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Install a Half-mortise Chest Lock

Lost Art Press: Chris Schwarz - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 9:48am


Last weekend at the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association I didn’t have time to install the chest lock on the campaign-style officer’s trunk I built for the organization’s fall seminar.

And so I promised I would post directions from “The Joiner & Cabinet Maker.”

I’m always happy to revisit this particular book because it was such a fun project. Joel Moskowitz at Tools for Working Wood unearthed a very rare copy of this 1830 book that we reprinted. Joel wrote a nice introductory section to the book about woodworking during that period. Then I built the three projects shown in the book.

The pages in the pdf below are what I wrote about installing a chest lock, which is based on the excellent instructions in the original 1830 text.


— Christopher Schwarz

P.S. Later this week I will post the other thing I promised to share with the club: A video of how to install corner guards and L-brackets on campaign pieces.

Filed under: Downloads, The Joiner & Cabinet Maker
Categories: Hand Tools

Kitchen Table Workbench from The Woodworker

Lost Art Press: Chris Schwarz - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 9:29am


There are many ways to get around not having a dedicated workbench. Here are a few:

  1. Some Victorian-era books recommend using a chest of drawers as a bench. Work on the top, store your tools in the top drawers and use the lower drawer to collect shavings.
  2. Last year I built the “Milkman’s Workbench,” a copy of a European commercial bench for the benchless woodworker.
  3. Build a knockdown bench, like the Nicholson-style bench I built this summer using framing lumber.

In 20th-century magazines, one common project was a workbench that was designed to affix to your kitchen table, and here is one from The Woodworker magazine. This version is secured to the table with two clamps that are embedded in the tool tray. Plus it offers an adjustable planing stop.

You can download the article with the link below:

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— Christopher Schwarz

P.S. If someone sees a cute glue pot like the one shown in the drawing above, you can sell it to Megan Fitzpatrick, who has a thing for petite glue pots.

Filed under: Historical Images, Workbenches
Categories: Hand Tools

Inside Roubo’s ‘The Book of Plates’

Lost Art Press: Chris Schwarz - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 5:57am


This week we will put the finishing touches on “l’Art du menuisier: The Book of Plates” and send it to the printer.

It is astonishing to look at all 383 plates (or 382, depending on how you count them). From a woodworker’s perspective, the plates are enjoyable to stare at for hours. André Roubo drew the majority of them himself, so the drawings show the details that a woodworker wants.

(Many times it’s easy to tell when an artist had no woodworking training – the small bits are slightly wrong. Not so with Roubo. Even the screw threads are drawn correctly.)

We have created “The Book of Plates” so everyone can enjoy Roubo’s plates as he intended – printed full-size and on beautiful paper. No matter how you read the text – on your computer screen, in one of our books or even in a translation in a different language – there is nothing like seeing the plates in full-size and at a resolution approaching the 18th-century originals.

In addition to the plates, this new book will contain the first English-language translation of André Roubo’s table of contents for “l’art du Menuisier.” This document is 10 pages long and is a guide to what is shown in the 383 plates. This document has been a guiding light in the translation of these massive woodworking books.

“l’Art du menuisier: The Book of Plates” will feature all of the plates printed full-size on #100 Mohawk Superfine paper, which is manufactured in Upstate New York. After being printed in Michigan, the pages will be sewn and hardbound. This will be a permanent book, even if your dog takes a liking to it.

The book will be $100 and will be available in November. We will offer this book to our retailers, though it is up to each retailer to decide to carry the book.

We hope you will enjoy the book (and we hope a lot of you enjoy the book – we just wrote a check to the printer for more than the value of my first house).

— Christopher Schwarz

Filed under: To Make as Perfectly as Possible, Roubo Translation
Categories: Hand Tools

WIA 15% discount – Available to ALL

Mary May, Woodcarver - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 5:25am

Mary May - Woodcarver

The 15% discount that was offered at the Woodworking in America show this past weekend is available for any new members who sign up for my online carving school before the end of the month. That makes the monthly cost $8.49 rather than $10 for as long as you are a member.

Go to my school website – http://www.marymaycarving.com/carvingschool and click on the following image:




There are currently 144 episodes (individual videos) with 70 complete and unique lessons.

A new video is added every week (and keeps me hopping!)

A Card Catalogue – Part Seven

The Unplugged Woodshop - Tom Fidgen - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 4:07am
  Well it’s another busy week here in the Woodshop. Unpacking boxes, and setting up the new basement shop is exhausting! Both mentally and physically. I can’t wait to give you the tour of the new space- hopefully by next week if all goes well....
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Woodworking in America 2014 picture album

Matt's Basement Workshop - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 3:46am

Another Woodworking in America is in the history books, and once again it was an experience I’m thankful to have had. The friends, the classes, and especially the market place all combined to make it worth every minute of my visit.

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As you’ve heard by now, my trip wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for the folks over at Highland Woodworking who brought me along to help capture the event for their blog and social media channels.

So coming up over the next few weeks they’ll be releasing the many videos we captured in the market place, along with some of the classes, and any where else we happened to see something happening that we knew you would enjoy seeing.

It’s amazing how much inspiration comes from being around fellow woodworkers, and watching & learning from some of the best instructors currently in the field. So hopefully, you’ll stop by the Highland Woodworking Blog and check them out. Who knows what it’ll inspire you to do?

Speaking of inspiration, I had a number of photos on my smart phone from the weekend that I wasn’t sure what to do with. So I put them in a slideshow and thought I’d share them with all of you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed taking them!

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Categories: Hand Tools

Whats Old is New Again

Sleepydog's Wood Shop - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:15am
blue and yellow waste

blue and yellow waste (Photo credit: erix!)

One Mans Garbage

Evey since we bought this house we have been lucky, at lease that is way it feels. Working as a carpenter I have seen tons of perfectly good material tossed in the dumpster, so I wasn’t as surprised as some in my family at the amount and quality of used building material we have found with the exception of the new soaking tub with jets still in the box.  With just a few hundred dollars and some creative internet shopping I have gotten a Byran propane furnace with a two and half ton compress and the A coil for a hundred dollars. 600 sq ft of 6″ fiberglass insulation. for free. a top end Kohlor toilet and pedsal sink for $90 that alone new would of costed us over $750. We found a nice propane stove and Bosch dishwasher for $175 a G.E fridge for $100. I have more light fixtures right now than I can use for $50, so I have been selling or trading them for other material that we need.

If you have the time and patience you can almost find everything you need cheap or sometimes for free. We haven’t gotten away with buying everything being gently used we have had to buy somethings new like replacing  all the plumbing in this house. We replaced all the copper with PEX and had replace all the drains with PVC. While at the plumbing supply house we got a deal on a scratch and dent hot water heater that saved us about $150. Working most my life as a carpenter I have seen a lot of waste and it is good to see that attitudes are changing, people are not just throwing usable material in the trash because it doesn’t fit there needs any more. Now they are donating it to places like the Habitat for Humanity’s Restore to be resold so they can use the money to help build more house. It also brings another question to mind why aren’t we using more of these resources to fix homes of lower income people in need with the cash rather than using the new, cheaper material that I see them use now. Maybe its not practical, but it is a thought.

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Filed under: Home Improvements, House Rehab Tagged: Habitat for Humanity, House Remodel, PEX, Rehab

Settling back in after WIA

Mary May, Woodcarver - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 6:27pm

Mary May - Woodcarver

I am experiencing the lull after the storm. A wonderful and energetic weekend at WIA in Winston-Salem – seeing a lot of friends and meeting new ones. And now I’m trying to settle in again. It’s sad that I probably won’t see many of these people again until next WIA.

I drove the 5 hour trip back home to Charleston, SC yesterday afternoon, and was feeling so worn out by the time I got home that I didn’t even unpack my car until this morning. I brought a LOT of extra things with me – like DVDs and resin castings, in hopes of selling them at the show. It didn’t turn out that way. I only sold a handful, but was really focusing on getting the word out for my online school – which I believe was a success. When I packed up after the show, I only had one small, empty box that I could leave. My poor KIA felt abused. And I barely had room for my suitcase. I think it’s time for an SUV or truck.

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Here is a photo of my shop before unloading my car (nice and tidy – sort of). This is the “industrial” part of my shop – a great old General lathe that my husband brought down from Canada.



Here is a photo of my shop after unloading the car. A very daunting task. Looks like I won’t be doing much carving for a while…




Wood & Water

Northwest Woodworking - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 5:47pm

Don’t be afraid of wood & water. Wood loves the stuff. Most of the tree is water when it’s standing. It’s why they’re so heavy when they come down. It’s all that water inside of them.

Once I had a 1/2″ thick maple table top, 20″ square, all shaped and sanded. I decided to raise the grain and sand it off. Wet sanding I call it, although I wait for the water to dry and just sand off the fuzz raised up by it. Well I wet down this top and it cupped almost 3/8″. This is a very good way to increase your heart rate by the way. Seeing hours of hard work go wacky in a minute.

But I didn’t panic. I breathed deep, flipped the panel over, and wet down the other face. The table top came back to flat. As did my heart rate. If your wood gets wet, wet down the other side. It will be in balance. It’s imbalance that causes movement.

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Categories: Hand Tools

Last Day at the Show.

David Barron Furniture - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 5:14pm

Now the WIA show has been clearly advertised as running from the 12th to 14th September, so while my son looked round the knife show I thought I'd pop in to WIA for a last look round. If I thought it was quiet on Friday, it was positively deserted now!

I'm not quite sure how the show can run for 3 days but the exhibitors only stay for two!
Anyway it probably saved me some money and I joined my son in the knife show.

There was a wide range of knives on display, varying from first time amateurs to seasoned full time pros as shown with this wonderful damascus knife made by David Warren at $1,500

One of the stands had some very sturdy looking chisels which were 1/4" thick, a bit OTT but would probably fare well at some Roubo mortises. They were pretty good for a first attempt, but the price of $120 each was a bit hopeful.

He also had a souped up Stanley no 5 on the stand with a massive 1/4" thick blade and lever cap. The problem of the adjuster working with the thick blade was overcome by adding slots to the blade rather than the chipbreaker. It felt nice and heavy in the hand, although the blade was prevented from sitting flat on the frog by the lateral adjuster so all the benefit of the thick blade was lost by lack of proper support. Nice idea, but back to the drawing board!

Later on we visited a local gun club and the range of guns was incredible!

The handguns made a tremendous noise and we both jumped when we first heard one go off, even with the ear defenders on. Harry was a good shot but at $90 a session I didn't join him.

Categories: Hand Tools

Dovetail Joints: How Tight is Too Tight?

Chris Schwarz's Pop Wood Blog - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:56pm

  Last weekend I built a dovetailed campaign-style officer’s trunk for the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association and several of the members were shocked when I drove the carcase dovetails together. What was shocking to them was how tight my fit was between the tails and pins; it required a few hard whacks with a dead-blow mallet to seat the tails into the pins. The members asked me a lot […]

The post Dovetail Joints: How Tight is Too Tight? appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

Categories: Hand Tools

The Kids Do Woodworking in America 2014

The Literary Workshop Blog - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:34pm

Attending the Woodworking in America conference was a little different for us this year.  My wife and I were both running cameras for various sessions (which got us in free!).  On the first day, my wife ran cameras for Graham Blackburn, as well as for Brian Coe, a joiner who supervises all the costumed interpreters at Old Salem.  Meanwhile, I took my own kids down to Old Salem to see the sights.

Old Salem 9-2014(Note to self: if there is water, the kids will get wet.)

The next day, I ran camera for Phil Lowe as he showed how to make a full-scale drawing of a chair, and for Matt Cianci as he taught saw sharpening.  Thanks to Matt, I now know what I’ve been doing wrong.  My next sharpening attempts should be better.  I also took a quick spin with the kids around the Marketplace.  I could have spent all day there, but as it was, the kids seemed to hover between enjoyment and bemusement.

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My son, R, found a mallet just his size at the Lee Valley display.  He promptly tried to hammer in the pegs it had been hanging on.

My kids also got a good look at the high-tech, mechanized side of woodworking.  The Legacy CNC Woodworking booth featured a CNC machine that was cutting names and designs into pieces of cedar.

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All four of the kids took home a custom-made nameplate.

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Since this event was part of the kids’ schooling experience (life is learning, after all), we made up a pictorial scavenger hunt for the Marketplace.  To make the list, my wife and I looked at the list of exhibitors online, visited their websites, and picked out pictures of items we thought would be likely to show up at their booths.  I think the kids found everything on the list, except for Roy Underhill.

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One of the items on the list was the Knew Concepts fretsaw.  My daughter, A, got to try it out.  (My wife wants one now.)  My youngest daughter, M, learned to positively identify a backsaw, and she went around the room picking out every single backsaw she could find.

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K also got to try out the travishers made by Claire Minihan and offered by Peter Galbert.  Claire was on hand to give K some pointers, but she got the hang of it pretty quickly.  I hope to see this more often: young women working wood.

More pictures of the event coming soon!



Tagged: Brian Coe, Claire Minihan, CNC, Graham Blackburn, Knew Concepts, Lee Valley, Matt Cianci, Old Salem, Peter Galbert, Phil Lowe, WIA, WIA 2014, Woodworking in America

Black and White Woodworking

Paul Sellers - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 2:21pm

DSC_0060I have countered the prevailing culture of machine only woodworking for two decades and more now; proactivity gets results as long as there is consistency. It’s not always been easy, in fact I’d say it’s been a difficult passage in many ways, but if I were to take a sector of my life and say which has been the most rewarding I would have to say it’s been  this last decade. I have never felt more fulfilled than seeing the results of getting people off the conveyor belt and especially so because it wasn’t easy, but a conscious decision. 


Discovering my bent for hand tool woodworking came when I saw how little I liked to work only with machines. It wasn’t ever that I despised them but that my hands wanted to do it – my hands, my arms, my heart and head wanted to somehow take the wood and work its fibres. You see here a man working. An ordinary man, A working man. A, well, a workman. He didn’t turn a machine on to get the results you see in the table he’s making. in fact he planed each surface and split parts to plane them by hand alone. He passed his saw stroke by stroke down a secondhand board and formed some shaped mahogany aprons by his own will and his own choice and tonight, the man, me, turned out the lights and felt happy as he headed home.


I will sell the  two pieces over the next few weeks i suppose. Perhaps someone will get married or have a birthday or something like that and they will make a handsome gift. My choice. On the other hand perhaps someone will walk in the workshop and say, “How much are these two tables.” I will say, “They are £200 each.” and they will say, “OK. We’ll take them.” Who knows if you don’t try?


My lifestyle is chosen, developed, designed and intentional. It took some time to establish it but it’s who I am and have been for decades. I am a woodworker.

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When I decided to pursue handwork rather than machining I admit it wasn’t too easy to let go of the ease using power machines afforded my work. If I were to suggest a two-man saw for logging out my wood and a then a saw pit to slab it it would be far from realistic, but from there on I can do a lot of my work by hand and so enjoy it machinists think I have lost my marbles. Then they stand and watch me as I work and they can’t usually pull away. They can’t understand why I want to do it by hand let alone enjoy it, but still they hang around and watch and I see that look on their face and I say to myself, “What a wonderful world” I have found here.


I feel the same way about exercise when all it produces is a useless muscle that pops up when an arm or leg flexes. If the muscle doesn’t do more than that I don’t try to understand it. if the muscle is developed for a reason beyond just being there as a flex then I understand. Each to his or her own though. I say all of this to say making this table really meant something to me. My muscles flexed and sinews and tendons pulled. They had purpose and it’s so very black and white and tangibly enjoyed and I feel in love with people when they walk in my workshop or work alongside me because I so loved making what I made by hand. I like taking my time. I like feeling the hard work. I like correcting the plane to cut square and I like chiselling the shapes with and upturned chisel; the way it works in the mahogany 150 years old both chisel and wood and technique. I like work that demands every ounce of my attention. I like work that makes me think all the time. I like work that pays me back for my efforts that cannot ever be calculated by an accountant. I like work that makes me write about what I feel for others to read about and enjoy. I like putting this in the bank no banker can ever get his mits on. You are my depository. My banker. My storehouse for the future of my craft. DSC_0143

I like looking back into the shop as I close the door and seeing what I made on the benchtop and thinking the words, “Thank you!” 

The post Black and White Woodworking appeared first on Paul Sellers' Blog.

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It’ll look something like this

Peter Follansbee, joiner's notes - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 1:54pm

When I left Plimoth Plantation in June, I wrote that I would be pursuing other aspects of woodworking beyond 17th-century joined oak furniture. But I also laid out that I wasn’t giving up the oak stuff, just adding to it. Bowls, spoons, baskets, weirdo boxes (coming soon) and more…

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And I have had the best summer ever, picking away at aspects of woodworking both old and new to me…but now it’s time to bring back to the blog some joined oak furniture, carved all over.

I dug my “real” workbench out of storage, and some tools and borrowed a work-space from my friend Ted Curtin – who thankfully almost never makes joined furniture anymore, (he’s a school teacher now – that’s good, because he’s better than me at oak stuff!)

Today I shuffled some stuff around, and will start in soon on shooting carved boxes, chests and more for an upcoming book on joinery.

Between travels that is…

Passing Along the Traditions

Heritage School of Woodworking Blog - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 1:50pm

This weekend I went out to cut firewood; it’s that time of year. I brought along my 9-year-old son whom I have taught how to split wood. I found some trees that had been bulldozed over for a clearing. We went on site and found some very straight timber. To the surprise of the landowner […]

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Murphy’s law, spring joints and skottbenks

A Woodworker's Musings - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 1:18pm

Every once in a while, you have a project that “goes South” and then “goes South” over and over again.  Ergo, the reference to Mr. Murphy and his law.  The dining table I’m currently building is just such a project.  The base is well on its way to being finished (another post on glazing is just around the corner).  But when it came time to finish up to top, I was given quite a big surprise.  The glued-up top had “cupped”, significantly, about 5/8″ in 36″, too much for the fasteners to “pull down”.  Jointing and gluing up large panels is, at least in my experience, always a challenge.

Many “old hands” maintain that “springing” a joint is a good thing.  And over the years I’ve found this to be a good practice, as much of the stock (air dried) I use has not, necessarily, achieved theoretical equilibrium.  But it is one thing to spring a joint on 24″ door panel and quite another to spring a joint on a 7′ table top.  It might seem that just a few thousandths of “spring” wouldn’t make much of a difference, geometrically.  But the reality is sort of like saying that all triangles equal 180 degrees, until you lift one of the corners.  Then, the universe begins to fold in on itself.

I began to consider my options.  I certainly did not want to cut the thing apart and re-joint it.  That would be a last choice.  In the past I’ve had some success in straightening pieces by wetting and controlling the drying of two opposing surfaces, albeit smaller pieces.  So, with the help of a friend, I toted the top out into the yard.  I wet the grass, then positioned the top with the cupped side down.  It wasn’t terribly hot but the sun was fairly intense.  I went about my business, determined to check in on the process in several hours.


To my great surprise, within something short of an hour, the rough top appeared to have straightened.  After laying a straight edge across the surface, I felt sure that I had been present as something of a miracle had taken place.  It was dead flat.  Upon raising the top, I realized that there was still a trace of moisture on the “grassy” side.  I pulled some heavy cauls (3″x 4″x 48″) out of the shop and clamped the top to allow the remaining moisture to evaporate.  After several days, I loosened the clamps and with each turn I watched the cup reappear.  So much for that old trick!

As I said earlier, I’ve never had much luck at cutting and re-assembly.  Time for a new top.  (I’ll put the old plain sawn stock to some good purpose.)  I made the decision to do the next top in quarter sawn oak.  Stock movement should be very minimal.  The only significant challenge will be jointing the long stock.  Of course, there are numerous ways to joint long pieces of stock.  You can joint them conventionally on a jointer (If you’re strong and steady or have the well coordinated assistance of an associate).  You can hand plane them.  If you have stock that is already “near straight”, you can “kerf-in” with a saw.  You can use a track-saw on a straight edge.  Or, you can use a skottbenk as Roald Renmaelmo would.  The skottbenk is a jointing (or shooting) bench, unique to Scandinavia, that is mainly used for jointing and/or cutting tongue and groove joints in floor planking.  It seems to me that it might be just “what the Doctor ordered” for anyone wanting to create long joints without the aid of electrically powered appliances.

Take a look at this video of Roald using a skottbenk.  I think you’ll agree that it might have a place in world of table top construction.  Hmm, now that I have some extra room in the shop, since the treadle lathe is gone…

Roald has just put another post on construction of a skottbenk on his blog, skottbenk.wordpress.com.  He and his associates also do extensive research on traditional work benches and tools at hyvelbenk.wordpress.com.  And be sure to check out all of the videos that Roald and the Norsk Folkmuseum have posted on Youtube.  Grab yourself the refreshment of your choice, sit down and start watching.  You’ll probably be surprised how long you can sit in one place.  Just be careful that your legs don’t fall asleep and you collapse upon trying to stand.  Remember the theory of “Unintended Consequence.”



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Woodworking in America 2014: It Was Everything

Highland Woodworking - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:53am

10473395_10152488808894024_638895723507353061_oIt’s Sunday afternoon on September 14 and I’m on my way home from Woodworking in America 2014. As I stare out the airplane window I can already feel the beginning of what I refer to as “the WIA mourning period” kicking in.

It’s not a regret that I attended or didn’t make it to every class on my list, instead it is a feeling of loneliness that occurs shortly after I leave the event and head home.

As a fellow woodworker, you know ours is a solitary hobby. We frequently work alone in our shops for hours on end, and equally often we don’t have nearby friends or family who are also woodworkers. So outside of the shop there’s no one to share our enthusiasm and excitement over mastering a new skill or purchasing a tool.

At Woodworking in America the whole paradigm of solitary woodworking is turned upside down and on its head. You find yourself surrounded by people who not only know exactly why it is that you get excited about a hand-cut dovetail, but share with you their own elation for them.

And while at home, typically the closest you might get to seeing some of the instructors who were talking at WIA is by reading an article in a magazine, picking up a copy of one of their books, or even watching a DVD. While at WIA you’ll have had a chance to watch them speak in front of a class, ask them a question in the hallway, and maybe even hang out with them at an event in the evening.

10661715_10152488810279024_4450297477606545514_oOf course what really brings on the “mourning period” for me is the last night. When we meet for dinner and drinks one more time, talk about what excited us, show off what we bought in the marketplace, and what we’ll get started on when we get home.

We exchange contact information, take pictures and maybe even make plans to get together long before the next WIA. It’s no exaggeration when I write that every time I’ve attended Woodworking in America I’ve left with more friends than I arrived with.

If you ask me what my favorite part of the weekend was, you better plan on having a long conversation, because there wasn’t just one or two things, it was everything!

The staff at Popular Woodworking Magazine manage to consistently pull off an event that can’t be topped. Year-after-year they bring in top-notch instructors, assemble an amazing market place and plan extra events that are like nothing you’ll find elsewhere.

If you’ve never attended an event like Woodworking in America, you need to plan on it at least once. I can say without a doubt that you won’t regret it.


We’ll have additional coverage of what went on at WIA – pictures, videos and blog posts – as the week goes on! Keep an eye on this space for more.

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Categories: General Woodworking

At Woodworking in America, a Jet bandsaw was raffled off to a...

Giant Cypress - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:48am

At Woodworking in America, a Jet bandsaw was raffled off to a lucky attendee. Since I was lucky enough to be a presenter, I was asked to sign it along with the other presenters. I couldnt help adding a little extra note.

I blame Patrick Edwards. You can see what he wrote in the top picture, just to the left of my note.

Lingerie chest: Maple plywood back

Trial and Error - Woodworker - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:15am

dresser maple plywood backThe back for the dresser is a sheet of 1/4″ maple-faced plywood. I rough-cut it to the approximate size of the dresser and then hand-planed it down to the final fit.

I was a little worried because the plywood is, in reality, under-thickness and would not house properly in the 1/4″ grooves I had made in the carcass. But given that the plywood has a little ‘bend’ to it, it presses against the groove in places which prevents it from rattling around. I’m quite happy with the fit.

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Filed under: Drawers & dressers, Projects Tagged: maple, plywood
Categories: Hand Tools

Wooden Spoons in The Woodworker Magazine

Lost Art Press: Chris Schwarz - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:14am


Now that spoon carving has supplanted pen turning as the latest woodworking craze (and it’s about time), you might enjoy this article from The Woodworker magazine, which was likely written and illustrated by Charles H. Hayward.

Hayward had excellent contacts among British museums, especially the Victoria and Albert Museum. So the magazine is peppered with his drawings of early work, including this collection of interesting wooden spoons.

I’ve not been bitten by the spoon-carving bug, likely because of a psychic scar.

During my first few months at Popular Woodworking in 1996, one of the other editors was carving Celtic love spoons; I decided I would like to learn to make one, too. After half a day of work on my love spoon, I showed it to him to get some feedback and tips.

“Oh wow,” he said, holding my spoon. “I really am a good carver. Your spoon sucks. You’re fired.”

He gave the spoon back to me and walked away. I threw my spoon in the garbage.

You can download the one-page article in pdf format using the link below.


— Christopher Schwarz

Filed under: Historical Images
Categories: Hand Tools


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