Recent comments

Re: Creating the Rule Joint

Welcome to Fine Sketchup.

I click to what could be a really interesting article on making and fitting a rule joint - and I get a guy drawing lines on a computer. Drop this obsession with Sketchup out of your blog. If it ever becomes a feature in your magazine, I will drop my subscription. This is crap.

Re: Drawer pulls in tight spaces

That is a very elegant solution for the drawer pulls.

Re: Dovetails Just Got a Little Easier

That is a good tip.

You might also try Crosman's 140 trick. Then you won't have to use the rabbeted block.

Re: Hand Tools Reinvented

My subscription copy with this guy's work on the back cover came two days ago. Very cool stuff. So ... why not just post the slide show? You know, I think it might be really interesting to take a look at further, I come here and nothing. So I look around: Thanks to google images, I found a bunch of pictures already available on the web. I think your web strategy needs some tweaking so that people who come to your site stay on your site.

Re: My brand new 100 year old jointer

Very nice. One thing though, the battleship gray. Yeah, every piece of equipment in my shop is also battleship gray and it kind of is a bit boring. I am beginning to think of painting each piece a different, crazy, color. Purples, lime greens, oranges, violent hues, patterns, etc. I may have to do that this year yet.

Re: What hand tools can't you live without?

Michael: Fair enough points about Chris's chest. I do like that you are including drawers in your traveling chest. Will you set them (the drawers) up to be somewhat complete sets for certain tasks? For example, will you have all chisels in the same drawer that you can take out of the chest and place next to your current work-station? Also, it looks like each drawer may have an individual lock morticed into the front; I wonder if having a mechanism (auto or manual) that would unlock the drawers when the top was raised might be more secure, and would eliminate the need for multiple keys and locks? As to tools, throw in a set of dividers for laying out dovetails - they take up hardly any room and are handy to have. Best regards, Robert

Re: What hand tools can't you live without?

Pick up a copy of the Anarchist's Tool Chest by Chris Schwarz. His tool recommendations for what to include in a chest are spot on.

Re: UPDATE: Making Wood Tools with John Wilson

looks like that could be a cool book.

Re: Good design takes courage

Not much difference. They look equally banal.

Re: Designing around the lumber you have


This is how all my projects proceed. Idea, figure out what wood I have on hand, then make the idea fit the wood. I acquire lots of random wood at auctions, from Craigslist, neighbors. Speaking of which, I just acquired a stump from an English walnut, and a friend of mine sawed it into lumber in boule fashion. The grain and coloration on these pieces is really cool. Be great to use on some project someday.

Re: Portable mill sawing up a local Cherry tree


Ask around in your locale. I found an orchardist, an engineer, and a local retired guy that all have these types of saws. Also, if you live in an area with any Amish, often many members of those communities have saws, but you have to get the wood to them.

Re: Why does FWW cost more than other magazines?

The older issues were much better. Fewer tool reviews. More craftsman interviews, quirkier stuff, great techniques and tips and making your own tools and jigs. Not just purchasing your way to proficiency. Take a look at your archive from the 1980s - that was great stuff.

Re: Quick and Easy Lumber Rack - Part 1

Wouldn't it be much quicker and easier to stack it in the way that Lee Grindinger writes about in Tauton's "Selecting and Drying Wood" - page 107 has a nice illustration.

Re: Behold, the Speed Tenon

Pretty sure the founder of Fine Woodworking Tage Frid documents how to do this in "Tage Frid Teaches Woodworking Volume 1."

Re: UPDATE: Building Small Cabinets by Doug Stowe

That would be great to win that book.

Re: How to Make a Drawbored Mortise and Tenon Joint

Essential Handplanes (Handplane Essentials) and now learning to use a draw-bore. You guys are doing a great job channeling Chris Schwarz. Good thing your subscription to Popular Woodworking has not run out...

Fine Woodworking used to be the great.

Re: Dueling boxes

Very cool. Small issue: walnut leaves are compound leaves, the single leaflet on the walnut box is but a part of a larger leaf. Still, very nicely done.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Made By Hand by Tom Fidgen

Very cool topic for a book. Is the book also made by hand?

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Windsor Chairmaking by James Mursell

Looks like a good book to have.

Re: Making the King's Furniture

Wow! Simply outstanding!

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