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Thank you to everyone who contributed towards Walt Quadrato's battle against cancer! Their fundraising goal was met. Our prayers are with you, Walt!
The other day I wrote about links, to Maureen’s site, Plymouth CRAFT, etc. http://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2014/12/09/links/ – and plum forgot to plug my own stuff! Someone wrote recently asking if I had boxes for sale – they said my etsy site was empty. I had no idea those things expired. So I renewed that, though as you can tell – I don’t watch it very closely. Here’s that link – for what it’s worth. https://www.etsy.com/shop/PeterFollansbee
But I’ve kept the spoons here on the blog. that way, I only really have to watch one place. “Keep all your eggs in one basket, and watch that basket” said Twain. I’ll have lots to get back to in the next week or so, but for right now – some more spoons for sale. This is the last (though small) batch for the season…the link will take you to them, or the menu at the top of the blog. As always, thanks to everyone who has made this work possible – I truly appreciate all the support from the readers of this blog. Can’t thank you enough. http://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/spoons-more-december-2014/
The jury is in, and the MBW Classic Logo is hands down the favorite design in the MBW t-shirt line-up!
And to ensure I can keep them in stock, and reordered in a timely manner, I found a new local printer (Citizenshirt.com) who’s in-house designer did a fantastic job of cleaning up the logo and text, then adjusted it’s size and positioning, and completed the new look by showing me some great color options to make the logo look even better than before.
The new version of the short-sleeved t-shirt is printed on an 100% cotton “Fruit of the Loom” shirt, with an antique white logo. The shirt is roomy, very comfortable, and available right now in sizes M-XL & 3XL (no 2XLs currently available in the new design yet…coming very soon.)
Plus, we’re offering a new long-sleeve version that’s a little more understated with it’s smaller logo, but equally amazing looking!
The long-sleeved version is a Gildan 100% cotton shirt that’s also roomy, and comfortable with a smaller antique white logo over the left pocket region, and it’s ready to order right now in sizes L-2XL.
Hi Wilbur. My wife and I will be in Japan for two weeks over the winter holiday. We have a tour of tsunesaburo factory and a visit to the relocated takanaka carpentry museum lined up. Do you have any suggestions of other places to visit with our...
Please take me with you.
Seriously, it looks like you have a good handle on your trip. Miki City and Sanjo appear to be the tool making centers, but I don’t have good information on contacts in either place. Maybe the folks at the Takanaka Carpentry Museum can help with that when you get there.
A couple of other sources might be Tomohito Iida, who runs the Iida Tool website, and Stuart Tierney, who runs the Tools From Japan website. I know that they are in contact with a number of toolmakers as well.
And thanks for reading. I really appreciate it. Have a great time on your trip, and I hope to see some updates on what you learn.
As some of you may remember, I made a tool chest for the sea last year. During the last year I have built a couple of projects using the tool kit, so I feel that I can give an honest review of it.
The projects I have built have all been limited in size to something that could be transported as luggage on an air plane. The following is a list of the projects I have made on board. Some of them I finished at home, because I don't like to leave a project on board when I go home.
Cabinet with many drawers
A carved name sign
Fairy tale princess bed
Tumblehome sea chest.
The recent carved sign for Aslan Fenix
A Gerstner inspired tool chest.
We are only signed on for 4 weeks at the time, and things really have to go smooth for me to be able to finish a project in that time. sometimes we are prevented by the weather or fatigue, so woodworking out here for me is something I do to relax and get my mind to slow down. The process out here really is more important than the result.
The tool set I bring with me is stored in a home made tool chest. Due to the fact that it needs to go in my suitcase on the air plane, this chest had to be light and not too big.
I made it out of 5/16" thick larch that was dovetailed together. The top and bottom are made from 6mm birch plywood.
The chest has been damaged by luggage handlers throwing my bag around, but it still holds up. I have re glued it a couple of places earlier, and I can see that it is time for me to do it again.
I guess that I should have glued in some triangular reinforcements in all corners.
These are the tools of the ship that I use for my woodworking:
Multi purpose wood saw (Fuchsschwanz), doubles as a straight edge for marking lines.
Hack saw which I normally use as a dovetail saw.
Measuring tape or folding rule.
Once in a while I use a drilling machine, but that is not very often, but those are on board as well.
My own tool set can be seen on one of the pictures below, and consists of:
3 chisels, 1/4", 1/2" & 1"
A small dozuki saw
2 brushes for glue
A jar of white glue
Smoothing iron for the plane
Scrub iron for the plane
Home made router plane with an extra narrow iron.
Oil stone for polishing
Linoleum carving chisels (the newest addition to the chest)
Sandpaper grade 80 and 150 (as far as I remember)
Shooting board which is incorporated in the lid of the tool chest
I also bring a bit of hardware, all of it is in the small size:
Brass hinges (3 pairs)
An inset lock
Galvanized hinges (1 pair)
Turned drawer pulls (the dark stuff in a bag, they are very small)
A piece of a bone.
Some small pieces of cardboard to use for dovetail gauges.
A bit of emery cloth.
The only thing I have sometimes felt that I was missing is a jointer plane. But that has mostly been an issue if I had to glue up some sort of panels. Jointing two edges are not what a smoothing plane is designed to do.
Apart from that it is a pretty powerful tool kit when combined with the few items I need from the ship.
You can theoretically get by with only one clamp for work holding, but having more is advantageous in case you need to glue up something.
The tool I use the least is the 1" chisel, but I still like to use it for paring and if I make large dovetails.
The tool that makes the biggest difference is the scrub plane, or in my case the scrub iron for the smoothing plane. Being able to quickly process stock makes a huge difference.
Second on the list of tools that make a difference is the grooving plane. Because this enables you to make a wide variety of things: Tongue and groove boards, Grooves and dados, I even used it when I made a raised panel. The great thing with the grooving plane compared to a real plough plane is that at least the Stanley No 248 is so small that it will easily fit in a small tool set like this. I only have 1 iron for it (5/32"), but if I make multiple passes that doesn't pose a problem.
My conclusion is that the set is working pretty good for the type of projects that I do while on the water. But the tool chest itself should probably have been a bit sturdier made in the first place.
The legs of the lingerie chest to be made of walnut to match the drawer fronts. They are simply two pairs of legs mortise and tenoned to a connecting rail. The legs are the height of the bottom drawer. Hole were drilled into the rails so that they can be screwed into the base of the chest. I wanted them to be removable so that I could take them off if we ever move house so prevent the legs from getting damaged.
Filed under: Drawers & dressers, Projects Tagged: screws, walnut
The aumbry from the upcoming “Furniture of Necessity” book is featured on the cover of the February 2015 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine, which will mail to subscribers later this month.
My article discusses the history of the aumbry and how to build it. The book version will be much expanded and more detailed, as I’ll have about 10 times the space. Still – I think it’s a good magazine article; even beginners will be able to tackle the project with the magazine article.
I have to thank Editor Megan Fitzpatrick personally for taking a gamble on this project. Few people have ever heard of an aumbry, and fewer people would tell you they love Gothic furniture. I think the stuff is the cat’s meow. It’s fun to build and uses simple geometry and basic tools to design and construct.
I was allowed to read over the entire February issue before it went to press and was quite impressed (perhaps a bit professionally jealous). There’s a fantastic myth-busting article on teak oil, an excellent piece on making your own copper hardware with simple tools and Peter Follansbee shows you how to build his cool Chinese firewood carrier.
If you don’t subscribe, or if you have let your subscription lapse, this is the time to rectify that. Megan is steering the magazine to explore areas outside the traditional Shaker, Arts & Crafts and Period styles (though those will always be part of the magazine’s fabric). Look for some Japanese, Mid-century Modern and Ruhlmann stuff in forthcoming issues.
OK, back to the shop. I’ve got another project to build for Popular Woodworking.
— Christopher Schwarz
Filed under: Furniture of Necessity
Today’s pick is one I actually have. Books are my first love, and from a very young age. (In fact, years ago I camethisclose to pursuing a graduate degree in the history of books and book making.) Woodworking came later in life, but is now equally important to me. So something that combines both these interests? Perfect! (And to me, worth saving my pennies to purchase.) The limited-edition deluxe version […]
When tool chests suffer damage, it’s usually in three places: the top rim of the lid, the lower skirt around the carcase and the bottom boards, which are rotted. The rim of the lid gets dented by falling objects, such as clamps, heavy boards and other things in the truck when you move the chest. The lower skirt gets rammed by other shop stuff, including rolling machinery, work boots, rough […]
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On last weekends dovetailing course there were a couple of fine Moxon vices brought along. This is Simon looking very pleased with himself and for good reason, his vice was superbly made. Below is a close up of one of the beautiful lambs tongues.
He also surprised himself (and his wife!) with the quality of his dovetailed box.
Below is Normans vice which has some interesting features. He made the mechanisms himself, milling the mild steel to fit the threaded rod. The screws move in and out rather than the wheels which prevents any annoying protrusions, a very good idea.
Here's a shot of one of the pieces from above, ingenious!
I just bought the hardware for a new Benchcrafted Glide Leg Vise from Highland and I am working on getting it installed in my workbench. I have a workbench which I made myself out of rock maple about 30 years ago. The plans came from Tage Frid’s books on woodworking and the design is Danish or European style with an L-shaped vise on the right front and a shoulder vise on the left front.
When I read up on the Benchcrafted Leg Vise and looked at the installation instructions, at first I was going to put it on the right front leg of my bench. I then realized if I put it there, it would always be in the way because that is where I stand about 90% of the time when using the bench. Because of where my bench is located in the shop, I don’t have a lot of flexibility on moving the bench. Note in the pictures the bench is up against the wall at its left end and fairly close to the table saw on the right end. If I move the bench, I will have to rearrange almost the whole shop, and that seems a bit like the tail wagging the dog.
I got to looking at all the mounting options and decided I would mount it on the “rear” of the right end of the bench. That means the vise will be on the outside of the tool tray with an auxiliary leg to allow for the size and thickness requirements of mounting the vise.
As I thought about the vise and searched for information, I began to realize that to call it a bench leg vise is a bit of a misnomer. It could be mounted on a post in the middle of the shop since the only role of the workbench is to keep the vise from falling over. All the clamping is between the back piece (usually the bench leg) and the chop.
I think a little vocabulary lesson is in order here cause I know I struggled with the terminology. Am I the only one who did not know what a “chop” is? What the heck is a chop?! And why do they call it that?
Benchcrafted sells several different vises. Our topic is Leg Vises and there are several options for Leg Vise Hardware. There is the Classic, the Crisscross where you can get a Classic Crisscross Solo, a Classic Crisscross Retro, or you can buy the Classic Hardware Only. Then there is the Glide M and the Glide C. I almost needed a decision flow chart to figure out which one to buy, but when I went to Highland, they pulled out the one they said I needed and it turned out to be the right one.
Let me see if I can simplify for you. The “chop” is the tall outside piece that moves when you clamp something in the leg vise. The chop does not rest on the floor so the weight of the chop is carried by the Crisscross, which is two cast iron pieces hinged in the center like an “X”. There is a Crisscross Solo and a Crisscross Retro. The Solo is generally mounted on a new bench because it has pins at the top which need to be drilled precisely for smooth action and is best done with a drill press. The Retro is more forgiving since it is mounted on two cast brackets set in a mortise in an existing bench leg.
The other part of the leg vise is the screw which moves the chop. You can make your own, buy someone else’s screw, make or buy a wooden screw, or you can buy the one from Benchcrafted. The traditional one from Benchcrafted is the Classic, a fast action screw with a straight bar handle. Old school.
There are two other screw handles besides the straight handle Classic. They are the Glide M and the Glide C, both shaped like a ship’s wheel. The only difference is the “M” is machined and polished with rosewood cocobolo knobs on the outside and the “C” is cast but not polished and has beech knobs. You pay about $70 additional for the polished wheel and rosewood knobs.
So here is the flow chart: Decide if you are mounting to a new or existing bench. If it is a new bench and you can put the leg in a drill press, then get the Solo Crisscross. If it is going in an existing bench, get the Retro Crisscross and cut the mortise in the leg and the chop.
Then decide if you want a Classic straight bar handle or if you want a Glide wheel. If you want a wheel, decide if you want to pay $70 additional for polish and rosewood.
So there, it sounds so simple once you figure it out, but it took me a few days even with the information on the Benchcrafted Web site, to get it in my head.
We will continue next time as I mount the vise to my bench. There are no directions in the box when you buy the hardware, so you will need to go to their Web site to download the instructions. There are a lot of instructions, they go back and forth and you will need to read them several times to get what is needed to mount your vise. When you do get it mounted, it should be a real joy.
Autographed copies of my flow chart are available.
Then I was invited to speak at the Woodworking in America Show in Winston Salem and had a great time with all those woodworking professionals and enthusiasts. I am always excited to spend any time with Roy Underhill, who is a hero to all of us.
Business has picked up quite a bit here and some really nice pieces are showing up in the shop for work. I look back on my career and realize that I have been fortunate indeed to have touched so many great objects and satisfied the needs and expectations of so many clients. Work is rewarding when it is so satisfying.
I look forward to my birthday next week, and turning 66. It seems like such a nice round number. I wonder what next year will bring? Always the optimist. I am excited to return to Marc Adam's School next year, and look forward to making another clock among other things.
In any event, last night I received the pdf files for the 2014 SAPFM Journal, which is now in the mail, and I would like to thank Carl Voss and others for their professional assistance. I realize not all the people who read this blog are members of SAPFM or perhaps even know about the group. It is a fantastic group of dedicated and highly skillful woodworkers, which was created in 2000. I joined immediately and have participated in past events with pleasure, contributing articles to the first three Journals. If you want more information or wish to join or purchase a copy of the Journal, here is the link: Society of American Period Furniture Makers
In the past decade the Journal has become one of the most important publications in the field of American furniture. However, there have also been some articles which included European furniture influences and these are important. That is why I wrote an article for this issue focusing on the diversity and importance of European furniture designs, "European Influences on American and Colonial Designs."
My goal with this article was to encourage more research into the wonderful ethnic contributions to style and construction which evolved into the American form of furniture. With all the news today about immigration we tend to forget that we are all immigrants and that is what is great about this country.
I am deeply honored to be recognized by this group and want to thank them for their tribute.
Alf Sharp has an almost unparalleled woodworking resume. Like many of us, his first woodworking involved home repairs and remodeling, and he soon began doing more trim work and carpentry (with the occasional furniture commission). And, like many of us, he’s in large part self taught; he learned by doing, reading and asking questions. But unlike most of us, he developed his skills over the years to such an astounding […]
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