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Learn to Scythe on National Meadow Day 2017

Steve Tomlin Crafts - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 6:05am
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Categories: General Woodworking

General Finishes Design Challenge

360 WoodWorking - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 5:47am
General Finishes Design Challenge

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.

Continue reading General Finishes Design Challenge at 360 WoodWorking.

the humiidity is back.......

Accidental Woodworker - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 3:09am
The humidity rolled in on friday afternoon and saturday it got kicked up a notch or two. It must have been a fun adventure coming home this morning for my wife. She had to wait through a couple of bomb scares in Baltimore which threw a monkey wrench in plane departures and arrivals. I guess she was lucky and she eventually landed at TF Green airport at 10 minutes past midnite. I had been up for almost 24 hours when I finally got home from airport. Needless to say I didn't chit chat with her and I headed straight for Mr Bunky (bed) and the AC.

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
Because my wife's flight got in so late I was able to glue the long strips on the lid yesterday.

too short in the length
Without squaring up the ends, this piece of walnut is 3 frog hairs shy of being long enough. That is why I had to use the cherry.

lid and bottom together
The sides for the lid aren't that wide and there is a lot of end grain there too. The fit of the lid and the bottom is snug and I'll deal with that after I get the side pieces secured.

jewelers file
When I put the lid on, with the irons in the bottom, when I pull the lid off, the 5/16" and 3/8" irons got pulled out. The slot in the lid is too tight and I used the file to open it until I could pull the lid off and not the irons too. I didn't have a larger file thin enough to fit in the recess.

got a bit of creep
The left strip is lower than the right one.

how I set the cherry strips
The walnut strip was on the bottom of the lid and I lined it with the bottom of the cherry strips. One of these moved a little when I clamped it.

made them even with the bullnose plane
epoxy for the side pieces
There is too much end grain and that isn't good to use yellow glue on.

a little better
inside is better too
What little trimming and flushing I did on the donkey's ear jig helped but I still need to do a wee bit more.

bought a 5 1/4 jack for my grandson
He will be pretty well equipped plane wise. He will have a #3, #4, and a 5 1/4 to call his own. And he will have access to my herd too. I got this from Patrick Leach and it is pretty much done. About all I will have to do is shine the sole and sharpen the iron.

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
This handle had a bazillion washers on the stud to compensate for the over and deep sized hole. I put a piece of wood into the hole rather than use washers.

too gappy with the barrel nut
I already have a request out for a new knob and handle.

the plane body looks real good
There weren't any washers for the frog screws and it is the one thing I don't have in my plane parts goodie bag. I ordered a set of screws and washers today. I had to buy the set because I couldn't find anyone selling just the washers.

sized it first
Someone left me this tip on sizing the end grain first when I was making my xmas phone caddies. I used 5 minute epoxy on this because I don't want to wait a day for the west system epoxy to set up.

this handle is way too shiny for my tastes
I am not sure if this is rosewood under the finish or not. It could also be a hardwood handle painted black and then finished off with what looks like lacquer.

chipbreaker isn't square
It is low on the left rising to the high on the right. This is something that I haven't been checking when I rehab planes. In order to get this iron parallel with the mouth I had to move the lateral adjust a lot.

see the taper between the chipbreaker and the iron
I think that because the chipbreaker isn't square to the plane iron sides it is causing a skew necessitating a lot of lateral adjust movement to compensate for it.

squared up the chipbreaker
 Doing this was quicker and pretty much hiccup free. I wasn't expecting it to be this easy to do.

tapered now
Before I squared this, this was even across the width. This is a good gauge of how much I had to remove to square it up. I stoned the edge again and made it parallel again. Now I'll have good contact with the iron.

someone flattened this
I rounded the corners with a file so I won't leave plane tracks.

the backside of the iron is pretty good in the flat department
epoxied the side pieces on
I am going to try and miter the walnut banding on the iron box. I have them rough sawn here and I am going to glue them up off the saw. They are small and I don't think I will have to go nutso trying to sweeten them up on the shooting board.

mitered banding on the lid done
I thought the fit of the miters looked good and a whole lot better looking than a butt joint.

bottom rough sawn
I can't do this one until the lid has set up. I need to put the lid in place to get the final length of the bottom side pieces. This fit was pretty good for off the saw.

didn't work
The iron in the plane is sharp because I just did it a few days ago. I had it set shallow but it 'grabbed' something and this happened. Thinking back on this, I tried to sweeten this miter with the walnut in front of the backer strip. I should have put it behind the backer strip inbetween it and the fence.

trimming the sides
I used the chisel to get the majority of the waste flushed close to long pieces of the lid.

one more &*;@1(%$!&^;*^%#@&;* swipe
I had to do it and Murphy's law struck again. I super glued this chip back in place.

flushed up the walnut banding without Murphy striking again
small miter
the other side
I am pleased with how this came out. I guess there isn't a size limitation on a miter.

it fits but it is a wee bit too snug
the other side
Gap free all around but I think I should have used a wider banding. That would have allowed more of the bottom to seat up into the lid.

sanded about a 1/2" at the top
planed a bit off  starting about a 1/2" down
for tomorrow
I ran out of gas. The heat and humidity today are sapping the strength and will right out of me. Doing an all nighter yesterday wasn't helping the cause either. I will post the finished pics of the iron box. Hopefully I will get that done tomorrow and report further progress on the bookcase.

accidental woodworker

trivia corner
What is an Obie?
answer - an award presented for an off Broadway play

Independence Day Sale at ShopWoodworking.com!

Popular Woodworking Editors Blog - Sat, 07/01/2017 - 6:46am

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 […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

Shaving horse book available through Plymouth CRAFT

Peter Follansbee, joiner's notes - Sat, 07/01/2017 - 4:17am

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


plane iron box pt III...........

Accidental Woodworker - Sat, 07/01/2017 - 4:09am
I thought that tonight was going to be my last time playing with the box. When I first sawed it  apart I still thought that. That changed when I looked at the lid. So there will be at least one more plane iron box post. Then hopefully I'll be done with it and I can move on to finishing the bookcase. My problem is I have so many things I want to do and so little time to even make a dent in them. It's like shoveling sand against the tide.

bottom half of the iron box
I sawed it in two and planed the bottom part four edges straight and square. I got a bunch of saw fuzzies in the holes and I used the irons to clean that up and remove them.

irons fit
I don't know why the 3/8" iron is higher than the others. I put the iron into the hole, bevel down, and moved it up and down. I turned it 180 and repeated that on the opposite side. I didn't feel any resistance either time and very little debris fell out too.

cap is barely wide enough
it is straight and square to the bottom part
major mind fart
I didn't leave a recess for the irons.  I planned to but, oops, I got distracted by an attack of mind flatulence.  I think I was too intent on getting maximum glue coverage and missed this totally.

new lid coming
The pencil line is the where the recess for the irons ends.

leaving them overhanging
Rather then go nutso trying to saw and then glue a small width piece here, I am letting it overhang. I have a square pencil line to guide me for gluing it on the inside.

the two outside strips aren't that wide
One outside middle piece  piece was wider than the other. I sawed and planed the wider one until it matched the smaller one. This way the lid should be able to go on the bottom no matter which way I try to put it on.

how I am gluing the lid together
I am gluing the side strips in first and then the middle piece. Because the side pieces are thin in the width, the longer length will maximize the glue area on them.

alternate way
If I put the side to side filler piece in this way, the side strips would be less than 3/4" long. That isn't sufficient glue area to give me a warm and fuzzy on this. The piles of the plywood showing either way don't matter because I plan on banding the whole box.

last check before gluing the other half of the sandwich on
Making sure that the end strips are square to the bottom and the horizontal filler is the same distance from the bottom along it's length. I let this set up for about ten minutes and I glued on the other side. I sent it aside to cook.

I didn't want the side to belly inwards so I put these 3 spacers in the recess while it is clamped.

banding material
I can go all walnut for the edges with cherry for the lid trim. Or all cherry for everything but not all walnut.

walnut banding
The walnut is almost a perfect fit for banding the box edges. It is a couple of frog hairs wider allowing just enough overhang to plane flush after the glue has set.

cherry for the lid trim
This wide cherry will be glued only to the cap creating a recess. This will slip over the irons and the bottom part of the box. The only problem I see with this is dealing with the small pieces required on the short sides.

found some wide walnut strips
I am going with all walnut for the iron box.

hard to measure this angle
I am at a lost as to how I can measure this angle for 45°. The miter template looks straight and horizontal but the look tells me nothing.

this is the only way I have to measure the angle
This works but I have a difficult time trying to figure out what I should I do. Do I shim the back or the front. If I am thinking this through correctly, shimming the back will close the miter and shimming the front should open it. I really don't want to do this. I want to put the piece to be mitered in the donkey ear and plane a dead nuts 45°.

started here
I chopped this vee by hand and I used a piece of wood shaped at 45° to guide the chisel. The left vee wall is 45° and the right one is ???? I don't know but it is greater than 45°. This wall being greater than 45° has no effect on making miters. I checked the vee and it felt like a piece of 10 grit sandpaper.

problem #2
The end of the vee groove was proud of the 45° end piece. I cleaned up the vee groove with a bullnose plane. That only took a few strokes. It took about 6-7 strokes to flush the vee groove with the end. I laid a 18" steel ruler in the vee groove and I had pretty good contact with it along the whole length.

same two pieces I mitered on thursday
I ran these through the donkey ear jig again. Glued them together and tomorrow I'll check it for 90°. If this checks good, I may reverse my self and miter the base but I will be happy just to see that this is 90°.

accidental woodworker

trivia corner
What was the first gold machine struck English coin?
answer - the Guinea and it originally was worth one pound

How to Make a Bench Hook for Hand Saw Cross Cutting

Wood and Shop - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 11:26am
A bench hook is one of the most used appliances in a traditional woodworking workshop and fortunately one of the easiest to build. It's ridiculously easy to build! What is a Bench Hook used for? A bench hook is a simple wooden appliance that hooks against a workbench's edge and is

My 2017 Summer Woodworking Reading List – Amy Herschleb

Highland Woodworking - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 8:00am
Making Things Work, Nancy R. Hiller (Putchamin Press, 2017)
Hilarious, engaging, and relatable, Hiller shares her philosophy of work with anecdotes drawn from her life about what constitutes success and the bumps in the road getting there. For some, her coarse language and tendency to call a tool a tool might irk a bad conscience. But for others, her dry wit and tenacity offer a refreshingly honest look at life and work on her own terms.


Good Clean Fun, Nick Offerman (Penguin, 2016)
We had the pleasure of seeing Offerman in the store at the outset of his book tour, and it was doubly a pleasure to read his book. It’s a conglomeration of fun, from projects to anecdotes to offbeat asides. Open it to any page and find something charming or inspirational. Learn to properly gauge your manliness. Build a stool. Have a cookout. Meditate on the process of giving new life to a once-living tree. Just don’t stop having a good time.


Woodland Craft, Ben Law (GMC Distribution, 2016)
An inspired glimpse at permaculture in the UK, Law’s book brings an ancient craft into modern day. From coppicing and woodland management to furniture and yurt building, this book spans from heritage to sustainability. If only there were such a book suited to North American conservation and resource management—dare to dream.


Where We Lived, Jack Larkin (Taunton Press, 2006)
Using data from the 1930s HABS (Historic American Buildings Survey) and first-hand journal entries and letters, Larkin looks at the oldest surviving habitations in the United States (mostly from the 1700 and 1800s) to discover how our colonizing ancestors lived. Bounded in this way by the progression of colonization, Cincinnati is considered “the West” and Florida does not exist. We delve into regional peculiarities, roads and commodes, the atrocity of slavery, and the effect of all, large and small, on the living arrangements of our unwashed if industrious ancestors. Fascinating.

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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Categories: General Woodworking

Book Giveaway: Building Small

Popular Woodworking Editors Blog - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 5:00am
Building Tiny Houses

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 […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

plane iron box pt II...........

Accidental Woodworker - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 12:49am
Earlier this week I bought a 3/16" and a 1/2" pigsticker, or so I thought. I looked at the order today and I saw that I had bought a 3/8" pigsticker instead of a 3/16" one.  I got the two of them today and I confirmed that I made a boo-boo. I have already emailed Jim and arranged to exchange the 3/8" one for the 3/16" one. Once I get that pigsticker I will done assembling my herd of them. Sharpening and honing is the next fun adventure.

the sandwich sans the glue

This how the box is going together. The only tricky part I foresee, is glue spill over getting where it shouldn't be and hardening.

the last steps
Once everything is glued together and set, I will saw it in two. The bottom part for the irons and the smaller top will the be cap.

the top cap part
The irons have to be proud of the lower part of the box. When I saw this apart The cut will be in the vicinity of the top of the spacers. The cap will have a recess in it to allow the tops of the irons to go into when the cap is put in place.

my reference corner
 The bottom left corner will be my reference corner and where I will do all my layout from.

first two strips laid on the reference corner
setting the spacers
I used a folded piece of paper to set my wiggle room for the irons. I let this set for a few minutes before I started the next one.

small bead down the middle
 I did it this way for the first two strips and got a bit of squeeze out on the edges.  I used the iron going in the space to clean out the squeeze out.

spread out
I got a lot less squeeze out doing it this way. What little I did get, I still cleaned out with the irons.

first part done
Checking to make sure the right side strip is square.

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
The two outside strips are too long. They should be the same length as the iron spacers. I went with a long strip so the lid would line up  with the bottom. If I keep them I won't be able to put the lid on the irons. At least that is how I am perceiving this.

my first iron box
I think I am right. The two outside strips won't allow the lid to drop over the tops of the irons.

the trim keeps the lid in place

 I like this system and I want to repeat it on this iron box too.

removed the long ones just before glue fully set
I was able to remove the two long outside strips and glue in two pieces the same length as the iron spacers.

planed a bit off
 These long strips are the same width as the iron spacers. These will be used to make the two outside ends of the top.

why I shaved a wee bit off
I glued these in with the outside edges of the top and bottom strips in line. The top inside edge has been shaved a bit to allow some wiggle room on two outside irons and the top.

measuring for the inside of the lid  X marks the spot with no glue
a bit of gap
I planed the inside edge of the left one tapered. I will be putting a trim piece on this so it will be hidden.

sandwich glued and cooking
Tomorrow I will saw this apart and see if I got this right.

accidental woodworker

trivia corner
If you have ameliorated something what have you done?
answer - made it better

Elliptical Router Jig for Any Size Oval

Popular Woodworking Editors Blog - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 10:30am

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 […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

‘Woodworker’ & ‘Woman’ are Separate Nouns

Popular Woodworking Editors Blog - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 6:59am

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 […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

Mike Mascelli Talks Upholstery: Furniture & Automobile – 360w360 E.238

360 WoodWorking - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 4:10am
 Furniture & Automobile – 360w360 E.238

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.

Continue reading Mike Mascelli Talks Upholstery: Furniture & Automobile – 360w360 E.238 at 360 WoodWorking.

making a new iron box.......

Accidental Woodworker - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 12:55am

I should have been working on the bookcase but I took the wrong turn at the fork. I also thought I would have been able to whack this out tonight too. It's sad to say sports fans, but it didn't happen. Changing my mind twice didn't help but it is wednesday. I had to make a pit stop to get a loaf of bread and then put out the garbage when I got home. I guess was delusional thinking I might have got it done.

time to check my miter
Regardless of how this comes out, I am going to dovetail the corners. I will check this to see what this looks like.

off 90°
I had a couple of shims on the bed and now I now why (I took them out). These are both off 45° by a degree or so.

inside is off the same
Now that I am getting more comfortable with miters I'll save these two and see what I can do to get the donkeys ear jig calibrated.

1/8" plywood scraps
I can make the whole box out these pieces. The design I have in made isn't an original idea. This type of storage box I am making I've seen in old Stanley catalogs. Those were made of solid wood and mine is plywood.

doing the layout
I will probably keep one iron in the plane but I am going to make the box to hold all 5 irons. This was idea #1 which turned out to be toast. I was trying to figure out a positive/negative cutout to be the middle sleeve. I got lost trying to visualize it but mostly how to cut it out as one piece.

sawed out the ten parts
This was idea #2 and I kind of liked this. The idea was to glue all the strips to a backer except for the ones that represent the irons.

idea #3
I didn't like the different spacing between the irons so I made new ones all the same size. I need six so I made eight.

sawing the spacers to length
I like this
A strip at the bottom of the irons keeps them from falling out. I'll be placing them with the bevels at the top. If they are the other way the bevels will chew up the bottom strip.

shot all the spacers to the same length
Even though I used a stop to saw the spacers to length, they still came out different lengths. And I could see it. Now they are all the same.

it's basically a sandwich
I will glue the bottom strip and spacers onto one side of the box. Once that has set up I'll glue on the other side. Once the whole has set up, I'll saw off the lid. A couple of pieces of trim and it'll be done.

accidental woodworker

trivia corner
What is nystagmus?
answer - rapid and uncontrollable movement of the eyes

Less Than Fancy Furniture

The Furniture Record - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 10:57pm

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.

I went.

There was much there that new and wonderous. There was this plantation desk:


A plantation desk, another flexible term with many definitions and no real meaning. Google it.

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.


Not elegant but functional.


The interior view isn’t any more satisfying.

I believe there is a chair under there:


I hope it wasn’t unique or one of a kind . We will never know.

There were two step back (stepback?) cupboards that caught my eye. First is this cupboard/pie safe:


An uncommon configuration.

The tins are interesting:


A touching image but I don’t believe the date is accurate.

The other cupboard is this Eastlake’esque unit:


The pediment and wood choices make me think Eastlake.

What makes this one interesting is the shelf support system:


Not saw tooth or dados but rounded shelf supports fitted into matching supports.

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.


See how simple period furniture can be.

The back is rough boards just nailed on:


with an odd hole caused by a rodent or an individual wanting to plug in the mixer.

There was this very serious looking chair:


A chair I would prefer not to sit in.


Was this a commercial product of a user made product?

And a Boston rocker:


Or is it a waterfall 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:


Not much but it meet the requirement.

Here is a primitive settle or the back half of a tiny house:


Thos. Moser does not make one of these.

It’s been a while, but here is a woven gout rocker:


Rolling pin sold separately.




Lie-Nielsen Open House, July 7-8, 2017

Highland Woodworking - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 8:00am

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!

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Categories: General Woodworking

Find The Flow

Inside the Oldwolf Workshop - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 7:53am

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
Categories: General Woodworking

question answered......

Accidental Woodworker - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 1:21am
I got a comment today about my new plow plane handle and it consumed me. It was all I could think of until I got home. I kept running pictures of the plane through my mind but nothing was helping. I could not conjure up any images of the bottom of the handle. The comment had to do with the handle on the plane being glued in place. That didn't make any sense to me but I have seen stranger things. The handle is set on the plane body with the end grain on the metal of the plane. Not a very secure connection to screw into so an adhesive of some kind made sense to me there.

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
I didn't look at how the handle was connected to the plane yesterday. My thought was there is small post that goes up into the handle along with a threaded insert as the means for securing it.

one small screw
it's not a square drive
It's a t-10 torx screw but I don't know the thread size. I didn't check that and I got the torx size off the shaft of the driver. It took a wee bit of ham fisted action to break this free. I was an eye blink from using heat when it finally broke free.

this is interesting
This is a solid connection and I especially like the 'mortise & tenon' between the handle and the plane. I would be willing to bet a big toe that the metal part extends up into the handle a ways. I can't tell for sure but that would make this a beefy connection. Still haven't heard anything on me getting a replacement cherry handle. My fingers are crossed now after seeing this.

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
I forgot to measure the 1/4" iron. It has to be one of these two measurements.

the Record 405
I'm keeping this and not selling it. I may not like using it but I can pass this on to my grandson.

boxes I made to hold the irons
I want to make something similar to hold the Lee Valley irons.

all four of the LV irons fit loosely in here
I'll be able to use the same construction methods to make the LV iron box.

LV on top and Record on the bottom
The notches on the two irons line up almost exactly. The LV iron notch is 2 frog hairs deeper though.

it fits
I still have to familiarize myself with the blade holding and how it works. It is a bit  different than the 405 but it appears intuitive so I don't think it'll be a problem. If these Record irons will fit all I will have to buy is the wide iron skate and that's only $40. That may happen on the next free shipping.

When, where, and how did this happen? The last time I used this the rods and fence were sticking. I had a difficult time moving the fence and I don't remember seeing this then.

I had waxed these rods
The use before the last time I had trouble moving the fence too, so I waxed the rods after I was done using it. It didn't help that much here. I am going to stow this plane broken down to parade rest. I don't anticipate using it much, if at all. I think this is the best way to stow it to avoid future fence/rod stickiness.

plenty of room
All the accessories are getting a chalky looking build up on them. I had noticed this before and I had cleaned all the parts up. I will have to clean them again but I don't remember if I waxed them the last time..

nice touch
That slant going from the main size of the iron to the 1/8" width will make this a bit stronger than if it was dog legged in at a 90°. Lee Valley makes an excellent tool and doesn't skimp when it comes to quality.

eyeballed a 45°
For the base for the bookcase I am thinking of mitering it.  Before I do that I want to check out my donkey's ear miter shooting board. If the miters don't work, I'll dovetail the front corners.

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
I will let this set up and tomorrow I will see how close to 90° I am.

accidental woodworker

trivia corner
How many pairs of legs does a shrimp have?
answer - five

Testing the Maslow CNC

Popular Woodworking Editors Blog - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 9:08am

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 […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

You Don’t Get Many of These

360 WoodWorking - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 8:51am
You Don’t Get Many of These

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.

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