How Many Chisels Do You Have?

How Many Chisels Do You Have?

As an aspiring woodworker I own a number of different chisels, how many chisels do you have?  There are specialized chisels for many different purposes as Dennis Laney of A Woodworker Musings explains.

How many chisels do you Have?

How Many Chisels Do You Have?
How many chisels do you have, aspiring woodworkers want to know?

I used to think that my wife simply didn’t understand me when she would widen her eyes and ask, “why do you need so many tools?”.  Then not too long ago a friend came into the shop and asked, “what in the name of all that’s holy do you use all of these different chisels for?”   (His adjectives were actually a little different…

…an English “pigsticker” sash mortise chisel, tanged and heavily shouldered, it is used to “chop” mortises cross grain;  a Continental style sash mortise chisel, hooped, ferruled and washered (still not as durable as the English pigsticker; a large firmer chisel, front and back surfaces are usually parallel (or darned close to it), generally used in heavy work and to align (“register”) the walls of mortises created by boring with a boring machine or brace and bit; a gooseneck or lock mortise chisel, used to clean up the bottom of blind mortises…

Read the full article at dblaney.wordpress.com

Be sure and spend a little time reading the other posts on Dennis’s site, he does a great job talking about traditional woodworking techniques.

A chisel is one of the most basic tools a woodworker can use, yet they are vital in so many ways. I love old chisels and have a number that I picked up over the years, some are still missing handles that someday I will get around fixing.  So how many chisels do you have, let us know in the comments.

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Roy Underhill’s The Woodwright’s Shop

I came across an interesting article on Google about Roy Underhill’s The Woodwright’s Shop television show. The article titled “Woodworker Keeps Old Craft Alive” was printed in the Wilmington Morning Star back on December 19, 1981. This was from the first year the show was on the air, I thought some of you might find it of interest.

Roy Underhill’s The Woodwright’s Shop

Roy Underhill's Woodwrights Shop

Roy Underhill's Woodwright Shop

Click here to see the post on the paper as it was printed

I have always enjoyed the show, you can still find Roy Underhill’s The Woodwright’s Shop on your local PBS station.

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Woodworker Turns Bowls From Root Balls

Woodworker Turns Bowls From Root Balls

A Florida woodworker turns bowls from root balls of palm trees and has recently won Best Of Show at the annual Leesburg Art Festival. Scott Anderson of Crystal River uses his tractor to get the root balls out of the ground in order to make the bowls.

Woodworker Turns Bowls From Root Balls

Woodworker Turns Bowls From Root Balls
Woodworker Scott Anderson turns bowls from root balls and has won Best Of Show at the 35th annual Leesburg Art Festival.

“The hardest part is getting it out of the ground,” said Anderson, who relied on his own tractor to dig up the sabal palm on his land to begin the art piece.

“I think that it’s such a paradox that hiding inside the ugliest tree in Florida is this,” Anderson said, showing the intricate design pattern on the finished product.

The first time he discovered the unique artsy detail on a palm tree’s root ball, he felt that it was worthy of turning into works of art. Anderson began showing his palm bowls two years ago.

Some people mistake Anderson’s bowls as ceramics, glass or even marble. Many are stunned to learn they’re crafted from a tree’s root ball.

“I’m a woodworker who doesn’t think inside the box,” he said.

Click here to read the full article at dailycommercial.com

This is certainly an interesting looking bowl.  Having turned black palm, I can appreciate the work that has gone into this. I would love to see this aspiring woodworker turn bowls from root balls on video.

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Woodworking Tweets

Here are a few recent woodworking tweets I came across for you to browse.

by @barb_sheppard
The Village Woodworker: A Simple Utility Tray Project Part 3 http://t.co/rrmmZbC8
http://twitter.com/#!/barb_sheppard

by @woodworkers
Turn-On Chicago 2012: This exciting event takes place over three days from 3-5 August http://t.co/N3u54LKg #woodturning
http://twitter.com/#!/woodworkers

by @griffinsnews
Local woodworker becomes Internet sensation http://t.co/ltJOrmmW
http://twitter.com/#!/griffinsnews

by @ccloth
Carved Maple Vessel “Ghosts of Summer Meadows” @Balock Woodturning http://t.co/FSXnTOHr
http://twitter.com/#!/ccloth

by @HickmanLowder
Attorney Frank Hickman is also a woodworker. He has created many items in our office, including these “round things.” http://t.co/491JwrKp
http://twitter.com/#!/HickmanLowder

by @Bloomfield_Ont
Maple, maple,who’s got the maple… Paul Ross Woodturning Gallery does! http://t.co/9TMwv9Hy
http://twitter.com/#!/Bloomfield_Ont

by @Nicholls49
I liked a @YouTube video http://t.co/UpHbA0WD Woodturning Project Maple box 2of2
http://twitter.com/#!/Nicholls49

by @GenesisFermin
Kerchunkin’ #woodturning http://t.co/ySOdf0i3
http://twitter.com/#!/GenesisFermin

by @DomesticDan24
Now we’re talking. This piece came out very nice. Madrone Ariel Burl Vessel #woodworking #woodturning http://t.co/Mgju25cJ
http://twitter.com/#!/DomesticDan24

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Andy Rooney's Woodworking Tools In Estate Sale

Andy Rooney’s Woodworking Tools Sold In Estate Sale

The late Andy Rooney’s woodworking tools were being sold in an estate sale at his home in Rowayton, CT over the weekend. Rooney an avid woodworker had a basement workshop where he enjoyed creating furniture and other wood crafts. His woodworking tools included equipment given to him by Arthur Godfrey in the 1950’s. He was not a fan of modern equipment preferring what would be referred to as antique woodworking tools by many.

Nancy Guenther Chapman wrote in The Daily Westport that cars lined the streets and the home was crowded with buyers.

Andy Rooney’s Woodworking Tools Sold In Estate Sale

Andy Rooney's Woodworking Tools In Estate Sale
The late journalist and TV commentator Andy Rooney's woodworking tools sold in estate sale in CT. Photo Credit: Nancy Guenther Chapman

…The other side is home to things such as the woodworking equipment given to Rooney in 1956 by Arthur Godfrey. The equipment was described as “every man’s dream in the ’50s” by Bud Dickey, a Maine resident who had gone through Rooney’s collection of woodworking tools and unfinished projects in preparation for the sale.

Men browsed. “Who would have ever thought he plays around with wood?” one asked.

“That’s a nice piece of mahogany,” said another.

“I didn’t know he had died,” one said. “I didn’t know this was his house.”

“I didn’t either,” another replied. “I always thought he’d be on the water.”

“Guys that got it, they don’t need to prove it to anybody else,” said Dickey, who added that the late wordsmith was a “killer woodworker.”

“I’ve been down here for weeks,” he said. “You can see the early works, when he slopped the glue, and then he got better and better. I could see when he was practicing his joinery and then finally he could make a really good dovetail. You can find it upstairs, a nice box he made that a professional guy couldn’t have done it better.”

Read the original article at www.thedailywestport.com

A view of Andy Rooney's workshop photo by Meg Barone / Westport News freelance
A view of Andy Rooney's workshop shows some of the wood and woodworking tools being sold in the estate sale. Photo posted at http://www.ctpost.com by Meg Barone / Westport News freelance

Rooney had a love for wood, he once wrote in American Woodworker magazine “I own boards that I would rather have hanging on my living room wall than a Rembrandt painting”. His workshop included many boards and tools which generated a lot of interest at the sale.

Andy Rooney’s woodworking tools sold in the estate sale may not be the most modern but may be of interest to collectors. The estate sale which includes the woodworking equipment in Mr. Rooney’s workshop continues thru March 5th.

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Canadian Wood Turners Exhibit Their Pieces

Canadian Wood Turners Exhibit

The Eptek Art and Culture Centre on Prince Edward Island has a Canadian wood turners exhibit presently on display. The P.E.I. Wood Turners Guild will be displaying their turning thru March 28th. There are bowls, hollow forms, and even bird’s nests in the exhibit.

In the article from the Guardian, Mary Mackay talks with several of the wood turners about the craft.

Canadian Wood Turners Exhibit Their Pieces
Darrell DesRoches a member of P.E.I. Wood Turners Guild shows of some of the pieces from the Canadian wood turners exhibit. - Photo from Guardian by Mary MacKay

Canadian Wood Turners Exhibit

“I’m interested in the weird, the wild and the wonderful — the stuff (people would) pick up and think ‘What? How did you do that?’ ” laughs guild president Glen Pye of Charlottetown, who admittedly leans more toward the artistic side of woodturning than the utilitarian end.
The P.E.I. Wood Turners Guild began with a slow start three years ago but…

…One of those longtimers is Darrell DesRoches of Miscouche, who has been a wood turner for nearly 20 years.

“The point about the guild is that there are people there from every skill level. We have novices to the intermediate and some semi-professional wood turners,” he says.

“And the one thing I found about being a wood turner is you’re always willing to share. You don’t keep secrets. If you got a cool way of doing things then you’re always willing to share with others.”

 To read the original post at www.theguardian.pe.ca click here

There are over 30 members of the P.E.I. Wood Turners Guild which is just three years old. They meet the last Wednesday of each month at two of Holland College’s locations on the Canadian island province. If you happen to be on P.E. I. it sounds like the Canadian wood turners exhibit would a great stop for any aspiring woodworker.

 

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Table Saw Kickback Video

I had seen this table saw kickback video some time back, but thought it was important that I post it here. In the video Tom Hintz from NewWoodworker.com demonstrates  a table saw kickback as well as what happens when a router table is used improperly.

What really hits home is when the kickback is shown in slow motion. He came very close to having his hand come in contact with the spinning blade.

Table Saw Kickback Video

For years it was thought to be safe or even fashionable to use a table saw without a blade guard or riving knife. If the accompanying video does not make that sound like a dumb way to use this machine there is a better than even chance that you are an idiot. Until today, I was an idiot also for thinking of doing this demonstration but after watching my own video I am cured.
There are many ways of having kickbacks on the table saw but the most common seems to be the wood simply turning towards the blade as it

Click here to read the full post on NewWoodworker.com

After watching the table saw kickback video I thing you will all think a little more about your safety when using a table saw.

A featherboard is a great safety addition for your table saw. I own this magnetic version from Ridgid. It works great and
you can get it now for half the price of the Magswitch model!

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The Rapping Woodworker

Here is a quick post for a video I found on YouTube from Steve Ramsey the rapping woodworker of Woodworking For Mere Mortals.

The Rapping Woodworker

…Master carpenter on TV
Makin it look easy.
Hes the boss, hes the best,
But this aint no freakin test!

So get a simple mission,
Make decisions with precision
Get some lumber to transform and remember
Abram aint the norm!…

Here is a link to the rapping woodworker on YouTube.

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Live Web Event For Woodworkers

Live Web Event For Woodworkers

There will be a live web event for woodworkers coming from Fine Woodworking on March 2nd. The streaming web event, billed Shop Talk Live will take place this coming Friday at 3:30 PM eastern time.

Fine Woodworking magazine Editor Asa Christiana along with Michael Pekovich, Art Director will be fielding questions from the moderator Ed Pirnik, the Senior Web Producer. Readers are being asked to submit questions for the web event’s debut.

The Shop Talk Live event was announced on  finewoodworking.com.

Live Web Event For Woodworkers

Live Web Event For Woodworkers
Live Web Event For Woodworkers from Fine Woodworking - Shop Talk Live

In a bid to better serve our readers and connect with you all even more directly, we’re gearing up to launch a new live stream event that will put our editors in front of the camera on a monthly basis to answer your woodworking how-to questions and even address a few of the comments that…

…That means Asa and Mike won’t have a clue as to what potential zingers the web staff will be lobbing at them during the live stream. Feel free to have fun with this and pitch any woodworking how-to questions you like. This is an open forum, and while we can’t answer or address every potential email that comes across Ed’s computer screen, we’ll do our best to pick the most entertaining, thought-provoking, “woodworky” items.

Click here to read the full announcement from Fine Woodworking

It sounds like the format of this will make the for some interesting possibilities. If you’re an aspiring woodworker who would like to have your questions answered on this live web event for woodworkers presented by Fine Woodworking be sure to get them in right away.

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