• Tuning Up Old Planes – Tips from Chris Schwarz and Garrett Hack
    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 were tuning up old hand planes - perhaps theyre yard sale finds! - and were lucky to have two woodworking stars, Chris Schwarz and Garrett Hack, to share their tips.Hand Plane Restoration: Flattening, from the Chris Schwarz BlogTuning Up an Old Handplane ... read more
    Source: Video Roundup at Tools for Working WoodPublished on 2017-12-14
  • prepping the 78…….
    A recipient for the #3 has been picked. The  person getting it is in the dark about it.  I like giving surprises and I've been assured he will be. I would have liked to ship it before xmas but that isn't going to happen. A more likely shipping date is in the first week of the upcoming new year.waiting gameI am not procrastinating on sawing the lid off. Both ends were cupped and I had to clamp them to remove ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-12-14
  • Bench Planes
    I'm always looking for an excuse to post photos of the shop. Over on the SMC site one of the posters has given the perfect excuse by requesting posts on the "7" daily user planes.Because I prep most of my stock with machines I will seldom use seven planes on any single project. So my thought was to post an overview of the shop's tool storage followed by photos of some of the planes grouped by usage. Showing the ones ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2017-12-14
  • The Impractical Guitar Maker’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide, Day Two
    Knowing only what is necessary makes living dull and marks the regression of learning.Benjamin FranklinMany people secretly aspire to be "the artist", but they have been told their entire lives that only those "with the magic" can see the world as it is and portrait it as such. It is unfortunate that so many people believe what they are told and never try to "look" at the world and "see it". We are told that we "that special something", talent, ... read more
    Source: Brokeoff Mountain LuthieriePublished on 2017-12-14
  • Picture This CXV
    I have mentioned dealer sophistry before, but specious descriptions of antique furniture are sadly becoming ever more prevalent (I will save a discussion on the possible reasons for another time). The vendor of the Windsor chair in figure 1 described … Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Pegs and ‘TailsPublished on 2017-12-14
  • Coming in 2018: The Lost Art Press Work Jacket
    I have two favorite garments: a beat-up motorcycle jacket for winter and a traditional French work jacket for the other three seasons. The work jacket, sometimes called a bleu de travail, was popular in the late 19th century and the early 20th century among the French working classes – especially farmers, masons and woodworkers. The jackets are simple, unlined and incredibly durable. They typically feature four roomy pockets – three on the outside and a fourth on the inside ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-12-14
  • Handmade Christmas turtle dove decorations
    Beautiful, unique decorations for your tree or the perfect handmade gift. Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Steve Tomlin CraftsPublished on 2017-12-13
  • Anarchist’s 2017 Gift Guide, Day 11: Masons’ & Engravers’ Square
    Every year with this gift guide, I recommend one tool that is just a little more expensive than the others but is definitely worth the money. This year it’s the Lee Valley Cast Masons & Engravers’ Square. This is a new item in Lee Valley’s catalog, and the minute I saw it, I ordered one. This well-made tool excels at scribing lines that are parallel to the edge of a […] The post Anarchist’s 2017 Gift Guide, Day 11: Masons’ ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2017-12-13
  • Line Drawings and Dimensions of Small Portable Vise…
    Here are the drawings of the little portable vise I posted originally on November 11, 2017. All the drawings are done full size and can be used as cut-out templates. Just print them off and glue them to your wood.Enjoy.Peace,Mitchell ... read more
    Source: The Part-Time WoodworkerPublished on 2017-12-13
  • Translation: “Let’s see what the dead guys know.”
    “Let us now endeavour to discover what light antiquity throws upon the subject in question” – William Hogarth, The Analysis of Beauty (1753) ... read more
    Source: The Daily SkepPublished on 2017-12-13
  • I just purchased the video you made with Shop Woodworking on Japanese tools and I am really enjoying...
    Thanks so much for the kind words! I really happy that you liked the video.My video on Japanese woodworking tools is available at Shop Woodworking, Popular Woodworking’s online storefront for videos, books, and more. There are shorter videos on Japanese saws, Japanese planes, Japanese chisels, and “everything you ever wanted to know about Japanese tools but were afraid to ask”. These videos are also compiled into one longer video, available as a DVD and as a download. It might make a ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2017-12-13
  • Why Schlep? – A Look at Tools Baskets and Bags
    Charles Nurse 1893Probably the classiest thing we have in our entire catalog (Colen Clenton Tools excepted) this year is our new Gramercy Tool Bags. They're elegant solutions to the challenge of schlepping tools around - a challenge that crafts people have forever faced. I have a collection of tool sellers' catalogs from the late 19th century on, so I thought I'd check in and see how tool-carrying has evolved.The Chas. A. Strelinger & Co. catalog* framed the issue well, way ... read more
    Source: Joel’s Blog at Tools for Working WoodPublished on 2017-12-13
  • I Think You’ll Like Making T̶h̶e̶s̶e̶ Trees
    It is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas and I try to have a simple Christmas project that isn’t too complex to make, is inexpensive and doesn’t tie up too much time. In making these you make four (or more) at once so I think making them hits the mark for me. I wanted something […] Read the full post I Think You’ll Like Making T̶h̶e̶s̶e̶ Trees on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2017-12-13
  • The mighty drill press
    Various forms of hand held tools had been designed thu the ages to bore holes, but to really ensure a level of angular precision, requires some sort of fixed apparatus which hold the drill implement at 90 degrees (some have adjustable table for angles in between). Enter the drill press. And yes they made their apparition long before electricity...Besides holding the bit at a fixed angle, the other requirement is a down feed force. Either supplied by you via a ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2017-12-13
  • stripping the 78……..
    It appears that I am going to get lucky with the rehabbing of the 78. I knew I would have to paint it but I wasn't sure how easy it would be. After tonight I know it is going to be easy. My past experiences with japanning have run in two directions - easy off and a bitch to get off. It was easy off tonight only because this japanning didn't seem to have the thicker coating  I seen on ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2017-12-13
  • The Rabbit Hutch – Part 9
    This is the final post of my rabbit hutch project.  With the project fully built, I needed to find a spot on our property to place the hutch and prepare the ground. You can see the earlier posts in this series here: The Rabbit Hutch – Part 1 (Front frames and doors) The Rabbit Hutch – Part 2 (Sidewalls) The Rabbit Hutch – Part 3 (Carcase assembly) The Rabbit Hutch – Part 4 (Floor frames) The Rabbit Hutch – Part 5 (General ... read more
    Source: The Bench BlogPublished on 2017-12-13
  • A Ming-Inspired Cabinet (98)
    Thought I should put out an update as it has been a while since the last one and some readers may be wondering what's up. Well, all is good with the project. Things have been progressing smoothly and the client's cabinet is within a day or two of completion. It will be shipped the middle of next week.I'm planning to do an assembly video, but in the meantime, a few pictures will hopefully suffice.Drawer stops were fabricated using the milling ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2017-12-13
  • A Ming-Inspired Cabinet (99)
    Several weeks months have elapsed since my last post in this series. In this time, both cabinets have been completed, and the client has received his cabinet and is pleased with it. I have been down in the dungeon toiling away at putting a video together.I started work on a video showing the assembly of the cabinet soon after the second cabinet was done. I knew I was in for a slog, as I am inexperienced with video work in general, ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2017-12-13
  • The Impractical Guitar Maker’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide, Day One
    Is there a classical guitar player in your life and you just don't know what to get them this holiday season?I asked several classical guitarists what guitar-related items they would like to receive as gifts this season, and I got very good feed back that I will share with you this week and perhaps into next.#1 Most Requested ItemA one year supply of guitar strings!Guitarists who practice, play and perform on a regular can wear out a set of strings ... read more
    Source: Brokeoff Mountain LuthieriePublished on 2017-12-13
  • Coming Soon: More Classes at Our Storefront
    When I purchased my shop building in Covington, Ky., I swore I wasn’t going to open a woodworking school. And, in all honesty, I still don’t want to run a school or return to teaching. I will, however, allow my friends to use the space to teach classes. So, in the coming weeks you can look for Megan Fitzpatrick and Brendan Gaffney to offer additional classes at our storefront. Brendan is especially keen on offering low-cost, one-day workshops for ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2017-12-12
  • Beach walking; late fall
    I try to not go out in December. Certainly when I do, I try to only go to places without Christmas music, chaos, traffic and the other trappings of the “season.” The actual season; late fall/early winter, is one of my favorites. Marie & I went to the beach yesterday. I shot a few photos, and when I uploaded them, found some from a beach walk about two weeks ago. (click the photos to enlarge) Marie & I saw ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2017-12-12
  • Project-Shipwrecked Pen Box
    My friend William’s 50th was coming up, and he was also celebrating his graduation. Huh, graduate at 50? Yup. He has several degrees and among them masters. Now he can add a law degree to that list. So, as we all do I “Binged” the net for inspiration. I looked for boxes and a judges hammer and Gavel. I wish I had of taken photos of the hammer, next time when I go around I’ll take it and post it on Instagram. Anyway, ... read more
    Source: Journeyman’s journalPublished on 2017-12-12
  • Bad Axe handsaws
    For those of you who follw my instagram feed (james_son_of_james) you’ll know that I had some Bad Axe handsaws in the shop a few months ago. I didn’t say much about them because I was writing this review for Popular Woodworking. Here’s what I didn’t get to say in the review – Mark Harrell is the Wizard of Wisconsin and he has cracked the freakin’ code with these saws. The review policy at PopWood is simple. Buy it (for ... read more
    Source: The Daily SkepPublished on 2017-12-12
  • Stocking stuffers for any woodworker
    Eleven gifts for around $10 that any woodworker would be happy to get ... read more
  • Anarchist’s 2017 Gift Guide, Day 10: O’Keefe’s Working Hands
    If were being honest, woodworking would be a lot more difficult in the winter months without O’Keefe’s Working Hands. I have a container of this at my workbench and by my computer. It is the only thing that keeps my fingers moving smoothly over my tools and the keyboard. I know there are a lot of other hand-care products out there. I’ve tried many of them. But I keep coming […] The post Anarchist’s 2017 Gift Guide, Day 10: O’Keefe’s ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2017-12-12
  • Vintage stickers
    This is our first run of a planned several set series of vintage themed stickers.  Some of you may recognize at least one of these from a set of cards we issued years ago as a promotion for one of the wood shows we exhibited at.  We had mostly forgotten about those neat cards were it not for seeing a set at our brother from another mother's house, Narayan Nayar.So here they are, the first set of three.  These are ... read more
    Source: BenchcraftedPublished on 2017-12-12
  • How to Darken Oak Furniture with Ammonia Fuming
    In this video I show a historical method for darkening white oak furniture with industrial strength Ammonia, inside a makeshift plastic fuming tent, and I do it on a pair of Shaker style quartersawn white oak end tables. My most recent video & article showed how these end tables fit together (here) and ... read more
    Source: Wood and ShopPublished on 2017-12-12
  • Product Video: How to Use a Card Scraper
    If you’ve been looking for a better way to finish your work, look no further than the humble card scraper. Card Scrapers can cut finishing time in half, removing glue squeeze-out, leveling across joints and eliminating tearout, while providing a great surface for applying finish. In the video below, Matt Cremona takes a closer look at Card Scrapers, the unsung heroes in the workshop. Watch the video below to learn the basics for adding a card scraper or two to ... read more
    Source: Highland Woodworking BlogPublished on 2017-12-12
  • speechless
    behold; a blog without words alas the simple carcass, I hope the majority of work is now behind ... read more
    Source: Grain DamagedPublished on 2017-12-12
  • Donate your excess tools to the Krenov Foundation
    You have some tools hanging around your shop that you don’t use or need. I know you do. It’s inevitable. You’re a woodworker, so more times than you might care to admit, you’ve bought a tool that seemed so shiny and necessary at the time but now sits untouched. Maybe you’ve upgraded your chisels or […] ... read more
    Source: Heartwood BlogPublished on 2017-12-12