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Lie-Nielsen 2014 Open House dispatch

Blackburn Tools - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 8:46am

When I was first invited to make the trip to the 2014 Lie-Nielsen Open House, I could not believe my good fortune. I had no idea what to expect, but after talking with several friends about it, knew that I was in for a treat. I was not prepared, however, for just how lucky I was, and how special it would be.

For two days last week, Warren, ME felt like the center of the woodworking universe. That may be a bit of hyperbole, but the attendees, demonstrators, weather, food, and a common and binding interest did all coalesce to create an unforgettable event.

The mood was set when I pulled into the LN headquarters, several red and white buildings amongst the green Maine woods. I set up in their classroom, a delightfully timeless room with vaulted ceilings and large expanses of windows that admitted copious natural (and very dramatic) light, and spent the next two days taking in the highlights. There were so many of these that I could not possibly relate them all. These are but a few.

  • Meeting a few of my customers and readers. It’s easy to wonder if anyone reads what I write, and so it never fails to surprise me when someone introduces themself and says “I read your …” Putting faces to names is always good, though I am not sure my readers share that sentiment.
  • Meeting Frank Strazza. His work is amazingly precise, and he makes it look easy. If I ever make it to Texas, Heritage School of Woodworking is on my short list of places to visit.
  • Watching Deneb Puchalski and Roger Benton (of ReCo Lumber) put on an impromptu dovetail demonstration. There is a video out there of this, and as soon as it is shared I will post it here.
  • Using one of my Roubo frame saws to resaw a small piece of wood with Christian Becksvoort.
  • Talking to Megan Fitzpatick again (my daughter is insanely jealous, as Megan is one of her heroes), and meeting Matt Kenney for the first time. It is obvious that both of them care deeply about the craft and their respective magazines.
  • Meeting and talking with the Lie-Nielsen staff. Simply a great group of people.
  • Peter Follansbee’s short presentation at the lobster bake. To call it captivating is an understatement.

In my rush to get on the road, I left my camera at home. I will not try your patience with my cell phone pictures, as there are many good pictures up on LN’s Facebook page, as well as the short video below (from the LN YouTube channel).

Thanks again to everyone who showed up to make this a memorable event, and especially to the Lie-Nielsen staff for all of their hard work in making it happen.

Categories: Hand Tools

The hard part is done…

McGlynn On Making - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 7:18am

Ya know, saying “it’s all downhill from here” is probably something that a guy should never say.  Like saying “traffic is really light today”, it invites a giant pile up and hours of delay.  But, there, I already said it.

Cutting the pierced details on the table skirts was stressful.  Overall I did a pretty good good job, but it’s amazing how your eye can pick out the tinniest little irregularity.  I sawed “right on the line” when cutting these, but that meant that in come places I was just leaving the line and at the other end of the spectrum I was just erasing the line.  That is a variance of .010″ to .015″ (about 1/64″), but it’s obvious to my eye. (and even with contacts my vision is still a little dicey).

So I did the best I could, and I’ll clean them up with a file and sandpaper and call it good enough.

First I sawed out the detail to match the first, more complex design.

Two skirts done, no cleanup on the piercing yet

Two skirts done, no cleanup on the piercing yet

Then I printed out the other two templates.  I used the same approach of laying down blue tape first, then using spray adhesive to affix the the template.  This works well, the whole mess peels off easily.  I did a sample piece with just the template and spray adhesive and even after washing with acetone and scraping the wood is still gummy.  I marked the locations for the end-drill reliefs, drilled the holes and was ready to roll.

Patterns glued down for the other two skirts

Patterns glued down for the other two skirts

I expected these to be easier to saw out — and they were — but straight lines really seem to show off any irregularities much worse than curves.  I sawed them and didn’t fret (no pun intended) about undulations.  Then I told them to the bench and did some hand work to try to true the cuts.  I’ll probably do a little more fine tuning on the sawn reliefs when I go out in the shop this morning and look at them with fresh eyes, but I think these are close to being close enough.  Maybe.  What do you think?

After I deal with the cloud lift detail along the bottom I’ll sand the faces of the skirts and break the edges of the pierced areas, which will soften things up a bit.

Nearly (?) complete skirt piercings

Nearly (?) complete skirt piercings

I did a quick dry fit to see how things are looking, I think this is going to be nice when it’s finished.

Dry fit assembly of the table

Dry fit assembly of the table (yes, one stretcher is backwards)

Next, cloud lift detail on the skirts, water fall detail on the legs, rounding all of the edges and sanding.  Once I get the base glued up I can make the table top with the breadboard ends and fit the lower shelf.  Hopefully it won’t be too hot today to keep working.

Categories: General Woodworking

How to Make a Wooden Straight Edge for Woodworking

Wood and Shop - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 7:06am

In the above video I show a simple tutorial on how to make a wooden straight edge for traditional woodworking.


A straight edge is an essential measuring tool used when flattening & straightening your boards, and a perfect beginner’s project to hone your traditional hand tool woodworking skills!





Why would traditional woodworkers want to use a wooden straight edge when they can purchase precision-ground metal straight edges? While metal straight edges are useful, they simply don’t have the same advantages as a wooden straight edge. Why?

1. MORE REPAIRABLE: Wooden straight edges can easily be retrued or flattened if they are ever dropped or if they ever go out of true. Accidentally knocking a metal straight edge off your workbench is a death sentence to that tool.

2. LESS EXPENSIVE: Wooden straight edges are practically free to make (or very inexpensive). All you need is some good stable quartersawn hardwood. Good metal straight edges start off around $50 and shoot way higher than that.

3. LIGHTER: The wooden straight edges are quite lighter than metal straight edges, and don’t weight down your already-hefty tool chest.

4. SOFTER: It’s less likely that you’ll ding your workpiece with a wooden straight edge than with a metal straight edge. Believe me, the sharp corners of a metal straight edge can mess up a project.

5. MORE BEAUTIFUL: A wooden straight edge is much more beautiful to look at than a manufactured piece of metal.

6. MADE BY YOU: A tool made by you is much more special to you and your posterity than something that you purchased.



Even though I have a nice tool buying guide (here) I’m still often asked for links to the tools that I use in my videos, so here they are:



quartersawn wood beech

Stability is the most important factor when choosing wood for a straight edge. I recommend using well-seasoned (dried) 1/2″ or 3/4″ quartersawn hard wood. Quartersawn wood will have vertical grain…see the above photo’s vertical end grain. Notice how it runs straight up & down, and extends mostly straight down the face of the board. Also avoid any lumber that has knots.

Good wood species include beech wood (see above  photo), walnut, hard maple, cherry, mahogany, etc.



Use hand saws & hand planes to flatten, square up, & cut your board down to roughly 36″ long, 2-3″ wide, and around 1/2″ thick. Not sure how to square a board? See my tutorial. You can make your straight edge most any size, but the longer the straight edge is, the more accurate it will be.

Take special care to “true” the bottom edge of your straight edge. If it ever goes out of “truth” then use your jointer plane to bring it back.



You can leave your straight edge rectangular, but it will most likely get mistaken for scrap wood! So I add a nice profile. The profile can be whatever you want. Some people argue that adding an arc helps by exposing more end grain, thereby stabilizing the wood. I’ve heard debates on this subject, but I like the look of an arc so I do it anyway. In my video I show how to setup a simple template to draw a perfect arc on your straight edge:


I love to draw an ovolo on my arc (see below). I borrowed this design from renowned traditional woodworker Bill Anderson:


Cut the profile with a simple bow saw or coping saw. I use a tenon saw and a cross cut saw to make relief cuts prior to using the bow saw.


Then I use a sharp block plane to smooth out the curve. Keep your eyes on the curve that you drew, and make sure to not plane past it much.


I clean up the ovolo profile with french cut rasps and 220 grit sandpaper. I use this course 10 grain / 9″ cabinet rasp for rough removal and this finer 13 grain / 7″ modeler’s rasp.


A couple years ago, if you would have told me that I’d spend over $100 on a rasp, I’d laugh at you. Now I’ve purchased two at that price, and use them all the time. These Auriou French hand cut rasps make quick work of shaping profiles like this.




You can apply your favorite finish, but I prefer to keep with a more natural look rather than a “plastic” shiny finish (like Polyurethane). I typically use a traditional finish recipe (boiled linseed oil, beeswax, and turpentine) but lately I’ve been trying a surprisingly nice finish made by Minwax called “Antique Oil Finish“. Here is the best price I found.


I had originally thought that mass-produced finishes weren’t very desirable to traditional woodworkers, but was recommended to me by Bill Anderson. Larry Preuss, an expert plane maker from Michigan, recommended it to him.


Don’t worry about applying finish to the bottom “true” edge. You’ll eventually re-true the bottom. That’s it folks!





Walking Cane Handle

orepass: Woodworking to Pass the Time - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 5:45am

20140705-164459-60299857.jpgShaping the handle of the walking cane was fun. I penciled a rough outline onto the sides and began removing wood.

Several tools used in shaping the handle: saw, 3/4″ chisel, spokeshave, rasp and file.

Where the fingers grab the handle I used a saw and chisel to remove the bulk of the wood. No photographs of this process, but here is a link to previous post (saw vise curves). For those of you who like using a coping saw that would work just as well.

The remainder of the shaping was a process of removing wood until the shape began to appear and smoothing until it is comfortable in my hand.

20140705-164500-60300800.jpg I had to be cautious around the mortise to ensure a tight fit when the handle is attached. The shape will be refined more when The handle and cane are attached.



Categories: Hand Tools

Building a Double Screw Without a Tap and Die

The Workbench Diary - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 5:17am

This is an experiment. I was recently putting in a materials order and I noticed in the ‘odds and ends’ department they had ¾” threaded maple dowel rod.  For a few dollars per lineal foot, I thought it would be worth putting in the cart. When it arrived, I set out to build a double screw.

I grabbed two pieces of cherry I had laying around and drilled holes for the screws. First I drilled a pilot hole where the screws would go. This gave me my alignment between the two jaws. Then the outside jaw was drilled with a ¾” hole so it would free float on the screw. The inside jaw was then drilled about ¾ of the way through with a 1” forstner bit. Before breaking through, I switched to the ¾”bit to exit out the back just big enough for the screw.

Now that I’ve got a gaping hole where I need threads, what’s next? 

I drilled some ¼” holes around the inside perimeter of the hole.  (Wait. More Holes?) These holes will get filled with epoxy putty and when the epoxy cures these “teeth” help keep everything in place. Once the hole was pretty well full of epoxy, I used my (liberally paste waxed!) threaded rod to turn my way through. Once it was through, I made sure to mash a bunch of epoxy back down in there to surround the threads. Over the next fifteen minutes or so I would turn the screw back and forth a few times just to make sure the threads were established well. As long as the screw is waxed, the epoxy won’t stick to it.

The next day I turned a couple simple handles, bore out an oversized hole in the middle, and used epoxy putty to permanently attach the screw into them. (Don’t wax that end of the screw! ) I toothed the jaws of the vise for better grip and the next day I gave it a go. It works wonderfully. For small work, the ¾” screws are fine and because the threads are epoxy they are super strong.

This may all sound convoluted. I know if I were reading this, I would be saying, “Why don’t you just get a tap and die set?” The answer is: this was a quick and fun experiment and it’s a way to use materials laying around the shop to make something that works just as well (hopefully... this is an experiment, you know). I will be getting a tap and die in the near future but this was fun in the meantime. The second answer is that I am curious to see the holding power of epoxy internal threads as I imagine this being useful information for my conservation work.

Categories: Hand Tools

A Lighter Touch On Wooden Spokeshaves

Paul Sellers - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:57pm

Wood on wood is light, frictionless woodworking at its best and no metal-cast spokeshave offers anywhere near the senseasesiness to the hands of woodworkers than a wooden bodied spokeshave. There you go, it’s said and done. I was really raised on the Stanley and Record 150’s and 151’s and have used them all through my life.

My first time with the all wooden tang-type spokeshave shown here came at the same time and remains etched in my brain as an ever present physical impression of total harmony. Until this happens for you you can never understand why they were and are so ever popular for certain types of shaping work. Shaping and shaving a mahogany neck for a new guitar, a maple cello neck or carving out the four-foot outspread wings of a soaring eagle seems little more than peeling skin from an apple or a potato. The wooden spokeshave can still be had from secondhand tool dealers and of course eBay fairly easily and inexpensively but there are no guarantees until you have it in your hand and can actually test it out on your own wood.


Above you can see a well-used traditional tanged spokeshave showing the wear that occurs when used on narrow work. This still has many decades of use for my work.

Things can and do go wrong, and several things make this type of spokeshave work or work not, but usually you will be able to tell if they are neglected by the images provided. Two woods make the best spokeshaves and were indeed the most commonly used, beech and boxwood. These two woods resisted wear well and left no marks on the wood being worked.


Several years ago I bought some Veritas kit components (shown above) for making spokeshaves with. I wasn’t sure if the results of these would give me the same feel as the twin tanged ones shown higher but, thankfully, I was satisfied they were close enough to the traditional models for me to recommend anyone to go ahead and make them. Since then I have bought them to teach others how to make and use them in classes on tool making I used to hold in the USA..


Adding the brass wear plate defies the lightness of use by introducing friction. It’s the choice you make determined by what you will use the tool for. I have both. I found it better to use it without and then repair as needed as shown here. The reason for the change of wood to maple was the Padauk I used leaves red marks on light coloured woods.


Here shows the repaired padauk spokeshave


These brass adjusters give very precise setting to the cutting iron in relation to the wood or brass forepart to the sole. The instructions come with the fitments you buy as a kit from Veritas but you should not hesitate to consider other shapes that you might want if customising handles and such. This is an interesting all-day project and everyone interested in owning a good wooden spokeshave should set aside time to make one.

Also, I am looking forward to the time their designers come out with a similar kit for a chair travisher.

There’s more to be said on wooden spokeshaves, much more, but we can save that for another day.

The post A Lighter Touch On Wooden Spokeshaves appeared first on Paul Sellers' Blog.

Categories: Hand Tools


Benchcrafted - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 6:59pm
Categories: Hand Tools

Record 043

Hand Made In Wood - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 6:00pm
Ever since I did ‘carpentry’ or ‘woodwork’ as a lad in school I’ve had a soft spot for metal ploughs and combination panes. In those days the school woodwork teacher had a high desk in front of a glass cabinet full of the trophy-tools that were seldom, if ever, taken out and used. I can …

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Writing, Writing, Writing

The Workbench Diary - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 5:22pm

Besides the studio work, I’ve been busy writing and editing an article I’ve submitted for publication. Trying to boil down Fisher’s furniture production into 3,000 +/- words was hard, especially since this is my first go at a polished manuscript on the topic. With some revision help from a few colleagues, I think it came together. Perhaps one of these days you will see it... I’ll keep you informed.

I’m pretty much set to go for the lecture/tour on the 26th. That one is titled “The Fashioning Hand of Jonathan Fisher: An Inside Look at the Parson’s Furniture”. It will take place Saturday the 26th 1:00pm at the Fisher House in Blue Hill. I will give a brief introductory talk about how furniture making fit into Fisher’s life. The real meat and potatoes of this event though is the guided tour through the house. I will be taking the group through and pulling out drawers, etc.  I’ll be highlighting a few noteworthy features and discussing attribution issues.

I am also working through the powerpoint for my lecture in August at the Wilson Museum in Castine, ME. This one is on preindustrial Maine furniture makers.  It’s on August 13that 1:00pm. More info here: http://www.wilsonmuseum.org/calendar_details.html#Aug_13
Categories: Hand Tools

Parquetry Workshop Day 1

The Barn on White Run - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 5:00pm

We had a terrific day creating parquetry panels in The Barn today.  Joe and Josh were on the spot at 9 AM sharp, and after introductions all around we got to work.  I quickly reviewed all the materials, processes, and tools, and within minutes we were underway. cIMG_6279 First, they glued up sawing jigs.  A bit later we layed out and sawed the kerfs for these bench-hook style tools.  I will blog about this process on Monday night. cIMG_6275 Then, we moved on to creating sawn veneer strips with my min-bandsaw, which is pretty much dedicated to sawing veneer for parquetry these days.  Joshua opted for some of my vintage and tight grained Bald Cypress, and Joe brought a piece of superb true mahogany. cIMG_6273 We ran it through the planer quickly to verify planarity, then sawed it up with the bandsaw. cIMG_6277 The we got to cutting parallelograms for the assembled pattern.  And sawed.  And sawed. cIMG_6281 It takes a pile o’ lozenges to create a completed pattern. cIMG_6288 After lunch I reviewed the working system for assembling the pattern (about which I will be blogging later next week) then fired up the glue pots and we were off to the races.  All three of us were creating parquetry panels; Joe and Josh were making small table tops, and I was working on one of four panels for an upcoming tool cabinet. cIMG_6289 By the end of the day each of us had completed the “field” of the panel we were creating. cIMG_6290 All in all, a very good day.

Credit in the Straight World: A Review in Make Magazine

Lost Art Press: Chris Schwarz - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 3:50pm


Stuart Deutsch wrote a short review of “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” for the August/September 2014 issue of Make magazine, which is usually about building projects involving high technology.

In the review, Deutsch writes:

“The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” is not your average beginner’s book, and its author is not your average seasoned woodworker…. Schwarz’s writing style is unlike what you’ll find in any other woodworking reference. He speaks to you in a friendly and frank nature. It’s as if this book is his diary or a long correspondence to a personal friend.

While I don’t always agree with Schwarz’s approach, I feel this book should be standard reading for anyone who hopes to one day to call themselves a woodworker.

— Christopher Schwarz

Filed under: The Anarchist's Tool Chest
Categories: Hand Tools

Wonderful English Walnut

David Barron Furniture - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 11:07am

I'm just starting to make a small coffee / side table from some lovely English Walnut. After trimming and flattening the board ended up 42" x 16" x 1 1/2" thick. There were knots and cracks on both sides which I filled and stabilised with a fair amount of Epoxy resin.
The shot below shows the first flood coat of oil which shows the beauty of this fine board. It would be nice to continue the hand rubbed oil finish but the epoxy will stand out as a shiny patch. So it will be finished with three coats of matt Osmo Hardwax oil which will build up and harmonise the sheen as well as providing good protection.

Categories: Hand Tools

Summer Tool Sale No. 2

Hyperkitten Blog - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:07am
Hello Everyone, Happy Summer! It's a beautiful day here in CT, warm, dry, and breezy. I added about 160 new tools to my For Sale page today- you can see them here: http://hyperkitten.com/tools/ForSale/Tools_FS.php The list includes a number of excellent edge tools, a few Stanley planes, some great molders, some vintage Scotch braces paired with bits, and lots of other fun stuff. Have a look and drop me an email if you see something you like. Around here we've been enjoying summer to its fullest. I took a week off work to take some day trips with the kids. We enjoyed an overnight trip to Mystic, CT, several trips to the beach, and some good fishing. All of this fun put me days behind on email. I haven't had a chance to catch up with it all yet so if you are still waiting for a reply I'm doing my best. Feel free to follow-up to make sure I received it. I'm doing all I can to keep up with requests for tools. I just took in two large collections and several boxes of consignments. My web host recently upped my disk space quota. Taking advantage of the new space, I have started offering 60% larger photos of each tool. I hope this makes up for my mediocre photography. If anyone out there is interested in bucking and felling crosscut saws, both 1-man and 2-man please send me an email. I used to sell these on eBay but I'd like to avoid doing that now.. I have a decent number of good, usable saws for sout masters, forestry folks, or anyone looking to stop up on logging tools ahead of the zombie apocalypse. Starting this month I'm going to experiment with email invoice through Quickbooks. I will continue to include paper invoices in my shipments. If you get an email invoice please feel free to provide feedback. The next tool list is scheduled for Wednesday, August 6. That's all for now. Enjoy the rest of your summer. Thanks for reading Josh
Categories: Hand Tools

Shop Woodworking’s “Hand Tool Builder’s Collection” value pack

Matt's Basement Workshop - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 9:00am

All month long the folks at Shop Woodworking have a fantastic deal on a value pack filled with tons of great information for the hand tool user looking to further expand their knowledge of how to get the best results from their tools with the “Hand Tool Builder’s Collection”.

According to the description, you’ll save up to 64% on this collection:

“Using hand tools in your woodshop is a fun and traditional way to make interesting projects. The pride that comes with making your own tools is something that can’t be explained. This collection comes with instructional videos, downloads and books to help you complete your collection of tools and set you on your way to making new and interesting projects. This collection contains 14 of our best hand tool guides to teach you to build a multitude of tools; a custom backsaw, a wooden smoothing plane, work benches of varying styles, tool cabinet, bench hook, and so much more!”

From DVDs like “Build a Custom Backsaw DVD with Matt Cianci” to “Build a Sturdy Workbench in Two Days with Christopher Schwarz” all the way to Jim Tolpins’ book “New Traditional Woodworker.”

This is a great opportunity to add some of the best titles in this genre of woodworking to your library, don’t miss out on the savings!

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Thanks Lie-Nielsen

McGlynn On Making - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 7:50am

Last week I dropped my Lie-Nielsen saw, with the predictable results.

I emailed them to inquire about purchasing a replacement handle – I assumed they would be willing to sell me a handle to get my saw working again.  I was wrong.

Instead they sent me a replacement, gratis.  Wow, right?  I certainly didn’t expect that, but it really made my day.  The handle showed up in Wednesday’s mail (having shipped Monday from Maine to California).  I installed it last night and I’m back in business.

Happy new saw handle

Happy new saw handle

This weekend I’ll finish the details on the base of the little Greene & Greene table I’m building.  I hope.  I’d like to see it glued up and done soon.


Categories: General Woodworking

Update on ‘The Naked Woodworker’

Lost Art Press: Chris Schwarz - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 5:20am


“The Naked Woodworker” DVD is off to the pressing plant in Virginia, and I am uploading the massive movie files to our store’s servers as I type. So here are details on the project, when it will be available and pricing.

“The Naked Woodworker” is unlike any woodworking product I’ve worked on. It started last May when Mike Siemsen and I were talking at Handworks in Amana, Iowa. While examining his workbench there, we began throwing ideas back and forth about how to capture his bootstrapping methods and bring them to a wide audience.

The core principle: Buy a few good vintage tools, fix them up, build a sawbench and a workbench. Do it fast, well and with no machinery or woodworking power tools.

In February, John Hoffman and I drove up to Siemsen’s shop in Minnesota to film the DVD, the first for Lost Art Press. On Saturday morning we hit the Mid-West Tool Collectors Association’s regional meeting where we filmed Mike sifting through, evaluating, haggling and buying the tools we’d need. (Personal note: If you like handwork, join MWTCA. It’s inexpensive to join, and the rewards are extraordinary.)

NW_Disk1After lunch with some of Mike’s buddies, we drove to his shop and began fixing up the tools we bought. Mike rehabbed the planes, sharpened the saws and fixed up the braces – all on camera.

On the second day, Mike built a sawbench and a fully functional workbench using home-center materials. Both the sawbench and workbench are amazingly clever. You don’t need a single machine or power tool to make them. And they work incredibly well.

Mike finished up work on the bench just as his friends were showing up for his birthday party (hence the beers in the background during the final shots of the DVD). Everyone ate chili (at least, that’s what they were calling it) while sitting on the new bench and playing with the tools.

This spring, I edited the footage down to two short DVDs. One on buying and fixing tools. The other on building the sawbench and workbench. We also commissioned a very nice SketchUp drawing of the bench. And, most telling, we made a spreadsheet that details every tool, screw and stick of lumber we bought for the project. Both the SketchUp drawing and spreadsheet come with the DVDs.

We spent $571.40 for everything. Then Mike sat down and figured out what the prices would be if you paid for your tools more on the high side of things. That price: $769.40.

We hope this project will inspire new woodworkers to just dive into handwork and get started. I talked to too many people who are hesitant about where to begin, how to begin or think they have to buy every tool in the catalogs to begin. You don’t.

We also think “The Naked Woodworker” will be a great thing for experienced woodworkers who need a quick workbench and some sawbenches.

“The Naked Woodworker” will be available in August in two forms: A DVD set for $22, or a download for $20. The download will be available for international customers. We don’t know if any of our retailers will carry this product as of yet. If they pick it up for their catalogs, we’ll let you know.

Next month I’ll post some video samples from “The Naked Woodworker” so you can get a taste of the project.

— Christopher Schwarz

P.S. There is no nudity in “The Naked Woodworker.” Thank goodness.

Filed under: The Naked Woodworker DVD
Categories: Hand Tools

How to - Easy Way to Cut Shapes

The Indian DIY & Woodworker - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 5:20am
In woodworking although most parts are straight, rectangular pieces of wood, there are times when cutting curved shapes are required, such as in curved backsplashes and bases.

These pieces are often cut using a jigsaw, bandsaw or fretsaw but most home woodworkers in India are unlikely to have a bandsaw or a jigsaw. Although jigsaws and bandsaws do cut quickly they are not essential tools.

Cutting shapes by hand with a fretsaw can be a tedious process. Fortunately there is a much simpler process which only requires a few cheap hand tools.

Tools required: hand saw, chisel and mallet, rasp and sandpaper.

Step 1: Draw the profile or shape that needs to be cut.

Step 2: With a hand saw make straight cuts across the part that needs to be removed.

These cuts need to be made along the entire length of the portion to be cut out.

Step 3: Using a chisel and a mallet knock off the waste portion. The cut parts chips off easily.

Step 4: Use a rasp to clean the shape.

Step 5; Finish the shape with sandpaper.

This is a quick method which has been advocated by great woodworkers such as Paul Sellers and can easily be mastered by the novice woodworker.

Indranil Banerjie
18 July 2014
Categories: Hand Tools

how can i got seed lac in pakistan

Giant Cypress - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 3:18am

I got my seedlac from shellac.net. On their website, they say that they ship internationally.

Final on #151 Spokeshave Restorative Work Series – Maybe!!!

Paul Sellers - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 12:12am

Restoring and preparing the cutting iron and the cap iron DSC_0021 The #151 flat-bottomed spokeshave is now the commonest of all spokeshaves in use for general woodworking and the traditional wooden pattern from 17th century origins is no longer a production model because it generally ceased being produced in the 1920s because of the #151 success. Buying them new or secondhand usually requires some remedial work to different parts of the tool. The following will show you the important steps to making any #151 spokeshave work beautifully regardless of the work you do with it. It’s almost always best to dismantle all of the parts of any tool and remove all of the components. This is good advice provided you know how to reverse the steps and put it all back in the right way. A problem occurs if the seller puts the parts together without actually knowing which things should be where. The most common problem I encounter with the #151 is that the blade almost always arrives with the cutting iron the wrong way round. No matter what you do with the spokeshave assembled incorrectly it will never take a shaving. The photos given here show the different parts assembled correctly. Study them and keep them close to hand when your spokeshave arrives to compare what you have. It’s not a bad idea to still take a picture to recall how things arrived anyway regardless of right or wrong. Degrease and derust the blade and cap as necessary using the same tools we used in the previous blog post for restoring the body of the spokeshave. The blade will flex to flatness in the extender holder when you cinch down the cap iron but flipping the bade over to remove the burr and polish the flat face cannot usually be flexed to flatness by hand and so hopefully the blade is indeed close to flatness. We will assume it is flat as in 99% of cases that are indeed flat. If yours is not flat and you are using the extender holder you should flatten both sides of the blade so that it is not flexed in the holder when holding the bevel to the abrasive otherwise the bevel can be curved along its length when removed from the holder. DSC_0051 Establishing the bevel at 25-degrees begins with the coarsest abrasive at 250-grit. One advantage of installing the blade in the extender is you can use the 25-degree angle of the extender to guide you for the bevel angle if you are sharpening freehand. You can also use this extender in a honing guide of you prefer. I find one important advantage of using the guide and extender in tandem with one another is one, the amount of pressure you can apply and two, it virtually guarantees a square result almost without thinking. With the bevel established at 25-degree we can further hone with a few strokes at a slightly elevated angle, usually up to but never more than 30-degrees. The 30-degree cutting edge is now refined on a 600-grit and then a 1200-grit abrasive. Doing this effectively ‘thickens’ the cutting edge to an acceptable and effective working cutting edge. The band width width of this 30-degree secondary angle or bevel is best around 2-3mm only. This creates a strong enough edge to maximise resistance against edge fracture. DSC_0024 Finishing at 1200 is usually a fine enough cutting edge for 95% of work. Removing the extender from the honing guide allows you to draw the bevel in the extender on a strop charged with abrasive chromium oxide. Working the flat face is the same as a plane iron except it is not as essential to create a dead flat face unless you want to. You should remember that polishing the bevel is only half the sharpening. The flat face should always be finished to the same level as the bevel, so if you went to chromium oxide abrasive, which is around say 15,000, then the large flat face should be the same. The extender does not allow work on the flat face but it’s not necessary anyway. Abrade, hone and strop the flat face. The flat face is best polished out on a flat piece of hardwood such as maple or beech. Apply the abrasive compound directly to the wood and trail the cutting away from the abrasive rather than pushing the edge into the abrasive and the wood. Now the cutting iron is ready for installing and using. DSC_0042 DSC_0043 Its important to check the inside face of the cap iron. The above two pictures show the result of introducing the cap to the coarse plate and then further abrading until the whole edge is flattened. DSC_0044 It must be flat or flattened along the very edge where it will meet the large flat face of the cutting iron. Flatten it on the coarse abrasive only. It’s not the whole face that needs to be flat, just along the cutting edge. DSC_0046 Along the end edge of the lever cap, the face-edge that leads and faces into the throat of the spokeshave, file a straight edge with an 80-degree (or thereabouts) back bevel along it. DSC_0049 You can soften this rake with abrasive 250-grit abrasive taking care not to round the underside of the edge formed as an gap will provide a leading edge for shavings to lodge and cause clogging in the throat. DSC_0047 With the blade in the spokeshave and registered on the adjusters feel in the mouth (carefully) for the cutting edge and advance or withdraw the iron unit it feels somewhat even or flush with the rims of the throat. DSC_0054 Now install the cap on the centre setscrew and advance the adjustment screw at the top of the cap until it feels relatively tight but not fully cinched. Often times you will find the setscrew in the centre cinched down, which people feel is the way to lock the blade in place and that can easily seem right because the blade is indeed tight and immoveable. Cinching the cap onto the cutting iron this way negates the ability to adjust the blade but also causes other important elements to be non functional too. The centre setscrew is there to use as a fulcrum point to transfer pressure to right behind and along the cutting edge with the lever cap. Adjusting the setscrew so that a reverse fulcrum takes effect necessitates a precise setting of this setscrew. We work both the centre setscrew and the cap setscrew in unison until the proper distance is set for the centre setscrew. To establish this we look at the gap at the top of the cap. That’s the red component. Look at the gap . The larger the gap without bottoming out the adjustment screw at the top of the cap, the nearer the cap iron marries to the blade at the cutting edge and the greater the pressure where it’s really needed. This translates into a vibration-free assembly capably engaging the work. DSC_0040 DSC_0042

More images of #151 
I have used three different types of #151 spokeshaves in this series to show that they are very similar and have the same basic constituents.

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Peter Follansbee, joiner's notes - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 7:38pm

For 20 years, I talked for a living. All day, every day. Spent two weeks working by myself; then went up to the Lie-Nielsen Open House. Someone stuck a camera in my face & I wouldn’t shut up. (the youtube video done by Harry Kavouksorian, posted on Lie-Nielsen’s website) :

Here’s some photo views of the open house. it was a great one. See their facebook photos here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152214121253016.1073741897.100708343015&type=1


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