Ever since my appearance on the Public Television Show “Rough Cut – Woodworking with Tommy Mac,” I’ve received calls, messages and emails from woodworkers asking for plans for the spice box that Tommy and I built on the show. For those who contacted me, here it is. And it’s something a little different from 360Woodworking.com[…]
After talking about carved Queen Anne legs during my Weekend with Wood presentations, I’ve been fooling around with turned Queen Anne legs for a new 360Woodworking online course. To pull a foot out of your block of wood, you need to offset the base of your leg by turning off-center. A question that I often[…]
The included photo shows a chamfered mortise and tenon. If it’s one half of a joint on an Arts & Crafts piece (or something related) and it is to show as a through-tenon, I understand why a woodworker would spend the time to chamfer the ends of his or her tenon. But if it’s a[…]
For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been wrapping up a new online course for 360Woodworking.com members. As I worked through video editing, voice-overs and the step photos with captions on the last of 15 lessons included with the course, I marveled at how much I enjoyed the stupid-simple finish used on the project –[…]
Throughout years and years of making mortises for furniture, I’ve come to the realization that I’ve used primarily three different methods. Four, if you count making a mortise using a mortising chisel – did that just for the hell of it, though. Surely, one has to be my favorite mortise method. I’ve used a dado[…]
For the past couple of weeks I’ve been deep into preparing for my upcoming classes at Weekend With Wood, but over the last couple of days I’ve had reason to watch again Ron Herman’s latest contribution to 360Woodworking.com on sharpening. Wow. Is it really that easy? I’ve always been a product-oriented woodworker; the idea of[…]
Better tools don’t necessarily make woodworking easier. Sharp tools, however, do make all the difference in the world. Sharp is derived from a variety of methods – fancy to frugal. How you get your edge is largely dependent on your woodworking budget. Fear not. Sharp is obtainable at all levels of expenditure.
This past week a good friend can into town to spend a few days at the lathe making bowls. I couldn’t turn him away! Monday morning we kicked off the event by assembling a few bowls. Leading the pack were a couple of laminated bowls that were inverse of one another. Bowl one had a[…]