Today I filmed two shows for Charles Neil’s Mastering Woodworking webcast. The shows cover the waterfront, from the types of planes and how they’re used, to planing technique, to restoring an old handplane. If you are a subscriber to the Mastering Woodworking shows, expect to see these broadcasts this week and next. If you aren’t a subscriber, the shows are an excellent way to learn woodworking and a lot of fun to watch, so you might consider subscribing. The website add...
Found these prints a while back and so it’s time to get er made. Had to enlarge it by 150% with my copier then I shortened it so it would match my other cars.If I can get the wheels to 1” on the plans I know it’s all to scale, for my train. So got out in the shop before it got to hot and got the sides made up.I’d been thinking on this one for a while so had a pretty good idea how I wanted to do it. Re-sawed some 3/4 oak down to 3/8 and planed it, then ...
My wife and I stopped by our local thrift store which is run by a group of pensioned volunteers to donate some easy chairs that we were replacing. While there I noticed an old rusty Stanley type hand plane on display. It turned out to be a Kunz which is lower priced German brand, which was a bit of a disappointment, but still it seemed pretty solid and the tote and knob were all in one piece. Looking at it closer, I found a crack on one side as you can see in the 2nd photo below, so I deci...
During the past months I have been working with Luke Addington on a 2 part article on French Polish for the UK magazine “Furniture & Cabinetmaking”.The first part will come out in the July issue. We have put a lot of efforts to decribe not only the technical aspect but also the sensations and feelings that comes with french polishing. This is a pretty good completment for those who enjoyed the video I made on the subject couple years ago
Hi does anyone have plans or a link to a step by step building a nice urn for 2 people?My mother inlaw passed away 18 months ago and my wifes father passed June/10/16.If anyone can help me i am greatful want to surprize my wife also wood l should use.Thanks James ReevesOntario, Canada
I wanted a better way to store our kitchen knives, so I built this magnetic holder that we can attach to the side of our refrigerator. Here is a video of the build: View on YouTube
CSFM’s first level two class started Monday with five students. Three have just completed level one and the other two completed it last fall. Here are some pictures of the proceedings. This will be the first motif. Planning the packet layers. Backing the veneer with paper. Packet assembled and ready to cut tomorrow. A little fire to warm the shop on a chilly morning. The amazing sound of five chevalets cutting …. Transferring from the w...
Here is the clock finally ready to ship. I am going to post the all thing in project today. But I wanted to bring an end to this blog part. We received the finials last week and we have been able to put everything together and it is now in a box ready to ship!
Well I cut and sanded down the tooth picks and what a pain!First I nipped all the tooth picks off with some wire pliers then the front tires I could just sand with the disk sander till I touched the rim and they were fine, but the back are set deeper in so needed to trim them some more but how with out buggering every thing up?I ended up finding a bolt that would fit in between the spokes and could sand to the bolt head to get them all even, but it took some brain storming before a solution m...
I’ve got into the habit of trying to knock one item off of the shop “to-do” list after I complete a project. Kind of like “sharpen the chisels” or ” sort/organize the scrap wood bins”. I had just finished sweeping up when it struck me that I despised the depth stop on my drill press (Yeah, that’s right buddy! I’m a depth stop hating psychotic!). The drill press in question was purchased maybe 10+ years ago with one of those coupons that...
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