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In the May 2017 issue of The Highland Woodturner, Curtis Turner answers a question many new woodturners ask – what types of turning tools should I buy?
My students often ask what type of tools they should buy. Specifically, should they buy inexpensive tools or go straight for the expensive ones? I think this question deserves a bit of discussion and does not have a single best answer that fits everyone, but this does not mean one should sink into analysis paralysis.
Click to read Curtis’s thoughts on the tools a woodturner should purchase for their own woodturning shop.
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Frank Klausz has created many beautiful furniture pieces in his lifetime, and one of the features he enjoys using is string inlay. In this short video, Frank takes us on a tour of his home, pointing out a number of the pieces he has made. He highlights a china cabinet in his dining room for its special inlay features, then takes us into the shop to show us how it’s […]
The post VIDEO: Frank Klausz – Home Tour & String Inlay Advice appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.
In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking we talk with Ron Herman of Woodworkingwithron.com to get his take on how barometric pressures figure into our woodworking. Along with how pressure effects wood, he shares stories on how it effects your tools, too.
Join 360 Woodworking every Thursday for a lively discussion on everything from tools to techniques to wood selection (and more). Glen talks with various guests about all things woodworking and some things that are slightly off topic.
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|
|working on the stone holder|
|bandsawed the wedge and squared it up|
|waste removal next|
|waste removed, router will get me to a consistent depth|
|wee bit too deep with the saw on this wall|
|side rabbets 4, me %%$#^^@@=&*( zero|
|same luck on the left side|
|disaster I forgot|
|the wedge is cocked|
|should have done it this way?|
|road test up coming|
|it is working on both|
|the wedge is cocking|
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.
What is the oldest US Greek letter college society?
answer - Phi Beta Kappa established at the college of William and Mary in 1776
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.
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.
|I'm so happy with this I could wet myself|
|last rub down with 4-0 steel wool|
|got my two inch hake brush|
|the proposed home of said cabinet|
|1/2 x 6 x24 poplar|
|first piece of scrap white oak|
|found a bigger piece|
|squared a reference edge with my new 5 1/2|
|I'll use the off cut to make the wedges|
|this end will get a dado for the two wedges|
|sawed the two walls for the bottom dado|
|did pretty good this time|
|wee bit tight|
|using the 4 1/2 to thin it|
|fits snugly here but too tight on the near side|
|snug fit side to side|
|it is not rocking|
|the offending end|
|glued and cooking|
What does the word "amen" mean?
answer - so be it or let it be
Look for new videos from Popular Woodworking every Tuesday on our YouTube channel and Thursday. Cutting dovetails is a skill that many strive to master. It has become a right of passage for many woodworkers who are developing their hand tool skills. In their eagerness to get to the sawing, many beginning woodworkers rush through the layout process. Christopher Schwarz makes this often complicated process simple, using basic layout tools. Follow along […]
In the May 2017 issue of Festool Heaven, Jim Randolph shares a quick story on how his first use of the Festool Vecturo oscillating tool helped finish a challenging job quickly and easily.
I’d had my new Festool Vecturo for only 24 hours before I had a job for it…After several hours of clerical work, I was ready for some woodworking. A DIY job would be as close as I could get. When our plumber Terry assessed a job we asked him to do at the office, his first lament was that one of the framing members for this AC air-handler platform was right in the way of reaching the bathtub faucet inside this wall.
Our answer? “We can fix that!”
Click to read how Jim used his new Festool Vecturo for a quick and easy fix.
|time to see if anything stuck together|
|same thing on this side|
|passed the tap test|
|trying it again|
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|
|small card scraper on the long grain edges|
|gave the 4-0 a good workout|
|this looks good|
|I love the look of the back slats|
|my hake brushes|
|solid wood is my first choice|
What do J.C. Penny's initials stand for?
answer - James Cash
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.
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.
My dear reader, I would like to apologise for my extended absence from the wonder world of virtual woodworking via the internet. You would find the reasons quite boring so let’s not waste any time nor effort ruminating on such drivel. This instalment of an apparently mammoth series will concern itself with the addition of the third and final layer of the so-called trapezoid leg. You can find earlier posts in this series here.
Seeing that the third layer would ultimately close up the internal workings of the whole construction, I took the opportunity to unscrew the second layer’s three ‘cross members’ (for lack of a better term). As you should be able to observe in the photos below, the old school mild steel wood screws received a coat of beeswax. This was accomplished by melting a block of wax in a small tin containing these traditional fasteners. The idea with this is that the wax should reduce the effort required to seat the screws and at the same time providing a layer that would resist future corrosion.
The screws were then seated after the surfaces that is supposed to be able to slide ever so slightly with the changes in ambient humidity over the years, were rubbed with beeswax. Whether this is useful (or possibly the opposite) I do not know, but I tried it anyway. Therefore I would urge you to ask someone who knows before following suite. Maybe some of our more experienced and properly trained cadres could assist in the matter.
Seeing that the plan was to fix the third and final layer using panel pins I had to fashion a custom punch to seat the nails below the surface of the wood. A short section of a round file which I picked up somewhere served perfectly well for this purpose. It was shaped carefully (not to take the temper out of the hardened steel) on a bench grinder to fit the head of the panel pin to a T. There are some picks further down to show the business end of my new redneck punch.
As is so common here in Africa, I also had to modify the panel pins somewhat to serve my purpose. In order to allow layer one and two to be able to move relative to each other, these panel pins had to stop short of layer one. In other words they should only fix layer three to the cross members of layer two. That was accomplished by snipping off the required amount, followed by resharpening on the bench grinder.
The two Kershout strips were fitted first, as they needed to be absolutely spot on given the fact that they mirror the spindles of the so-called Windsor leg. Kershout seems to enjoy spending time off the Janka hardness charts (literally and figuratively) so it hard to say where it rates in comparison to better known species, but let’s just say it tends to take exception when a nail wants to upset it’s feng shui. For that reason I had to drill shank holes for each panel pin, which allowed the shank through and only caught the slightly wider head. This way the panel pins were more inclined to retain it’s linear configuration and the Kershout refrained from flexing it’s muscles.
As discussed in earlier posts, the third layer only needs to add another 8 mm for the trapezoid leg to reach it’s intended thickness of 44 mm. Therefore I decided to challenge my new bandsaw with fairly wide re-sawing in very hard Witpeer. Of course that also allowed me to introduce visual interest by means of a book-matched arrangement of the various pieces.
In order to do that I needed one flat, square and twist-free face side and face edge.
The resultant 8 mm stock were then fitted from the centre of the leg towards the outside. I again used the hitherto unproven technique of rubbing beeswax on the surfaces that is supposed to be able to slide.
I used a no. 78 and a no. 10 Stanley rabbet plane to cut the rabbets that hides the space allowed for movement.
The book-matched pattern is already vaguely apparent.
All the sides were then worked flush.
By hand plane along the grain …
… and by track saw followed by hand plane across the grain.
The small cavities created by seating the panel pins below the surface of the wood were filled with a concoction conjured up by mixing very fine wood dust (of the same wood of course) and epoxy.
Once the elixir had time to set I did a preliminary round of surface preparation.
As you can see the book-matched pattern is starting to emerge nicely. Once it receives oil it should be positively stunning.
Even the opposite side is starting to display a certain je ne sais quoi.
The edges were then treated to some hand beading to hide the laminations.
As you can see it worked a charm.
In our next instalment we will move on to laminating the various boards that was chosen (many moons ago) for the top.
|took it apart to try and salvage it|
|part of a chinese oak stair tread|
|X marks the high corners|
|the other side isn't twisted|
|miter box saw|
|wasn't 100% successful with that|
|the spine bottom will ride on top of these|
|the arm's pivot circle|
|the table pivot point|
|the legs don't lie flat|
|they don't lay flat on all four points|
|made a Wally World run|
|the bottom of the spine|
|the one thing I checked off the A+ list|
I'm going to put a piece of metal in this pie shaped indentation to strengthen it. I don't want to rely solely on the epoxy holding this together.
|first step is to make a rubbing of the metal piece|
|step 2 - glue it to the donor|
|step 3 - file the outline|
|step 4 - the filing will guide the cutoff wheel|
|wee bit too fat|
|a little filing and checking batted next|
|pretty good fit|
|ready to epoxy in place|
|backside of the coarsest diamond stone|
|cooking until tomorrow|
|used it on this end|
|the real stuff|
|tried it on the long grain edge|
|against steel wool on the other long edge edge|
|results weren't any better on the poplar|
|the winner is the real stuff|
|four coats of 1 lb cut on the certificate frame|
|4 coats on the end tops too|
How many people have won the Grand Slam in golf?
answer - Bobby Jones did it 1930 (before the Masters) Tiger Woods held all four titles in a row but not in the same calendar year
Stewart-MacDonald has been sending me emails recently about a device which allows guitar makers to adjust the height of a guitar nut or saddle while keeping the underside both square and straight (item # 4047 in the StewMac catalogue). Here’s a picture.
I thought that this was rather a good idea. Although it’s not especially difficult to adjust a nut or a saddle by hand with a file, it’s a tedious job and often takes a while. And the reviews on the StewMac website were positive, saying how quick and accurate the device was.
The drawback is that it’s quite expensive. By the time I’d paid shipping and import duty, buying one would probably cost around $200. So, I decided to make one for myself.
The body is a length of aluminium bar, 15mm x 30mm, drilled at each end to take an axle that carries miniature ball bearings.
Used with a sheet of P280 sandpaper on a flat surface, it worked quickly and accurately.
As I hope you will be able to see from the photographs, it’s not difficult to make, although you will need access to a drill press and a small lathe. The materials needed (aluminium bar and four miniature ball bearings) are easily available and cheap.
Mine took a bit longer to construct than it should have done because I drilled the holes for the axles too low, which meant that the body of the device ended up too far above the sanding surface. So I had to bush the holes and re-drill. If you’re making one, I’d recommend positioning the axle to give a gap of no more than 2mm between the bottom of the device and the sanding surface.
I didn't sleep very well last night. The peepers failed open at 0130 and I after an hour of trying to fall back to sleep, I got up. I wasn't going to work OT today but it was way too early to be in the shop so I went to work. I planned on only doing 3 hours but I did 6. We were taught a new way to scan certain documents into the system and today was my first time doing them solo. I got into a rhythm with it and when I came up for air I had already put in over 5 hours. I stayed to round it out to 6 and left then.
|had to sweep the deck|
What brought out the cleaning bug was me looking for something buried somewhere in the shop. As I was looking for that, I realized that I have way too many irons in the fire. I stopped counting after 7 and I could have probably gotten into double digits on just my immediate to do list. Granted some are quickies like setting the shavings on the 5 1/2, but picking the first one to do was giving me a headache.
Priority #1 I decided was me taking a day of rest. Getting up 4 hours before oh dark thirty was catching up to me and it wasn't even lunchtime yet. First batter was doing a leisurely sweep down of the shop which took until the early afternoon.
|WTF is it?|
|this didn't help|
|last thing I did and found|
|largest Ashley Iles chisels|
|ditto with the Buck Bros|
|31 year old delta 14" bandsaw insert|
|failed the bounce test with Mr Concrete floor a long time ago|
|had to make something today|
|the former one was here|
|ugly finger divot hole|
|just enough to get my finger underneath it|
|Grace saw nut screwdriver|
|easier to clean sans the handle|
Along with doing the saw I will have to get some grease for the pivot on the miter box. It doesn't look like it had much grease in it as there is some scoring on both seats.
How much does the skeleton of an average 160 pound human weigh?
answer - about 30 pounds