Jim Tolpin's Split Top Roubo

It is fun to see other people using the split bench top since Dean and I explored it initially back in December of 2008. Bob Lang adapted aspects of it onto his bench and Jameel from Benchcrafted has really ran with it. Here is Jim Tolpin's version.

Storage Options

There has been some recent discussion on the Old Tools Listserv about storage of tools and materials. Here are some photos of different methods I use for storage. I did not clean the shop prior to the photos so you can see real life examples. Feel free to send me photos of your storage ideas.

Workbenches and WIA

Sorry I haven't posted in so long. Since the great fun we had at WIA in St. Charles, IL I have been busy getting ready for a class here at Mike Siemsen's School of Woodworking with Garrett Hack. I just finished building two more benches today. I have also recently built a base for a vintage top and rebuilt a bench that I built over 19 years ago, lowering it to 34" from 42" and removing the Record and Emmert iron vises and fitting it with wooden vises of my own making. I hope Garrett likes working at it. It is 96 inches long.

Woodworking in America, Hand Tool Olympics. What to expect

There are six events in the upcoming Hand Tool Olympics to be held during the WIA Conference in St. Charles. I will explain the events so that you will know what to expect and you can practice if you wish. The tools pictured are not the tools you will use but are representative of them. All of the lumber used will be clear pine, no knots!

WIA Prizes

Here are pictures of some of the prizes that will be awarded to participants in the WIA Hand Tool Olympics.

Woodworking in America, Hand Tool Olympics, St. Charles, Illinois

I have been working with Glen Huey of Popular Woodworking to design a Hand Tool Olympics for WIA near Chicago. Here is the „official“ press release. I hope to see you there sawing! Mike

Announcing the ‚Hand Tool Olympics‘ at Woodworking in America

In sports, you need to compete against a superior player to improve your own game.

So to make you a more skilled tool user, we're holding a „Hand Tool Olympics“ at our Woodworking in America conference in St. Charles, Ill., this August.

Olympic feats

I have been busy working with Glen Huey of Popular Woodworking on designing a Woodworking Olympics for the Woodworking in America Conference in St. Charles, Illinois.The conference takes place on August 14–16. We have come up with several fun events, a couple of which involve sawing. I am donating some saws so I have been busy rebuilding several handsaws to use during the competition and then award as prizes. They will be fine tuned and sharpened by Mark Harrell of TechnoPrimitives.

Sam Maloof, Woodworker, January 24, 1916 - May 21, 2009

No man is an island

No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man's death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

John Donne

Good Housekeeping

Sorry, I am not talking about the magazine! This is safety week and woodworkers are putting out their safety tips.

3M PPS spray finishing system

I spray a lot of my finishes, stains, dyes, lacquer and shellac all go through guns in my makeshift spray booth. I use an inexpensive Harbor Freight HVLP conversion gun (item # 43430) which I was happy enough with until I was introduced to a new product at a Minnesota Woodworkers Guild Meeting. The PPS system made my old cup obsolete. My gun is still good to go with the addition of an adapter(#2) provided by John Zoia, the 3M rep.

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