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disaster day.....

Accidental Woodworker - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 1:09am
Had one major and one minor disaster today. The major one sucks and it'll be expensive to fix. The minor one is more of an 'aw shit', toss it, and start over again. My canon camera failed the bounce test with Mr. Concrete floor again for the 3rd time. The lens won't open or retract all the time and I get a  lens error when it doesn't open or close. I got it to work a few times by manually pulling the lens open but that isn't something I want to do for every pic I snap in the shop.

The canon camera I have sucks in that I can't just replace the faulty lens. I not only have to replace the entire lens assembly but also the CMOS circuitry that makes the pics. The last time this happened it cost me $225. It is not something I want to shell out $$$ for again. Besides that, the last time I had it done the camera guy said parts were getting hard to find for it. I found the camera I started taking pics with when I started this blog 10 years ago. I'll use that until I figure out what to do next in the pic snapping department.

so far it's working
My experiment is paying off. I had put on several coats of shellac on the bottom of the feet and let them cure for about a week plus. The bookshelf has been on the workbench for 3-4 days and the feet are still clean. What I would do in the past was to put the shellac on and wait about a half hour and set the bookcase on it's feet to apply finish to the rest of it. The downside to that is the finish wasn't fully cured and hard yet so any debris on the bench ended up on the feet. As you can see the feet are still clean.

working on the stone holder
I need to make the dado for the wedge that will capture the stone and keep it from moving.

bandsawed the wedge and squared it up
waste removal next
I am not going to use two opposing wedges. Instead I am using one wedge and the dado to do my holding. My reasoning is that I don't need opposing wedges here and this looks like it will work.

waste removed, router will get me to a consistent depth
wee bit too deep with the saw on this wall
first hiccup
With the wedge secured in the dado, the stone isn't secured at all. I can push it right off the holder with my pinkie. I should have knifed my line on the left side of the pencil and not the right. There is a very slight gap between the end of the stone and the wall of the dado.

side rabbets 4, me %%$#^^@@=&*( zero
All I seem to be able to do with these are to make a couple of shavings and dig a groove at the bottom of the dado.

same luck on the left side
I tried using both side rabbet planes on both sides coming from different directions. The only thing I succeeded at was making the groove at the bottom. I'll have to make some test grooves in pine and spend some quality time figuring out how to use these planes.

disaster I forgot
 I had to make the dado 2 frog hairs wider and I almost made it. Pulling this back after making the cut on the tablesaw it slipped and made this cut.

the wedge is cocked
The stone extends over the left side of the wall 3 frog hairs. I thought maybe the right wall wasn't plumb but it is as is the left one too. I think maybe the stone extends 2 frog hairs too much over the left edge of the dado.

should have done it this way?
Maybe the opposing wedges need to act against each other? And not the top of the stone edge. Or maybe my single wedge idea is half baked and needs a half dovetail on the left to keep it from cocking?

road test up coming
The right side corner got dinged somehow and rolled a sizeable burr down onto the back. I will have to fix the bevel and sharpen this again. I got the wedge to seat on the bottom of the dado and not be cocked.

it is working on both
The stone isn't moving and I'm grinding a new bevel.

the wedge is cocking
shelf liner
I don't have a hook on this and I purposely used the shelf liner to test it. The stone didn't budge or move in any direction at all. At least something went right for me tonight. On stone holder #3 I'll also go without a hook. If the shelf liner fails the hook is something I can easily add. Without it, it makes stowing the holder easier because it will lay flat.

I don't know what I'm going to do with this holder. I could glue the wedge in place and start over but I'll revisit this tomorrow.

I only have a couple of coats of 3lb shellac on this and I'm picking up reflections in the side off of the bench. I am still going to put on at least two more coats. I will steel wool this tomorrow and put on two more and evaluate it again then.

accidental woodworker

trivia corner
What is the oldest US Greek letter college society?
answer - Phi Beta Kappa established at the college of William and Mary in 1776

Weekend Projects Using the New V Groove Kit for the HP-10 Plane…

Bridge City Tools - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 4:42pm

Dear Drivel Starved Nation;

If there is one thing that drives me crazy about being in the woodworking business are customers who are reluctant to acknowledge the potential of new ideas. I will never understand this, and frankly, it frustrates me when I have to spend time with people who never appreciate that the world is full of new ideas yet to be revealed.

We recently introduced a set of four “V” groove texturing kits for our HP-10 Convertible Plane and all they do is make perfect “V” Grooves. Yup, that is all they do.

Don’t get me wrong, I love speaking with our customers but not like this…

CUSTOMER: “I saw the “V” groove kits for the HP-10 and like all your stuff, I know it will be incredibly well made. Why would you come out with this kit? I can see ZERO use for it.”

ME: (In my head only, “%$^*&(I*TGH #@$&!! UGH!) “Well, I believe it gives users an incredible opportunity to add texture, shadow and interest to their work.”

CUSTOMER: Like how?

ME: “OK, tomorrow I will post some ideas on my blog.”

The conversation ended amicably and I quickly doodled out some sketches and made some CAD dummy models of projects using this texture kit that can be achieved in a weekend.

These are what I call “low hanging fruit ideas” and by that I mean they should be obvious to most. All are makeable in a weekend.

One obvious use (to me) of this kit is for picture frames. Here is an 11 x 17 frame idea:11 x 17 Frame 700
In this instance, the texture was cut in the edge of a board and the frame member was liberated from the parent stock with the table saw blade tilted at 30 degrees. This creates the downward slope moving from outside to in that adds depth to the frame. The rabbet for the art and glass can be cut with a rabbet plane or the table saw. The bevels are cut with a block plane.

Of course when you shrink a frame down to where the inside corners touch, you create a mitered tile. In this example, this tile is just under 3″ square…V Groove Tile 700
When I make textured tiles, I glue the four pieces to 1/16″ aircraft plywood and use no glue on the joints. This allows me to pre-finish the textured strip before it is mitered and makes incredibly clean (no glue mess) miter joints.

Using this tile as a lid idea, I designed this small box…V Groove Box with Lid 700
Here, the box sides were grooved to receive “V” groove strips. When I make boxes where I am gluing strips across the grain, I like to make my own 3-ply plywood where the thickness of the two outer layers equals the thickness of the center layer. This method serves two purposes, it keeps the sides from cracking one day and it makes for glueable miters that are not solely endgrain.

A single tile can be ganged into a motif. From here you can play with variations on a theme, such as experimenting with different wood colors and arrangements. I caution getting too crazy with contrasting woods, it is SO EASY to create a contrived look that fails…V Groove Tile Array 700

Here’s a cool looking box idea using the same tile as the lid in the smaller box above…V Groove Cigar Type Box 700
If you make this you will be working to some pretty tight tolerances which I think is fun. Using square tiles it is easy to make items with clean proportions – notice the 3 : 5 ratio of the depth to length.

To create an incredible level of detail, you can make triangle strips (you can nest two textured boards together, “V” grooves to “V” grooves and run them through the planer, the top board will eventually become individual strips with a perfect triangular cross sections.) These strips can then be crosscut to create little tiles. Here is just such an idea…
Triangular Tiles 700

This is just the beginning of what is possible when you understand how much more interesting projects can become with a little texture!


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Use a Drill to Shape a Chair Seat

Chris Schwarz's Pop Wood Blog - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 3:30pm

Though I’ve built a lot of chairs, I don’t own an adze, which is used to roughly shape a plank seat so it has a buttocks-shaped depression. I also don’t own any of the typical power-tool solutions, such as an angle grinder outfitted with a special cutter for seats. Instead, I have a scorp, which is like a drawknife that was bent around a telephone pole. It’s much slower in […]

The post Use a Drill to Shape a Chair Seat appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Driving in the US

David Barron Furniture - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 2:54pm

The most obvious difference is that they drive on the right side (or should that be 'wrong'). The steering wheel is also on the wrong, sorry 'other', side. However the accelerator and break pedals stay the right way round which is a relief and you don't have to worry about a clutch, you can't hire a manual (stick) car over here. BTW that's not our car, sorry to say.

There are one or two other differences to contend with. At a red light you can turn right, in fact you are actively encouraged to do so by the car behind!

Another quirk is the 4 way stop sign, seen at many crossroads. This means everyone stops with no apparent priority. This turns it into a game of chicken, although being used to the manic roads in the UK I was quite good at this game.
Just to keep us foreigners on our toes I also saw these crossroads signed '3-way' and 'all way'.

Now here is another game of chicken I wasn't so keen on, the railway crossing. They only have two small barriers that come down, one on each side, leaving plenty of room to ignore the barriers and shoot straight through. There were lots of cars playing this game (not me) although when I saw the length of the trains I could understand why they were taking the risk.

On the plus side, the petrol (sorry 'gas') was very cheap, about a third of the price of the UK (I'm not sure which vehicles run on the 'skim milk'). Still it's good to know our onerous government taxes are being well spent on the healthcare, education and welfare of anyone and everyone who wants to come into the UK.

No doubt the low fuel costs explain why there were so many gorgeous burbling V8's on the road. These UV's were everywhere.

If I was going to buy a US car (and I might) it would be one of these. A retro styled Dodge Challenger R/T with a 5.7 litre V8 Hemi engine, chucking out 375 bhp.
Nice number plate.

I came on this trip with my son and for two days we had great fun on an altogether more sedate and more environmentally friendly mode of transport.
Back to the UK in the morning.

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Now in Store: H.O. Studley Posters

Lost Art Press: Chris Schwarz - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 12:30pm


You can now purchase our poster of the H.O. Studley tool cabinet for $20. That price includes shipping anywhere in the United States and Canada.

Our poster features an image of the cabinet taken by Narayan Nayar, the photographer for the book “Virtuoso: The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of H.O. Studley.” The 13” x 19” poster is printed in the United States on 80 lb. recycled stock with a matte coating and ships in a rigid tube.

Note that Canadian orders will be delayed by a week or so as we get our inventory transferred to the warehouse in Ontario. We hope to offer this poster to our other retailers, but we don’t have any more information on that just yet.

— Christopher Schwarz

Filed under: Uncategorized, Virtuoso: The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of Henry O. Studley
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Re Easy Angled Tenons Article In Fine Woodworking

Paul Sellers - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 9:41am

A few years ago a contributor to Fine Woodworking, Jeff Miller, made a horrendous blunder in stating that in-line tenons were commonly used in chair making by furniture makers because they were stronger. His assertion was untrue, and I felt I needed to help balance out the issue at the time. It’s this kind of flawed comment that shapes …

Read the full post Re Easy Angled Tenons Article In Fine Woodworking on Paul Sellers' Blog.

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Arts & Crafts Legs: Like Gus

360 WoodWorking - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 9:01am
 Like Gus

This past week I had a few woodworkers in class to build a Stickley desk based on a L & JG Stickley #602 original. No, we didn’t keep the project as a true reproduction. We added side and rear slats to dress it up a bit, and updated different aspects to make the desk more usable – each woodworker picked and chose where to drift from the original design. I also drifted on my own as I built a desk to serve as a prototype.

Continue reading Arts & Crafts Legs: Like Gus at 360 WoodWorking.

New paint colors invented by neural network

Giant Cypress - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 6:38am


So if you’ve ever picked out paint, you know that every infinitesimally different shade of blue, beige, and gray has its own descriptive, attractive name. Tuscan sunrise, blushing pear, Tradewind, etc… There are in fact people who invent these names for a living. But given that the human eye can see millions of distinct colors, sooner or later we’re going to run out of good names. Can AI help?

For this experiment, I gave the neural network a list of about 7,700 Sherwin-Williams paint colors along with their RGB values. (RGB = red, green, and blue color values) Could the neural network learn to invent new paint colors and give them attractive names?

One way I have of checking on the neural network’s progress during training is to ask it to produce some output using the lowest-creativity setting. Then the neural network plays it safe, and we can get an idea of what it has learned for sure.

By the first checkpoint, the neural network has learned to produce valid RGB values - these are colors, all right, and you could technically paint your walls with them. It’s a little farther behind the curve on the names, although it does seem to be attempting a combination of the colors brown, blue, and gray.

By the second checkpoint, the neural network can properly spell green and gray. It doesn’t seem to actually know what color they are, however.

Let’s check in with what the more-creative setting is producing.

…oh, okay.

Later in the training process, the neural network is about as well-trained as it’s going to be (perhaps with different parameters, it could have done a bit better - a lot of neural network training involves choosing the right training parameters). By this point, it’s able to figure out some of the basic colors, like white, red, and grey:

Although not reliably.

In fact, looking at the neural network’s output as a whole, it is evident that:

  1. The neural network really likes brown, beige, and grey.
  2. The neural network has really really bad ideas for paint names.

I’m impressed by how many of these look like traditional milk paint colors. They have terrible names (Hurky White), but a lot of the colors fall in the traditional colonial milk paint palette.

There’s a followup with more colors and terrible paint names (Farty Red, which may actually be an awesome paint name) here.

Plane Spotting for the Deeply Curious

Tools For Working Wood - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 4:00am

First of all, thanks to everyone who met us in Amana for Handworks 2017, and to Jameel and Father John of Benchcrafted for putting on another great event.

Thanks as well for the great reception our poster has gotten. For it I have to thank Tim, TFWW's designer, and Kate, our poster designer. And I want to thank our favorite woodwright for this photo.

I constantly get asked which plane is which, and while our limited edition poster on plane spotting has some basic profiles (and get the poster while we still have some - it's a limited edition and we are almost out), I thought it might be worthwhile to give you some links on how to do serious plane spotting.

Most of these sites don't go into the minutia of different versions of the same tool, but some sites do. If you're spotting planes because you want to use them, the most important aspect of plane spotting is figuring out if the version of an old tool you are about to get has the right features.

For Stanley planes, Patrick Leach's Blood and Gore is the gold standard on the web.

For the anti-Stanley folks, here is a link to Miller's Falls plane info.

For Record planes, try these two sites: record-planes.com and recordhandplanes.com.

For an overview of wooden planes, including illustrations of just about every permutation of wooden planes, John Whelan's book is the way to go. If on the other hand, you want to get more information on the dates and manufacturer of a wooden plane you already own, then Guide To The Makers of American Wooden Planes (temporarily sold out) is the way to go.

We stock a reprint of several Norris Catalogs with come commentary by yours truly. On the web norrisplanes.com has loads of info.

This site, which has a ways to go, is a good place to start learning about Spiers models and planes.

I know I have missed a fair number of great sites, so let me know about any omissions and I will add them to the list.

started the new stone holder.......

Accidental Woodworker - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 12:56am
Today was mostly sunny but now that the day is almost done, it is turning more and more cloudy. According to the weather seers, this is the last sun we'll see until next week. Each day is neither forecasted to be cloudy or will rain with some days having both. As long as it doesn't rain in the shop I'll be a happy camper.

an oops
The beading plane veered off and I left a long divot here. Rather then replace it, I sanded it out as best I could. With the black frame it is hard to see and there is no mistaking the hand made look of this.

I'm so happy with this I could wet myself
The color came out deep and uniform on the entire frame.  One more coat of shellac and this will be done.

last rub down with 4-0 steel wool
At the top right, forward part of the frame you can see the divot. The shellac flour is highlighting it.

got my two inch hake brush
 The cabinet just has to be big enough to hang these vertically.
the proposed home of said cabinet
This is roughly 19 inches square but the cabinet won't be square. It has to be a minimum of 14" high for the brushes and I'm shooting for 16ishx12ish. It also might be made out of 1/2" plywood because I have several pieces of it hanging around the shop.

1/2 x 6 x24 poplar
I have about 1 1/2 inches to play with. With 1/4" back I'm down to about an inch. I would rather have a warm and fuzzy with the depth being 2" before the cabinet back. But that will be driven by how much projection I can have on the wall. I still have to walk by here and I don't want to have to do special dance steps to get from point A to point B.

first piece of scrap white oak
I want to make this holder out of white oak because it is going to get wet. This piece would probably work but I want the bottom of the stone to rest entirely on wood. I have another piece of white oak but it is rough sawn and I would have to 6 square it before I can make a stone holder with it.

found a bigger piece
This white oak was surprisingly easy to cross with the sash saw. I wasn't expecting it to be like this and the bonus is I got a relatively clean crosscut.

squared a reference edge with my new 5 1/2

I'll use the off cut to make the wedges
no twist
After I checked for twist, I smoothed this surface with the #3.

the plan
I'll make two dadoes at each end. The near end will be glued in place. With this design I don't need any side stops and I will be able to take and put the stone on the holder easily.

this end will get a dado for the two wedges
sawed the two walls for the bottom dado
I've been trying to use chisels more for this and this is a good opportunity to practice. Removed most of the waste with the 1/4 bench chisel and smoothed it to depth with the paring chisel.

did pretty good this time
wee bit tight
I did this purposely so I could get some practice with the side rabbet planes.

using the 4 1/2 to thin it
I still have a ways to go with the side rabbet planes. I was able to make some shavings but then I got nothing. The stop was still too tight to fit and that is why I used the 4 1/2.

fits snugly here but too tight on the near side
Took a few more swipes before there was joy in Mudville.

snug fit side to side
 The left side won't seat fully.

it is not rocking
It is rocking like I expecting but it is tapered. One end of the dado is higher than the other one.

the offending end
I got the groove to depth with the small router plane.

glued and cooking
One dado done and tomorrow I'll make the one for the wedges.

accidental woodworker

trivia corner
What does the word "amen" mean?
answer - so be it or let it be

Mystery Tool

Lost Art Press: Chris Schwarz - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 5:29pm

Several years ago I picked up this little tool at an antique store. It works great for tracing shapes accurately. I had quite a few questions today about it, and I don’t know what it is called or if it can still be purchased. If anyone can identify this thing or where one could be bought please comment.



— Will Myers

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Yellow Dusters-Don’t Believe the National Trust

Paul Sellers - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:12pm

Biting Back The yellow duster is unbeatable for trapping dust, taking it outdoors safely and shaking it out to the four winds. Its fibrous soft fibres are the very thing that make it work the best. I am guessing that these National Trust leaders and advisers are not of the generation that actually dusted much of anything …

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Just checking in (and an announcement for my European customers)

Blackburn Tools - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:19am

The last several months have been taxing on both a personal and business level; the death of my brother, an unexpected surge in orders, developing a saw sharpening class for Lie-Nielsen, and outfitting myself for upcoming woodworking shows all met in one great confluence.

Over the last several years, I’ve tried my best to turn most orders around in a week or so. The events of the last few months have stretched that turnaround time to an uncomfortable level. Now, with Handworks done, and the summer looking relatively calm, I look forward to tackling the backlog and reducing turnaround time once again (I hate running behind just as much as my customers!).

I’ll also be working to catch up on emails. If you haven’t heard from me in the next week or so, feel free to send another one. I try my best to respond to everyone, but despite spending an hour or two each day answering them, some still slip through.


Finally, I have some great news for my European customers:  Dieter Schmid Fine Tools is now carrying my Roubo frame saw kits. Shipping, import fees, and VAT on these saws has always been a sticking point, so this partnership should work well for everyone. Kits are available in all three sizes (2×32, 3×36, and 4×48); all come with sharpened blades. As always, plans and instructions/tips for use are available on my website and free for all to use.

Roubo frame saw blade and hardware.

Roubo frame saw blade and hardware.

Completed Roubo frame saws.

Completed Roubo frame saws.

Roubo frame saw closeup.

Roubo frame saw closeup.

Roubo frame saw closeup.

Roubo frame saw closeup.

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It was 50 years ago today.

Giant Cypress - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 3:08am

It was 50 years ago today.

Sprawled Below Tables and Chairs

Giant Cypress - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 3:08am
Sprawled Below Tables and Chairs:

Suzanne Ellison, on the lengths folks will go to in the pursuit of figuring out how furniture was made:

We still need those curious and intrepid souls who enjoy exploring out-of-the-way shops and regional museums and know how to charm their way into taking a closer look at that one piece that has caught their eye. If need be, they are perfectly willing to sprawl on the floor and get a bit dusty.

I completely understand. In the course of visiting the Chinese furniture collection at the National Museum Of China in Beijing, I managed to come away with this photo of a Ming Dynasty table.

the rain is back.....

Accidental Woodworker - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:58am
I thought april showers bring may flowers. It seems the rain and flowers, along with months, are on different schedules. We just had a couple of warm, humid,sunny days, and the forecast is for rain or cloudy skies right through memorial day weekend. And this after going through a week plus of the same crap. The temps are much cooler hanging out in the high 50's/low 60's which is perfect for me. I don't work wood outside so the cloudy or rainy stuff doesn't bother me. Except that I seemed to have gotten too fat and too slow to stay dry by running inbetween rain drops anymore.

time to see if anything stuck together
nothing stuck
Maybe the blue painters tape acts like waxed paper. I was expecting some tape to adhere to this seam. The epoxy is not quite flush with the top but being flush isn't critical here.

same thing on this side
I know some epoxy got on top of the metal insert because I saw it flow out on the edges onto the top. The tape didn't stick to it and the insert feels solid.

passed the tap test
I rapped this on the bench on both sides and it took it without whimpering.This is a very solid feeling repair.

it fits
As you can see I no longer have a zero clearance insert. For that matter I don't think it was ever a zero clearance insert. The only hiccup with this I can see is that I am closer to the blade on the left side than I remember it.

trying it again
I got a comment from Stephen on these and he said he used them with polish or rubbing compound to shine/clean metal. I tried it on the certificate frame and it didn't perform any better than it did on the bookshelf. I did have a thought that maybe I can use this to rub out the frame and bookshelf with wax. I will give that a try and see what shakes out with that.

For the rest of the week the frame and bookshelf will be sharing the #1 spot on the Workshop hit parade. I will slip in making a new stone holder sometime this week too. I've been thinking of something new with that.

step one with the bookshelf
The bookshelf feels like sandpaper. It is covered in dust nibs everywhere. I used the card scraper to remove them and flatten out the shellac at the same time.

small card scraper on the long grain edges
I have tried using the bigger card scraper on these thinner edges and I tend to scrape the outside edges and slightly bevel them. Still have that problem with the smaller one but not as frequently and it's usually because I am watching what I'm doing.

gave the 4-0 a good workout

this looks good
I think one more coat of 3lb shellac and this will be done. I'll bring this to the frame store this weekend.

I love the look of the back slats
I really like how the back slats seem to grow out of the sides. I got one 3lb coat on this but unlike the frame, this is going to get 4-6 coats before I'm done with it.

my hake brushes
I just ordered another one of these and it's coming via prime from Amazon. I would like to make a box to keep the 3 of them in it but maybe this time I'll go crazy and do something different. I keep them in the powered router cabinet now but I would like something better. Instead of a box I am thinking of making a shallow cabinet to keep the brushes and the shellac cans in. The main point of the cabinet will be to allow the brushes to hang vertically so everything else will be designed around that.

solid wood is my first choice
Adding extra storage for the shellac cans was an after thought  The spot I want to put this cabinet won't work if it is much deeper that 5-6 inches. I'm also restricted in the height and width but this is something that will have to wait until the weekend or beyond.

accidental woodworker

trivia corner
What do J.C. Penny's initials stand for?
answer - James Cash

Wood-sample collection chest 4 – carvings for front and side panels completed

autumndoucet - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 10:18pm

Working on the front panel

With the front panel redesigned to be flatter and less delicate in order to accommodate a drop-front on the chest, carving commenced. I picked a piece of mahogany because I liked its color, and I’ve struggled ever since with changing grain direction.  Every quarter inch or so, the direction takes a reverse turn, and I’ve learned a lot about wood selection and reading the grain for carving. It’s been a challenge, but I finally finished the front and two side panels. I’m going to take a break from carving and build the chest, leaving the top panel for last.

Picture This CVIII

Pegs and 'Tails - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 8:05pm
I have previously mentioned cross-grained mouldings (here and here) which, though out-of-period, are authentic. The walnut chest-on-chest below is from the second quarter of the eighteenth-century and displays customary cross-grain banding and vertical veneer on the drawer fronts. Fig. 1. … Continue reading
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The Sydney Fair 2017

Pegs and 'Tails - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 7:55pm
The Sydney Fair (25-28 May 2017) at the Royal Hall of Industries Moore Park will be the largest International quality event for 10 years.  Over 50 of Australia’s outstanding dealers will be exhibiting (and selling) Furniture, Decorative Arts, Jewellery, Art, … Continue reading
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Handworks 2017 – Day 0, Festhalle

The Barn on White Run - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 6:44pm

Thursday was the time or setting up at Handworks, and we were one of the first arrivals at the site.  That let me get set up and explore the five venues for this bestest toolapalooza ever.

Slowly but surely the exhibitors began rolling in, beginning with my immediate neighbors Jeff Hamilton, maker of marking gauges whose spot was in between me and Lie-Nielson, and planemaker Gary Blum.

Directly adjacent to me across he aisle on one side were plane maker Matt Bickford and the Tools for Working Woods folks.

Across the other aisle was the temptation provided by vintage tool maven Patrick Leach.  Much to my own astonishment I managed to avoid the siren song from this booth the entire weekend (admittedly at this point in life my tool needs are modest.)

Directly further up the Festhalle center row was printer and designer Wesley Tanner, the award winning collaborator for both Roubo books and the Studley book.

Along the barn side with Matt Bickford was a booth shared by Konrad Sauer and Raney Nelson, and immediately past them was Lost Art Press/Crucible Tools.

Then came our hosts, Benchcrafted vises and such.

Up in the far corner was designer and furniture maker Jeff Miller, who unfortunately occupied the coldest space in the building.  I know, because it is where I was four years ago.

Working down the other outside wall we have Hock blades and precision maven Chris Vesper from Australia, followed by Blue Spruce Tools and David Barron.

The other end of the center row from me included plane maker Ron Brese, tuning up a tool for the masses tomorrow, jig maestro Tico Vogt, and Czeck Edge Tools.

At either end of the hall were the large footprints of Lee Valley Tools and Lie-Nielson Tools.  These anchors to the tool-mall guaranteed a spectacular experience for the hordes on Friday and Saturday.

By the end of the day we were all set up, ready for the onslaught in the morning.


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