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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.

Perch Stool Part 4: Glue Up

The Renaissance Woodworker - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 7:08am

You Did a Glue Up Live??

Hey who doesn’t like a little bit of danger and excitement in their life? Live streaming, talking and answering question while gluing up a project is the new pastime for the adrenalin junkie!

In this installment I went over how to bore the odd angled holes in the legs for the stretchers. I demonstrated a great technique that I’ve used for my last few Windsor chairs that was taught to me by Elia Bizzarri. This is the same technique you will see the other masters of the Windsor embracing as well. It involved imposing an arbitrary angle line onto the leg and then boring at that angle while positioning the layout line parallel to the bench top. It is highly effective and really precise.


It is not how I built my first 2 Windsors. For those I bored everything by eye while the chair was assembled. In fact it was this total lack of layout and measuring that drew me to the style and largely to hand tools in the first place. So during the live broadcast when asked what advantages this boring in the vise approach offered I stumbled a bit and in hindsight I’m started to question whether going with this “more precise” route is just overcomplicating things. I know I know I’m questioning the wisdom of guys who have built hundreds and hundreds more Windsor chairs than I so I must be missing something right?

I don’t know…

You Tell Me

What am I missing here? Why would this precise angle drilling method be better than just assembling the chair and boring everything in place? Certainly boring place really is best done using extension bits and such so some additional tooling may be needed, but it does seem much less confusing and certainly easier to visualize and anticipate mistakes than a situation where the leg is separate from the assembly. I sincerely welcome some thoughts on this.
Categories: Hand Tools

Highland Woodworking Featured in Atlanta INTOWN

Highland Woodworking - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 7:00am

We’re excited to have been featured in another Atlanta publication this month after having just been featured in an interview on the Voyage ATL website.

Grace Huseth, a contributor for Atlanta INTOWN sat down with Molly Bagby, daughter of owners Chris and Sharon Bagby, to discuss 40 years of Highland Woodworking.

Although Molly hasn’t been around for all 40 years of the store’s operations, she spent the majority of her childhood in the store when Sharon started bringing her to work just a few weeks after she was born.

Read more about Highland Woodworking’s history in our article featured in the November 2017 issue of Atlanta INTOWN.

You can also scroll through this month’s issue below:

The post Highland Woodworking Featured in Atlanta INTOWN appeared first on Woodworking Blog.

Categories: General Woodworking

My Workbench—The A to B Series

Paul Sellers - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 2:09am

I’m never too sure when it comes to talking about my work where making is replaced by teaching—every time I make I end up thinking about whether what I take for granted in my everyday work has additional value to those relying on keyboard dexterity synchronised with head knowledge. My world of designing, making and […]

Read the full post My Workbench—The A to B Series on Paul Sellers' Blog.

Categories: Hand Tools

square till nearing completion........

Accidental Woodworker - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 1:16am
Spent my entire lunch break looking for box latches that I could buy locally. Lee Valley has them but they aren't offering any free shipping at the moment. Even if I doubled them it would still be less than the S/H charge. What I found locally was that everyone has a different name for them. In the end I found nothing locally and I will have to order from Lee Valley.

how will round 2 turn out?
it appears to be ok
I can still make out the crack lines but they appear to be solid. Nothing moved when I pressed against the crack with the saw plate. Everything looks like the glue up worked this time. The looseness in the plate is gone. Before I glued the crack I could feel the plate moving just by wiggling the handle. Not so this time but we'll have to see how long it holds up. That crack is in a bad spot.

sawing action feels better with the looseness gone
comparison half pins
The top ones were sawn with the older saw and the bottom ones with the LN dovetail saw. The older saw half pins look rougher sawn than the LN ones. Sawing them out felt the same as to sawing at an angle and cross cutting the half pins out. The LN saw felt smoother and a bit easier pushing but not by much.

old and new side by side
Ascetics aside, what I am must concerned with is the set. I can see the set in both saws and they feel about the same. Yesterday I thought the set in the older saw was excessive but after checking them side by side, it is barely a touch more than the LN saw. The thicker plate on the older saw I think was playing tricks on me.

sawed this pine without a whimper
Three gold stars for the older saw as it powered through this pine. I didn't try to saw straight but the saw did it seemingly on it's own. Usually on long saw cuts like I tend to veer off to the right the deeper I go. Here it was straight from the top of the cut to the bottom.  For now I think I'll hang on to this and use it for dovetailing in thick stock - 3/4" and above.

chamfered all the edges
 The chamfers on the spacers will help with getting this on and off easier.

first batter for the magnet
The two sizes I have are 3/8" and 1/2" diameter. Both are roughly 1/8" thick. The pull or attraction is a bit stronger with the 1/2" but I like the surface area more. I'm not sure if I'll have to use more than one but I'll start with one and evaluate it. What will drive it is whether or not one will hold the square in it's holder as the till is opened and closed.

not too bad for just eyeballing it.
It is flush and ready to be glued in.

going to try this
I couldn't find anything on the bottle saying what this will bond. I know it works on wood and I'll try it here with metal on wood. If it doesn't work I'll use epoxy.

Most of the mass and weight is here
It makes sense to me to put the magnet as close to this as I can. I am not sure one is going to work on holding either of the big squares. I'll keep happy thoughts on it until tomorrow when I can check it out.

if it doesn't work I'll put a second 1/2" one here
first coat is dry to the touch
I will let this camp out by the furnace for one more day. Tomorrow I'll put the second and final coat of black on it.

glue bond broke
I didn't clamp these yesterday when I glued them and the bottom lifted up. I put some of the rapid fuse glue on it and I'll clamp it this time to ensure a good bond.

accidental woodworker

trivia corner
What is the state sport of Maryland?
answer - jousting

The Change of Seasons (Covington Style)

Lost Art Press: Chris Schwarz - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 7:39pm


It’s been almost six months since my last haircut and three months since my last shave. This is not intentional. I simply don’t care what I look like or what others think of my visage (hey, a Fancy Lad term!).

But I do notice that as my hair gets longer the people of Covington address me differently.

When I have short hair, they call me “sir” and ask for work. When I have long hair, they call me “brother” and ask for a cigarette. Alas, I have neither.

Today I processed all the stock for the doors for the Horse Garage. My goal is to get these suckers built by Sunday. If you are offended by machine work, please avert your sensitive eyes. While I would love to cut the joints by hand for these doors, I have winter bearing down hard on me. These doors are going together with loose tenons from the Domino XL.


The other project at hand is building a lot of bench accessories for “Ingenious Mechanicks.” Today I modified the Roman bench I built earlier this year so I can straddle it (without feeling like I’m going to the gynecologist) and to add some vises.

I did this by ripping down the top during a visit to the shop at Popular Woodworking Magazine. During the visit, David Lyell asked me why I was doing this. I said:

“So I can add a 14th century Italian twin-screw vise for boatbuilding.”

He busted out laughing like I was joking. I wasn’t.

I should get out more.

— Christopher Schwarz

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

Slab bench II

Oregon Woodworker - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 6:42pm
Here is the bench assembled.  By far the most challenging part of this project was surfacing the slab; the rest was pretty straightforward, basically just 6 mortise and tenon joints.

I hadn't really thought about how to attach the slab to the base, so what I came  up with was a 1' square piece pegged to the legs and attached to the slab with screws in elongated holes:

Seems to get the job done while looking good.

After 3 coats of satin Arm-R-Seal the bench took its place at the end of the table.

This was my wife's idea and I was skeptical, but it is much more comfortable to sit on it at the table than I expected.  I find myself choosing it over the chairs.

She wants me to make three more and not have any chairs at the table.  To do that, I would have to buy and season another slab, so I am going to try sitting at this bench for awhile before I go along.  I am thinking that some guests might not be comfortable without back support so it might be better to make another one for the other end of the table and have four chairs in the middle.
Categories: Hand Tools

What’s On The Bench – 11/20/2017

Doug Berch - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 3:08pm

Slotting an ebony dulcimer fingerboard.

On my calendar was recovery from back surgery this past week but there was a change of plans; a dental issue came up and surgery was postponed. Instead I am taking antibiotics and will have minor dental surgery in a week or so. The back surgery will probably be within a month or so after that.

Let it not be said that I don’t know how to have a good time!

I’m a firm believer that what is happening is happening and what is not happening is not happening so I am rolling with it.

In the meantime I am up to my usual tricks and getting some work done in the shop.

In the photograph above is a simple setup for cutting fret slots. The miter box is made from scraps of MDF and the depth stop on the saw is a strip of wood held in place with three colorful spring clamps.  The wooden cam clamps hold the miter box to the work-board and holds the fretboard in place while sawing.

This  low-tech setup works remarkably well.

I have templates for fret patterns I commonly use. The templates eliminate calculating and measuring out the fret positions.

This fingerboard is for a custom chromatic dulcimer with a scale length I have not used before; 743 centimeters! That is a very long string length but is what the person who will be playing this dulcimer prefers.

Since I didn’t have a template for this scale length I had to calculate the fret positions and lay them out on the fingerboard. Fortunately, there is software that does the math. In the 1970’s I had to spend a long time with a calculator to work out fret positions. The constant often used to calculate an equal tempered fretboard, 17.81715385, is still permanently installed in my memory.

I laid out the fret positions using a very accurate ruler, machinist’s square, sharp knife, and patience. I triple checked the measurements before sawing the slots.

Sawing the slots with the miter box was the fun part.



Doug Berch - Dulcimer Maker And Musician

Categories: Luthiery

The Slöjd Tradition with Jögge Sundqvist 

Peter Follansbee, joiner's notes - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 1:01pm

Well, this has nothing to do with me, other than I was there to watch it happen. Now I get to see it again, from the comfort of my own home.

Here’s the blurb:

The Slöjd Tradition

with Jögge Sundqvist 

Learn some of the methods and techniques behind Slöjd, the self sufficient tradition from Sweden that emphasizes hand work and handicraft. Jögge Sundqvist walks you through the process of making a spatula and a cheese board from green wood. He also demonstrates different types of letter carving and decorative carving.

Jögge Sundqvist is a Swedish woodworker and carver who started learning knife and axe work at the age of four, at the side of his father, Wille Sundqvist. Jögge works in the Slöjd fine craft tradition making stools, chairs, knives, spoons, and sculptures painted with artists’ oil color. Jögge is also a teacher, writer, and gives lectures about Slöjd tradition and techniques.

And the preview:



Goatboy’s Leatherworks

goatboy's woodshop - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 11:19am

I’ve never been what you might call a frequent poster, but since I started this blog I don’t think I’ve gone this long without offering up content before. It’s been over six months since I last posted, so I guess it’s about time I remedied that.

In fairness, I should point out that since the beginning of the summer, our little family has been going through some difficult times. One of our number has had some fairly serious health issues to contend with, and for a while all our time was taken up with hospital visits and suchlike. For a few weeks there wasn’t a great deal of time for fun in the workshop.


The long road to recovery still stretches out before us but things are slowly getting back on an even keel. A few weeks ago I started a little line of Snowpeople on the lathe, to be ready in time to sell around Christmas time. I have made a separate blog (link on the side bar) to showcase them for friends and family, but most of them are on sale now at a local shop.


Before I started on them, however, I did manage to finish a project that I had begun before our troubles kicked off in the summer, and this is the main subject of this post.

Working with wood is my main pastime, but I have always thought that leather can greatly enhance a project, and so I try to incorporate it wherever I can. I have amassed a few rudimentary leather working tools over the past few months, as well as leather related paraphernalia (eyelets, rivets, press-studs, needles and thread and the like)  and I needed to build a dedicated box to house them. So, inspired by this video, I have done just that.

The box is made from cherry and walnut and incorporates hand cut dovetails and housing joints. The main box has two dividers, a lift out tote and storage in the lid. There is also a drawer for some of the smaller components. This drawer showcases my very first attempt at half lap dovetails, and is subdivided into 12 compartments.

Obviously, since this is a box for leather working tools, I needed to incorporate some leather into the design. This comes in form of leather handles stitched to the wood, as well as a leather clasp to hold the drawer closed. I also made a leather decal for the top with a modified version of my logo burned into it. The box was finished with my oil/varnish/turps home brew.

All in all, I am very pleased with the results, and the box has been of great use to me in the production of my little Snowpunks. I’ll be up to my eyes in them for a while yet, but I must try to post more often in future. I feel a New Year’s Resolution coming on…


Filed under: Joinery, Projects, Pyrography, Tools Tagged: cherry, leather, walnut

Hazard A Guess – Evolve Your Skills

The English Woodworker - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:03am
Hazard A Guess – Evolve Your Skills

If you’ve seen anything from us then you’ll know it’s not exactly text book stuff.

Our approach comes from a heap of passed down knowledge finely blended with many hours of doing at the bench.

Then there’s the dash of weirdness that my mind adds in.

I like to understand stuff. How it works.
I’m obsessive like that.

But it’s a simpleton’s way of thinking.

I don’t pore over books or know fancy words.

Continue reading at The English Woodworker.

Categories: Hand Tools

Hazard A Guess – Evolve Your Skills

The English Woodworker - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:03am
Hazard A Guess – Evolve Your Skills

If you’ve seen anything from us then you’ll know it’s not exactly text book stuff.

Our approach comes from a heap of passed down knowledge finely blended with many hours of doing at the bench.

Then there’s the dash of weirdness that my mind adds in.

I like to understand stuff. How it works.
I’m obsessive like that.

But it’s a simpleton’s way of thinking.

I don’t pour over books or know fancy words.

Continue reading at The English Woodworker.

Categories: Hand Tools

Washington Desk Day 5

The Slightly Confused Woodworker - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 9:05am

This past weekend I began the scary phase of every one of my woodworking projects, and that is the time when there are a lot of almost finished, unassembled parts lying around waiting to be destroyed.

First things first, on Saturday afternoon/evening I spent two hours milling up the final two boards needed to complete the project. Well, it was about an hour milling up and an hour cleaning up. Rather than calling it a night, I wanted to get in a little actual woodworking, so I attached the cross brace to the back legs. I did not want to mortise out the legs because they are thin to begin with, so instead I dadoed the brace, 3/8 of an inch, planed it down, chamfered the edges, and sanded it smooth. I was satisfied with the appearance, so I attached it with some decorative brass screws. Thankfully, it added some much needed stability to the legs. Admittedly it took longer than it should have to lay out the dadoes, but I wanted the fit to be dead accurate, and I really didn’t want to waste a perfectly good board just by being careless.

Overnight Saturday we had a wind storm, so I spent a portion of the morning and early afternoon cleaning up the back yard, which really ate up the prime hours of the day. But I soldiered on and decided to get as much of the drawer unit finished as possible.

I took my sweet time with those dadoes, because I only had one crack at it, and once the kerfs were all sawn I used a chisel and router plane to get to finished depth. The fit was nice, so I moved on to what I believe is the most challenging part of this project, the ogees on the drawer compartment sides.

Considering that nearly all of the furniture I’ve built to date has been in the Arts & Crafts style (as well as some Shaker pieces), laying out and sawing an ogee with a coping saw is not my strong suit, but I decided to give it a try regardless. I used a compass and my limited artistic ability to lay out the ogee on one of the drawer unit ends, clamped both together, and started sawing. The results were mixed; I should have stuck closer to the line, but in the end it was done. Afterwards, I spent a good hour using a spoke shave, chisel, and rasp to get the pieces in shape. In the end, I wound up with more of a sloping cove than a true ogee, but I am not unhappy with it, and once it is sanded down I think it will look pretty good.

The last task of the day was adding rabbets to the side pieces of the drawer unit, which I did with a moving fillister plane. I could have pushed it and fitted the drawer dividers as well, but that part should be simple, and I didn’t want to push it, as it was getting late and I had a lot of clean up to do.

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At the home stretch. Once the drawer dividers are installed I can fit the drawer fronts and make the drawers.

After clean up, I once again brought all of the parts into my family room for safe keeping. I attached the “ogeed” ends to the drawer unit top and placed it on top of the desk. I liked the open appearance, so I think what I may do is leave the space in between the two drawers without a back, just to see how it looks. If I don’t like it, I will simply add the filler piece, but I think that open area may add some lightness to the desk, and I could always bore out a space for an inkwell cup there.

Happily, so far none of the pieces have been damaged in any way. By the end of next week the desk should be ready for finish, as the only thing really left to do is make the drawers along with finishing up some light sanding. I’m hoping that my lovely wife steps in and does the finishing for me, as she is much more patient than I am when it comes to stuff like this. Otherwise, I am in the home stretch. And for those of you who celebrate the holiday, have a Happy Thanksgiving.


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