Woodworking Sites: All the Time in the World Handcrafting Co

All the Time in the World Handcrafting Co. is a small family run business,  handcrafting jewelry in Nanaimo, BC on beautiful Vancouver Island. Their unique but simple jewelry is made from arbutus branches which have fallen naturally and have been picked up from the forest floor, helping to make their jewelry an eco-friendly product. The design of their individually hand carved pieces are completely inspired by the wonderful surroundings and nature of the westcoast. I think they are a great inspiration to all us woodworkers.

Above is a short You tube  video showing their pendants made from branches, very nicely done. You can find out more about these at Heartwood Gifts.

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Edge Trimming and Jointing Veneer

If you have ever tried to flawlessly seam and joint multiple sheets of veneer you will know how hard it can be, especially if your veneer is a little brittle. Here are three You Tube videos showing different approaches to the problem. I have tried all three in the past, I must admit having cut thousands of feet using a veneer saw, I love the idea of using a track saw!

The first Video is from the Shop Smith Academy  It shows the traditional method using a veneer saw. A veneer saw is a wooden handled tool, you draw it across the wood as you would use a knife. It has a double edged reversible saw blade, with teeth of different sizes to suit various woods. It is a reasonably low cost tool, and is ideal for cutting perfectly square edge joints for veneer matching.You use it against a straight edge.

The second video is by Paul Schurrch In the video he shows us how he uses a Festool ATF-55 Series track saw to edge joint a stack of veneer.He uses the negative rake of the Festool blade and very unusual technique of cutting backwards along the track through a stack of walnut veneer without splintering. Interesting!

The third short video shows a more traditional method of jointing using straight edges and sand paper.

As we can see there are many ways to flawlessly joint veneer. Please let us know favourite method or even methods of edge trimming in the comments below.

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Woodworking with Hide Glue

If you would like to master hide glue then this short YouTube video by John Bullar, author of "Furniture Making, A Foundation Course,"  should set you on the right path. You might  also like to subscribe to his You Tube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/johnbullar

 Hide Glue  is often sold as granules and called 'scotch' or 'pearl glue.' It is an extremely strong, gap filling glue, which has the property of pulling surfaces together as it dries.  It needs to be applied hot, and hardens as it cools. It has the great advantage over PVA that you can reheat it and the glue should re-melt, allowing you to remake joints or reposition veneer. If you want to use it as a gap filler you can mix in pigments to match the wood. The main draw back of this glue is that it is not weather proof, so for indoor work only.

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You Tube Woodworking Video: Wood Turned Cowboy Hats

Here's An interesting short You Tube woodworking video showing Kevin Felderhoff of Wood Cowboy Hats he specializes in this unique form of wood turning making cowboy hats. He starts of with a 200 Lb log and end up with a wearable hat. Due to the handcrafted nature of the process, no two of his hats are alike. You can find out more about his amazing hats at: http://www.woodcowboyhats.com/kevin.htm.

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Woodworking Sites: Inlay Arts

Home page Inlay Arts

Here is a real inspirational site Inlay Arts. It is a site dedicated to showing the finest inlay, marquetry and parquetry from around the world. The site is filled with stunning images of the best work from top wood artists. The quality of the work as well as the photography is amazing. As someone who has struggled from time to time with the intricacies simplest of inlay work some of the stuff shown on this site really blows my mind!

The site features a gallery of many top wood artists portfolios including the likes of Aaron Radlow, Silas Kopf, Patrik Edwards, David J Marks and many more.  As well as having a blog featuring furniture by many others. If your interested in inlay, then this is a site you should not miss.

This site is a Woodworkers Guide Top 100 Woodworking Site

Woodworking Sites: American Federal Period Furniture - Robbert l. Millard

American Federal Period Furniture

Rob Millard specializes in museum quality reproductions of furniture from the American federal period. His pieces are handcrafted using specially selected lumber and veneer. Furthermore one of the most striking features of his work are his hand made inlays. These are made in shop using the traditional techniques of the period. You may have come across Rob's work before as he  has written several articles for Popular Woodworking, Fine Woodworking and the Journal of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers.

Robbert Millard's Site: American Federal Period Furniture has  three main parts: a blog, a furniture section and the wood shop.

  • The American Federal Period Furniture blog is very informative, filled with interesting articles for the hand tool enthusiast as well as those with an interest in period furniture and its construction. It's given me many enjoyable hours reading! 
  • The furniture section shows a selection Rob's previous work, including many master pieces constructed in the federal period style including tables, desks sideboards and clocks. 
  • The third part of the site the wood shop, is a place dedicated to the woodworker, here you can buy Full copies of Robs DVD guides to making federal period furniture, plans, specialist tools and some excellent inlays as well as infomation on Rob's woodworking classes. To give you a taster of what's on offer here is a short YouTube video excerpt from one of the DVDs, showing hammer veneering.

The American Federal Period Furniture  site has much to offer the keen woodworker, a great blog, interesting and informative videos as well a shop where you can find all you need to start making your own federal period furniture. Well worth a look!

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Woodworkers blogs: The Carpentry Way

The Carpentry Way
 The Carpentry Way by Chris Hall, is a great site to visit for those with an interest in carpentry and joinery, covering the intricacies challenges met in carpentry this the blog also showcases inspirational examples of joinery from around the world.

Chris Hall is a professional carpenter specializing in Japanese architecture and joinery as well as working with timber framing buildings. With traditional Japanese carpentry and roof work being his main passion. He is strongly influenced by Ming Period Chinese furniture as can be demonstrated in some of his posts.

In his work Chris designs and builds joined structures of many kinds, along with interiors and furniture, and provides carpentry and joinery consultation services, he give talks, and hold classes in woodworking and carpentry drawing. 

To my mind the blog is extremely well written and filled with useful information. Criss writes with clarity and passion on the subjects of carpentry, carpentry drawing, timber framing and Japanese architecture. This site is well worth a visit!

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Hand Powerd Woodworking: Treadle Lathes

Commercial Treadle Lathe from about 1900
During a trip to the Horse Museum in Niuronys Lithuania, I saw a couple of treadle lathes on display in a recreation of a wheel wrights shop. The first lathe seems to be a commercially made from around 1900. Treadle lathes like these continued to be used regularly up until about the 1950's. The lathe has a very sturdy base, made from approx 8"x4" oak and seems very similar apart from the lack of an electric motor to a modern lathe. The picture shows a blank for the  hub of a cart wheel between the centers.

 The second picture shows a shop built lathe from about the same period. The lathe was originally  a treadle lathe but has been upgraded to belt drive. On the right you can see a boring attachment (for making holes - not uninteresting), and on the left is a nice hand cranked water cooled grind stone. Until relatively recently these lathes were used for the commercial production of cart wheels.

Belt Driven Lathe

Hand cranked water cooled grinder

This interesting Horse Museum located 8 km outside Anyksciai is the only of its kind in Lithuania. The importance of the horse to the economy and agriculture of Lithuania is the main topic of the exhibits and collections contained in the museum.

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Woodworking DVD - Build a Sawbench with Christopher Schwarz

Learn from the hand tool master Christopher Schwarz, his  dvd takes you inside one of his most popular woodworking classes.

Build a traditional sawbench as you learn the fundamental hand-tool skills including handsaws, chisels, bench planes, router planes and more Discover how to saw with precision.

Follow along as Chris and ten of his students build  saw benches entirely by hand. It's like attending a class with a student's-eye view of the action

In addition to the video, this dvd  includes complete construction drawings for building the saw bench.

  • Discover how to saw with precision – if you can see the line, you can cut to the line

  • Lay out and cut compound angles – without any jigs, test-cuts or time-consuming set-ups

  • Learn the three classes of saw cuts – and when and why to use each

  • By the time you're finished, not only will you have a saw bench that will last for year to come, you'll also be wielding the most-used handtools with accuracy and confidence. dvd run time: 104 minutes. You can buy build a saw bench at Shop woodworking...

    Above is a short clip from Youtube of the third day of a sawing class instructed by Christopher Schwarz at Roy Underhills Woodwright's School. The clip shows the making ofsimilar benches to those featured on the DVD.

    Youtube Woodworking Videos - Charles Neils Pine Bench

    Here is a feature length  Youtube woodworking video by Charles Neil. Here he shows a fun and inexpensive project that you could make in a weekend. Charles spent a Saturday and Sunday making and finishing this pine, five-board bench.

    Like the rest of his video's which can be found on his Youtube channel InTheWorkshop, this video is of good quality with plenty of advice on making this simple but very usable piece of furniture.

    Although the production values are not as high as you would find on some other woodworking sites, such as Woodtreks, its more than made up by the quality of the woodworking information and in the presentation. I enjoyed watching these videos, If you have the time they are well worth a look.

    Charles Neil is a furniture maker from Virginia, he has been a proffesional woodworker for the past 30 years. He also teaches woodworking in-house classes throughout the year and has a Library of DVDs available for sale from his web store and Woodcraft.

    You can find out more about him on his site Charles Neil Woodworking  or from his Blog In the Workshop with Charles Neil.

    Woodworking Schools

    Below you can find a list of woodworking schools. Woodworking classes can offer a great way to quickly improve your technique and hone your skills, whilst at the same time meeting some interesting people and having a great time. 

    If you know of any other top woodworking Schools we should add, please let us know in the comments below.

    The Woodwrights School
    A place devoted to the pleasures of hand tool woodworking. Handtool Woodworking classes with Roy Underhill (from PBS's woodwrights shop) & Associates.

    The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship
    The Center for furniture Craftsmanship offers courses in furniture making and related skills such as carving, turning, marquetry and finishing. Located in Mane.

      David J Marks Woodworking Classes
    From David: "Hello fellow woodworkers! My goal is to provide, small, accessible classes to fellow woodworkers, and to have the opportunity to engage in an open dialogue about woodworking." Located in Northen California.

      Red Rocks School of Fine Woodworking and Lutherie
     Offering woodworking classes for the hobbyist and professional in such fields as guitar & furniture building, turning, carving, and many more. The school is located within the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, in Lakewood, Colorado.

      The Mark Adams School of Woodworking
     Marc Adams School of Woodworking is the premiere school teaching woodworking, wood turning, edging, finishing, and more. MASW is located in Franklin.

    Darrel Peart's Green & Green Woodworking Classes
    Weekend workshops covering step-by-step the process of making the most common Greene and Greene details. Informal atmosphere with a chance to talk woodworking and Greene and Greene. The class consists of about eight hours on Saturday (9-5) and about 6-8 hours on Sunday.  Portland Origon.

    The Kelly Mehler's School of Woodworking
    Offers a variety of hands-on woodworking classes that cover an array of techniques and various finished pieces. Kelly Mehler's School of Woodworking is located in Berea.

    New Legacy School of Woodworking
    Uncompromising teaching methods ensure that every student gains a working knowledge of their craft and so soon finds a new level  of confidence.

    Woodworkers blogs: High Rock Woodworking

    Here is a great blog by Chris Adkins High Rock Woodworking, a third generation woodworker. Sharing experience and woodworking tips with the purpose of supporting three things that he loves: woodworking, writing, and education. Chris believes that it is important to pass on the knowledge so that traditions will be carried forward and passed from one generation to the next.

    The blog is very well written,  covering a wide range of woodworking topics, projects, tips and tool reviews as well as a podcast. The site gives many insights in to woodworking as well as providing lots of information and ideas for the hand tool wood worker. Well worth a look.

    Recent Posts:

    Making a set of wooden Green and Green inspired hand planes.

    A treadle driven planer!

    Construction of a wood gear clock.

    If you follow High Rock Woodworking or even if you visited it for the first time today, we would love to get your opinion in the comments below.


    21 Ideas to inspire your next woodworking project

    1. Make something useful like a bookshelf
    2. Make something unique to your own design
    3. Make a musical instrument
    4. Make something first
    5. Make something that makes people happier
    6. Try some carving or sculpture
    7. Build a Work Bench
    8. Do some  Japanese joinery
    9. make a wooden clock
    10. Work green wood make a chair
    11. Make a gift
    12. Turn something from spalted wood
    13. Build a rocking horse 
    14. Make something inspirational
    15. Reproduce an antique
    16. Make something that solves a problem
    17. Make something that gets a laugh
    18. Make something that saves you time or money
    19. Build the boat you have always wanted
    20. Make a jig or other shop resource
    21. Make something ‘cool

    Woodworkers Project: Spalted wooden Jewelery

    Wooden Earrings from Spalted Oak
    Stunning wooden Jewelry can be crafted from very small pieces spalted woods. Jewelry makes great gifts and can be a quick and easy project for the keen woodworker.
    For best effect I use only the most spalted and richly colored peices of wood. The Spalted Pear wood is one of my favorites to use for jewelery. Its color is a warm rich brown and black tones. I have several old pear trees that yield a branch or two every year. The Spalted oak I found as wind fall branches in a local forest. 
    Wooden Earrings from Spalted Pear
    The great thing about jewelery is that you need very little wood. Each pair takes about an hour to make and requires little in the way of tools. The Drops for the earrings I cut to rough shape using a bandsaw, but you could use a hand saw, then for the final shaping I used files, rasps and sand paper. The wood was sanded down to 1000 grit and given three or four coats of tung oil and one coat of bees wax.  
     The Ear hooks are silver, the beads amber colored glass, these can be brought from jewelry supply shops. The ear hooks are glued in to the drops using epoxy resin.

    See also our woodworkers guide to making wooden jewelery

    Interview with Phil Edwards, Founder of Philly Planes

    Phil Edwards, Founder of Philly Planes,  shares with us the story of how he became a plane maker, and  his traditional hand made wooden planes. 

    All  Phils planes are made in the time tested manner from the finest select hard woods. He even makes his own plane irons from high carbon O1 steel which takes and holds an excellent edge.
    Phil Has a nice blog;  Phisvile, where you can read more about him and his planes. 

    The Video was uploaded on the Wood havens YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheWoodHavenVideo

    Woodworking Podcasts

    Below you can find a list of top woodworkers podcasts. Click on the links to open the page in a new window. Do you know of other top woodworking  podcasts? Please leave a comment to let us know about them. 

    Matts Basement Workshop 

    One of the longest running and best woodworking podcasts on the net. Matt a dedicated hobbiest woodworker, also co hosts Woodtalk Online. You can listen to the podcast here: Matt's Basement Workshop

    The Modern Woodworkers Association

    A place for r woodworkers of all skill levels from professional to hobbyist to be able to share knowledge and learn form one another. On iTunes here: Modern Woodworkers Association.

    Stu's Shed Podcast 

    Murdering electrons in a Woodworking Workshop. Covering woodworking tools and techniques (And the occasional venture over to "The Dark Side" with traditional tools and techniques)..On iTunes here: Stu's Shed.

    Youtube's Woodworking Video: Dovetail Joints Hand Cut

    The dovetail is an important carpentry joint, hand cutting dovetails is an essential skill for any serious woodworker. Machine cut dovetails can be ok but definitely lack the beauty and charm of the real thing. If you want to master hand cut dovetails joints then this short youtube video by John Bullar, author of "Furniture Making, A Foundation Course,"  should set you on the right path.

    David Marks on The Wood Whisperer- Bowl turning

    This video from the Wood Whisperer You Tube channel, covers a recent visit by Marc Spagnolo to his friend and mentor, David J Marks, in which they made an excellent short video together, showing David turning a small natural edge bowl.

    In this video David shows you a number of tools and interesting techniques. You'll see him using some of the more standard turning tools like the bowl gouge, the parting tool, and the pyramid point tool, as well as some interesting carbide tipped tools from Easy Wood Tools. David shows the Easy Rougher and The Easy Finisher.  He also goes in to some detail on how he uses strips of thin wood to back sand paper, allowing him to conform to the bowls curves without rounding over the edges.

    The video concludes with a few ideas on the importance of finishing and forming the bottom. David also shows  how to make and use a jam chuck, as well as illustrating some of the dangers of turning natural edge bowls (only a little blood!)

    The Wood Whisperer is one of my favorite woodworking Video Blogs, this combined with a guest aperance by one of the greatest wood workers, David Marks, your sure of a video worth watching. Enjoy!

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    Woodworking Videos - Choosing a Bandsaw Blade

    Heres a short You tube woodworking video by Laguna Tools, with advice on choosing blades for their bandsaws. Bandsaws only work their best when outfitted with the proper tooling and the best blades. The information contained in the video holds good whatever your bandsaw type. The Video covers a wide variety of blades. Using the proper bandsaw blade will help increase your cut accuracy and speed up your work.

    • For resawing wood, the blade should be as wide as the machine will allow. The wider the band is, the straighter the cut will be. Fewer teeth per inch faster feeding can be achieved, but poorer finish. More teeth slower cut but smoother finish.
    • For contour sawing , the blade should be as wide as the machine allows, but still narrow enough so that it can cut the desired shape (radius), Approximate minimum dimensions for different cutting radii are shown in the table below. Yet again Fewer teeth faster feeding can be achieved, but poorer finish. More teeth slower cut but smoother finish. When cutting long smooth arcs a wider blade will follow the curve more smoothly
     • When selecting blade  teeth per inch (TPI), you should  have between 3 and 12 teeth in the workpiece when cutting. To few teeth in the work you loose control, too many and the cut rate will be very slow.

    The video also talks about the excellent Laguna  Resaw King blades. Long life and ultra-smooth cutting life makes this an easy choice if your doing a lot of resawing over conventional blades.

    Table of Bandsaw Blade Width forr Minimum Cutting Radius
    Blade Width           Minimum Radius of Cut (approximate)
    5 1/2"
    1/2"2 1/2""

    To find a great range of blades for your bandsaw check out Rockler. com

    When choosing your band saw blades always follow your saws manufacturers instructions!

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    Woodworking Books - The Perfect Edge by Ron Hock

    The Perfect Edge
    With 224 pages with over 400 photos, it could be the definitive Book on sharpening woodworking tools. The book includes a lengthy chapter on tool steel metallurgy, heat treatment, even rust, as well as a chapter on abrasives: what they are and which one does what best, along with how-to chapters on how to sharpen your favorite tools.
     About the Author
    Ron Hock  has  been making high quality blades since 1981, he started out making knives to sell at  crafts fairs. One day the staff and students at James Krenov's Fine Woodworking Program at the College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg convinced him to re-tool to make plane irons for them. One blade led to another and another and it wasn't long before he was making only woodworking tools. Ron has a blog The Sharpening Blog Where you can find lots of detailed information about sharpening , and making blades.

    "If, however, you don't own a book on sharpening, I think "The Perfect Edge" should be at the top of the list, if only for the fact that it covers the latest innovations in sharpening equipment and is written in a very breezy style that makes the technical information easy to digest."
    -- Chris Schwarz  Woodworking Magazine Weblog

    Youtube's Woodworking Videos: How to make a Kantele, by Michael J King

    Heres a great woodworking video by Luthier Michael King, in which he shows us how to construct a simple to build and fun to play instrument called a Kantele. A Kantele would be a great first project for an aspiring luthier.

    If you like this video you should visit Michaels site, where you can find plans and instructions for this and other instruments can be purchased from his site. There are plans for 5, 10, 12 and 15 string kanteles as well as a piccolo kantele and the template for an electric kantele.

    Michael also provides a short five part guide to tunning and playing the Kantele.

    The kantele is the Finnish version of an instrument known throughout the world as either a zither or lap harp. The kantele is basically a triangular shaped sound box with strings running across the top of the instrument. When the strings - usually tuned to a diatonic scale - are plucked, a kantele will produce ringing bell-like tones.  The Kantele is from a class of instruments known as "Baltic psalteries." They sound similar to a harp but because of the way in which it is built and the way in which the strings are attached, a compelling and unique sound is produced as it is played.

    How to Make Wooden Jewelry

    Spalted Birch Pendant
    Wooden Jewelry makes a great gift, and can be a quick and inexpensive project for the weekend woodworker, and also a great way to use up those interesting scraps of wood.

    Great pieces of wooden jewelry display and accentuates the natural beauty of the wood it is from. Because of this the best wooden jewelry need to be made from the most interesting and striking woods. For most woodwork, uniformity is required, but for jewelry it is interest, burls, bright colors, extreme grain, spalting that are all important.

    Oak Branch Earrings and Necklace
    Selection of the wood to use is ninety percent of the craft, paying attention to grain pattern and color, the beauty of the wood really is all in making great jewelry. For most of my work I use spalted birch, and spalted oak. Most of the wood I use is gatherd from the forest, as windfall branches, or the odd  spalted oak stump. Also scraps of exotic woods or even laminated scraps of veneercan be excellent.

    Drop Earrings from Spalted Pear

    Design and Shaping
    Once you have selected your wood, you need to cut and shape it. The design for my jewelry is normally suggested by the wood itself, I may leave a piece of wood laying around the workshop until I get inspiration, the interaction of grain and shape or the color.
    Once your decided on the design shaping is a simple if mechanical process of cutting, filling and sanding using scroll saws, files, rasps and sand paper. Because of the small size of wooden jewelry it will be viewed close up, it needs a really smooth finish, so sanding is carried out with many finer and finer grits of paper, usually down to 1000 -1200 grit. This part of the process can be fiddly, I often end up sanding more off the ends of my fingers than the work itself!

    I normally do not use any stains or dyes as these obscure the natural beauty of the underlying wood. The main finishes I use for wooden jewelry are tung oil, shellack, bees wax and clear lacquer. Each have their own merits and faults, you need to experiment to get the look your after. Most often I go for a high gloss finish as this really shows the beauty of the wood.
    Spalted Birch Pendant
    Once the woodworking is done you need to add the metal fittings ear-hooks, chains, pins, beads and straps. Chose these with care, some pieces will look better with gold some with silver or copper. Often a piece will be accentuated with a bead or two. The fittings I usually attach with epoxy resin, other glues I have tried tended to fail for one reason or other.

    I hope this article has given you some insights in to the making of wooden jewelry. If you are inspired to make some wooden jewelry, send us a photo, and I'll post it here.

    Woodworkers Sites: Colin Bird Miniature Furniture

    Colin Bird Miniature Furniture

    Here is a  interesting woodworking site Colin Bird's Miniature Furniture.

    Colin Bird makes makes a range of miniature dolls house furniture from the 18th to 20th century, Georgian, Regency, Victorian and Edwardian periods.

    His furniture includes tables, dressers, desks and a wide selection of chairs. The level of detail and skill involved is amazing. If you have ever tried miniature woodworking you will know how difficult it is, your joints need to be 12X more accurate, you finishing needs to be flawless.  For his finish Colin uses several coats of very thin coats of shellac cut back with wire wool and finnished with wax.

    Also making you models look like full sized furniture is difficult due to wood grain. Over sized grain will ruin the effect of scale. To get round this problem this Colin uses closer grained woods like cherry and pear, and yew for the turnnings, which when scalled to 1/12 size with the right stains can look like walnut or oak.

    All Colins turnings for his chairs is done on a Unimat 3 model making lathe. In 1993 Colin won a gold medal at the National Woodworker Show.

    Youtube's Woodworking Videos: How to make a Rosette, by Michael Thames

    Have you ever wondered how they make the incredible classical guitar rosettes? Heres a great video, showing how one Lutiher Michael Thames achieves it.

    All Michael's rosettes and purflings are hand-dyed, and hand cut. Each time he  make a new batch of rosettes, they will differ slightly. A few examples can be found on his website. he likes a more understated rosette, and feels the beauty of the classical guitar lies more in the balance and proportions rather than a lot of gaudy colors and inlay. 

    This process is not just limited to luthier's but could be used to create inlay for any woodworking project, In the 19th century it was common to cover entire boxes and picture frames with this type of built up inlay.

    Woodworking Books - The Workbench Design Book, the Art and Philosophy of Building Better Benches

    "The workbench is the most important tool in your shop.

    While the statement is absolutely true, it doesn't help you answer the more important question: Which workbench should I build? 

     Chris Schwarz’s  book provides plans and details for eight different workbenches. These benches range from a Roubo bench, in which Chris builds entirely by hand, to a workbench assembled in 24 hours

    What's inside

    Centuries of workbench history that has been boiled down so you can easily separate the enduring bench designs from the bad ones. 

    Complete plans for shop-tested workbenches that you can build – plus real-world critiques of these benches that point out the types of work at which they excel. 

    The latest information on vises and other workholding devices, plus plans for simple shop appliances that improve any bench. 

    Chris also includes a section on how to build a sawbench as well as  information about how to upgrade your existing workbench.

    Real-world advice on the best woods to use, the correct dimensions for benches and how to make your bench knockdown or mobile. 

    No matter what sort of woodworking you do, inside this book you'll find the tools, detailed information and inspiration to build the right bench for your workshop, your budget, and your projects.  

    Find out more at Barnes and Noble>

    Find out more at Shop Woodworking >

    Woodworking video- New Yankee Workshop

    New Yankee Online - with Norm Abrams

    In the Course of 21 seasons the New Yankee Workshop with Norm Abrams, having 235 projects and 925 episodes  has introduced more people to the craft of woodworking than anyone else on the planet. The show ran from 1989 until 2009, but sadly their are no more being made.

    So  if your local stations have stopped airing reruns of the show, and you still need your weekly hit of Norm? well help is at hand, the New Yankee Online Website is airing an old episode of the show each week.

    As well as this fully featured DVD's of all New Yankee Project are available to buy on the site as well as the appropriate measured drawings.

    For those (if any) who have never seen Norm, here is a short youtube clip, where he shows us around the Studley tool chest.

    The show may be dead but long live Norm.

    Wood Artists: John Mc Abery Wood Sculptures

    John Mc Abery Wood Sculptures
    John McAbery lives and works on a remote area of the California coast in a small handmade cabin without electricity or telephone. His workspace is a small table with a vise attached, a few hand tools and nothing else.
    John uses naturally fallen California bay laurel.

    The blocks of wood he starts with can weigh as much as 100 pounds, yet his finished sculptures weigh as little as 4 ounces. His partner Gretchen Bunker helps with the design and finishing of the work.

    To begin the process, John creates with ribbons, clay or foil a three dimensional model of the sculpture. He also draws inspiration form seaweed and shells found on the beach.

    His designs are drawn on both sides of the block and the carving begins. He uses keyhole saws to rough out his piece. Then he continues to refine the sculpture using smaller keyhole saws, gouges and microplanes.

    After days of cutting and shaping, a rough sculpture finally emerges from the block.  John uses sandpaper in successive grits to continue refining every twist and curve. The piece is finish sanded down to 600 grit, then polished with a blend of beeswax and carnauba.

     His Site contains a short biography, photos of sculptures in progress and portfolios of his current and past work.

    Website: John Mc Abery Wood Sculptures

    Portfolio: Current Work 

    John’s peaceful lifestyle and his passion for carving will continue to be an inspiration to many.

    YouTube's Most popular Woodworking Video

    You Tube has come to define the era of online video, filled with lots of great content for all us woodworkers. So enjoy one of its most popular and fun woodworking videos of all time.  With 863,353 views the Impossible nail-through-wood trick from Steve Ramsey's  Woodworking for Mere Mortals  channel certainly leads the way.

    How to make a simple little conversation piece. Amaze your friends and family with this easy woodworking project
    by stevinmarin | 863,353 views

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    Woodworkers Resource: Greene and Greene Design

    Most of you reading this article will be familiar with these most famous of architect brothers from Pasadena, Charles and Henry Greene, who are widely considered to have made one of the greatest contributions to the American Arts and Crafts Movement.

    Today 's their designs remain an influence to many modern woodworkers, this can be seen through the work of woodworkers such as Darrell Peart and Jeffry Lohr. For those interested in American arts and crafts style woodworking the following sites may provide you a valuable resource:

    The Gamble House


    The Gamble House in Pasadena, California, is an outstanding example of American Arts and Crafts style architecture. The house and furnishings were designed by Charles and Henry Greene in 1908 for David and Mary Gamble of the Procter and Gamble Company. The house, a National Historic Landmark, is owned by the City of Pasadena and operated by the University of Southern California and is open for public tours.

    Of special interest is a craftsman tour "details and joinery" by Jim Ipekjian which  shows from a craftsman's point of view how The Gamble House was crafted. In which he discusses why woods were chosen, and explains joinery techniques, and explores the thinking and collaboration that led to the actual craftsmanship.

    The Greene & Greene Virtual Archives (GGVA)


    The Greene & Greene Virtual Archives (GGVA) contains images of drawings, sketches, photographs, correspondence, and other historical documents related to the work of the architects Greene & Greene.

    Woodworkers Portfolios: Furniture Makers

    Below you can find a list of portfolios from top furniture makers.

    Click on the links to open the page in a new window. If you want to recommend a woodworking site please send us details here.

    I hope you discover something new. It took me absolutely ages to put together, so if you enjoyed it I would hugely appreciate any tweets/stumbles/diggs.

    Furniture Makers

     Aaron Radelow
    The furniture workshop of Aaron Radelow is where today's Royalty places their orders… 

    Darrell Peart
    Furniture reminiscent of Greene and Greene and the American Arts and Crafts style.

    Christian H. Becksvoot
    The finest in individually built Shaker and contemporary cherry furniture. Clean and subtle designs.

    Makers of museum quality furniture, fitted cabinetry, and fine architectural woodwork.

    W. Patrick Edwards
    French marquetry, upholstery, designer furniture, consulting, teaching, and conservation. 

    Hand Tools: Woodworking Hand Planes and Planemakers

    Below you can find a list of my top Woodworking planes and planemakers sites. Click on the links to open the page in a new window. If you want to recommend a woodworking forum or any other woodworking site please do so here.

    Anderson Planes  Traditional style handmade infill planes with bodies of bronze, brass, steel or wood.
    Brese Planes   Ron Brese maker of fine hand planes for fine woodworking.

    Bridge City Tools   John Economaki & Co.  Bridge City Tool Works - High-end woodworking hand tools.

    Bill Carter Hand Planes   Known for his dovetailed box mitre planes, Bill has been making hand planes since the 1980′s.

    Catharine Kennedy   Custom hand tool engraving.

    Gerd Fritsche Traditional Hand planes   High quality traditional infill planes in the style of Norris.

    Handplane Central  Great information on hand plane, Stanley planes, infill planes and plane making.

    You might also like this post by Chris Adkins over at High Rock Woodworking: Making a set of wooden Green and Green inspired hand planes.

    Making a set of wooden Green and Green inspired hand planes.

    Heinz Antique & Collectable Tools   John Heinz maker of beautiful sculptured wooden planes, infill planes, hammers and other tools.

    HNT Gordon Planes   Planes made from the hardest Australian woods and beautiful exotics from around the world.

    Holtey Classic Hand planes   Considered by many to be some of the  the finest hand planes ever made.

    Infill Plane Kits  Infill plane kits .

    Knight Toolworks   Hand planes from exotic hard woods woods.

    Marcou Planes   A plane maker from New Zealand who makes dovetailed planes that excel a planing difficult exotics.

    Old Street Tool Inc  Makers of wooden molding and bench planes. 

    Sauer + Steiner Toolworks  Home of Sauer & Steiner premier infill planes.

    St. James Bay Tool Co.   Manufactures its own planes, squares, spoke shaves and violin maker's planes  inspired by antique tools of the 1880s and '90s.

    Vesper Tools   Make a great bronze shoulder plane, as well as some excellent marking knives, squares, bevels and gauges.

    Recommended Books
    The Perfect Edge, by Ron Hock

    The Perfect Edge
    224 pages with over 400 photos, The definitive Book on sharpening hand plane blades. The book includes a lengthy chapter on tool steel metallurgy, heat treatment, even rust, as well as a chapter on abrasives: what they are and which one does what best, along with how-to chapters on how to sharpen your favorite tools. 

    Making & Mastering Wood Planes
    Interested in learning how to design and make you own hand plane? With this book and a weekend you can make your own plane and learn how to use it efficiently. You’ll learn a wealth of general woodworking knowledge and tips and acquire a solid understanding of the many fundamentals of fine woodworking. Master craftsman David Finck has written the definitive book in the field and a classic introduction to the fine art of woodworking.