Not because I haven't been doing anything, but because processing rough lumber by hand isn't so interesting. I'm hoping to get back to blogging about my brown oak Shaker side table once I can do some actual joinery.One thing I have been missing while I'm trying to cut out some legs for the table is a pair of winding sticks. I decided I must have some for this project, so I made a pair.My ... read more
    Source: ToolerablePublished on 2018-01-18
  • Lie-Nielsen Saw Sharpening Workshop – Warren, ME
    Last year’s class was so much fun that I was delighted to be invited back to teach saw sharpening again this year at Lie-Nielsen’s beautiful headquarters in Warren, ME. If you’ve ever wanted to sharpen your own saws, I can’t think of a better way to start learning. Lie-Nielsen has a well-deserved reputation for being first class hosts, and this is sure to be no exception. Lie-Nielsen Saw Sharpening Workshop, June 9-10 in Warren, ME. Over the course of two days, ... read more
    Source: Blackburn ToolsPublished on 2018-01-18