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I Am a Panda

Tools For Working Wood - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 4:00am

I am a panda. Or a great ape. Or any of a number of animals - I'll choose the cute ones - whose terrain is disappearing and are therefore endangered. Tut- tutting or telling me how cute, chubby, and fun to watch I am doesnt help much. "Oooh, check out that guy with the hand tools! Amazing!" Neither does lip service. On the face of it, our government agencies all love manufacturing and makers. They love to have maker initiatives, training, etc. They are even happy to make a small, zoo-like zone of a few blocks where manufacturers who already exist can try to still exist. But protecting the actual wild environment is another story.
Most of the energy in encouraging manufacturing in NYC is focused on "Maker Spaces," which are always well-intentioned and sometimes actually awesome. But the problem is that these spaces, much like a breeding sanctuary, is that it is not a real substitute for an improved wild environment. What happens to a fledgling business after you "graduate" from a maker space? If you have a prototype, you will probably will outsource your production to somewhere with enough affordable real estate to encourage manufacturing - a place that sometimes feels like anywhere but New York City. And what if you want to expand your business? That probably means not New York too. All the investment in maker spaces, incubators, and other startup support may pay off - but not for the people of the city.

Cabinet shops, which are TFWWs retail life blood, are dying in NYC. Many landlords don't want messy businesses. Even in neighborhoods with industrial zoning - places that are zoned for mess and noise - the trend is to try to rent to offices and commercial ventures. Even if the business does actual making, their primary work is clean and silent. Offices and design shops have a far greater density of people than a woodshop, and so higher rents are easier to achieve. And of course once your tenant is a fancy office, it will want like-minded businesses for neighbors, not a company with a screaming table saw or spray booth. And once a landlord realizes that it can get more per square foot by skirting the industrial zoning requirements rents shoot up. Even if the space is available for a cabinet shop, the cost might be unaffordable.

Now I should mention that not all landlords are opportunists who bought property that was discounted because of its use restrictions but now are trying to evade their responsibilities. ( See my blog from a few weeks ago about Industry City). There are a many landlord - and thankfully mine is one (My landlord has been incredibly supportive of what we do and truly fights for continued manufacturing in NYC) - that really want industry to succeed. There are bunches of reasons for this. The first is that many people, my landlord and others included, want a city that is diverse. They recognize that not everyone is a web designer or a stockbroker. We have thousands of electricians, plumbers, carpenters, cabinet makers, machinists, butchers, bakers, candlestick makers, and a range of other craftspeople and tradespeople who need a place to go to work, like being in the city, and most important, make the city far more interesting and full of ideas than it would be without them.

Let me give you an example:
Once upon a time, on West 22nd Street in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, a tinsmith named Harry Segerman had a business two doors down from my grandparents luncheonette. Harry mostly made tinware, and later stainless fixtures, for the restaurant industry. In the years following WWII, Chelsea (nowadays an exceedingly trendy and expensive neighborhood) was a fairly rough part of town. A few blocks west were the Cunard Docks; the buildings were a mix of low rise housing and garment industry factories.
The area was inexpensive to live in, which attracted bohemian artists. Some of them wandered into Harry's shop and were enamored by the idea that you could take metal and bend it into interesting shapes. Harry, who was encouraging by nature and very interested in art, helped helped a lot of these artists make work in tin. Some artists took it a step further and developed expertise in sculpting with sheet metal because of his support.

On paper, this interaction is what cities do best. Art and crafts (and commerce) happen when a big city is a melting pot of ideas and skills. But it won't happen - and we will be the poorer - if New York City becomes solely a consumer of real things, instead of a designer, maker, and consumer.


Accidental Woodworker - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:29am
Had a big oops in the shop tonight and I'll get to that a little later on in this blog. I need some help from anyone who has a Record 044. I had a mishap with mine and before I decide what to do with it, I need know a couple of things.  I want to know how well the fence rods fit in the main body and the fence. A little wiggle, lots or wiggle, or a snug fit? The second thing I would like to know are the fence rods square to the main body/skate? I would appreciate any comments on it and those will help me make my decision.

Lee Valley arrived
This hex adapter is as substantial as the ratcheting screwdriver is. I will try it out this weekend driving some #8 screws.

also got some 1/2" feet
These are for saw till box to keep it off the deck.

I am falling in love with this gadget
Even with my arthritis this is a breeze to use. Instead of a twisty, turning motion driving a hand screwdriver, this is up/down. Very little wear and tear and hardly a whimper from my hands. And it works great.

off the deck
I didn't like this setting directly on the concrete. Not only was it scuffing up the bottom, it was sucking up moisture too. It is not much of a stand off but it will do for now.

bought 4 more
The top one is the first one I bought and it is bent. The plane slipped out of my hands and fell on the bench from a height of about 6-8 inches. Bent the fence rod even though I don't think it fell on it. St James Bay had 4 rods for sale on his site and I bought all of them. I was being careful so I can imagine what a youngster will be able to do to this.

McMaster-Carr came it
Two 10mm rods and one 10mm drill bit that I wasn't expecting so soon.

about one inch shorter than the ones that came with the plow
don't fit in the fence (haven't drilled them out yet)
back rod fits - the front one won't go through all the way
won't go through trying to turn it by hand
still no dice
I ran the drill through the body and the fence holes. It didn't make the rods fit but the shiny looking spot in the hole is where the drill did some work.

Sorry Steve but I bought 10mm rods. Now that this is kicking my butt, I realize I should have taken your advice and bought the 9.9mm ones. These rods are supposedly smaller than 10mm but not enough.

The rods will only go into the fence holes to about the middle of the screw hole.

new file for my school in June
I tried to file a chamfer on the ends of the rods but couldn't. They are hardened and you can't file them. Can't sand them neither.

back rod is dead nuts

front rod is not
I think this is what is causing my problems. This out of square rod is pulling the fence out of square. As I'm using it I'm putting extra tension on it and it is moving.

sandpaper wrapped dowel
I can see in the holes and there is dark dirty ring on the input side. The end I drilled out of is shiny looking almost 360. I tried to sand the input side to match.

it worked
I tapped the rod through the hole. I did it both ways several times and when I was done, I could insert it through the hole by hand. Both ways in the front and rear holes.

rods fit the main body
tapped it through the fence on one hole
This one isn't going as easy, smoothly, and it is very snug. I realized I made a rather huge mistake here. I tried punching it back out but ........

....... that didn't work
I see another problem and maybe that is why I'm having problems with this. The rod is cocked in the hole. It isn't much, but enough that I can see it. JBL weld isn't going to work on this. I have seen two 044 fences for sale online so I can replace this. One was for $20 and the other was in a bidding war.

I can get another fence but I'm not sure that I want to. I don't have a warm and fuzzy about the front fence rod being out of square. None of my other plows are out of square like this. This is why I want to see what other owners of this plane have before I decide what to do.

This was good spot to shut the lights off even though it wasn't 1700.

accidental woodworker

trivia corner
Did you know that entomophagy is the practice of eating insects?


Inside the Oldwolf Workshop - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 8:45pm
Woodworking is typically a solitary pursuit. The introvert in my loves that part. But as you begin to connect to the wider community that is out there you are bound to find like minded people who become fast friends and strong mentors.

The time I get to spend around these individuals is like plugging my car battery into the electrical output of the Hoover Dam. A little shop weary. Running tight on ideas or answers. Generally uninspired. A little visit and some shop talk, or any talk really, and I'm reinvigorated. 

This past November I had a visit at my shop from Don Williams and his wonderful wife. We all chatted for a bit as I gave them the grand tour a Le Chateau Oldwolf. consisting mostly of my library and drawing studio and the workshop outside. Don has become a trusted voice in my world, I look forward to every correspondence with him and just treasure the opportunities to visit in person. 

 After catching up we headed over to visit another person I have infinite respect for. We dropped in on Mark Harrell at Bad Axe Toolworks so Don could see the impressive goings on. I really had a treat as I was able to step back and listen to these guys parse the details of Roubo and the historical saws represented in L’Art Du Menuisier. The thing I really took away from the exchange. The possibility of a revival of the full size frame saw and turning saw as staples in the workshop. 

I know I'm an hand tool, old world craft geek, but I'm more than a little proud of it. 

 Then in December and again just this past week I was able to go down for a couple workdays in the shop of Tom Latane. For me this is so much fun because A; Tom's shop is an amazing place to stand, much less work in. A wood fire in the forge and you get that real, I don't know, romanticised, whimsical feel that is inspiring and conducive to good work. and B: I usually leave behind the projects I'm neck deep in in the shop and choose something different, usually carving, to work on. Something I'd like to get done but there's no rush, something mostly for me.

This time I got to make a new friend in a Blacksmith named Michael Fasold who was teaching himself how to cut dovetail joints, with Tom and me helping (maybe hindering) the process. He's teaching a class on forging an early american thumb latch gate handle at the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center in Minneapolis. I wish I could make the trip to take it.

There are many others out there I have to find some time and place to meet with. Being around other like minded people really opens up the spigot on the creative flow. If you're not experiencing this you should try and remedy that. Take a class, join a club if you have one nearby, stand out on the highway with a sign in one hand and a jack plane in the other.

 Maybe we just need to get someone to oversee the creation of a Woodworkers Platonic Dating App. . .
Maybe not. I have too much current in my creative juices for my own good right now. :)

Ratione et Passionis
Categories: General Woodworking

Barn Tuneup – Front Door

The Barn on White Run - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 4:07pm

As the depths of winter set in out here in the mountains I decided to do something about the problem of early fading light, especially in the great room of the barn’s main floor.  On a typical January day I lose direct sunlight by about 3:30, and the darkness creeps in from that point on.

I decided that a big hurdle to solving the problem lay in the fact that the two oversized doors to the barn were visually solid, and that a solution might be to pierce them with large panes of glass.  Fortunately I happened to have just one such piece of glass leftover from the original construction a decade ago.  It is a piece of salvaged thermal glass  from an unremembered source but it was sized as though it was made for the task being contemplated and it seemed as though the project would be easy to undertake and complete.

So I did.

Since I was using the panel of glass essentially as a piece of sheathing the “framing” of the new window was a simple batten screwed to the door so that the panel would have  someplace to seat.  After the batten frame was in place I sawed out the opening for the window, lifted the new pane into its seat, and added some more temporary battens to the rear side to hold it in place until spring time when the warmer weather will allow me to caulk it in place permanently.

Until then I am enjoying both the doubling of the external light present in that work space, and celebrating the fact that this was one project that turned out to be as simple and quick as I had first imagined.  I would like to find another panel the exact same size for the other door, and will keep scouring the salvage yards until I do.

For now, I simply enjoy being able to work in the great room until almost five o’clock.

Lots of oak furniture in New York this week

Peter Follansbee, joiner's notes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 2:57pm

I went to another world the other day. Attended part of Americana Week at Sotheby’s in New York. I was there to give a talk, but I got to see some great oak furniture offered for sale this week…and got to see some friends and colleagues I haven’t seen in quite a while. Here’s the link to the auction listings; http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/2018/important-americana-n09805.html#

Auction previews are great – unlike museums, here you can open stuff and peek inside. Lot #723 is a New Haven wainscot chair that has people all excited. (Some of these photos I shot hand-held in the galleries; the best ones were given to me by Sotheby’s) 

A detail of one of the arms.

and of the carvings;  I need the detail shots because I’m going to make one of these chairs this year.

I got to look this chair over with my friend Bob Trent – and neither of us had ever seen a groove like the one cut in the outside of the stile

I saw this box in 1998, now lot 727, on another research trip with Trent. And as soon as we started looking it over, we realized it was part of the group of boxes and chests by William Savell and his sons John and William from Braintree, Massachusetts. Even though we hadn’t seen this particular pattern before.


Many things connect this box to the others – square wooden pins instead of nails to secure the rabbets. Gouge-chopped accents here & there are direct quotes from the others. And the scribed lines above and below the carving; with diagonal chisel cuts zig-zagging across the box. Maltese cross punched inside the zig-zag.

Here’s the side of a related box at the MFA in Boston. You can see the zig-zags clearly here.


Jn Savell box, side carving

The box now at Sotheby’s again – look especially at the area outside the arches –

Now from a chest at the Smithsonian – this exact same motif outside the lunettes from the top rail

lunette, William Savell Sr 1590s-1669

and above & below the opposing lunettes is a pattern from the panels on these chests – look at the very bottom of the panel:

panel, joined chest, c. 1660-1680s

Then back at the box front –

I don’t know what’s the story behind these till trenches. If it’s a till w a drawer, why does the vertical notch extend below what would be the till bottom? There is no hole for a till lid…

Inside, it stops just short of being labelled “This end up”.

Lots more stuff in the sale; a Boston chest of drawers, walnut and cedrela

a chest with drawers, Wethersfield, CT

And – me. Poor Mark Atchison gets no glory for all the hard blacksmith work he did back when we made a slew of these cabinets. Trent had us make this one as a gift to his friends Dudley & Constance Godfrey – and now a foundation they started is selling it, and several of these items as a fund-raiser for educational programming at the Milwaukee Art Museum… I didn’t do the coloring…

Texas Heritage Woodworks Saddle Bag

Popular Woodworking Editors Blog - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 7:24am

I’m a fan of having my tools out and at hand in the workshop. It’s easy enough to mount the saws to the wall, whip up a chisel rack and tuck the planes on a shelf, but the small items rarely have a good spot to sit – so they end up on every horizontal surface, in the way and subject to being knocked around or, even worse, onto the […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

Carving a Plane Tote

Highland Woodworking - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 7:00am

In the January 2018 issue of Wood News, Ernie Stephenson writes an in-depth article on how to carve a plane tote and make a used plane feel new again.

“Totes on a plane go through a lot of dynamic stress. Additionally, the wood in these old tools often contains a lot of skin oil and grime from years of use. Repairing them can often be an exercise in futility. Additionally, you can carve a tote that will fit your hand, that will later make a tedious smoothing job downright pleasurable. A specially carved and turned tote and knob can also be a source of pride sitting in your toolbox.”

Click here to read more of Ernie’s article on carving a plane tote

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Categories: General Woodworking

Meet Don Weber: Renaissance Man

Popular Woodworking Editors Blog - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 6:57am

Don Weber has been a friend to Popular Woodworking for a long time. His knowledge of traditional woodworking (and blacksmithing, as the photo above supports – props to photographer Al Parrish!) has appeared on our pages, in our videos and we’ve been privileged to have him in personal appearances at events over the years. Watching him set up and use his shop-made treadle lathe, or discuss the strengths and stresses involved […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

more sharpening crappola.......

Accidental Woodworker - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 12:43am
Of late, I thought I was doing ok with my sharpening. I foolishly thought I had finally gotten to the end of the road on it but it turns out I was wrong. I use a honing guide to sharpen and there has been one annoying aspect of it's use that I was experiencing a problem with. The problem was once I set the tool  to be sharpened in the guide, I couldn't raise a burr on my coarse diamond stone.

Sometimes, I would have to grind the bevel again. That is something that should not be necessary if I was using a honing guide. I have been making my first run with the guide on an 80 grit sanding belt before hitting the coarse diamond lately. That is grinding the bevel (if necessary) and giving me a burr quickly and with minimal fuss. Again, not what I expect from using a honing guide. It's supposed to be repeatability that is it's #1 selling point.

did this first
Cleaning the parts first is paying off. The EvapoRust is still clean and yellowish after 4-5 uses. It appears to be losing it's initial greenish tint though. These are the parts for the #4 plane. I rinsed them, blew them dry, and coated them with oil. I set them aside for later.

bad pic of a pitted edge
I had to sharpen the irons in my 4 1/2 and 5 1/2 that are my daily users. I started figuring out the honing guide problem by looking at the chipbreakers. I had stoned and stropped this previously but on looking at it again I saw two pits on the ends. Step one was to eliminate me not going far enough on prepping the irons and the chipbreakers. So I stoned the edge until the pits were gone and I had a clean and clear edge.

I did 3 chipbreakers
I did the chipbreaker on the #4 I just got. It was pretty clean and pit free considering the condition of the iron. The 5 1/2 chipbreaker show here had a pit on the left side of it. It's a blurry pic but the dark spot on the top at the left is a pit.  It took a while to grind it away.

4 1/2 and 5 1/2 irons
I had already flattened the backs of these two irons. The 5 1/2 iron on the left shows a hump and the 4 1/2 doesn't have a consistent look across the bevel end. I re did the flattening by starting on the 80 grit runway first.

4 1/2 and 5/12
I have spare irons and chipbreakers for the 4 1/2 but I only have a spare iron for the 5 1/2, It isn't a Stanley iron neither. And the Stanley chipbreaker doesn't mate that well with it. I would rather use the Stanley setup together then this iron.

setting the iron in the honing guide
I flattened the iron back again. On the first time, I went from 80grit up to my finest diamond stone. I wasn't anal about getting a perfect look across the iron. I think that is where I made a mistake. The iron wasn't truly flat so that was why I wasn't raising a burr off my coarse diamond stone. I made sure that after each grit change that I had a consistent look across the width of the iron.

time to see if I was right
This is the way I expect the sharpening to go. A couple of strokes on the coarsest stone to raise a burr. Go through the next two diamond stones followed by the 8K stone. Strop the iron and the chipbreaker and get back to work. 3-5 minutes at the most.

got my burr
I can feel a small consistent burr across the width of the iron. I have noticed on watching how other people sharpen that a small bur is felt. Sometimes on the 80 grit runway I can raise a burr so big I can see it. I think this burr is in line with what I've seen more experienced sharpeners talk about.

I still like looking at shiny bevels
iron #2
Flattened the back of this iron again and made my initial run on the coarsest stone. I raised the same, small burr that I had gotten on my first iron. It looks like I will have to redo all my other irons again. Getting two irons to produce like this doesn't make this carved in stone as a fix. Repeating it a few more times would definitely give me a warm and fuzzy that I'm on the right track.

the iron from the new #4
I was able to lap all the pitting from the edge of the iron. There is one pit about a 1/4" away that will be a problem but it will be a while before I sharpen back down to that.

a hump
I did the first run on the 80 grit belt and had a consistent flat look. I then went to the coarse diamond stone. After 10 strokes or so I had what looked to be a hump. In my past flattenings, I would have left this and kept going up through the grits. My reasoning was I already had done the lower grit so keep going. Today I went back to the 80 grit for a few more dance steps with it. I then went back to the coarse stone and it looked better but I still didn't have the whole back width looking the same.

It took one more run on the 80 grit before I was satisfied with the coarse stone work. I had gotten a shine that filled the whole back. I didn't have this problem again using the other two diamond stones.

back flattened, working on the bevel
After 15-20 strokes I saw that I had a pretty good slant developing on the bevel. It was high going from the right to the left being low. Trying to stroke that amount of bevel square would take a busload of calories to do.

got the end square
I held the iron roughly at 90° and dragged the high end until the end was square to the side. It took a only a short time to get the bevel to zero with the back. Once I had a consistent burr, I ran it through the stones and stropped it.

I might have been pissing into the wind with this. This side is not only pitted but the rust thinned this part of the iron by half. I have extra irons for a #4 so if this doesn't work, I'll toss it.

I'm happy with the back of the #4 iron
the back of it looks better than the front - almost no pitting
The chipbreaker is underneath. I stoned the edge and stropped that too. It'll be a while before I get to the rehab of this plane and that is when I can gauge how well this iron will work.

the lever cap has a chip
Other than being cosmetically off, it won't have any effect on the plane making shavings.

pit stop for home maintenance
This is my whole house water filtering station. The first filter on the right is for dirt and sediment and the left filter is charcoal for taste.

missing a valve handle
I can service this without having to shut off the water to the whole house. There are two ball valves, one before and after the filters that isolate them from the house. The missing valve handle on the vertical pipe serves two purposes. With it shut the water has to go through the filters before being sent out to the faucets. With the filter ball valves shut, and the missing handle one open, I can work on the filters and still have water in the house.

I lost the handle years ago
It is very easy to operate this with pliers. Since I have to change the filters about every six months, I haven't bothered to get a replacement handle. Not that I haven't looked to see if they are even available.

gluing up the cabinet
The bench area is cold because I have a large cellar window at the right end of the workbench and lately this spot has been a bit cool. The tablesaw spot is warmer and closer to the furnace. Maybe tomorrow I'll get to the glue up.

still playing with it
I got the McMaster-Carr reset thing fixed. I know I changed my email address with them but the problem turned out to be they were using my old email. That is why I never got email reset messages from them.`All is well and I ordered the rods and a 10mm drill bit.

I've been having a tête à tête with Pat on this. I have tried a few of his ideas but so far there hasn't been any dancing in the streets of Mudville. He brought up the point that something is causing the fence to move but what is it. That is one thing that I've been looking at now.

accidental woodworker

trivia corner
Did you know that Pierre, South Dakota is the only one syllable word state capitol? (Pronounced as PEER)

Weekend Workbench

Anne of All Trades - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 6:18pm

Click here to read my article in Furniture and Cabinetmaking Magazine about a weekend workbench featuring my favorite knockdown joint, the Tusk joint. This was one of my favorite builds to date, because it was a project with one of my favorite instructors at Pratt. Steve brings a whole lot of laughter and knowledge into the shop, and I love designing projects and building with him. 

Learn Math with a Framing Square – “Framing Square Math” by Joe Youcha

Popular Woodworking Editors Blog - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 7:00am

Many kids (not to mention woodworkers) will say “I hate math!”. But as Kalid Azad of www.betterexplained.com has pointed out what they are really saying is that they hate how math makes them feel. Nobody likes to feel frustrated and stupid. Presenting math concepts through manipulating a physical “calculator,” however, goes a long way to not only changing that perception but to instilling an intuitive understanding of the core principles […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

Secret Finish Fix

360 WoodWorking - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 6:41am
Secret Finish Fix

I learned many year ago that there are going to be problems when finishing. The simple saying that the difference between a woodworker and a great woodworker is that a great woodworker knows how to fix their problems is every bit as true when it comes to finish work. Learning a great finish fix is key to making your project look its best. The more weapons you have in your arsenal, the better your projects will look.

Continue reading Secret Finish Fix at 360 WoodWorking.

Talking Studley in Fredericksburg VA

The Barn on White Run - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 6:10am

Recently I was invited to speak about the HO Studley project to the Frederickburg (VA) Woodworker’s Guild.  My friend SteveD was my host and a grand time ensued.

While at Steve’s I got to see a bed frame he had been working on in recent weeks, and about which we had corresponded regarding the finish being used.  This bed was commissioned by the organization that is recreating George Washington’s childhood home near Fredericksburg.  Much of the recreation is based on rigorous and ongoing archaeology.  The Washington family domicile being readied for the public is all new construction, but there is solid evidence that it is a very faithful interpretation of the original.

Steve has been commissioned to create a number of beds (and perhaps other pieces?) for the site, and this bed is a stunning one.

The audience at the Guild meeting was large and enthusiastic, Steve said it was about twice normal.  And you gotta admit, the tale of Henry O. Studlew is a compelling one.  The group meets in a semi-industrial space which suited me just fine.

The audience was very attentive and engaged, asking excellent questions throughout the presentation and staying after to discuss all manner of Studley and Roubo topics.  They promised to invite me back, and I look forward to that event.

maintenance time......

Accidental Woodworker - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 1:45am
Sharpening a couple of irons was #1 on the hit parade for tonight. I've got to turn this into a habit so I can pass it on to Miles. I know that I can show him how I sharpen my tools but I think it is much more important that he learn to sharpen as needed. That means stopping whatever and wherever to sharpen once a tool is dull. Seeing me doing it will be a positive for him.

#4 plane parts
I de-rusted these parts monday night and today I cleaned them. After I cleaned them with the degreaser, I rinsed them with fresh water and dried them. These are going in an EvapoRust bath overnight. I used to just toss the parts in the EvapoRust but I found that it gets dirty and turns black. I have cleaned the parts on 3 planes before I put them in EvapoRust. I found that it stays it's greenish color and it probably works better on clean parts vice grungy ones.

highly visible line
I am leaving this as it is. It has been sanded smooth and I can't feel it with my fingertips. It will be a parts plane and a traveling to school plane so it doesn't need to look seamless. It is a solid repair and my hand will hide it as I use it.

cleaning/de-greasing the plane body
I thought this was rust
This orange colored spot is paint. I was able to scrap it off the vertical part of the brace. The only place where the japanning is sparse is on the top of this cross brace. There are 3 spots on the body where the japanning is shiny. The knob stem is one.

underneath the frog is the 2nd spot
under the tote is the 3rd spot
This is the best japanning I've seen on any plane that I've rehabbed. I haven't typed this yet but I'm guessing it is a type 5-8? If it is, it is 100+ years old and that is pretty good for it's age.

the #4 iron
Big pitted areas but I'm concerned with the edge at the bevel. I think that I will be able to lap out the little bits of pitting that are there.

stoned a flat on the back of the chipbreaker
I will finish the iron/chipbreaker after I rehabbed the plane. I don't need it until June.

this is difficult for me to sharpen
I put this on the bench 3 days ago and I sharpened and honed it tonight. On thing I haven't figured out how to do is to strop it. I did it once before and I rounded over the end. I had to sharpen it again and I haven't thought of another way to strop it yet.

Record 044 skate
Sparks had made a comment on my 044 woes and I misunderstood him. I thought he was referring to the bottom of his skate not being square. His blog post is here.

see the shiny areas at the toe
There were a lot of burrs and rough areas on the toe that I filed off. I had a few at the heel too. I also filed the sharp edge of the skate on both sides while I had the file out.

this is what Sparks was talking about
His fence (to me) didn't appear to be square to the fence rods. Visually, my skate and the fence both appear to be square to the fence rods.

back one is half a frog hair off square
front one is dead nuts
I am square off both fence rods to the skate so I'm hitting square on 3 out 4.

no movement at all now
The fence rods are loose in every single hole. When I tighten down the screws, they push the rod against the opposing wall of the hole and hold the rod tight. No wiggling anymore but is this a design feature of the plane?

I tried to buy new rods and a 10mm drill bit from McMaster-Carr but I am dead in the water with them. I emailed them 3 times requesting a password reset and I didn't get it. Both my trash and my spam folders were/are empty. On the 4th request, McMaster-Carr said that too many attempts to access my account had been done so the account was locked. I tried two more times today and I still haven't gotten a reset. I emailed them directly and I'm waiting to hear back on that.

no burr
I set it on this
So I should be able to go to my coarse stone and raise a burr. Instead what I get on the coarse stone are grind marks on the bevel  back at the heel.

my coarsest diamond stone
I reground a new bevel on the iron but still no burr. I'll set up the 80 grit runway and use that. I know I can raise a burr on that in a few strokes.

I didn't get the glue up of the cabinet done but maybe tomorrow. I am going to try and glue it up without any fasteners. I rehearsed a dry clamp up a couple of times and I think it's doable. The joints all come together easily and are tight and even.

accidental woodworker

trivia corner
Did you know that Congress established the US Military Academy at West Point in 1802?

Of Barn Doors and Stump Sitting

The Barn on White Run - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 3:20pm

En route back to Shangri-La following our excursion into deepest Flyover Country we stopped to see the progress of things at Lost Art Press.   Mrs. Barn had never seen the new World Headquarters and since they were within a mile of our route, I checked to make sure we could stop.

As usual Chris was hard at work in the shop and on the shop, but he took a few minutes to visit and relax.

During that brief visit I sat in the Mother of All Stump Chairs that Chris has been chronicling.  I cannot say I could sit there for an entire evening but it was more comfortable than I expected and looked pretty cool too.  All I needed was a bearskin vest and a grog of mead and I would have looked right at home.

We also toured the new machine room emerging from the renovation of the carriage house out back, and Chris had just hung and caulked his hand-made doors before we arrived.  I definitely approve.

I join Chris in celebrating the establishment of the new headquarters, and even his dream of living in this vintage high density neighborhood.  He likes having neighbors nearby, I like having neighbors on the other side of the mountain.

Woodworking Workshop for Parents and our Fall Fair 2017 – Part 1

Popular Woodworking Editors Blog - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 1:32pm

One of the nice traditions at the school I teach in is our annual Fall Fair. The Fair is a one-day extravaganza in which the school transformed into a magical forest-like world. Laden with autumn and winter atmosphere, our building’s interior is decorated with fabrics, branches, logs and leaves to support the imaginary themes of fairy tales and mythology. To help our school with fundraising during the fair, parents volunteer […]

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Quick tip: Storing Wood Glue

Highland Woodworking - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 7:00am

In the December issue of The Highland Woodturner, Phil Colson shared his quick tip for storing wood glue when you are in a climate where it gets below freezing in the winter.

Read Phil’s tip and save your wood glue this winter!

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started the chisel cabinet.......

Accidental Woodworker - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:44am
Had to contend with my wife still sleeping at oh dark thirty after a weeks absence. She came back from her business trip on sunday night. The airport was almost empty when I got there at 1915. I've been picking up Diane at this airport for years and I don't remember ever seeing it so devoid of people. Granted it's a piss ant small airport but there were maybe 10 people total that I saw inside while I waited.

laying out for a rabbet
using the LV rabbet plane to make them
made a test rabbet in some scrap
wee bit proud
I want some proud but not this much. I fiddled with the fence and ran two more test rabbets before I was happy.

not working
I could feel the iron dulling as I made each pass. The last three gave me this. I had used my knife to cut down on the shoulder but it didn't help at this spot. The plane caught the cross plies just right here. It started out small and the last pass ripped it up badly. Put the rabbet plane aside and switched to the next noiseless operation.

took the tape off
The tote looks pretty good from this side.

looks good now
After I had sanded this side, I saw that the glue line on this side was highly visible. I lost some wood along the crack that I hadn't noticed yesterday.

glue foamed up and closed up the hole
I tapped the stud through the hole from the top down. I didn't have any problems opening up the hole.

clear and clean top to bottom
see the whitish line
That is the glue line. I don't think stain will take on the gorilla glue line. Entertaining the thought of digging out the glue line and filling it with rosewood dust and hide glue.

I can make noise now
Used my electric router and a 3/4" straight bit and made a rabbet on the two sides to capture the back.

dry clamping run
I was dry clamping to look at screwing and nailing one side on the back. Then repeat it for the other side using the 90° clamping block to hold things square. The square blocks aren't working that well keeping this square. On to plan #2.

edge banding
I got this from Tico Vogt and I was going to use it for another project but that fell through. I have cherry and walnut. I'll use one of these to hide the plywood plies.

getting my size finalized
 Decided to make the cabinet size to match the footprint of the rolling dolly. The side to side is almost dead on and the front to back is about 3/4" proud.

this worked
With making the cabinet the same size as the dolly, I was able to use the smaller piece of 1/2" plywood.

top fitted
I used the off cuts from cutting the panels to size to use as spacers at the front. I sawed two of them to match the inside distance between the sides at the top back. The bottom is/was almost dead nuts where it was supposed to be. The top had toed inward. These held the sides/back square while I got an accurate measurement for the top.

it is a bit proud
I'll wait until I get the bottom done and I'll trim them at the same time.

The crappy looking piece of oak plywood I was going to use for the bottom is toast. On the top piece I had the factory edge to work off and the on the oak one I didn't. What I had with that was four hand sawn, out of square edges.

Since I was going to lunch with my friend Billy who retired last year, I decided to get a new piece of plywood. Added bonus is that Billy lives right next to a Lowes. I stopped there after I brought him home after lunch.

left the  saw set
This is set at the same cut I made for the top that I had to repeat for the bottom.

dry clamp with the top and bottom in place
The sides and back are 3/4" plywood with the top and bottom 1/2" plywood. Even dry clamped, this is a rigid and sturdy cabinet. I am changing lanes again and I'll be going with a frameless cabinet. I don't think once this is glued up that it will rack in any direction on me.

it is self squaring
I stopped here and left this as is. I am leaning towards just gluing this together without any fasteners.  I don't know if that is going to fly but I'll think about it and decide tomorrow.

got the brass adjuster knob off
Used vise grips to clamp down on the towel so I wouldn't deform the threads.

the threads are good
Other then getting some towel fibers in them but it survived the vise grip clamping.

it's bent
I cleaned up the threads and tried to run the adjuster knob up and down and no dice. It hung up on the stud no matter what I tried to do to advance the knob up/down.

I had a replacement stud
I worked the adjuster up/down on the stud easily. This is one thing that I thought I would never have to replace. I wonder how this stud got bent?. It isn't much but enough to interfere with the movement of the adjuster.

I took it out because I'll be painting this and having it off will make it easier.

As of now I am planning on one large drawer and a sliding tray on the bottom with a door. I think I can get everything in the cabinet that I want too.

accidental woodworker

trivia corner
Did you know that in Boulder City, Nevada gambling is not legal?

Big announcement!!

Anne of All Trades - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 1:44pm
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I'm super excited to announce that I've been asked to start contributing to Marc Spagnuolo's Wood Whisperer Guild. The plans for my first guild project are on pre-sale now. This is an expansion of the Oak Writing Desk project I built with Jonathan Schwennessen at Homestead Heritage in Texas for Furniture and Cabinet Making Magazine Issue 248 last year. Click here to view and purchase: https://thewoodwhispererguild.com/product/writing-desk/  Marc will be flying up to the farm to document our first video plan project together, and it promises to be a fantastic time and a wonderful build. I'm really excited to share in an in-depth, detailed, well-documented manner more about the projects I take on. 


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A Lesson in Coping – How to Join Trim

Popular Woodworking Editors Blog - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 12:54pm

I’ve long been struck by the aptness of our English word “cope” – “I just can’t cope,” “I’m barely coping” – in light of its meaning in a woodworker’s lexicon. Sure, some of us may use the word when describing our emotional state, but more often we use it to denote a technique for joining two pieces of trim or molding where they meet at an inside corner. There’s nothing wrong […]

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