Hand Tool Headlines

The Woodworking Blogs Aggregator

 

Search

Headlines

Stealing someone elses work.

Mulesaw - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 6:39am
Today I was searching the Internet for information on "The Milkman's workbench".
It was my dad who sold his old one to Christopher Schwarz, so I once in a while like to read about all the different places this little bench has been built.

I just random clicked on the hits that looked interesting, and one of them was from a site that offered an instruction in building a copy. I had hoped that they perhaps had found some novel idea to make it even easier or more user friendly to build etc.
Instead it was a copy of the original article as it appeared in Popular Woodworking Magazine a couple of years back. As it happens I have brought that issue with me on board this time, cause I like to read my older issues every now and then, so I checked to make certain that I was not mistaken.

A vague attempt had been made to incorporate a water mark from the site, but it was so poorly done it couldn't fool anyone.

My Friend Brian Eve told me some time ago that he had encountered a similar thing, and he had contacted Megan Fitzpatrick of PWM, to let her know what he had found.
So I thought that I would do the same thing.
Megan replied and thanked for the information which made me glad that I took the "trouble" to write a couple of lines and add a link to where I had found the information.

I don't know what can be done about it, but I guess that FW publications have got some sort of lawyer that might be able to approach the people behind the website.
After all they are the holders of the copyright to the article, so offering it like that is actually a way of stealing from them.

Most people have the courtesy to inform if they try to follow the advice of someone who has made a book or an article about it and this piece of work is being used as a direct source of inspiration during the build.
But is is still interesting to see how that particular person goes about getting the job done.

What I don't like is a downright rip off like what I encountered today, where another persons work was just copied and offered in a shameless manner, like the owner of that site had the right to do so. I am fairly sure that the only reason someone would do that is to get traffic to their site, and that way earn some advertising money.

I am a bit angry with myself because I couldn't spot the bad site while looking at my search hits, and I hate to think of that I might have helped generate 1 more click on some jerks page full of illegal stolen content.

Guess I just had to blow out some steam..
Categories: Hand Tools

Handworks 2017 Countdown – Restocking

The Barn on White Run - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 5:58am

Starting top left and working clockwise: Model 296 ($42, sold privately and through Lie Nielsen only); 2″ Original ($42); 1″ Turner’s Model with 1/4″ bristles ($24); 1″ Carver’s Model ($24); 1″ Original Model with 1/8″ bristles ($24).

Yesterday I got my first polissoir inventory reload in the lead-up to the upcoming toolapalooza in Amana IA.  I’ve asked the broom maker to just keep cranking them out until I say “Stop.”  This is the first installment to make sure I have plenty for Handworks, and I intend to have sample boards to play with during demonstrations there. One of the things I want to emphasize there is how to prepare and tune up a polissoir for use.

You can also order them from me here.

April 10: The Last Day to Order Copperplate Prints

Lost Art Press: Chris Schwarz - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 5:30am

cp_toolchest_IMG_4573

The last day to order a handmade copperplate print from “The Anarchist’s Design Book” is April 10. After that, artist Briony Morrow-Cribbs will get to work making the prints one at a time.

The prints are $110 each. The complete boxed set is $1,300. You can place an order and read more about the prints here.

Making these prints is a lot of work, but the result is something unlike any modern printing method. The intaglio process creates an image of astonishing texture and clarity. You can read more about them here and here, which has a movie of Briony making the prints.

— Christopher Schwarz


Filed under: The Anarchist's Design Book
Categories: Hand Tools

Keyboard stand almost done......

Accidental Woodworker - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 2:29am
Tonight's work in the shop was almost all applying shellac. IAW (in accordance with) the new project criteria, this is not 100% yet. I may hit the 100% mark tomorrow but I think thursday is more likely. The other none finishing thing I got done in the shop was some planing and etc on the pencil tray holder.

steel wool dust
My preferred way to knock down shellac is with 4-0 steel wool. I have tried sandpaper from 320 to 600 grit but I like the feel left by steel wool over sandpaper. The downside to the happy feeling is dealing with the steel wool dust. Sweeping, using a tack cloth or brushing does not get it all and especially so not out of the nooks and crannies. I have found that two things work well - air or a vacuum cleaner. I think compressed air is best but the vacuum cleaner is more practical to use.

pencil tray
I put a 5° angle on the tray and if it doesn't work out I'll replace it. The tray is oversized in the length so I can saw that out and reuse it. I will have to make a new holder though  because I can't plane the 5° off of the top.

where to place it?
I tried it here and I don't think it interfered with using the keyboard or the mouse. I'm not sure that I like it hanging out so forward like this. The other option I'm entertaining is putting the front edge of the tray even with the front edge of the top.

carefully clamped and planed it
 I used the block plane because I just sharpened it.

adding some wooden nails aka toothpicks
I am sure that the epoxy would hold the pencil tray together without any hiccups. Putting in a few 'nails' can't hurt the cause. Screws are out because they would be going into end grain. I got all four of the nails I needed out of this one toothpick. I put one at each corner.

16th bit is too small
It took four tries before I got the right bit. 3/32" was a tiny bit over but I think the glue will swell the toothpick and close the hole.

wrote the drill bit size on the container for next time
one coat of shellac
This is getting 3 full strength coats of shellac with a steel wool rub down with wax after #3.

about 5 feet away
You can't tell that this leg is split. The dark line between the bottom of the tenon and the top of the arc is a missing chip. From here it looks like  wood grain.

I think one more coat will do it
better pic of the bevel
I didn't forget about doing my 20-30 strokes to remove these.

put down a brand new 80 grit belt
finally got it
I can't see any dips or chips along the edge from either side. I have a continuous burr from side to side too. I will finish sharpening this tomorrow.

accidental woodworker

trivia corner
What country is Agatha Christie's detective Hercule Poirot from ?
answer - Belgium

Small Rubber Mallet – a Cheap Indispensable Tool

Popular Woodworking Editors Blog - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 1:18pm

In Stanley Kubriks “2001: A Space Odyssey,” the opening scene of our primate ancestors contends that the earliest tool was the mallet. It was made from a femur, but a mallet all the same. Woodworkers have since refined that original design. Mallets are our most-used tool because woodworkers hit more things in an afternoon than a mobster does in a lifetime. As such, most woodworkers have a small collection of […]

The post Small Rubber Mallet – a Cheap Indispensable Tool appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

Categories: General Woodworking

The Pace

Lost Art Press: Chris Schwarz - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 12:59pm

dropleaf1

Are we becoming adjusted to speed? I was talking a few days ago to a factory worker who thinks we are and that men are changing and will go on changing under its influence. “Everybody is working,” he said, referring to husbands and their wives, even children in holiday times. “The pressure is terrific.”

Conversely, so are the tensions. Perhaps these are at the root of the restlessness of some men, who seem to be always on the move, and in the growing number of others who, in their leisure, embark on creative, often very exacting work. With outlets like these, tensions tend to diminish, more so than if a man simply relaxes into com­plete idleness.

The important difference is that we make our own speed and with this comes the feeling of release. When we want to work quickly, there are the small power tools to take the edge off our impatience. When we want to taste to the full the luxury of unhurried, relaxed work, then we can settle down to a job with all the sober pleasure of an old­world craftsman, finding perhaps some stray particles of wisdom touch us unaware.

But however we work, the thing of prime importance is to live, really live in the job of the moment so long as it lasts. Once we begin to cast our eyes ahead to the next item on the schedule, away goes peace and back come the tensions. When this happens, reasonable speed looks only an irritant, hands fumble through sheer unmitigated im­patience. And that kind of impatience is the very devil in creative work. Unless we are careful, it mars the work, it certainly mars our temper and our enjoyment of the job. For the great thing about craft work when we do it on our own terms, is that it can be so thoroughly enjoyable. It has the power to take a man right out of himself, right into the thing he is doing, an excellent therapy against the stringencies of a busy world.

But the mind, being so much quicker than the hand, can easily betray us, so that a great part of the patience of true craftsmanship comes from keeping the mind reined in, never to be tempted to dream about the following job while we are doing this one, so risking making this one look like an interminable nuisance. “Little by little and bit by bit, that’s the way you does it,” as an old gardener once said to me reprovingly, and it is a good, steadying philosophy when we are getting a bit ahead of ourselves.

 

dropleaf2

As a matter of fact, it is quite remarkable how many men today are learning to take the long view. They may have bought a partly derelict property at a bargain price or have determined to modernise their old-fashioned house, but whatever it is that starts them going the project is often one which has to be carried out over a long period of spare-time work. Some men even put themselves to school first for one or other of the essentials, such as bricklaying, engaging this with some other skill they already have. The result is often first-class. When a man puts his whole mind and will to a job, amateur or part amateur though he be, it is remarkable what excellence he can achieve. The trouble with most of us most of the time is that minds and wills are only half engaged. Put the whole of ourselves into a job and the good thing emerges. What is most noticeable is how readily these men shape down to the steady, progressive, long-term view, neither hurrying, nor unduly worrying, but taking each stage as it comes, dealing with it so thoroughly that care goes a long way towards meeting the demand for expertise. Because their number is now increasing all around, there is almost certain to be a friend or neighbour able to help and advise at difficult moments. And it is not at all unknown for a lecturer at a Technical College, becoming interested in the ambitious projects of his pupils, going out to give them a hand over the tricky bits.

It is a new wave of craftsmanship that has come upon us, born of changed social conditions. Before the war no ordinary householder, however skilled, would have dreamed of attempting single-handed the jobs which his modem counterpart undertakes. It is craft work from quite a different direction, bringing with it an ability and sense of independence which are the best kind of answer to the various pressures which make up the modern world.

It is the ordinary man standing squarely on his own feet, learning to “do” for himself once more and finding quite a bit of enjoyment and an amazing potential in the doing. The general collapse and withdrawal of handicrafts from industry is helping to bring about a revival in our very midst. Truly we are adjusting ourselves to changes of all kinds, not only pace. Pace, indeed, can kill. It can also be exhilarating.

— The Woodworker magazine, September 1964

 


Filed under: Charles H. Hayward at The Woodworker, Personal Favorites, Uncategorized
Categories: Hand Tools

NYC | KEZ | 2017 - MOKUCHI >>

Giant Cypress - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 11:28am
NYC | KEZ | 2017 - MOKUCHI >>:

Yann Giguere just announced the date for this year’s NYC Kez. It’s on Saturday, August 5, 2017, with a pre-Kez workshop on Friday, August 4. It’s a great event. Hope to see you there.

Bidge City CT-8 Block Plane For Sale

David Barron Furniture - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 10:53am
This lovely dovetailed plane is a rarity over here, in fact there weren't that many produced in the US. It's been out of production for 10 years now and there's one being offered on E Bay at the moment
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/142311198860?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
I was tempted to buy it but I already have one in my collection.

They produced two models, the low angle CT-7 (12 degrees) and the standard angle CT-8 (20 degrees). The standard angle model is the more versatile, being able to handle end grain as well as long grain, sharpened at 30 degrees it provides a 50 degree angle of attack. It has an adjustable mouth as well as adjustable blade and is beautifully made.

Categories: Hand Tools

Storefront Open This Saturday

Lost Art Press: Chris Schwarz - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 8:23am

window_IMG_7824

The Lost Art Press storefront will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 8, and we welcome you and your woodworking questions.

This weekend, I’ll probably build another staked stool (I have the parts prepped) and perhaps demonstrate the charring technique I showed in yesterday’s post. Also, we have the press mockup of “Roman Workbenches,” which you are welcome to look through. The book is at the bindery now.

RW-mockup_IMG_7823

We don’t, however, have any blemished books on hand to sell. The Lie-Nielsen event last month cleaned us out.

Need a list of where to eat and drink during your visit? Here you go.

Need directions to get here? Here’s a map.

— Christopher Schwarz


Filed under: Lost Art Press Storefront, Uncategorized
Categories: Hand Tools

Tips from Sticks in the Mud – April 2017 – Tip #2– Workshop Cleaning

Highland Woodworking - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 7:58am

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

I got this little vacuum attachment, you guessed it, for free.

I picked up this discarded vacuum on my daily walk, intending to set up the cyclone on a bucket for use with a shop vacuum. I saw a project like that on YouTube.

This little attachment came with my free vacuum at no extra charge!

I’d never used one before, but, when our regular carpet attachment (borrowed from inside the house) wasn’t working, and I needed to clean a rug in the garage, I decided to give it a try on the end of our whole-house vacuum hose.

Man! I had no idea!

There is a similar attachment on our vacuum at work, and I’d noticed it only in passing.

For some time I’ve fretted over getting these pads clean. Not any more! The little beater-bar attachment doesn’t grab the rug like the full-size floor attachment does. The difference in the cleaned and uncleaned rugs is more dramatic than the photo depicts.

My new “rug routine” is to gather all of them into one place (on top of an old card table) and put the attachment on the end of my Shop-Vac’s Dust Deputy-filtered hose. Then, I can clean the rest of the workshop, floors and all, separately.

Decades ago, I got this card table for free from the roadside. I use it for all kinds of trashy jobs. I replaced the original cardboard top with some salvaged 3/8″ plywood. It’s stored, folded, with my collapsing sawhorses, within easy reach.

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

The post Tips from Sticks in the Mud – April 2017 – Tip #2– Workshop Cleaning appeared first on Woodworking Blog.

Categories: General Woodworking

some birds & others

Peter Follansbee, joiner's notes - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 6:43am

The workshop is proving to be a pretty good blind for photographing the yard birds. and in between the rainy days, I’ve got a few walks in, to check up on spring arrivals.

Even with all the rain, this robin felt the need for a bath – (if you’re in Europe, think thrush. This is Turdus migratorius.)

This resting red-breasted merganser (Mergus serrator) shows the red breast pretty well. there’s been several around lately, chasing the smelt up the river.

Awake from his nap:

Downy woodpecker, (Picoides pubescens)  male. The most common woodpecker around here, smallest too.

 

female:

Here’s what buffleheads (Bucephala albeola) look like flying away from me:

The common grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  shows great color this time of year.

This male Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) must have been wet, his crest is smooshed down…makes him look funny.

Across the river, two red-tailed hawks (Buteo jamaicensis) sitting side-by-side. Another indication of spring, it’s a nesting/mating sign.

On our walks recently found a few things:

Turkey vulture, (Cathartes aura) a sign of spring around here

This red-tailed hawk  is particularly tolerant of people. Probably not a good thing, but I often find him/her around the same area, un-skittish.

Out of range of my camera’s lens, but had to snap one of this coyote. They’re around here a lot, but usually out of sight.

I must have been right behind this raccoon, but didn’t see it anywhere.

There was a bunch of deer, (well, not by Minnesota standards) – looking at this it’s no wonder people think reindeer can fly.

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) too – looks like he’s herding that Canada goose.

 

 


A Departing Founder

360 WoodWorking - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 6:12am
A Departing Founder

It’s inevitable that people change positions in the work world – desires change, drive fades or new ideas beckon. And so it is with 360Woodworking.com.

As of April 1, 2017, Chuck Bender, a founding member of the team, has moved on from 360Woodworking. As you may expect, I’m saddened by his departure. I’ll miss – hell, we’ll all miss – his camaraderie and his vast woodworking knowledge. I’m sure that whatever he chooses to do as his next step in life will be special.

Continue reading A Departing Founder at 360 WoodWorking.

Fortnightly Reminder of 2017 Courses at The Barn

The Barn on White Run - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 5:26am

Here is the full slate of activities upcoming.

cIMG_1586

May 23-27 Making a Ripple Molding Cutter – this is less of a workshop than a week long gathering of fellow galoots trying to design and build a machine to allow us to recreate ripple and wave moldings.  Material and supplies costs divvied up, no tuition.

c308-2

June 16-18  Make a Nested Set of Brass Roubo Squares – This is a weekend of metal working, as we fabricate a full set of nested brass squares with ogee tips, as illustrated in Plate 308 of l’art du Menuisier.  The emphasis will be entirely on metal fabrication and finishing, including silver soldering with jeweler Lydia Fast, and creating a soldering station for the workbench. Tuition $375, materials cost $50.

cIMG_0497

July 24-28  Minimalist Woodworking with Vic Tesolin – This week long session with author and woodworking minimalist Vic Tesolin will begin with the fabrication, entirely by hand, of a Japanese tool box.  Who knows where we will end up?  I am looking forward to having my own work transformed.  Tuition $625, materials cost $50.

cIMG_1928

August 11-13  Historic Finishing – My own long-time favorite, we will spend three days reflecting on, and enacting, my “Six Rules For Perfect Finishing” in the historic tradition of spirit and wax coatings.  Each participant should bring a small finishing project with them, and will accompany that project with creating numerous sample boards to keep in your personal collections.  Tuition $375.

cIMG_1964

September 4-8  Build An Heirloom Workbench – I’m repeating the popular and successful week-long event from last year, wherein the participants will fashion a Roubo-style workbench from laminated southern yellow pine.  Every participant will leave at the end with a completed bench, ready to be put to work as soon as you get home and find three friends to help you move it into the shop.  Tuition and Materials $825 total.

Since some recent research revealed the attention span of Americans to be eight seconds, I’ll re-run this periodically.

If any of these interest you drop me a line here.

I think it worked.......

Accidental Woodworker - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 1:28am
I didn't want to jump into unclamping the keyboard base when first went to the shop. I have a lot of calories invested in it and this fix was iffy. If this epoxy route didn't pan out, I was SOL.  There isn't any way I could make a replacement leg easily. I might get the twin tenons right but I would also have to make a through tenon for the brace. No fixy and I was looking at making a whole new thing.

the cheese curl isn't what is supposed to be in focus
When I snapped this pic the edge of the iron looked to be in focus. This is the fourth iron I started to sharpen on sunday. This edge had four chips in it and it now has 2.  Three of the four were kind of small and I had one large one. Hand grinding chips out of a bevel is mindless torture that seemingly takes forever to get done.

a little each night
Rather then spend an ton of hours grinding this, I decided to do a little bit each night. Nothing nutso but 20-30 strokes and set it aside till the next night. I figure it'll take till the weekend before I get all the chips removed.

can't delay it any longer
Time to see if I have to pay the Piper or whether there will be joy and rejoicing in Mudville.

happiness in Mudville
I shook the crappola out of this by holding it in as many different ways as I could. Nothing happened. The leg didn't split again and it isn't rocking on bench.  That is the good news and now the not so good news. I have to figure out some way to clamp this so I can file the screw heads. Using one hand to hold it and one to file doesn't yield good results. I also have to clamp in such way that I don't stress it and cause the leg to split for the final time.

what I came up with
I had just enough clearance for the brace to clear the underside of the bench. With it clamped kitty corner there isn't any stresses or forces acting on either leg. It took me less then 10 minutes to file all six screw heads.

this sucks
I set this screw a frog hair too deep and I couldn't file the slot completely out. When I put the pencil tray on I'll make sure this is at the back. It should be covered by the keyboard or at least hidden.

not a top ten choice
Because of the filed screw heads I didn't want to risk planing the top. I sanded the entire thing with 120 grit and that was it.

I didn't sand this
 Both ends are off the saw. I planed the short 45 clips and they look good. I want the same look for the ends.

big improvement - took 4 swipes
the leg that split
There isn't any hiding this. I am leaving this as it is - just sanded.

epoxied the pencil tray to holder
while the branding iron heated up, I put on the shellac
3 coats of a 1/2 lb cut of shellac
I got to put one more coat on the underside of the top. I had to hold off on that until the branding iron was hot enough to burn my mark on the bottom. Tomorrow I'll put a couple of coats of 2lb cut on it and this will be done.

accidental woodworker

trivia corner
Who designed the Gateway Arch in St Louis?
answer - Eero Saarinen

The Numbers Spiked Again.

The Furniture Record - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 10:59pm

From time to time, the views for this blog spike. I would like to think that the brilliance of my writing has finally been discovered by the masses. Then I examine the stats and realize that one of the cool kids with the popular blogs has thrown me a mercy link. As expected, my numbers return to normal within a few days. My brilliance has not swayed them. They abandon me.

I’m OK with this. I have my 47 loyal followers/readers. If you include my family and friends I have 42. (It doesn’t make sense to either but I’ve checked the math. Numbers still don’t lie.) I’m OK with this in that if I had thousands of followers I might feel the pressure to write informed and well-reasoned blogs instead whatever it is I’m writing now.

In this case, it seems to be John Hoffman’s partner, Chris Schwarz of Lost Art Press, etc. what threw me link. I’ve known him for years (You can check out our history HERE.)  He doesn’t owe me anything. He’s really just that nice.

I have seen a few minor spikes that come from one Rude Mechanic on Instagram. Odd name.

Defying conventional thinking, I will just write a normal blog and not try some stunt blog to try to snag new readers. Eventually you would just be disappointed and leave.

In the referring blog, mention was made of settles. According to the wildly popular Wikipedia: A settle is a wooden bench, usually with arms and a high back, long enough to accommodate three or four sitters. I don’t always agree with them but in this case I think they are right enough.

I have photographed enough settles to know that there doesn’t seem to be any one predominant type of settle.

There are some really formal ones:

IMG_8827

Fancy settle with storage.

A settle for loners and thinkers.

IMG_9561

Room for one settler, maybe two. No more.

Settles that followed my wife home.

DSC_6045

Front view. It makes a great sail on the porch.

IMG_5017

The front is well made but

IMG_5020

the back is fascinating. Or is this the front?

Click HERE to see album

And do come back.

Please?


Building a Bridge with a Stanley No.192 Plane

Brokeoff Mountain Luthierie - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 7:32pm
The bridge of a guitar as we know it today is a relatively modern invention consolidated by Torres, although he was not the inventor.

Jose L. Romanillos, Antonio de Torres, 1995


Many people don't know how much work is involved in constructing a guitar bridge, I know for most classical guitarists it is simply an anchor point for the guitar's strings.



I arch the bottom of the bridge to match the guitar sound board's doming, cut a channel for the saddle to sit in and I make a tie block for the strings.

The tie block gets covered with a piece of mother of pearl, this protects the tie block from string wear and gives the guitar a bit of bling.

Since I am making a fairly close copy of a Hernandez y Aguado bridge, the tie block is sloped towards the saddle slot, this was original done to increase the breaking angle of the strings over the bridge. This helps increase the overtones in the guitar. Compare that with a modern flamenco guitar bridge and you will see the string "breaking angle" is very, very shallow, the string goes almost straight from the tie block to the saddle.



I souped up the blade on my grandfather's Stanley No.192 rabbet plane and it works wonders in cutting out a rabbet for the tie block overlay.



It would be nice to close up the mouth of this plane just a little, but if I do my job of properly sharpening this Sweetheart Era blade it performs with perfect aplomb.



The Rocklite Ebano bridge with its new MOP tie block overlay. I put a bit of hide glue on the tie block, dry it with a heat gun, clamp the MOP onto it and then run some CA glue along the edges.

Tomorrow is the day from drilling the string holes in both bridges, then the final shaping and carefully stowing away the bridges so they will not become damaged.

Please bear with me as I find a new template for my blog, I want the blog to be easy read and search.

Here's a video of a brilliant young guitarist from Australia, Stephanie Jones!



Categories: Luthiery

Staked High Stool & ‘The Anarchist’s Design Book’

Lost Art Press: Chris Schwarz - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 1:32pm

black_stool1_IMG_4563

After five prototypes, I’ve completed the first project for the expansion of “The Anarchist’s Design Book,” which should be out in 2018.

I now have to make a SketchUp drawing of the stool, which will take longer than building the stool from wood. After busting out a lot of staked chairs and stools this year, I’m able to build this stool in 3-1/2 hours, which includes finishing time.

The finish on the stool – a combination of “udukuri” and “shou sugi ban” techniques I’ve been experimenting with for more than two years – also allows me to add an appendix to the design book on these processes and the tools involved.

I’m quite happy with this design. It’s simple, comfortable, inexpensive and easy.

I have to take a break from the projects for the expansion of “The Anarchist’s Design Book” to build a commission and write an article for Popular Woodworking Magazine. When I complete those projects, I’ll return to making a staked armchair, a staked settee and two boarded projects for the book.

The boarded projects include a nailed-together version of the Monticello bookcases I built in 2011 and a boarded English settee. This has long been on my list of projects to build. If you aren’t familiar with the form, check out this entry from TheFurnitureRecord.com.

— Christopher Schwarz


Filed under: The Anarchist's Design Book, Uncategorized
Categories: Hand Tools

A George II Walnut Serpentine Chest – Part Seven

Pegs and 'Tails - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 1:09pm
The external surfaces of the chest were washed down with hot soapy water to remove any wayward glue, grime and fingerprints. The chest was then stained and the first lick of spirit varnish applied to seal it (fig. 1). The … Continue reading
Categories: Hand Tools

Traditional Paint and Glue Store in Israel

Popular Woodworking Editors Blog - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 11:50am

While in Tel Aviv last week, I paid a visit to a few of my favorite places – trade stores and friends’ shops that I used to frequent while living in Israel. One of these places was Sahar Finishes store. The owner, Mosha Srebrnik, is the grandson of the man who founded the business almost a hundred years ago. The small corner store looks as if it has hardly changed since then, except […]

The post Traditional Paint and Glue Store in Israel appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

Categories: General Woodworking

Pages

Subscribe to Norse Woodsmith aggregator