Yearly Archives: 2013

AW Extra 12/26/13 – Adirondack Loveseat

Adirondack Loveseat It’s just as comfortable as it looks. By Tom Caspar *About This Project: Our Adirondack two-seater is based on one built by Jack Priest as a centerpiece for the deck outside his son’s restaurant, The Tin Fish, overlooking Lake Calhoun, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Our design is slightly different from his. We’ve changed...

AW Extra 12/26/13 – Precision Height Gauge

Precision Height Gauge To set the height of a router bit—within .001", if necessary— I made this simple stand for my caliper. It works on a router table or a hand-held router. Two screws with washers secure the caliper. When I need the caliper without the stand, it’s easy to remove. Th e exact...

Pictures/Words/Thousands

This weekend, I read that the British Library has uploaded to Flickr Commons images from books and periodicals from the 17th-19th centuries, as part of the “Unseen Illustrations” project. They are available for use and repurpose in any way. I’ve had time only to look at a few pages worth of images; there are...

Dyed by My Own Hand

When I finish my pieces, I use restraint when adding stains or dyes. Most woods look best (to my eye) with some shellac, lacquer and maybe a little colored wax in the pores. But when I do color wood, I’m a fan of the W.D. Lockwood dyes, which are usually found packaged as J.E....

A Tribute to the Patron of the Hand Tool World

One of the unseen forces in the modern renaissance of hand tool manufacturing is Fred West, a woodworker from West Chester, Pa. Well, to be more precise, you might not know who Fred is, but anyone who makes or sells hand tools in North America knows him on sight. Fred is clearly fascinated by...