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Get Your RAM for Ramadan!

Lost Art Press: Chris Schwarz - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 10:02am


Want to ruin a secular or religious day of observance? Have a sale to celebrate it.

At my last job, the Internet marketing lickspittles took every opportunity to inject commerce into something otherwise beautiful, grave or important. A few of their gems:

Don’t Let These Deals “Pass” You Over – Our Passover Sale!

Kiss These Deals – They’re Irish – St. Patty’s Day Sale!

TGIF – Our Good Friday Sale!

It’s Cinco de Deal-o!

Of course, all of these pale in comparison to department stores that have “white sales” on Martin Luther King Day. Think about that. Without any irony they’re selling white sheets on a day remembering a slain civil rights leader.

We refuse to pair commercial activity to holidays, patriotism or national symbols. In fact, our only complaint about any of our suppliers is that the supplier for our hats puts an American flag on the back of the hat. I always cut it off when I see it.

Today is Memorial Day. Instead of shopping, I’m in the shop building a crate and thinking about my father, who served in Vietnam, and all my friends who served in the Gulf wars, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. I’m listening to some of the music my dad took with him to Vietnam for his Teac reel-to-reel – Led Zeppelin IV and the Beatles white album – and hoping the (unlikely) day comes when war is obsolete.

— Christopher Schwarz

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My last shop tool post ever--promise!

Oregon Woodworker - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 9:44am
I continued to struggle with this project because I felt very strongly that I was onto something, but I just couldn't get it right.  I can't design anything without making a prototype or, in the case of this shop stool, multiple prototypes.  It was getting really aggravating.  Then Gerry made a  comment on my last post:
Andy: How about a circle for the base, with the seat pedestal set to one side. If the base was 1 1/2 -2" thick you could ease the bottom front to accommodate rolling forward as well as right and left. A dense hardwood might give the weight needed to keep it upright.   
Even though I didn't want to do exactly what he suggested, Gerry's comment was the insight I needed and I knew immediately what I did want to do.  My prototypes taught me that my ideal stool would have the wooden bicycle seat mounted on a long thin stem and Gerry's idea was that it should be attached to a heavy round object at the base.  I retrieved a 10 lb. weight from my weightlifting machine, drilled four counterbored holes in it, cut off two short pieces of 2x4, grabbed a scrap of closet rod, drilled two 1 1/2" holes and there it was, exactly what I had been groping for all this time:

I know this is arguably ugly, but it works great and does have a certain modernist appeal.  You really have to work at it to knock this stool over and the rounded edge on the weight lets it move easily in all directions.  It's very comfortable and allows a wide range of movement.

This one doesn't incorporate height adjustment because I knew exactly how high I wanted it to be, but it wouldn't be difficult to add.  I am not sure if this is a coincidence, but the height I chose by feel is exactly 1/2" less than my inseam.  The important thing is that your knees be slightly bent.

This sort of active stool, as I have called it, is obviously not for everyone.  The bicycle seat is ideal because you can move around without sliding, but you probably have to be a bicycle rider to appreciate this.  I don't think you can appreciate this stool without trying it.  For me, though, it is the ideal shop stool, just what I wanted.

I look at it now and can't understand what took me so long.  Now that I can see it, this design seems so obvious that it is almost embarrassing that I floundered around.

I am done.
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In Memorium

The Barn on White Run - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 5:08am

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

For that multitude of heroes I have never met, who like my cousin wrote us a blank check and signed it with their blood, I offer my profound thanks and humble honor. — DCW

North Brothers venturing south – PG

Je ne sai quoi Woodworking - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 4:00am


No, this is not the title of a cheap porn movie aimed at the well known niche market for this particular genre of cinematic gems amongst serial tool collectors. The whole family should thus be able to digest this post, however JNSQ Woodworkings refuse to be held responsible for any unforeseen ailments that might result from indiscriminate consumption of the material. Parental guidance is therefore advised.

On a more serious note, I would like to apologise to my great friend, fellow blogger and tool historian par excellence Robert “Bob’s your Uncle” Demers for not posting this much earlier in the year. After all he found me a freakin legendary example of 20th century American tool manufacturing.

After using a couple of different examples of eggbeater drills it became apparent that my stockpile of African hardwoods necessitates contrivances with either massive drive wheels or a favourably geared two speed setup or ideally both. To give you an example, my first eggbeater was a Wiktor Kuc restored 1938 edition Miller’s Falls no. 2. It is supposed to be an ideal allrounder for the frugal (more recently known as “anarchical” in the prevailing Schwarzian vernacular) woodworker, but it really struggles to drive anything larger than a ¼” bit in lumber from the Dark Continent.

Initially I thought this is simply how it is with these eccentric drilling apparatuses, until by sheer chance I happened to stumble upon a two speed no. 5½ B Goodell-Pratt with a positively massive drive wheel. These babies know how to roll, innit. The GP has more torque than my 8 year old daughter, except in her case it is spelled slightly different.

Given this revelation I set out to procure another torque-ative eggbeater to torment my hardwoods with. Bob was of course my first port of call and I explained my predicament in some detail. You can read his summation of the tool here, which (by the way) is a hell of a lot more informative than this post. He agreed to keep his well educated eye out for a suitable monstrosity. It did not take him long to find Utopia in the form of a two speed North Brothers no. 1545.

Bob refused that I reimburse him for the tool or the shipment cost and sent it on it’s merry southward journey at the end of 2016. Luckily it did not embark upon a protracted sub-Saharan voyage like a particular parcel several moons ago.  It arrived somewhat promptly, for trans equatorial pilgrimages, in mid January 2017. I did return the favour by sending him a locally made hammer, but clearly I received more value than he did.

It is only my second true North Brothers tool (as apposed to Stanley made attempts) and completely lives up to my very high estimation of this famous tool manufacturer. The low gear munches through anything Africa can throw at it and the considerable weight lends some advantageous momentum to drive wheel as well as a general feeling of old school quality.

The no. 1545 The NB no. 1545 with the GP no. 5.5B The NB no.1545 with a 1938 edition MF no. 2 The NB no. 1545 with it’s smaller cousin the no. 1530


I took the drive wheel off and cleaned everything I could reach. It presently purrs like a cat on crystal meths.

Thank you Uncle Bob I will cherish this gem as long as I have the privilege to do so and hope to pass it on to someone who will continue to do so long after both of us joined the choir invisible.

giantcypress: giantcypress: “In Flanders Fields”, by John...

Giant Cypress - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 3:08am



“In Flanders Fields”, by John McCrae, 1915. For Memorial Day.

Making this a tradition.

official start to summer......

Accidental Woodworker - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 12:48am
I remember working in my uncle's motel at the beach when I was a teenager. Memorial day weekend was the start of the summer season and it was mostly young people that got rooms then. My uncle preferred families but they usually didn't start coming until the 4th of July. I did that for 3 years in a row and I have a lot of good memories of that time. This memorial day weekend has been on the cool side with today being overcast. The sun occasionally peeked out and said hello but it has mostly been on the dreary side.

oh dark thirty quiet work
I had two coats of the poly on this and I hadn't planned on putting anymore. But this early in the morning I could only do quiet things so I slathered on another coat. The poly should afford a minimal amount of protection for when I use this.

#2 lever cap
Sanding this was quiet work. I think that this lever cap was derusted because it shows evidence of that. The surface is pitted and feels like sandpaper. It has a pebbled look across the entire front face and the sandpaper isn't knocking it down all that quick. This 100 grit paper was just turning mostly black along with my hands. I tried using gloves but they rip and tear too easily.

the pebbled look and feel
This was pic #3 I took of this. The first two were blurry but 3 is a charm for pics too.

I scraped it
I remember seeing a Japanese You Tube video where the person was cleaning a piece of metal by scraping it. I decided to use a dull sheet rock knife and see if it would work here. It does.

There still has a pebbled look but when I scraped this I got a mountain of black something. After the black stuff was scraped, I continued and I could feel the lever cap getting smoother.

looks smoother now
The sheet rock knife scraped a bit of the pebbled look away and I'm not sure if I can get this to look any better than what it is now.

I'll take the smooth feeling
After scraping it smooth I sanded it again with the 100 grit. The sides shined up a lot better than the face did. I'm not done with this yet. I don't have any new sheet rock knives and I want to try the scraping again with a new blade. Either way, I'm going to sand this at least up to 220 but I'll do that later.

flushed this end with the 4 1/2
This side was quick to do because it was only proud by a strong 1/32".

round over changed
I tried to plane the round over as I flushed but stopped. I was making matters worse trying to do two things at once. I did the flushing first and did the round overs last.

almost an 1/8" to flush on this end

Did this with the 4 1/2 too. I set the iron a bit deeper and when I got close I retracted it.

marked the round overs
The left side was the most proud and it's round over really isn't much different than the right one.

second round overs done
I did these with a chisel followed by sandpaper.

thought I had gotten lucky
I must have broken this piece off when I put this in the vise. This looks like it came from here but it didn't.

I squared this up with a chisel
rasped it one last time
I liked the rounded part with it ending up squared off and down. I couldn't get the full profile I had before I broke it, so I did enough so that I could see it.

I'm not liking this new home
this is where I want it to live
the burnishers are in the way
The burnisher on the far right is the problem. It is hard to take out and put back because of where the screwdriver holder above it is. I can rearrange this a bit. The burnishers and the holder for the scrapers can go elsewhere.

The burnisher shelf has an 'arm' that was screwed into the top of the ledger that is screwed into the wall. I unscrewed it from the top and screwed it back into the bottom.  I moved the scraper holder back up to it's original position when I first made this.

This was the last picture that I will ever take with the canon G12. It was working ok and I had hopes it would last until I got a new one but it wasn't to be. I had a mind fart sweeping off the bench and put the canon airborne. It said hello to Mr Concrete Floor so the last time. The LCD screen broke off and I chipped the lens and cracked the shutter. It was burnt toast for sure now.

got some therapy in
This is a Canon G12 after it has had the snot beat out of it with a ball peen hammer. I can see why this camera has almost no shock resistance. 99% of this camera is made out of plastic. There was one piece of metal that all the plastic parts were attached to. For such an expensive camera, it looks to be cheaply made. With the exception of the glass lens(or maybe it was plastic too), the entire lens assembly was plastic.

knob drilling guide
I worked some on the kitchen today. About all that is left is to put on the hardware and install the base moldings again. I had put in new baseboard molding before the kitchen demolishing and I saved it to put it back. I know Rockler sells knob and handle jigs but this is ridiculously easy to make.
right and left side
Set this on the corner of the door, clamp it, and drill a straight and square hole. Attach the knob. Repeat for the remaining doors.

the handle guide
I only have two drawers to attach handles to. The package said they were on 3" centers but I wanted to verify that. These were made in China and I have come across these being marked 3" OC but they were metric.

marked the center
I marked the centerline between the screw holes. I used this mark to align it with the centerline of the drawer. Did these the same way as I did the knobs.

forgot I had this
This was buried in the rubble of crap I had where the new brush and shellac cabinet is going. The top one was still dead on but I had to reset the bottom arm. The arms are plywood as is the rest of the jig, but I glued on a couple pieces of oak on the ends of the arm.

dead nuts 90°
The inside and the outside are both dead nuts 90°.

I think I am finally mastering miters
I the 4 1/2 was easier to use on these miters than the LN 51 is. I didn't have to fuss with this miter clamp at all. Usually when I use this I have to tap and shift one leg into place as I apply clamp pressure but not today.

These last 3 pics were taken with my Sanyo and this last one was the fourth one I took. The first 3 had a flash and there was a big white circle in the middle of the pic obscuring the miter clamps and the joint line. So until I get my new camera, this is what I have to work with.

I checked around and no one has the TG-4 or the TG-5 for sale. I decided to go with the TG-5 not for the 4K capabilities but because the CMOS circuitry has been updated and improved. You can preorder but none of the sites say when it will be available. I find a forum on the TG cameras and it said it would be in june. The Olympus site doesn't say anything about when it will ship or be available. I'll preorder mine this payday and wait.

accidental woodworker

trivia corner
How much did the Apollo moon suits weigh?
answer - on earth 180 pounds, on the moon 30 lbs

Fish Glue still holding strong!

Journeyman's Journal - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 12:03am

Well I promised to do an extreme test of this lower grade Lee Valley Fish glue I’ve had for a number of years.  I’ve place the glued up test pieces in the laundry when my wife had the dryer on and place them next to the dryer where the moisture levels are at their extreme.  I left it there overnight and much to my surprise they were still bonded with no movement of trying to pull them apart.


So with everything I have read, all the negative hysteria of joints falling apart placing all the blame on the glue for it’s failure, I am not convinced it was the glues fault at all,  and will not speculate as to why it failed for others other than the strong possibility it’s the users fault.  There are many factors at play to cause glue failure and some of which I noted in my previous post, if people choose not verse themselves well in the products they use then they simply cannot put blame on the product but themselves.

Categories: Hand Tools

A Pair of Forest Chairs – Part Two

Pegs and 'Tails - Sun, 05/28/2017 - 7:52pm
I glued and wedged the ash legs into the elm seat boards and when dry, began the saddling process. My arms could be best described these days as ‘frangible’, so I used a series of carving discs mounted on an … Continue reading
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Process and apparatus for repairing tires

Tico Vogt - Sun, 05/28/2017 - 7:34pm

In WW II my father was called up for service at the Pentagon where he was “in charge of the selection and procurement of tools used in overseas shops for the repair of fighting equipment.” 

























His son, Tom Vogt, my late half brother, left his studies at YaleUniversity

to join the first wave of air force pilots. He became an ace in the European theater.
























My inventor dad must have been particularly aware of the challenges to aircraft, one being the failure of tires to hold up under the demanding wartime conditions. He patented a repair procedure and donated it to the US Air Force (application October 1943). Here follow some text and a picture of the basic mechanism. To read the patent, click here.

“The main object of my invention is to provide a simple apparatus in which newly applied patch or recapping material is brought to vulcanize or curing temperature uniformly throughout its cross section, whereby the interior or center portion of such material is cured for as long a time interval as the outer surface.

A further object is to provide a simple, comparatively light and readily portable unit for effecting the vulcanizing, and in which there is no power consumption except during the actual heating and vulcanizing action.

A further object is to provide a simple apparatus by which the duration of the application LO of heat may be varied for different areas, and in accordance with the thickness or other character of the rubber to be vulcanized at such areas, so that a uniform degree of vulcanization is obtained.

In carrying out my invention I employ high frequency electrostatic heating, the electrodes being disposed on opposite sides of the part to be vulcanized, and I preferably make one or both of the electrodes in the form of a roller which may move along the tire to be vulcanized, and apply the required pressure thereto.”




Why am I being Stone Walled

Journeyman's Journal - Sun, 05/28/2017 - 4:48pm

Ever since I posted the idea of starting up a magazine that involved woodworking by hand, I’ve had nothing but headaches.  I really need to clarify some points as many are not reading the comments, I want to be open and transparent with my intentions and actions for this magazine.

Two days ago I’ve discovered that tools for working wood posted 200 issues of WORK, which is fine but so what.  WORK is owned by no one, there is no copyright claim to it, the magazine that existed in 1889 is 128 years old which obliterates copyright claim or anyone claiming to have copyright on it.  Tools for working wood scanned the pages and posted it, another words its a reprint.   This is no different than other publishes who do the same thing on ancient books.  When a publisher reprints a book from ancient book they put their own copyright on it to corner the market, they say no part of this book may be reprinted, published etc etc without the express permission of the author.  But that only pertains from their book it doesn’t apply if you reprint from the original source, why because there’s no copyright on it.  No one can claim copyright on ancient books, same applies to classical music.

I wanted to begin a magazine using one or two articles written in WORK and the rest to be my own contents, just because TFFW already reprinted that magazine and made it available for download means nothing.  They even said everyone can use these copies and publish them on their website for non commercial use, they can say non commercial but they have no legal standing in stopping anyone from commercially reprinting and selling the entire collection of WORK.  Their versions are poorly scanned copies, my few articles are rewritten and high quality re-prints that I painstakingly sat for hours doing so.  But like I said it’s only one or two articles that pertain to woodworking that would be included in every new issue released or published.  I want this magazine to be within the spirit of that then magazine.

I’ve written to Christopher Schwarz and Meghan and presented in short my idea to them and did ask for their blessing and support.  To this day, I haven’t received a reply,  I’ve sent Paul Sellers an email if he would be interested in becoming a contributing author, I have not received a reply and I have noticed for the last two days none of my posts are being made through the unplugged shop.  What is going on here, why am I being stonewalled.

More and more people are switching to hand tools, like it or not hand tools are going to be the way of the future, and I’m not going to get into the reasons for it,  but the facts are that more people are switching to hand tools than ever before.  People are fed up with their corporate lifestyle, people are fed up with everyday stresses, hand tool woodworking is their moment of release from the current hectic world, its where they find their zen in life, their ground zero.  Current woodworking magazines don’t want to acknowledge this, but throw in a bone now and then to keep the masses happy.  So, why then don’t they want anyone to start up a magazines purely based on handwork, because it goes directly against their financial interests.  Switching to hand tools would be detriment to many businesses, but it would not lead to a collapse, because there will always be a market for the machine users.  But the facts are clear that more and more people are switching to hand tools than ever before.  Paul Sellers has proven this over and over again, look at the reaction from his own followers.

This idea of mine to introduce to the market a hand tool, handcraft magazine is based upon an idea and principles that the originator of WORK 128 years ago had, he and I are one and the same separated by 128 years.  I wanted to cover real woodworking, teach real knowledge, work with everyday artisans around the world without the bombardment  and influences of tool makers and other advertisers of machinery and paint products.  I wanted this to be a community based effort, of everyday people contributing their work and their ideas and their discoveries for all to be published in this magazine for everyones benefit worldwide.  This not about cornering the US market or the Australian market or any other countries market, it’s about you and I as craftsmen artisans wanting to contribute, wanting to do their fair share of the work who would be more than happy to do so.  Imagine people like Don Williams contributing and Bob Rozaieski, Mack and Jeff Headley, imagine you and I and everyone who have many things to offer.  Imagine the possibilities, the knowledge and insight that can be gained from such a magazine.

I don’t intend and never intend to step on anyone’s toes, I don’t intend God forbid to take bread away from anyones mouths.  But don’t we deserve a magazine that suits our interests? That pertains to what we do and how we work?  I must admit to one sad fact that I can’t do this alone, I don’t have the financial means nor the time to invest because of the lack of finance to make this magazine the most sought out woodworking magazine in the world and believe me with proper financial backing, investment, this magazine would reach serious heights.

I will say this though, that I am completely disgusted in how much politics is involved with all the woodworkers I believed were promoters of the craft.  Shame on you.

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Jigs, guides and templates articles

Paul Sellers - Sun, 05/28/2017 - 1:43pm

You can skip the next three paragraphs deliberating on freeform and conformity and get beyond my opening ramblings if you like. Boundaries and open territory undefined It’s funny how we live in cultures where on the one hand we want boundaries, you know, to know what the parameters and limits are, where we stand and …

Read the full post Jigs, guides and templates articles on Paul Sellers' Blog.

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What A Long Strange Trip It Has Been

WPatrickEdwards - Sun, 05/28/2017 - 11:21am
I Miss John Every Day
I apologize, dear reader, for not posting in several months.  I have the standard excuse: I have been rather busy with my life, having fun and working in the shop.  In fact, they are the same activity.

Every year around this time I make an effort to do something special for Kristen, who has a birthday in April.  Spring is the best time of the year to get out and enjoy the outdoors, so we usually end up at a nice hotel with gardens, ocean, lakes or mountains.  This year I thought I would put them all together.

I made a promise to spend her birthday at the Du Pont Hotel in Wilmington, where they have one of the most famous Sunday brunches on the East Coast.  I started planning the trip last November, and carefully plotted the activities, using maps and the web so that the trip would run like clockwork.

Just before we left I completed and delivered Clock #6 (photos to follow in another post) and an Art Deco cabinet for a special client in Bel Air.  That provided the funds and a good excuse to take a trip. My partner, Patrice, ran the business in our absence and spent his time building a large Renaissance Library Table for another client.

Kristen is a dedicated gardner and I am somewhat of a woodworker.  Here is our home in San Diego with the Craftsman house we built using a 1926 design, and her front garden.  The back garden is much larger and more spectacular.

Home is Where the Heart Is.
 We took a Holland America ship from San Diego.  We like the smaller ships (with no kids!)
Leaving San Diego
Our cruise went South along the Mexican coast, and we stopped in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama Canal and Columbia.  The best coffee was in Guatemala.

Back Country Transportation in Mexico

Beautiful Mexican Coast 

Wonderful Town in Mexico 
This stop in Mexico was amazing.  They had a first class museum and an ancient pyramid to visit.  They also recycle 100% of their water!

Jungle in Costa Rica

First Time on Panama Canal

Impressive Doors in Columbia
After we left Columbia, we headed North to Florida with only one more stop.  Holland America has a small private island and they usually end up the cruise with a rest stop.  It is a real chance to completely forget everything else in the world.  One of the best beaches we have ever seen.

Time to Rest
When we arrived in Florida we picked up the rental car and began our land portion of the trip.  The first stop was in Savannah.  Kristen got an ice cream and I got some oysters.  The city is designed around parks which are situated about every other block.  It is a wonderful place to walk.

Ancient Trees in Savannah
Our next stop was with an old friend, Bert Declerck and his family.  Bert is a true genius in many areas, and, in particular, in woodworking.  When he was 19 he taught himself how to build furniture and cut marquetry.  His first project was to copy the Oben desk which is sitting in the library at Musee Nissim de Camondo.  Everyone thought he was crazy, but he proved them wrong.  His copy is absolutely perfect in every respect, and is the only copy every made of this iconic desk.

Bert's First Woodworking Project
From Bert's home, we traveled to visit Roy Underhill.  Roy and Jane live in a Mill House on a river.  It is a magical place and Roy has imprinted it with his particular personality.  I have said many times that Roy is a National Treasure and has single handedly kept alive the tradition of hand crafts for the past 30 years.

Tree Grows Through Tractor

I Love This Man!

Roy and I went to his School for a visit and I had to spend some time (and money) in Ed Lebetkin's store above the school.  Ed is a great tool dealer and collector and I always find something "necessary" when I visit.

Must Have Tools!!!
The next top was visiting Andy Rae and Brian Boggs in Asheville.  Andy is coming to San Diego this Fall to speak to our local woodworking group and Brian is actively designing some of the best new furniture in this country.

In Asheville, Kristen and I spent the day visiting Biltmore, the largest residence ever built in this country.

"Just a Modest Summer Home"
Driving up the Blue Ridge Parkway along the mountains, we came to Monticello, where I had a chance to sit and reflect on life.

Sharing The View With Jefferson

They Use Old Brown Glue To Repair Furniture Here
We also stopped at Madison's place down the road, driving to Fredericksburg and ending up in Washington at the Capitol.  We were invited to tour the workshops on the House side of the Capitol.  I must say that after the tour, wandering around the tunnels under the Capitol and observing the creatures who work there, I have a new opinion of the TV series "Veep".  It is not a comedy.  It is a reality show.

My host was Josh English, who has taken some classes at the American School of French Marquetry, and was kind enough to take me on a tour of the cabinet, finishing, upholstery and drapery workshops, as well as other interesting stops on the House side.  It is interesting to note that there is an invisible line down the center of the Capitol where the House and Senate population never cross.

Josh English, House Cabinetmaker
While we were in Washington, I made a point to stop at Hillwood House, built for Marjorie Merriweather Post, of cereal fame and fortune.  Her collection is certainly one of the best I have ever seen, and in the best condition.  It is a pleasure to visit and the gardens are spectacular as well.

Amazing Tapestry

Italian Pietre Dure Table Leaf
When she sold Mar a Lago she kept only one piece of furniture, which she had transported to her Hillwood House in Washington.  This was a Dining Table, with leaves, which weighs over 6 tons.  One of the leaves is shown here, and it takes 4 strong men to put it in place.  The table was made for her in Italy and took several years to manufacture.

One of a Thousand Flower Photos I Took On the Trip
Leaving Washington, we went next to Winterthur for a conference organized by the Society of American Period Furniture Makers.  It was extremely well managed and we were able to spend the day visiting the Conservation Lab, Scientific Lab, Research Library and Selected Objects Study room.

For me it was a chance to reflect on the summer of 1978, when I lived for 3 months in a camper on the North edge of the parking lot.  I was attending the Summer Institute, and fondly remember Frank Sommer, who gave me full access to the library and its collection of rare books.

I had a chance to meet and talk with Charlie Hummel during this conference.  He still works there and seems to defy aging.  Remember, he first came as a student to Winterthur in 1952!  His book, "With Hammer in Hand" and the purchase and installation of the Dominy workshop at Winterthur was one of the first inspirations I had to encourage my career in woodworking.

Charles Hummel in the Rotunda

Dominy Workshop at Winterthur

We spent two beautiful days at Winterthur and the gardens were in full bloom.

Not Photo Shopped!

Springtime at Winterthur
Driving all the back roads and avoiding the Interstate meant that we had time to stop in bookstores and shops out of the way.  We found this ancient barn in Bucks county which had 5 floors of books.  I managed to find quite a few that needed to go home with me.

Bring Money Take Books
Finally, it was time to enjoy Kristen's birthday at the Du Pont Hotel in Wilmington.  We had a nice evening, great room and took 4 hours to consume the brunch the next day.  If you are ever in Wilmington on a weekend, take the time to visit.  It is very civilized.

Looking Better Every Year
Leaving Winterthur we next went to Longwood Gardens.  Open 365 days a year, this is clearly the largest and most interesting garden in the country.  The green house is over 4 acres in size!  What a joy it must be to work there.

My Favorite Tree

More Tulips Than You Can Count

One Small Area of Longwood Gardens
On the way to New York City, we had a chance to have lunch with Frank and Edith.  Frank made us Hungarian Goulash which was one of the most memorable visits on this trip.  He is happy in retirement and we had a wonderful visit with them both.

I Love This Man Too!
We were able to stay in New York City for three days, thanks to a good friend, who lives on the upper West Side.  We had a free parking space on the street in front of the apartment, which is amazing, and we were directly across Central Park from the Met.  I spent some quality time with Joe Godla at the Frick and Cynthia Moyer at the Met, both old friends from the Getty Conservation Lab years ago at Malibu.

We first went to the New York Historical Society museum to see Duncan Phyfe's tools.

Very Clean and Sharp
Then we went to the Frick.  Joe said that they don't allow photos in the museum.  They tried it for one week and people were falling all over themselves taking selfies, so they decided just to forbid any photos.  I find it sad that people go to museums and take photos of themselves.  However, when I do it I think it is fine...

Perhaps the Best Museum in America

Three days is not enough to even walk through the Met.  I was able to see most of the objects I like, but every time I turned a corner I was faced with the choice to go ahead or turn one way or another.  No matter what route I took it was wonderful.

The American Wing

American Craftsmanship
The Met has the most precious work of art from the Italian Renaissance in this country, the Studiolo from the Ducal Palace at Gubbio.  It is a room 12' x 16' (ironically, the same size as my workbench room at the shop) and to stand in it is a real thrill.  How many people have had the chance to stand in this space during the past 500 years?
Standing in the 15th Century

The three days we spent in New York City were sunny, warm and clear.  It was San Diego weather.  The day we left they had a record 3" of rain.  The subways were flooded.  We didn't mind; we were driving away from the storm, up the Hudson.  We stopped at Olana and then spent the night at Pittsfield, in the Berkshires.  

I have written many times about my relationship with the Shakers and Faith Andrews.  I am always excited to wander around Hancock and experience the energy left behind by the Shakers.  It is a magical place.

Hancock Shaker Village

It's A Gift To Be Simple

We drove across upper Mass, avoiding large roads, exploring the mountains, on our way to Salem.  There we spent 4 days, enjoying New England and visiting with Phil Lowe.  I was able to give a lecture to a small group at his school, the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts and have some more oysters.

I did not visit the Salem Witch House, but stuck the camera out the window and took a shot as we drove by...

Tourists Stop Here
We ended up our tour in Boston, and spent the day at the Museum of Fine Arts.  This is another great museum, and they are always changing their displays. 

MFA Boston

Interesting Floor under 18th Century Room Group
We flew back home from Boston and reflected on our journey.  First of all, we live in a great country and it is essential for all of us to take the time to enjoy our riches.  Travel while you are able and spend time off the beaten path.  Take the road less travelled...

And finally, in the immortal words of a young actress, "There's no place like home."

"There's no place like home."

"There's no place like home."

Categories: Hand Tools

John Wilson’s ‘$5 Router Plane’

Popular Woodworking Editors Blog - Sun, 05/28/2017 - 10:22am
$5 router plane

This article, by John Wilson (of The Home Shop, which offers Shaker boxes and supplies for making them) first appeared in the August 2005 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. While we’re still calling it the “$5 Router Plane,” it’s possible it will now cost a bit more to make – but likely still less than $10 (plus a bit of shop time). Here is a real-life shop problem: The project calls […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

Gorgeous American style windsor chair

Steve Tomlin Crafts - Sun, 05/28/2017 - 8:23am
When a chair this beautiful from underneath, you know you just have to see the rest of it. Continue reading
Categories: General Woodworking

Handwork new title

Journeyman's Journal - Sun, 05/28/2017 - 4:38am

Even though it is 128 years old and free from any copyright according to the law I still felt uncomfortable using the title WORK, so, I’ve changed it today to HANDWORK.  I think its better suited and will help me sleep better at nights.  The theme is still basically the same, I will still use some of the content as I think its brilliant, but obviously there will be plenty of new and modern day hand work from myself and other contributing authors.

I’m not really sure why but I haven’t received much feedback at all on this, I thought everyone would be excited about it, am I wrong or is this the norm for the net.

Categories: Hand Tools

reversed myself........

Accidental Woodworker - Sun, 05/28/2017 - 1:54am
I got a comment today about the pics on my blog and it made me think about it a lot. The most important part of the understanding was me realizing I had my head so far up my ass I had pull my zipper down to see where I was walking. I had said in my blog that if I could see a pic I took, I was happy - paraphrasing here a bit. I shouldn't be happy with a pic I can see and understand. I should be happy about a pic a reader of my blog is seeing and that he/she understands it. A pic is worth a thousand words and the pics I take should mutually support the keyboard diarrhea I output too.

So I have made a reversal on pic taking. I still want to learn photography about as much as I want to grow a third eye in the middle of forehead, but........I decided to learn or at least try and do better with the pics I snap. I usually do them on the fly and I'll admit that I don't put the same effort into them that I do on my woodworking. That will be change #1.

Change #2 is I will try to learn something about snapping pics. I have decided I am getting the TG Olympus camera, hopefully the TG-4. I have already looked into accessories filters for it. Bob told me what macro was and there is a macro filter for the TG camera. There is also  3 filter set for taking pics outside and another one for taking pics under fluorescent lights. This one I would probably use in my shop.

In the interim I am stuck with my ten year Sanyo (which is a 10MP not a 1MP) and my soon to be a paperweight Canon G12. I got it working after threatening to give it flying lessons but I don't know how long it is going to work. The LCD screen hinge is half broke and the CMOS circuit is acting up. The CMOS not dying is what will drive how long the G12 limps along.

almost done
 I put on the last coat of shellac and all that is left is to rub it out with some wax. I'll be trying out the 4-0 synthetic stuff when I do that. I'm going to let this set and cure for a few days before I do that.

the back view and a bench reflection
I usually let the end grain dictate to me how many coats of shellac I need to put on. Once the end grain looks smooth and not open pored, I know I'm done.

my ten year old Sanyo
This is where I saw that it was a 10MP camera but the pics I take it with aren't that good. 10MP is a good number but the pic rendering circuitry and the DPI (dots per inch) means a lot more. Not many cameras I have been looking at post anything on this. The Sanyo is in standby and if the G12 goes south on me before I get a TG model, this will be promoted.

reversed myself here too
I put two coats of this on the stone holder I just made. I won't be putting a chamfer or a round over on it. This is gloss poly thinned 50/50 with mineral spirits. After reading an article by Bob Flexner on wipe on poly and how to make your own, I won't ever be buying it again.

home for the new brush and shellac cabinet
I changed my mind on the original spot for this. I started to clear this area up and I couldn't believe the crap I was finding. The cabinet is going between the corbels of the shelf.

to the left of the spokeshaves was spot #1 for the cabinet
The more I thought about putting a cabinet here, the more I didn't like it. Mostly because I would be restricted in how deep I wanted to make it.

the family jewels knocker
It is a tight squeeze at this end of the bench and between the wall. I can't wait to make the new workbench and be rid of that screw hanging out like this. Having a cabinet added here would be double jeopardy.

the brush and shellac cabinet wood
These are all the solid pieces of wood left over from me dismantling the old kitchen cabinets. Even if I make a boo-boo, there is more than enough wood here to make two.

finding these sucked
I just bought some black and primer rattle cans for the #2 rehab and now I find this. I found this clearing out the new area for the upcoming brush and shellac cabinet.

switched lanes
I had to get a screwdriver but in order to get it I had to take this box off first. I really dislike moving even one thing to get to the tool/thing I want. I need to make a holder for these to eliminate this PITA. (four pics above this one shows the problem)

first layout
This isn't too bad but a little on the plain Jane side. I have the room for this length but I don't like the look of it.

one in back of the other looks better to me
With this setup I can fit all five of these in a smaller footprint.

the new screwdriver holder
This is a bad pic but not my fault. This is the CMOS on the G12 throwing a hissy fit and this will continue to get worse. What it shows is all the pieces for the holder coming from one piece of wood. I didn't plan it this way, I just got lucky. The top thin piece is the apron, the biggest piece is the shelf, and the smallest one will be the corbel.

another bad G12 CMOS acting up pic
Since this holder doesn't involve a lot of weight nor will it be subjected to any stress, the small corbel should be sufficient here. I haven't shaped that yet - this is just how the rough parts will come together.

scribed a line and planed down to it
This made the two long edges parallel. I am really starting to like having the 5 1/2 on the bench. I could have used the 4 1/2 but I like the longer length of the 5 1/2l for things like this.

made a shallow rabbet
I could have glued these two long grain edges together and not done the rabbet. The rabbet makes it easier to position the apron and glue it.

planed the rabbet and the shoulder with the 10 1/2
I planed the shallow rabbet first and then I planed the shoulder square until the the apron was flush with the back. I had to take just one more swipe though and the top is proud of the back now. I will flush this up after I get it glued and it has set up.

another bad CMOS pic
Getting dark or bright pics and having it change as you trying to focus the pick is a good indication that the CMOS is becoming toast. The camera shop that fixed my G12 twice said that the life expectancy of  the CMOS in the G12 is only 3-5 years. Can you see the shallow start of a dado? This  is to hold the corbel in place as it is glued in place.

notch in the corbel is the last step
The notch will set on top the back of the apron and in the shallow dado on the apron.

something else to flush up once the glue up has set up
my first woodworking aid
I got this in 1995 and it will mark a radius on a corner from 1/2" up to 2" by 1/4". I don't remember the cost but I do remember having a hard time paying the asking price for it. My wanting it obviously won out.

finding a drill bit for the burnisher
did it this way for the screwdrivers too
This is one benefit of having a drill index. It takes the guess work out of finding the right drill bit to match the tool.

this part is done
All of the screwdrivers have a conical taper at the end of the shaft where it meets the handle. I would like to have them seated a little further down but I don't have anything that will make a taper. And especially an all in one tapering tool that would do small to big.

screw extractors
These look like they might work on the smaller screwdrivers. This is one point in a project build where I weigh the risks of trying something new and turning all the work up to this point into toast. Not all my ideas bear fruit or are worth repeating.

kind of worked
The fore front screwdriver has a hole that is too big. The back screwdriver is a frog hair too big. I didn't have to try it on the two bigger ones.

rounded over the corners
This is a first for me. I sawed most of the waste off and finished the round overs with the spokeshave. My first time doing a round over on both corners with a spokeshave. It looks like I am finally coming to terms with this tool.

gluing up in stages
I glued the corbel to the back apron first. I had to fiddle a bit with the vertical clamp to get the corbel square but I finally got it. After this set up for an hour, I glued the shelf on this.

I took a nap today. I gave up fighting to keep the peepers open and did the light leak test for 2 hours. Woke up refreshed so I may have to do this again.

accidental woodworker

trivia corner
 Who was Goyahkla?
answer - the indian chief and medicine man, Geronimo

Australian Woodworking and Timber Show

Journeyman's Journal - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 10:53pm

I attended the show last Friday as I do every year, its an exciting part of the year for me as I guess it would be for any amatuer and professional woodworker.  We get to meet old friends and catch up, you see loads of tools for sale that are mouth watering but the best part for me is the timber.

This year I was pretty selective and had to choose carefully, unfortunately not all the stuff is dry and guess who forgot to take his moisture meter.  Yep and boy did I pay the price for my forgetfulness.  But that’s what happens when you’re in a rush, I headed up the highway in my  beat up van travelling 80 km per hour in a 110k zone.  I wasn’t anyone’s favourite on the road but hey, my fuel injectors are clogged and if I do the speed limit it will stall and not start up for 15mins.  As I was travelling up there like an old man with a white hat in the rear window, you guys know the type, I watched how everyone just zoomed passed me.  Some looking annoyed at me as they pass me by, others sticking their finger out the window, but I just plotted along like the old Beverley Hillbillies.  hillbillies  It dawned on me then,  just how much people are in a rush and I’m sure it’s work related, but everyone is annoyed with everyone on the road.  Speeding up, pushing the car in front to go faster, others taking over as if there’s some massive pot of gold waiting to be taken on the other side, and then, all of a sudden out comes the revenue collectors.  Blue and red flashing lights pulling them over one by one, handing tickets and not to some police ball.  There goes their weekly earnings, while I continued to pass them by, glancing in my rear vision as they diminish into a spec and then nothing.  I thought about my hand tools and how much slower they are compared to machinery, and how everyones in such a rush to get production done and out of the shop both amateurs and professional like.  It put a smile on my weathered face and made appreciate even more the way I work wood.

So I arrived on time, with no speeding tickets and walked straight over to the Tasmanian timber section.  IMG_0224

I knew what I wanted, and what I wanted was pretty darn expensive as they always bloody well are. Sassafrass.IMG_0225

I paid through my you know what for it but I got it and will end up making a box for myself to store my wax and seal and make some other useful things for charity.  Then I headed over to another section where they had even more exotic timbers.  Huon Pine is great for carving, but get a load of the prices.


Well a little way out of my price range.  So, I turned my direction to the great outdoors where the most timbers are.   This is where I needed my moisture meter and now I had to rely on my hands and their word for it.  I can usually tell just by feel in a ballpark figure how wet or dry it is.  I headed over to a trustworthy source I know air dries his stuff, he doesn’t say it like someone I know, but actually does it.  So I picked up some African Tulip which is light as a feather and has a nice texture to it,  will look great as draw fronts, and along side it is my favourite Hoop Pine.  IMG_0221

Here’s a closer look.IMG_0223

I went back inside and stumbled upon a slab of birch and bought that as well, unfortunately for me when I slapped the moisture meter on it when I got home it was at 28%.  Holy crap 28%, so I texted the guy and thanked him for it.  It all turned out to be an innocent mistake, he said he built furniture from it 6 months ago and dried it himself in his own kiln, some guys are just spoilt rotten, and he couldn’t understand why it was so green.  Nonetheless he refunded me the money and said keep it, I felt bad about it and insisted on him to pick it up, but as it turned out it wasn’t worth travelling the distance for it so he insisted that I keep it.  It will be ready for use in a couple of years, sorry I didn’t take any pics of it.  Here’s another pic of a beautiful timber, another favourite of mine Camphor Laurel.IMG_0220

This is considered a weed in Australia and is most poisonous to other surrounding trees, but is gorgeous and takes an oil finish really well.  The last time I bought timber from this guy I’m still drying it, yet the same old story it’s all air dried.  There was another massive slab  to the right of it, it was so big and wide it couldn’t fit in anyone’s pick up nor van, and that too is apparently air dried yet it was cut down only 6 months ago. None the less you learn these things over time and you make a judgement call.

Then I went over to Steve Hay and said g’day, he’s demonstrating one of Terry Gordon’s plane.


I finished off the day by saying g’day to some of my other old timer mates and talked nothing but wood.  Since our wives are not interested in listening to us,  at least the show gives us the opportunity to get together once a year and let out a year’s worth of unspoken wood talk to each other.

And so my day ended with a smile, as I chugged back home in my old beat up van down the highway watching fingers out their windows at me as they pass me by,  and then waving back at them as I pass them by as they pull over to be greeted by their friendly over zealous neighbourhood revenue collectors.

Categories: Hand Tools

Experiments with Maple, Sapele and Padauk

The Indian DIY & Woodworker - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 10:47pm

A few days ago, I was at the other end of town on work and near one of the city's bigger timber markets. After finishing work, I took a detour to the timber shops. I had saved some money for wood and had been looking for an opportunity to pick up something interesting for a standing cabinet I had designed.

I found a shop in the market with a stock of really good wood. The owner was a taciturn fellow who would not bargain. He quoted a price for what I wanted and that was it: take it or leave it.

Like most shops in that place he has several floors stacked with different kinds of timber. In the basement hall, there was a wide variety of imported timber including Wenge, Maple, Ash, steamed Beech, Sapele, White Oak, Spruce, Walnut and so on.

I could not make up my mind about what to take - I felt like a little boy in a shop full of the most splendid varieties of sweets.

Finally, settled on two boards: one was a ten-foot long two inches thick by fifteen inches wide piece of Sapele and the other an eight by two by five piece of Soft Maple. I also picked up three 3-foot by two inches by 3 inches pieces of African Padauk. Total cost was about Rs 5,500. The Sapele was 2300 per cubic feet; Maple 1800 and the Padauk 2300.

There are a number of dedicated shops in the area with enormous bandsaws and thicknessers. I have always found it worthwhile to have the timber re-sawn in one of these shops before taking it home where it will dry a little more and often bend and warp.

Padauk Rough

Same Padauk after a bit of Hand Planing

I had the pieces band sawn to a more manageable size to fit my car and the cabinets I plan to make. The two-inch thick slabs were sawn down the middle and then cut to 31 inches lengths.

I have never tried Maple or Sapele and am most curious to find out more about them.

After a couple of days of drying in my workshop, I found the wide Sapele boards had cupped somewhat while the Padauk was completely unchanged. The Maple looked straight but some of the pieces had twisted, whether from drying or from the re-sawing I couldn't tell.

At any rate, I took out one piece from each and hand planed them to see what they really look like - the bandsaw marks usually completely obscure the wood pattern.

I found Maple somewhat harder to plane than Ash or Teak. The wood is very pale, lightly figured and planes to a very smooth, even polished surface.

Soft Maple: The piece on top has been planed while the bottom one is rough, bandsawn

Not having any experience with Maple. I wrote to my friend Mike Zeller from Colorado who wrote back: "There are two kinds of Maple, soft and hard - both of which are pretty damn hard if you ask me. I love both Maples, as you see it is a fine textured beautiful hardwood. That being said, sharpen up my friend, it is a real workout by hand. Anything less than sharp will leave you exhausted and angry. Working on some maple recently made me wish I still had a few machines around, but it can be done with sharp tools. The soft is not much softer, just by a bit and depending on where it is purchased can be slightly cheaper. Hard Maple comes from the sugar Maple tree, grows back east and up north where the winters are cold and very long - very slow growing and why it is so hard. Soft Maple grows more on the western and north-western coast here, much milder in climate and somewhat faster growing. The eastern maple has a sap that is boiled down to make maple syrup, good for pancakes, maple flavour candy and maple sugar. As for hardness, Maple is usually used here for bowling pins and gymnasium floors. Where ever a hard surface that wears well is needed, that should be a clue to that tight grain and durability. It will look gorgeous with some nice shellac on it."

An article by Eric Meier in the Wood Database points out that "the term 'Soft Maple' does not refer to any specific species of maple, but rather, it's a broad term which includes several different species of maple. The term "Soft Maple" is merely used to differentiate these species from Hard Maple. Hard Maple, on the other hand, typically refers to one specific type of maple species: Acer saccharum. For many purposes, Soft Maple will be hard enough to be used in place of Hard Maple. Even though it is referred to as Soft Maple, it is only soft in relation to Hard Maple."

I have used Padauk in the past and admire its orange red colour. It is fairly easy to work; strong, pretty dense and extremely stable. It polishes well and looks absolutely smashing after a few coats of Shellac.

Sapele rough, bandsawn
Sapele after hand planing

I had first seen Sapele, which is considered a substitute for the increasingly rare Mahogany, at my friend Zain's house in Chandigarh. He had made a fabulous table with a Sapele top and even without finish it looked stupendous. I have been on the lookout for some decent Sapele ever since.

Sapele grain direction

I hand planed one Sapele board and found it easy to work even though the grain rose and fell. (see photograph of its side). The beauty of the wood popped as soon as I was done. The lustre was incredible. The word for it is "chatoyance", I believe.

There is no doubt that Sapele is a magnificent wood. It may not be very easy to work though as it is dense, heavy and full of contrary grain. Nevertheless, it is an absolute beauty and made me wonder what genuine Honduran Mahogany must look like.

Indranil Banerjie
28 May 2017
Categories: Hand Tools

Handworks 2017 – The Event

The Barn on White Run - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 6:54pm

Make no mistake, Handworks is one of the most important evidences that hand craft is alive and well.  Participating as an exhibitor or as an attending aficionado cannot but help to influence you.

As I walked into the barn at about 9AM both days I witnessed this scene of eager attendees already in line on a cold and rainy day.

By Friday morning everything was set in the venues, or at least in the Festhalle where I was (and I heard similar stories to mine throughout the village).

In the Festhalle there was time for some last minute fellowship among the exhibitors,

some  last minute shopping at other exhibitors’ booths,

and finally, the entry of a crew of highly enthusiastic woodworkers.

And more woodworkers.

Until it became a mosh pit around us throughout the entire day.  I know I was entirely surrounded on all sides until just before closing, standing and greeting and explaining and demonstrating polissoir-and-wax finishing at least 100 times.

Saturday was abuzz with anticipation of The Roy Himself as our featured presenter.  The festivities began with Mike Siemsen’s stirring rendition of the National Anthem.

Then came Roy, and of course the crowd loved him.

Throngs to the front of me,

throngs to the back of me (I chatted with one family whose daughter had undergone an appendectomy less that a week before, but she insisted on coming to see Roy Underhill), and even afterwards the affable Mr. Underhill was unfailingly generous with his time and energy visiting with the collected posse throughout the remainder of the day.

At 5PM we broke down the exhibit, disassembled and packed the Roubo benches, and were on the road home by 5.30

searching for a camera........

Accidental Woodworker - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 12:48am
There is a plethora of point and shoot digital cameras available to buy. Everyone is hawking just about every brand under the sun which makes it difficult to pick one out.  Especially someone like me who is 5 ladder rungs below a neophyte still sucking on his thumb. First and foremost I have absolutely no desire to learn photography. This is why I want a point and shot camera. As long as I can see the pic and identify what I took a pic of, I'm happy. I don't care about shades of gray and black, azimuth lines, f stops, over exposure, or any other technical sounding photography crappola. Zero interest in all of it. I would rather dribble a basketball in a mine field than learn photography.

I want a camera that can survive a 3 foot fall off of my workbench. Well technically, 3 feet 1 1/8" depending upon where I measure it. Taking pics with the camera that just went south on me wasn't the problem. Having it fail the bounce test 3 times was. After this last lost to Mr. Concrete Floor I have been evaluating what I need and want in a new camera.

I asked Bob (the Valley Woodworker) because I know he collects cameras and he gave me a couple of good suggestions. Brian Eve said his Olympus TG-3 was a good shop camera. (I checked those specs and I was impressed with them) The TaDaMan left a link for KEH.com which looked pretty good but every camera I checked/wanted was out of stock. I need a replacement camera sooner than later.

So want do I think I need? A camera without a retractable lens system. The loser camera has a retractable lens system. No more needs to be said on that. Secondly, a camera that does not use AA or AAA batteries. Here I don't mind buying extra 'special' battery packs. I bought a AA charger and rechargeable batteries and I didn't like it. I gave that to my wife. Thirdly, I need a camera that can survive a fall without turning into a paperweight. And lastly, a camera that won't necessitate me remortgaging my house to buy.

So far the Olympus TG models meet 3 of the criteria I am looking for. The newest model is the TG-5 which will shoot 4K video which I don't care about or need. So I can scratch the 5 off the list. I can't find any 'aha' differences between the TG-3 or the TG-4 models. But both the TG-3 and the TG-4 are out of stock at every site I'm checking.. But strangely, some sites have the cost of the TG-3 more then the TG-4.

The Olympus TG-4 has a few capabilities which I know I'll never use (taking pics underwater) but it has one that makes it the leading contender. That one is the shock resistance from a 7 foot fall. Since my workbench is only about 3 feet tall, I would only be using 50% of it. What I don't like about it is the cost which so far is running over $400 on a lot of sites. I have the money saved up but those dollars are earmarked for the new workbench but I may have to divert those funds for this.

checking for twist
 Before I finished cleaning up the bottom on this holder, I checked the top for twist. I noticed that the router dug in a little deeper in one spot while routing. I thought it might have been caused by twist but it wasn't. It was probably me leaning a tad to heavy on one of the router knobs at that point.

the bit I used to waste the interior
Out of all of the forstner bits I've used, this FAMAG bit is at the top of the list by itself.

looks like a standard forstner bit
This bit makes an absolutely straight and smooth walled hole with almost no effort. With the depth stop on the drill press set, the bottom of the holder is almost perfectly level everywhere.

I could have used my largest Stanley bit
I would have ended up with a lot less center spur divots had I used this one.

this one leaves a large radius corner
Again, I could have used the FAMAG bit to do the corners but I picked it to do it all. The Stanley forstner bits I have aren't that sharp. I didn't want to attempt to hog out this much wood with it.

it would not have worked Frank
With the iron up against one wall, the opposite end of the router is off the opposite wall. I would have had to put a sub base on this in order to work the bottom of the holder. This answers a question from my friend Frank who said the LN router would have worked too.

just noticed this
I thought the holder was one piece of wood but it is three pieces glued together.

this is next
I measured this and it is roughly 13x10 and I don't have any stock I could use for this. I have a piece of rough sawn poplar but I think that would be a poor choice. I have seen Paul Sellers make a 3 stone holder out of plywood and pine (which I think would be another poor choice) but maybe he used a european pine from Norway or Sweden. This is something that was added to the A+++ list today.

the bottom had a hump
I tried the holder on a piece of shelf liner and it rocked slightly side to side. So the shelf liner is history and the hook is in. This hook turned like a helicopter rotor telling me I had a hump. I planed it out with the 4 1/2, checking my progress with the hook. Once that dragged on both edges, I was done.

quick check to make sure I had no twist
gluing and screwing the hook on
The pencil lines are on the outside edges of the center board of the holder. I applied glue inbetween the two lines and secured it to the holder with two screws.

no burn in logo just my initials and the date
hook is flush now
The screws shifted the hook making it proud on one side and inset on the other. I used my new 5 1/2 to flush the sides and the hook.

It's new home
This takes up less than a third of the space that the previous holder did. I'm thinking of planing a chamfer on the four edges or maybe a round over. I am not putting a finish on this as of this writing but that may change. Once the glue cooks on the hook this will be 100% done.

accidental woodworker

trivia corner
What is the layer between the the stratosphere and ionosphere?
answer - the mesosphere


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