HOW TO WIN THE MPOWER CRB7 MK3 multi-function router base:
It's simple, just go to our "contact Stumpy" page and send us a message! You must include your name and home town in the so we can announce it on our show if you win. We will enter you into a random drawing, to be held on Friday May 8, 2015. IMPORTANT- by entering you will also be signed up for our email newsletter. You may cancel your free subscription any time. Your email address will NOT be shared with the tool manufacturer, or anyone else. Our email list is private. We will announce the winner on the first episode of "Behind the Sawdust" following the drawing, as well as on our Facebook and Twitter pages. The winner will also be notified by email. We are not responsible if the email notification is filtered out or otherwise not delivered to your in-box. The winner has 14 days to respond with a shipping address or the prize is forfeit.
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Behind the Sawdust #15
S- 5- Tom Iovino (I-O-Vino) wants to know how you store you tools. The nosy little son of a gun asks that question in a recent Wood Whisperer pool. He uses a six drawer mechanic’s tool cabinet, which he prefers because he doesn’t like to see his tools after he’s finished with them. I know, crazy, right? Well almost a week into the poll the vast majority of respondents say they store some in the open and some in the closed, while 14 people chose the “I don’t care” option.
M- 6- Furniture maker Greg Klassen received a special honor this week when his trademark table top design was featured on the cover of the German magazine Exakt. Although his work has found its way in a number of magazines and galleries, he says he still can’t believe stuff like this is happening. If you’ve never seen his work, you should check it out for yourself.
S- 7- It’s not often that a woodworking book keeps your attention from cover to cover. Especially one written in the days before digital photos and cute little blurbs filling the margins. But Graham Haydon has found a book that he couldn’t put down. It’s called Time, Taste and Furniture and was written by John Gloag in 1925. The book impressed him with its strong narrative that feels like conversation, which greatly helps the learning process. He particularly enjoyed the book’s second part where the author wrestles between hand tool work and machine work. I was able to track down a couple of copies on Amazon.com if you’re interested. There’s a link to them in the show notes.
M- 8- It’s all about the balance, ‘bout the balance, no trouble. That’s my take on what Graham Haydon says in an article about his longing to work with hand tools like modern masters Peter Follensbee and Tom Fidgen. But let’s face it- that’s a lot of hard work and requires a ton of time. So it’s often difficult to balance your desire to explore the craft with the constant pressure modern woodworkers are under to use the latest machines. He seeks to put your mind at ease with a simple reminder- you don’t have to use only hand tools to make a lot of historically accurate projects. You’ll see what he means in his blog below.
S- 9- Where have the shop drawings gone? In a recent Lost Art Press Blog, Chris Schwarz points out the regrettable fact that there are very few construction drawings for pre-industrial revolution furniture. Why is that? Did the old masters want to conceal their secrets? Did they simply work without drawings? Or were the drawings lost? Chris seems to think that the latter is the most likely scenario. In fact, he believes that the plans are out there, they just don’t look like what we today would call furniture plans. A prime example is found in the archives of the eighteenth century furniture firm- Gillows of Lancaster and London. It’s full of drawings for the various pieces their craftsman produced, but few are as complex as today’s modern plans. Why that is, and what Chris learned from it is something you’ll have to read his blog for yourself to find out.
S- 3- Buy tools on ebay. That’s what one of the biggest names in hand tool woodworking says. Paul Sellers has taught fine woodworking for decades, and even he buys many of his tools from the online auction site. That’s because high quality tools were made in massive quantities over the last century, and with an hour or so of cleaning and tuning, you can acquire a tool for a few dollars that would have cost you a many times as much new. He goes into it in more detail in the article we have linked in the show notes below, but one thing is for sure, you don’t have to be a millionaire to have top quality hand tools. Keep that in mind next time you’re in the market for something new.
New in Tools 1/3
M- 3- Inventables has begun shipping out their new CNC machines and it promises to be a real game changer in a fast growing industry. The X-Carve is designed to be simple and affordable, but also upgradable. A person who starts out with a small model can easily turn it into a large one by changing a couple of rails, allowing the machine to grow with you. Many of the parts are also upgradable, and the whole thing is designed specifically to encourage users to make their own improvements. The best part is you can start out with a fairly inexpensive machine, then add to it as your budget allows. Even though he’s not a big CNC guy, Stumpy was so impressed he has decided to get one for the shop. We’ll be trying it out and reporting back down the road.
Check this Out 2/6
S- 6- Everybody knows we at the Stumpy Nubs Workshop love the work of Charles Neil. His skill as a fine woodworker is nearly unrivaled today. But his recent class has really taken it up a notch. Since January he’s been teaching subscribers to build a Callista-Anne tall desk. We’re ten episodes in, and I’ve learned more than I think I have in any woodworking class before, online or otherwise. I can’t wait to see the final result! If you’re interested in learning fine woodworking using power tools from a real master, check it out in the show notes below. There is a subscription fee, but it’s well worth it.
M- 4- I don’t always know what they’re making, but it sure looks cool! An old page at askwoodman.com contains a collection of YouTube videos featuring Japanese woodworkers. These are true craftsman, often honing their skills through decades of hard work and dedication. They may do everything backwards, like pulling their hand planes and saws rather than pushing them like we do, but their work is something to see. And you can see it at the link in the show notes.
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