Logan Cabinet Shoppe Woodworking Hand Tools & Techniques
By Bob Rozaieski
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A podcast about traditional woodworking with hand tools.
|1||VideoEpisode #53: Tuning a Rabbet Plane||Woodworkers love hand planes. But in a period shop, the bench planes that are so coveted and extolled today were actually among the minority when it came to the tool inventory. The joinery planes and molding planes vastly outnumbered the bench planes. Tod||3/4/14||Free||View In iTunes|
|2||VideoEpisode #52: Mitered Painting Frame||Mitered frames can be a challenge to build without specialized equipment. Furniture moldings are typically only applied on three sides of the piece, requiring only two mitered corners. Frames, however, require that all 4 corners are perfectly mitered. Eve||2/4/14||Free||View In iTunes|
|3||VideoEpisode #51: Installing a Half Mortise Lock||I’m nearing completion on my William & Mary bible box build, but before I can put the final finish on, I needed to install the hardware. First up is the half mortise lock. I thought this would be a good podcast because there are a couple of tri||4/26/13||Free||View In iTunes|
|4||VideoEpisode #50: Cutting a Tenon||Since I did the episode on chopping a mortise, I though it only fitting to do one for cutting the tenon as well. So this is it. … Continue reading →||4/10/13||Free||View In iTunes|
|5||VideoEpisode #49: Chopping a Mortise||While I have demonstrated the process I use for chopping a mortise before in previous videos (e.g. porringer tea table, workbench, entertainment center doors), I’ve never actually just done an episode on the mortising process. So it hasn’t bee||3/22/13||Free||View In iTunes|
|6||VideoQuick Tip #14: Choosing Chisels||It’s Get Woodworking Week 2013, and that means that it’s time once again to do our part to promote woodworking and grow the craft. Of course this should be a year long activity, but this week, we really focus on newcomers and rank beginners to||2/6/13||Free||View In iTunes|
|7||VideoQuick Tip #13: Don’t Fear the Hide Glue||It’s Get Woodworking Week 2013, and that means that it’s time once again to do our part to promote woodworking and grow the craft. Of course this should be a year long activity, but this week, we really focus on newcomers and rank beginners to||2/3/13||Free||View In iTunes|
|8||VideoEpisode #48: Entertainment Center Doors – Part 2||On today’s show I finish up the work on the frame and panel doors for the entertainment center. These doors are lipped, meaning they are partially inset and partially overlay, and they also have a molding planed on the inside and outside edges of th||1/25/13||Free||View In iTunes|
|9||VideoEpisode #47: Removing & Re-installing a Saw Spine||I today’s episode I’ll do a little simple saw doctoring. It’s common to find old backsaws who’s spine has been knocked down too far at the toe, giving the saw blade a tapered appearance. While canted saws certainly were made for ma||1/4/13||Free||View In iTunes|
|10||VideoEpisode #46: Entertainment Center Doors – Part 1||On today’s show I start working on the frame and panel doors for the entertainment center. These doors are lipped, meaning they are partially inset and partially overlay, and they also have a molding planed on the inside and outside edges of the rai||12/24/12||Free||View In iTunes|
|11||VideoEpisode #45: Dressing Table Part 2 – Carving the Ball||It’s been a little while since I’ve worked on this, but I got a little time to do some carving, so here’s the next installment of the series. Carving the feet for me follows a step-wise process that starts with the square foot, transitio||7/20/12||Free||View In iTunes|
|12||VideoEpisode #44: Aligning Saw Bolts in a New Handle||I had to make a new handle for a customer’s saw, so I thought it might be a good opportunity to show how I get the holes in the new handle blank to align with the saw plate. This can be a little tricky because the old handle is often … Continu||7/3/12||Free||View In iTunes|
|13||VideoEpisode #43: Dressing Table Part 1 – Ball & Claw Foot Layout||So I’m finally starting on the dressing table I alluded to some time ago. I’m not finished with the entertainment center yet, or the joint stool, but why would that stop me from starting yet another project :). Actually, I started this project||4/2/12||Free||View In iTunes|
|14||VideoEpisode #42: Re-toothing a Hand Saw||If you are a fan of old hand tools, I’m sure you’ve seen some of the same sorry old hand saws that I often run across. You know the ones; they look like they were used to saw through nails and then sharpened by a one armed blind man weilding &||3/3/12||Free||View In iTunes|
|15||VideoQuick Tip #12: Choosing Saws (Get Woodworking Week 2012)||For my first post for Get Woodworking Week 2012, I want to talk about saws. If you are going to do a lot of your work by hand, then you are going to need a couple of good saws to get started. The most important thing about the saws is … Continue rea||2/6/12||Free||View In iTunes|
|16||VideoEpisode #41: Re-sawing Hand Tool Style||It’s an age old question among modern hand tool enthusiasts. “How do you re-saw thick stock into thinner stock with hand tools?” For most woodworkers, it’s a simple matter of running the stock through the bandsaw. But what if you d||1/8/12||Free||View In iTunes|
|17||VideoEpisode #40: Sawing to a Line||I got a question about the meaning of the phrase “sawing to the line”. I thought the easiest way to answer the question was to do a demonstration. So here it is. … Continue reading →||12/30/11||Free||View In iTunes|
|18||VideoEpisode #39: Using Milk Paint||Milk paint is an easy finish to apply, and gives pieces a beautiful and lively color with lots of character. While modern latex acrylic paints give a boring, even, plastic looking finish that sits on the surface, milk paint actually soaks into the wood, a||11/30/11||Free||View In iTunes|
|19||VideoEpisode #38: Traveling Tool Kit||I got a question recently on the heels of the Bare Necessities Workshop Space about a bare necessities tool kit, especially for someone who has to travel a lot and won’t have a permanent space to set up shop and leave it set up permanently. Here is||10/29/11||Free||View In iTunes|
|20||VideoQuick Tip #11 – Aging Hardware||I’m not a big fan of shiny finishes on hardware for the pieces I make. I much rather prefer hinges, screws, etc. that look like they have some age to them. In the case of inexpensive hardware from the big box stores, the solution is easy. Hinges and||10/24/11||Free||View In iTunes|
|21||VideoEpisode #37: Entertainment Center Molding||Making moldings has to be one of my favorite parts of a project. You get to express your creativity and take a plain old boring box and turn it into a piece of furniture. This case is getting a simple waist molding that serves to draw the eye upwards from||9/19/11||Free||View In iTunes|
|22||VideoEpisode #36: Grinding Without Fear||The grinder is a very useful tool in the hand tool shop. While there are certainly alternative methods to establishing tool bevels and removing damage from edges, none are as efficient as a grinder. Even most 18th century shops had a grindstone of some ki||7/8/11||Free||View In iTunes|
|23||VideoEpisode #35: Re-handle a Chisel||OK. So maybe I like old tools. I have plenty of perfectly good chisels. But there’s something about old straight sided firmer chisels that just feels right to me. I don’t know if it’s their lower center of gravity (compared to socket chi||6/24/11||Free||View In iTunes|
|24||VideoEpisode #34: The Workbench – 1 Year Later||It’s been about a year since building the new workbench. In that time, I’ve gotten lots of questions about how I liked the bench, how the construction lumber is holding up, and if I would do anything different. After using the bench for a year||5/22/11||Free||View In iTunes|
|25||VideoEpisode #33: The Wooden Square||I’ve been using wooden squares for several years now, and I really like them. There have been several articles on making them in Popular woodworking in the last few years, one by Adam Cherubini and one by Chris Schwarz. The two articles were about s||2/20/11||Free||View In iTunes|
|26||VideoEpisode #32: Entertainment Center Case Joinery||The case dovetails are done, but that doesn’t mean the cases are ready for assembly yet. While dovetails typically take center stage in the Miss Joinery Pageant, there are plenty of other types of case joinery that must be completed in order to buil||2/3/11||Free||View In iTunes|
|27||VideoQuick Tip #10: The Saw Nib||Got an old saw with a broken nib? How about an old, used up long saw that would make a good candidate for cutting down into a shorter panel saw? Do you just want to build your own hand saw from scratch? Well then, you need to be able to … Continue r||1/29/11||Free||View In iTunes|
|28||VideoQuick Tip #9: Skip Planing||In Episode # 28, I showed how to match plane two boards to make a panel. In that episode, I left one face of each board rough, planed one face flat, and then match planed the glue edges to make a flat panel. This works well, but sometimes, after you ̷||1/12/11||Free||View In iTunes|
|29||VideoEpisode #31: Entertainment Center Case Dovetails||Confession time. I don’t see dovetails as a way to show off my skills (if I had any skills). In fact, I typically don’t want to see them in the finished piece. I arrange my joinery in such a way as to hide the joinery when the piece is done &#||12/29/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|30||VideoQuick Tip #8: Adjusting a Wooden Plane||I have recently received several questions about adjusting wooden planes and requests to do a video on the process. As you’ll see, it’s really not brain surgery. I think it’s actually easier than using those adjuster things on metal plan||12/23/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|31||VideoEpisode #30: Bedding a Plane Iron||I’ve had my Petite Rabot (little plane) since the beginning of October. I tried using it a couple of times just for giggles, but it wasn’t tuned up so well. It would either take no cut at all, or a relatively thick cut. While I’m a big f||12/14/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|32||VideoQuick Tip #7: Sharpen a Rasp||Rasps get dull, just like any other tool. Most people just pitch them when they get dull and buy a new one. But before you go tossing those olds dull rasps, or grinding them up into whatever, give sharpening them a try. No, I’m not talking about hon||12/3/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|33||VideoEpisode #29: Making a Marking Gauge||This is the first in a series of toolmaking episodes I’m going to be doing in the coming months. I’ve had a lot of requests for these topics, so I’m going to be doing a new toolmaking episode every month or so. I’m starting with th||11/19/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|34||VideoEpisode #28: Edge Jointing – The Match Planing Method||To make edge joints by hand for gluing multiple boards into wide panels, you have a couple of choices. The first is to plane the edges of the boards meant to be joined straight and square to the reference faces. I talked about how to do this in Episode #||10/19/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|35||VideoEpisode #27: Flat & Square||I’ve had a bunch of requests recently to do an episode on preparing rough sawn stock with hand planes. So seeing as I’ve a bunch of stock to plane for the entertainment center, I thought I’d go ahead and do an episode on it. I did cover||10/11/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|36||VideoEpisode #26: Entertainment Center – Part 1||I’m currently building an entertainment center for our family room. Building a piece like this can seem like a daunting task. Doing it with only hand tools may seem down right nuts. However, as with any large case piece, the solution is to break the||9/12/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|37||VideoEpisode #25: Shop Made Wet Grinder||I got a bunch of questions and comments asking for more details on the wet grinder. So I put together a quick demo of it. … Continue reading →||7/3/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|38||VideoEpisode #24: Wenzloff & Sons Panel Saw Kit||Whether you want a new premium quality saw but can’t scrape together the coin for it at the moment, or if you want to try your hand at building your own saw, the saw parts & kits from Wenzloff & Sons are a great deal. Now just to clear thi||6/13/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|39||VideoEpisode #23: Workbench Work Holding||The last thing I need to address on my bench is to finish up the work holding features. I decided to add a crochet to the front left of the bench and a removable twin screw vise to the front right. These two appliances, along with the myriad holdfast hole||5/30/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|40||VideoQuick Tip #6: The Ring Trick||I received several questions about the ring trick I mentioned in the last episode of the podcast. So here it is. I learned this trick from Stephen Shepherd’s blog, so Stephen, if you’re reading, thanks! … Continue reading →||5/20/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|41||VideoEpisode #22: Workbench Top||With the base done, I moved on to the top. There’s not much to say about it really. So without further ado, here’s the episode. … Continue reading →||5/14/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|42||VideoEpisode #21: Workbench Base||After a long weekend and one evening, I have a square, flat and stable workbench base. I’m really liking how easy this bench is to build with very limited tools. I’m also liking the lower height compared to my old bench. Just one more solid we||4/23/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|43||VideoEpisode #20: Workbench Design Considerations||There is no such thing as a perfect workbench. All workbench designs are a compromise in the end. The challenge is to sit down, analyze your own personal needs based on the types of things you do in your shop, the types of tools you use and your own physi||4/14/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|44||VideoEpisode #19: Porringer Tea Table – The Big Finish||After a couple of minor setbacks, the table is finally finished (pun intended). Hey, I never claimed to be an expert finisher. Still, I think the finish on the tea table came out respectable, and more importantly, it’s an easy finish to apply, which||4/5/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|45||VideoEpisode #18: Porringer Tea Table – Part 7||The last thing to tackle before applying a finish to the table is the top. This is an important part because it is the part that will get the most notice. So I took my time to make sure I got it right, since this was the first porringer top … Contin||3/14/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|46||VideoEpisode #17: Porringer Tea Table – Part 6||In this episode I finish up the base of the table. I start by assembling the aprons to the legs, then I make, attach and shape the knee blocks. I’m getting close to putting the done stamp on this one. Now if I can just manage to get a finish …||3/3/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|47||VideoQuick Tip #5: Holding Stock for Shaping||Just a few thoughts on some simple strategies for securing difficult to clamp parts for shaping. … Continue reading →||2/18/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|48||VideoEpisode #16: Porringer Tea Table – Part 5||This thing is actually starting to look like something resembling a table now! In this episode, I prepare the apron stock, cut and fit the tenons, and create the decorative detail at the bottom of the aprons. At the end, a dry assembly gives me an idea of||2/12/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|49||VideoEpisode #15: Porringer Tea Table – Part 4||To the uninitiated, shaping cabriole legs can appear to be an arduous task. The thought of doing it only with hand tools can make it even more intimidating (almost every magazine article I’ve ever seen uses a band saw to do the majority of the stock||1/27/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|50||VideoEpisode #14: Porringer Tea Table – Part 3||The stock is planed and the leg patterns are transferred. Time to get started on the joinery. In this episode, I layout and chop the mortises in the leg stock. … Continue reading →||1/12/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|51||VideoEpisode #13: Porringer Tea Table – Part 2||The design is done and the lumber has been sitting in my shop for several weeks. Time to get started on the legs for the table. In this episode, I’ll make the leg pattern and plane the rough sawn stock for the legs to get it ready for joinery.  ||1/2/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|52||VideoQuick Tip #4: Proportions of the Tea Table||After posting Episode # 12 (tea table intro), I received numerous questions about how I came up with the proportions for the table. So I decided to do a step by step drawing to explain how I actually came up with the design. Most of the proportions themse||12/17/09||Free||View In iTunes|
|53||VideoEpisode #12: Porringer Tea Table – Part 1||Well, after several months of talking about it in previous podcasts, I’ve finally started the first project for the podcast. We needed a side table for our family room, so I designed the one I’m going to build in this series. It’s a porr||12/14/09||Free||View In iTunes|
|54||VideoQuick Tip #3: Adjusting a Bench Plane Frog||Smooth planes perform best with a tight mouth. Here’s a trick I use to adjust the frog on a smooth plane in order to make the mouth tight without a lot of trial and error. … Continue reading →||12/6/09||Free||View In iTunes|
|55||VideoQuick Tip #2: Adjusting a Lever Cap||After posting the hand plane tune up episode, a viewer asked about proper adjustment of the lever cap on a metal bench plane, which wasn’t really discussed in the podcast. I don’t know the textbook answer to that question, but here’s wha||11/28/09||Free||View In iTunes|
|56||VideoEpisode #11: Hand Plane Tune-up||Hand planes might just be the most used tool in the hand tool shop. We use them to face rough sawn lumber, we use them for joinery and we use them for moldings. While there are plenty of new planes out there that are just about ready to go out … Con||11/20/09||Free||View In iTunes|
|57||VideoQuick Tip #1: Pick a Project||So I got a new camera and microphone setup and thought I would test it out by adding a new feature to the site. I’m calling it Quick Tips and I’m hoping to use these video shorts when I don’t have time to film a full length podcast. I al||11/17/09||Free||View In iTunes|
|58||VideoEpisode #10: Hand Tool Appliances||In the power tool world they’re called jigs. In the hand tool world, we call them appliances. Whatever you call them, they are indispensible accessories that you will use in your shop on an almost daily basis. From bench hooks to shooting boards and||11/6/09||Free||View In iTunes|
|59||VideoEpisode #9: Organizing Your Space||With tools in hand and the skills to sharpen them, we’re just about ready to start building some furniture. There’s just a few things left. First, we need a place to work, which means a workbench. Then, we need a way to keep our tools organize||10/10/09||Free||View In iTunes|
|60||VideoEpisode #8: Sharpening – Part 4||OK, I promise, this is the last episode on sharpening. There are just a few different tools left that really weren’t covered by the other episodes so I wanted to touch on them before I move on. This episode covers sharpening tools like drawknives, a||9/23/09||Free||View In iTunes|
|61||VideoEpisode #7: Sharpening – Part 3||Well, summer is coming to an end, vacations are all but over and school is back in session. In this episode I attempt to take some of the mystique out of sharpening your own hand saws. I don’t completely understand all of the hesitation that a lot o||9/10/09||Free||View In iTunes|
|62||VideoEpisode #6: Sharpening – Part 2||In this episode I talk about sharpening edge tools with curved edges, like molding planes, bench gouges, carving tools and cambered plane irons. If you’re used to using a honing guide you may find honing these tools a little more challenging as most||8/21/09||Free||View In iTunes|
|63||VideoEpisode #5: Sharpening – Part 1||It’s no secret that to do fine work we need sharp tools. So the next few episodes are going to be a series on sharpening all of the different tools commonly found in the hand tool shop. I have three requirements for a good sharpening system: It need||8/14/09||Free||View In iTunes|
|64||VideoEpisode #4: The Mechanics of Sawing||The hand saws are the workhorses of the hand tool shop. They’re used for just about every operation on just about every part of a project. So it’s important to be able to saw accurately in order to be effecient. In this episode, I share three||7/25/09||Free||View In iTunes|
|65||VideoEpisode #3: Layout Tools||Whenever hand tools are discussed, handsaws, planes and chisels take center stage. However, without the layout tools, none of these tools would be able to do their jobs accurately. Still the layout tools just don’t get the attention they deserve so||6/26/09||Free||View In iTunes|
|66||VideoEpisode #2: Hand Tools for Every Shop||For new woodworkers looking to start a hand tool shop or experienced power tool users looking to incorporate more hand work into their projects, selecting tools can be a daunting task. There are literally thousands of different hand tools out there to cho||6/12/09||Free||View In iTunes|
|67||VideoEpisode #1: Introduction||Well, the podcast is up and running. Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel. A little excited, a little embarrassed and a little anxious. At any rate, there’s no turning back now. The show must go on as they say. My wife got the opportunity to watc||6/4/09||Free||View In iTunes|
The BEST, pure and simple
If you want to ditch the power saw and experience the elemental ways of making things, you're at the right place.
Hand tools -- the beauty of designing then fashioning something yourself. No noise pollution (earplugs), little dust pollution (face mask), no fingers lost (keep the guitar around)!
Hand tools may not be the fastest but it sure soothes the soul. And body because it's a workout, often.
Bob gives you what you need to know, from the beginning of which tools, how-to for a workspace, how to maintain tools, and especially, how to use them to make beautiful and useful things.
Sawing wood, planing it flat and square, joining it with techniques as old as the pyramids -- that's where it's at! And you get what you need, as well as helpful explanations, right here.
I watch many episodes over, partly because i'm a slow learner and just to be sure i got it right.
Sincerely, Michael Markowski
Great job of presenting solid techniques.
Great woodworking show.