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Many woodworkers who focus attention on period reproductions “read” the images in books and pieces in museums to discover to what furniture tells them. Designs sometimes clue them in as to what period of furniture history the pieces were built. (It’s not always clear-cut because no furniture periods ended exactly on a Tuesday with a new period beginning on Wednesday.) It’s possible to learn in what area of the country pieces were built if they read the materials used in construction.
But getting back to the rut I seem to have fallen into with saturday shop days. Maybe I should just go with the flow on this and just accept getting to the shop after lunch isn't too bad. I can be a wee bit nutso and OCD rolled together with this being on a time schedule. Coming home and vegging after OT and hitting the shop after lunch isn't going to stop the sun from rising or setting. Once got to the shop and started working on the walnut banding on the lid, the juices started to warm up and I started a left field project.
|mitering the lid|
Now I start by clamping one piece in place. The fit on that side doesn't matter. This first piece is only used to set and mark the second one.
|my setting line|
|marking the first piece to be glued down|
|I'll shave this until the knife line is barely visible.|
|I'm going to try this glue|
|two sides glued on|
|one of my left field projects|
I got the back long piece cut out and I had to stop. The workbench is being use to do the lid so I couldn't plane and work the 5/4 stock. I'll pick this one back up tomorrow.
|it's been an hour|
I already bought a plumb bob that looks a lot like the one in my drawing. It is very difficult to find one of these that don't cost a boatload of dollars. Since plumb bobs were replaced with lasers and other electronic gadgets they have become collectibles.
|a scrap of pine saw in two for the legs|
|a piece of pine from this board will be the horizontal leg|
|eyeballed an angle|
|the more I use this saw, the more I'm liking it|
|didn't have much to true up|
|less than one frog hair proud|
|ubiquitous blurry pic|
|tenon plane to the rescue|
|closed it up a lot|
|ancient tools deserve to be glued with an ancient glue|
|that is a good joint line|
|did just as well on this side too|
|last strip glued on|
|a hasp or a handle|
What do the letters in CAPTCHA stand for?
answer - completely automated public truing test to tell computers and humans apart
Ben was one of the six students who took my live-edge Columbus day weekend class at Snow Farm. A newcomer into woodworking, motivated and eager to learn, he asked me to help him design and build a side table for his Boston apartment. Feeling that woodworking is going to be more than just a weekend workshop experience, but rather a long-lasting hobby, he invested in a good quality hand plane […]
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It always starts with a design Digital woodworking uses digitally controlled tools in your workshop as an addition to hybrid and handtools. Most often this means owning and operating a CNC and learning to use CAD programs. For many, committing to a CNC is a big step financially, so here are some thoughts on how to get started with digital woodworking. Here’s the thing, you can mine a nice chunk […]
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|got surprise here - Miles's ruler is on top and mine is on the bottom|
|another difference in the size (width)|
|some screwdrivers for Miles|
|cocked upwards on the right|
|flipped the lid 180 and still higher on the right|
|I don't think it's the lid|
|right end of the banding is higher than the left|
|my lowest spot|
|little bit of a gap on the right|
|lid flipped 180|
|four sides and lid planed and cleaned up|
|flushed the top and bottom|
|trying out my miter guide|
|beveled 3 sides|
|won't make it|
|sawed and planed a backing strip for the miters|
|the original long strips|
|my last two|
|I'll do the lid banding tomorrow|
What was the number of the last Apollo mission to the moon in 1972?
answer - Apollo 17
Continuing our “looking ahead to the holidays” theme for our weekly giveaway, this week’s featured book is “Simple & Stylish Woodworking.” The book provides 20 small-scale woodworking projects that can add a touch of style to any home and make perfect gifts. Projects include wall clocks, mantel clocks, lamps, frames, mirrors and more. Why not use your holiday gift giving as an opportunity to practice a wide range of woodworking techniques […]
I my have to revise my blogging and posting schedule. So far when I go in the morning before work starts I've been able to log into my blog. This is when I do my final proof read of the blog before I post it. If I can't do that I'll have write and proof read at night. I can then post from my phone - or at least I think I can - in the morning as I usually do.
|sometimes you get a break|
|time to saw the splines|
|exactly what I didn't want to happen|
|no more hiccups with the rest of the splines|
|opposite end of the lid|
|lip banding glued in place|
|hard to see the filler strip I glued on this side|
|you can make it out on this long side|
|here's the pics Bob - Miles's saw herd|
A crosscut and rip panel saw and a carcass saw. I think I will keep this carcass saw and give Miles my LN carcass saw. That one is lighter and has a thinner plate and might be a better choice for him to learn on. I have a rip tenon saw being sharpened that I am keeping also so I'll have to get Miles a tenon saw.
|the plane herd|
|big till tray has only two marking gauges|
|smallest till tray|
|can't forget this|
|planed the hump and wings off|
|thumbnail plane for 1/2" stock|
|not sure I like that look for the bottom|
|found another choice|
Who was Paul Weitz?
answer - he commanded the first flight of the space shuttle Challenger - he passed away on monday
Looking for a new way to construct cabinet drawers for a project? In this video series by The Down to Earth Woodworker, Steve Johnson, you’ll learn his process for building drawer boxes, mounting drawer slides, and more.
Take a look at the first video below and then get started on your own cabinet drawers!
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As I mentioned a few days ago, I’m in greater Baltimore for a chairmaking class with Larry Barrett, a student of Jennie Alexander’s (author of the seminal greenwood book “Make a Chair From a Tree”). Yesterday, we took a field trip to downtown Baltimore to visit with Alexander, who gave us a whirlwind tour of how to make one of her chairs. Above, I’m testing out the comfort of one […]
In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking, we spend time with the owner of The Northwest Woodworking Studio and author, Gary Rogowski. Gary shares some of the fascinating stories from his new book, “Handmade, Creative Focus in the Age of Distraction” (Linden Publishing, Inc.). Plus, you’ll hear what he feels is the most vital woodworking machine, especially for a West-Coast woodworker. And he shares his thoughts about the importance to all of hand work.
Join 360 Woodworking every Thursday for a lively discussion on everything from tools to techniques to wood selection (and more).
I've been gathering tools and I have a good head start so far. I have all the handplanes I am going to give him except for a plow, bullnose, and a rabbet plane. Getting what I have now was easy and most of it I already had. I was looking in the toolbox the other day deciding on what to get next and I wasn't sure. So I printed out Paul Seller's essential tool list.
I looked over the list and I crossed out a lot of what was on there as I already had it. After reading what was left and comparing it to what I had, I don't have much further to go. I was surprised that I had added tools that I consider essential that Paul didn't.
Handsaws were the first item. I put a crosscut and rip panel saw in Miles's toolbox and Paul excludes them. Along with the panel saws, I am going to give him a tenon, carcass, and dovetail saw. Paul's list has the tenon and dovetail saw. And one saw I hadn't considered from Paul's list was the coping saw. A coping saw isn't one that I use frequently and I tend to avoid it's use if I can. I'm not sure about that one although I do think it is an important saw to have.
Block planes were another absent tool. I use block planes all the time and I added the Stanley #9 and #60 1/2 to his kit. I use my block planes a lot and at times more than I use my bench planes. But that is me and how I work wood. I learned my woodworking with block planes from the git go. Paul has said that block planes weren't used during his apprenticeship training. I can see why they weren't on his hit parade of tools.
There were a few other tools I like and think should be in Miles's toolbox that aren't on Paul's list. Since I am going to be hopefully teaching him how to hand tool woodwork he should have the tools that I use now. So instead of using Paul's list verbatim, it'll be a guide list for me. I'll be fleshing out his toolbox with my essential tool list.
One other point I want to make with Miles's toolbox. These tools will be his to use and care for. He will responsible for them. I think it will teach him something beyond just woodworking. I think the principles of caring for and maintaining tools is much better if it is something that you own and isn't a borrowed tool.
I saw a Lufkin folding ruler with a caliper on the Hyperkitten site yesterday that I bought for Miles. I have one of these rulers (not a Lufkin) and it is the first ruler I bought when I was 21. I still have it and I still use it.
If and when I get done with Miles's tool kit I'll post a list of the tools. But first I'll compare it to Paul Seller's list.
What will get if someone pelfs you?
answer - money
I have a student here this week, we’re studying period carving while making an oak box. Scattered all over this blog (10 years’ worth, over 1,000 posts) are photos of period work. Carving, turning, moldings, mess-ups, etc. But I never knew when I started what a potential resource this could be. And now I’m too busy to organize it. But if you want to see some oak carvings…they’re in here! I’ll stick a few here, some of what Nathan & I are using for reference this week.
This one from a private collection; lots of gloppy finish on it, making it hard to see exact details. But one of my favorites over the years. My notes said that Bob Trent & I examined this back in 1998.carved box, William Savell, 1590s-1669
Related to the above is this one, another I’ve copied many times over. Carved by the eldest son of William Savell above, John Savell, 1642-1687 or so.Jn Savell box, side carving
This lunette, (this one’s on the top rail of a chest) is also by John Savell. To carve these, you need to practice your V-tool work. Lots of concentric arcs.carved lunette, attr John Savell
One of my boxes, “made up” in the sense that it’s not copied from a period piece. But the box front is a direct copy of a drawer front by the Savells. As is the construction – pegged & glued rabbets instead of the typical nailed rabbets for joining the box parts.PF box
Here’s one of the chests with two drawers. This one was from an auction website. I’ve lost track of where it went. Although I’ve made chests with two drawers, I never made one in this style…maybe 2018.
The elder William Savell came to Braintree, Massachusetts by the late 1630s. He was first in Cambridge, working on the “college” that became Harvard. In his will dated 1669, he leaves to his wife a “chest with drawers” – with, not of, and drawers plural. There are at least three we’ve seen with 2 drawers. Most have just one. Only a couple were chests – no drawers.
I discovered this one in research done for a 1996 article about these objects. All I had to go by was this 1930s photograph and the owner’s name & hometown. Lots of dead ends, but I found it in the long run.
The article from 1996, but if you track down the volume itself, you get all the pictures
Earlier looks at this work from the blog:
|out of the clamps|
|layout for the splines|
|this worked well|
|sawing my splines out|
|practiced sawing right hand splines too|
|checking the fit in a test kerf|
|doing the splines in the lid first|
|making the splines fit|
|one miter done on the box|
|interior is clean|
|glued and cooking|
|original 140 box|
|stickered until tomorrow|
What is samhainophobia?
answer - a fear of Halloween
When using my revolving finishing jig I apply finish as the turntable rotates. My projects move by finish spewing from my spray gun. That results in finish build-up.
It’s not noticed at the time, but finish build-up begins to layer on the turntable with each project. After 25 years of finishing an estimated 30 to 50 pieces per year (at least in my earlier days of woodworking), it’s necessary to replace the turntable.
Editor’s note: I am resurfacing this article from American Woodworker because I am in the process of turning new handles for my Lie-Nielson and Stanley Sweetheart chisels. Tim Heil presents an interesting take on obtaining the taper for the socket with a folded piece of paper. I’ll share my version on YouTube later this week. – David Lyell Turning Wood: Socket Chisel Handles Here’s a 1-2-3 system for getting a […]
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I spent this morning at NYC's Department of City Planning exercising some civic duty - participating in a rezoning meeting. Industry City, my former landlord, wants to get a zoning change for its large Brooklyn complex which is currently zoned for industry and manufacturing, enabling it to have more retail, commercial and office space, and a hotel.
Their main public argument is that they have pumped millions into the complex, which has about 6.5 million square feet of space, and have increased the number of tenant businesses from a hundred or so to over 450 tenants, and they want to continue expanding.
I decided to testify because Industry City is extremely savvy and great at public presentations. They typically frame their approach as that of job creation and opportunity. Very clever! Who would be against this? Politicians and other civic leaders generally don't hear from people like me (and meetings that take up hours in the middle of the day are not going to attract many small business owners). My main point was that you can build commercial and retail space almost anywhere else in the city, but there is a real shortage of industrial spaces. Industry City in general doesn't like real industrial companies. When I moved to the complex in 2007, there were - by their count - over 60 cabinet shops. That's a lot of woodworkers and for us, potential customers. Now there are way fewer, and my customers are disappearing to places outside of NYC. Slowly but surely the infrastructure that makes our business, and in fact any hardware or lumber business viable, is vanishing. At some point critical mass will be gone.
Industry City was acquired by new owners a few years ago, and to their credit they did invest money in the buildings. As folks who visited us back in the old space might remember, we had only a freight elevator, and if you came when the operator was on lunch, you earned bragging rights to the 5 story stair climb. Our wires were all exposed. The new owners put in an elevator, improved the wiring and made many cosmetic improvements. These improvements warrant rental increases, but that is not what animated the sale.
Instead, it was the hope of a handout. In NYC, zoning restrictions mean that landlords and property owners cannot do whatever they wish with a property. Industrially zoned land is the cheapest kind of land in the city, relative to other uses (residential, commercial, mixed). The restrictions depressed the valued of the complex, which was reflected of course in the sales price. As new owners, the new Industry City team spent millions not only on building improvements, but also on lobbying to get pesky rules - their zoning restrictions - waived.
I thought it was important to remind the City Planning Commission about a few salient points. Industry City might brag about jobs that they say they "created," but they aren't actual job creators. The jobs that are now in Industry City now were mostly moved from other parts of the city, or would have been created in other parts of the city. This is not true of the manufacturing jobs. Losing industrial space means losing industrial jobs like cabinetmaking and set building, both of which have made a steady march upstate or out of state. Creating more commercial and retail space, which could go almost anywhere, out of rare industrial space seems like a bizarre goal given the large number of vacant storefronts NYC now has because of on-line shopping.
Another important point for the City to consider. Most of the investment money for IC and other large developments comes from international sources. The results of their hoped-for windfall resulting from a rules change won't even stay local. The billionaire that makes the huge return isn't living in NYC, their taxes and donations will end up supporting some other place somewhere.
Did my comments make a difference? It's hard to know. Sometimes these public presentations are window dressing on decisions made long ago. But I don't regret speaking up on behalf of woodworkers and other industrial workers. If I don't, who will?
People all over the country read this blog and many of you will think - why don't you just move here - rent's cheap. But we like it here and if the Government would just enforce the zoning laws we have and not let any big company with a pile of dough for lobbyists challenge the law - we would be fine. All the industrial space in NYC is under constant attack from big investors and foreign money who know with a stoke of the pen they can make a killing.
Our jobs are at stake.
On much brighter note, I won the fix with the lid. I had my doubts yesterday that I would be able to do it but I did. Results came out rather well and I'm pleased with them. The next pic is what I started the fix with.
|I got all the filler strips glued on last night|
|sawed my 45 guides|
|sawing off the proud batted next|
|sawed the corners at an angle|
|checking the fit of the base|
|width is a slip fit and a no go on the length|
|I'm going to lose a half inch|
|knocked down all the high spots and flushed the corners.|
|first flushing down|
|front left and back right are way high|
|still a wee bit of twist to remove|
|got it - flat, straight, and twist free|
|flat on the bottom all around|
|flushed the strips to the outside|
|poplar for the lid banding|
|lid banding sawn,trimmed, and fitted|
|won't fit on the ends and iffy on the long sides|
|used the chisel as scraper to clean and flush it|
|miter opened when I fitted the lid banding|
|glued and clamped|
|the base was rocking|
|I had to plane an 1/8" off the ends to get it to fit in the box|
Who is the only member of the 1992 Olympic basketball team not in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame?
answer - Christian Laettner
I needed to cut stopped grooves on a round surface – and while I could have cut them on the stock while it was square, then proceed to turn it on the lathe, I didn’t want to worry about catching my turning gouge on a groove and causing tearing out (or worse). So, after considering (then rejecting) some kind of router jig, I figured out a way to use my […]
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As with the previous two issues, I was thrilled when Issue No. 3 of Mortise & Tenon Magazine recently arrived in my mailbox. In part, my delight was due to the intriguing photo of a handheld drawknife on the cover. But even more, it was from anticipating the 10 articles that lay within. Enhanced by a wealth of beautiful photography and drawings and delightfully laid out, the issue promised a feast for the eyes as well as for the mind. It did not disappoint.