I wanted to pass on an update about our earlier Workshop Tour Of Studio Woodworking as they are going having a one day woodworking show. The woodworking school’s students will be exhibiting their work on Saturday May 12th 2012.
Here is a short video showing some of the pieces that will be on display.
If you are going to be in the Kelowna, British Columbia area on the 12th of May be sure and stop by. The “Raising The Grain” woodworking show will be held at the Tutt Gallery. Would love to hear from any of you Canadian woodworkers who attend, leave your reviews of the event in the comments.
While building a Roubo style workbench may be in every aspiring woodworkers dreams, we all may not have the time or the money to get it done. A set of quick and easy workbench plans may be all you need to make a workbench that will serve you for many years to come.
Using lumber from a big box store along with Simpson strong ties Ethan Hagan show how to build a very functional workbench. His workbench plans are laid out in a informative guest post on The Art Of Manliness website. Utilizing the included materials list along with the detailed photos you should be able to complete the workbench in a few hours.
Quick And Easy Workbench Plans
Your workbench is going to have some key features like a strong, rigid work surface, power for your corded tools or chargers, a shelf to store
tools and accessories, and wheels so that you can move about. The materials are going to run about $120 (cheap ≠ quality) and you should…
…Go ahead and feel the solid work surface that won’t bounce when you’re hammering something together. Unlock the casters and move your workbench around the room. Set up a battery charger on the conveniently mounted power strip.
It looks to me like this would make a very solid and practice workbench. I think that the torsion box top is a great idea. I would probably add an extra sacrificial plywood sheet on top to enable changing that surface as damage happens over time. In addition by using the strong ties the bench will go together in short order and will be fairly accurate and square.
Using these quick and easy workbench plans may not make an heirloom quality bench it is certainly functional. I am using a bench today that my father built over 50 years ago from similar dimensional lumber using old school fastening techniques. I think that building a workbench using these plans and materials it will stand the test of time as well.
If you would like to find more workbench plans as well as have access to thousand of other woodworking plans click here.
Popular Woodworking announced that the Woodworking In America 2012 conferences registration is now open. The annual woodworking event has been very popular in the past and has sold out. In addition there are bonus activities available for earlybird registrants. Details are available on the event website.
Something new this year the Woodworking In America conferences will be held in 2 locations. There will be a October event in The Los Angeles Area and a November woodworking event in the Greater Cincinnati area.
The registration announcement was made by Popular Woodworking Managing Editor Megan Fitzpatrick.
Woodworking In America 2012: Registration Now Open
Register now for Woodworking in America 2012 and reserve your spot at the early-bird rate – plus get first dibs on the limited-attendance “extracurricular activities,” including dinner and a private tour at the Gamble House in Calif., and an exclusive visit to White Water Shaker Village in Greater Cincinnati:
At either or both conferences, you’ll join top woodworkers and toolmakers for three days of skill-building educational workshops on hand-tool techniques, power-tool use, hybrid woodworking, carving, furniture design and more…
In addition the the registration announcement, more details of the featured presenters were offered. Some of the presenters at the west coast woodworking event include David Marks, Mary May, Jim Ipekjian, Adam Cherubini, and Yeung Chan. The east coast presenters include Curtis Buchanan, Paul Schurch, Jeff Miller, and Christopher Schwarz.
Here is a video promo for the Woodworking In America 2012 events.
I have been reading the posts about the previous events since the first year they held one. Everyone who has attended has said that they have been fun and informative and a great time was had. This aspiring woodworker would love to attend one! If you are planning on attending the Woodworking In America 2012 event it would be in your best interest to check out the details on the event website and make your reservations as right away.
I received an email this morning reminding me that early bird registration is closing soon.
Woodworking in America 2012 is set to bring you another year of excitement! Workshop instructors from all over the country are gearing up to pass on their extensive woodworking knowledge to you. Get ready and get a closer look at the WIA West and Midwest speakers…
…And don’t miss your chance to save $50 off your registration fee-just register before July 27!
Oregon woodworkers take trees to treasures in local parks and recreation initiative. The Coravallis, OR Parks and Recreation department has started a program where they offer downed trees to local woodworkers for a donated project from the wood.
Once the donated projects are given to the city, they offer them for sale and the proceeds go back to Parks and Rec for use in planting new trees and other related projects. Heather Turner from ABC News at KEZI.com reports.
Woodworkers Take Trees to Treasures
Instead of chopping the pin oak at Arnold Park to use for firewood, Corvallis Parks & Rec crews hope that local woodworkers will take the tree, and turn it into art.
It’s part of Corvallis’ “Trees to Treasure” program. Some of the downed trees from last week’s storm could be recycled into finely-crafted heirlooms.
“We were trying to find different outlets for the wood and different uses for it that might come back into the community,” said Corvallis Urban Forester Becky Merja.
When the trees fall, the City will offer them to local woodworkers in exchange for a crafted donation from the wood.
“Some of the pieces are absolutely amazing, we have received everything from bowls and small vases, boxes,” Merja said…
I think that this is a great way to recycle downed trees while offering wood to local craftsmen the town benefits from their work. More towns should have similar programs for where woodworkers take trees to treasures. Does your town have a program like this? Would you participate in a program like this?
A Woodturner upgrades his workshop and installs his new Rikon lathe in this time lapse video. The aspiring woodworker from VI Wood Works posted the following on YouTube.
Woodturner Upgrades His Workshop
I have been planning on getting a better lathe for about a year now and with a nice tax return, I am able to finally upgrade. I bought a Rikon Wood Fast 70-500 with a 20″ swing and a 2 hp motor. I chose this lathe over the rest because of how much you get for the price, all the adapters and rest sizes are common as opposed to say a Oneway in which you have to have two sets of everything if you have two lathes…
I like the rolling stand he made for his tools, just might copy some of that as I am in the process of reorganizing my shop.
Matthias Wandel of woodgears.ca does a great job analyzing bandsaw blade squeal in this video found on youtube. If you are wondering why your band saw is making that noise, this video will show you and help you decide what type of blade can help prevent the noise.
Analyzing Bandsaw Blade Squeal
He certainly put a lot of time and effort into preparing for the video. I loved the model blade he made and learned much from his video analyzing bandsaw blade squeal.
If you would like to learn more about band saw blade squeal or how to tune your band saw for better operation check out The Bandsaw Book by Lonnie Bird. I have it and find it a great reference whenever I have a question about all things bandsaw!
What do you do with condemned trees, these aspiring woodworkers build the ultimate wooden bikes from them. While most people cut the trees down and turn them into firewood or shred them for mulch Bill Holloway and Mauro Hernandez are taking trees nobody wants and turning them in rolling works of art.
The pair are owners of Masterworks Wood and Design in San Jose California and build these wooden bikes primarily using tradition hand woodworking techniques. You can buy one that they have already build to tell them what you would like and they will custom make on for you.
Aspiring Woodworkers Build the Ultimate Wooden Bikes
But a pair of San Jose woodworkers — one a self-taught genius, the other his interpreter to the real world — are turning recycled Honduran mahogany, cherry and maple hardwoods into cycling’s most splendid splinters.
At Masterworks Wood and Design, Bill Holloway, 49, and Mauro Hernandez, 33, are an artistic odd couple who have carved out a unique place for themselves in cycling’s peloton. They have built 10 bikes — all cruisers, with a pedicab in the works — that are made almost entirely of wood, and look like a Harley enthusiast’s idea of an elaborate weathervane. The original sapling in this fleet fleet, called the Defender, is their entry-level model and costs $5,500. Other models, such as the Interceptor, which has a pirate theme, and the Cherry Bomb, with flames carved out of wood, run as much as $7,500.
The bikes are considered “green” because the wood used to make them is not. The pair spend countless hours tracking down the most beautiful used woods they can find and repurposing them for…
In this video from Gary Reyes of Mercury News they discuss there wooden bike designs
Kimberley Mok from treehugger.com writes about their use of condemned urban trees:
There’s no doubt that we have a definite soft spot for wooden bicycles, but these hand-crafted bikes made from condemned city trees give these otherwise stylish bikes a more poignant history than you might imagine. Made by San Francisco-based carpenters Bill Holloway and Mauro Hernandez of Masterworks Woodworking, the material for these beautiful vehicles come from ‘unsafe’ trees that have met an untimely end — often from family properties, now inherited by grown children who…
In a article and video produced by Jeff Diehl of spotsunknown.com Bill Holloway talks about his woodworking background and how he started to build wooden bikes. He also discusses how the wood bikes ride and how they use tradition hand woodworking techniques.
They’re self-taught, and the custom bikes are an offshoot of their larger woodworking and detailing business. Bill is a native San Franciscan, and his family has deep roots here. The dynamic between him and Mauro is a compelling, friendly rivalry.
I fist encountered Bill while shooting him at Bay Area Maker Faire. This time around, it was great getting to know him and his work better, and setting him and Mauro loose to ride their creations in some stunning San Francisco locations. (Watch for the daredevil downhill stuff – these bikes are decidedly NOT made for that kind of terrain!)
These wooden bikes are beautiful. As a cycling enthusest and woodworker I can apreciate all of the time and effort that goes into building them. These California aspiring woodworkers build the ultimate wooden bikes!
Wood has played a large part in bicycle history, from the wooden bike to wood wheels to racing velodromes made of wood. For more about bicycle history including the wood bike you might want to read Bike Cult: The Ultimate Guide to Human-Powered Vehicles, by David B. Perry. This book may be the ultimate bike database!
The Aspiring Woodworker’s workshop tour of Studio Woodworking that is presented below is a series of random shots all taken during one afternoon. Studio Woodworking at Okanagan College offers a thirty five week full time program which covers a wide range of woodworking skills. The video is well done and offered in high definition.
Workshop Tour Of Studio Woodworking
The state of the art joinery shop at Okanagan College has the luxury of large windows creating lots of natural light. Our shop is very well equipped with state of the art hand tools. We have huge variety of well maintained stationary machines with industrial dust collection. Many of our machines, tools, and cutters are new.
Our fully equipped tool room has a full time attendant and any wood working tool you could imagine. The bench room has a wood floor and cabinetmakers benches for each student. We also have a heated spray booth equipped with high quality spray equipment as well as breathing air equipment.
The program looks very extensive and covers many topics and woodworking techniques. Based what I see in the workshop tour of Studio Woodworking and the students work on the site they are helping aspiring woodworkers become skilled craftsmen.