Jump to Navigation

Hand Tool Headlines

The Woodworking Blogs Aggregator

This "aggregator" collects all of the woodworking blogs I read every day - or try to anyway!  Enjoy!

Do you have a suggestion for a hand-tool woodworking blog you would like to see here?  Tell me via the CONTACT page.  Thanks!

Be sure to visit the Hand Tool Headlines section - scores of my favorite woodworking blogs in one place.  Also, take note of Norse Woodsmith's latest feature, an Online Store, which contains only products I personally recommend.  It is secure and safe, and is powered by Amazon.

Matt's Basement Workshop

Subscribe to Matt's Basement Workshop feed
A guy, a woodworking shop and a whole lot to share. Straight grains and sharp blades!
Updated: 1 hour 56 min ago

Celebrate EarthDay 2015 – purchase an eBook or Digital Download at Shop Woodworking and save a tree!

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 3:31pm


It’s EarthDay 2015 and a great way to show how much we love our one and only planet is by saving a tree from becoming the pages of a book or the packaging it or any other great item from Shop Woodworking is shipped in (no matter how awesome it is!)

Between now and April 22, 2015 Save 40% on Select Digital Videos, eBooks, Magazines, and Projects at Shop Woodworking.

Don’t forget, with every purchase you help the show while getting yourself something amazing!

Help support the show – please visit our advertisers

Shop Woodworking - Blacksmithing for Woodworkers Collection

Categories: Hand Tools

Why the chipped edges?

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 3:49am
Jointer action

Courtesy Wikipedia

Recently I received an email from a viewer who was running into an issue with a benchtop jointer he purchased. The viewer asked “when I try to run the edge of my piece of wood over the jointer it chips the edge of the board, what can I do?”

Not this exact model!
There was of course a little more information in the email which included the fact that he had purchased it from someone indicating it was “lightly used,” that it was a 2-blade cutterhead, and that he had already ruled out grain direction as the issue.

Of course grain direction was my first thought, but immediately I started thinking of a few more things; 1) blade sharpness, 2) depth of cut, and 3) rate of feed.

Let’s start with the first one, “blade sharpness:”

As you just read the emailer had indicated he purchased the benchtop jointer “lightly used.”

This could mean one thing to one individual and another to someone else. I don’t doubt the seller only used it a few times, but it’s possible that the “few times” was on some nasty material or maybe it was even used incorrectly leading to early blade dullness.

I’m willing to bet this is probably a good place to start and a good way remind ourselves that when purchasing something used it’s not always a bad idea to just assume the blades and bits are slightly dull and can use a good sharpening.

Now if after touching up the edges the chipping continues, let’s take a closer look at my number two hunch, “depth of cut:”

This one might not seem very obvious but after having a chance to play with a small benchtop jointer a few years ago I discovered pretty quickly that the depth of cut is a crucial detail to pay close attention to with these smaller tools.

With a larger full-size jointer I’d be willing to take cuts up to 1/8″ depending on the width of the board and the material I’m working with, but with these smaller benchtop models, anything more than a 1/16″ is probably starting to take it to the point where you’ll run into issues such as tearout and chipping.

In fact with the small benchtop model I played with, the manufacturer even indicated anything more than a 1/16″ is exceeding recommended guidelines (a fact I learned later on while trying to figure out what was happening by breaking all the cardinal rules…reading the manual!)

This then led me to my number three hunch, “rate of feed:”

Because of the fact this benchtop jointer has only two blades it already indicates to me that it’s going to leave a rougher surface. As a result my thoughts start heading towards ways to artificially imitate a machine with more blades. To do so, I’ll actually decrease my rate of feed over the cutterhead.

This isn’t saying I’m going to hover over the cutterhead and put myself in danger, instead it simply means I’ll plan to move forward just a little slower than I normally might. This slower rate of feed combined with a shallower depth of cut should result in a smoother surface. Not one that’s hand plane smooth, but one that’s a lot smoother than a typical two-blade cutterhead smooth.

One last bit of advice I had for this emailer was a trick I’ve used in the past, and have had great results with when all else fails “wetting the fibers.” This is a technique you may have seen and heard about in relation to dealing with tearout and chipping on tricky and highly figured woods.

It’s super simple and works great, assuming of course your blades are relatively sharp and that you’re taking the right depth of cut.

“Wetting the fibers” involves wetting the edge or face of a board with something like mineral spirits or alcohol (maybe even water, although that could potentially cause some rusting on blades from what I’ve heard) and then running it over the cutterhead.

The wet fibers become more elastic and can handle the tearing action of the blades without the usual tearout and chipping that might normally happen.

Do you need to use a lot mineral spirits or alcohol? Nope, just enough to wet the surface and take your pass. Trust me, it’s a great technique that’s super simple on both jointers and planers. And while I’ve never tried it for router bits, I bet it could be used there too.

Of course, I’d like to mention one more time that the other possible issues are important to look at too, but if all of those have already been tried “wetting the fibers” is a nice technique to try as a last resort, or start with first if you already know you’ll need a little help with a particular species of highly figured wood.

Do you have any other suggestions? Or have you tried this technique and gotten good results? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

If you have a question, I’d love to hear from you too. You can use the form on our contact page to send it to me, along with the ability to upload pictures if you need to send something to further explain it. Click here to visit the contact page.

Help support the show – please visit our advertisers

Shop Woodworking - Blacksmithing for Woodworkers Collection

Categories: Hand Tools

The Highland Woodworker Episode No. 18

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 6:12am

the highland woodworker logo

While you’re waiting for me to release the final episode of the Tall Dresser Build, take an opportunity to checkout the latest episode of The Highland Woodworker featuring an interview with Matthew Teague in the “Moment with a Master” segment.

Join Charles Brock and the crew as they visit Matthew’s much blogged about Music City workshop for a tour of his renovated 2-car garage, which is now a perfect workspace for building fine furniture. Learn about his new venture that is introducing talented woodworkers to a brand new audience.

Also featured in this episode:

  • “The Pinewood Derby is many times a child’s introduction to woodworking. We follow one creative Cub Scout pack’s journey from taking their blocks out of the box all the way to the finish line!”
  • “Megan Fitzpatrick has some fun facts about marking gauges that should leave a lasting impression!”
  • “We try on a dust mask that solves many issues facing today’s woodworker.”

For all this and previous episodes too, visit The Highland Woodworker at www.thehighlandwoodworker.com.
Help support the show – please visit our advertisers

Shop Woodworking - Blacksmithing for Woodworkers Collection

Categories: Hand Tools

“Let’s talk about me” over at Wacky Wood Works

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 3:39am

A huge thanks to Nighthawk at the Wacky Wood Works website for interviewing me and including me as a “Featured Maker.”


Wacky Wood Works with Nighthawk at www.wackywoods.co.nz

It’s purely a coincidence, and also somewhat due to my procrastination and forgetfulness, the article is being published around the same time as my birthday AND the release of the “origin stories” episode of Wood Talk.

But when the topic of the post(s) is yourself and nothing but yourself, why not spread it around to as many outlets as possible?

Thanks again to Nighthawk at the Wacky Wood Works for inviting me to participate in the post.

If you’d like to learn more about the Wacky Wood Works click here to visit www.wackywoodworks.co.nz.

Help support the show – please visit our advertisers

Shop Woodworking - Blacksmithing for Woodworkers Collection

Categories: Hand Tools

David Picciuto and the X-Carve by Inventables

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 9:00am

Have you seen the Drunken Woodworker – David Picciuto’s introduction to the new X-Carve CNC from Inventables yet?

drunken woodworker logo

David did a short video demonstrating one of the many things you can do with the X-Carve in your own shop. If you haven’t seen it yet, take a moment to check it out. It’s pretty cool!

Why am I so excited about the X-Carve and watching what David’s doing? Probably because I’ll be working with Inventables later this Spring to produce a video or two of my own demonstrating the X-Carve, more to come about that later…

Help support the show – please visit our advertisers

Shop Woodworking - Blacksmithing for Woodworkers Collection

Categories: Hand Tools

Workbench and Blacksmithing Collections at Shop Woodworking

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 3:30am

How’s that old adage about April showers go? “April showers bring May flowers.”

I don’t how that has anything to do with woodworking or what I’m about to share with you, but I imagine taking advantage of one or both of these new collections from Shop Woodworking will probably pay off in the shop somewhere down the road.

Let’s start with something every woodworker needs in their shop, a good solid bench to work from.

everything workbenches

Regardless of whether your a hand tool woodworker or of the power tool variety, a reliable workbench is a necessity.

The folks over at Shop Woodworking want to help make it easier for you to find and build one that works best for your shop. So they put together the “Everything Workbenches Collection for Just $59.99.”

“Every woodworker needs a workbench – and we all know that one style of workbench doesn’t work for every woodworker. In this exclusive collection, we give you the information – and plans – to figure out what YOU need and teach you how to build it.

It doesn’t matter your limitations; limited space, tools , lack of workbench knowledge. Don’t fret, we’ve got you covered.

You’ll enjoy two DVDs, one informative book, an online web seminar, and three PDF downloads packed full of useful workbench information to help you build the perfect workbench.”

For more information or to purchase your collection before they’re sold out, click here or on the image above to visit Shop Woodworking.


The other collection is a pre-order for the “Blacksmithing for Woodworkers Collection.” Sure it’s not woodworking in the sense that we ordinarily think of it, but who hasn’t thought of building a forge and making your own tools or hardware?

blacksmithing for woodworker

“Smith your own hardware with this collection of 13 videos and resources! Hand forged hardware can make a huge difference in your woodworking projects.

The Blacksmithing for Woodworkers Collection includes over 6 hours of blacksmithing instruction to get you ready to try making your own nails, tools, and hardware.

When you’re making traditional furniture, don’t settle for store bought materials. You can smith your own metal supplies the old fashioned way.”

For more information or to pre-order this collection, click here or on the image above to visit Shop Woodworking.

As always, your purchases through Shop Woodworking or any of our affiliate programs help to support the show while getting you something you can use in the shop. Thanks for your support!

Help support the show – please visit our advertisers

Shop Woodworking - Blacksmithing for Woodworkers Collection

Categories: Hand Tools

544 Madison’s Dresser Pt 8 “Drawer Construction”

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 3:30am

The end of the tall dresser build is almost here. One of the final things left to do, other than apply the paint, is to build the drawers. So that’s what we’re doing in today’s episode, it’s all about drawer construction.

pinned rabbet joint

We’ll discuss dimensioning the Baltic Birch plywood for the drawer box sides. Fabricating the drawer runners that the boxes will ride on to keep them centered in their openings, not to mention how they’ll help to make opening and closing them much smoother.

Then we’ll follow that all up with the construction and fitting of the pinned rabbet joinery we’ll use to assemble the sides to the solid wood drawer fronts.

After today’s episode we have only one more to go and the entire construction of the 8 drawer tall dresser will be wrapped up and ready for the paint room.

A full set of detailed plans are available for sale on my website, thanks to Brian Benham of Benham Design Concepts.

You can find them by visiting our new “Digital Downloads Store” by clicking here.

Episode available for download in the following formats:
|SD Video||720HD Video||Audio only|

Help support the show – please visit our advertisers

Shop Woodworking - Blacksmithing for Woodworkers Collection

Categories: Hand Tools

IDrive online backup offer for fans of Matt’s Basement Workshop

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 7:30am

I’m so old school, my idea of a secure backup is relying on my stash of external hard drives and placing them on the high shelf out of reach.

backup drives

So much information on these two alone!

This has worked great for me for all these years but I’m starting to think I’m still leaving myself slightly vulnerable if one or all of my devices were to fail. I’m probably being a little paranoid, but it sure feels like when one goes, somehow all the others start giving me problems too.

And sadly, I’ve been caught without a backup of some of my most important files, pictures and videos more than once. I hate to admit it, but I love giving lip-service to the idea of backing up regularly and then giving a ton of excuses for why I didn’t when something goes wrong.

One option I’ve considered in the past, but have yet to give it a try is using an online backup service. There’s several currently on the market, but I was recently approached by the folks at IDrive to see if I’d be interested in offering visitors to Matt’s Basement Workshop a discount on their service in exchange for a little advertising.

Is it purely coincident I’m thinking about using a service exactly like what they’re offering? Probably! But considering they’re offering 75% off the first year of IDrive for only $14.88. I figure I might as well give it a try and share the savings with all of you.

To sign up with IDrive visit www.idrive.com/idrive/deals/pd/mattsbasementworkshop and signup today.

For 100% transparency, your signing up for IDrive does generate a commission for the show, so it’s yet again another way for you to help support the show while doing something good for yourself.

Help support the show – please visit our advertisers

Shop Woodworking - Blacksmithing for Woodworkers Collection

Categories: Hand Tools

Dining table with a TWIST

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 5:36pm

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been to a few dinners where I’d love to have something in the way of me having a conversation with the person at the other end (usually this is at a holiday meal with family.)

not now table

“Not Now” table by artist Michael Beitz
Image courtesy of Fubiz.net

As soon as I saw the “Not Now” table by artist Michael Beitz over at Fubiz.net I knew I found my next dining table.

Of course the only problem is finding room for it in our current house. I’m not even sure it’ll fit in the doorways, but man it would be awesome to have it installed by Thanksgiving!

While you’re checking out all the other images of Michael Beitz’s “Not Now” table at Fubiz.net take a look at another gallery of twisted furniture from designer Kino Guerin.

Now if only I could find the right table cloth to go along with it.

Help support the show – please visit our advertisers

Shop Woodworking - Chairmaking Ultimate Collection

Categories: Hand Tools

Post-April Fool’s Day Wrap-up for Woodworkers

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 3:42am

I decided to wait until AFTER April Fool’s day to share some of my favorite gag videos and posts that were floating around the internet yesterday. I didn’t want anyone thinking I was pulling their leg and just making these up, although that would be cool too!

Here’s my top 4 favorites for 2015 (in no particular order…I swear):

1. The all new “Sketchup Adventure Mode” to learn the basics of using Sketchup.

2. Bell Forest Products is changing their focus to becoming your resource for all things Pinto.

Bell Forest April Fools 2015

Bell Forest April Fool’s Promo 2015

3. The latest issue of Woodworker’s Journal eZine

WWJ ezine

One of many great articles for Woodworkers

4. Lee Valley & Veritas “The Building of a Veritas® Custom Bench Plane”

I hope your April Fool’s Day for 2015 was awesome, hopefully you pulled my pranks than were pranked!

Help support the show – please visit our advertisers

Categories: Hand Tools

Spring t-shirt sale at Matt’s Basement Workshop

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 7:56am

The weather is getting warmer and jackets are being shed. That makes it the perfect time to show off your support for Matt’s Basement Workshop by wearing one of our t-shirts!

From now until Midnight Eastern Time March 31, 2015 Matt’s Basement Workshop t-shirts are 10% off the list price!* And there’s free shipping for domestic orders in the USA.

Hurry, some sizes are limited!

MBW Classic Logo Shirt (unisex)sam alone

“MBW Classic Logo”
Medium $15.99 USDLarge $15.99 USDX-Large $15.99 USD2X-Large $17.99 USD3X-Large $18.99 USD

MBW Long-sleeved Classic Logomatt closeupmatt alone

“MBW Classic Logo”
Large $19.99 USDX-Large $19.99 USD2X-Large $21.99 USD

“Your Brain on MBW”Matt in Your Brain on Matt's Basement Workshop t-shirt

“Your Brain on MBW”
Medium $9.00 USDLarge $9.00 USDX-Large $9.00 USD2X-Large $11.00 USD3X-Large $13.00 USD

*discount added at checkout

Help support the show – please visit our advertisers

Categories: Hand Tools

Plywood versus solid wood for drawer boxes

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 6:00am

I’m very near completing Madison’s tall dresser, at this point the only thing complicated I have left to complete is the construction of the eight drawer boxes.

Originally I intended to build them entirely from solid wood (and the plans for the project reflect this choice) but at the last minute I’ve decided instead to use a high quality Baltic Birch plywood.

High quality plywood equal better components

High quality plywood equal better components

Why plywood instead of solid wood? Two reasons:

  • Plywood only requires that I cut the components to their final dimensions versus potentially resawing the thinner thickness from a thicker board, followed by jointing and planning it to size.
  • For the amount of time they’re going to be viewed I’m not worried if anyone notices they’re not solid wood.

I’ve come to the conclusion over the years that while solid wood drawer components give me a sense of continuity, in that all the parts in the construction are solid wood and not “engineered” materials, sometimes the amount of time and effort I have to invest in creating them can be better spent elsewhere in the project.

Of course there are some limitations to what I can do with plywood when it comes to joinery, actually that’s not true, you can do almost exactly the same things it’s just that you may have to approach them differently.

For example, I probably wouldn’t handcut dovetails for a drawer made with plywood sides, but it’s possible to machine cut them if you took steps to minimize any tearout on the face veneer.

But this isn’t a concern for me considering I usually don’t handcut dovetails for drawer boxes. I’m no longer a huge fan of them, which is a whole other post on its own (here’s a hint, I think they’re overrated…beautiful, but overrated.)

I will admit that probably the number one advantage of solid wood over plywood might be the fact I don’t have to worry about crappy/thin veneer faces, or the part becoming delaminated over time due to bad manufacturing but other than that I can’t think of anything more that would convince me it’s overtly superior.

Of course if you’ve had a bad experience with plywood for these reasons then it’s probable you might not have worked with a good quality plywood yet.

I’m the first to admit there’s some sticker shock when you see the price for a full sheet of a high quality plywood. But once you’ve experienced the results you get when you cut it to dimension and install it into place, you’ll immediately realize why it’s well worth paying a lot more for something that works as well as it does!

What’s your worst plywood experience? Was it the face veneers just falling off? Delamination? Large patches or voids? Share them in the comments below.

Help support the show – please visit our advertisers

Shop Woodworking - Chairmaking Ultimate Collection

Categories: Hand Tools

Beaded shiplapped back coming soon

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 9:13am

If you’ve been following along with the 8 drawer tall dresser build you already know I’ve made a few minor changes to the existing plan (available in our Digital Downloads Store,) nothing major, just a little tweak here and there.

shiplapped back

I decided recently to make one more change by swapping out the plywood panel I originally intended to install for the back for something a little more decorative. It’s not that I thought there was anything wrong with the plywood, instead it’s just an opportunity for me to flex my woodworking muscle and have a little fun in the shop.

Considering the fact that 9 out of 10 times the tall dresser will be pushed against a wall no one will ever see the back, but what about that 10th occurrence? What happens then?

So after thinking about it (and probably overthinking it) I decided instead to install a shiplapped back to give it a more “finished” look.

The process was extremely easy, shiplapped is really nothing more than cutting a rabbet on one edge of a board, followed by cutting another rabbet on the opposite edge AND opposite face of the same board and then installing them in a sequence that allows the adjoining board’s rabbet to overlap the previous (essentially creating a series of half-laps.) In the end, the result is to give an appearance of a wide panel made up of several narrow boards.

Small plane and bead

Once I completed cutting the initial joinery for the shiplap and did a dry run to insure they’ll fit in place, I decided to take it one step further and add another detail to the boards by breaking out an old beading plane to add some beautiful shadow lines to the plain and ordinary looking boards.

Now if you were a Woobie-level Patron of Matt’s Basement Workshop at Patreon.com you’ll be seeing this process as your upcoming March Bonus Episode video to be released later this week. If you’re not already familiar with shiplapping, this video should help to get you started on using it in your own projects once you see how easy it can be.

Signing up to become a Patron of Matt’s Basement Workshop is easy and gives you an opportunity to see full-length sneak previews of every episode days before everyone else, bonus footage from each episode and exclusive content made just for Patrons at this level. Just visit patreon.com/mattsbasementworkshop to get signed up for one of our four levels of Patronage today.

A full set of detailed plans are available for sale on my website, thanks to Brian Benham of Benham Design Concepts.

You can find them by visiting our new “Digital Downloads Store” by clicking here. And if you were a Woobie-level Patron of Matt’s Basement Workshop you could get a free copy of the original plan as part of your Patronage.

Help support the show – please visit our advertisers

Categories: Hand Tools

Woodworking Madness Sale at Shop Woodworking

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 9:12am

I don’t know what you’re brackets look like, but mine are empty, probably because I don’t follow College Basketball!

If you’re like me, you’d rather spend your time in the workshop building versus watching sports.


The folks at Shop Woodworking know how we feel, and they have a great offer to make it even easier for us to get in the shop and enjoy it even more.

Save an Additional 32% on Top Products at Shop Woodworking with Offer Code WWMADNESS

Save on books, DVDs, digital downloads and plans. Hurry, the offer ends on Monday March 23!

Categories: Hand Tools

543 Madison’s Dresser Pt 7 “Standing on her own”

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 3:30am
dresser on tapered feet

She’s light on her feet

When I first came up with the basic design for Madison’s dresser I knew I wanted to incorporate turned feet into it. I’m still as novice a woodturner as anyone can be, but as I’ve learned over the years the quickest way to becoming better is to be at the tool rest as frequent as possible. So for today’s episode it’s all about my time in front of the lathe turning and shaping the four tapered feet that support the entirety of the dresser.

Originally I tried to convince myself that a much simpler form would suffice, but once we had the plans together there was no doubt in my mind a tapered turned foot was a must. I’m sure this style of design has a given name (they all do,) but whatever it is, it just appealed to me as I thought about what my daughter would like for her own piece of furniture.

The turning and tapering process is really simple, as you’ll see when you watch, but it wasn’t until I started the fourth foot that I finally found I had been way overcomplicating the process. I obviously spent way to much time overthinking, and being overcautious (don’t confuse this with being flippant and cavalier about my safety, because I always try to stay vigilant) in how I was approaching it.

The difference in time to accomplish the same task from the very first foot to that last one dropped dramatically. Too bad I didn’t film that last one though. Still, the technique I demonstrate achieved the same result and was only about 1-2 minutes longer in overall time.

My take away lesson in all of this? “Don’t be shy with hogging away the material.” Get right in there and get to work removing the waste quickly (and safely) so you can start finessing the final shape quicker.

A full set of detailed plans are available for sale on my website, thanks to Brian Benham of Benham Design Concepts.

You can find them by visiting our new “Digital Downloads Store” by clicking here.

Episode available for download in the following formats:
|SD Video||720HD Video||Audio only|

Help support the show – please visit our advertisers

Shop Woodworking - 20,000 Pages of Woodworking Ultimate Collection

Categories: Hand Tools

Two day “Lucky 7″ sale at Shop Woodworking

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 7:09am

Are you feeling lucky? Well you should, especially if you’re looking for an opportunity to save some money on some great woodworking resources like those over at Shop Woodworking.

For two days, March 16 & 17 woodworkers can save their hard-earned money and shop for the 7 Best sellers for just $7 at Shop Woodworking

Titles on sale include:
Classic American Furniture 20 Elegant Shaker and Arts & Crafts Projects By Christopher Schwarz

Paperback or eBook

Traditional Country Furniture 21 Projects in the Shaker, Appalachian and Farmhouse Styles By Editors of Popular Woodworking

Paperback or eBook

Popular Woodworking Magazine 1995-1999


Wood Finishing 101, by Bob Flexner – eBook


Build an English Joint Stool By Chuck Bender – DVD or digital download

Build a Sturdy Workbench in Two Days with Christopher Schwarz By Christopher Schwarz – DVD or digital download

Blacksmithing for Woodworkers: Forging a Custom Hinge By Peter Ross – DVD or digital download

Remember, your purchases help to support the show, while getting you something you can actually use in the shop.
Help support the show – please visit our advertisers

Categories: Hand Tools

542 Madison’s Dresser Pt 6 “The Glue Up”

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 3:30am

With all the drawer frames built, and assembled it’s time to glue them into position in their corresponding dados between the two sides.


Glue ups aren’t all that bad on a small scale, but when you have this many pieces to put together in a short amount of time it can be downright scary if you let it.

But if you take the time to do a few practice runs to anticipate where things might get sticky (pardon the pun) it’s not that difficult to formulate a plan for when you finally breakout the glue bottle and actually get started.

In today’s episode we only have three things to discuss. First is a slight alteration to the existing plan, second is cutting and installing the drawer guides and third is the massive glue up itself.

The first two are only a small portion of the episode, but the third is almost all the footage I shot to give you an idea of just how long it took me and all the little steps that went into it.

On the bright-side, it came together better than I anticipated, but next time, I think I might ask for some help from the family to speed it up.

A full set of detailed plans are available for sale on my website, thanks to Brian Benham of Benham Design Concepts.

You can find them by visiting our new “Digital Downloads Store” by clicking here.

Episode available for download in the following formats:
|SD Video||720HD Video||Audio only|

Help support the show – please visit our advertisers

Categories: Hand Tools

SawStop Brake Cartridge Swap

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 8:00am

When it comes to the topic of my SawStop there are three very frequent questions I get. One is regarding whether I still like it. My answer is a resounding “YES, I absolutely love it!”

Dado brake cartridge waiting to be removed

Dado brake cartridge waiting to be removed

The next one is “can you use the same brake cartridge for both standard blades and dado blades?” This answer is also easy, but probably not what the writer was hoping to hear, “no, you need both a standard blade brake cartridge and a dado brake cartridge which is sold separately.”

The third most frequent question I get asked about my SawStop is “so just how long does it take to swap out a brake cartridge?”

This question isn’t all that hard to answer. Assuming you’re just switching from a standard blade to a dado blade or vice versa, the process is quick and easy. So easy and so quick, I decided to make a video demonstrating it.

Do you have more questions about a SawStop? Don’t hesitate to drop me a line and ask. I’m happy to share my thoughts and experiences.

Categories: Hand Tools

Shop Woodworking’s “Chairmaking Ultimate Collection”

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 8:00am

I’m deathly afraid of making chairs! It’s a completely irrational fear, but it’s one of the few I’m holding onto for a little bit longer before attempting to tackle it.


But if completing a chair project is something that’s on your to do list then this month’s Value Pack at Shop Woodworking is probably right up your alley. I imagine this pack of dvds, books, and digital downloads will sellout fast, so don’t wait too long to pick one up.

“Chairs can be one of the most difficult woodworking projects – but not anymore! With this incredible collection- you will learn the step-by-step process to making chairs of all types, from some of the best woodworkers around. You’ll add four books, two DVDs, and eight digital videos to your collection – all while saving 65%! You’ll love making chairs of any kind, with this exclusive collection! Order yours now – quantity is limited!”

The pack includes the following titles:

DVD – “Stuffover Upholstery”“In a superbly detailed step-by-step demonstration, upholstery expert David James restores a Victorian nursing chair to its former glory and presents traditional restoration methods.”

Paperback – “Make a Windsor Chair with Mike Dunbar”“In this woodworking book, chairmaking expert Mike Dunbar will show you exactly how to make a Windsor chair. Dunbar, who has personally taught more than 3,000 students over the last 30 years, details every step in building sackback and continuous-arm Windsor chair designs.”

Paperback – “Chairmaking & Design”“Miller, a professional furniture maker, includes instructions and plans for seven chairs. The straightforward plans and instructions make it possible for any woodworker to complete these projects. The 2nd edition has been revised to correct a number of omissions and errors found in the first edition. There are also new chairs included in the color gallery.”

Paperback – “Furniture Fundamentals, Chairs and Benches”“Inside, you’ll find step-by-step photos and instruction, plus measured drawings, for 17 seating projects in a wide range of styles and skill levels. Projects range from simple, square stools to more challenging chairs and benches with compound joints. You’ll learn how to use the best tools for the job to cut all types of must-know chair joinery, simple turning techniques, upholstery and more.”

Digital Download – “Chairmaking Simplified”“Chairs are one of the most difficult woodworking projects to create. But it doesn’t have to be if you’ve got this easy-to-understand, how-to book in your shop. Kerry Pierce has been building chairs professionally for many years and has developed specialized jigs and fixtures to help. Beyond the wood parts of the chairs, you’ll learn how to weave Shaker-tape and splint & rush seats. Also shown are ways to bend and shape wooden seats, and much more.”

Digital Download – “The Woodwright’s Shop, Season 1, Episode 6, Rocking Chair”“Roy Underhill builds a classic armless rocking chair using traditional tools.”

Digital Download – “The Woodwright’s Shop, Season 9, Episode 5 – Make Gypsy Willow Chairs”“This classic rustic chair is easily made by bending green twigs. Roy shows the steps to make your own.

Digital Download – “The Woodwright’s Shop, Season 12, Episode 13 – Moravian Chair”“Roy makes a Moravian chair that’s reinforced with dovetailed battens, which make this small piece extraordinarily strong.”

Digital Download – “The Woodwright’s Shop, Season 4, Episode 4 – The Wainscoat Chair”Roy works with his daughter, Rachel, to create a child-size, 17th-century chair found in a book by Wallace Nutting.

Digital Download – “The Woodwright’s Shop, Season 4, Episode 13 – High Chair”“To celebrate his new nephew, Roy builds an 18th century baby’s high chair with rush seating.”

Digital Download – “The Woodwright’s Shop, Season 7, Episode 3 – Country Comfort”“Roy shows us the steps to create the perfect outdoor chair — the Adirondack.”

Digital Download – “The Woodwright’s Shop, Season 6, Episode 9 – The Botetourt Chair”“Roy takes a look at 18th Century woodworking details found in furniture from the Colonial Williamsburg cabinet shop.”

Digital Download – “The Woodwright’s Shop, Season 12, Episode 3 – An African Chair from the Ivory Coast”“Roy and his friend Robert Watson make a “man’s chair” using tools from the Ivory Coast of Africa.”

DVD – “Build a Campaign Chair with Christopher Schwarz”“Build a portable chair that will be passed down as a family heirloom! Designed in the 19th century, this chair collapses to a small bundle (like the inexpensive soccer chair in your trunk), but is both durable and beautiful enough to fit in with your living room furniture.”

So much great content for the aspiring chair builder!

Help support the show – please visit our advertisers

Categories: Hand Tools

541 Madison’s dresser pt 5 “More drawer frame stuffs”

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 3:30am

Just when you thought you were finished, they pull you right back in again!

Actually I was never really finished, once I had the drawer frames glued up I still had a little more work to do on them before we’re ready to assemble the entire body of the dresser.

So in today’s episode we’re going to finish the construction of the drawer frames.

Chopping stopped dados

Chopping stopped dados

This involves cleaning up the dried glue and tweaking the joinery to insure the drawers will slide in and out smoothly every time. And it also involves cutting a dado down the center rails to accept a drawer guide we’ll install later to help keep the drawers perfectly centered.

Unlike the dados we cut for the sides of the dresser body, these dados are a stopped version. So this requires a little more planning to make sure they don’t show on the front face and a little chopping with chisels, followed by some tweaking with a router plane.

All of it can sound a little complicated, but it’s not as bad as you think it will be.

A full set of detailed plans are available for sale on my website, thanks to Brian Benham of Benham Design Concepts.

You can find them by visiting our new “Digital Downloads Store” by clicking here.

Episode available for download in the following formats:
|SD Video||720HD Video||Audio only|

Help support the show – please visit our advertisers

Categories: Hand Tools


by Dr. Radut