In this new video, Jim Dillon demonstrates his method for quickly getting a hand plane blade for a bench plane sharpened and back to work. Watch this step-by-step video and you will be on your way to a shop full of sharp tools!
Did you already finish watching the latest episode of The Highland Woodworker (featuring the legendary Don Weber!) and now you need something else to keep you busy?
Check out our full archives of The Highland Woodworker, going all the way back to Chuck’s first interview with Roy Underhill in episode 1! Each episode contains some great inspiration for your woodworking shop and future projects!
For the March issue of Wood News Online, Norm Reid reviewed one of Lost Art Press’s newest offerings, The Intelligent Hand:
The Intelligent Hand, by the recently-deceased David Binnington Savage, is a distinctive and aptly titled work by a highly accomplished cabinetmaker. This impressive book, published by Lost Art Press, fills several important niches in woodworking literature. First and foremost, it’s an autobiographical account of the life of an exemplary cabinetmaker. In reading it, you’ll come to appreciate a life well lived by a man who overcame many challenges to become the accomplished artist that he was.
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When my kids were 4 and 6, we decided to move to a new house. The house was in a great Massachusetts town with good schools and a friendly community, and the house came with nice, new, clean walls. Our old house, in contrast, had a doorway leading from the kitchen to the pantry that we would use to regularly mark our daughters’ heights from when we could get them to stand upright. We even had heights for their favorite stuffed animals (who never seemed to grow…)
As we were starting to pack up, I happened by the door frame with all the years of height markings and my heart dropped. We were not only leaving this house with so much of our history, we were leaving the actual tangible evidence of our kids’ growth. Should I remove the piece of door frame and take it with us? Did I even have time to be thinking about this? When was the moving van arriving again?
When I mentioned it to my mom, she had the perfect solution. Two days later a tall package arrived on my doorstep, and in it was the Heirloom Timeline Growth Ruler. I was able to copy over the marks from the door frame of our old house, and we can keep our new clean walls that way for a little bit longer.
Kids grow up so fast.
Everybody says it, of course. It is such an overused cliche, but when you actually get to the point of your kids being ages 4 and 6, you start to realize why everyone says it. It is shocking how true it is. And in between all the milestones and accomplishments, when things slow down for a minute, it is nice to literally take measure of where your kids are at, so you might have some hope of remembering this blur of a time.
In an article he wrote in 2016, Steve Johnson addresses dust collection in the shop, arguing that even with a high quality dust collector and a good air filtration system, you still can not expect to have clean air in your shop. (Though he still thinks both of these systems are important to have for other reasons!) Steve thinks he has found a solution though to help him breathe a little more easily.
We are getting ready to release our next episode of The Highland Woodworker and it got us thinking about some of our favorite past episodes, including this one from 2015 which featured Don Williams and Christopher Schwarz guiding us on a tour of the H.O. Studley Tool Cabinet. With great stories about the history of the tool cabinet as well as an up close and personal look, this episode is worthy of a watch even if you’ve already seen it. Enjoy!
I never looked closely at how the head was attached to the handle of my handheld sander. After inspecting, I felt I could repair or at least salvage something from this equipment failure. I could see it was a simple task to remove the sanding head. I didn’t have the ability to remake it in the same fashion, so I decided to convert it into a standard sanding pad for use in power rotary tools.