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|#6 is almost done|
|sanded the paint around the mouth off|
|time to get some more sanding blocks ready|
|cleaned the #4 with Acetone|
All the screws etc for the #4 are cleaned, oiled, and ready to go. What's left is the lever cap, the brass adjuster knob, and tote/knob shellacing. I'll work on that while the paint dries on the plane.
|doesn't even look like I had painted it|
|better than the brown stuff|
|#4 lever sanded lightly with 320 grit|
|#4 brass adjuster knob - before|
|partial after pic|
|sanded the inside of the knob|
Sorry abut the blog being published as I wrote it. I hadn't finished writing it yet and noticed that it had been put on line already. I don't know how much of it got published but I reverted it back to a draft so I could complete it. I changed the title and published it on it's intended day, the 24th.
Did you know that Naomi Parker Fraley was the original model for Rosie the Riveter? (she passed on saturday at age 96)
I’m back from New York and off to Williamsburg. I’ll be at their Woodworking conference through Sunday, then back home here Monday or Tuesday. Then Pret & Paula get back from their jaunt just in time for tickets to Greenwood Fest to go on sale February 2nd, 10 AM eastern time. https://www.greenwoodfest.org/
You can read what we have so far on that site. Earlier I mentioned we’re having 2 new instructors this time – Curtis Buchanan https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2017/12/27/greenwood-fest-instructor-curtis-buchanan/ and Robin Wood https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2017/12/21/greenwood-fest-2018-instructor-robin-wood/ The rest of the lineup are regulars, or now-regulars for Greenwood Fest.
The Spoon Carving Triumvirate.
JoJo Wood – I’d hate to think of this program without JoJo. https://www.instagram.com/jojowoodcraft/
Barn the Spoon – a great addition last year and we’re thrilled to have him back again. https://www.instagram.com/barnthespoon/
And last but not least – Jane Mickelborough. https://www.instagram.com/janespoons/ Her folding spoons (and fan birds) were a huge hit. She’ll be doing some of both this time.
Then, Dave Fisher. There is no link to Dave Fisher. I’m not saying anything else.Dave Fisher on a bowl horse
Darrick Sanderson is a huge hit. https://www.instagram.com/dcsandersoninc/ Hewn or turned bowls, spoons like crazy, non-stop carving/cutting/slicing.
The whirwind-around-the-world slöjd man Jögge Sundqvist. https://www.instagram.com/surolle/ Where is he? Japan, Australia, Sweden, Minnesota – well, in June he’ll be in Pinewoods with us. Here he is doing his Jimi Hendrix thing.
Not only do we have the now-old man of Windsor chairs, Curtis, but once again we have Pete Galbert coming back this year. Great chairs, great book, great teacher. https://www.instagram.com/petergalbert/
We just spent a weekend with Tim Manney making all edges sharp. Chair making, tool making, sharpening – Tim covers a lot of ground. https://www.instagram.com/tim.manney/
I’ll do a separate post about Pen Austin next week – she does amazing work with finishes, surfaces, etc. Often working with lime plaster, at the Fest she’s going to show us about using milk paint like you’ve never seen before. Even this crowd that is milk-paint savvy. Pen was there the day we launched Plymouth CRAFT but it’s taken until now for us to get her into our orbit – she’s very much in demand for restoration work. Here is a photo of some of her faux painting on columns for a Shakespeare Company’s stage.
I’ll probably do an oak carving session during the Fest, and hopefully Paula will do another cooking w/fire class…we’ll figure those details out during February.
There’s something to be said for just finishing a long term project. I’ve been working on a furniture build off and on since I first started at PW a few years ago. It was to be an entryway table that doubled as a place to store shoes and custom built to fit under a window yet over a heat return. I had grand plans for the piece that were above […]
The post The Long Way Around: Finally Calling Your Long Term Project “Done” appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.
There was a time, in the not so distant past, when we made more stuff. Things were less disposable – we fixed our possessions when they broke. The furniture, dishes and home goods we kept in our lives had stories behind them and were built with purpose. I believe we’ve lost much of that handmade magic. That’s why I joined this team as the new editor in January. I want […]
If you are looking to upgrade your shop, we’ve got the perfect tool for you. The Rikon 14 inch Deluxe Bandsaw 10-326 is a great choice for all kinds of woodworkers. Furniture makers will like the large 13″ resawing capacity and cutting accuracy. Woodturners will like the stability the large table provides when roughing bowl blanks. You can even cut non-ferrous metals on low speed.
In the video below, Justin Moon takes a closer look at the Rikon 10-326. Watch the video to learn the basics for setting up and using this workhorse tool in your own shop.
The post Product Video: Rikon 14 inch Deluxe Bandsaw 10-326 appeared first on Woodworking Blog.
|$20 with S/H|
|no groans, whimpers, or relaxing when the clamps came off|
|one nail blew through on this side|
|and one on this side|
|pulled them both out|
|got it set on the rolling base|
|casters are off|
|screwed it to the dolly|
|it rolls around nicely empty|
|about 6" of clearance.|
|moved the boxes around and gained an inch|
|two more sanding blocks|
Did you know that a clew is a ball of yarn or thread?
Then there was this piece from local auction:
Georgian Mahogany Collector’s Cabinet on Stand
Description: Early 19th century, pine and poplar secondary, one part form, applied cove molded cornice with dentil molding, hinged panel doors, opening to reveal (20) graduated drawers, on a later custom Chippendale style base.
Size: 54.5 x 35.5 x 20 in.
Condition: Later stand; refinished; lacking operable key.
If one opens the doors on a collectors chest, what does one see?
And if one looks more closely at the drawers, what does one see?
If one looks even more closely at the carcass, what does one see?
The second drawer position from the top (ninth from the bottom) has extra dados. Was there an option for shallower drawers or trays?
The other thing I noticed was the drawers bottoms being nailed on and extending beyond the drawer sides becoming a the drawer runners. Not a common arrangement but not rare either. I’ve seen six to eight cabinets with this style drawer although it seems more common in primitive pieces.
Another fascination of mine, as regular readers know, is the back of furniture. Many furniture makers just nailed on whatever they had lying around the shop. Any wood will do..
I really like the mover’s inventory stickers left on. Much of our furniture still proudly wears theirs.
One of my long-time interests has been the iconic “Elastic Chair” of Boston chair maker Samuel Gragg, who produced these sinuous featherweight painted chairs for a few short years somewhere in the window of 1805-1815. Having made a few myself I can see why he switched to technically simpler chairs, but I remain smitten by the form.
At one of the woodworking events in the past I had my Gragg chair there with me on display, and at some point I was absent from its presence and someone sat in the chair who shouldn’t have. The first hand accounts ex poste indicate that the offender was so corpulent (first hand accounts would suggest said person was well north of four bills) that he could not get out of the chair as his flesh has drooped over the seat rails and filled the void of the arms and even below the arms. He was wedged in tight as could be. In the desperate struggle to get out of the chair where he was not supposed to be, the occupant apparently put his forearms on the chair arms with the all the force he could muster on the arms of the chair to pry himself out of it. He was evidently successful in that his bloated dead carcass was not in the chair afterward, but in extricating himself he managed to fracture both arms. Of the chair. He fled the scene with nary a word of acknowledgment nor apology.
After contemplating a solution for the time since and seeing a bit of clear sky in my upcoming schedule (and to get warmed up to build two elastic chairs that I’ve been commissioned to make, but more about that later) I have now decided to undertake the repair. Even though it is something I made myself, thus disposable, I will endeavor to follow the same decision framework I’ve used for for four decades on museum and client artifacts, just to make it interesting. It will be a great learning experience for me.
The second article in my two-part series about hinges for Popular Woodworking Magazine was conceived as “5 Fussy Hinges.” Tricky, fussy…choose your adjective. I prefer “less commonly used,” with the disclaimer that one woodworker’s “less common” may be another’s “everyday”; Brendan Gaffney may be able to install knife hinges in his sleep, and I used non-swaged brass butts on an almost daily basis for years, but many woodworkers have never […]
The post The Case of the Missing Hinge: Trouble Installing a Soss Hinge appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.
Wendell Castle, the father of the art furniture movement, died Saturday at age 85. I’m privileged to have spent a few days with him while shooting a video, and while our time together was personal, the time wasn’t long enough to call him a friend. Thoughtful, soft-spoken and passionate are three words that come to my mind. I’m willing to admit that I’m not in love with all his furniture – though […]
I'm taking a class in Covington Ky in June. I paid for the class and I just got done making hotel, flight, and car rental reservations. If I hadn't already paid for this class I would be taking a different one. Issac Blackburn is teaching a saw filing class the same weekend I'm going to be in Covington. Oh well, maybe I'll catch him next year.
|ready for paint|
|the #4 frog|
|the back of the frog|
|for the plane interior|
|my marble threshold|
|at the back I hold it with a clamp|
|I'll glue the 80 grit down|
|#4 frog painted|
|not white anymore|
|had same problem on the toe|
|painted a few spots on both cheek walls|
|4x4 will give up 3 sanding blocks|
|one down and two to go|
|bandsaw cuts are all tapered|
|planed to a parallel thickness - just the Doug Fir blocks|
|gluing the cork|
|gluing up the cabinet after lunch|
|23 year old compressor|
|nailing the top and bottom|
|it's staying here too|
|tried a sanding block|
|tried my buffing wheel|
It made the lever cap a little more shinier but not by much. I must of missed something as to what rouge is used for what. I'll have to go back and look at everything that came with it.
Did you know that the Hartford Courant is the oldest continually published newspaper in the US?
I hope when you read the title of this post you did so with a bit of sarcasm. This weekend I was fast-forwarding through commercials while catching up on a show. Flashing past the screen at a 32X rate I noticed a table saw. Whoa! Time to backtrack and play it again. What I discovered was the end of woodworking as we know it.
(If you miss it the first time through, pay attention around the 8 second mark.) There it was.
It seems with each plane rehab I am doing, I do something new and extra that I didn't do on the previous one. I am rehabbing two planes now and I plan on going back and re-doing all of my planes. I like the look of the painted and shiny planes a lot. It's funny because a year ago I was ambivalent about this level of rehabbing.
The #6 I'm currently rehabbing is kicking my ass. I have been flattening the sole on it for a couple of weeks. It hasn't been an everyday workout with it, but I thought I would have been done with this a long time ago. My stubborn streak kicked in this AM and I was going to get it done today or bust a gut trying.
I didn't bust a gut but the damn thing took me all day to do. It still isn't 100% done with all the sanding but I had to quit for today. There was one bright note in this day from hell and that is I got the #4 to the same point as the #6.
|made a Harbor Freight run|
|marking the width|
I think I may go with 6x48 belts for the other grits too. With the 4x35 belts I have to hold one end with a clamp because the marble threshold is shorter than the belt. The 6x48 belt I was able to cut long enough so that the bench dogs pinched it fast on both ends. No clamp in the way as I sand.
|new 80 grit belt is working better|
|3 lines gone, 3 more to go|
|soles sanded up to 400 grit|
|why I'm doing hand sanding|
Getting these two planes sanded to this point is all I got done today. I made a road trip to get sanding belts and drawer guides, and about 2 hours eating lunch and searching the WWW for springs. The rest of the shop day was devoted to sanding. Boring, mind numbing, repetitious, sanding and I'm glad 99.9% of it is done.
Did you know that the Reuben Award is given annually for the best cartoon?
Many people equate “skill” and “talent.” They are sometimes related, but certainly not the same thing. It is like the modern conflation of “jealousy,” “covetousness, ” and “envy.” All are related as manifestations of the same base impulse, but they are not the same (envy being the most pernicious).
But back to “skill” and “talent.”
I possess precious little artistic talent, but have acquired fair-to-middling creative skills. I remember clearly a session in the studio of one of my art classes in college. I was succeeding in the class by sheer grit and inordinate time working in the studio; the art didn’t flow out of me simply because the talent was not there. But I was determined to succeed and spent untold hours at work there. One day I asked Mrs. Barn to come with me and keep me company as I worked, and as we walked there she picked up a branch of some flowering tree or something. So while I ground away at my “creating” she whipped out a lovely oil painting of the sprig even though she never trained as an artist. But she has sublime artistic talents while I am saddled with a noteworthy lack of them.
I’m not sure if curiosity is a talent, but I do have a fair bit of that. Perhaps my greatest creative gift was that I was an indifferent student in school prior to my third stint in college, when I worked and learned with a vengeance. But middle school and high school? Nah, I did not pay enough attention to enable them to beat the curiosity out of me and I was able to retain my native impulse to color outside the lines.
Talent is, I believe, a portion of that inventory of nascent gifts imparted at our conception as unique creatures, whereas skills are the abilities honed through repetitive exercises. That said, the vocabulary of skills we possess allows us to expand our creative and productive capacity to a nearly limitless vista, and to hone those natural talents.
As a craftsman and teacher that is where I try to invest my resources.
I am at a point in my life where my writing is an output that has value in the marketplace, all the more surprising to me in that I went to gubmint schools at a time when the rigors of language arts were, shall we say, not emphasized. Now I practice writing on a near-daily basis to sharpen my skills of wordsmithing. This occurs on this blog as often as I can even though many acquaintances urge me to de-emphasize my writing here in exchange for “more followers” via other vehicles that do not require anything more than a few pictures and words on a smart phone. I have resisted this for several reasons, not the least of which is I do not have a smart phone and have little interest in getting one given that I live in a place with almost no cell service. Second, if my goal is to increase my ability in crafting words, I’d better spend some time crafting words rather than avoiding it. An analogy would be encouraging someone to refine their joinery skills at the workbench by giving them a screw gun.
Instead, for the time being I prefer to write short articles for this blog a few times a week as a means of not only connecting with those who read it but also accomplishing the not-so-unintended-consequence of improving my own writing skill set. I know I will never become as facile as Chris Schwarz given both his natural talents and honed skills that enable him to have a daily output capacity of probably four thousand words. I hope for a tenth of than, and dream of a quarter, a pace I actually maintained while writing the 40,000 word first draft manuscript of Virtuoso in six weeks.
For the past few years I have endeavored to write something every day. A blog essay, even if only a short one, or at last a portion of one (some blogs take a few sessions of verbal noodling). Or another portion of my ongoing book manuscript, at present The Period Finisher’s Manual (I am targeting the end of the year for its completion). Some mystery/thriller fiction, currently about a derelict antiques restorer out in the mountains and how he eventually saves the world. Blowing off steam by recording pithy observations about the state of the world around me.
It is all enjoyable and ruthlessly demanding, but it is how I am building my muscles in formulating and organizing ideas and putting them into words.
Simply put, the regimen makes me more skilled at writing.
The same is true with my physical craft. As a furniture maker I will not and probably cannot become Jean-Henri Riesener, John Goddard, Alvar Aalto, or James Krenov. I am unlikely to ever become a truly skilled engraver, or metalsmith, or machinist, or chemical engineer. But I can become better than I am.
And so can you.
While I cannot endow you with creative genius, I can encourage and direct you in the genesis and more full formation of skills through practice and exercise. This has become cemented as the goal for my time in The Barn on White Run; that I explore and create, and share those adventures with you that you might be more encouraged to do the same.
In the coming weeks and months I hope this will become manifest on this blog with my mercurial musings about craft and life on the homestead being augmented with more postings about the processes of doing and not just my noumena. One iteration of this starting next will be a series of bench exercises I presented at last year’s banquet address for the Colonial Williamsburg Working Wood in the 18th Century shindig.
Another will be the multi-part walk-through of interpreting an early 19th century writing desk, of which I have already written a couple of blogs in the past.
And making instructional videos for distribution with a talented young local film maker.
And making and modifying tools.
And Gragg chairs.
And, and, and…
All in pursuit of skills, in service to my “talent.”
We have seven videos for you this week and a giveaway! Every Saturday morning we post reader-submitted and staff picked videos on our YouTube channel. Kreg sent us a couple of inline clamps and bench clamps to take a look at it. I thought they were solid bench accessories, so instead of sending them back to Kreg, I received permission to give them away! Enter the contest in the field below the video […]
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I am not going to buy a replacement fence for the plow. I would still have the square problem with the plane body. I will strip all the parts from this plane that I can and save them. There are a lot of 044's out there and they are cheap if they are selling just the plane and one or no irons. The price more than doubles with a full set of irons. I already have the irons and just need the plow.
I will toss the fence in the shitcan. The plane body will follow it after I beat the snot out of it with a 3lb sledge hammer. I would like to be able to pass it on but the condition of it condemned it to the shitcan in pieces.
BTW, in my search for a Record 044 fence, I looked at the rods on every one I found. My rods each have a hole on one end. I didn't see one rod in my search that had a hole in the rods. Maybe these were replacements to fit the wonky holes I had?
|back to work on the #6|
|want to get an idea of the #4|
|3 minutes later|
|#4 done on the sole with 80 grit|
|quick run on the 80 grit|
|have to be careful|
|looks like the #4 will be done before the #6|
|tried the big boy screwdriver|
|got it flush on both|
|driving them in a drilled hole|
|it's a two speed drill|
|came apart easily|
|the chuck is stiff|
|the chuck internal parts|
|it's dirty and rusty inside|
|small end of a taper pin?|
|came apart as I thought it would|
|this isn't working|
|quick clean and degreasing|
|main shaft cleaned and degreased|
I lightly sanded this with 320 grit after I had cleaned it. It showed rust as I sanded. I didn't see it looking at the shaft but there was no doubt there was rust being raised with the sandpaper. This will get an EvapoRust bath later on.
|pinion gears look good too|
Did you know that Brazilian soccer great, Pele, is the only player to have won 3 world cups?
I’ve been meaning to get my teaching schedule posted here; but have been too busy getting stuff together…Next week I’ll be part of Colonial Williamsburg’s Working Wood Conference. I haven’t been there since 2007, here’s a shot from then, with Jennie Alexander pontificating while I get set to turn something.JA & PF at Colonial Williamsburg 2007
It’s sold out, so if you got a ticket, I’ll see you there. https://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/learn/conferences/working-wood
Next month, I’ll be back at Bob Van Dyke’s Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking for a 2-day class in carving oak; February 17 & 18. https://www.schoolofwoodworking.com/woodworking-classes.html#Speciality_Weekend_Classes The exercises we’ll carve are all based on ones I learned from studying period furniture; chests, boxes, cupboards, church furniture in England and more. Here’s a snippet of what to expect.
In April I’ll be down to Roy Underhill’s Woodwright’s School for 3 days of spoon carving. It’s full, but I think you can get on a waiting list. More fun than a barrel of monkeys. http://www.woodwrightschool.com/classes/spoon-carving-plus-with-peter-follansbeeI’m not touching those spoons
Later in April (20-22nd) ’ll be part of Fine Woodworking Live in Southbridge Massachusetts; including a one-day intro to spoon carving. With Dave Fisher as assistant!! I’m just going to step back & watch Dave… http://www.finewoodworkinglive.com/about-fww-live/
I think I’m doing furniture-related stuff too, maybe a talk as well. I’d look into it, but I still have next week’s thing to prep!
May – getting ready for June.
June 5-10; Greenwood Fest 2018. Plymouth CRAFT’s 3rd time around with Greenwood Fest. Held at Pinewoods Dance Camp in Plymouth Massachusetts. 2-day workshops beforehand and a 3-day festival. Demonstrations, hands-on sessions, big pile of spoon wood (or bowls if you’re inclined); lodging & meals all part of the scene. Tickets go on sale February 2nd, 10am eastern time. https://www.greenwoodfest.org/ How fast will it sell out? I predict less than a day…so don’t hesitate.
here’s last year’s group shot:
July – Can’t forget Lie-Nielsen. Spoon carving, July 21 & 22. https://www.lie-nielsen.com/workshop/USA/191
That’s all I have for certain right now. We’re planning a long session for making a joint stool at Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. Like the chest project we did there twice, this would be one-weekend-per month for a few months. Maybe 4. So 8 days of classes. Unlike the chest, this project would require little or no homework. Split the log, make the boards, cut joinery, do turning! And make the stool. Haven’t figure the time frame yet. I might have a trip overseas in November, so I’m waiting to get that sorted first.
I also offer one-on-one classes here at my shop in Kingston Massachusetts.
Spoon carving, the oak furniture carvings I do, or various projects – like a carved box. Rate is $500 a day. I have all the tools necessary, wood and reference materials. We have lunch together, lodging and other meals on your own; but Plymouth is 10 minutes away with all its options for both. Expensive, yes. But one-on-one instruction can cover a lot of ground. I have time available in March, then again starting in September. July and August are too hot to share a small space!
This week’s book giveaway is for a copy of Marc Spagnuolo’s “Hybrid Woodworking.” If you’re looking to increase efficiency in your woodworking by combining power tools and hand tools, then this book is required reading. I’m giving away one copy for this week’s giveaway; simply post a comment below and I’ll choose one winner at random. Winner will be announced Monday 1/22/18.