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At the end the US Commission on International Trade decided that Bosch infringed two patents owned by SawStop and therefore, excluding extrajudicial economic agreements, Bosch will have to stop selling in the US its circular saws Reaxx and related spare parts included the cartridges that are needed to operate the safety system.
Bosch commented the decision saying that they now hope that the President of the Commission should not ratify it. And the President of the Commission, if I have not misunderstood it, is no other than Donald Trump himself. Yes exactly that Donald Trump that is a lot protectionist and has already flamed with Angela Merkel.
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Colonel Mark Harrell, owner of Bad Axe Tool Works, has loaded online all the articles he wrote for Fine Woodworking and Furniture & Cabinetmaking magazines.
Il Colonnello Mark Harrell, proprietario di Bad Axe Tool Works, ha messo online tutti gli articoli che ha scritto per le riviste Fine Woodworking e Furniture & Cabinetmaking.
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A nice infographic, drawed by Kate McMillan, about how to build a traditional north-european wooden plane.
Una bella infografica, disegnata da Kate McMillan, su come costruire una tradizionale pialla di legno in stile nord-europeo.
As the class was winding down, I went down to Colonial Williamsburg to present, along with the outstanding Don Williams and the folks from the Cabinet and Jointers shop, on chairs...of course.
|photo by Tom McKenna|
It was a great trip and an honor to be invited. If you ever get the chance to attend, I highly recommend it.
And here is your Georgie update! She is thriving and turning out to be the easiest dog I've ever had. Playful and loving but extremely calm on her own. She is now acclimated to all the shop noises and all my hustling about. When it gets to be too much, she just retires to her crate for a nap! We are still working on new experiences. The first time she saw the television she freaked, but now she sits calmly while it's on, I don't think that she had ever heard a voice come from a box.
|I know it's gratuitous, but I"m smitten|
|Lil would approve of her technique|
|The truck is becoming a safe space, this is their first ride together|
Pay Attention to Your Lines, and Plane to Them
The focus of this Live session is cutting tapers in a leg by hand. The original question comes from Chuck who will be making tapered octagonal legs and wants to get the 4 sided taper first. Basically you lay out the taper and plane to your lines. I like pencil lines over knife lines but either method will work. I do all the heavy lifting with the Fore plane and get almost right on my lines, then flatten and refine the taper with my jointer plane. But a Jack plane would work just as well.
Using the Jack Plane as the Only Plane
Then I get into a question from Ed about how to use his Jack plane as the single plane to go from a rough sawn board to a finish ready surface. I did a live session on this very topic for my Hand Tool School Apprentices so I have edited that session a bit and released the video as a stand alone product that can be purchase over on the school site (or by clicking the Jack plane image.
More Stuff from this Live SessionLots of people showed up in the chat room and asked a lot of questions! Sorry I didn’t get to them all but maybe some of the below links will help:
- Restore a Fore Plane from a Rusty Piece of Junk
- The Resaw Frame Saw in Action
- Making the Center Scribe
There were also some questions about edge jointing and squaring edges but I’m going to focus on that topic for next month’s live Shop Update on April 6th. So add it to your calendar, or join my email list and I’ll be sure to send out a reminder for the event a few days prior.
This is a short video on how to convert the Veritas plow plane using their accessories into a tongue and groove plane. Having said that my preference would go to the LN version for it’s ease of use and accuracy right out of the box however, you have the benefit of various blade widths with the Veritas version. Unless you know you will always work with either 3/4 or 1/2″ then I would recommend LN no 48 or 49 over Veritas for the above reason.
In the interim, winter has come back to my part of the universe. We have had nice weather with temps in the 50's and 60's for over a week. Saturday is forecasted to have wind chills of 5-10 degrees F (about -13°C). Tonight the temp is going to dip down into the low 20's. This morning when I went to work the temp was 55°F (12°C). That is a quite a swing in one day.
|whacked out the thumb grab first|
|planed the 1/4 astragals|
|making a rabbet|
|knife a line|
|use the point of the iron|
|start with the plane tilted|
|of course I went off the knife line|
I had a small vee started and now I don't have to be as nutso watching to ensure that the plane is going the way I want it to.
|just about 90° to board here|
|big ass escapement hole|
|not the best board to be planing a rabbet in|
|except for the LV rabbet plane|
|the lead in end|
|went in the wrong direction|
I have been looking for a smaller wooden rabbet plane about 5/8" to 7/8" wide. It doesn't matter to me if it is skewed or not but I'm not having any luck. Most of the ones I seen are 1" and above. I'll find one eventually.
Between the wooden rabbet plane and the 10 1/2, I prefer the 10 1/2. I don't have the problems with the 10 1/2 that I do with the wooden one (as bad). Except with both, I do veer off on the exit end of the cut. I could probably even the score if I practiced more with the wooden one. That is why I want a smaller one.
I had put off trying to use planes like this because I thought I would never be able to master their use. They don't hold any secrets from me anymore and it is like any other handtool I've encountered, all it takes is practice. I learned just as much from my mistakes as I did getting good results.
Who was the first female athlete to appear in Wheaties "Breakfast of Champions" TV commercial?
answer - Mary Lou Retton in 1984
Yet more interesting(?) things from a recent auction.
There were three very different low boys at the auction a few weeks back. It is unusual to have that many low boys at one auction. They are as follows:
George II Inlaid Low Boy
Description: 18th century, oak, pine secondary, top with banded veneer bordered edge, single long drawer above three side by side short drawers, shaped skirt, on cabriole legs with ball and claw feet.
Size: 29 x 31.5 x 18.5 in.
English Queen Anne Low Boy
Description: 18th century, oak and elm, pine secondary, upper long drawer above three side by side short drawers, boldly scrolled skirt, cabriole legs with pad feet.
Size: 28.75 x 30 x 19.5 in.
Henry Ford Museum Reproduction Low Boy
Description: Colonial Manufacturing Co., with label and tag to interior of drawer, “Number 326 Mahogany Savery Low Boy”, upper long drawer above three side by side drawers, central with shell carving, fluted canted quarter columns, on cabriole legs with shell carved knee on ball and claw feet.
Size: 30 x 36 x 20.5 in.
I will mostly ignore the impostor for this blog. It has machine cut dovetails, believe it or not. The only interesting thing about it is the carved shell on the center drawer:
We will now compare parts of the two remaining low boys starting with the aprons and some drawer area details:
Some carcass detail:
All low boys have legs:
The cabriole leg continues up:
And edge treatments:
There was actually a fourth low boy at the auction:
Edwardian Inlaid Low Boy
Description: In the Queen Anne taste, circa 1900, mahogany, mahogany veneer, rectangular top with herringbone and sawtooth inlays, upper long drawer above a central hinged cabinet door flanked by two small drawers, shaped skirt, tall tapered legs with pad feet.
Size: 33 x 36 x 23 in.
And a fifth one at this weeks auction:
Description: Circa 1760, white pine secondary, top with molded edge, upper long lipped drawer above three side by side lipped drawers, shaped skirt with drop finials, raised on tall cabriole legs with pad feet.
Size: 32 x 35 x 21.5 in.
I will cover these later.
This is an excerpt from “With the Grain: A Craftsman’s Guide to Understanding Wood” by Christian Becksvoort.
The walnut family also includes butternut and the hickories. Juglans means nut of Jupiter, nigra, or black, refers to the dark wood. Its natural range is from New England through southern Ontario to South Dakota, south to Texas, and east to northern Florida. Walnuts grow best in the deep rich soils of river valleys and bottom lands, where they reach a height of 60′-100′ (18-30 m). The tree generally has an open crown with thick, sturdy branches. Walnut leaves are compound, 1′-2′ (30-60 cm) long, with 13-23 lance-shaped leaflets. Leaves grow alternately on thick, stubby twigs. When cut, the twigs reveal a light brown pith, about the thickness of a pencil lead. Overall, the light green foliage is scant, giving the tree an airy appearance. Early in the fall the leaves turn yellow and drop, leaving a distinctive 3-lobed, notched, leaf scar. The nut matures at about the same time, enclosed in a thick, green, pulpy husk about the size of a billiard ball. The deeply grooved black nut is very thick and hard, but well worth the effort of extracting the meat. The dark brown bark grows in broken, crossed ridges.
Black walnut is as close to a perfect cabinet wood as can be found in North America. The light sapwood, 10-20 rings wide, is often steamed commercially to make it blend with the heartwood, which is a medium chocolate to purplish-brown. The wood is medium hard (with a density of 38 lb/ft³ or .61 g/cc at 12 percent MC), strong and works well with both hand and power tools. Classified as semi-ring-porous the vessels (containing tyloses) are large enough to be seen on any surface. Walnut is very decay-resistant, and was once used for railroad ties. Many early barns, houses and outbuildings in the Appalachians and the Midwest were constructed with walnut frames. Its color, beauty and workability make it a prime cabinet wood. Gunsmiths use it for stocks because it moves very little once dried. Top-quality veneer logs will sell for thousands of dollars and will panel miles of executive offices.
— Meghan Bates
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When I was learning to sharpen and set saws in the 1990s, I was desperate for information. All I had was one modern book, a somewhat helpful video and the attempts I had made on my bargain basement saws. It was a slog. While today there is a lot more information available on saws and saw sharpening, much of it is conflicting and more complex than necessary. Sharpening a saw […]
There’s one more episode left to edit, I know I’ve been slack lately but not without reason. I’ve been very productive in the shop with tool making, I’ve designed a small router plane to help with the build of the moulding planes. While I’m still waiting for steel to arrive I’ve been catching up on a lot of passed work I’ve missed.
I like making video and sharing my work with you don’t get me wrong but it does consume a lot of time and that’s something I don’t have the luxury of. So I need to work out and plan better so I can continue sharing my builds with you.
I have received a lot of positive comments about the blog and I thank you for it and yes I do intend to continue blogging so as long you to continue to have me but, I only have a day and half off work. So trying to figure out how to use that little time productively and sharing it with you is a real challenge.
This week we have 7 people each building their own rocking chair! So we are starting with this (a stack of wood). And hopefully by the end of the week, each student will have this (a finished rocking chair). We’ve cut the mortise and tenons, arch on the front rail, tenons for the arm posts […]
I have long argued that we are living in two simultaneous Golden Ages, that of furniture making and that of tool making. Never before in human history has a culture produced more superb furniture than we are right now, it’s just that most of the furniture is being made avocationally rather than vocationally, which is not to disregard the exquisite furniture being made by people who do it for a living. It’s just that there are so many more “makers driven by passion” than those driven by income, a ratio I would conclude is far north of 100:1.
The Golden Age of Tool Making is a bit different in that the purveyors for those particular narcotics in the marketplace are simultaneously driven by both passion and income. Consider the upcoming Handworks event, where scores of professional woodworking tool makers will interact with thousands of woodworkers and tool aficionados, deep in the heart of the Iowa cornfields. I am honored to count many of these toolmakers among my friends and acquaintances.
I am sure there are cranky toolmakers working under the nostrum of secrecy, but thus far I have yet to run into any of them. My experience is that they are delighted that you are interested, and inevitably they will fill you with more information than you can digest at any one time. They must understand this, as most of them have web pages that are archives of definitive and dispositive documents telling you almost everything you ever wanted to know about whatever it is that they make or do. I keep several dozen of their sites bookmarked and visit them as often as I allow myself, knowing full well that the first click can result in an entire evening lost in pursuit of knowing more.
Occasionally one strikes my fancy or is so perfectly timed to a particular need that I find myself talking to myself in celebration. Recently I have been doing some things with saws, some of which may eventually leak out into this blog, but most of which has to do with tuning up the saws that I already have. With that in mind I was delighted to see a new (to me at least) offering over at Bad Axe on the care and feeding of vintage back saws. I am currently awaiting the fullness of time to get to a couple (four? five?) of them hanging on my wall, and this page will no doubt serve as a valued resource once I get to that point.
In the service of full disclosure I should say that I have two Bad Axe back saws that I purchased from them, and have communicated with Mark Harrell fairly extensively on my two 4-foot late-18th Century frame saws, tools I use surprisingly often. Someday I might show up on Mark’s doorstep with them in hand, and ask for a sharpening refresher tutorial.
|no problem getting behind the spindles with paint|
|out of the clamps|
|rabbets for the lid are next|
|much better results|
|the exit end|
|the lead in|
|planing the shoulders|
|if need be|
|thin web at the bottom of the groove|
|wasn't that hard to do|
|fitting the lid is batting next|
|repeat for the right side|
|plane two strokes off of each side and check the fit|
|still too wide|
|fits about 1/4 of the way|
|second trial fit|
After a bit more fiddling and planing the rabbets one last time with the bullnose plane, I got the lid closed. It's snug and hard to pull open but I'll do the final tweaking of the fit after the lid astragals and thumb grab are done.
|bit of blowout|
|four holes to plug|
|and one chip missing from a tail|
|not my best work|
Putting the blog to bed early and me too. I got my Hayward volume IV yesterday and I'm going to spend some quality time with it before I do the light leak test on the peepers.
What was the original name of the game of softball before 1926?
answer - it was called kitten ball from 1895 to 1926
I managed to get round to finishing off the box with the mitred corners and dovetailed Dominoes.
See my first post here
The tray is a piston fit and the protruding top has been shaped to give a soft close lid.
The little brown oak stand with the shaped feet adds a bit of interest (and time).
The lid opens exactly where the board transitions from the white to the olive coloured ash, which is nice. The floating panel in the lid is some tightly rippled ash, which is not properly visible (I must get better with my camera).
A full article including all the techniques used will be appearing in Furniture and Cabinetmaking magazine later in the year.
The box will also be on display (and for sale) at the Celebration of Craftsmanship exhibition in August http://www.celebrationofcraftsmanship.com/
Ted Boscani’s crew from the CW Joiner’s Shop (I think at one time they were known as the housewrights) were the final in-house presenters as they had a Four Ring Circus in operation making a “table chair.” I think in some circles this piece is known as “a monk’s chair.”
While Ted was demonstrating some of the joinery from the underside of the flip-top, most particularly the cutting of the sliding dovetail into which the hinging braces would be inserted, the apprentices were all working on the same bench on the opposite side of the stage fabricating the elements that were assembled into the chair’s base. Their congenial sharing of a bench tweaked my self-indulgence of working on, in a typical day, anywhere from 6-8 different work benches in my own space. I admit, I suffer under an embarrassment of riches.
Finally, after 90 very engaging and entertaining minutes, the table was assembled. While I have my doubts about the interests and abilities of most of those in attendance to fabricate any of the chairs from earlier demonstrations, I can definitely see this fitting into the ken of just about everyone there.