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Joseph Walsh: Genius Furniture Maker and Artist, Now on Display in New York City – Part 1

Popular Woodworking Editors Blog - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 8:35am

I can promise your jaw will drop when you see the poetic works of Joseph Walsh in person. Joseph is an Irish genius who runs a spectacular creative furniture and sculptural studio from his family farm in West Cork, Ireland. Walsh, a self taught woodworker, a designer and a visionary, is one of the most creative makers that I have met. His specialty is building bent wood pieces: Stand alone furniture, wall pieces […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

Show Us Your Shop Update: Tony Rumball Mens Shed

Highland Woodworking - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 7:00am

Wood News readers may recall from our January 2017  “Show Us Your Shop” that Tony Rumball from Canberra Australia had access to three shops – one of which was his local (community) Mens Shed.

Mens Sheds promote the well being and health of men and play a role in the prevention of social isolation by providing a safe, friendly and welcoming place for men to work on meaningful projects, socialize and contribute to the wider community.

Tony has told us that in his Mens Shed there are a number of “woodies” with interests in woodturning, toy making, furniture repair and generally making wooden ‘stuff’.

For the first time, some of these members recently entered projects in the Craft competition in the annual Canberra Agricultural Show. The entrants had various levels of skill and experience but all wanted to ‘give it a go’  and they submitted these projects:

Geoff – ZZ TOP rolling pin

David – Double decker bus (Highly Commended)

Peter – Motorcycle

Malcolm – Spitfire aircraft ( 2nd Prize and Reserve Champion)

John – Surf Jeep

Keith – Spinning (Reversing) tops ( Highly Commended)

Myron – Genie Pot

Harry – Segmented Jar

All enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to next year’s competition!

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Categories: General Woodworking

@ Handworks 2017 – Original Roubo Print #261

The Barn on White Run - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 4:48am

Throughout L’art du Menuisier Roubo illustrates some pretty snazzy furniture.  Print 261, “Plans and Elevations of a Closed Desk,” certainly fits that description.  If I recall the accompanying text correctly, this desk is designed for the use of four (or maybe even six) people. All of them sitting side by side in an un-air conditioned Parisian office (it is worth noting that the word “bureaucracy” is a French word) scratching out stacks of paperwork ad nauseam and ad infinitum.  Ahh, cubicle life at its very best.

The print is in excellent condition, and was both drawn and the copper plate engraved by Roubo himself.

If you have ever wanted to own a genuine piece of Rouboiana, this is your chance.   I will be selling this print at Handworks on a first-come basis, with terms being cash, check, or Paypal if you have a smart phone and can do that at the time of the transaction.


Stanley #2 day two........

Accidental Woodworker - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 12:27am
Slept in late today which is starting to be a habit for sunday. I still woke up at my regular time but I rolled over and fell asleep again. Got up at 0530 to start my day but I didn't make it to the shop until 0900. I did a bunch errands and some grocery shopping before everything got crowded. I did a lot of thinking about what could be wrong with the plane but I didn't come up with anything concrete that I could prove in a court of law.

right side shaving
I went back to the right side for the frog and I loosened that screw until it was just caught and not applying any real pressure on the frog. I advanced the iron until I got a shaving out of it.

left side
This shaving is half as thick as the right side one. This is an improvement over yesterday. In spite of this I couldn't make it even on both sides. Something else is OTL on this plane with the frog or the bed, or both.

center shaving is finally coming out full width
left side on test run #4

shaving on the right on test #4
The right shaving is still coming out even when I get nothing on the center or the left. The frog or something is titled to the right but what it is, I don't know.

basically one screw holding the frog in place
I also loosened the left screw and had it just tight enough to hold the frog in place. Still did nothing to make my boo-boo all better.

the iron is dead nuts square
Even if the iron wasn't square, I still could (and did) adjust the iron square to the mouth. After this I put this aside for now.

 From the comments I got on this, the majority sentiment says to return it to Patrick. A couple did say that a helicoil would work on fixing the stripped screw hole. I email someone who does plane restorations but he said he doesn't repair frogs or stripped screws in the bed.

Finding a machine shop around here is going to be a problem. I tried to find one to make my dovetail marking gauge and I got no takers. I don't think I will have any luck with someone wanting to do a small thread repair job neither. I'll give it a try nonetheless.

I sent an email to Patrick about this but I haven't gotten a reply back from him. If he will accept my returning it fine. If not I will do my best to get it working.

on a brighter note
I bought a 1/2" gouge that Josh from Hyperkitten that he said was sharp and ready to go. I have been looking for a 1/2" gouge and the handle on this one sold me.

he was right and it was sharp and ready to go
been looking for #49
box if up for grabs
Whoever wants this box and will pay the shipping to them, it's yours. The first email wins the prize. I have no need for the box nor the desire to stow it. I am not a collector and boxes like this hold zero interest for me.

I had to try it out
it works as advertised
The feedback from the stop was not felt readily. I got almost nothing when it had bottomed out. The right one I did first and chewed it up a bit around the hole. The left one I did second and it was better. I still didn't feel it but I was watching it this time. This is a handy gadget to have and setting it for a specific depth was way easier than I thought it would be. At least a couple of old tool acquisitions worked.

took the long screw out
I got the original screw and washer in the blue tape. I have another feeler out for someone who does this type of repair work.

making my wife's certificate frame
This was my first try at making a frame with the molding planes I have in my herd.

rounding over the center square part
I tried first to round it over with the small block plane but I didn't like the look .

tried the beading plane next
The largest bead iron just straddled the center square part. I had a hard time doing this because my fence was riding against bead and it was rolling as I did the round over. All I really got done was making a groove on the right side and never got a round over completed.

profile #2

profile #3
profile #4
profile #5
profile #6
the winner on the bottom
I'm going with this profile. I shortened the width from 1 5/8" to an 1 1/2" to decrease the width on the center square part.

stock prepped
I'm using poplar and once the frame is glued and together I will ebonize it.

sharpening the irons first
I just did this one and only used it once
touched it up on these two stones
Raised a burr before going from the 1200 diamond to the 8K stone.

flattening the back again
dropped back down to the coarsest diamond stone
I got it flat on this and then went back to my coarse diamond stone to finish it.

sharpened and hones up to 1200
Stropping the big flat bevel first.

small round strop for the curved parts
stropped the back
two long sides down
first screw up
Ruined this entire piece which was the two short sides. I made a run down the board and I didn't check to make sure I had the fence properly registered. Because I didn't have that I made a new profile and ruined this one. I did such a good job screwing this up, I did it on a second one too.

lot of respect for the old masters
I had to put a glove on because I could feel a blister coming on. I can't imagine what it was like for them to use molding planes 10 or more hours a day. This little adventure took me about an hour and I had enough of this when I got done.

finally got it rough sawn
shooting board set for 45°
I am not a fan of miters or mitering corners. I don't have a choice with this frame so I'll endure.

plane set for a light cut
beads are a bit off
planing the beads again
I have 45's on both ends so I had no way to clamp this flat and still run the beading plane. I clamped it in the vise in this orientation and ran the beading plane horizontally. The beads didn't line up because I did my usual tapered molding run.

all the corners closed up

using hide glue
I sized the miters and went upstairs and made a cup of coffee. After I got done with that I went back and glue the frame together. My last time gluing a frame with hide glue didn't work. The day after I glued it up when I first picked it up it fell apart. I'm hoping that this time I got good fitting miters and I sized them before I did the glue up. I'll see if there is any joy in Mudville tomorrow.

accidental woodworker

trivia corner
What were the names of the 7 castaways on Gilligan's Island?
answer - Gilligan the First Mate, Jonas Grumby the Skipper, Roy Hinkley the Professor, Mary Ann Summers, Ginger Grant the movie star, and Thurston Howell III and his wife Lovey

Virtual Community

The Barn on White Run - Sun, 05/07/2017 - 6:32pm

Many years ago, and for many years, I used to host a monthly lunch meeting of like-minded observers of things economic, political, and philosophical, for a no-holds-barred off the record 90 minutes of spirited discussion over scrumptious food.   The crew was heavily weighted towards minarchist thinkers, mostly of the Hayekian economist model.  One of my stalwart participants was MarkM, who for decades was a policy analyst for international brokerage firms, and one of the most insightful men I have ever met.  To this day, and I still receive his weekly newsletter, if he says something I pay very close attention.

At one point (1990?) he was musing about the coming schisms and reorganization of the culture, eventually breaking apart and reforming into what he called “gated communities of interest.”  In his thesis, people would use the internet and other vehicles to find fellow travelers for whatever the interest in question was, and these new virtual communities would in great part supersede our physical neighborhoods.  Notwithstanding this was more than a quarter century ago, as I live in the least populous county east of the Mississippi I find his words to have been prescient.

I’ve been thinking about Mark’s comments recently as I reflect on my circle of correspondence, spanning multiple topics and including many people I have never met in person.  In some cases the interactions do develop a physical manifestation as we “strangers” send items to each other.

Recently one of my correspondents demonstrated a profound understanding of both me and my philosophical heritage when this item arrived in the mail from him.  I cannot say I was truly surprised at one level, as our emails have revealed that he has a better understanding of US history and perspectives than almost any US citizens, despite the fact that this man has never set foot on our soil (although I am encouraging him to emigrate to the Virginia Highlands).  Further, I already knew him to be immensely talented and highly skilled, and this panel of copper punch-work bears that out.

With that, I give you the new and treasured accouterment for my shop, and the honored location for this artwork in The Barn.  Every time I gaze out on the mountains, which is pretty often, my eye is taken to this symbol of my own political inclinations.

And I think of a friend I have never met in person, an esteemed citizen of my own Virtual Community.

Bowling Alley Bench

360 WoodWorking - Sun, 05/07/2017 - 3:57pm
Bowling Alley Bench

Last year sometime, 360 Woodworking purchased a few slabs of bowling alley with the idea to turn them into workbenches. If you’re not familiar with bowling allies, which I was not, you may be in for a couple of surprises.

Surprise #1 is that a bowling alley is not solid, as in one big-ass piece or block. These lanes were like accordions; they bowed in and out depending on where you applied pressure.

Continue reading Bowling Alley Bench at 360 WoodWorking.

still some room in Pre-Fest courses at Greenwood Fest

Peter Follansbee, joiner's notes - Sun, 05/07/2017 - 7:56am

The Greenwood Fest is long-sold out, with a waiting list. I heard from Paula Marcoux last night that someone had to cancel, and the next name on the waiting list flipped out –

But there’s still a way to get a big hit of greenwood fun in Plymouth next month. The pre-fest courses are running Tuesday afternoon June 6th to Thursday mid-day June 8th. Due to a cancellation, there’s a space in Jögge Sundqvist’s class “Swedish Slöjd Knife with Birchbark Sheath.”  If you’ve not been around Jögge, I can tell you, this class is about much more than making a knife handle & sheath. Working with him is a life-changing experience.

There’s room too in Tim Manney’s Sharpening class – a deceptive class. When we ran it the first time, people were clamoring for more tools to sharpen. It’s a tricky class to convince your family to let you go for a few days, you come home with a bunch of sharp tools – not some flashy woodsy object d’art. BUT…it’s an eye-opener, and forevermore your tools will be honed to a crazy keen edge. Tim is a great, great teacher.

Jane Mickelborough’s Folding Spoon class is the one I would take if I had the time. Jane’s work studying and learning about these historic spoons from Brittany is really inspiring. It’s so different from most of what we see about spoons, but rooted in tradition.

So if you missed out on the festival itself, this is a chance for a 3/4 festival experience There will be 7 classes running at the same time – just like the fest, you stay on site in cabins, all meals included from lunch Tuesday to lunch Thursday. So I think it’s close to 80 people in camp, counting attendees and instructors. That means all the “down” times; before class, during meals, after class in the evenings, you’re part of a huge contingent of like-minded greenwood-ers.

After class on Thursday, you go find some quiet place to digest what you’ve just been through, then that evening make your way to Fuller Craft Museum for the mind-blowing Rhythym & Slöjd performance by Jögge Sundqvist. http://fullercraft.org/event/rhythm-and-slojd/ – the Fuller evening is part of the pre-Fest tuition.

Come join us for the early festival experience.

course descriptions:    https://www.greenwoodfest.org/course-details

registration:   https://www.plymouthcraft.org/greenwood-fest-courses



a day from hell........

Accidental Woodworker - Sun, 05/07/2017 - 2:53am
Today didn't start with a lot of promise. I didn't want to get out of bed this morning to do my OT but I had signed on for 4 hours, so I had to go. It was drizzling when I went in which was better than the downpour that went on all day long on friday. When I came home it was still drizzling but the promise had been made for sunshine in the afternoon. I went to the shop and starting to work on finishing the rehab on my Stanley #2. This is where the fecal matter and the rotating wind generation machine met and shook hands.

first hiccup and it's a doozy
Look carefully at the two screw holes. The top one is wider than the bottom one. The top screw hole is wallowed out at the top. I found this after cussing up a storm trying to get that screw to turn in the hole with the frog on the bed.

frog screws
The left screw is just caught on the threads at the top. This hole is threaded ok and doesn't appear to have any damage to it. The right screw is just caught on the threads but it is almost down to the bottom. It is down over an 1/8" from the right one. Metal working is not my forte and I don't know if this is something that can even be fixed.

found a longer screw
The head on this screw isn't as big as the original but it is all that I could find in my goodie box of plane parts. I plan on filing the longer screw down a tad. The threads match but with the frog installed on the bed, this screw is too long.

filed away
I locked the screw in the jaws of vise grip pliers and filed the threads. It took two attempts before I got the fit ok.

this is a temporary fix
There is no way I can depend upon this holding up and lasting. I don't think I have one full turn worth of thread engagement. At best it will hold for while but if this is to be a daily user, it won't be able to handle the daily stress put on it.

If any metal workers out there have a fix, give a shout and leave a comment. My thought is that it should be re-threaded for the next size screw up but I don't know how to do that.

it feels secure
I have two screws in it and I'm hoping it will hold up and I can get the iron set and make some shavings with it.

my best fix
I got a full width shaving on both sides of the mouth but the right side is much thicker.  The middle shaving came out streaky and full of holes. Not like the intact full width shavings I got on the right and left. Things went south so quick from here I got blown over by the breeze.

I've already done 3
This is my fourth attempt at adjusting the frog to minimize the heaviness of the shavings on the right side. The lateral adjust did absolutely nothing to knock it down. The problem I'm having is I can't eliminate the right side shaving at all. No problems making the left side disappear, but the right side still spits out a shaving no matter where the frog is skewed in the mouth and where the lateral adjust is moved to.

right side shaving
I can get a wispy thin shaving on the right but I want the same thing on the left but it isn't happening.
hiccup #3
To get the iron to barely peek out past the mouth, I have to run the adjuster nut all they out. I don't think that the chipbreaker is the one that originally came with this plane.

&^$#@%*()(*^%#^*( plane
I skewed the frog,  incrementally right and left and I couldn't not even out the shavings coming out of the mouth. The right side spit out shavings no matter where the frog was positioned. I also could not get the left side to match what the right did.

I flipped the plane over and adjusted the iron parallel to the front of the mouth and I got the same results. The right side would always make a shaving and the left would/wouldn't. This is one series of speed bumps I have never encountered in all the planes I have rehabbed and set up for use.

my last try
I centered the frog between the two walls of the base. I adjusted the  iron parallel in the mouth by sighting it. I advanced the iron until I just saw it peeking out and I tried it. I got a teeny shaving in the middle, nothing on the left and nothing on the right. I advanced the iron a few frog hairs and I got a shaving on the right, a little in the middle and nothing on the left. By the time I advanced the iron to get a shaving on the left, the right side one was an inch thick. Well maybe not an inch thick but it was easily 3-4 times thicker than the left.

thin shaving on the right
a little from the middle
get thicker on the right and still nothing on the left
is the sole twisted?
I eyeballed this and there appeared to be a small amount of twist to the sole. Sighting down it from the heel, the heel right and the toe left were 1 frog hair high. Is this enough to cause my problem?

what does the 80 grit runway say?
I took 6 strokes back and forth on the sandpaper and stopped to look at my lines.

I'd say there isn't any twist
I seem to have a slight low spot behind the mouth on the right side.

ten strokes
All the the lines are gone and the scratch pattern is even and consistent end to end and side to side.

double triple checking myself again
 Made some lines to do one more run and see if I can repeat.

same pattern
Tried the dance steps with the shavings again and got the exact same crappola.  There is something obvious here that I must be missing. I have tried everything that I know and have used on previous planes but none of that is working.

it's a helicopter blade
I broke out my 12" precision straight edge to check the diagonals and I found this. According to this, I have a hump and I can see daylight at the heel and toe.

it isn't rocking no matter where I try it
I usually don't get discouraged much. In fact I usually get pissed and turn into a raging nut job who would make someone going postal looking like they were Mickey Mouse. Here I got discouraged. I spent a lot of my OT dollars on this plane and it so far, it is a piece of crap. The wallowed out screw hole in the frog really pisses me off and now that I can't adjust the plane to take an even shaving pushed me over the edge. Just had a thought - maybe having only that one screw really holding the frog is the cause of misery. Maybe that extra long one is exerting too much force on the that side? Something to check out tomorrow.

The last tool I bought from Patrick Leach was a Stanley 10 1/2 and that had a broken cheek that had been repaired (not mentioned in the write up). Now I have this #2 that can only be used for a paperweight. And an expensive paper weight at that.

I quit the shop after this. I was so damn bummed out by this experience that I didn't belong in it. I know I would have made one mistake after another all day long if I worked on something else. I thought I would finish up watching Richard Maguire's sharpening videos but I fell asleep at my desk. The video played but I don't even remember the opening credits.

accidental woodworker

trivia corner
How many flowers are stamped on each side of an OREO cookie?
answer - 12 and each one has 4 petals

@Handworks 2107 – Original Roubo Print #260

The Barn on White Run - Sat, 05/06/2017 - 3:56pm

One of the hallmarks of Roubo’s images in L’art du Menuisier was a series of preposterously intricate elevations and schematics for complex pieces of furniture.  Both the article of furntiure and its representation are works of art.  Such is certainly the case with Plate 260, “Diagrams and Elevations of a Desk With Its Developments.”

Overall the print is in excellent condition, with there being one small crease in one corner and some of the usual oxidation discoloration at the perimeter of the page.

The original illustration and the plate engraving were done by Roubo himself.

If you have ever wanted to own a genuine piece of Rouboiana, this is your chance.   I will be selling this print at Handworks on a first-come basis, with terms being cash, check, or Paypal if you have a smart phone and can do that at the time of the transaction.



Art of Concealment – A Table With Hidden Compartments

Popular Woodworking Editors Blog - Sat, 05/06/2017 - 4:00am

by Matthew Dworman pages 32-39 From the November 2016 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine Hidden compartments – just saying those words puts a smile on the face of most woodworkers. There is something magical about a secret space that reveals itself to only the person who knows about it. Since the origins of furniture, hidden compartments have been used for storing valuables, documents and other important belongings. With modern safes, security […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

3 thread post......

Accidental Woodworker - Sat, 05/06/2017 - 1:19am
I had to slim this post down picture wise. I got three different topics and each ate up a lot of space on the memory card. I thought of putting it out as two posts but I thinned the pic count instead. This is what I did tonight in the shop and when I'm in my rocking chair I'm going to need all memory refreshers I can get.

I am little flush right now
My bills are all way ahead now and I got a pocketful of OT dollars waiting to be spent. I had ordered these two from LV last week and they came today. This morning while surfing my usual tool sites I came across a Stanley 5 1/2, type 11, for a C-note. I had the money so I pulled the trigger on it. I should get that next week.

not a toy - this is a fully functional teeny router plane
closed and open throat
Haven't tried it yet but it looked like I can put the iron 180 and use as an open throat router.

why I got it
I want to start using stopped dadoes for my box bottoms. The router iron is the same size as the 1/8" iron in the Record 043. It's a good match and I'll be able to get consistent groove depths with it.

LV tool buy #2

cabinetmakers screwdrivers for screw sizes #4 to #10
small Grace screwdrivers
These two have broken tips. The other Grace screwdrivers I have I don't have any complaints with. These I do. The tips broke off with very little force. I will use the other Grace screwdrivers for other things and I'll use the Chestnut ones for driving screws only.

tapered bulb shape
Good shape that fits the hand well and it has a presence. Even the smallest driver has some heft to it.. These won't be rolling off the bench on me.

U shaped tips
comes with a burnisher
The instructions show how to use this to roll a burr on the tip of the U. This increases the grip of it in the slot of the screw.

bottom to top #4, #6, and a #8vscrew
Perfect fit of the U tip in each screw. The last driver is for #10 screws of which I have none. And the number 10 driver won't fit in the #8 screw slot. I bought this mostly because 99.9% of screws I use are #4 to #8.

#2 plane parts out of the citrus bath
Both sides of the iron have a black spot that didn't rinse off nor could I rub it off with my finger.

found the S casting Pat mentioned
I was looking for this on the plane body. That has no markings at all.

holding the screws while I wire brushed them
the black spots sanded off easily
flattening the back
I rounded the corners on the coarsest diamond and went to the next one after I felt a burr.

back done up to 8K and I still have a burr

burr is gone
When I first read of this stropping of an iron on your palm, I thought it was a ludicrous idea. My opinion of that has changed and I strop on my palm all the time now.

prepping the chipbreaker
 I stoned the leading edge and then stropped it.

even side to side
needs a bit of shine
I forgot to take this off and clean it last night. This is the before pic.

tote and knob brass caps
I do like my brass to be shiny so I'll do these when I do the brass adjuster nob. This is the before pic.

These are the first tote and knob studs that I have seen this clean. I have a boatload of plane rehabs under my belt and these are the first that have not been rusted threaded end to threaded end.

had to stop here
I need the brass bits before I can put the plane back together. While those were soaking I oiled all the parts down.

the after pic
the brass cleaner
used this for years in the kitchen
Jonathan (benchblog.com//) blogged about cleaning brass with this and it does an awesome job. I put some water and Bar Keeps in the container and let the parts soak for about ten minutes. Pulled them out and scrubbed them with an old toothbrush.

the after pic
I have never gotten any brass adjuster knobs this clean with any other method. I used a bazillion different ones and none match the cleaning and shining power of Bar Keeps Best Friend .

plane #1 (last thread)
This is the shaving jam left over from the last tryout.

leading edge looks like crap
Right around where the greatest jamming occurs, is where the most damage to the mouth is. Not big chips missing but the edge is rough and not smooth like the sole is.

checking the  iron for twist
I don't see any twist in the back of the iron.

this tip is not sharpened and is misshaped
I looked at this with a magnifying glass and it needs some work to reshape and sharpen it.

another problem area
Where the pine build up is on the bevel, there is a burr. There shouldn't be one there and the rest of the profile is burr free too.

marked the area where I can feel a burr
I am going to sharpen this again and concentrate on the bottom bevel and the circular one.

sharpened up to 1200 and stropped
I did the small left side bevel by hand on the stones.

ready to road test again
felt a difference
The plane was easier to push and my shavings looked better this time. Thin and almost continuous end to end. It still jammed but I was able to make shavings for a longer time than I did yesterday. The profile looks pretty good for what I was able to do before the jam shut me down.

profile turned to liquid fecal matter
I started doing my tap and try dance steps and I ended up with this. The profile went south because I think I was taking a heavier shaving and I did not keep my original plane orientation on the last 4 end to end runs I did. The cutter seems to be taking a shaving on the front edge which it wasn't doing yesterday.

This is as far as I can go with this test piece of wood. I also think that this plane isn't made for 3/4" stock neither.  I got the sharp part of the iron figured out and the jamming has me stymied big time. I don't have more stock to sacrifice for testing for I'll put this aside for now. I'll pick this back up later and put a win in my column.

Tomorrow the plan is to finish rehabbing the #2, make a frame for my wife's newly awarded genealogy certificate, and do some work on the bookcase.

accidental woodworker

trivia corner
Which US President served as a hangman twice?
answer - Grover Cleveland while serving as a sheriff in Buffalo NY in the 1870's

Tips from Sticks in the Mud – May 2017 – Tip #2– “Free” Sanding Tools

Highland Woodworking - Fri, 05/05/2017 - 7:00am

No Southern-fried Southern boy wants to be called a Yankee, but we share the characteristics of shrewdness and thrift. Thus, each month we include a money-saving tip. It’s OK if you call me “cheap.

I love my scrollsaw. I’m not completely convinced it loves me, but I’m working to make it more of a friend. Someday, when I have the time, I would like to move up to fretwork and other, more intricate scrollsaw projects.

For now, though, I mostly use it to carve out initials of grandchildren and others I make stools for. And, I can’t say I’m particularly good at it. Therefore, I had to develop techniques for sanding inside lines and curves to fix the problems I create on the scrollsaw.

I use four main tools, three of which are, you guessed it…free! The first is a rasp (not free), and I use mine for the roughest beginning work inside letters.

A four-sided rasp like this is extremely versatile. Two round surfaces, two flat surfaces, coarse and fine.

By the time I get to this stage, I’ve created a panel, sanded close to a final finish, not-so-rough-sawn the letter or letters the stool needs, and I’m really not wanting to have to back up and make a new panel. Therefore, I’m taking no chances that I cut too far or suffer tearout. I’ve tried to fix minor tearout in a damaged letter before. Because it’s a focal point of the stool, the damage is nearly impossible to hide. What rasping I do is performed with a little angle, directing the cut to the middle of the board.

With patience in mind, I turn next to sanding, not being too concerned about how long it takes.

For straight lines, nothing beats a popsicle stick. It’s as flat as you need it to be, narrow enough to fit almost anywhere, and stiff enough to stand up to firm pressure while sanding.

If I need to cover more real estate in a hurry, I make a stick out of plywood. With the panel in a vise, you can even get a two-handed grip on either kind of stick.

Another universal sanding/shaping tool is the disposable foam brush handle. They come in a variety of diameters, so they can fit the broadest to the tightest of curves.

Wrap your sandpaper around and get to work.

With these three makeshift tools you’re ready for flat and round sanding. You can even alter the size.

Sycamore can be tricky to sand, so it’s best to start with a high grit and be patient.

Jim Randolph is a veterinarian in Long Beach, Mississippi. His earlier careers as lawn mower, dairy farmer, automobile mechanic, microwave communications electronics instructor and journeyman carpenter all influence his approach to woodworking. His favorite projects are furniture built for his wife, Brenda, and for their children and grandchildren. His and Brenda’s home, nicknamed Sticks-In-The-Mud, is built on pilings (sticks) near the wetlands (mud) on a bayou off Jourdan River. His shop is in the lower level of their home.Questions and comments on woodworking may be written below in the comments section. Questions about pet care should be directed to his blog on pet care, www.MyPetsDoctor.com. We regret that, because of high volume, not all inquiries can be answered personally.

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Workbench 1,2,3 – Day 3b

The Barn on White Run - Fri, 05/05/2017 - 6:43am

I snuck in a couple hours the other day to flatten the undersides of the two bench top slabs with a foreplane (a #5 with a cambered iron) and fit the legs.  The strategy of fabricating the top slabs in halves and surfacing them with the power planer is definitely a winner.  I already knew how successful the “David Barron” practice was for the lamination approach.

At this point I am just shy of 20 hours for the two benches.  In a couple days I will flatten and trim the tops and drill the holdfast holes and call them done.   Temporarily, as I need to install the leg vise and shelf for the one I am donating to the Library of Congress rare book conservation posse.  But for demo tables at Handworks, this is as good as I will get.

Book Giveaway: The Woodworker’s Kitchen

Popular Woodworking Editors Blog - Fri, 05/05/2017 - 5:32am
woodworking projects for the kitchen

For this week’s book giveaway I’ve chosen a fun book of kitchen themed woodworking projects: A.J. Hamler’s “The Woodworker’s Kitchen.” Think about it: Where do you spend the most of your time? Well – the shop probably. But, what about the rest of your time? Where do all of your guests end up when you entertain? Probably in the kitchen. Kitchens are the centers of activity in most homes. So […]

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Spoon carving workshop for Rusland Horizons

Steve Tomlin Crafts - Fri, 05/05/2017 - 3:26am
A beautiful spring weekend for a spoon carving workshop in the woods. Continue reading
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plane #3 0 , me 1........

Accidental Woodworker - Fri, 05/05/2017 - 12:24am
Before I get to plane #3, a thought or two on collecting. First and foremost I don't consider myself a collector of anything. And I consider a collector is someone who doesn't use what he/she collects. I might be considered a collector of  books, old hand tools, and old tool catalogs, but I use them. Today I got a 1890 vintage #2 Stanley smoothing plane. Do I need a #2 smoother? No, not really but when I saw it being offered up on Patrick Leach's may tool list, I bought it.

I think I crossed the line in the sand with this plane and became a collector of Stanley bench planes. I don't see myself ever using this plane but I could for small boxes etc. Of the bench planes I only need the #1, 5 1/4, 5 1/2, and the #10 to complete my bench plane collection. Of these four remaining planes, I already know that I will not be getting the #1. To me it is not worth the $$$ it commands.  I've used the LN #1 and to me it is a toy that I don't see it being a viable tool for use in my woodworking. If I do get a #1 it will probably be a LN or a Wood River one.

With that banished from the wish list, I can also eliminate the 5 1/4. I have never used nor seen one of these planes. It isn't in the toy category but I think there are other planes that are a better choice. One nagging thought is to get it for my grandson to use. I've read that is was a school boy use plane.

The 5 1/2 jack is another up in the air plane. I don't use the #5 I have now that much and I don't think the 5 1/2 will change that one way or the other. The #10 is another plane like the 5 1/2, nice to have to say my collection is complete and the collecting is done.

My collection as it is now - #2, #3, #4, #4 1/2, #5, #6, #7, #8, and #10 1/2. I don't know what is 'the' bench plane collection is supposed have but I'm shooting for these with mine.

waiting for me on my front step
not as small as I envisioned it
Patrick says that this is from 1890 so this little plane has lived now in 3 centuries. The rear tote is complete and damage free.  The whole plane looks to be clean, rust free, and in remarkable shape for something this old.

side be side with a #3
rear end shot
You can really see the difference in the two from the rear.

rough grind on the iron and lots of life left to it
road test was a bit bumpy
Setting the iron took a bit of doing. About half of my planes have a reverse threading on the iron advance/retraction. It is a bit a chore trying to remember which is which. I was able to get some shavings in spite of the rough looking bevel.

a small chip is missing  on the front knob

all these are taking a citrus bath overnight
rather delicate looking frame
I looked this over very carefully checking for any cracks or other boo-boos and I found none.

plane #3 iron out of the citrus bath
The black stuff on this was rust leaving a lot of pitting on this side. But the bevel and the immediate area around it is clear.

the back is pit free
a couple of strokes on 120
The back of this looks pretty good after a few strokes on sandpaper. There don't appear to be any hollows or humps I'll have to deal with.

back flattened on the coarsest diamond stone
the two outside bevels are done too
While I flattened the back up through the grits, I sharpened the two outside bevels at the same time. All that is left to be done is the center circular part.

back done up to 8K
there is a burr

I checked for and felt a burr at each step of the way. I wasn't expecting one on the circular one but I got it here too. The lower the grit, the bigger the burr. When I got to 1200 grit, it was hard to feel the burr but I did have one there.

perfect fit with my biggest round strop
ready to road test plane #3
setting the iron
I set the iron so that it projected evenly and the iron matched the profile of the sole.

nice pile of shavings
sneaking up on the cut
It took a lot of tap and trying before I made these shavings. With a sharp iron and a low set iron, making shavings is a pleasure. They spill out of the mouth like ripples across a pond. Finding that sweet spot takes a little doing. My sweet spot was found after the 11th tap of the iron and I made a complete profile shaving end to end.

this plane is not meant for 3/4" stock
I got this plane tamed for the time being. I like this profile a lot more than the profile on plane #1. In fact now that I have gotten a partial profile molded with #1, I am not liking it that much. Together with the problems I'm having tuning it may spell it's doom. I will make that decision after I have fixed the jamming problem and planed a complete profile.

accidental woodworker

trivia corner
Who designed the original 1936 Volkswagen?
answer - Ferdinand Porsche

Simple Mitering Jig

360 WoodWorking - Thu, 05/04/2017 - 10:50am
Simple Mitering Jig

While I was working on a tea caddy for an upcoming 360 Woodworking class, I decided to knock out a simple, table saw jig to cut miters on small parts. Normally, I use a miter saw for this work, but with the pieces being small I opted to work on a machine that allowed an easy line of sight at my fingers and hands. Plus, I could install and use a super-thin 7-1/4″ saw blade.

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Tips from Sticks in the Mud – May 2017 – Tip #1– Bandsaw Blade Tensioning

Highland Woodworking - Thu, 05/04/2017 - 7:00am

Welcome to “Tips From Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop.” I am a hobbyist who loves woodworking and writing for those who also love the craft. I have found some ways to accomplish tasks in the workshop that might be helpful to you, and I enjoy hearing your own problem-solving ideasPlease share them in the COMMENTS section of each tip.  If, in the process, I can also make you laugh, I have achieved 100% of my goals.


There are a lot of rules in woodworking, and most of them exist for good reasons.

Wear eye protection. Use hearing protection. Don’t start the table saw until you take off your tie.

Some rules, however, are about protecting equipment. One of those is bandsaw blade tensioning. Don’t leave the tension on when not using the saw, lest you cause flat spots on your tires. Apply proper blade tension before starting the saw, lest your blade go flying.

These are important rules, but how many of us follow them? Some woodworkers risk flutter-inducing tire flat spots rather than remove tension at the end of the day.

Why? You can blame it all on that frustrating little handwheel most manufacturers provide for tensioning.

This is the culprit. Who has the time, the arm stamina or the patience to crank this knob until the bandsaw blade is tight?

Let’s put a stop to that.

And, of course, not spend a lot of money in the process.

I’ll even give you two choices, and neither involves buying a new saw.

The quickest fix, if it will fit your equipment, is to purchase the Quik Crank Bandsaw Tensioner. Just compare the parts in the product description to the components on your saw to know if it will work.

If not, you can do what I did, and make your own. My Craftsman saw’s knob engages a slotted end on an adjusting rod. I cut a 7/16″ bolt to a length of 1-1⁄2″ and drilled a hole perpendicular to the long axis, the same distance from the end of the original. A drift pin engages the adjusting rod, and the original 5/8″ hex head on top of the bolt faces up.

Check the opening in your saw’s adjusting rod, but a 7/16″ bolt fit mine perfectly. Accurately drill a perpendicular hole for a tight fit for a pin. Drive in the pin. You’re almost there.

Your modified bolt should fit much like the original equipment handle’s shaft.

Initially, I used my good Craftsman speeder handle, just to prove that the concept was going to work. I left it like that for several months, then replaced it with an inexpensive brand of handle and socket I could just leave in place all the time.

From a distance, no one can even tell this speeder handle came from “that” store, but the price was right, and, just how good does it have to be to tension and de-tension the bandsaw blade?

A discarded milk crate close by allows me to safely get up to a good working height.

Jim Randolph is a veterinarian in Long Beach, Mississippi. His earlier careers as lawn mower, dairy farmer, automobile mechanic, microwave communications electronics instructor and journeyman carpenter all influence his approach to woodworking. His favorite projects are furniture built for his wife, Brenda, and for their children and grandchildren. His and Brenda’s home, nicknamed Sticks-In-The-Mud, is built on pilings (sticks) near the wetlands (mud) on a bayou off Jourdan River. His shop is in the lower level of their home.Questions and comments on woodworking may be written below in the comments section. Questions about pet care should be directed to his blog on pet care, www.MyPetsDoctor.com. We regret that, because of high volume, not all inquiries can be answered personally.

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VIDEO: Elia Bizzarri and the Dull Chisels

Popular Woodworking Editors Blog - Thu, 05/04/2017 - 6:41am

When I’m on the road filming video for Popular Wooding, it usually means an anonymous, but increasingly familiar hotel room, a search for good food and craft beer, and spending a few days our video host. I have begun to anticipate that I will learn more about our host than woodworking – in a good way! We had a great time shooting a Windsor Rocker build with Elia Bizzarri (his next video will […]

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Asa Christiana: Tools to Get Started in Woodworking – 360w360 E.330

360 WoodWorking - Thu, 05/04/2017 - 4:10am
 Tools to Get Started in Woodworking – 360w360 E.330

In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking Asa Christian shares his thoughts on tools you need to get started in woodworking, and more importantly, how to be successful right out of the gate.

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. But the conversation is always information packed and lots of fun.

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