‘Do you want me to deprioritize my current reports until you advise me of a status upgrade?’

Here are some short updates on projects in the works at Lost Art Press.

1. “Grandpa’s Workshop” is in its final stages at the printer and should be on its way to us in the next week. Free shipping for this title will end at midnight, Friday, Sept. 28. After Friday, shipping will $7.

2. Leather editions of “Mouldings in Practice” are still at the bindery. They should be ready any day now. When they are released, copies will be $185 (which includes domestic shipping). They will be first-come, first serve.

3. Lie-Nielsen is putting the final touches on a DVD opus I filmed there last year. The four-hour (you read it right) DVD will cover how to build a Shaker side table entirely by hand. This is the Shaker side table from Issue No. 2 of Woodworking Magazine God Rest its Soul. The design is based on a table from Thomas Moser’s book on Shaker furniture.

4. This morning I head up to F+W Media to film a DVD on restoring and tuning handplanes to a very high level. I bought a Stanley No. 4 Type 11 to fix up. It should be a good DVD for those woodworkers who struggle with their planes.

— Christopher Schwarz

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50 Responses to ‘Do you want me to deprioritize my current reports until you advise me of a status upgrade?’

  1. Jason says:

    That picture is very…..Lebetkian.

  2. Ben says:

    Screws… Need… Clocking… *twitch*

    • Derek MacInnis says:

      Hi Chris,

      Speaking of screws, didn’t you mention a while back about writing soon on a “new” source for good straight slotted screws? I don’t remember seeing anything since then….just curious.


  3. Yes. Make those DVDs your primary action items.

  4. I was with Woodworking Magazine from the very first issue to the very last, Chris. Still miss it. 🙁 Looking forward to seeing that DVD.

    Oh, hey! How does LAP feel about magazine publishing?

    And even though I was in the shop last night, taking no-tear-out passes on curly mahogany with my smoothing plane, full-length read-through thin shavings of end grain with a shooting board, and adjusting plane position to make perfectly square sides without using a guide (all because of you, man)… I’ll probably buy that DVD on restoring a hand plane. There’s always something new to learn.

  5. joecrafted says:

    Skinny guys flatten plane soles till their burger.

  6. joecrafted says:


    • Jeremy says:

      I’m sure this doesn’t make sense to someone who hasn’t programmed before, but it made me chuckle. If it could only be used to parse strings once they’ve left my mouth…

  7. billlattpa says:

    I’m looking forward to the handplane restoration DVD. There’s not enough info on the topic in my opinion.

    • rwyoung says:

      I’d say it is the opposite. There is too much information out there. Some contradictory, some complementary. It is sorting the wheat from the chaff that is hard, not the tuning up of the handplane.

      • billlattpa says:

        You’re right. I probably should have phrased it differently. There is too much conflicting information and not enough sound advice.

        • lostartpress says:

          I agree there is a lot of information out there that is contradictory. This DVD explains how I have boiled it down to doing it with the fewest materials, steps and heartache. I’m not new to the resto rodeo and have tried everything.

          If you like the way I work and explain stuff, you might like this DVD. If you think I’m a dork, well you are not alone.

  8. Devon says:

    Don’t forget to address the Lever Cap Screw situation: Oddball size, variable from plane to plane and general lack of replacements. In other words: leave messed up Lever Cap Screw planes on the flea market table and back away slowly.

    • rwyoung says:

      Not all that difficult to find piles of parts from stripped or otherwise so badly munged planes. And there is at least one guy making the 12-20 tap and die sets if you wish to replace some pieces yourself (eBay sales). And if you are not a purist, there is nothing terribly wrong with cutting new threads into the frog to fit a “modern” screw.

      That said, there are still PLENTY of good user planes at value prices out there just waiting for somebody to pick them up and make them work.

      • Devon says:

        All good points. But I contend that the replacement of a LCS is a Decision Node on the; “So You Want to Refurbish a Hand Plane?” Choose-your-own-adventure path. Some people will want to tackle it, just like some would be fine with replacing an iron or making up a new tote (at least the tote making IS real woodworking). Others will not want to do so at all (This last group may be those woodworkers who actually finish projects – unlike me)

  9. John Wheeler says:

    How about a review/comment on the use of dovetail planes.

  10. Ted says:

    Any updates on the book to take the mystery out of saws? I understand Andrew from Eccentric Toolworks had a book in the works. Ted

  11. FJ Abraham says:

    Any chance we’ll see Grandpa’s Workshop for the Kindle Fire?

    • B Jackson says:

      While we’re at it, how’s it coming with By Hand &Eye, the George Walker book? Before I can spring for another book, I have to; 1) keep a long-standing promise to myself to buy either a DeWalt PK611 or a pair of bases for my rotary tools from Stew-Mac and 2) wait till the damn book comes out in Kindle format so i can hide it and include it in my traveling library.

    • lostartpress says:

      I’m afraid the French publisher did not grant us electronic rights.

  12. tsstahl says:

    Just last night I was trying to find a “new” blade for a Stanley #7. I went through a hand full of stock piled blades only to end up with nothing. Looks like I’ll be hitting Hock’s website tonight.

    It is simple truth that what you save on the front end, you will pay on the back end.

  13. Grumpy Badger says:

    I love that movie :0) Nice reference, Chris.

  14. abtuser says:

    Agreed with the others here, can’t wait for the new DVD’s (already have, or ordered the books).

  15. John A. Callaway says:

    what about the Studley tool chest book?……. still waiting on that one……!!

    • lostartpress says:


      The Studley book is definitely still in the works. We are visiting the chest for the second time in November to finish photography and our inventory. This is a massive project that we do not want to rush.

  16. fhyatt says:

    Does the icon come in cornflower blue?

  17. Mark Dorman says:

    Any news on By Hand and Eye book?

  18. Steven G says:

    Has the audio book “the Jointer & Cabint Maker” read by Roy been nixed?

  19. Chuck N says:

    #2 (leather-bound Mouldings): great, now I’m checking the blog three times a day.

  20. Bill Clift says:


    No mention of the Roubo translation. Is it still on track for December?

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