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Blog series by Al Navas updated 12-23-2008 04:03 PM 12 parts 14305 reads 19 comments total

Part 1: Dovetailing: Pins vs. Tails with Klausz and Underhill

11-20-2008 03:36 PM by Al Navas | 1 comment »

From my blog: I have posted three entries, each with video, of the Dovetailing: Pins vs. Tails session with Frank Klausz and Roy Underhill. I kept the editing to a minimum, to give the viewer a sense of “being there”. You will hear a little background noise, and the lighting might be a little on the dark side. But it reflects in a good way the way it was. I had an opportunity to attend the 2008 Woodworking in America conference in Berea, KY. It was a terrific event, attended...

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Part 2: Bench planes, with Deneb Puchalski

11-22-2008 12:43 AM by Al Navas | 4 comments »

From my blog: I want to share with you this terrific session, which I captured on video and is now available on my blog for dwonload. Deneb Puchalski, of Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, was the leader for this hands-on clinic. In addition to video I took several photos; the following gives you a sense of the setting: Thanks!

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Part 3: In 2008, the Neanders came to Berea...

11-23-2008 04:02 PM by Al Navas | 0 comments »

From my blog: Ahhh… Nostalgia time! Hopefully this will give some people who use hand tools a little different perspective. I had a lot of fun producing this video! One of the things that crossed my mind several times during the conference, and I keep repeating to myself, is “… they used nothing but these types of tools all those years ago…” And it was wonderful to see in one place so many enthusiastic woodworkers and tool makers, artists and craftsmen at the top of their careers! En...

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Part 4: Scrapers: History, Preparation and Use - Part 1

11-25-2008 10:13 AM by Al Navas | 7 comments »

Scrapers are often misunderstood, and many of us produce mostly dust instead of nice, thin shavings. As a result, this terrific session was included in the WIA program. From my blog: ================ Christopher Schwarz, Editor of Popular Woodworking (PW) magazine, does a terrific job in this session. He is entertaining, and has an uncanny ability to convey his message accurately and succinctly. I split this session into three parts, for easier downloading and viewing. This is the hi...

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Part 5: WIA - Scrapers: History, Preparation and Use, Part 2

11-26-2008 03:08 PM by Al Navas | 0 comments »

From my blog: ============== Background: By the end of Part 1, Christopher Schwarz had covered the history of scrapers, using information from “…12 dead guys and 2 living…”, the literature back to the mid-1800s; he was unable to locate earlier references in the literature. He also covered interesting facts about how wood fails, documented with superb photographs of the types of shavings formed. As Part 1 ended, he was filing one edge of the card scraper on the bench. It is worth r...

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Part 6: WIA - Scrapers: History, Preparation and Use, Part 3 of 3

11-27-2008 11:42 PM by Al Navas | 0 comments »

From my blog: ===========This is Part 3 of 3 of the session on Scrapers: History, Preparation and Use, with Christopher Schwarz. Part3 concludes the series on scrapers. To get some continuity from Part 2 into Part 3, I included the last 3 minutes from part 2 as the introduction to this episode. This way you can get back to speed quickly. In Part 3 Christopher Schwarz actually draws the burr on the scraper. This Part starts with some discussion by The Schwarz on drawing the burr, and ...

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Part 7: The Schwarz dances

12-02-2008 04:08 AM by Al Navas | 0 comments »

From my blog: For your viewing pleasure: A very short video. I extracted some of Christopher Schwarz’s best moves during his session on Forgotten Workbenches and Workholding – Woodworking in America, in Berea. And it ain’t no tango! Enjoy! AlView videos from Woodworking in America in Berea, KY.

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Part 8: WIA: Part 1 of 3 - Forgotten Workbenches and Workholding

12-04-2008 08:58 PM by Al Navas | 2 comments »

From my blog: Over the years, Christopher Schwarz has built many benches – from the Roman style door-and-saw horse, to much-improved models based on old references. And he has published a book that has become a true library reference for many woodworkers: Workbenches, From Design & Theory to Construction & Use. Now to Part 1: From my notes, a mix of some comments and facts from the presentation by Christopher Schwarz. I hope the following will get your interest in watching...

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Part 9: WIA: Part 2 of 3 - Forgotten Workbenches and Workholding

12-12-2008 03:13 AM by Al Navas | 1 comment »

From my blog: In this video episode Christopher Schwarz, Editor of Popular Woodworking and Woodworking Magazine, presents, discusses, and points out pros and cons of several benches and their features: 1. The European bench: He is not happy with this form, but also is not anti-European-form. His problem with this one: People take old principles and apply them to other benches. He likes to apply the kitchen door test (typical sizes we work on) and the kitchen carcase test (pushes him to na...

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Part 10: WIA: Part 3 of 3 - Forgotten Workbenches and Workholding

12-14-2008 03:13 PM by Al Navas | 2 comments »

This is the last video on my blog on the session on Forgotten Workbenches and Workholding. More to come yet… From my blog: This episode is all about workholding: 1. Face vises – Racking is the main reason The Schwarz does not like them. 2. Leg vise: Elegant, cheap, GREAT! 3. Shoulder vise: Best choice for dovetailing drawers – it is fast. It is great, but too complex. 4. Crochet: Used with holdfasts, it is great, and cool. 5. Sliding dog vise: Otherwise ca...

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Part 11: Video Episode #39 - Advanced Dovetailing with Frank Klausz

12-16-2008 09:28 PM by Al Navas | 0 comments »

This is the latest video from the series Woodworking in America, in Berea, KY. From my blog: Frank Klausz returns in this episode on Advanced Dovetailing, to share how he makes half-blind and mitered dovetails. He shares tips that are crucial to get excellent joint fit with a minimum set of tools. I filmed this during his wonderful session, at the Woodworking in America hand tool conference in Berea, KY. The session opened with Klausz talking about his background, and his search in ...

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Part 12: Bevel-up vs. Bevel-down Planes

12-23-2008 04:03 PM by Al Navas | 2 comments »

From my blog: Christopher Schwarz moderated this session on the second day of Woodworking in America in Berea, KY. Robin Lee and Thomas Lie-Nielsen participated. Highlights of items covered during this session: Summary (from notes I took during the session – but everything is on the video): 1. Characteristics of both types of hand planes.2. Questions with Robin Lee and Thomas Lie-Nielsen.3. Questions from the audience. Now for the good stuff: Using a Veritas bevel-up plan...

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