While I haven’t been spending a lot of time on here in the past couple months, I’ve started gaining back momentum. What I have noticed is that I seemed to jump on the latest craze/band wagon for many woodworkers without knowing it. While going to hand tools is nothing new, when I first started here there seemed to be very little projects or people with complete hand tool mentality. I could no doubt be wrong but everything I read, all the projects seemed to be done with all power t...
The Non-Electric Chair #14: Making the Chair (The back frame gets glued up and the chair comes together)
There are some jobs that must be done as you go along; they will be very difficult to do once the back frame is glued up.Unfortunately, I am one of those people who must see results and can’t wait indefinitely to see a frame going together. Apart from the fact that I think someone said “A decision deferred is a decision well made” I have two excuses for this less than grown up behaviour.a) Sanding every square millimetre can be pointless if it turns out that there is a final curve or detai...
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...
So my business of country spoon sloyd craft carries on. Forgive me if my tales on this exploration have become boring, I realize there is not a lot of joinery going on. I am closing in as I enter the words here for session 4 of 5 of this spoon blog and have really made some nice strides. My greatest findings have been using the soil I live on to adventure more deeply into the woods and come out with new species I have never worked with before such as Hickory, Black Walnut, and Black Locust...
After a few weeks of no woodworking, I figured I’d warm up my woodworking muscles by making a few trivets. Simple, fun, useful, and not to mention, quiet, exercises perfect for a couple free hours on a weeknight. This is a great trick Jay van Arsdale taught us: using tape instead of clamps to saw the lattice beams. Unlike clamps, it’s much easier and quicker to flip and maneuver the beams as you do your saw and chisel work. Saw the lines. Chop to take out the ...
10 Steps to Getting Started in Traditional Woodworking with Hand Tools #6: |Step 5| Learn How to Design Woodworking Projects
You can definitely find plans for furniture and projects that other woodworkers have built, but I personally love the creative bliss that comes from designing my own projects. I also love looking at furniture in antique stores and on Pinterest to get ideas (See my Pinterest photos). But I always customize for my available space. Use Free Woodworking Design Software Ever since I was a kid I have drawn my “inspired” furniture sketches in a sketch book (or the back of a napkin), but...
Stepping through the beveled corner, art deco inlay, looking glass, into the world of woodworking is an experience that is humbling to say the least. On another woodworking site, a blogger posed the question, are ‘Dovetails’ overrated? The article was well written, the comments were astounding. The debate between the pro-tail vs. the pro-choice factions was more contentious than an abortion debate three days before a presidential election. Wonderland indeed! The one point that I t...
We are a type, we woodworkers. We are tool nuts, junkies. We love our tools. Somebody asked me once how many sets of chisels I have. I said, Only two. I have my old Marples firmer chisels from 1/4” to 3/4” and then my bevel edge Lie-Nielsens. And oh yeah, I have a missed match set of Japanese paring and mortise chisels. And I forgot the 3 or 4 Stanley 750’s I have collected, and the old Stanley butt chisels I bought when I started out. Then there’s those 3 big mortising chis...
I allow myself to indulge in eating Rice Krispies Treats every once in awhile. I decided that one of my favorite snacks needed a better box to store them. The container was made with a combination of power tools and hand tools, and was assembled with only cut nails (no glue). The wood was a ‘white wood’ cutoff from the big box store. It was a fun build – hope you like it.
Woodish-Hand-Tool-Gathering down in BeanTown This Friday and Saturday any and all woodworkers who love workin’ the wood by hand, get a chance to see some new tool works coming forth from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks USA. ”Come see our new line of Inlay Tools in their first public appearance!” Along with this wonderful opportunity to get down into BeanTown, there is the added benefit of visiting the North Bennet Street School and also a chance to see live one on one demonstrat...
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