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According to the calendar, we’ve just moved into the second half of 2017. Being July, many woodworkers are out on family vacations or handling those summer chores. It’s possible that you need something to pull you back.
Thank goodness there’s the 2017 General Finishes Design Challenge. General Finishes contest accepts entries beginning July 7, 2017 and runs through July 28, 2017, with winners announced the third week in August. You could win prizes for simply entering a piece that you’ve built, rehabbed, painted or turned using any one of the thousands of finishing product from General Finishes.
My time in the shop today was all over the dial initially. I finally settled down and concentrated on one thing but for a while there I was like a headless chicken going from one thing to another. The shop was cool but I didn't want to start sweating and dripping all over what I was working on.
|before the airport|
|too short in the length|
|lid and bottom together|
|got a bit of creep|
|how I set the cherry strips|
|made them even with the bullnose plane|
|epoxy for the side pieces|
|a little better|
|inside is better too|
|bought a 5 1/4 jack for my grandson|
|the kidney lever will be replaced|
|the high knob will be replaced with a low one|
|a handle from a previous rehab|
|big ass hole|
|too gappy with the barrel nut|
|the plane body looks real good|
|sized it first|
|this handle is way too shiny for my tastes|
|chipbreaker isn't square|
|see the taper between the chipbreaker and the iron|
|squared up the chipbreaker|
|someone flattened this|
|the backside of the iron is pretty good in the flat department|
|epoxied the side pieces on|
|mitered banding on the lid done|
|bottom rough sawn|
|trimming the sides|
|one more &*;@1(%$!&^;*^%#@&;* swipe|
|flushed up the walnut banding without Murphy striking again|
|the other side|
|it fits but it is a wee bit too snug|
|the other side|
|sanded about a 1/2" at the top|
|planed a bit off starting about a 1/2" down|
What is an Obie?
answer - an award presented for an off Broadway play
We are running a 30% sale on a huge portion of our store this weekend through the 6th of July! This is a great chance to stock up on popular titles from Popular Woodworking. This sale excludes products in our store from third parties, The Art & Craft of Cabinet Making and other non-discountable items. With that said, there are many titles that the FREE30M coupon code will work with. SHOP NOW […]
Shaving horses are in the wind it seems. On the wind, maybe. That’s how Jennie Alexander used to refer to her book Make a Chair from a Tree. “The chair was in the wind…” meaning if she didn’t write the book, someone was going to.
The wind is carrying shaving horse ideas a bit lately. A year or so ago, I shot a video with Lie-Nielsen on making my (simple) shaving horse. To be released sometime in the semi-near future.An old one of me & Daniel shaving white cedar
Recently, Tim Manney had an excellent shaving horse article in Fine Woodworking, accompanied by Curtis Buchanan’s piece on how to use one. It makes me want to build a new shaving horse! Tim’s also selling detailed plans for building his, http://timmanneychairmaker.blogspot.com/2017/05/shaving-horse-plans.html
Sean Hellman, a green woodworker over in the UK, has a new book out about shaving horses, Shaving Horses, Lap Shaves and other Woodland Vices: A Book of Plans and Techniques for the Green Woodworker.
Plymouth CRAFT ordered a few copies of Sean’s book to sell at Greenwood Fest, but they arrived the day the Fest ended. They are up on the website now, so for US orders it’s an easy way to get Sean’s book. It’s 130 pages, showing a multitude of different shaving horse designs; the dumbhead style, English style, spoon mules, and methods of use, some riving brakes, and other “woodland vices.” Large format, 8 1/4” x 11 3/4”.
Here’s the link to Plymouth CRAFT’s shop, selling a few odds and ends leftover from the Fest. https://www.plymouthcraft.org/online-store
|bottom half of the iron box|
|cap is barely wide enough|
|it is straight and square to the bottom part|
|major mind fart|
|new lid coming|
|leaving them overhanging|
|the two outside strips aren't that wide|
|how I am gluing the lid together|
|last check before gluing the other half of the sandwich on|
|cherry for the lid trim|
|found some wide walnut strips|
|hard to measure this angle|
|this is the only way I have to measure the angle|
|same two pieces I mitered on thursday|
What was the first gold machine struck English coin?
answer - the Guinea and it originally was worth one pound
Amy received her MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. She is the staff writer at Highland Woodworking. In 2015 she and her dad co-founded Coywolf Woodworks, their hobby shop in North Florida.
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This week’s book giveaway celebrates the release of a new book on building tiny houses and backyard buildings (from sheds to studios to recreational retreats). “Building Small” is written by David & Jeanie Stiles, who have authored numerous bestselling books on building sheds, cabins, workshops and other small structures. The book is a bit of an outlier for our category, but it’s filled with great fundamental building instructions that cover everything […]
|the sandwich sans the glue|
|the last steps|
|the top cap part|
|my reference corner|
|first two strips laid on the reference corner|
|setting the spacers|
|small bead down the middle|
|first part done|
|transferring the edge of the strip to the bottom|
|did the same for the top of the spacers|
|I will use these marks to saw the box out|
|something doesn't look right|
|my first iron box|
|the trim keeps the lid in place|
|removed the long ones just before glue fully set|
|planed a bit off|
|why I shaved a wee bit off|
|measuring for the inside of the lid X marks the spot with no glue|
|a bit of gap|
|sandwich glued and cooking|
If you have ameliorated something what have you done?
answer - made it better
I love routers and this elliptical router jig makes me love them even more. I’ve made countless circles with router jigs over the years, but this simple jig for creating a multitude of oval shapes is slick. Ovals are tough because it’s a mathematical equation to get the shape correct. While I love routers, I’m not so fond of math. By creating an elliptical jig you take the math out […]
I’ve been trying for weeks to write this editorial; it is difficult to do because my idealist view competes with reality. I have long been ambivalent about woodworking shops and classes specifically for women, because I don’t want them to be necessary. But they are. Also, I don’t want to seem as if I’m trying to be the voice of all woodworkers who happen to be women. No doubt our […]
In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking, professional upholsterer Mike Mascelli talks about similarities and differences between furniture and car upholstery – you may be surprised to learn that timelines for changes do not run parallel. Plus, he pulls back the curtain on upholstery found in today’s furniture. Scary!
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.
|time to check my miter|
|inside is off the same|
|1/8" plywood scraps|
|doing the layout|
|sawed out the ten parts|
|sawing the spacers to length|
|I like this|
|shot all the spacers to the same length|
|it's basically a sandwich|
What is nystagmus?
answer - rapid and uncontrollable movement of the eyes
I spent last weekend in Winston Salem, NC at the Mid-Year Conference of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPFM) being held appropriately at the Museum of Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA). I was surrounded by fancy furniture and the people who curate fancy furniture and people who make fancy furniture.
There were two hours with no scheduled events on Friday. I assume this was to allow members to visit some of the other buildings and exhibits at Old Salem. Being a member and frequent visitor, I sought alternate ways to be informed and enlightened. There is an antiques mall just down the road that by design or happenstance is the best place for primitive furniture in the area.
There was much there that new and wonderous. There was this plantation desk:
What makes this one unique is that it has been remodeled. A previous owner decided that the writing surface angle was not to their liking and modified it. They added a wedge of wood to change the angle.
I believe there is a chair under there:
There were two step back (stepback?) cupboards that caught my eye. First is this cupboard/pie safe:
The tins are interesting:
The other cupboard is this Eastlake’esque unit:
What makes this one interesting is the shelf support system:
The supports are very easy to make. Take two 4″ wide boards and using your favorite hole installing device, drill a series of holes through the stacked boards on the centerline at an appropriate spacing. Then just rip the boards on the centerline and you have your four supports.
The back is rough boards just nailed on:
There was this very serious looking chair:
And a Boston rocker:
I have seen similar rockers called either Boston or waterfall and dissimilar chairs identified as Boston or waterfall. I still think we need some federal regulations leading to a standardized set of furniture terminology and nomenclature. We would all be better for it but I do not believe anything so useful should be expected from the current Congress.
There needs to be some form of workbench at any antiques mall dealing in primitives:
Here is a primitive settle or the back half of a tiny house:
It’s been a while, but here is a woven gout rocker:
We are excited to be attending this year’s edition of the Lie-Nielsen Open House. The annual event never disappoints, with a great group of hand tool event staff showing off the latest additions to the Lie-Nielsen line. There will also be a diverse group of guest demonstrators present, showing off their wares and creations. And don’t forget to enter the Open House raffle for a chance to win one of three great prizes: a bevel edge chisel, a 102 low angle block plane or a honing guide.
The Saturday night lobster bake dinner may be sold out, but the rest of the open house is still well worth a visit. See you in Maine!
A couple years ago, when I first sat back down at the drawing board after a nearly two decade hiatus, I was worried about myself. In my teens I immersed myself in art of all variety, something barely offered in high schools any longer. I have since found out with formal classes, weekend workshops, and independent study programs I actually received more "Art" training than many college level Art Majors. (The discussion of the disappearance of art and shop classes from high schools is shelved for another day.)
I finished high school believing I would take a year or so off, then attend a "real" art school (whatever that means, we all suffer through the pig-headed-ness of teenage idealism.) Instead I did something that mattered, I married my high school sweetheart (almost 22 years and going) We started a family, and I found a job in healthcare that could provide for them and filled a life too full to add a sketchbook to the load.
My teenage art school self would say something idealistic at this point about holding your artistic resolve in the face of blah blah blah and the blah blah blah. I'd like to meet my teenage self someday. I'd poke that whinny bitch in the eye. Life is about choices and compromises and I don't regret most of them.
Then I started working on my book, and there were concepts I knew I could illustrate better than I could stage a photo, but I was intimidated to sit down and apply graphite to paper again. It's a perishable skill, (for the record, drawing is a Skill NOT a Talent, there's a difference and stop mixing them up, or I'll have to poke you in the eye!) Then Peter Galbert's book arrived on the scene and changed the meta of what a good looking woodworking book can look like. Around the same time I started following a gentleman named Roland Warzecha in his quest to faithfully rediscover medieval sword and shield combat styles. He is writing and illustrating a book on the subject and his work is just fantastic.
For the last 20 years I hadn't done much more than doodle, A gesture drawing, a cartoon face, a bunch of measured drawings. Most of my agglomeration of art supplies had been donated to my children's explorations, but they could be replaced. Mostly I was intimidated by my loss of skilled practice. My eye knows what it wants, what to look for in something satisfactory, I am a very tough and detail oriented critic, especially versus myself.
I sat my ass in a chair and started working at it again. Eventually it's the only option left. I always had a bit of a sketchy style before, but I'm working harder on cleaner lines and solid contrasts now. Finally things are really starting to fall back into a rhythm, I can ease myself into the flow state I used to be able to call at will and I'm starting to turn out work I don't absolutely hate in the end.
If you put it down, you can get it back, you might have to fight a bit, but it's possible. I would say this crosses all hard won skills, drawing, writing, woodworking . . .
If I find the time to re-learn how to play guitar I'm worried I might start to see my acne return!
Damn, then I'd have to poke myself in the eye.
Ratione et Passionis
Before I got home to answer this I wasted a lot time, calories, and gas stopping at 3 different places trying to find a replacement battery for my door bell. Two of the places didn't sell it but Wally World did but it was out of stock.
I checked the voltage on it and it reads 12 volts which it should be but the doorbell won't ring. It can be one of 3 things wrong with the first one being the doorbell transmitter is toast. The second is the chime unit could be toast (I doubt that). The last one is the battery is toast. Just because a battery reads it's stated voltage doesn't mean it is any good. If it can't push any amperage the voltage could twice it's stated rating. The cheapest and quickest fix is to replace the battery. If that doesn't work, I'll toss the whole thing and buy another one.
All this busted adventure did was take up my allotted time in the shop. I wanted to start on the frame for the bookcase but I'll have to wait until tomorrow. I would like to get this done before my wife comes home but that is not going to happen now.
|I drew a blank on this|
|one small screw|
|it's not a square drive|
|this is interesting|
|before I make the box I have to know the thickness|
|the 5/16" and 3/8" are both 1/8" thick|
|1/8" and 3/16" are 7/64" thick|
|the Record 405|
|boxes I made to hold the irons|
|all four of the LV irons fit loosely in here|
|LV on top and Record on the bottom|
|I had waxed these rods|
|plenty of room|
|eyeballed a 45°|
|this would be my first attempt at making a 90° corner with this in a very long time|
|cleaned and smoothed the miters on the jig|
|this is looking pretty good|
|glued and cooking|
How many pairs of legs does a shrimp have?
answer - five
The Maslow CNC is a CNC kit that costs just $350. For that price, you should expect a few compromises. For one thing, you have to put it together. Of course you’ll have the key mechanical, electrical and electronic parts, however, you will need to provide plywood and a couple of 2” x 4”s to complete it. The good news, after using one for a while, I can confirm that […]
I’m not sure what it’s like where you live, but I can tell you that today (June 27th, 2017) is probably one of the best days to spray finish I’ve seen in years. You don’t get many of these.
The temperature is in the low 60s. Humidity is even lower. And it may be that timing is everything because I need to apply a few coats of shellac on a Mission desk I’m completing.