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Uses of jointer-planer combo and benchtop planer

Heartwood: Woodworking by Rob Porcaro - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 10:32pm
Byrd Shelix on the DW735
Commenting on a recent post, a reader asked: Do you typically use your DeWalt 735 for planing, and your Hammer A3-31 for jointing? I am starting to look at combo jointer-planer units, and would be interested in knowing if you typically use separate machines for these two functions. You mentioned in a previous article you […] 0
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Soft Wax: Not Just for Furniture

Lost Art Press: Chris Schwarz - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 5:30pm


While Katy’s soft wax is great for furniture surfaces – especially interiors – she has a new devoted customer: Crucible Tool. Unbeknownst to me, Raney and John have been using the soft wax on our improved-pattern dividers as the final finishing step.

In fact, Raney asked me to make a big batch for him so we didn’t waste so many little 4 oz. tins.

If you’d like to give soft wax a try, Katy has a batch in her etsy store that is ready for shipment. The wax is $12 per 4 oz. tin. I use it on drawers, turnings, chairs and even as a final topcoat on oil finishes.

— Christopher Schwarz

P.S. We hope to have a new black soft wax soon. Oh, and about the photo of the cat: The wax had nothing to do with the hair loss.

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I need your help

Journeyman's Journal - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 1:56pm

I chose HANDWORK as the title of our magazine as it best describes what we do, but as I tried to register the name yesterday through ASIC they tell me a little old lady has taken this name.  Not only did she take this name she registered multiple spellings of handwork.  So, now I need another title for the magazine and I tried several others;

  • Handcraft – taken
  • Handkraft – taken
  • Handcraftd – taken
  • woodworking with hand tools – too long
  • woodspeak – available pending my payment

I personally like WOODSPEAK as a title, I think it's unique and we are speaking about wood and when we work our wood speaks back to us.

So what do you think?

Do you like it?

Do you have any other names that would be a better suited title?

Lets brainstorm together, I only have a few days to register that name.

One more has been added to the pending payment list and I think this one is pretty good also

"BenchWork". That title pretty much covers everything we do.


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No Surprises

Paul Sellers - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 11:38am

Your responses to the last blog came as no surprise. As people accept the ever more mundane of mass making, skills automatically become dumbed down. Manufacturers that once had loyalty on a more local level have gradually sold out and what we thought was still being made domestically by local skills was hidden behind bland …

Read the full post No Surprises on Paul Sellers' Blog.

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The Back Story on Our Latest “Different” Tool…

Bridge City Tools - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 10:42am

Drivel Starved Nation;

It seems that whenever we introduce a tool that is not “traditional” factions of the woodworking community, using their internet bullhorn, feel compelled to condemn the effort as heresy, an egregious assault on our “woodworking heritage”. These anachronistic views to me, and to us as a company, are about as much fun as pre-chewed food. Ideas evolve and so do tools — at least I like to think so.

New ideas are almost always the result of a changing perspective. And this is what I believe we do best, we rattle the cage of conventional woodworking wisdom with tool ideas that either attack or improve functionality deficiencies, inconvenience and work-flow efficiency, all with an underlying passion for aesthetics. Ironically, nobody needs any of these tool ideas… except me.

When I started my furniture making career back in the mid-1970′s, my small basement shop evolved into a 2,000 sq.ft. woodworking studio located in an old defunct furniture factory which still resides in a huge Portland gully. My view was Interstate 84, which was about 75 yards away. That shop contained all the “traditional” purchased hand tools you can imagine, and I despised many of them.

Back then, I had no idea I would eventually become a tool maker, but I do remember cussing under my breath about squares that were not square, block planes that needed half of a day of work to be functional (maybe more), and particularly my Record shoulder plane — that plane could not be used for more than 10 minutes without causing hand pain.

I remember being acutely aware how my store bought tools shared a collective ugliness which I surmised was the result from pragmatic cost compromises. Little did I know I was littering my brain with seeds that would eventually become Bridge City Tool Works.

Fast forward some 40 years later and I now have two shops — and it is not as luxurious as it sounds. In the skunk lab at Bridge City I work primarily at a stand-up bench I built in 1977 (it is from my original basement shop). This shop is full of Bridge City stuff and working space is small and precious. There really is not much room except for one little tool prototype project at a time. We are so cramped here that the table saw has to be moved to utilize the entry door cavity for ripping long boards. I suspect you understand what I am talking about.

My home shop is a back bedroom of my house which houses my Jointmaker Pro. There is another stand-up bench in the garage, but it quickly attracks clutter with important items like dog food, light bulbs and currently, window washing paraphernalia. The garage is also home to our dogs “Hyatt Suite”. In other words, working in my garage is next to impossible.

With this in mind, my tool design perspective has changed and you can see it in our latest design, the UG-1 Universal gage (which, by the way is a stupid name — I lost the vote here). Currently I am interested in working with as few tools as possible to accomplish my needs because I don’t have the space, nor the patience to find, then put away what I need for whatever project I am working on.

UG_R.8 700

To be sure, I am rarely a fan of multi-tools and I own several, the most important of the bunch is the one I carry on my bicycle. That said, it seems multi-tools are full of compromises so when I set out to design one, it is not out of ignorance, I really want to solve my space constraints and simplify my work-flow in the most uncompromising way I can conjure.

In my next post I will explain all of the uses I have planned for this tool and will objectively (as much as possible anyway) grade each of the functions of this cool little tool! You will be able to agree or disagree, but I think the dialog might be enlightening.


The post The Back Story on Our Latest “Different” Tool… appeared first on John's Blog.

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Poppy Smallwood

Finely Strung - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 10:16am

It’s always a pleasure to hear what one’s instruments are doing and I recently caught up with this small steel-string guitar that I made nearly 5 years ago for Poppy Smallwood. Based on a Martin OO model with 12 frets to neck, it’s made of English walnut and has a sitka spruce soundboard.




(More photographs here, if you want to know about its construction.)


Poppy has been playing the guitar in all sorts of places, making a reputation for herself as a singer and songwriter. Here she is performing one of her own songs for BalconyTV against the background of St Petersburg.




You can hear several more of her songs on Soundcloud.


The ‘Dugout Chair’ Begins With a Rotted Stump

Chris Schwarz's Pop Wood Blog - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 8:33am

For as long as I have been writing about woodworking, I have wanted to build a dugout chair. I first encountered the form in one of the many furniture books we had a Popular Woodworking Magazine. Soon after I started working at the magazine in 1996 I began poring through the books whenever I had a spare moment – attempting to get up to speed with all the different furniture […]

The post The ‘Dugout Chair’ Begins With a Rotted Stump appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Big Savings for Pembroke Table Hands-on Class

360 WoodWorking - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 7:11am
Big Savings for Pembroke Table Hands-on Class

If you have a week free beginning September
18th – yes I know it’s barely a month away – 360Woodworking has the perfect woodworking vacation for you. There is one bench open for a hands-on class building a Pembroke table, a furniture form that spanned over a century and was interpreted differently by the tastes and styles of the various designers of the age.

In the class as you build your table, you’ll learn multiple methods to taper legs, how to work with stack-lamination techniques for the curved parts, basic veneer work, how to lay out and cut the oval top complete with drop-leaf joinery and inlay and how to make knuckle joints for the fly rail – come ready to work to build this iconic piece of period furniture.

Continue reading Big Savings for Pembroke Table Hands-on Class at 360 WoodWorking.

Dying Crafts. What to Do?

Paul Sellers - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 1:32am

I listened to a BBC Radio 4 programme with a presenter named Jenny Murray talking about 17 crafts on the ‘Red Endangered List’, where certain crafts are in danger of disappearing. Of course we have seen crafts disappear because there was no use for them anymore. John Seymour wrote a book about the Forgotten Crafts …

Read the full post Dying Crafts. What to Do? on Paul Sellers' Blog.

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two drawers and a box.....

Accidental Woodworker - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 1:20am
It was a very productive weekend for me. Saturday was cloudy and overcast with a few periods of rain. Sunday was sunny but the humidity was back. It wasn't as bad as it was last month and with the fan going in the shop, it was tolerable. It didn't slow me down too much and I met my goal of getting both drawers glued up. I was hoping the box would be done and ready to go to work but maybe by tuesday or wednesday it'll be ready.

quiet work
An hour after oh dark thirty I was in the shop working on the binder clip box. I usually work on things like this that don't make noise as I don't want to risk waking up the wife. I flushed the top and bottom and cleaned up the sides. I used this piece of walnut to make some glue blocks for the bottom. I normally wouldn't use them on a box this small but I made the bottom too narrow in the width. I centered it as best I could and the glue blocks will keep it there.

plugged the groove holes
 I was going to put a base on this that would have hid these but I changed my mind. Only me and another woodworker will ever know what the real purpose of the plugs are for. If anyone asks at work (which I doubt), I'll tell them it's a decoration.

didn't get 100%
Three of the corners closed up with no gaps. This corner has a wee bit showing but I'll take it. This is a big improvement over my past results. I may be chasing the wind on this but I want a gap free interior on a  dovetailed box. I'm closing in on it slowly.

there is a lid in there
I don't want a glued up lid so I cut off a piece from this 1x10. I'll thin it down to a 1/2"

both sides have some twist
 The board looked straight and flat before I sawed it off but it rocked on the corners when I put it on the bench.

got one face flat
Getting this board flat and twist free was a PITA. I went back and forth several times between checking and planing before I got it. I was shooting for a 1/2" thickness and I ended up a frog hair under 7/16".

sizing the overhang on the ends
got a ton of tear out
When I ran my gauge line around the board I saw that I had over an 1/8" to hog off. So I used the scrub plane going straight across the board first. I got a lot of tear out but I thought I was ok because I had so much to remove. It didn't all plane out and disappear when I got it down to the gauge lines.

another headache
The the board is full of pitch on both sides. All the orange colored grain lines are pitch pockets.

made mess of this
I had to stop and clean the sole of this several times while scraping this board.

my 5 1/2
I'll have to break this down to parade rest and clean it up. Turpentine works the best at cleaning this but mineral spirits works too.

washers for clearance
There is about a 32nd on the outboard side of the hinge arms. The washers will keep the arms spaced correctly while the glue sets up.

only gluing about 1/2 way
I put the arms on the lid and held them in place for a few minutes and then set it aside to set up.

working on the big drawer front
cleaning out the sockets
first one fitted
the ugly gap
This is my fault because I set the marking gauge a hair shorter than it should have been. For some reason I thought this would give me some wiggle room when it came to fitting it. Well sports fans, it doesn't. What is does is this. Half blinds can't be proud or short in this cut but only dead nuts. Tomorrow after this has set I'll fill itwith epoxy and filler.

making my blind groove
sizing the back to match the front
dry fitlooks good
I am not doing the finger hole until the bottom is in. Once that is done, it would be impossible for me to screw it up again.

drawer slip overhang
I knew that this would go pass the bottom but not this much. Still not a problem as after the glue has set on it, I'll plane it flush.

a look see
Slips are a good alternative to grooving the sides. The bottom is captured at the front in a groove and can be nailed or screwed into the back. The sides aren't weakened by grooving for the bottom.

new look for me
The interior is flush across the bottom going up to the sides. Nothing sticking out into the drawer box interfering with putting things up against the sides.

small drawer parts sized and ready to dovetail
front done and ready to do the back
No hiccups with the front half blinds having gaps. I was a good boy and set the gauge to the exact distance.

I said oops
I made two runs with the plow to layout my blind groove. I was making one more and when I got to this end the plane stalled. I pushed and won. And the plane went right on through the end. Since I would have to plug this one I made it a through groove.

way too tight
The bottom half pin on this side was too tight to fit. It took a few trim and fit dance steps before I got it to seat.

ready for glue up
The back top is wild on both drawers. After the glue has set I'll saw off most of it and plane what is left flush. I glued this up and clamped the tails to close them up and set it aside with the big drawer.

lid ready for finish
The lid has a small chamfer on the sides and the front. I clipped the front corners at a slight angle. I have done round corners and corners clipped at a 45 and I wanted to try something different. I think the chamfer and the corner clips dresses up the lid over a plain Jane rectangle.

The back top edge of the box has to be rounded over to allow the lid to open and close. That is what is delaying getting this out the door today or even tomorrow.

one coat on the box and lid
If I get around to it, I'll come back after supper and put a second coat on the lid. The box will be getting just one because I have to still do some planing on it.

A good day in the shop and it was a wee bit difficult getting myself out of my chair when the wife said dinner was ready. I felt like things had rusted in place and I needed to oil the joints to free them. i think my age is catching up with me.

accidental woodworker

trivia corner
This federal holiday was first observed in 1894. What is it?
answer - Labor Day, celebrated on the first monday in September. Canada's Labor day is celebrated on the same day too.

Bargain Planes on E Bay

David Barron Furniture - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 12:10am

I'm clearing out some old planes, all have faults that would be easy to fix. First up an unhandled Spiers smoother, a good user.

Next a Norris A 71 missing its rear handle.

And lastly a Spiers parallel smoother again a good user
All start at 99p so bargains to be had. Due to the weights I'm afraid it's only postage (or collection) in the UK
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Dubuque Clamp Works

orepass: Woodworking to Pass the Time - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 4:34pm

Chance meetings abound at Handworks, while talking with Jim and Mike at Mortise and Tenon Magazine, I took the opportunity to grab a photograph.

Jim and I were laughing about asking someone to grab a photo of the three of us and we asked the first person wandering up to the table. After the picture was taken we continued talking and the  conversation moved to clamps and quickly a business card appeared in my hand. Our photographer, Keith Clark was the owner of Dubuque Clamp Works. 

Readers of my blog surely know that I am a huge fan of Dubuque Calmp Works. Learning more about the clamps I left the conversation even more impressed by their commitment to materials and quality. I purchased my clamps through Lee Valley Tools and have been extremely happy. There are many other places they can be purchased as well.

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‘The Peasantry is Unimportant’

Lost Art Press: Chris Schwarz - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 3:30pm

li161.1 C44 Q.R

One of the ideas that’s been crashing around in my head for years is that vernacular furniture – what I call the “furniture of necessity” – is divorced, separate and independent from the high styles of furniture that crowd the books in my office.

This idea is not commonly held.

The conventional wisdom is this: Chippenton Sheradale invents a style of furniture that is Neo-Classical Chinese. So he publishes a pattern book to illustrate his new pieces, and the style becomes all the rage. All of the rich people want pieces in Neo-Classical Chinese to replace all the pieces in their houses that were Neo-Chinese Classical.

So the local cabinetmakers oblige and (as a result) can all afford new chrome rims for their carriages.

Rich rural farmers see the pieces in the new style and return home with the crazy idea that they should also have pieces in the latest Neo-Classical Chinese style. So they get Festus, the local cabinetmaker, to build them a Neo-Classical Chinese chair. But Festus uses Redneck Maple (Holdimus beericus) because Festus can’t get New Money Mahogany (Stickusis inbutticus).

Oh, and Festus takes some liberties with the new furniture style to please his rural customers, who want a series of cupholders in the arms that can accommodate a Bigus Gulpus.

Then the poor farmers see the Redneck Maple Neo-Classical Chairs owned by the rich farmers and ask their local carpenters to make copies, who also make changes to the design (a gun rack on the back). And then the dirt farmers see that chair. And so on.

Meanwhile, back in the city, a furniture designer draws up a pattern book for Neo-Gothic Romanian furniture. The cycle begins again.

All this sounds plausible because it has been written down in almost every book of furniture history ever published. The rich make something fashionable, and the poor imitate it until the rich become annoyed or bored. So then the rich find a new style, which the poor imitate again.

The only problem with this theory of degenerate furniture forms is that the furniture record doesn’t always go along with the theory.

I think there’s furniture that is divorced from the gentry. Furniture that is divorced from architecture. Instead of beginning with a pattern book, it begins with these questions: What do I need? What materials do I have? What can I make that will take little time to build but will endure (so I don’t have to frickin’ build it again)?


For several months now I have been plowing through “Welsh Furniture 1250-1950” (Saer Books) by Richard Bebb and have been thrilled to find someone who thinks the same way. Bebb has done the research on the matter when it comes to Welsh furniture. And he has convinced me that I’m not nuts.

In the first section of Vol. I, Bebb deftly eviscerates these ideas like a fishmonger filleting a brook trout. It’s an amazing thing to read. I’ll be writing more about Bebb’s research in future entries, but if you want to get right to the source, I recommend you snag your own copy of this impressive work.

— Christopher Schwarz

Filed under: The Anarchist's Design Book, Uncategorized
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Review from Woodcentral on HANDWORK

Journeyman's Journal - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 11:37am

I’m speechless, gob smacked, never saw it coming.  I’m honoured and humbled.


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Getting ready to go over all the types of Japanese saws at Frank...

Giant Cypress - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 6:59am

Getting ready to go over all the types of Japanese saws at Frank Klausz’s shop.


Accidental Woodworker - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 5:09am
Lately my mistake total had been going down. However, over the past couple of days I've wiped out all of my atta boys and got a boatload of aw shits due some brain farts. Everyone makes them, some more than others, and other less than. I'm kind of in the upper middle between the half way and full. I seem to go for a while on the right side of the road and then I end up in a ditch.

I had a bad one yesterday where 3 days of working on a drawer got flushed. I thought I was doing good but not looking to check myself cost me big time. I made an error today (different than a mistake) based on an assumption. I thought something was square but it turned out it wasn't. I didn't lose anything there but it could have been as painful as yesterday's.

Mistakes and making them are part of life and woodworking. I kind of thought I made enough in woodworking already but that keep on a coming. At least the flavor of them is changing but it would nice to finally meet my quota on them.

making drawer slips
This is a left over from the bookcase I just made and I can get two sets of drawer slips out of it.

didn't come out too good
I sawed these out the wrong way. The way I did it still gave up slips but if I had sawn the opposite face it would have been much easier for me to clean up and square them.

one set
The right one is the way I should have sawn out all of them. These two are different sizes but I can still use these on the same drawer. As long as the rabbets line up, what is underneath that doesn't matter. I'm not going to use these for the drawers. I'll set them aside to use on another single drawer.

lot of work on this one
I will have to saw this into two pieces. Square up two faces and then adjust the rabbets to fit the plywood bottom.

got a bead I can use elsewhere
one set of slips done
The board gave up this set and I can get another set out of it.

plow a groove on both edges
saw them out on the inboard side of the groove
clean up the faces next
This face doesn't have to be square. Nothing is referenced off of it and nothing will be attached to it nor will it be a glue surface.

ganged together and planed
this part matters
The rabbet is too shallow for the plywood. I used the rabbet plane to get it to the correct depth. One thing I could have done was to use a wider iron when I plowed the groove. I used the one that fits this plywood. If I used the 1/4" one it would have been wider than the plywood. Instead of making the rabbet deeper, I would have been planing the rabbet flush to the plywood.

final check and tweaking the fit
I put the plywood in the rabbet and moved along the entire length checking for flush. Any spots that were still proud I planed with the bullnose plane.

labeled and stowed
I'm hoping that I don't ignore the labels and mix this up. I'm not sure that they are interchangeable.

new small drawer front on the right
planed to thickness
thought I was planing square with this
loose fit in the opening
I did the loose fit on purpose. I lost my grain flow between the drawer fronts so I'm going to paint them. The loose fit will allow for the paint film thickness. I used this drawer front to get the width for the drawer sides.

two drawer sides
I have some cup to remove
If I was going to groove the sides for the bottom, I wouldn't use this stock. Planing out the cup could make it too thin for that. With drawer slips the thickness of the sides doesn't matter that much. I could probably go down to a 1/4" and still use slips. They are glued to the sides and 1/4" is thick enough for that.

one side is flat and not rocking
I am not going nutso on this and planing it too a gauged thickness. All I am doing is making each face flat and twist free.

this side is twist free
this side has some twist
found my assumption was wrong now
I thought that this was square but it isn't. All four corners are slightly out. I used this to set the width of the sides and they ended up too short for the opening. That is when I knew something was OTL (out to lunch) and the drawer front was the winner.

an exaggeration
Not only is the drawer front off, but the sides are too. There is no way I can use them to make this drawer. The sides can be reused but the front is toast. I can square the front up but by then it would be way too small to use. At least I found it out before doing any dovetailing.

I used this yesterday and I got dead nuts square with it. I didn't jar or change the fence. I used it and put it back here. The only other thing I can think of is I used the 4 1/2 then and today I used the 5 1/2 but that shouldn't make a difference. Or maybe it does.

from the LN 51
I will have to sharpen the iron on the 51 before I can use it to square up the ends. That stripe on this is caused by a chip in the iron.

I can see the chip without help
See the two whitish dots on the edge of the iron on the right? That is where the stripe is coming from.

almost gone
On the bevel side the chip wasn't all that big. It only took about 5 minutes to remove on the 80 grit runway. I  raised a good burr too.

new small drawer front
Planed this to thickness and I got no rocking at the corners. That tells me that this is flat and twist free. I got this done and the new sides and stickered them.

a me box
I need a box for storing some big binder clips. I have a 3 compartment box at work that I made but it is too small for all the big binder clamps. This is a quick project. I ganged the sides together to saw the tails on both at the same time. This is something that I rarely do because I still have some problems getting both side pieces identical.

Here I finally got it, so I gave it a try. It is definitely a time saver and speeds up things over doing each one separately.

sawed and chopped
I paid a little more attention to cleaning out the corners on the tails and pins. It paid off when I put the box together.

off the saw
It's a good feeling having your tails and pins mate up off the saw. Today I got the tails to be 99.90% gap free. I think the extra care I did on cleaning the corners out helped it a lot. The bottom is almost perfectly flush too. I'll be able to make the bottom grooves without flushing the bottom first.

grooves done and the interior cleaned up
I sized the plywood bottom and glued the box up and set it aside to set up overnight.

stopped here
I sawed the tails on the front of the sides and marked the front. I sawed the sockets and the last step for today was the card scraper severing the corners. Tomorrow I'll chop and fit them.

went nutso on the clamping
The clamps weren't necessary as the box joinery was good and would have stayed that way while the glue set. The clamps closed up and seated the tails and pins that extra 0.01%. I'm anxious to see this tomorrow and how the inside looks. With the clamps there were no gaps and hopefully tomorrow it'll be the same.

spare lid
I was hoping to use this on the binder clip box but it is too small. The box is 12x7x4 1/2 and this is 12"x 5 1/2". I want some overhang on the box and I can do it on the front but I can't stretch this and make it longer.

more spare parts
The crest rail was a thought but I changed my mind on that. The arms I am going to use. I will use these as the hinge for the box. I will have to glue up some stock for the lid maybe. I have some 1x10 that I can plane down to a 1/2" to match the rest of the box.

for Bob D
The left drawer has more weight in it then the right one. Both are still chugging along with no hiccups well over a year later. I have rounded slips in both drawers and you can see part of one in the left drawer.

accidental woodworker

trivia corner
Who is Nolan Bushnell?
answer - the founder of ATARI and Chuck E Cheese

Woodworking Courses Without A Computer

360 WoodWorking - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 5:07am
Woodworking Courses Without A Computer

Taking online courses in any subject, including woodworking courses, is the future of learning. It’s convenient. Bring the course directly to you. (There’s a free example posted below.) But in woodworking, being tied to your computer when you need to be in the shop practicing your new found skills is problematic. This week 360Woodworking.com took steps to alleviate that problem. The newest offerings are downloadable courses presented as a PDF with embedded video that plays whenever opened in Adobe Reader.

Continue reading Woodworking Courses Without A Computer at 360 WoodWorking.

Picture This CXI

Pegs and 'Tails - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 12:11am
A dealer is currently offering this walnut chest for sale and describes it as Queen Anne with original brasses. What do the sleuths say? Fig. 1. Fig. 2. Fig. 3. Fig. 4. Jack PlaneFiled under: Antiques, Picture This
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A2 steel plane blades are not all the same

Heartwood: Woodworking by Rob Porcaro - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 10:29pm
A2 steel chipping
Before making my point, here is a synopsis of the differences between A2 and O2 blades, as I understand them, and have experienced in using them. Better however, you should also read a much more learned discussion by the Man of Steel himself, Ron Hock. In general, for comparable quality blades: O2 is finer grain […] 0
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Introducing the Combi Shooter Shooting Board

Evenfall Studios - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 1:53pm
We’d like introduce a new shooting board to our lineup, called the Combi Shooter. The Combi Shooter, “Multi”. The Combi Shooter gets its name because it combines two models of shooting board we currently offer into one. Starting with the Long Grain Shooter shooting board, we build it completely as a Long Grain Shooter including […]
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