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Today’s New Article: Fundamentals of Fearless Finishing

360 WoodWorking - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 4:10am

highboyFor me, finishing has always begun long before opening a can of stain or dissolving flakes of shellac in alcohol. I’ve always tried to teach students and apprentices a more holistic approach to making furniture.

Although the finish happens at the end, it starts at the very beginning of a project – in the planning stage. And it carries through every step of the project. The best way to end up with a great finish is to envision what you want the piece to look like from the beginning and develop a plan to get you there.

In today’s article, 360 WoodWorking subscribers discover the beginnings of the process I’ve used for decades to produce furniture for myself, my family and friends and customers across the country. If you’re a subscriber, click here to read the article (you need to be logged in to your account).

And, if you’re not a 360 WoodWorking subscriber, what are you waiting for? Subscribing is easy and costs about the same as two cups of coffee each month at your favorite coffee shop. And it lasts a whole lot longer.

— Chuck Bender

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WORK No. 148 - Published January 16, 1892

Work Magazine Reprint Project - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 4:00am









Disclaimer: Articles in Work describe materials and methods that would not be considered safe or advisable today. We are not responsible for the content of these magazines, and cannot take any responsibility for anyone attempting projects or procedures described therein.
The first issue of Work was published on March 23rd, 1889. The goal of this project is to release digital copies of the individual issues starting on the same date in 2012, effectively republishing the materials 123 years to the day from their original release.
The original printing was on thin, inexpensive paper. There are many cases of uneven inking and bleed-through from the page behind. Our copies of Work come from bound library volumes of these issues and are subject to unfavorable trimming, missing covers, etc. To minimize harm to these fragile volumes, we've undertaken the task of scanning the books ourselves. We do considerable post processing of the scans to make them clear but please bear with us if a margin is clipped too close, or a few words are unreadable. We would like to thank James Vasile and Karl Fogel for their help in supplying us with a book scanner and generally enabling this project to get off the ground.
You are welcome to download, print, and pretty much do what you want with the scan for your own personal purposes. Feel free to post a link or a copy on your blog or website. All we ask is a link back to the original project and this blog. We are not answering requests for commercial downloads or reprinting at this time.

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Categories: Hand Tools

Evenfall Studios Toolmakers News

Evenfall Studios - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 3:00am

I have been considering an occasional column on our blog, just for sharing some various thoughts and news with you, so welcome to Volume One, 2015.

For small businesses, it is often challenging getting the word out. I want to touch on the scope of our blog. It wears several hats. We are a small family business, a one man custom tool making shop. I make precision tools for woodworkers and makers. Some of the ways we use the blog is to provide methods for working that have a lot of application on any project. We also use it to help teach and inform about our tools and methods that can help woodworking become easier and more accurate for you.

Getting the word out to woodworkers all over the world about what we do and what we may be able to help you do in making is a big part of our blog. I’m remiss about not blogging more often and I do try, but it happens. Client work in the shop and the matters of life are something we all can understand in our own way. We appreciate all our subscribers and readers. Our blog is aggregated by Leif at the Norse Woodsmith Aggregator and has been for years. Recently our blog has been aggregated by Siavosh over at woodspotting.com, which is a new form of Aggregator that is growing fast and allows people to submit blogs to it. We really appreciate both of them for their their support in helping us network and get the word out. If you enjoy our blog or use it as a reference, please feel free to bookmark, subscribe directly via RSS or email as well. This helps us stay in touch and we appreciate your support.

As a side note regarding our blog, I want to remind you that many of the articles I’ve written here are meant to work as reference material resources, and I have made it as easy as I can to help you to refer back to any of them by using the “Blog Index” in the top menu at the top of the page here.

We are also using Twitter and you can find us there as @evenfallstudios. We welcome you to follow us there. Its short and to the point, and we can share links and information with you pretty easy from there, and it helps keep you up on what’s new or news from us! There is a link below and in the sidebar on this page that you can click, and it should hook you right up.

We are also working on developing a subscription email list to help us keep in touch with you directly if you like. It isn’t something we intend to use too often so don’t worry, we won’t fill your inbox, but the scope of some of what we share on the email list will be exclusive to list members only. We hope to have something ready to go in the not too distant future, please stay tuned and I’ll announce when we roll it out here on the blog.

We are here in support of woodworking and making all over the world. Our website has a lot of different woodworking resources including a well rounded library, Data and references which are very useful, and a store for ordering the tools we offer and custom make, open 24/7/365. We appreciate your support and business! Please let us know if there is something we can make for you.

I’m interested in some feedback. I have some Donkey Ear designs I am developing here, some that work as a companion to our shooting boards and others which stand alone, and I thought while I am in the R&D stages that I would ask your thoughts on how you see the use of this tool in your shops. I can’t say yet how this all will evolve, but I am hoping that this will evolve to become part of our line of very helpful shooting appliances for everyone. If you would like to share your thoughts, or show interest in donkey ears please Contact Us!

I also wanted to touch on woodworking and making – on the whole. There has been some long running theories on tooling, both electrical and hand powered. I’ve even heard from some internet sources that certain kinds of tools – hand tools only – are required, or are the gateway for true craftsmanship. I’m afraid I can’t agree. After 30 years as a professional in the trades, I feel I have worked along side plenty of skillful craftsman (while striving for my best work, myself) and they were much more than the sum of their tools.

All tools are useful to us in some application. Some are meant for speed, others for accuracy and finesse. Craftsmanship is in the wisdom to choose and wield tooling of any kind artfully, productively and wisely. Truly, craft embodies all of making in all materials, using the tooling that accomplishes it, both powered and by hand, and the mind behind the tool that is it’s guide. Craftsmanship is in the hand and eye, guiding those tools from a developed practice. Any craftsman is free to choose their own tools. I think anyone who wants to be a craftsman can be a craftsman. Craftsmanship is all about developed practice. Your personal practice, there is no substitute, it is an experiential understanding and beyond the reach of written words.

The best craftsmen keep focused on learning something new everyday. The picture is big and it’s good to try to keep our focus open wide. They use what they have done in the past as a guide to help them make in the present and future. It’s a great way to look at making. Be careful not to fall into the trap of listening too intently to someone tell you that hand tools are the only truly craftsman way. There is only so much time and energy in life, so we must choose battles carefully. Tools are part of the battle armor. Some tools are for speed, and others for accuracy and finesse. To become accomplished, the right tool at the right time in skilled hands is right. If you fully inherit the fundamentals, then your imagination is the limit. The race is long. In the end it is mostly with yourself.

We offer some very nice tools that allow you to go directly to quality results without wasting a lot of money on wasting wood, or on tools that wont quite get you there. In fact, many of the tools we offer are meant to help tools you may already own work better and more accurately. We make tools that help you with your craftsmanship. We hope as you continue to advance your craft, you’ll choose some of your tools from us! Thank you for your continued support and readership!

We are rolling into year seven as toolmakers and we are “shooting” for many more. Again, thank you all for your support and we hope you’ll consider us for helping tool your shop with tools of craftsmanship for fine woodworking.

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Categories: Hand Tools

Carving Tool Box – by David Piazzo

Mary May, Woodcarver - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 7:05pm

Mary May - Woodcarver

David Piazzo is one of the active members at my online carving school. We frequently see comments from him on lessons at the school. He seems to be very engaged and enthusiastic. The following is from a recent email from David, describing how he safeguards his tools for convenient storage and travel. David agreed to this guest post to share the idea with other carvers. Thanks David and nice work!

Photo of David's toolbox

If you take a class from her, or join Mary May’s online school, one of many things you will learn is to love your tools.  (“You can never have enough”)  As my collection of quality tools has grown, I wanted a way to store and transport them safely, but still wanted to be able to get to all of them quickly when ready to carve.  With this system, they are all secure in the case, but when the top comes off and you pull out the top tray, set it on the bench in front of the bottom box… you have easy access to 40 full size tools.  Yes tool rolls are easy, but 12 or 18 tools is all you’re getting in, unless they become so big you worry about so many tools in a clump. Also if you have L series gouges or bent backs, they do not fit into nice straight spaces and they push and protrude into other spaces.

Mary has also taught how to get them SHARP so I wanted to make sure there were no metal hinges or clasps any place an accidental bump could dull a tool. So, the top has dowels along one side that fit into holes in the case and a couple rare earth magnets inlaid on the opposite side. They do not stick out and even then, NdFeB or Neodymium Iron Boron is softer than steel.

I started with 3/4 pine. But did not want the weight and bulk of 3/4 pine so I ripped it in half on the table saw to 5/16. I wanted the box small enough to carry under one arm so I worked out the dimensions by lining tools up on my bench. I dovetailed the 5/16 pine in the corners for strength and dadoed a groove around the inside for the bottom piece of 3/8 ply to hold down weight. I knew I would strengthen this bottom with the tool holder strips – see next picture.

First I made the main box with the bottom holder. After laying tools out on my bench I knew how far apart to space the half rounds for holding the handles in place. I made the frame for the top tray and strips for the bottom tool holders and clamped them together and drilled 1” holes for handles to fit into between the two strips. This gave me half rounds on both that lined up perfectly.

photo of bottom trayAfter drilling those holes, I added another row of tool holder holes above for the top tray and dadoed a groove for the top tray’s bottom.

Here you can see that the top tray is also dovetailed for strength out of 3/4 pine. I drilled holes through sides rather than making the case 1-1/2” wider. So all tools fit in same footprint. Also the bottom of the top tray, and the inside of the cover both have a 3/8” x 2” x 18” strip of temper foam glued along the center line. When the tray and the lid are in place, the foam holds down the tools to keep them from shifting or rattling.

Center bar on underside of lid  Center bar press down on the tools.
The center bar is floating. If I change tools it can move up or down to accommodate them, it moves easily. I also toss in a couple dessicant packs that come with electronics to control any moisture inside.

photo of both trays

Next, the lid and how to attach it. The lid is rabbeted like a drawer front would be. Then 5 dowels inset into the lid, and matching holes in the case side.

photo of holes and pins  photo of magnets in lid edge
Two rare earth magnets are inlaid into the lid and case side on the opposite side.

photo of sunburst carvingFinally, inspired by Mary’s fireplace Sunburst, I decided to carve that lesson into my lid. I used high gloss lacquer finish because sometimes when I sharpen, I have iron filings on my fingers and did not want that to dull the bright pine lid.  With this finish, it cleans up with windex and paper towels.  I turned a button for the center out of rosewood on the lathe.  I do love my tools and want to take the best care of them.  Now they are safely stored and easy to transport.  I have an old Coleman stove nylon carrying case they fit into perfectly for taking to a class or friends shop.

photo of case and lid together

Building The La Forge Royale Miter Jack- Part 7

Benchcrafted - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 4:19pm

The screw handle gets made from a chunk of hard maple. The original looks like oak to me, so make your's from oak if you want. This doesn't get a ton of stress, so maple is fine. The orginal octagonal mortise was cut with a large drill, then pared. I cut mine on my scroll saw (since it was handy) and only had to do a little paring for a sweet fit on the screw's octagonal shaft. 

Cut out the handle on the bandsaw, refine the surfaces, then round the arrises. I used a belt sander, and a trim router with a bearing guided roundover bit. The original handle has more of a bullnose profile around the edge, but I was itching to finish this today, so I took the lazy way out.

It doesn't much matter if you fit the handle perfectly, it won't stay perfect unless your shop is the same humidity year round.

 Now is a good time to drill and install the 3/8" dowel on the end of the fixed jaw. This allows you to store the jack on its end without it tipping over.

Okay. The base. This is a tricky piece. But I think I've got a decent sequence here to make it relatively painless. I don't think he has a blog post up yet, but Raney Nelson of Daed Toolworks just finished his jack earlier this week, and he opted for a different style base. Check his blog in the near future.

I'm calling this the "square" pocket since it's made while the base is still square. I set up the drill press with a fence and forstner bit to get rid of most the waste.

Then I came in from the other side with the same setup to get rid of even more waste. I overlap my plunges to get as flat a wall as possible.

Cut the blocky waste piece as much as possible with a backsaw.

Then pop out the waste piece with a mallet whack. The little web that remains gets chopped out.

The square pocket is then chopped and pared to the layout lines. The original base was made pretty quickly, so I didn't fuss here trying to get perfect surfaces. 

Next, cut the big ogee on the bandsaw. Yes, I still need to change my blade.

Then refine the surfaces. I used a spindle sander, a round plane, scraper, and sandpaper.

With all those steps done, you can cut the miter. A 10" table saw won't be able to do it in one pass. I wouldn't do it that way anyway, for safety reasons.

Saw the rest of the miter off by hand, staying away from the finished surface.

Refine the surface with a long plane. I so love having a row of dogs on my bench. Makes holding stuff like this child's play.

Then I chamfer the edges of the square pocket.

Set the base down on the mitered edge. The angled pocket is now in the perfect position for drilling out the waste, just like in the square pocket.

 I set the fence and start drilling right on the arris. If you do this, go slow at first until the bit makes enough of a hole to keep itself jigged in place. I use overlapping holes, and reset the fence once.

 Don't drill to full depth unless you don't mind seeing the holes left from the center spur.

If that bothers you, stop short, saw some kerfs at an angle, bang out the waste and pare the pocket to final shape. It's going to be tricky holding onto the base as you chop. Just slog through.

 With the pocket pared to shape (again, I didn't waste any time making it pretty, but just chopped as aggressively as I could to get it done quick) round the arrises of the pocket with slicing cuts from a long paring chisel. The original has distinct facets here, so I made mine the same way.

The groove pin can finally be driven into place. I used the same support block as before.

Before screwing the base to the body, I made the little half-moon cutout in the end of the base. This helps you gain access to the hook when engaging the half-miter jaw.

I would recommend you finish your jack with a coat or two of tung oil, BLO, or my favorite Minwax Antique Oil. The runners and moving parts should also get a light of wax to keep them running smoothly. 

After the finish on mine dries, I'll do a post on the different ways the jack can be used. 

Once again, we still have a few jack kits left if you'd like to build one. Price is $198. Details on our store page.
Categories: Hand Tools

Learn to Stitch the Arms of a Roorkee Chair

Lost Art Press: Chris Schwarz - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 2:25pm

T7139The leather arms of Roorkee chairs will sag if you use only one layer of leather. Historical Roorkees tended to use only one layer, so I’ve seen a lot of low-slung arms.

If you don’t want your arms to sag, there are several solutions. A quick solution is to glue a strip of polyester to the underside of each arm, which will prevent the arms from stretching. This works, but the polyester can show and can be ugly.

I prefer to double up the thickness of the leather to prevent stretching. To do this, you need to glue and stitch the two layers together. While I’ve stitched some leather seats for folding stools, I haven’t been brave enough to do the arms of a Roorkee, especially one that will go to a client.

(I am almost over this timidity, however.)

This fall I made a matching pair of Roorkees for a client and also worked with Popular Woodworking Magazine to produce a DVD on the construction process I used for the chairs. You can pre-order the DVD here. Or buy the download here.

To get the arms of these chairs just right, I hired Jason Thigpen of Texas Heritage Woodworkers to glue and stitch the arms for me. He did a fantastic job. That shouldn’t be a surprise if you’ve seen his shop aprons or tool rolls. He does all the work in-house and is both a maker and a user – my kind of guy.

Today Jason posted a great blog entry on the tools and processes he used to stitch the Roorkee arms, with text, photos and a video. Check out the entry here. And if you need a tool roll, shop apron and/or leather-clad coffee mug, Jason is your guy.

— Christopher Schwarz

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Categories: Hand Tools

Reason #1 Why You Should Come To Handworks 2015

Benchcrafted - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:36am


After working for the better part of the last two months on my own case for sharp tools, I have a completely different view of Studley's chest. The man was an animal. I don't mean a lion, or a tiger, or even a Tasmanian devil of woodworking. He was a mythological woodworking beast. If Studley was Greek, and ancient, he would be Daedalus, or a Cockatrice. Or both. A god of skillful craftsmanship that can kill you with a look.

I saw Studley's chest and bench. And I lived.

As I worked the lid of my case for sharp tools, I tasted, albeit briefly, of Studley's obsession with perfection, both in design and execution. Although not built in the same style, or using the same materials, I constantly was called back to the gothic arches, the flawlessly inlaid pearl, the crisp fair chamfers, the silver retaining levers, the subtle fluting of ebony spheres. And I realized that no one, to my knowledge, has reached the level of Studley's tool chest in over a century since Studley's passing. If you're out there, and have somehow completely squashed your ego, let us know. Both about your work, and your incredible self-control.

I've made difficult projects before. Three-dimensional stuff with inlay, incredibly fine fretwork in bone and ivory, geometric parquetry, chicken ala king. But something about this chest lid gave me a new found respect and admiration for Studley. His chest isn't simply an incredible piece of woodworking. Its a look into the human mind. A glimpse of the creative energy that has its origins in something beyond this world, beyond science, beyond a lump of fat between our ears, beyond our capacity for explanation.

I realized that the Studley chest isn't about woodworking. It isn't about Henry Studley. It's not even about the tools. It's about us. People. About the incredible capabilities that lie deep within us, that we're only just slightly aware of. Studley's chest is a germ of creativity that sprouted into something that we can all participate in.

If you want to harvest a seed from Studley's garden, I suggest you do everything humanly possible to get yourself to Cedar Rapids on the weekend of May 16, where the Studley tool chest and workbench will be on display, likely for the last time in all our lives.

Categories: Hand Tools

‘Arts & Crafts Furniture Projects’ 2nd Edition

Popular Woodworking Editors Blog - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:44am

We’ve just released an updated edition (as both a paperback and a PDF download) of our best-selling “Popular Woodworking’s Arts & Crafts Furniture Projects,” with 17 new step-by-step project builds (42 in all). And I have a copy to give away, free. To enter the drawing, simply leave a comment below by Friday, Jan. 23. I’ll announce the winner on Monday, Jan. 26. Inside this 2nd edition of “Arts & […]

The post ‘Arts & Crafts Furniture Projects’ 2nd Edition appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

Categories: General Woodworking

Classes With Bob Lang at Marc Adams School

360 WoodWorking - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:35am


In August 1 & 2, 2015 class, we’ll be carving (and coloring) the three panels of the “Iris Desk”

This year I’ll be making at least four trips to Indianapolis, Indiana. The first is for the Woodworking Show this weekend, and the other three times will be to teach at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. Marc sets the standard for woodworking schools with a great facility, helpful and knowledgeable staff, and a soft serve machine in the lunch room. Every year he brings in the best instructors around for classes in just about anything related to woodworking.

On August 1 & 2, 2015, I’ll be conducting a “weekend workshop” on carving and coloring the panels from my reproduction of the Byrdcliffe Iris Desk. You can read about my trip to visit the original desk in the Free Premier Issue of 360 WoodWorking. If you’re a subscriber to 360 Woodworking, you’ll be able to follow along in the next few issues as I create a set of working drawings and build a reproduction of this iconic piece. If you’re not a subscriber, you can fix that by clicking here.

In this class, participants will carve their choice of one of the three panels from the desk. The panels will be contained in a frame (which we’ll also make) and we’ll also recreate the colors applied to the carving. Participants will receive full size patterns for all three panels, and this is a great introduction to relief carving. During the class, I’ll be showing slides of the original desk and I’ll bring along my reproduction.

Click here to read or download the free article “Chasing the Byrdcliffe Iris Desk.”

Space is still available for this class and you can register by clicking on this link to the MASW website.

MASW2012_0246On May 2 & 3, 2015, I’ll be conducting a two-day workshop on “SketchUp for Today’s Woodworker”. I’ve been teaching SketchUp at MASW since 2009, and this class will get you started on the right foot if you’re new to SketchUp, or it will take your skills to the next level if you have some experience with this 3D modeling program. Bring your lap top (or haul in your desktop if you’re so inclined) and come prepared for a fast-paced, fun-filled weekend.

This class is filling fast, so if you want to attend, click this link to enroll at the Marc Adams School website.

BobLang-SKPBLGIn a few short weeks, April 7-11, 2015 we’ll be building the iconic “Gustav Stickley Morris Chair”. This chair (model #369, shown in the photo at right) is my favorite Morris chair, with arms that slope to the back and take a sharp turn at the front leg. This class runs Tuesday through Saturday, the week following Easter Sunday. You’ll go home with a wonderful place to rest after a week’s hard work. We need a second one at my house to keep the cats from fighting over the one I made a few years ago.

The bad news is that this class is nearly full (one opening available as I write this). Click this link to claim your spot (or to get on the wait list) and join me for a week of sound joinery made efficiently.

Click Here to sign up for your space in  “Carve a Colorful Byrdcliffe Panel” August 1 & 2, 2015

Click Here to sign up for your space in “SketchUp for Today’s Woodworker” May 2 & 3, 2015

Click Here to sign up for your space (or get on the wait list) in “Gustav Stickley: the Morris Chair with Bob Lang” April 7-11, 2015

–Bob Lang

James E. Price on the history of old tool collecting

Toolemera - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 9:06am
Recently on the Facebook group I manage: Antique Tools Buy, Sell & Trade, I asked of the assembly this simple question: Today's pithy question: What will be the next tool that was a good tool, average price but will now be the Next Big Thing at elevated prices? (I have no idea but someone just might have and idea) Jim Price responded with what I consider to be the most well thought out, insightful and comprehensive response on the history and current state of the tool market for collectors and users. "Gary, Your guess is as good as mine concerning...
Categories: Hand Tools

Animal Welfare and Fruit Paring Knives Make Workable Knives for a Budget DIY Woodworker

Paul Sellers - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 9:00am

I like to adapt existing tools for my work, make them, adapt them or whatever to suit my task. I found the different  curved hook knives less effective for carving more dense grained hardwoods and much less effective when the wood, hard or softwood, is dried and seasoned. P1020206With tons of both a ready and steady resource of dry hardwoods through offcuts in the shop I can make a spoon or spatula much more effectively using a gouge and spokes shave followed by a scraper. IMG_1063There is of course something special about carving spoons from riven stock using limbs and stems and letting the chips fall right there on the woodland floor and that’s what we enjoyed about being a cub and scout when I was young. Over recent decades a woodland craft revival has established a place here in the UK and other parts of the world called green woodworking or bushcraft. I think it’s answering one of the basic needs we humans have to work with our hands in a diversely different culture of its own and eschewing the otherwise  excesses where we live without making much of anything at all beyond a two-dimensional screen and a keyboard. I think that it’s much more than just green woodworking really. DSC_0579For some it ties in with a way of living they find truly valid as an alternative reality. It’s far from mainstream but they want to and indeed develop lifestyle with woodland crafts and management, woodland living and woodland dependency with some committed to living as small and unobtrusive a low-carbon footprint as possible. Carving every stick and stem into something useful from any split limbs provides raw materials in the rawest state of all. There is a sort of primitiveness about the work that places it in a realm all of its own and by that I don’t at all mean it’s a lesser work but perhaps a greater work or perhaps merely a different work. Yes, I think different. DSC_0022Woodland craftwork like spoon and bowl making and much more beyond that means adapting a mindset and especially so if you are say a bench woodworker like myself. The benchtop and vise adds a convenience in any work and brings work to a comfort level that’s practical and perhaps less stressful longterm to the body. Whittling out a spoon in the woods means working on a portable shaving horse or simply holding the spoon with the less dominant hand and carving it with the other. Two distinctly different ways to make two distinct products.


P1020268I bought a couple of knives that I thought were useful even though made for working the feet and hooves of animals. The wooden handled hook knife is a knife that might make greenwood spoon carving doable on a slightly less expensive budget in that it costs around £6.P1020198 It means doing a little fettling yourself, sharpening and honing, but usually that’s necessary anyway and ongoing throughout the life of the knife on an hour by hour basis. I sharpened this one first and then reshaped the curve with a couple of hammers and a dished wooden block. I doubt that the steel would bend too much without reheating and hardening again, but for the shape I wanted it came just right with half a dozen nylon hammer blows that could have well been steel hammer blows just fine.

P1020264The other knife is hooked to a curve keeping the long the flat face flat in like style to a  fruit-carving knife. It’s all stainless and folds neatly into the handle and is very nicely made. I like this knife shape for some of my work and especially reaching into internal tight corners like dovetails and such. Joseph uses a hooked paring knife made by Victornox for violin work and also all his knifewall work and John winter went down that path too. The Victornox knife is inexpensive and takes and keeps a good edge too.

You will  hear people say that stainless steel doesn’t take and keep a good edge. I have not found that to be the case at all, though I do trust what people say. I have different tools made from stainless including gouges that are flawless when it comes to edge retention and sharpness. These knives will get you going if budget is important. Both seem to me to be lifetime tools.

More on shaping and sharpening tomorrow or sometime soon.

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Categories: Hand Tools

If you're going to make a lamp out of a plane, at least be creative!

Toolemera - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 8:47am
This is simply too boring for words. I expect more from plane lamps!
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Seth Gould (Metalsmith)

Hackney Tools - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 7:23am

SETH GOULD straight
Some fine work over at Seth Gould’s site in the US. Clearly a very skilled gentleman, Seth not only crafts some superb metal artisan tools, but extends his skills to fine lock work, such as the one pictured after the jump. His measuring tools are especially lovely I think, particularly the ones with inlay. Personally though, I think I’ll make do with my old £10 fleaBay dividers and save my money for a plunge saw I need!
SETH GOULD straight+(detail)
SETH GOULD jewellers saw
SETH GOULD saw+NG+detail

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The Unplugged Woodshop - Tom Fidgen - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 4:14am
  “Originality is the art of concealing your sources”                                              – Benjamin Franklin   The stillness of the wood shop waiting. Artist and prospector, inventor and engineer. Entrepreneur and entertainer… a poet and a thief.   We wear many hats when we work...
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One Man’s Figure…

Pegs and 'Tails - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 12:07am
A man walked into my workshop today, uninvited, unannounced and stinking of cigarette smoke. He had apparently heard rumours of the goings-on in my shed and had taken it upon himself to investigate. He walked straight up to an in-the-white … Continue reading
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You’ve Seen the Dovetails, Now Meet the Furniture

The Furniture Record - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 7:44pm

While looking through posted sets, I was confused to see this one set in which some photos were viewed 500 times and others were virtually unviewed. Then it occurred to me that the viewed pictures are all dovetail pictures that were in the first or second set of dovetail pictures I posted. I never got around to posting pictures of the furniture from which the dovetails originated. This post aims to fix that.

This set is from an auction in Wilson, NC back in August of 2013. It was an above average auction with more secretaries than I am used to seeing in one place.

Here are some interesting pieces I would like to share. Like this chest on chest:

A tall chest on chest.

A tall chest on chest.

What makes it more interesting is the two different styles of carvings. This on the top:

Very stylized.

Very stylized.

And this on the bottom:

A more traditional carving.

A more traditional carving.

Looking at the chest now I think this is a married piece, two chests that came together later in life.

Then there is this unique corner cabinet with unique hinges:

Round top doors and...

Round top doors and…

stylized "frog leg" hinges.

stylized “frog leg” hinges.

And this simple little… hall rack?

It's so interesting. Sort of.

It’s so interesting. Sort of.

With interesting details.

With interesting details.

A box with great inlay atop:


Nicely done.

Nicely done.

And lots of secretaries:

One of many.

One of many.

Click HERE to see the entire large set of auction pictures.

Med verkstedet i fanget

Høvelbenk - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 12:44pm
Stavklombre fra Rødven, Romsdalen.Stavklombre fra Rødven, Romsdalen.

For en god stund siden ble jeg kontaktet av Sverre Stangenes Rødven, kniv og navarsmed, som i øyeblikket var på hjemplassen Rødven i Romsdalen. Han sendte bilder av en høvelbenk med spørsmål om den så interessant ut. Han kunne godt ta den med til Trondheim ved neste anledning sa han. Jeg svarte at benken så veldig interessant ut og syntes det var raust av Sverre å tilby seg å ta med benken til byen. Jeg så for meg en benk som var nær inn på ett par meter lang og som måtte fraktes med tilhenger eller tilsvarende.

Jeg ble overrasket da jeg besøkte Sverre  for å ta benken i øyesyn. Den fikk fint plass i fanget!

Sverre kunne fortelle at benken hadde tilhørt en av hans forfedre, Bottolf Knutsen Stangenes, og at den måtte være fra 1840-tallet. Gården Rødven har livnært seg av flere ting og produksjon av tønner var visstnok en av disse tingene. Det finnes i tillegg ei smie på gården.

Tidligere har det vært presentert en liknende benk på bloggen fra Norsk Folkemuseum som hadde benevningen “Stavklombre”. Dette navnet tror jeg vi nok må knytte til denne benken også.

Benken smalner av fra baktangen og fremover.Benken smalner av fra baktangen og fremover.

Benken er 43 1/4″ lang, hvilket vil si 113 cm. Den er bredest ved baktangen, 7 3/4″ og smalner av fremover til en bredde på 6 1/2″. Benken smalner også av på tykkelsen og er nær 2 1/4″ i baken, men fremst er tykkelsen redusert til 1 1/2″ Nærmest baktangen er det 5 firkantede hull som meget vel kan være etter en flyttbar benkehake. Lengre frem på benken er det 3 nye hull som er runde. Kan de være etter en kjellingfot/rognhake?

Enkel skisse med hovedmål i Norsk-Danske tommer.Enkel skisse med hovedmål i Norsk-Danske tommer. Hmm. Hvorfor er dette sporet der? Baktangen med benkehaken. Fin dreiing på nett lite skruehode. Baktangen. Skruen flytter den glidende klossen med påfestet benkehake. BKSS - Bottolf Knutsen Stangenes.
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An Unplugged Life – 2015

The Unplugged Woodshop - Tom Fidgen - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 10:35am
    It’s already the second week of 2015-                      how are those resolutions going?   Are you staying motivated? Getting inspired? Finding time in the wood shop? Working wood? Developing your skills? Practicing techniques?   If you’ve enjoyed the work I’ve put forward via...
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The 21st Century Cocktail Napkin

The Renaissance Woodworker - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 9:27am

I’ve seen a lot of design talk lately. Perhaps it is spurred on by a recent WoodTalk episode or I’m just thinking a lot about it lately. Here is a tool I really like that has allowed me to better realize some of my ideas.

stonehengenapkinI’m sure like many of you, I have made quite a few projects based entirely off a scribble on a napkin. I find that brightly colored, summertime napkins provide the best inspiration. If there is BBQ sauce on it then all the better! Likewise, I have several little notebooks filled with aimless sketches and cut lists or poorly rendered mechanical drawings. This end up in a jumbled mess that doesn’t fit with my increasingly paperless lifestyle. Lately I found myself going to the notebook much less and staying away from the scrap of paper or napkin because it is just one more thing to keep track of or usually, one more thing to get lost.

Over the last year I have been using an application on my iPad called Paper by FiftyThree (sorry Androider, I think it is only iOS). This allows me to randomly scribble out an idea and I have a virtually infinite space to change or add on to my idea. Paired with their Pencil drawing tool I have the same feeling of drawing on paper (or a napkin) but now I can play with colors and do all kinds of artsy things like shading and blurring while mixing colors on a palette. This is all techno geeky stuff that honestly keeps my luddite, hand tool way of building in karmic balance.

side table sketch

Not pretty but effective at getting my asymmetric drawer idea out of my head

What I like about this digital notebook is I can easily share my creations across multiple platforms and devices. I find this really useful since I often bounce between computers and applications and since so much of my building is part of my living it is nice to be able to share easily or import into Photoshop or even into a video via my editor.

It is also super easy to make changes to a design either by swiping to a new page or by erasing and adding on. When I’m using this app I’m usually much further upstream in my thought process than when I’m working in SketchUp. That’s where I figure out proportions and such. With Paper, I’m more about lines and functional concerns and big picture stuff. I find that it is necessary for my own creative process to break that up. Too often I get focused on minutiae when in SketchUp or limited by my own ability to work the program. Here I’m just coloring or sketching and the app is smart enough and sensitive enough that it feels just like working with pencil and paper to me. My artistic abilities are lacking but I find that the more I use it the better I get at realizing what’s in my head.

Most of all it is just fun to use and it looks very official when you have to scribble out an idea when your supposed to be in a meeting or working on a marketing report.

sharpening ipad station sketch

Here I’m working out an idea for a new sharpening station that mounts to my shop wall with an inlaid granite plate

Your Turn

What aids or programs do you use in your design process? Are you a pencil and paper person or do you use something else? Do you find that keeping an archive of your sketches is helpful?

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Weeee!! The Flag Box gets an Award!

She Works Wood - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 8:30am
And, for those Last Minute Elf winners… Wednesday, December 31, 2014  Well, the holidays are just about over, but the fun is getting ready to begin!  First, we would like to thank everyone who took the time to submit projects for the Last Minute Elf event. We had 28 entries, and all of them were […]
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