Where the Krenov sings, it must be spring – The wooden throat waving these less-than-paper–in-thickness curls of soft maple. Almost dancing, the tiny, transparent ribbons – an origami sway you might say… “Well it’s not always like that… ’the throat can be a cranky ‘ol bitch on some mornings! “ Here in my wood […]
Archives for March 2010
I’m happy to share these dates with you for the coming Lie Nielsen Toolworks Hand Tool Event happening in Canada. Some dates and locations are still not settled but you can find out more information at Lie Nielsen Toolworks. I’ll be attending the events scheduled at the end of May at Exotic Woods out in […]
The new newsletter from Lee Valley Tools is now available and for me it was a nice surprise… The trestle table you may remember seeing buried under the heavy oak timbers while I worked my way through the exterior heritage door project last year or perhaps from the ‘habinet’ that is currently being assembled and […]
Just a bit of house keeping I wanted to take care of… especially for readers who never journey past the first page– a little bit of Spring cleaning perhaps? First off is in the Readers Gallery We have a new project from Chris Paluch in Chicago. Chris built a version of ‘Skinny Legs and all….’ […]
in like a lion and out like a lamb ? we had some light snow the other day- 1st day of spring my arse! dimensioned the stock for the side table- ripping, cross cutting and resawing by hand- lots and lots of wood shavings but the good news is one of my students has a […]
Every wood worker goes through the same enjoyment and arguably torment of finding and deciding on the kind of work bench they want/need for their wood shops. I get many questions and letters from readers every month about this topic and got to know Steven Melhuish over these past few months through his correspondence. Steven, […]
I’m happy to announce that Bad Axe Tool Works is now accepting orders for 12″ and 14″ back saws! Mark Harrell has been setting the standard in large scale back saws over the past year and is now ready to launch his new 12″ Carcase and 14″ Sash saws. Made to the high standards we’ve […]
I had some comments about the laminated top and thought I’d post some more pics of the process. The strips started a little better than 1 1/4″ square; I laminated them up in smaller ‘batches’ ending up with four larger pieces between 6″ and 8″ wide. The process was pretty straight forward with lots of […]
Curly maple table top- when I designed this piece I originally thought about using three large maple planks, flat sawn and about a days work to finish. Quick n’ easy with a pleasant enough look it would only be three boards to work after all. One of the main elements of this table is the […]
Hey everyone, sorry the posts have been a little sparse these days but I’m plugging away at my projects and haven’t found too much time for writing. I just received an email from Macel in Denmark; he’s in the process of building his own version of my sharpening bench I blogged about a few months […]
Back to the shellac attack, I let the freshly mixed shellac sit for about 30 hours. When ever I walked past it over that 30 hour period I gave it a little shake to upset the flakes sitting on the bottom of the containers.
While working with solid cherry wood as well as a quality veneer cherry plywood for the carcass of my current project, I wanted to use a natural finish that would not only bring the two wood types closer together aesthetically but also compliment the piece as a whole.