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Turn Patterns Into Super Story Sticks

Popular Woodworking Editors Blog - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 10:28am

I better start off with a warning. If you haven’t already figured it out, I’m kind of a nut about patterns. Long before I owned a CNC, I made hundreds of them. As a furniture maker, I really use and rely on them. The rule in my shop is that if you need to make two of anything or if there’s even the slightest chance you might make something again, […]

The post Turn Patterns Into Super Story Sticks appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

Categories: General Woodworking

How Long?

Northwest Woodworking - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 9:14am

Someone asked me how long it took to write my new book. It’s like asking how long it takes to cut a dovetail. The actual work may last only an hour or two, but the preparation takes years.

My new book is called Handmade, Creative Focus in the Age of Distraction. Find it at Linden Publishing: http://www.woodworkerslibrary.com/woodworking-books/handmade-creative-focus-in-the-age-of-distraction/

The book required almost two years to write, fix it, fix that version, rewrite it, throw it away and make a third version and edit that into what is now a book form.  The stories in it come from my life at the bench and on the hiking trail and with my students and the work that I have produced. It is a book about creativity, inspiration, and the value of failure and forgiveness in this work that we do with our hands.

Join us next Wednesday, November 29, for our DESIGN: Open House for the book launch. We start at 6pm. It’s free, open to all, and will be good fun if you join us.


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Categories: Hand Tools

Capos/Cejillas - New Batch of Six Padauk Wood Capos!

Brokeoff Mountain Luthierie - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 7:25am

Stocking Stuffers for Your Favorite Classical Guitarist!

This week has been dedicated to making 1970's retro style cejillas, or capos, for classical and flamenco guitars.

What makes them retro?

Traditional cejillas used leather straps to protect the guitar's neck from the string that goes around the next and is attached to the peg that tightens the string. In the 1960's and 1970's several capo makers in Spain put vinyl tubing over the string for protection. I think the vinyl tubing was used partly for economic reasons:  it is cheaper than leather and it makes assembling a capo go much faster, plus some of the capos being sold were made from Galalith, a material made from casein and formaldehyde, it looked like plastic and was used to make jewelry. The vinyl tubing went well with the look of the Galalith.

I use vinyl tubing because it allows me to assemble a capo much faster than using a leather strap.

I want to make affordable capos, every classical /flamenco guitarist deserves a wooden capo!

The bodies are padauk with East Indian rosewood pegs; neoprene face; vinyl tubing and the string is a LaBella brand 3rd guitar string. String colors are either black, gold or red.

These are my current capo shapes.

A is a very traditional shape, this shape dates to the late 1600's, early 1700's.

B and C are my interpretation of two shapes used by several traditional Spanish capo makers.

$30 for each capo, shipping and handling are extra.

Due to CITES (Council on International Trade of Endangered Species) regulations, I am unable to ship these capos outside of the United States because of the East Indian rosewood pegs. I don't make enough money off of these to warrant getting re-export certificates for each capo. I can make these capos with boxwood pegs.

Categories: Luthiery

Finishing Workshop @ CW – Rubbing Out

The Barn on White Run - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 7:15am

The conclusion of the finishing workshop at the Anthony Hay Shop of Colonial Williamsburg was rubbing out the finishes we had already completed.

Given that my normal routine of using Liberon 4/0 steel wool and paste wax was not an option as steel wool was not part of CW’s vocabulary, we instead concentrated on those things which were typical for that era; pumice powder, tripoli powder (rottenstone), and pulverized chalk (whiting), delivered in slurries of mineral oil, naphtha, and diluted paste wax.  The latter would probably have been some formulation of beeswax, turpentine, and tallow.

The first step was to make new polishing pads analogous to the spirit varnishing pads, with the difference that the stuffing was comparatively unimportant.

Then the work began with pumice, followed by tripoli.

The results were splendid.

Holiday Guitar Sale!

Brokeoff Mountain Luthierie - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 6:46am

Categories: Luthiery

New Online Course – Pembroke Table with Glen Huey

360 WoodWorking - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 6:28am
New Online Course – Pembroke Table with Glen Huey

Happy day before Thanksgiving. As you prepare for your holiday celebration with family and friends, take a minute to check out the newest online course offering from 360Woodworking.com, Pembroke Table with Glen Huey. (If you’re a member of our community, you have free access to the project. I’ve sent an email message to each of you describing the project and providing instructions on how to pull the new course into your “Online Courses” tab.)

If you’re not yet a member, you, too, can take a look at the project and course.

Continue reading New Online Course – Pembroke Table with Glen Huey at 360 WoodWorking.


The Slightly Confused Woodworker - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 5:56am

It’s always reassuring to see my posts from 3 years ago make an appearance in places unlooked-for…I find it flattering.

Categories: General Woodworking

Trailer for ‘Roubo Workbench: By Hand & Power’

Lost Art Press: Chris Schwarz - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 5:01am

Above is a trailer for our video “Roubo Workbench: By Hand & Power” that Will Myers and I shot earlier this year. If you are thinking about building a French workbench using a giant slab, you might find the 4-hour-long video helpful.

The video is downloadable and has no DRM (digital rights management), so you can put it on any device you like and carry Will (and my off-color jokes that survived the editing process) with you wherever you please.

— Christopher Schwarz

Filed under: Uncategorized, Workbenches
Categories: Hand Tools

Woodwork at City Hall

Tools For Working Wood - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 4:00am

I was at City Hall on Monday morning, testifying in front of the City Council subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises. This was a slightly different subject than the one I testified about a few weeks ago, but the concept is the same - resist intrusion on what little manufacturing space is left in New York City. This was the first time I had ever been in City Hall and the first time I was in the Council Chambers. Built between 1803 and 1812 and remodelled several times since, New York City's City Hall is actually a pretty small building and isn't used much for the day-to-day running of the city. That happens across the street in the giant Municipal Building.

I don't know how much of the wood, stone, and plaster architectural details date from the original building and how much is from a pre-Civil war rebuild, but it is all awesome!

The hearing was about the merits of allowing as-of-right self-storage units to be built in Industrial Business Zones, areas in NYC that are specifically restricted to manufacturing uses. Currently it is legal to do so, but a new zoning law would ban it. The Council was holding a hearing about an amendment to the law that popped up recommended by the City Planning Commission to allow self-storage as-of-right after all, negating the law. Thankfully, most, if not all, the City Council members present felt that manufacturing jobs are better than self-storage dead space. They also expressed their views that sneaking in an amendment to the new zoning law (which was carefully debated and then approved by almost all the City's local Community Boards, neighborhood advisory groups that weigh in on issues like zoning) is kind of dirty pool. The sentiment was against the amendment.

My testimony was the same as before - you can put self-storage units anywhere in the city, but we are desperately short of manufacturing space. And by dangling possible exceptions in front of developers, you just drive up the price of property and rents based on anticipated speculation.

What I really want to do in this blog entry is just show off the woodworking and architectural detail of the space. My (ancestors') tax dollars at work! It is wonderful and worth every penny!

It's actually stonework but this is a really graceful spiral staircase
The white paint makes the doors pretty sedate but the detailed carving is amazing
In the old days the windows would be open. There is an abundance of paneling and wainscotting. Sort of Federalist - but not really.
Look at the huge book-matched paneling, the columns and the Captain America shield chair seat.
Sitting in the public speaking chairs - in the gallery are visiting students from a local school
View from my seat giving testimony
More details about a door. I assume the mirrors were there to increase the room light in pre-electric days. A candelabra might go on the stand in the center.
Wonderful carved insert placed in various intervals along the molding atop the wainscotting around the room
Carved detail above the podium
Desks for the Councilmembers - a traditional design - probably from day one. Not in use today we sat on folding chairs. What a comedown.
Large panels of book-matched wainscotting are everywhere
Some of my favorite details - the crown molding.
Not to be outdone by the joinery, the ceiling has stars all over it with giant low relief panels in each order. The detail is wonderful, I am not sure if the carvings and stars are plaster or applied wood carving.
I'm not big on selfies

Plane Giveaway!

Paul Sellers - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 3:38am

We reached 250,000 subscribers to my YouTube channel last week and I want to celebrate so I picked out one of my #4 Stanley planes as a giveaway. Giving away is not so new to us but it’s not been so public before. For years now we’ve always given away 2 class places in every […]

Read the full post Plane Giveaway! on Paul Sellers' Blog.

Categories: Hand Tools

needs one more day.......

Accidental Woodworker - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 1:30am
Last night (tuesday) after supper I went back to shop to check on my magnets. It had been almost two hours since I glued them in and I wanted to check on them. The bottle says it sets in about 30 minutes and full cure in 24 hours. The glue appeared to be set and was holding the magnets in place. I dropped the box on the workbench a couple of times and that didn't jar or pop any of them out.

Since the magnets were set I put the squares into their respective holders and opened and closed the lid several times. One magnet wasn't enough to hold the squares in place. Besides the jostling the squares will get opening and closing the till, there is the moving around and carrying of the box too. Before I left the shop I glued in more 1/2" magnets. That way I could be ready to test them when I got home.
what I left off with last night
The six inch combination square is the only one to survive 99% of the tests. It passed the all the open and shut tests but failed on the third shake box like I'm an idiot test.

15 and 12 inch squares
It was hit and miss with these two. One would last through one cycle of open/shut but not two. I thought the two magnets holding them would do the job but they still are not strong enough.

 Two 3/8" magnets on the 15" and 12" squares will hopefully be sufficient now. But I'll have to wait another day to see if I'm right. I drilled a couple of holes too deep, I want the magnets as flush as I can possibly get them. The closer the magnets are to the blades, they greater the attraction and the stronger the pull on the blade will be. On the holes I drilled to deep I filled in the bottom with plane shavings and then glued the magnet in.

I added one more 3/8 magnet to these
The holder on the left is for the all metal 6" Disston square and the right one is for the 12" combination square.

only one 3/8" magnet left
I have to buy some box latches so I'll add some magnets to the order.

second coat on the back of the bus
I used a metal enamel paint for this. I have done 2 other planes with this and I will stick to painting them. I like the coverage of brushing much better than spraying with a rattle can.

the front of the bus
After this has set up for a couple of days I'll sand the paint off the frog seat and the top of the sides.

did a little work on the frog  and nuts
I forgot to put some oil on these parts after I put them in the Evaporust and a few of them have rust blooms now.

fingers crossed on this
I added one more magnet to the 15" square holder. I won't be trying these out after supper but I'll wait until I get home from work tomorrow.

I am seriously considering painting this the same color as the toolbox. I have a Lee Valley dovetail saw coming that was being offered on Saw Mill Creek for $55. Once I get that I can start making the saw till box. The dovetail saw is the last one I had to get to complete the herd for Miles. I already decided that the saw till box will be painted so I might as well do the square till box too.

accidental woodworker

trivia corner Ferris Wheel?
answer - George Washington Ferris did for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

A Return to Cold-bend Hardwood

Chris Schwarz's Pop Wood Blog - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 5:45pm

For several years I used CompWood for furniture parts that needed to be bent precisely. It’s a wood that has been compressed in its length under heat and with moisture. When the wood cools, it can be bent cold. No steambox. And I have yet to encounter wood failure with the stuff. The only downside? It’s expensive compared to cutting down a tree, riving out the stock and bending it […]

The post A Return to Cold-bend Hardwood appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

Categories: Hand Tools

sash saw olive - kleine Zapfensäge Olive

Two Lawyers Toolworks - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 12:57pm
Sash Saw olive wood 350mm long 70mm deep 12 tpi rip Kleine Zapfensäge Olive 350 lang 70mm tief 12 TPI längs Pedderhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12692353908068506678noreply@blogger.com2
Categories: Hand Tools

A (not so) Brief thank you to the Armchair Woodworkers

Fair Woodworking - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 10:30am
Yesterday, I got into a rather heated argument with a coworker. She’s decided that she wants to be a woodworker, and was telling me about something she was planning on making, (assuming I could loan her some tools), and then proceeded to explain how steps that I’ve been trying to master for years were easy. […]
Categories: Hand Tools

What a Class at MASW is Like – A Students Perspective

Bob Lang's ReadWatchDo - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 10:06am
I don’t teach woodworking classes very often, although I usually say yes when someone asks me to. The picture at left is from a series of blog posts written by one of the guys in my most recent class at Continue reading →
Categories: General Woodworking

Scruffy Dovetails – Richard Rants (Video)

The English Woodworker - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 9:36am
Scruffy Dovetails – Richard Rants (Video)

This is a short extract from our Hall Table Build.

For the context – read below.

I was in the process of cutting tenons, and at this point deliberately aiming at a joint that was too tight.
We would then show the process of truing the fit.

Not to sound obnoxious, but I came in to a problem.
I couldn’t cut a joint wrong.

Continue reading at The English Woodworker.

Categories: Hand Tools

Scruffy Dovetails – Richard Rants (Video)

The English Woodworker - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 9:36am
Scruffy Dovetails – Richard Rants (Video)

This is a short extract from our Hall Table Build.

For the context – read below.

I was in the process of cutting tenons, and at this point deliberately aiming at a joint that was too tight.
We would then show the process of truing the fit.

Not to sound obnoxious, but I came in to a problem.
I couldn’t cut a joint wrong.

Continue reading at The English Woodworker.

Categories: Hand Tools

Live Edge Class at Snow Farm, Massachusetts – Part 4 Lisa’s Cherry Table

Popular Woodworking Editors Blog - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 8:36am

One of the unique pieces built during my weekend workshop at Snow Farm was a live edge coffee table. Lisa’s “Cape Cod coffee table” began as a 1” cross cut of a cherry tree that showed an attractive burl, intriguing insects cavities and some natural cracks. Our plan was first to fill the imperfection with colored epoxy. Then re-turn four reclaimed furniture legs that Lisa had found on the street. […]

The post Live Edge Class at Snow Farm, Massachusetts – Part 4 Lisa’s Cherry Table appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

Categories: General Woodworking

A new woodworking blog in Danish

Mulesaw - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 8:26am
I have once in a while tried to search for Danish woodworking blogs, but the few ones that I have found all seem to have gone dead very quickly.

Woodworking doesn't seem to be big as a hobby in Denmark, but who knows, perhaps there are someone out there who would like to read about it in Danish instead of English.

So for once I did something highly unusual for my part. Instead of just bitching about it and getting annoyed, I actually took action myself!

I have started a Danish woodworking blog.

The name is bloksav, which is the meaning of mulesaw.

The address is bloksav.blogspot.dk

Quite often it will be duplicate posts from this blog, but I have actually posted about making a cutting board on the Danish blog that is not featured here.

I can see from my stat's that I do have some readers from Denmark, so maybe someone will read the new blog.

So far I am up to an impressive 33 visitors, so it is heading the right way.

Categories: Hand Tools

The Eco-Friendly Wooden Skyscrapers of the Future

Giant Cypress - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 7:28am
The Eco-Friendly Wooden Skyscrapers of the Future:

Amanda Kolson Hurley, on a 12 story wooden building being built in Portland, OR:

Although we’ve been building with trees since prehistoric times, they are having a moment, architecturally. Wooden structures similar to those in Portland have recently been built in Sweden, Finland, and the U.K., and a 24-story wooden building is under way in Vienna. […]

Buildings are by some estimates responsible for a third of global greenhouse-gas emissions. Much of a building’s carbon footprint results from its lifetime energy use, but another big part derives from its construction. The manufacture of concrete and steel accounts for an estimated 10 percent of greenhouse-gas emissions. Trees, however, are “carbon sinks”—they absorb and hold carbon until they decompose or are burned. According to a study in the Journal of Sustainable Forestry, substituting wood for other materials used in buildings and bridges could prevent 14 to 31 percent of global carbon emissions.

Trees FTW.


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