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Inside the Oldwolf Workshop - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 8:06pm
I hereby call this officially unofficial meeting of the International Association of Moxon Vise Owners (IAMVO) to disorder. Before we begin with the important nonsense let us say the customary pledge of the organization. Please rise, hold your dovetail saws over your heart, cross your fingers behind your back and repeat the sacred words.

We who were once hunched in joinery
Can now stand tall in victory
We who were once bound to the bench 
Can now cut dovetails anywhere
We have been liberated by Moxon
Lead by the prophet Schwarz
To the holiest of all workholding wonders.
Whether atop our Roubo or on the shelf beneath
Let us never wish for a Leigh Jig again. 

Thank you brothers and sisters, before you find your seats please greet one another with the secret handshake.

Ahem . . . Norm . . .Mr. Abram. . . It's ok you can shake Mr. Underhill's hands. Well he's a little intense but he is a nice guy. 

What? No you can't catch "Brace And Bit Fever" from a simple handshake, that's a nasty myth. Besides Mr. Abram I'm certain your electron shots are all fully up to date and you're in no danger.

See, we can all get along and play nice. Oops, it seems Roy has managed to cut himself on your beard, well that's never stopped Roy from going on with the show and I suppose we should follow his example. 

To the reason I've called you all here. I want to announce we have acquired a new member! Several evenings ago I had the young James Martens to the shop. He'd found a lonely pile of maple alongside a back country highway, oddly already glued up into turning blanks. The maple was cold so he invited it into his warm cargo van, the one with the blacked out windows, and offered it a job in his shop.

Mr. Martens knew I had a lathe and the threading box and tap needed to make a moxon, (Though we all agree how elegant the less folksy options are hailing from Iowa and Texas) and he asked my assistance and I was happy to give it.

I set him up on the lathe and let him go to town and before the evening was over another glorious miracle of wood mashing mastery was brought into this world and I congratulated Mr. Martens on his new membership to our exclusive club.

We both held back tears as the vise attempted it's maiden clamping. I am happy to report it was a success.

So, fellow members of the IAMVO, when you spy the young James, whether in the wild shopping for major appliances or at his usual station sharpening and building saws for Bad Axe Tool Works greet him warmly, offer him the secret handshake, and ask how his vise is doing.

I hereby declare this meeting at an end. All in favor?

Ratione et Passionis
Categories: General Woodworking

Update on Issue IV

Journeyman's Journal - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 3:42pm

It’s been a while since I’ve made any posts. I’ve been busy writing articles and working to earn a crust.

I’m relieved to say the final article has been written and sent off for edit. Once that’s finalised, the compilation forms the magazine.

So far the magazine has been free and posting it has been rather simple. This time it won’t be free and posting it has got me stumped. WordPress is expensive, I don’t have $1200 in pocket change to splurge because they feel they need 1 year payment in advance and the plugin needed to sell on the blog. Amazon staff are offshore, they copy/paste pre written script, so it’s like talking to a recording. I know little about eBay, but it seems like it’s the last place to try.

If I knew for a certainty I would get as many purchases as I did downloads on the previous issues then I would make the investment with WordPress. Unfortunately, I don’t know and I am just as poor as the next bloke so I can’t risk it.

The price will be only US$5.00, cheap as chips considering how much work goes into it. If all goes well  I can quit my day job and do this full time, I won’t be as stressed and drained as I am. On the flip side my back is further degenerating, and it’s getting harder and harder to push the plane. Nonetheless, I’m still soldiering on and will continue to work the craft the only way I know how with my hands. There is nothing sweeter and more soul satisfying/gratifying than when you build something by hand.

Categories: Hand Tools

The Lost Art Press Chore Coat

Lost Art Press: Chris Schwarz - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 3:17pm

I met Chris in person during the Young Anarchist class at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking in 2015. Most of the week was spent in sharpening donated tools, hammering cut nails and trying not to drink too many of the Old Rasputins that a fellow student kept buying by the case. But at some point, Chris and I walked into the shop wearing matching blue French chore coats. After the requisite double-take, we geeked out for a while about the utility of these garments.


This guy liked to kill snakes. 

Chris and I like chore coats for a few reasons. They’re simple, affordable, comfortable and practical. It’s a light jacket or a heavy shirt, making it great for wearing in all but the hottest weather. They’re made in sturdy, straightforward natural materials. They look about the same they did 100 years ago. All this adds up to the clothing equivalent of the Furniture of Necessity.


This kind of coat has been found throughout Europe for the past 200 years, with lots of tweaks and variation in different times and places. But the basics are the same: square hem, three outside patch pockets, one inside pocket with a logo, a point collar and heavy fabric. The color means a great deal: A French compagnon friend told me that painters and masons wore white, farmers and general laborers (and Bill Cunningham) wore blue, and carpenters – after becoming journeymen – wore black. Yes, I’m sure that there were lots of variations on that, but it seems like the woodworkers always wore black.


When Chris mentioned interest in making a Lost Art Press version, I just about fell over. Hell yeah! I wanted to keep it simple, avoiding the pitfall of “new twists on a classic,” which usually means taking a classic and making it dated. I wasn’t about to add an iPhone pocket, a hammer loop, or make the whole thing out of Cordura – nothing against those features, but you can get that stuff elsewhere. We needed good fabric more than anything else, and so I called my source for the best Japanese fabrics. She found a gorgeous double-woven cotton sateen from a mill in Osaka, and comparing it to the old French stuff, I think ours comes out on top. It’s thick, sturdy and comfortable, and it’ll contour to its wearer over the long years of its life.


The only other tweak I made was to add a double layer of fabric to the bottom of the front pockets – that’ll help reinforce against the handfuls of Clouterie Rivierre nails that get tossed in there. You see this on some of the nicer vintage jackets, but it’s not common. Similar reinforcements used to be put on the back pockets of blue jeans, which is the origin of the decorative stitch lines on the back of your 501s.


We’re proud to be working with Dehen Jacket, a garment factory in Portland, Ore. They’ve been around for almost 100 years, and have their own line of incredible outwear (as well as a roaring business in cheerleading uniforms). They’re not cheap, but the quality is impeccable and their sewers are paid well. To get a lower sewing price in the USA, we’d have to cut worker pay or garment quality. Not gonna happen.


There’s the background. The fabric has made it to the U.S. from Japan. The tags are done. The buttons are on their way. We’ll have a pre-sale going up soon. Complaints about pricing and sizing can be directed to our customer service line.

— Tom Bonamici

Categories: Hand Tools

A small tweak to my Moxon vise

Oregon Woodworker - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 1:09pm
I've written why I regard having a Moxon vise as indispensable even though I view a bench vise as optional.  Mine lives on the end of my 8' bench.  It stays there most of the time but I do sometimes need to take it off and want to be able to do so quickly.

Traditionally, Moxons were held in place with holdfasts and that is what I have been doing, though that hasn't been entirely satisfactory to me.  Besides tying up two holdfasts, the vise does rock slightly and the less steel I have around my saw teeth the better I like it.  It suddenly struck me that I have a split top on my bench that I could take advantage of.  I found a large carriage bolt, drilled a hole in my vise and, voila:

I have two bench dogs in place that keep the vise from twisting.  Those and the bolt keep the vise rock solid.  To remove it, you loosen the bolt and slide the vise off.  Although I need a wrench to remove it, that doesn't bother me and I could buy a large wing nut if I wanted to.  A wooden screw would be nice.

I am still bothered by the fact that I am using the version I made with bar clamps as opposed to my "nice one" with acme screws that sits on the shelf.

Categories: Hand Tools

The Four Types of Differences which Concern the Tints of the Wood

Lost Art Press: Chris Schwarz - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 11:55am

Plate 277. Different Sorts of Woods and Their Positioning according to Their Hue

This is an excerpt from “To Make as Perfectly as Possible: Roubo on Marquetry” by  André-Jacob Roubo; translation by Donald C. Williams, Michele Pietryka-Pagán & Philippe Lafargue.

If a perfect knowledge of the different colors of wood is essential to a cabinetmaker, he must also distinguish these same woods by means of their nuances, or better said, by the different shapes that the tints of the fibers represent, in order not to use them without choice nor knowledge of their character.

Woods, with regards to the conformation of tints of their fibers, can be considered as making four distinct species, one from the other. They are: those of which the concentric layers are alternately tinted in diverse colors but of a large and irregular manner, as you can see in Figs. 1, 2 and 3. The first one represents a piece of wood of which the concentric layers are tinted at unequal distances, which produces similar stripes on the grain line, Fig. 2, split according to the direction of the stripes of the tree. If on the contrary, one splits them parallel to the concentric layers, like in Fig. 3, this wood is only a single color more or less dark, according to which the split is made in a vein more or less light, which makes these sorts of wood not normally used except on the quarter-round cut, as in Fig. 2, or cut diagonally, as indicated with line A–B, same figure.

The second type of wood, with regard to their grain patterns, are those of which the concentric layers, although distinguished by color at the end grain, like in Fig. 4, produce no stripes along the grain, but simply singed veins or spots, like those in Figs. 5 and 6. These sorts of woods are very nice when they are well chosen and used with discernment, by reason of the size they will occupy and a comparison being made with that of their nuances or their spots, which are always more abundant on the radial cut than on the concentric layer.

The third type of wood is those of which the end is veined irregularly in all ways, like Fig. 7. These species of woods are most likely being used on end grain or diagonally, as I observed in Figs. 8 and 9. As to the grain line, it is hardly an effect except on the quartersawn, where the colors must be vivid, which is quite rare in these sorts of wood.

The fourth type of wood is that where the concentric layers are regular and alternating in various colors, like that of Fig. 10. These sorts of wood are those where one uses with the best advantage, because not only are they beautiful on end grain, but also along the grain line, whether they are split parallel to the concentric layers, as in Fig. 11, or according to the direction of the rays, like in Fig. 12. In the first case, they present a wavy surface, where the spots or singes [area of lightness or of disorder, representing a flame] are more or less large according to the split being made closer to the circumference of the tree. In the second case, that is to say, when the split is made on grain, as in Fig. 12, the wood presents stripes almost regular, which are more or less perfect according to the split being directly made when in the center of the tree.

These four types of differences, which concern the tints of the wood, are those that are the most striking, because there is an infinite number that are but variations between those which they resemble in some areas.

Meghan Bates

Categories: Hand Tools

Festool Domino Comparison

Highland Woodworking - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 8:00am

In the February issue of Festool Heaven, Morton compares the Festool DF500 with the Festool XL DF700, to help you understand which tool is right for which job.

Watch the video below and figure out which Festool Domino is right for your shop. And check out Festool Heaven for more details on these fine tools.

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Categories: General Woodworking

Experimenting with a new material

Sauer and Steiner - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 6:02am

A friend stopped in a little over a year ago with some show-and-tell... a block of dyed and infused Box Elder burl (more commonly called Manitoba Maple in these parts). He had several pieces - different sizes, different colors, but this one really stuck out for some reason. The price was fair for what it was - and no different than what a good quality piece or Rosewood or Ebony of the same size would sell for. So I bought it - curious to see if this would be a suitable infill material. The color was outlandish - but in a good way, and I figured that if it would work, an all steel plane would be the right way to to. A K6 or a K7 seemed about right - shown above with my K6 prototype. 

The block sat for almost a year. I picked it up every couple weeks or months, rotated it, tapped it, and put it down. Then for some reason I decided to see if I could plane it. I was surprised that perfect little blue shavings came through the plane - and the blade was not destroyed in the process. That was what I needed - some indication that this material would feel and ‘work’ like many of the exotic woods I use. It was a quick trip to the bandsaw to rough out the front pad and rear infill for a K7. It cut on the bandsaw like wood too... another good sign.

The next real test was working with handtools - how would it saw, would chisels work - and would the material kill the edges? Once again, I was pleasantly surprised - felt an awful lot like the materials I was used to. 

Once the rear infill was fit, I knew this was going to work - and was really excited to see the plane to the end. The pace quickened and I was back in the excitement of prototype mode again. It was a great feeling after almost a year off as my shoulder healed.

The inside of the front pad was the first surface that I ‘finished’ - no french polishing required. I sanded to 2000 grit and then buffed with a polishing pad and a quick coat of paste wax. The surface felt and looked wonderful!

The front pad and rear infill installed.

Finalizing the bed and blade fitment. 

I used to think the Pink Ivory K7 prototype was outlandish looking... it looks pretty pedestrian compared to the blue Box Elder.

The top of the front pad roughly shaped on the bandsaw.

The continuous chamfer completed and polished.

And finally the finished plane. 

I could not be happier with how it turned out. The sides and sole are 01 tool steel, the lever cap and screw are stainless steel.

I will continue to experiment with different species and different colors, and am really excited to incorporate this new material into plane making. I know it will not be for everyone, but I for one am really excited about all the possibilities. 

I have decided to offer this plane for sale – $2,950.00 Cdn + actual shipping costs. Roughly $2,415.00 USD based on the current exchange rate. send me an email if you are interested. 
Categories: Hand Tools

WW18thC 2018 – Patrick Edwards

The Barn on White Run - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 5:42am

Like other presenters at this year’s confab Patrick Edwards had two sessions presenting his own topic of specialty, the techniques and compositions of marquetry.  His first session revolved around his replication of the underside of the lid of Jane Rees’ tool chest lid, walking the audience through not only his conceptual approach but the bench-top manifestation of it.  The second continued the theme of marquetry artistry, including making a blade for the chevalet.

Of particular fascination to me were the vintage veneer saw and shooting plane he used.  I took enough of both of them to make versions of them myself, and surely I will.

I’ve known Patrick for more than three decades and seen him present several times, and every instance is a learning experience for me even though I cut my teeth restoring French marquetry in the 1970s.  Patrick’s demonstration of making templates with his vintage pricking machine and transferring the pattern to multiple sheets necessary for the undertaking for sawing on the chevalet was a choreography to be savored.

Woodworking for the Impatient – How to Make a Windsor Rocking Chair and More

Popular Woodworking Editors Blog - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 2:34am

I’ve always had an appreciation for green woodworking. Not that I’ve done as much of it as I would like, but the idea of being able to walk into a forest, harvest some wood, then walk back into the shop and go to work … well, it’s getting in touch with our pre-industrial DNA. Oh, and it feels pretty good not to pay lumber yard prices for air-dried birch! Green […]

The post Woodworking for the Impatient – How to Make a Windsor Rocking Chair and More appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

Categories: General Woodworking

Enter Title Here!

Paul Sellers - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:55am

It’s often hard to describe the things I see in people when they have worked for a short while using their hands; perhaps it is even the first time they ever did that make the greater difference, makes  it more special. A man in his late thirties, not technical, not an engineer, more a barrister […]

Read the full post Enter Title Here! on Paul Sellers' Blog.

Categories: Hand Tools

not myself........

Accidental Woodworker - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:34am
I did not want to get out of my bed this morning. Usually as soon as I wake up, I'm out of the rack. I'm rearing and ready to go and I don't need anything else to get my motor warmed up. I felt tired and blah feeling all day at work. I'm glad that I didn't have a lot of work to do, I don't remember feeling this out of it from first colonoscopy.

might as well
I believe I have stepped over the "....you might as well" line in the sand. I cleaned this with Zep and Krud Kutter to compare them and I went a wee bit further. I scraped two rusty spots and then scraped the body. I would estimate I easily removed 85-90% of the japanning. I hadn't planned on rehabbing any more planes until next month but I don't a choice now. This will flash rust in a couple of days without a primer coat on it.

I won't be stripping it today but maybe tomorrow I'll do it. Now that I am doing it I can't wait to see how this one comes out. This plane has some pitting on the cheek walls and I want to see if I can lap them out. This will be my first time doing something like that.

started the rehabbing last night
I am getting rid of the Zep and using Krud Kutter from now on. But I didn't want to shitcan what Zep I had left so I let the parts soak in it overnight. Before I tossed them in this bath I had sanded and wire brushed as much of the crud and grunge off the parts I could.

one last scrubbing
These will be going in EvapoRust next and I want to make I got all of the grime and crud off of them.

they are a lot cleaner
The Zep was a light, see through lime green color before I did the overnight bath trick. I took all the parts upstairs and rinsed them all with hot water.

these parts will be ready tomorrow
the frog
I wasn't going to put the frog in the EvapoRust but I had no choice. It is already flash rusting on the seat that won't be painted.

the frog side
Both sides at the bottom were orange with rust. I sanded these two places to bare metal and a few other rust spots too. After that I tossed them into the EvapoRust.

got a reply from Lee Valley
They are sending me another one and LV said that it had been tested to ensure 1/4" hex bits fit in it. They said I could do what ever I wanted with this one.

metric reading
I don't know what the tolerances for this would be but a 6mm hex bit should fit it this but maybe on the loose side?

undersized for a 1/4" (0.250) hex bit
phillips hex bit
I measured 6 bits and they were all around the same give or take a thousandth or two.

needle files
I didn't have a file that matched the width of the flats but a spear point kind of fit. I tried filing with that but the hex bit still wouldn't fit. It was worth a try now that I have a replacement coming.

finishing screwing the drawer
Last night after dinner I came to the shop looking for drawer slides screws and found a bunch of them. I put some in the slide that attaches to the drawer side and tonight I did the cabinet slides.

needed some help
I used my birdcage awl to make pilot holes before driving them home. I couldn't fully seat the screws with the ratcheting driver. I had to finish them with the hand screwdriver. Driving screws in plywood is never easy due to all the cross banding of the veneers.

marking the bottom
5/16" over
Which is the depth of the groove in the front of the drawer. This should be flush with the back of the drawer or just a hair proud.

1/2 a frog hair wide
This is as far as I dare to take this tonight. I am not 100% mentally with it, and I don't want an oops to happen to me here. If I feel better tomorrow, I'll make my 3 rabbets and fit it.

funny looking counter bore
I am going to try and drill a hole with this.

the other counter bore
Bad pic of this but the cutting edges look to be wicked sharp on this one. This has been recently sharpened too from the looks of it.

it worked
This is a scrap piece of Douglas Fir and it drilled the hole. No burning, no chattering, and it didn't stall as I applied even downward pressure. This wasn't what I expecting. I thought it wouldn't cut wet paper.

1" diameter
This counter bore drilled a very clean hole in this DF. It hard to get cleanly drilled holes in this wood but this did it. The circumference is very smooth and clean except for one small spot and the bottom is smooth and even. I don't need or use these very often but they are handy when you do need them.

accidental woodworker

trivia corner
Did you know that mendacious means not telling the truth, lying?

Why the %$#@ is Your Shop so Clean?

Lost Art Press: Chris Schwarz - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 5:00pm


When I post photos of my work, a frequent comment is about how my shop is clean. “Sterile,” some might say. “Unrealistic,” others have said. But a few people like it that way, I guess.

The implication is that I don’t do any real work. Or that I stage photos like a magazine art director – arranging the few shavings and dust on the floor with artistry.

A real shop is supposed to be chaotic and messy. A beehive of activity with projects, parts, clamps and tools everywhere. Messy people are the people who do real work.

I’ve worked in messy shops, and I’ve worked in tidy shops. Both have their own twisted logic that works. I cannot fathom the mindset of the person who runs a cluttered shop. I might as well try to imagine what it’s like to be a single-celled organism. It’s just not in my nature.

Every place I’ve worked since age 11 has had strict rules that prevented bad consequences.

The Anal Slog (Can I Say That?)
At This Can’t Be Yogurt (TCBY), we had hygiene protocols so customers didn’t get sick and we didn’t get shut down. Every machine had to be broken down, scrubbed and lubricated nightly. Temperatures had to be monitored. Floors had to be scrubbed. Leaving a cleaning supply in the wrong area of the shop could get you dinged by the health department.

At the Great San Francisco Seafood Co. (where I worked for four years), we had even stricter rules. Fish loves to go bad. Selling your customer a dead oyster or mussel will make her very sick. And washing your hands 20 times in a shift was typical.

As a production assistant at a publishing company (for four years), health and safety wasn’t an issue – time was. That publishing shop was like a submarine. Every object had a place. When you needed 2-point. tape at 2 a.m. to get a newspaper to the printer, you could find it – even if the lights were out.

I worked a series of factory furniture jobs. At one table-making company, everything was chaos. Even after working there a week I didn’t know who was in charge or what my job was. Table parts came flying out. You put them together. Lots of yelling.

At a door factory, things were different. Every operation had a procedure to follow. The stain sat for this long. You rubbed it with this rag. You monitored humidity ever 30 minutes. And on and on.

By the time I was 21, I knew what kind of worker I was. And I have fought chaos ever since.

You might say that I’m a neat-nick or anal retentive. I don’t care. All I know is that I know where every tool is. I know where all the hardware is. And it’s arranged by size. When I need a hammer or a 1/2” chisel I don’t even need to look in my tool chest to get it.

And when I take a moment to ponder my next step in a project, I do it with a broom in my hand. I pick up shavings on the ground when I pass through the bench room. I impulsively put away tools, even if I know I’ll need them in the next day or so.

This level of organization allows me to work like a demon without any pauses. I don’t need to think about where I left a part or a tool. They are where they are supposed to be. All I have to do is put things back where they belong and I can move on to the next task.

I do not encourage you to do this in your own shop. I have precisely zero emotions whatsoever about other people’s workshops. I just care about my own.

— Christopher Schwarz

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How to Remove and Fix White Rings from the Apple HomePod

Popular Woodworking Editors Blog - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 1:09pm

Editor’s note: This article was excerpted from Bob Flexner’s article “How to Remove Watermarks“ Photo: Jon Chase (The Wirecutter) Light marks are milky-white and are caused by moisture getting into the finish and creating voids that interfere with the finish’s transparency. To remove milky-white watermarks, you need either to consolidate the finish (eliminate the voids) to the point that the transparency is reestablished or cut the film back to below […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

Writing Desk – Moving to Mahogany

The Barn on White Run - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 6:55am

I’ll get back to my recounting of WW18thC 2018 tomorrow, but for today I wanted to pick up the thread of the project to interpret an early 19th century mahogany writing desk.

With the full-size prototype built in southern yellow pine from my pile of bench-building stock it was time to move on to the real thing in mahogany.

But first I had to break my hip and lose more than half a year of shop time.  One of my favorite jokes of all time involves a Calvinist who trips and breaks his ankle.  “Finally,” he says, “I am glad to get that over with.”  There’s nothing like some predestination humor to get the day started right.

As I wrote many moons ago I wanted to not only build the early-19th century desk with period appropriate technology, using power equipment only for “apprentice work,” I also wanted to use the best vintage lumber I could find.  Casting my net as widely as possible among my circle of woodworking friends I was able to acquire small amounts of spectacular sweitenia from more than a half dozen sources.   No single source was enough to accomplish the project, but en toto I obtained enough to build several desks, which I eventually will in hopes there are clients out there who want one.

The most difficult piece to find was the single slab of 30″x 20″ 5/4 mahogany for the desk top.  Three stalwart friends responded and soon I was getting quizzical looks from Rich the UPS driver as he pulled up with securely swathed slabs of wood.  You can get a sense of the scale as I believe that is my #8 in the frame.

Perhaps the most surprising source for lumber was the orthopedic surgeon who repaired my hip.  As we were meeting for my final “turn me loose” appointment he asked me what I was working on, and I told him about this desk project.  Although I knew he was a decorative turner I had not known he was an enthusiastic furniture maker in years past, and he told me he had a storage unit filled with vintage lumber he had acquired over the years.  A couple months later we got our calendars to intersect and I went to meet him there, and wound up buying all the mahogany he had.  He told me that this stash could be traced back to pre-WWI sources and based on the quality of the lumber I believe it.  Similar stories accompanied the rest of the acquisitions as the lineage of mahogany inventories lives on in perpetuity, it seems.

Since the writing box of the desk was veneered, having just the right board for for making those veneers was crucial.  Fortunately that was one piece I had in-hand already, having acquired it perhaps forty years earlier at an estate sale for a woodworker who had no end of fabulous lumber.  Alas I did not have the money to buy more than a few pieces, and this was one of them.  I was saving it for just the right project, and this was it.  This dense, hard, and spectacular Cuban mahogany was nothing but delightful to work with.

Ditto the flame veneers needed for the outside surfaces of the legs.  I cannot even recall when I bought four slabs of crotch lumber, but they too were waiting for just the right project.

The structure of the desk was simple enough and I soon had all the pieces cut and ready for fitting assembling.  But before final assembly could happen I needed to address all the hand-cut curvilinear moldings on the edges of the legs.

Stay tuned.

Precision Instruments for Woodworkers – Part Three: Tools for Precision

Popular Woodworking Editors Blog - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 5:51am

In part one we introduced tools for standardization. These are the measuring tools that you also use to verify and quality your other tools. Every woodworker should have a high-quality combination square at the very least. In part two, I covered basic measuring tools: rules, tapes, and squares. Certainly, these are the tools that get the biggest work out in woodworkers’ shops. And, now it’s time to dial it up a […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

Drawer Stops – Several Approaches

Lost Art Press: Chris Schwarz - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 5:39am

The text and images below are excerpted from Christian Becksvoort’s forthcoming book…for which we don’t yet have a title. So for now, I’m thinking of it as “Becksvoort’s Builds, Business & Inspiration” – until something catchier comes to mind. Consider this an amuse-bouche; the main meal will arrive probably in the late spring/early summer.
— Megan Fitzpatrick

There are several options when it comes to stopping drawers. If you’re making lipped drawers, your problem is solved. The lips (usually only on three sides – the bottom will have the moulding profile, but no lip) not only stop the drawer, but also cover the small gap on the sides and the somewhat larger gap on top.

Flush drawers, sans lips, are another story. My favorite method is the front underside stop. It keeps the drawer front flush with the cabinet, no matter how the cabinet side moves. In order for the drawer bottom not to get hung up on any part of the web frame, there is usually about 1/4″ to 5/16″ (6.4 to 7.9 mm) clearance below the underside of the drawer bottom. Obviously, that wood under the groove is what supports the drawer bottom. That space allows for 1/4″ (6.4 mm) stops to be routed and glued into the divider (one for small drawers and two stops for wider drawers). I usually rout a groove into the divider, close to both sides, but with enough clearance to allow the drawer side to pass. The groove is a bit more than the thickness of the drawer front away from the front of the divider. Once the stop is glued into the groove, I like to add a finishing touch. On all my flush drawers and doors, I add a leather bumper to quiet the sound of the drawer or door closing. That’s the sound of quality.


A lipped drawer.


Underside front stop in web frame or bottom, mortised directly into the front of the web frame.

If, instead of using web frames, you’re making side-hung drawers, the slot on which the drawer rides acts as a stop. Here, too, you can add a bit of leather or even a self-adhesive rubber or silicone bumper.


Side-hung drawer. No dividers or web frames necessary.

Another, more traditional, method is to let the drawer bottom protrude beyond the drawer back. This works best if your primary and secondary wood is of the same species. Because solid-wood drawer bottoms have the grain running side to side, the drawer bottom will move in conjunction with the cabinet side. The drawer stays close to flush year-round. Obviously this doesn’t work with a plywood bottom.


A protruding drawer bottom acts as a stop. Assuming the primary and secondary wood is the same, the case side and drawer bottom will move similarly, keeping the drawer front flush.

What about drawers in a frame-and-panel cabinet? Because those cabinets don’t change in depth, that’s pretty easy and straightforward. The drawer can butt right up against the back. However, when I make frame-and-panel cabinets, I like to make the drawers a bit shorter than the inside front-to-back opening. That allows me to add a small block or a thick bumper to the back of the drawer for a perfectly flush front, as well as a quiet closing drawer.


Drawer stop on a case back for frame-and-panel construction. This can be a wood block or a nylon bumper.

On a few antiques, I’ve seen flathead screws driven into the drawer back as adjustable stops. Not all that classy, but it works.

— Christian Becksvoort

Categories: Hand Tools

When the Machine’s Guard Becomes Dangerous

Chris Schwarz's Pop Wood Blog - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 5:33am

Machine guards are supposed to protect us from harm, but there are times when they can turn against you. The worst injury I’ve ever received from a machine was cutting my hands on the anti-kickback pawls while installing my table saw’s guard. Yesterday I ran into trouble on my jointer with disastrous results. The collar that controls the height of the guard vibrated loose. The tip of the guard contacted […]

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Categories: Hand Tools

Tricks of the Trade: How to Cut Curves on the Bandsaw

Popular Woodworking Editors Blog - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 4:52am
Make relief cuts when cutting curves on the band saw

Here’s a tip on how to cut curves on the bandsaw. When cutting a circle or an odd shape from a square piece of lumber on a bandsaw, you’ve probably dealt with the annoying corners that try to pull the material out of your hands as they catch on the bandsaw’s table. Then there’s the additional annoyance of the blade binding in a weird curve. A few extra cuts on […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

Sjobergs Bench on E Bay, Excellent Condition

David Barron Furniture - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 1:55am

Here is a classic cabinet makers work bench made a few years but in 'as new' condition, you can still see the factory planer marks on the top. This is not the lightweight 3' 6" version but their full sized model . The top (excluding vices) is 1500 mm long x 435 wide (655 at the vice end). In my view this is a much better bench than their current Elite model and offered at a fraction of the price, offers on £450.
The E Bay listing is poor with pictures upside down and very little detail on the description, I gained this info from corresponding with the seller, who seemed very genuine. It's located in SW London.
If you need a bench of this size it's one not to be missed!

Categories: Hand Tools

drawer fitted.......

Accidental Woodworker - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 12:34am
I did some work last night after dinner because I had to stay up due to the toilet trot races.  I also got some work done before I left to go to the hospital. I knew that once I got home from that I would be restricted in what I could do. Anesthesia does funny things to you for hours after it is stopped. I tried a few things that I thought didn't require any undue dexterity or overtaxing my limited mental faculties.

last night
After supper I rasped this cutout to the line and sanded it smooth. I glued 3 toothpicks into the bottom to help hold it together. The bottom is 5/16" thick and I don't have any screws small enough for this. The toothpicks should be more adequate for holding it together. I couldn't do the other side because I just epoxied it together before supper.

the following morning at oh dark thirty five
This is what the inside of the repair on this end looked like after I removed the tape.

curve rasped and the end cap sanded smooth
front of the curve
I can see where the break is at the top and bottom of the curve. A quick glance brings nothing and I'll leave this as is and call it a pitch pocket.

inside sanded smooth
The dark streak is from me sanding this with a finger sander that I had used previously to sand lever caps. This is why I want a set for woodworking and a set for metal. I had to sand this again with some clean 150 grit paper.

toothpick nails
I can get all 3 'nails' out of one toothpick. I chiseled off the pointed end and then divided what was left roughly in three. The toothpick is very close to a 1/16" diameter.

angled the two end 'nails' and the middle one went in at 90°
drilling pilot holes for a #6 screw
smallest driver
This one works well with #6 on down screws. I'm still having luck with keeping the blade in the slot as I drive them.

I am not going to put a clear finish on this nor am I going to paint it. The other tool cabinets and drawers don't have a finish so I'll keep this the same as them.

I can use the driver to open and close the drawer
It doesn't stick out that far and the brief time I worked at the bench, it wasn't a problem.

I will have to rehab this now (back from the hospital)
this part was easy
The gears look good with no chips, breaks, cracks, or missing teeth. It is dirty but I can clean it and paint it.

I'll need a spanner wrench
I have a lot of tools but I don't have even one spanner wrench. I have 3 different sized snap ring pliers but they won't work for this.

This pin is for the bottom bevel gear and the shaft that the drill chuck threads on.

had to search for the top pin
I saw this pin on the handle's ferrule but I thought it was a dimple for holding it on. I was looking for a pin around the bevel gear itself. I still don't understand how the shaft for the top bevel gear works. The top of the shaft, at the handle, is pinned but what is keeping the bottom of the shaft, below the bevel gear, in place?

installing the drawer slides
 I don't know if this is right or wrong, but it is the way I do them. I like to put the drawer slides down close to the bottom edge. It makes sense to me that this would be the obvious place to put them.

I have both parts of slide together. The spacer will leave a 1/4" above the top of the drawer.

left side slide going in

I'm glad that I got a hex adapter for the Craftsman driver because the Stanley 131 is too long to fit inside the cabinet. I set the front end of the slide a 1/4" from the front of the cabinet.

it was the anesthesia that made me do this
I put the drawer side slides on backwards. On good point is the front is flush with the sides of the cabinet.

The closed end of the drawer side slide should be at the front of the drawer, not the back like I did it here.

the anesthesia is still playing with my head
I got the drawer slides swapped the correct way but now the drawer is proud.

why it is proud
I put the 1/4" from the end at the back of the drawer when it should have been at the front.

got my 1/4" clearance at the top of the drawer
I will duplicate this clearance between the two drawers.

it is working both ways
It is driving the screws into the pine like a dream. What I found surprising is it is also driving the screws out too and all the way.

The drawers only come with 8 screws. That means only two screws for each part of the drawer slides. I will be adding at least 2 more for each slide part. If I don't have any screws I think Lowes sells them.

I think I got it right this time
Three times is the charm for drawer slides too.

drawer closed and it is flush
The stock for the new drawer has stickered for a few days. I will rough cut the new drawer parts tomorrow and let them sticker for a day before dovetailing them. I stopped working on anything involving woodworking here. I invoked my two mistake rule and stopped any further woodworking.

one of the hardest spots to clean and degrease
the back of the frog is another spot
using Zep on the front and Krud Kutter at the back
the Zep is filthy
I cleaned this first with a nylon brush (at the top right) and then scrubbed it with the wire brush.

Krudd Kutter did better at the back
Both of these worked in cleaning but I think the Krud Kutter was several frog hairs better than the Zep at it. And the Krud Kutter is biodegradable while the Zep isn't.

Krud Kutter gets the brass ring
 I noticed that the rag for the Krud Kutter was noticeably more dirty and darker than the Zep one.  I'm liking the Krud stuff a lot more than the Zep.

got some new toys
All I wanted was the countersink for the brace but the S/H for it was more than the brace. I saw the two counter bores being offered for $10 each so I got them. Brand new they are a lot more then the price I paid. The top one will work in wood but the bottom one I'm not sure. The wings are flat with a slight bevel to them. I think this one was made to counter bore in metal. I'll try it on wood to see if I'm right or not.

accidental woodworker

trivia corner
Did you know that a UK Duke or Duchess is addressed as "your grace"?


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