It’s going to be big. I mean really big, like thick, heavy books that you need to read on a stand like a dictionary. But The Lost Art Press thinks it’s a project worth publishing. They’ve spent seven years accumulating as many issues of The Woodworker Magazine as possible and will be producing a hardbound set of the journal that was originally published from the 1930’s through the 1960’s. The first volume will be 1100 pages long, the second a trim 700 pages. And it will be in the same high quality binding that we’ve come to expect from this small woodworking publisher. The only question is, how do you hold a book that big while you’re sitting on the toilet? We expect to find out when it’s released sometime toward the end of the year.
Breaking news: Cherry usage has neither increased, nor decreased. That may not seem like news, but it’s actually a testament to the love many furniture makers have for the material. While a sagging Chinese economy has devastated the market for many North American wood species, cherry has stood out by not changing at all. Insiders say this is because much of the cherry produced goes into furniture and millwork, and woodworkers’ love for its rich, supple grain has not diminished. Here’s a fun fact: 70 percent of our Cherry comes from Pennsylvania, but 70 percent of our cherries come from maraschino jars.
Around the Web 2
Our senior YouTube correspondent, Mustache Mike is here to share a what’s caught his interest lately…
Recently John Heisz built something I’ve been planning for my shop for a long time now, homemade shutters. Here’s the highlights:
Peter Brown of Shop Time built a wooden projector for a cell phone:
Thank You Mr. Mustache. Don’t forget to check out our list of favorite YouTube channels at Stumpynubs.com/friends
If you’re into hand tool woodworking, or dudes with dreadlocks, you probably know who Tom Fidgen is. He’s written two bestselling books “The Unplugged Workshop” and “Made by Hand”, and he teaches woodworking through his popular “An Unplugged Life” online school. Recently Tom sat down to with, Scott Francis, who also happens to be my book editor, to answer a few questions about his work, philosophy and plans for the future. Tom says he’s struggled a bit over the last year as he’s learned how to work wood, film and edit content for his website all at the same time. He also commented about how he was shocked to see how much work it takes to write a book, and he learned a lot the first time around. He also goes into his love for music, and the projects he’s currently working on. It’s not a long interview, but it is an interesting one. I’ll link to it in the show notes.
Why spend all that time flattening your plane irons on a stone or plate when you can do it with a hammer? Paul Sellers doesn’t believe perfect flatness is really needed, but an iron with a high center can be a problem. Most people use their abrasives until they wear the high portion down. Paul uses a nylon faced hammer. A whack or two on the high side will flatten it a great deal. An extra whack can produce a slight hollow, which he likes even better. It’s fast, easy and sure beats spending hours hunched over a stone. You can read about the technique at the link below.
Nothing sucks like a split plank. Be it a table top, a chair seat or whatever you’re working on, splits can occur naturally as the wood dries. The traditional fix is an inlaid bowtie. But Chris Schwarz has a less formal solution: a pocket screw. He uses a mini pocket hold jig to bore into the underside of the work piece, and a screw to pull the split closed. There’s a small amount of technique to it, so I’ve linked to Chris’ article in the show notes below.
New in Tools 1
Our senior tool correspondent, Mustache Mike is here to tell us about what’s new in tools…
Thank you Stumpy… Oneida has released a new hybrid dust collection system it calls the Dust Cobra. It’s a cross between a shop vac and a dust collection cyclone. They say it provides 3 times the suction of traditional shop vacs with 70 inches of static pressure. The volume of air is modest as far as dust collectors go at just 245 CFM, but exceptional when compared to a shop vac. It comes mounted to a 17 gallon steel drum and stands 4 and a half feet tall. I’m not sure what to make out of this one. A lot of woodworkers use shop vacs to save on space, but this thing is really big. It’s smaller than a proper dust collector, but not nearly as powerful. And at $900-1,200, it’s more expensive than both put together. I’ll be interested to see exactly where this thing fits into the marketplace.
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